I became interested in acupuncture after having treatments for various health issues over several years and being hugely impressed by how much better I felt as a whole after a session of treatments. I wanted to understand more about a treatment that could ease pain without using medication and was fortunate enough to be accepted on a training course at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine (CICM) in Reading. There I was mentored by some of the most respected and experienced acupuncturists in the UK whilst learning both Five Element Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I graduated from the College with a BSc (Hons) degree in Acupuncture and becamea member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the largest regulatory body for practitioners of traditional acupuncture which maintains extremely high standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice. I am bound by the strict professional codes of conduct and safe practice of the BAcC.