Simone Davis BA BSc DipCHM LicAc MBAcC has been working in complementary therapies for 17 years and is qualified in a range of treatments from around the world including Traditional and 5-Element acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, Swedish massage, Indian head massage, Thai yoga as well as meditation and relaxation techniques.  She has a private practice in Penarth, South Wales and also works for her professional body, the British Acupuncture Council as a Professional Development Lead helping other practitioners with their business and professional development.  Since moving to Wales from England in 2010, Simone has sat on the committee of a military veterans mental health support group in Cardiff and the Vale offering a voice on what complementary therapies such as acupuncture have to offer in the field of mental health and also highlighting the tremendous research that has been conducted in the USA into acupuncture for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“Whilst modern values are very important to me, I also believe that 5000 years of anecdotal evidence of the efficacy of Chinese Medicine should be balanced with the modern day evidence-based medicine and the knowledge that we have gained through scientific advances.

“My particular area of interest lies in treating people’s mental and emotional well-being.  Everyone knows about the benefits of acupuncture for back pain or acupuncture for headache and migraine and acupuncture for fertility, but few are aware of the tremendous benefits to be had using acupuncture for stress, anxiety, panic attacks and even general malaise. In Chinese Medicine there is a wonderful premise for healing:

The upper class of medicine…governs the nourishment of destiny and corresponds to Heaven… if one wishes to prolong the years of life without ageing, one should [use these]

The middle class of medicine governs the nourishment of one’s nature and corresponds to man… if one wishes to prevent illness and to supplement depletion and emaciation, one should [use these]

The lower class of medicine… governs the treatment of illness and and correspond to earth.  If one wishes to remove cold, heat and [other] evil influences [from the body], to break accumulation and to cure illnesses, one should base [one’s efforts] on [drugs listed in] the lower [class of this] manual.

-Shen Nong Ben Cao

This passage resonates deeply with me because when I made the decision to study for a second degree and I knew I wanted it to be in healthcare, I felt that I could not consider studying conventional Western medicine because not only do they focus on ‘the lower class of medicine’ by only using drugs, they ignore the middle class of medicine – medical doctors are not even trained in using nutrition to help ‘man’ to heal ‘him’self – and the upper class of medicine is not practical in the brief time a medical doctor gets to spend with their patients I am privileged to be able to really get to know my patients and follow their journey for years in many cases.  This helps me to understand THEIR values and aspirations hopefully on a journey of recovery but in many cases in using acupuncture in palliative care.  As an acupuncturist and herbalist I have found that I am in the rare position of seeing a patient through all the stages of their health compared with the conventional medical system where people see a different doctor, registrar or consultant on each visit!  

I feel very privileged to be able to offer acupuncture in Penarth (near Cardiff) and if you would like to know whether and how acupuncture, Chinese medicine and nutrition can benefit your specific circumstance, please contact me on 07715 239 999 or email clinic@barefootmedicine.co.uk for a no-obligation chat.