I believe each of us has a purpose and everyone has got a lesson to learn and a lesson to teach in this life.
I believe true healing can only be achieved when the people seeking treatment are willing to help the healer and become their own healers.
I believe there are many roads that lead to health and wellbeing, and that all of them are valid, and that all of them can provide a form of relief.
I believe people who have chosen to become practitioners, therapists, and healers in any form of medicine, have done so based on their inner calling for this path. Therefore, all of them have my utmost respect and admiration and I will never regard them as competitors or rivals, but as esteemed colleagues and spreaders of the healing light.
Many people ask me why I chose Chinese Medicine. I guess of all the paths, this one spoke to me in a way that it made perfect sense. It is the path that still holds endless mysteries and still fascinates me as it did the first day I discovered it.
I read my first book on Chinese acupuncture when I was eight. As a child, I did not fully understand what the book was saying, but one thing was clear to me: there were people out there who created this kind of magical medicine that worked on different principles than the ones taught in my biology classes at school. It worked on something called Qi.
As a teenager, I started reading about alchemy, homeopathy, Kabbalah, yoga and the chakras, numerology, astrology, crystal therapy, witchcraft and divination, Tarot, energy healing, acupressure, telepathy and ESP. I met like-minded people who taught me to keep an open mind and shared their experiences with me. Yet, the one closest to my heart always remained the one speaking of Qi, Yin and Yang, five elements and this wonderful medicine system that stems from the Tao.
Six years ago, fate took me away from my academic career as a university Lecturer in Transylvania, and a wonderful man encouraged me to learn and put into practice my lifelong passion for this metaphysical art of Chinese medicine.
I completed my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Tui Na massage and manipulation at the Shulan College of Chinese Medicine in Manchester. I had wonderful teachers and my practical hours at the clinic taught me a lot about this beautiful practice.
I thought I had reached my destination, while in fact, my journey had only just begun.
A Chinese proverb says: “Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for one day. Teach the man how to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime”. My college studies in TCM taught me how to fish and yet I am hungrier than ever.
Practiced in the way it was initially designed, Chinese medicine is both humanistic and holistic. This means that during every consultation I do, the wonderful human being sitting in front of me holds an inner universe and an outer one, and I need to find the imbalances in their inner universe and the outer one and the imbalances between their inner and outer universe. Health is a measure of balance and harmony.
I soon discovered that I could not be a good TCM practitioner just by looking at their inner universe. We depend on our outer universe as much as we depend on our inner one. So, in order to help my clients suffering with insomnia, I had to look at their bedroom as well as their evening rituals before going to bed. I sometimes had to look at their workplace too. I’ve started studying Feng Shui, the art of living in harmony with the environment and BaZi, the ancient art of astrology.
I also noticed that not only a lot of people are terrified of needles or suffer from conditions such as lymphedema, but I was producing more waste on this lovely planet by using metal needles covered in plastic. So I started looking at alternatives for acupoint manipulation, such as acupressure, medical massage, cupping, and acumoxa. I even designed my very own protocols, such as the crystal meridian therapy.
Then I noticed that a lot of the healing process was out of my control. It was up to my clients to make changes in their inner and outer universe, such as: start eating certain foods and giving up others, taking up a form of art as a hobby, doing more exercise, practising mindfulness, changing the work environment or the home one. I became a qualified in Chinese nutrition therapy and I developed Purple Jade Holistics’ Health Guide Collection, I became a Tai Chi, Qigong and mindfulness instructor, and I created Purple Jade Holistics Training Centre.
The journey of a thousand miles is still very much ongoing for this human being who read her first acupuncture book when she was only eight years old.
Your humble fellow traveller
Diplomas and qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in English & Romanian language and literature
- Master’s degree in education
- Doctor’s degree in higher education
- Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
- Diploma in Tui Na Chinese massage and manipulations
- Diploma in Chinese nutrition therapy
- Diploma in Mindfulness
- Tai Chi & Qigong instructor
- Teacher trainer
- Translator & Interpreter