In September 2010 Marianne had the unique opportunity to attend a specialist Fertility and Traditional Chinese Medicine course in Beijing, China. She was one of a small group of 14 experienced Acupuncturists with a specialist interest in fertility chosen from across the UK and Southern Ireland.
The course was led by Zita West, fertility expert, and was hosted at the prestigious Xiyuan Hospital of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. The hospital is part of the International Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine with the World Health Organisation (WHO), being both a national centre both for TCM, and for integrated Traditional and Western Medicine.
The course provided a unique opportunity to see fertility acupuncture and other forms of TCM practised in China, the home of Traditional Chinese Medicine and to see the benefits of integrating western and traditional medicine on such a large scale.
Specialist fertility lectures were given by a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and also by Zita West, providing invaluable additional learning which Marianne and the other acupuncturist believes has been a unique learning opportunity directly benefiting her work here at the clinic.