Deborah Tanguy, BHSc, MBAcC
Welcome to Wholebody Acupuncture.
I spent my childhood in Hong Kong and have always been interested in Chinese culture and medicine but it wasn't until I was in my 20s that I had my first acupuncture treatment. A few months later, I became so fascinated by Chinese Medicine that I signed up for acupuncture school and have never looked back!
I completed my BHSc in Acupuncture in Christchurch and had the most amazing but also challenging few years. In 2010/2011, Christchurch experienced disastrous earthquakes that caused major damage to the city, many people were injured and there were almost 200 fatalities. I was privileged to be able to help at the New Zealand Earthquake Recovery Centre where I treated many patients who were seriously affected by physical and emotional trauma and I really learnt to appreciate the true impact that shock and trauma can have.
I spent 6 months on the beautiful island of Antigua in the Caribbean. This was a totally different experience where I treated a wide range of patients including locals who had very limited access to health care, holiday makers and even competitive athletes.
I started Wholebody Acupuncture when I returned to the UK and now have a clinic in Plymouth, where I treat a whole range of issues including;
I'm always looking at new techniques and methods to help my patients. I am trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine but I often incorporate Japanese style acupuncture and moxibustion in my treatments, and for those that are very needle shy, it is possible to use no needles at all.
While Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of things, I have a special interest in Womens Health & Fertility and chronic illness management; it's wonderful to be able to offer hope and relief to patients who feel like their options are very limited. The beauty of acupuncture is that it suits everybody, and as Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, we have a totally different way of looking at the body and can often see a way forward when convention medicine can't.
I really love helping people to start or grow their family, especially when they've been having difficulty. When it comes to fertility, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have a totally different perspective and diagnosis that can offer so much to help and support couples to have a baby.
Whether you are planning a natural pregnancy and birth or require intervention from ART or IVF, Acupuncture can help with your physical and mental wellbeing.
I often use Dr Tan style acupuncture for pain management which allows to treat the area of pain or injury without having to actually touch where it hurts! I also use scalp acupuncture which is very popular and successful in China for patients with a wide range of neurodegenerative conditions.
For babies and children, I use Japanese shonishin and median therapy which is very gentle and requires no needles at all!
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