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About Jess

Jess Birmingham - Acupuncture CornwallJess Birmingham treats adults and children with Japanese style acupuncture in mid-Cornwall.She continues to take advanced classes in Japanese style acupuncture, particularly with Kiiko Matsumoto since 2009, and Koshiishi-sensei. Jess began study with Koshiishi sensei in 2015 and now uses this style of moxibustion, shiunko-kyo, extensively and effectively in her clinic. In 2016, she has been invited to Koshiishi-sensei's Clinic in Tokyo, and will combine this trip with further advanced training.

Jess' initial acupuncture training (Lic.Ac) was at the CICM, Reading, treating people from 1996 and fully qualifying in 1997. In 2008 she completed a further two year Certificate in Acupuncture for Children (Cert.Ac.(paed.) with Julian Scott et al, and went on to study Shonishin  (needle free paediatric treatment) with Stephen Birch

Jess is a Member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and rigorously observes their Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct. The Code of Safe Practice lays down stringent levels of hygiene and requires the use of sterile disposable needles. This code has been recognised by the government as providing robust self-regulation which meets the needs of the general public.

She has worked at several complementary health clinics in Bristol, both private and as part of an NHS GP practice, including one of the UK's first multibed clinics, before coming back to work in Cornwall again. Jess now works in Lostwithiel and St Austell, and lives locally. She also supplies NYRorganics to patients and clinic users because of the probity and provenance of the products.

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Jess followed an indirect path to acupuncture, having originally qualified and worked across the south west as a theatre designer, painter and prop maker. A period of ill health ended with her returning to her roots to champion and teach traditional woodland management for the conservation charity BTCV, still in the south west and including many community woodland projects in Cornwall. Eventually her long term interest in health and the discovery that breach babies can be turned using moxibustion (not even any needles!) led her to train as an acupuncturist in 1994. Turning breach babies remains one of Jess' favourite treatments to do.

Information is available from the BAcC at 63 Jeddo Rd, London, W12 9HQ 020  8735 0400 www.acupuncture.org.uk    Jess is also registered with Cornwall Council to practice acupuncture.