Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM)
Traditional East Asian Medicine originated in China over 4000 years ago. The ancient Chinese believed that body, mind and spirit were inseparable. The belief that the foundation of good health and prevention of disease is the flow of Qi within the body and the perfect balance of its two opposing components: Yin and Yang continues to be the basis of East Asian medicine today. Modern science calls this dynamic equilibrium homeostasis.
Traditional East Asian medicine is a complete and holistic medical system consisting of Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Dietary therapy, Tuina Massage, Qigong exercise & meditation, and numerous supplementary therapies; it concentrates on treating the person not the disease. By restoring balance to a disrupted flow of Qi within the meridian and organ systems, it allows the body to heal itself.
Margella’s initial encounter with complementary health was during the 1970’s. Her own highly positive personal experience with diet, herbal medicine, and acupuncture was the motivating force behind her passion for optimum health and her on-going study of a spectrum of therapeutic disciplines that has spanned 4 decades. She has studied a variety of traditional therapies from China, Japan and Korea, with a number of prominent doctors and modern masters. She works eclectically and is dedicated to helping others achieve optimum health
Margella has a particular interest in all aspects of women’s health and fertility and has studied with a number of specialists in the field. She regularly supports women with Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and helps many women with the common diagnosis of ‘unexplained’ infertility, which can often be demystified when viewed from an East Asian Medicine perspective. Margella also offers treatments for male fertility issues such as low sperm count, mobility and morphology issues and lifestyle and dietary support alongside treatment for couples undergoing assisted reproduction such as IVF, ICSI and IUI. Margella usually continues to support women throughout their pregnancy with antenatal acupuncture, treating complaints such as nausea, constipation and high blood pressure. She highly recommends birth preparation acupuncture from 34 weeks, which has been shown to reduce the duration of labour and lessen the pain. Acupuncture and moxibustion also have a high success rate in turning babies in the breech position.
Margella also specialises in supporting people with cancer using acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary and lifestyle coaching. She is passionate about helping individuals of all ages reverse the process of ageing and degeneration, to resolve the root causes of disorders they may have and to help them restore balance and wellbeing.
• Whittington Hospital NHS Pain Clinic (Archway)
• North Middlesex Hospital NHS Pain Clinic (Edmonton)
• Asanté Academy of Chinese Medicine (Archway)
• Beijing Xi Yuan Hospital for Chinese Medicine (cardiology, neurology, respiratory, gynaecology, dermatology, paediatric, surgery, acupuncture & general medical ward)
• Beijing China-Japan Friendship Hospital (acupuncture, gynaecology wards)
First class honours degree Chinese Medicine, Middlesex University
Bachelor of Medicine, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Continuing Professional Development and other training
Since 2005 Margella has undertaken extensive postgraduate studies In Japanese Acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto and more recently in Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) and Traditional East Asian Medicine with Jong Baik. These modern masters are both leading Sinologists and exponents of the Chinese classics and Chinese classical medicine. She regularly attends lectures with on a wide range of subjects and is engaged in on-going study with Susan Johnson on Master Tung’s acupuncture.
In addition to Chinese Medicine, Margella is also trained and qualified in:
• Esoteric Astrology
• Macrobiotic Nutrition and Healing
• Therapeutic Healing
• Acupuncture for Gynaecology - Guest lecturer at South Bank University
• KHT - Introductory level.
Margella is a fully insured practitioner member of:
• Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)
• European Herbal Practitioners Association (EHTPA)
• British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
• Royal Society of Medicine (RSM)
• British Society for Integrative Oncology (BSIO)
• NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners
Welwyn Garden City
+44 7942 025375
The initial consultation will last 90-120 minutes depending on the purpose of the visit, with subsequent visits lasting around 60-75 minutes and generally take place at 1-4 week intervals.
Prior to attending your first appointment you will be asked to complete a full case history questionnaire during which you will be asked to answer questions regarding your medical history, current condition and your general diet and lifestyle habits. These will then be discussed at the consultation. The Tongue and Pulse will be then be examined as these indicate the condition of the Qi, Blood and vital organs and therefore the overall health. There may also be a further physical examination where considered necessary.
A diagnosis will then be made and suitable treatment plan formulated together with the patient, which will generally include advice on diet and lifestyle. The consultation will be followed by a session of acupuncture.
The healing process is a partnership between patient and practitioner. Margella aims to support people to make the right choices and to achieve a maintain good health.
“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”
Traditional East Asian Medicine or TEAM is a comprehensive system of healing. Acupuncture, Herbal medicine and associated therapies can be used alone or alongside conventional medicine to treat the majority of disorders. In addition to treating specific conditions TEAM is increasingly being used to strengthen the nervous and immune systems to prevent the onset of disease, to promote well being and to prevent and reverse the ageing process. Conditions treated include:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Neckand Shoulder Pain
Nervous System Disorders
Face Lifting & Rejuvenation
Low Sperm Count
Assisted IVF, ICSI and IU
Turning Breech Babies
Other Menstrual Problems