Andrew G. Ogleby (Five Element Acupuncturist/Kampo Herbalist)
I am a fully qualified and widely experienced five-element acupuncturist who graduated from the School of Five Element Acupuncture (SOFEA). However, I began my studies in 2002 at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture (LCTA) and so possess a broad background in other acupuncture traditions as well.
In addition, I receive continuous professional development and completed a post-graduate excellence programme at the London Institute of Five Element Acupuncture (LIFEA). I was also one of the practitioners who took part in the King’s Funded CACTUS study (Classical Acupuncture for Treating Unexplained Symptoms) with GP surgeries throughout London, run in conjunction with LIFEA and the University of Exeter.
Furthermore, I worked for over 9 years as a volunteer for a registered mental health charity based in Islington, helping disadvantaged members of the community suffering from depression and stress related illnesses. Previously, I have also worked voluntarily for organisations providing support care for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Other than acupuncture, I have also completed a Kampo apprenticeship in Japanese Herbal Medicine, trained in the Martial/Health Arts for over 25 years, and regularly practise Sahaja meditation.
Formerly, I also worked 10 years within Imperial College (Faculty of Medicine) as a central support manager/health & safety adviser. Prior to this I gained my degree in Nutrition & Sports Science from the University of North London.
My initial interest in acupuncture came from looking for an alternative to what was being offered to help with the chronic tinnitus and debilitating, visually impaired migraines I was experiencing, both aggravated through stress and anxiety. As a result, of looking into Chinese Medicine and after receiving several appointments, I now virtually no longer experience migraines.
As for the tinnitus, even though I now know it can’t ever be totally cured, the condition is at least drastically more manageable. Moreover, it was just such a huge relief to know there was a system of medicine that actually recognised the cause of tinnitus, allowing me to experience improvements without any adverse side effects.
I have experienced receiving various types of acupuncture, but for me, it has been five-element acupuncture that has achieved the most profound results on many different levels. This has been further increased by the introduction of Kampo herbal medicine, complementing the beneficial effects of acupuncture. Overall, this then provided the passion and conviction to study and put into practice what was taught, qualities that still persist and keep me constantly motivated.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a system of complementary medicine involving the insertion of fine needles (acupuncture needles) into the skin to harness ‘Qi’ energy (pronounced Chee) considered to be our vital life-force. The aim being, that stimulation of the body’s own natural healing system will then provide the best conditions by which wellbeing can be restored.
Five element acupuncture is a more ancient form of Chinese Medicine based upon the elements of Nature i.e. those of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.
This also takes into account their interactions with each other and the philosophy that we are all made up of these same building blocks, with universal Qi providing the systems’ energy source.
So by ensuring your body becomes balanced through acupuncture, the optimal condition is then reached to allow natural healing to take place.
As a five-element acupuncturist, treatments are generally not symptomatically based, but have the aim that by treating a person as a whole and the underlying cause of imbalance, all other symptoms will then in turn become naturally restored, working on both physical and emotional levels.
Kampo also combines harmoniously and complements five-element acupuncture, as they both seek to put an individual’s body into balance, so it can then function in a natural way. One such example of this is surrounding fertility related issues, helping a person both physically and emotionally benefit from the effect of the combined therapies. Therefore, I have developed a special interest in stress relieving and fertility related issues (see what) especially as one can greatly affect the other.
Although five-element acupuncture itself aims to restore whatever is presented, no matter how big or small…
Lic. Ac. Licentiate in Acupuncture
Kampo Apprenticeship (Japanese Herbal Medicine)
BSc (Hons) Nutrition & Sport Science
NEBOSH National Examination in Occupational Safety & Health
Full First Aid at Work Certificate
MBAcC Member of the British Acupuncture Council
Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary & Alternative Health Practitioners
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