In Chinese medicine, the rose (mei gua hua) is linked to the heart meridian, which is also known as the house of the Shen, or mind. The rose petals medicinal properties assist with opening up a heart that has closed emotionally and spiritually; as well as having qualities that can assist physically, for instance regulating menstruation and managing anxiety and palpitations.
The heart is also linked with the womb in women and hara, (energy centre), in men. The womb/hara is known as the second heart, indicating the importance of this area for both physical and emotional wellbeing.
Nicola Booth-Jones - MBAcC, AFN, Lic.Ac, Dip Nat, LLM, LLB
I began my training in Chinese medicine and naturopathy with a five year part time course in Acupuncture at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Following qualification, I attended the University of Nanjing, China for further clinical training and observation.
I previously trained as a solicitor and have a first class masters in law. I also completed a legal internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania and later, pursued a PhD in law whilst teaching at the University of Kent. My focus in my legal studies and legal career, was whether legal remedies allowed a forum for truth telling and healing trauma. Having worked with trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in one capacity or another for a number of years, I have observed first hand how emotions and trauma can manifest themselves physically in the body.
My passion for Chinese medicine and acupuncture began when I experienced my own physical and emotional health issues. The difference that acupuncture made to me on my own journey means that I am now proud to be able to use these same tools to assist in the care of others.
I have a strong belief in continuing professional and personal development and recently completed Womb Awakening facilitator training with the Institute of Feminine Arts in Bali in order to broaden my personal and practice reach/depth in womb work and shamanism. I aim to incorporate more womb/hara work into my practice soon.
In my spare time, you can find me walking by the sea with my two lovely dogs Buddy and Rudy. I have an active yoga practice and have completed the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Foundation training.
I am a member of the regulatory body of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), the Association of Naturopaths (ANP) and the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN).
How Can Acupuncture Help?
The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of diseases or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials. Please see the following link for more information:-
Acupuncture can be used to assist in the treatment of a number of conditions including, but not limited to:-
pregnancy related conditions such as morning sickness
hormonal and menstrual irregularities
anxiety & depression
musculoskeletal issues such as tennis elbow and back pain
digestive disorders such as gallstones and IBS
headaches & migraines
Involves the insertion of fine needles into the skin at specific points along meridians/channels in the body to activate the body’s own healing mechanisms by accessing qi/prana/lifeforce. In Chinese medicine, the body will experience dis-ease when the flow of qi is interrupted, so the task of the acupuncturist is to restore its smooth flow and bring balance (homeostasis).
Involves using a massage tool (originally from the crystal, Jade) to lightly scrape the skin to dispel blood stasis and increase blood circulation to the area identified in diagnosis. Massage oil is applied to the skin and the Gua Sha tool is scraped gently along the skin to encourage circulation of the soft tissue. Gua Sha can be used in conjunction with both acupuncture and cupping and is a beautiful and nourishing treatment.
Involves the burning of the herb, Mugwort at certain points along the channel/meridians in order to bring heat/warmth to the affected area. Moxa can be used in a number of ways including on the needle, direct on the skin or by using a moxa stick depending on the desired effect/outcome. This is one of the earliest forms of acupuncture treatment derived from the Wu (female) Shamans of China.
As a naturopath, I use a variety of natural therapeutic tools and practices which can include the use of nutrition, herbs, Bach flower essences, homeopathy, tissue salts and hydrotherapy in order to treat the whole person. Naturopathic advice is given as a bespoke part of your acupuncture treatment with me and is designed to empower you in your own healing process and journey.
Often described as a reverse massage, cupping involves placing suction cups on the skin at certain points in the body. The aim is to move qi and blood in the body and disperse stagnation, thus eliminating pain. Cupping can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or as a stand alone treatment and can be used in a number of ways, including static cupping or sliding cupping using massage and essential oils.
Shamanic Womb Work & Red Tents
I am currently developing my skills in womb shamanism and have recently completed womb awakening facilitator training with the Institute of Feminine Arts. I aim to incorporate Mayan womb massage, Tibetan womb pulsing, dragon shakti breath work, saki and Red tent practices. Coming soon…….
Initial Consultation - (90 mins) - £50
Follow up Treatment - (1hr) - £40
Cupping & Guasha
Cupping & Guasha - (30 mins) - £30
Bach Flower Consultation
Consultation Including Remedy - (30 mins) - £20
Where to Find Me
Apotheca - Natural Health
13/14 West St, Faversham ME13 7JE
King Edward Avenue, Broadstairs, CT10 1PH
Canterbury District clinic coming soon.
I also offer home visits. Please contact me directly for more information.
Summer Yoga Retreat to Gayles
With Emma Epton Yoga and guest Rose Acupuncture & Naturopathy