Jonathan grew up on a farm, studied Electrical Engineering at University, became a Chartered Accountant then realised his mistake!
Eventually he trained in Chinese medicine and homoeopathy – and much else. He treats people of all ages and backgrounds.
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Listening is important: watching and hearing what people say.
Taking time to consider what patients need and explaining my thoughts carefully, often so people can help themselves.
Treatment? What can I do to help: it may be acupuncture, or herbs, advice on food, suggestions for exercise, or a homoeopathic remedy.
If needles, then – if the patient agrees – careful consideration of what might suit best.
And then feedback, either verbal or from taking the patient’s pulses or just seeing how the patient reacts.
Perhaps their facial colour suddenly improves, or they smile, or sigh or go to sleep!
I worked in the London clinic run by Dr Mary Austin for years, with patients from all walks of life. To improve my clinical results I then spent 6 months in China in Nanjing studying how Chinese medicine is used in practice. I still have the pulse cushion I used in the hospital where I worked!
I moved to Edinburgh in 1982 to set up the Edinburgh Natural Health Centre. I now live and work in East Lothian, the beautiful county to the East of Edinburgh.
Some patients have been coming to see me for over 38 years, then bringing their children and now also their grandchildren!
I trained at the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (LicAc), the British College of Acupuncture (BAc), and the College of Chinese Medicine Nanjing in China (DipAc).
I trained and qualified (MABP) in the principles of bio-energy.
I studied homoeopathy at the College of Homeopathy (LCH, MCH) and, with Jeremy Sherr, at the Dynamis School for Advanced Homoeopathic Studies (PCH).
I also trained in and practised various other therapies including Massage, Reflexology, and Shiatsu… and continues to attend courses on a range of therapies and techniques.
In recent years I have incorporated Japanese Matsumoto-style acupuncture into my practice with great results. This, together with Unified Acupuncture theory has enabled me to treat many problems I had difficulty with before. Increasingly, now, I also use Tung acupuncture.