Nicola began her studies with a BA in Modern Languages at Cambridge University. The study of Contemporary European Literature led her to take an interest in Eastern Philosophy. After then spending time travelling in Asia with a long standing curiosity about different systems of Medicine, she decided to study Chinese Medicine. She trained for 5 years at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading. The training at this college is fully recognized and accredited by The British Acupuncture Council. This combined studying Traditional Chinese Medicine with Five Element Theory and Chinese Patent Herbal Formulas. The basis of the training is a thorough grounding in the philosophy of Chinese Medicine with the art of Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis and what this reveals about the internal harmony of the body and mind.
She completed Post Graduate Training with Meir Schneider in San Francisco expanding her understanding of the body through massage, bodywork and self-healing exercises. She went on to complete various post graduate modules in scalp acupuncture with Dr.Zhu, specialist in Neurological disorders. She has extensive experience treating Fertility, and also practices Obstetric Acupuncture for Childbirth. She has completed Post Graduate training in both female and male Fertility Acupuncture, IVF Support, Pregnancy Acupuncture and Acupuncture for Childbirth.
Nicola specializes in Fertility Acupuncture and is a member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network based in the UK.
Nicola's main inspiration has been studying and undergoing further training whenever possible with Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Daoist Master of the Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School. To date she has been privileged to study in the following specialist areas with him: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Gynaecology including fertility acupuncture and childbirth, and advance training in Pulse Diagnosis.
In January 2008 she set up the Haven Health Clinic with a view to find ways in which Complementary Therapists from different traditions could complement each other by working together. Nicola is a fully licensed Acupuncturist and adheres to a strict code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct.
"Nicola is an amazing practitioner. She's calm, professional and confident and all of that oozes from her. Unlike experiences I've had with other acupuncture practitioners, I barely felt anything and had no unwanted side effects. 5 Years on & I still recommend her to everyone in Devon who asks me about acupuncture. Unfortunately I don't live close enough anymore, or I'd be up there every week!
I tried not to have any expectations beforehand but I was pleasantly suprised at how well it worked and how quickly - it was definitely a lifeline at that point, even though the conventional medics around me at that point were very anti complementary therapies.
It brought my pain, blood pressure and overall anxiety level right down. "
Dorothy, 27 yr old who came for pain management, with an emphasis on back/neck/hip pain and pregnancy, included threatened pre-term labour and complications
"Involved in the teaching of human physiology for a number of years, I had a general interest in acupuncture, the fact that it did seem to be effective in certain situations and it's possible mechanism of action.
It was a year or two after formal retirement, that I began to get what were clearly arthritic pains in the joints of some of my fingers. These became sufficiently painful sometimes that I felt the need for some therapeutic action. Reluctant to use conventional anti-inflammatory durgs at this stage, I sought help through acupuncture on the basis that, if it can work (even if not for everyone), I would give it a try.
It has, in fact, been remarkably efective in easing the pain so that, althorugh it flares up a bit in cold/damp wiather, the level remains almost continuously low and largely almost insignificant. Subsequent problems with a knee joint have also been considerably eased by the same therapy.
I do recommend acupuncture to friends & associates as a possible way of easing joint problems (whilst making it clear that it does not always work for everyone)." Tony. Retired Teacher
"Acupuncture sessions with you Nicola, brought back to me a great sense of well-being following a sad and difficult period in my life just previous to my move to the West Country. This did so much to enable my smooth integration in the life down here. Thank you so much Nicola." Joyce, Retired.
"I found the treatments which I had from you over many years were immensely beneficial in reducing the pain I was experiencing from the arthritis in my joints. This undoubtably helped to delay the time when surgical intervention for both my knee and ankle become imperative. This has greatly increased the chance of these prosthetics lasting me for the rest of my active life! So many thanks." Peter
" Having acupuncture has been such a positive thing for me and I would definitely have more in the future. Thank you ! " Dawn
"I began treatment with many long-standing major problems and multitudinous minor ones. Felt completely disconnected and despairing of ever sorting it all. 4 months on, and it's still a work in progress, but feeling 'whole' for the first time in 20 years. Symptoms have consolidated down to only 3 or 4 discrete issues, and I'm now strong enough to be worked on at a deeper level to begin clearing what remains. I thoroughly recommend Acupuncture as a therapy, and Nicola as a Practitioner. She's cool, calm, knowledgeable - and listens. Very professional and well worth the 40 miles I have to travel to see her. " Jay. 55 yr old Administrator for Author
"I expected to experience an improvement ( I hoped relatively quickly) and fortunately this was correct. (I experienced) increased movement and pain reduction in my shoulder/arm (especially after my first treatment). Also painful wrist has been helped. (I'm) pleased with the improvement and it is also a relaxing experience. I would recommend the treatment to anyone with muscular pain like myself "
Pauline (age 66) Treatment for very painful shoulder/arm with extremely limited movement.
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