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 45 years of my life, and I have been in practice since 1981. I learned was Five Element acupuncture at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Leamington Spa and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture with Giovanni Maciocia.
The style I now practice is Japanese Meridian Therapy, which is rooted in the medical classics of the Han Dynasty. Meridian Therapy is noted for its lightness of touch and for the use of moxibustion therapy.
In 1983 I took a teaching post and spent two years in the Peoples' Republic of China, teaching English in a provincial university in Manchuria. This enabled me to further study acupuncture and, introduced me to Chinese Herbal Medicine, which I subsequently studied, in depth with Master Tihn Thong Nguyen from Vietnam.
I am on the Accreditation Committees of the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) and the European Herbal and Traditional Practitioners Association (EHTPA), which oversee standards of education within acupuncture and herbal medicine communities. I currently teach acupuncture at the University of Westminster in London as well as running my private practice in Totnes.