Charles practices Traditional Chinese Acupuncture according to TCM and 5 Element principles. TCM was developed in modern day China to meet a wide range of healthcare needs and is the most commonly practiced form of acupuncture around the world. 5 Element acupuncture is a more holistic approach - it is person-focused and can produce a profound sense of well-being. Charles combines the two approaches to form the most appropriate treatment in any situation.
Charles uses Tuina (Chinese Massage) alongside acupuncture, particularly when treating musculo-skeletal conditions. TuiNa is based on the same principles as acupuncture but involves the use of massage techniques rather than needles to stimulate the acupuncture points and balance the body's energy
One's state of health is influenced by a wide range of factors including thoughts, emotions, habitual patterns (physical and mental), diet, exercise and lifestyle to name but a few. One of Chinese Medicine's greatest strengths is its understanding of the way in which these factors interrelate and give rise to health and disease. Charles will often talk through his understanding of your condition from a Chinese Medical perspective and give advice about what lifestyle changes you can make.
Although his formal training is in Chinese Medicine Charles has been influenced by a range of approaches to health, healing and personal growth. These include Pilates, Yoga, Qigong, Jungian psychology, astrology and the human-centred approach to counselling.
Charles grew up in West London and took his first degree at Cambridge University. He then trained in Acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, graduating with a BSc in 2007. He has been at Brook Green Clinic since 2008 and joined The Maris Practice in 2013. Mastery of Chinese Medicine involves a lifetime of learning and he continues to study and develop his skills. In 2010 he qualified in TuiNa and in 2012 he spent 6 weeks in China doing further study in TuiNa at Yunnan Provincial Hospital of TCM.
Charles is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which is the main regulatory body for traditionally trained acupuncturists in the UK. All members of the BAcC have attained a high level of training and follow strict codes of safe practice and professional conduct.
Alongside his acupuncture practice he maintains a long-term involvement in sport. He rowed in the Great Britain Junior Team and competed at an elite level as a student. He now coaches rowing and has over 20 years experience in the sport. He brings this experience to the clinic when advising on injury rehabilitation or exercise regimes and also in his general philosphy of maintaining a positive attitude and making the most of every situation.