I grew up with Eastern and Western medicines hand in hand, thanks to my parents.

They were born in India and migrated to Nairobi, where I - a Yang Metal Tiger - was born.

When I was 5 years old they moved to London, where I have lived ever since.

My father taught his yogic lifestyle, 

my mother, influences from family

who practiced Western medicine.

Both of them loved Ayurveda.

I encountered Taoism during these early years.

 

I loved art, science and maths equally, but chose to become a visual artist,

developing my work with exhibitions, commissions, writing and teaching.

I worked with earth materials - charcoal, pigments, wood, sand, clay, metal

- became a certified welder and used other processes - concrete, plaster, steam ...

In this era I was also committed to social justice and therapeutic work.

Decades of  yogic and taoist practices showed me how all of this was holistically connected.

So I realised that I wanted to develop it to a higher level as a qualified practitioner.

 

I found that the sophisticated knowledge of the Chinese medicine paradigm allows both

practitioner and patient to work creatively together to maintain best health.

So I chose it as the beautiful bridge between my yogic and taoist knowledge.

 

Ongoing, I continuously study medical conditions and evidence base research.

Alongside the range of issues Chinese medicine is well known to help,

such as pain, digestion, insomnia, gynaecology, eczema, etc.,

I am especially interested in emotional wellbeing.

 

I notice that emotional balance is the root of physical and spiritual health.

I research and work extensively with PTSD and Complex Trauma

from both Chinese medicine and Western psychotherapy/biomedicine perspectives.

 

I see people unfold their qi into the world around them,

sharing their lives like living sculptures, poems, paintings, novels, films.

I feel privileged when I can share the intelligence of Chinese medicine

to help them steer through their chosen pathways.

© 2017 - Veena Stephenson, BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, Lic Ac, Dip Qigong Tui Na, MBAcC, BA (Hons) Fine Art

Commissioned photography - © Swen Paterson

Other mages courtesy of BAcC and Wix