My journey to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

My inspiration – the Great Bruce Lee

I’m often asked what drew me to become an Acupuncturist.  Well, my journey to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) began as a child growing up in the 70’s and 80’s.

After being inspired by my hero, Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee; I started martial arts classes with my older brother.  As it turns out, I reached green belt level (unlike my brother who has gone on to become a black belt) and I let the classes slip as the years passed.  However, I was still a big fan of the art, and Bruce Lee’s films.  As I got older and more inquisitive to the dialogue in his films, I discovered that the philosophy and principles of TCM, ran through many of his films.

My interest then expanded to include Feng Shui, Chinese landscapes and traditions, and Chinese Astrology, where I discovered I am indeed a lot like the “Hare” my character of the Chinese Zodiac. After considering the possibility of studying at The Northern College of Acupuncture in York, the fees were just too much at the time; so, I embarked on a career in the public service instead.

The marvellous brown hare

It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, when I was suffering a period of depression, I was again drawn to the power of natural healing for my own needs.  I really didn’t know I was depressed actually, many sufferers don’t apportion that badge.  I was drawn to Reiki healing, a Japanese energy healing system, where I began to learn more about Qi.  Qi, this universal energy force which flows in us, around us, above and below us, is vital energy, essential to our wellbeing.  Reiki healing helped me through my depression, and helped me realise the huge capacity for us to heal ourselves. Thankfully without medication, I was able to use Reiki to ground me and realise perspective.  This inspired me to study Qi further.


“The medicine for my suffering I had within me from the very beginning but I did not take it. My ailment came from within myself, but I did not observe it until this moment. Now I see I will never find the light unless, like a candle, I am my own fuel.”  BRUCE LEE

Then, in 2010, I was on a girls pamper evening, when I picked up a leaflet about someone who had trained in TCM Acupuncture in Cheltenham. Well there was no turning back for me! After all those years, I was now able to consider this path again as a way of helping others to realise the power of Chinese Medicine. I began my training in TCM at the International Bodyharmonics Centre in Cheltenham…and the rest as they say is history.

I’m in my 6th year of practice and I feel very fortunate to be helping people every day to improve their health and wellbeing; by sharing my knowledge and expertise of TCM.  It really feels like a calling for me.  I will continue to share this wonderful and powerful healing system with anyone who wants to better their health.

Please get in touch to find out how I can help you.

3 thoughts on “My journey to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

  1. Inspiring and caught my attention by the title — because but a few weeks ago (or maybe last week) I wrote of how I ‘found’ TCM and Ayurveda. Spirit leads us, we just have to take hold.


    1. Hi Shammah, thanks for your feedback, I’m glad you’ve been inspired. Let’s continue to spread the word about natural healing to inspire others. Good wishes, Marie.

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      1. Back at you Marie … so agree!


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