Jennie Chew Acupuncturist, BSc(Hons), LicAc

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Jennie Chew

Jennie Chew is member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAC) and the Royal society of Medicine (RSM). Her work is inspired by a lifelong belief that the body has within itself, a natural healing ability and that acupuncture works to stimulate this healing process. 

Jennie goes by the philosophy ‘Balance is the Master Key to a Healthy Life’. Much of life’s stresses, frustration, anger, etc, causes disease and pain in the body. Acupuncture helps to create the balance by promoting a healthy flow of energy and restoring it to good health.

Of Chinese origin, born in Malaysia, Jennie has a deep interest in oriental medicine and philosophy, which led her to a lifetime of studies in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (TCM) and healing.

She gained a licentiate in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture in London, finally finishing her studies at Hangzhou TCM Hospital in China to gain further knowledge and work experience. Her work lies in identifying and understanding the individual pattern of imbalances in the body that may cause pain, stress and dis-ease. This helps her to create individual treatment plans and treatments to help each person regain their balance and restore health.

Jennie has worked with a wide range of ailments from physical problems like frozen shoulders, back problems to emotional disorders like stress, depression, bereavement, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and chronic fatique. She has a specific interest in resolving muscular problems and facial acupuncture.

Jennie has also worked with cancer patients, and patients with neurological disorders when she was a volunteer at St Joseph’s Hospice.

Jennie qualified as an Aromatherapist and Massage Therapies with the Tisserand Institute of Aromatherapy. Where necessary, she combines treatments with acupuncture and massage for a more positive effect. She is also qualified in Indian Head Massage, Chinese Face Massage and trained with the London School of Sports massage.

Motivated by her challenge for positive result in her treatments, she is inspired to constantly update her skills and knowledge with post graduate courses.

During an acupuncture treatment with Jennie you will get the best from her knowledge and skills using a unique mix of Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture.

Jennie believes that Acupuncture can help her patients achieve optimum health and one of the main feedbacks she is receiving from the patients is that they notice an increase in wellbeing after an acupuncture treatment.

Jennie is also a trained 'Manual Lymphatic Drainage' practitioner, adding MLD to her skills due to an increasing number of people suffering from lymphoedema. She is a graduate at the Klose Training clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany, where lymphoedema patients from all over the world, are treated.

Q&A with Jennie Chew

What are your qualifications? 

I have a BSc(Hons), LicAc, for acupuncture, it's, am a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), doing manual lymphatic drainage (MLD); have a diploma (DipLSSM) for sports massage and one for aromatherapy (DipTIDHA).

Why do people come to you?

My clients value their health, and generally prefer alternative healing rather than taking medications. Frequently clients contact me as a last resort, where nothing else has worked.

Do you have any specialisms?

Yes, I specialise in facelift acupuncture, MLD, and deep oscillation therapy. 

What are the typical complaints you can help with?

I can help with pain (muscular problems as well as headaches), stress and emotional disorders, such as panic attacks, phobias and depression; sinus problems, digestive issues (e. g. IBS), female health issues (e. g. irregular and/or painful periods, menopausal symptoms) and subfertility. I may be able to help with complex issues, like tinnitus or vulvidinia etc.

My qualification in MLD allows me to help people with lymphodema and oedema, and some clients come to see me post-liposuction surgery.

What complaints can you help with that many people find surprising?

Most people who use acupuncture for the first time come to me as a last resort, because nothing else has worked, and find themselves surprised that a) it works and b) it is not as painful than they thought it would be. 

Can you tell us a surprising fact about acupuncture? 

That it has been around for many thousands of years, and it is still being practised today. Although a lot of research has been done on it, it is difficult to prove exactly how and why it works. But work it does, and I have seen evidence of the positive effect of my treatments many times. That is why it still exists today.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  looks at the cause of diseases differently to Western Medicine and believes that diseases are imbalance or blockages in the energy pathway. Issues like trauma, stress, anxiety, anger, fear, excess or deficiencies or heredity factors block the free flow of energy in the body, comparable to congestion building up on the motorway. It is an amazing fact that we are able to chart these energy pathways close to the nerve/blood pathway in the body, even though knowledge of anatomy and physiology was still very patchy when acupuncture first evolved. The treatment works wholistically. An acupuncture point in a channel,  when stimulated,  treats not just the area but the whole body, creating a healing response.

What is the most surprising is that a tiny, fine needle is able to create big changes and this is a concept that is beyond man’s imagination. And that is the reason why some people are still skeptical about it, until they muster their courage to try it for themselves. Having practised acupuncture for nearly 9 years myself, I am still in awe of the amazing results I am seeing.