Bank Lane Practice

A doctor like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; (s)he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist. This means that in order to be a good doctor a (wo)man must also have a good character, that is to say, what ever weaknesses and foibles (s)he may have, (s)he must love his/her fellow human beings in the concrete and desire their good before his/her own.

SO FAR the study and practice of East Asian Medicine (EAM) has taken 36 years of my life, and I have been in practice since 1981. I first studied acupuncture at the College of Tradtional Chinese Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, under the tutelage of Professor JR Worsley. The first style I learned was Five Element acupuncture. During the first years of practice I took further courses in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture.

On my return to the UK I set up in private practice in South London, where I worked until 1999, when I relocated to Devon. In the late 1980s I was introduced to Japanese Meridian Therapy, a style of acupuncture which is rooted in the medical classics of the Han Dynasty, and Shiatsu, the Japanese massage therapy which is commonly incorporated into acupuncture practice in Japan.

Meridian Therapy is noted for its lightness of touch, and also for the use of moxibustion therapy. In Japan moxibustion, the burning of Moxa (Mugwort), is a complete therapy in its own right. Studying Meridian Therapy has taken me to Japan and the USA.