Anne-Sophie retrained as an acupuncturist at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, London, and in Hangzhou, China, after 14 years of doing medical research. She has been practicing acupuncture since 2005 and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council.
Through researching Chinese herbs for pharmaceutical companies, as well as her own experience of Tai Chi, she started to understand the power of Chinese Medicine in zooming out, instead of focusing in on symptoms: symptoms are defined in the context of the whole person, integrating the physical, mental and emotional aspect, as well as the patient’s environment. By establishing the patterns that links all the patient’s symptoms, she can help with the manifestation as well as the origin of the problems, working with the patients on changing the environment in which symptoms develop. True and lasting change can now happen.
With this philosophy in mind Anne-Sophie carried on post-graduate training in other branches of Chinese Medicine, including TuiNa therapeutic massage. Using Chinese Dietary Therapy, she recommends foods and common herbs according to the patient’s particular imbalance, giving the patients some power back in helping themselves. This is particularly helpful for pre- and post-natal care and gastrointestinal issues. Typically, she will combine all these approaches to whatever best suits the patient.
Anne-Sophie’s scientific background allows her to bridge the two approaches and take the holistic approach one step further, to provide the best treatment for the patient. However, beyond the technical knowledge, patient care is also a crucial part in getting better and Anne-Sophie will always take the time to listen to her patients and work with them, not on them.
Over the years, she have worked with people with a wide variety of conditions, sometimes well defined by Western standard, such as IBS, fertility issues, IVF support, depression or pain relief, and sometimes more vague, such as stress, tiredness or a sense of malaise. As a Tai Chi teacher and avid Pilates practitioner, she has a particular interest in how disease affects the body’s movement, and vice versa.
Since 2005, Anne-Sophie has focused on helping women suffering from gynaecological problems, from natural pre-conception to post-natal care and IVF support. As the reproductive system is so intimately linked with all the other systems in the body, the integrative holistic approach of Chinese Medicine is particularly effective.
Anne-Sophie is also passionate about teaching Chinese Medicine and passing on the skills and knowledge to patients during classes or consultation, as well as students. She is the Course Leader and a lecturer on the degree level Acupuncture course at the City College of Acupuncture.