My name is Joanna Teasdale, and I am a fully qualified, traditional acupuncturist, and practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine. I discovered acupuncture myself through a shoulder injury around 15 years ago, which was very successfully treated. After that I noticed that my sleep and mood improved as well.
I originally studied Modern Languages at Oxford University, but was always interested in complementary forms of medicine, and after 17 years in the civil service, I left a busy management role to retrain. I soon realised that I was about to have the best job in the world!
I graduated from The Acupuncture Academy and was awarded a Merit for the Professional Licentiate in Acupuncture. I was also Highly Commended for my clinical work. My training was extensive and covered all aspects of Chinese medical and acupuncture theory. Especially with a focus on the Five Element approach. This means that I will consider your main health problem, together with a holistic approach to you as an individual.
I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council. I adhere to the Council’s Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct. British Acupuncture Council members are also registered with the Professional Standards Authority. This is a government body set up to regulate health and social care providers, and is accountable to Parliament.
Even before I discovered the wonderful world of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, I had always had a fascination with herbs. It had long been my aim to train in this discipline. Challenging times often present opportunities, and it was during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic that I began my diploma with the White Crane Academy. They also incorporate two years of clinical supervision. It is with this qualification that I am now delighted to offer Chinese Herbal Medicine alongside or as an alternative to acupuncture. I am a full member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, RCHM.
I am passionate about expanding my knowledge of this system of medicine and have completed a number of specialist training courses, including treating musculoskeletal injuries, and Paediatric Tui’na, which is a type of medical massage particularly relevant for children, as treatments can be effectively carried out without the need for needles.
In my spare time, I love swimming in the sea, rivers and lakes, and exploring the countryside with my dopey lurcher!
To learn more information about me and my services, please do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email.