Hi, I'm Elaine, founder of “PURE Acupuncture NI”, after 3 years of study at Acupuncture Foundation Ireland in Dublin where I received my Professional Diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (Dip.Ac.).
So why did I decide to practice Traditional Chinese Medicine, and how did I come up with the name “PURE Acupuncture NI?” Well, apart from the obvious - being an acupuncturist and living in Northern Ireland - my daughter is called Caitlin, which generally is believed to mean “Pure”. That little girl is our world, but also our ‘miracle’. She is the reason that I was introduced to the world of acupuncture and all of the wonderfulness that it can offer. Four years after being married, we were dealt the devastating news that we would never be able to conceive naturally. However, following a series of treatments at a private fertility clinic in Belfast, alongside acupuncture sessions to complement the medical procedures, Caitlin arrived safely into the world. I had never heard of acupuncture before then, but was willing to invest in anything to aid our chances of conceiving. It paid off, and then throughout the pregnancy itself, I continued to receive treatments to help alleviate symptoms such as morning sickness, low energy and insomnia. I was blown away with how much it helped me, while I loved how relaxed and chilled I felt afterwards.
Since then, I have continued to look to acupuncture to alleviate the symptoms or assist in the healing of various ailments that I have picked up along the way with age – lower back pain, sinus issues, urine infections, anxiety and stress. It has meant that I have been able to avoid relying too heavily on western medicines such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, and the side effects that can accompany them. I now take a pro-active approach to my health, trying to keep everything in balance in order to prevent poor health.
The reason that I then went on to choose Traditional Chinese Acupuncture as a profession, was my desire to share my passion of acupuncture and natural health with more and more people, while reaping the incredible reward of making a person’s life healthier, and therefore happier. I enjoy being able to bridge the gap between holistic and western medicine while providing a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which to heal.
I truly love my job and feel blessed to be able to enjoy my practice daily, and embrace every challenge with passion and determination. I am always looking to integrate new treatments and therapies into my practice and believe that continued learning is important for any good Acupuncturist.
In my spare time, when I don’t have my nose stuck in Chinese medicine books to further my knowledge, I love to be in the outdoors. If I am not out training with my local running club, you will find me taking my aging dog on short walks in the countryside, or coaxing my daughter to go for a bike ride or paddle along the River Lagan.