Covid 19. I am able to continue practising during the November lockdown as acupuncture counts as a healthcare service. Stringent procedures are in place, which include the wearing of masks and leaving time between clients for ventilating and sanitising the clinic area. I am still offering phone consultations for those who can’t come to see me in person and feel they would benefit from a listening ear and some practical health advice. Some people are finding it useful to talk things through, even if they can’t have a treatment. One person said, “It was really helpful to reconnect and now reflect a bit.”Please email me if you would like to arrange a ‘phone call.During this pandemic I am offering my work on a donation basis in recognition of the fact that many of us are on no, or very little, income. I began learning acupuncture in 1984 and graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in 1987. Since then I have completed further acupuncture courses of 1 year and 2 years’ duration with the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, as well as numerous short courses and seminars.My ongoing commitment to professional development enables me to have as many tools in the toolbox as possible, and to best serve my clients.I have taught at the former London College of Traditional Acupuncture, and The Acupuncture Academy in Leamington Spa.I also offer supervision/mentoring to colleagues, and organise the acupuncture-mentoring conferences.My practice is broad-ranging and encompasses many different styles and techniques of acupuncture and moxibustion, so that I can select the treatments I believe will be most effective for each client.I am a member of the British Acupuncture Council www.acupuncture.org.uk and Oxfordshire’s Acupuncture for Childbirth Team www.actoxford.org.uk/SueP.Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine which has been in constant and widespread use for the last few thousand years. This means that it is a well tried and tested and highly developed system of medicine. Acupuncturists today are in an extremely advantageous situation. On the one hand we draw on the wealth of knowledge and experience of our predecessors down the centuries, and on the other hand, at this time when acupuncture is becoming very popular in the West, as well as the East, we can benefit from new developments and research relevant to modern-day health problems. Therefore, whilst continuing to treat the same conditions which have been dealt with successfully by acupuncturists since ancient times, we are also equipped to deal with “new” illnesses. Here is a link to a PDF of an extract from a WHO (World Health Organisation) review of Diseases and Disorders that can be treated with Acupuncture.