My name is Ilze Black, I am a licenced acupuncturist, Tui Na practitioner, a member of the British Acupuncture Council and the founder of TCM Practice.
I practice traditional Chinese medicine that is grounded in thorough diagnostic techniques and treats both the root courses and the presenting symptoms of ill health. The holistic approach, at the core of TCM, enables me to provide you with the best possible and uniquely tailored personalised treatment plan. My mission is to support my patients on their journey back to their optimal physical health and mental well being..
I was first introduced to TCM about 20 years ago when I discovered Shaolin Chi Gong that I still practice daily. Chi Gong, or the practice of ‘internal alchemy, is one of the 5 pillars or branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chi Gong daily practice has supported me greatly over the years while I was working as a curator and producer or when researching for my PhD in a field of social science and technology. But things changed when I became a mum. The Mothering Journey, as I will call it here, is one of the best things one can experience but it also can deplete us or shift our balance. I became extremely tired both mentally and physically, could not concentrate and experienced pains I never knew before. My GP could only help with prescribed pain killers. This is when I walked into a Tui Na clinic and met Sarah Pritchard, who is the foremost Tui Na practitioner in Britain and also my teacher. Tui Na saved me, restored my balance and bought me back to energetic healing work.
This eventually led me to become an acupuncturist, TuiNa practitioner and energy worker. Sometimes I have a feeling that I never chose this work, but rather I was drafted into it. I simply love experience of Tui Na energy massage, both in giving and receiving and results we see from acupuncture or regular balancing sessions. You can read more about benefits and methods of acupuncture here and TuiNa here. My practise combines energy-work with acupuncture, TuiNa, cupping, Gua Sha, the use of Moxa and Auricular (ear) acupuncture. I am also a qualified Reiki practitioner. I am passionate about eastern medicine and its benefits. Even if you a afraid of needles there are other modalities we can explore. Tui Na (medical) massage is great for chronic conditions, women’s health, pregnancy, post-natal and maternal support contexts. Cupping is great for back pains, musculoskeletal issues and as immunity booster.
If you would like to know more about how traditional medicine can help you, please get in touch or book online consultation.
I look forward to meeting you soon.