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Two Dried Leaves

My Approach

The 3--Step Flourish Formula

The Flourish Formula

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1: Initial Asessment


Everything begins with you taking the time to talk and me taking the time to listen to your whole story.  We spend 1½ hours talking everything through, encompassing not just the problem you want help with now, but a full and detailed health and lifestyle history.  I'll ask you to send through any test results in advance so I can study them.  You should also expect questions about your sleep, your nutrition, your bodily functions, your stress levels, your lifestyle.  Sometimes finding the root of the problem takes some digging, so I help you dig.  If we’re meeting face-to-face, I’ll also take your pulse, look at your tongue, examine various parts of your body (don’t worry, nothing scary) and take your blood pressure.

After you leave, I'll spend a further couple of hours weaving it all together.  I spot gaps, I research, I find patterns, I make a plan and I tell you all about it in a written report including recommendations and next steps. 

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2: Treatment


I have a potent range of tools to help you get on with your life.

Typically our work together will encompass a range of these tools – here is a selection

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3: Monitor and Maintain


Bodies, and the people in them, take time to change and heal and many of the people I work with are running on empty by the time they come to me.  I often using a banking analogy to illustrate how health and energy can ebb and flow:  in an ideal world, you would have a stable current account where money comes in and goes out but you're never running too low.  You'd then have an overdraft facility you could dip into occasionally, but quickly dip out of it again without any problem.  You'd then have your savings reserves for the big things, the rainy day and emergencies.  By the time they come to see me, many people have used up the savings, are constantly dipping into the overdraft and their current account is instable. We work together to stabilise the fluctuations, but only once the overdraft and savings are well-establisehd again do you get long-standing, sustainable change, and that takes time. 

That's not to say that we treat indefinitely - we monitor and review progress regularly, we adjust as necessary and we agree on a sensible way forward. 

The goal above all is lasting, sustainable change, not a quick fix or a yo-yo-ing of symptoms getting better then coming back again. 

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This approach is not for those looking for the next quick fix.  It's very likely I will suggest lifestyle changes and whilst I can recommend, explain, signpost, encourage, support and give a great pep talk, you have to be willing to play your part too.


How often will I need to attend?

In General:

Once I have the full picture of you and your needs from the initial assessment, I will provide an indication of how many treatments I think you will need.  This is a guide only as it is impossible to know how someone will respond to treatment until we get started.   We review on a regular basis, and you are never tied into a fixed number of sessions or a contract of any sort. 

Typically a course of treatment is needed, on a weekly basis initially then spacing out as things improve. 

For Optimising Fertility - Natural or Assisted:

A 3-4 month course of weekly treatment is strongly recommended (and the evidence supports this) in order to have a chance of influencing the entire process of folliculogenesis which takes roughly 100 days (the time for a tiny bunch of cells hidden deep in the ovary to develop, become hormonally activated, grow, and finally be ovulated (or collected in IVF)). 

Preparation is the key:  I am happy to work with women at any stage of their fertility journey, but just know that to fully optimise your chances, 3-4 months of preparation is the gold standard, regardless of age.  

During an IVF cycle we tailor our work together around the various stages of the cycle and how you are responding, increasing and decreasing the frequency of treatment as needed. 

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A word about 'medical acupuncture'

In recent years, ‘medical acupuncture’ or ‘dry needling’ has risen in popularity.  This is the use of needles by other healthcare professionals - such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors - to treat a very limited range of symptoms (usually focussed on the musculoskeletal system) alongside their usual mode of practice.  Practitioners offering medical acupuncture usually only have a few days training and do not have the same breadth of knowledge of acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a Traditional Acupuncturist.  You should always check the credentials and experience of anyone you work with.  If they are a Member of The British Acupuncture Council (with the letters MBAcC after their name) this means they have full degree-level training in Acupuncture with over 3600 hours of study. 

For seeking Acupuncture for working on fertility, pregnancy and gynaecology, you should only work with a Traditional Acupuncturist with specialist training and experience in this area.

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