Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner & Acupuncturist
Francis graduated from the International College of TCM in Vancouver after completing a 4 year program in 2004, after which he sat and passed the BC licensing exams
He completed post graduate studies at the Anhui Hospital of TCM in China where he was on rotation in various clinical departments
After practicing in Vancouver for 3 years he went on to open a clinic in Toronto where he built up a busy practice along with being on staff at the prestigious Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for 8 years.
Francis has a special interest in reproductive health and worked with the reproductive endocrinologists at the largest Fertility clinic in Toronto, Create IVF where he had on site privileges and saw many hundreds of fertility patients.
Additionally he sees many athletes with sports injuries and also treats auto immune diseases such as children and adults with asthma, eczema and psoriasis along with digestive problems such as IBS and diverticulitis.
Francis is now taking on new patients in the south west of England.
ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of health care that evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. This system of medicine has developed over 2000 years whereby practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnose and treat patients based on diagnosing patterns of disharmony in individuals.
By placing fine sterile needles at specific locations an acupuncturist promotes natural healing by enhancing immunity, and physical and emotional well being. Acupuncture can be helpful not only for treating existing illnesses and injuries but also for preventing the recurrence of illnesses.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
At the core of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the philosophy that our "Life Energy" or "Qi" flows in channels (or meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. This energy or "Qi" which flows through these meridians forms a network interconnecting the organs and nourishes all parts of the body.
When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. When there is a blockage in this flow, the body’s balance is disrupted and illness results.
Acupuncture engages the “Qi” by inserting needles at specific points, restoring the flow and helps the body regain its natural balance.
What can Acupuncture treat ?
Here are just a few of the issues acupuncture can help with :
Musculoskeletal pain issues such as low back pain, neck, sciatica, hip, knee, shoulder, wrist and ankle issues.
Headaches including migraines, arthritis
Gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, diverticulitis,abdominal bloating, gastritis, constipation, diarrhoea, Crohn's disease
Gynaecological problems such as painful periods, infertility, PMS, menopausal syndrome, PCOS, fibroids, endometriosis, irregular cycles
Anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress
Trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, neuralgia, stroke
Autoimmune disorders : asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome
Skin diseases such as Eczema and Psoriasis
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
The origins of Chinese herbal medicine in China can be traced back at least five thousand years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world.
In the intervening millennia, the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and TCM has developed and matured to become what it is today - a natural and wholistic system of primary health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems.
Chinese herbal medicine takes a wholistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
How does Herbal Medicine Work?
Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognizable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions.
A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.
Chinese herbal medicines are typically prescribed as formulae which take into account the individual therapeutic action of each herb as well as the effects when combined together. A well constructed formula maximizes the effectiveness for treating a particular condition, while counteracting and minimising the unwanted effects of an individual herb.
In addition to providing effective treatment for a wide range of health disorders, Chinese herbal medicine may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is boosted and a general sense of well-being promoted.
A snapshot of conditions typically treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine includes:
Insomnia and fatigue
Loss of appetite and common digestive disorders
Constipation and diarrhoea
Irritable bowel syndrome
Common cold and influenza
Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
Premenstrual syndrome and painful menstruation
Impotence and prostate disorders
Disorders associated with menopause
Herbal Medicine and Modern Pharmacology
There is a growing body of research which indicates that traditional uses of plant remedies and the known pharmacological activity of plant constituents often coincide. However, herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs.
Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects.
Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formulae balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety.
Thirdly herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage this self-healing process.
Herbal Medicines used at the Clinic
At the Newquay Acupuncture Clinic only granular extracts made to GMP standards are used.
By utilizing natural substances together in accurate formulations, effectiveness is maximized and side effects minimized. This is contrary to conventional medicine that extracts or synthesizes active chemicals that often, over time, produce drastic side effects due to their partiality.
Typically the granular extracts are pharmaceutical grade 5 : 1 extracts which have proven to be clinically highly effective and very safe. We find that this “modern” approach to be convenient for patients as the formula would be taken as a tea by dissolving the powder in boiled water.
GMP standards means "tested for heavy metals and impurities" Patients can be assured of the purity, potency and safety of our herbal products