Hi, my name is Jonquil Pinto and I’m a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council. My training also includes tuina massage, cupping, moxa and diet/nutrition. I practise an integrated style of medicine using traditional East Asian approaches to healthcare that are supported by current evidence-based research. This approach provides effective, person-centred treatments that support lifelong health.
My first degree at Sussex University was in cognitive psychology and during this time I also began to practise tai chi with Brighton teacher Brian Cooper (who still teaches tai chi locally www.insidetaichi.com). This sparked my interest in traditional East Asian approaches to health and, as I studied this area more, I found the whole-person perspective to be illuminating as well as incredibly effective.
As much as I love cognitive psychology and using the mind to make positive personal change, once I had started to look at health through the holistic lens of East Asian medicine it became clear how useful it is to consider our body, emotions and mind as one system. From this perspective when you treat someone who is anxious or depressed you’re not only thinking about their mind, you also look at their muscles, their digestion and how much exercise they do. You might suggest regular walks or sea-swimming and offer a treatment which relaxes the muscles and calms the mind.
I continued to study and practise tai chi and qigong for many years while working in Sydney for a kung fu and qigong teacher, before I decided to return to the U.K. and train in acupuncture. I graduated from Westminster University with a first class degree in B.Sc. (TCM) Acupuncture and a Diploma in Qigong Tuina over 10 years ago and have been in practise since. I was previously a director of an integrated health clinic in London and also practised at the Robert & Lisa Sainsbury Wing (private facility) at Hammersmith Hospital. In recent years I moved back down to Hove with my family where I now live and work.
I believe the most important way we can approach health is through taking the time to look at our symptoms in the context of all our body systems, our mind, emotions and lifestyle. This takes more effort than just taking a pain-killer, but if we want to understand and really address the root causes of illness a holistic approach is often essential. This way you work on finding effective solutions that will support and maintain good health throughout life.
I can offer a free 20-minute telephone consultation before you make an appointment to work out if acupuncture is the right treatment for you.