Shenming Clinic

Traditional Acupuncture in Berkhamsted

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About The Practitioner

Melanie holds a BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture and trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, where two disciplines are blended. These styles are known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Five Element Acupuncture.
When both styles of acupuncture are used in combination and unison, treatment protocol can expand. This gives the practitioner two tool boxes to work from, enhancing diagnosis and treatment.

Melanie is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which is the main regulatory body for the practice of acupuncture in the UK.
My approach to treatment

I became an Acupuncturist having received great health benefits and a sense of well being in many ways after experiencing treatment myself.
My intention when treating is to enable patients to realise their full health potential. I have named my clinic "Shenming" for this very reason.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy when a person is in good health they emanate good Shenming. This manifests as a glow within the complexion and sparkle to the eyes when the individual feels well physically, emotionally and mentally, a wholeness where balance has been restored.

Does rapport with the practitioner affect treatment?

In my experience this is a fundamental factor with regard to the patient benefitting from the full extent of treatment. I believe positive change starts at the onset of meeting the practitioner. The conduit between practitioner and patient needs to be open so that a trust may form, enabling the best results to occur.
Within my clinic, I like to create a comfortable atmosphere so that patients can relax and feel free to express exactly what their requirements and needs are.

In my opinion, the first step towards this level of trust begins with the acknowledgment of each patient’s pain, discomfort and struggle. It can be such a relief for patients once they find someone who can actually make sense of their symptoms and concerns. This can be the catalyst for hope, which may have previously been lost.
Listening on every level is also something that makes a huge difference when making a diagnosis - if the practitioner does not try to reach the patient by tuning into their world and life experiences, it can mean missing out on vital diagnostic information and a connection that can only form due to good rapport.

I consider my role within this process as an absolute honour, for which I never take for granted. It’s a total pleasure to watch patients blossom and begin to enjoy life to the full once they start treatment.