Gill is the founder of Acupuncture Tao Dao (formerly Tao
Dao Complementary Health Clinic in London N6). She trained in London
at LCTA (London College of Traditional Acupuncture) and China (Hangzhou).
Gill taught for many years in the Student Clinic at LCTA
and now teaches at the
City College of Acupuncture.
Her training in complementary medicine began in 1989 and she is fully
qualified in shiatsu, remedial and sports massage, aromatherapy and reiki.
Greatly influenced by her mentor Dr Wu, a specialist at the teaching hospital
in Hangzhou, China, she has developed her own
style of practice combining acupuncture with energy healing.
is an ancient medical system which has been practised in China and other
Eastern countries for thousands of years.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine
Qi (or vital energy)
circulates through a series of invisible channels beneath the skin. Qi consists
of equal and opposite qualities –
Yin and Yang – and when these become
unbalanced, the flow of Qi is disrupted and over time, ill health may occur.
The flow of Qi can be disturbed by factors such as emotional states, poor
nutrition, stimulants, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections,
toxins and trauma.
Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of
very fine needles in key
areas along the channels (acupuncture points) to stimulate and balance Qi in
order to restore health. Taking into account a wide range of signs and symptoms
(including tongue and pulse diagnosis) the aim is to identify a pattern which
underlying imbalance that can be corrected by safe and effective treatment.
Today, acupuncture is used extensively in state hospitals in China alongside Western medicine and is now
available on the NHS and
in GP practices in the UK.
Often described as a means of pain relief, acupuncture is in fact used to
assist people with a wide range of health issues, including:
It may be possible to improve the symptoms of
and it is always worth enquiring about any particular problem you may have.
Meditation and Mindfulness Teaching
Gill is a
Mindfulness Meditation Teacher (Zenways, London)
and has been practising meditation since 1989 when she first began training in
for meditation was sparked during a trip to the Himalayas
when she spent some time living amongst Buddhist monks in a Tibetan monastery.
course of her acupuncture studies, she went on to develop her meditation
practice in various parts of the world including China,
Sri Lanka, India, America,
Europe and the UK.
extensive teaching experience with both adults (acupuncture) and children/young