Ms Caroline Graham (Chinese medicine practitioner)
“Hi, my name is Carol, and I love to help anyone whose body is suffering from pain, or whose life is affected by a health problem (such as living with anxiety, or having no energy or enjoyment of life), and to help restore them back to having full, happy lives again.
I have been a full-time acupuncturist since 2008, though I started helping people at a much earlier age; when I was at boarding school, I was handsomely paid for my massage skills (‘Chicken in a Biscuit’ was like gold in my eyes!).
HOW I CAME TO ACUPUNCTURE After study in Community Welfare, I worked for five years in Fortitude Valley as a Youth worker connecting and supporting homeless young people, and then as Coordinator of a sexual health program. I loved this work but had a break to start a family.
My first child Moses had a very unpleasant health issue which was causing him a lot of pain and discomfort. After his condition was fully investigated at a hospital, I took him to see an acupuncturist, who was able to sort out his issue with some simple acupuncture, herbs, and good practical advice.
This inspired me to become an acupuncturist, with a view of opening a paediatric acupuncture clinic. However the journey of parenting and moves around the globe slowed up my study. After 14 years(!) I finally graduated, but as I was no longer surrounded by babies my focus changed. Some of my fellow students and I organized our own study trip to China, and we spent a month working in 3 different Chinese Medicine hospitals.
In the meantime I had qualified and worked as a massage therapist.
After my return from China, I discovered the world of Japanese acupuncture, and now this is the basis of my treatments. I have completed many post-graduate courses and seminars, including the Kiiko Matsumoto style, Manaka Protocols, Advanced Moxibustion training, meridian therapy, Auricular Therapy, and Paediatric Acupuncture. For example, in 2015 I attended a 3 day seminar in Japan on advanced techniques by two master acupuncturists (Masaaki Nakano and Mitsunori Seino). This was the first time one of the masters had ever taught non-Japanese practitioners, and acupuncturists from all over the world came to learn, including from Switzerland, Mexico and Brazil. I was privileged to then spend an entire day studying under the personal direction of another master, Tsuyoshi Shimamura, in his clinic.
All of this training has provided me with a rich variety of different skills to incorporate into my treatments.
- Affiliated Clinics
- Centenary Natural Therapies Clinic