Ms Jonquil Pinto
I am a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council and a PhD researcher at Southampton University. My research is in behaviour change techniques in the context of holistic approaches to health such as traditional Chinese medicine. I practise an integrated style of medicine using traditional Chinese approaches to healthcare informed by current evidence-based research.
My first degree was in cognitive psychology and during this time I also began to practise tai chi. This sparked my interest in traditional East Asian approaches to health and, as I studied this area more, I found the whole-person perspective to be incredibly illuminating. As much as I love cognitive psychology and using the mind to make positive personal change, once I had started to look at health through the holistic lens of Chinese medicine it became clear how useful it is to consider our body, emotions and mind as one system. From this perspective when you treat someone who is anxious or depressed you’re not only thinking about their mind, you also look at their muscles, their digestion and how much exercise they do. You might suggest regular walks or sea-swimming and offer a treatment which relaxes the body and calms the mind.