Andy Goodwin has been working as an Acupuncturist in Cambridge since 2003. Using classical Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as his guiding principle, he integrates his acupuncture with tuina massage (TCM-based massage techniques) and many years of experience gained in the field of guidance/counselling.
This produces a highly personalised approach that considers individual clients in a holistic way. There is an emphasis on both emotional and physical factors and how these can impact on the individual's health in the busy world we live in. At all times, the client is in control and will be encouraged to be involved in any programme of treatment through a consideration of lifestyle changes (when appropriate).
Andy would encourage any patients who are interested in treatment to refer to his professional body's website and consider research into the benefits that acupuncture can bring. Furthermore, in keeping with the guidelines of that professional body (The British Acupuncture Council) it is advised that it is rare for a single treatment to eliminate a patient's problem. However, acute symptoms may be greatly eased with one or two sessions. It is more common for patients to undergo up to five sessions and this will then be followed by a review of progress between Andy and the patient.
Patients are advised that they can withdraw from treatment at any stage, emphasising that they are in control. Furthermore, under no circumstances will Andy ever recommend that a patient should stop medication prescribed by a GP without the patient discussing this first of all with the GP.
Finally, Andy is keen for patients to understand that he sees his treatment as a 'complimentary' therapy, and not an 'alternative' therapy. This means that he is happy to treat patients alongside other treatment. His goal is to integrate traditional Chinese medicine with other approaches, or in isolation, with the ultimate goal of supporting patients to achieve the level of health that they desire.