Oxford Riding School
The WellBeing Clinic
1 Windmill Road
My name is Joe Jennings. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce a little bit about myself and my journey as a practitioner. I run Holisitc Health Oxford. I am a qualified acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner and have a lot of experience in using diet and lifestyle to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
I always wanted to be able to help people get over illnesses and improve their wellbeing. However, it took a gap year in South-East Asia to get me interested in Chinese medicine. Whilst I was travelling I picked up a few Daoist books and was fascinated by their approach to health, wellbeing and spirituality. Their holistic view on health and philosophy, that we are merely a part of the great web of nature, was particularly compelling. Whilst I was out there I had my first experience with meditation, which blew my mind! I also picked up ideas on diet and lifestyle that began my investigation and experimentation into what is the best nutrition for us.
When I came back to the UK I did a few online nutrition courses, did some fairly extreme fasts and cleanses and totally changed my diet. And I felt amazing!
I started considering complementary and alternative medicine courses around the UK. After deliberating between naturopathy and Chinese medicine for a while, doing a short auricular acupuncture course and visiting a few universities, I eventually settled with Chinese medicine. In the end, it was that it was its own standalone practice, with its own history, theory, philosophy and diagnostic tools that clinched it.
I chose to study at Middlesex university as, I felt, it had the best links with China, the busiest clinic and options to practice in NHS pain clinics as well. It was a four-year course that was very well rounded. We had a good mix of anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnostic skills and nutrition from a western perspective as well as Chinese medicine theory, meridian lines, herbal medicine and formula, diagnostics and pathology from an eastern perspective. And tonnes of clinic time! But boy was it hard. I almost quit during the second year as the sheer quantity of information we had to absorb and the constant shifting between latin rooted medical terminology and mandarin rooted medical terminology seriously made my head spin. However, with the help of a few nifty acupoints, I got through it. I qualified with a 1st class honours, had my dissertation published in a reputable journal and even got an award for excellence from the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Which was nice.
After I graduated I ran a small private practice, mainly seeing people in their homes. Then I managed to get a job working in rehab centres. I was seeing almost 20 people a week with all kinds of physical and psychological troubles. It was pretty intense work at times, but it was also incredibly rewarding and humbling to see so many people of all walks of life. It was amazing to be part of a well-rounded team and to really be helping people who wouldn’t usually be able to access Chinese medicine. And it was great to see how beneficial it was. Sadly, after nearly 4 years, the funding was cut. So I was no longer able to work in recovery.
I now have ten years of clinical experience and work at a few clinics around Oxford, as well as doing the odd home visit. I am happy to take on a wide variety of conditions and will always do my best for the individual. If I feel I am unable to help I will let you know and refer you to someone more suitable.
The areas in which I am most experienced with and enjoy working with are; aches and pains, anxiety, depression and other mental ill health issues, digestive ailments, headaches and migraines, sleep issues, skin conditions and allergies.
If you would like to have a chat with me about your health concerns, feel free to email me or call in office hours.
Wishing you vibrant health and wellbeing
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc TCM (1st class honors) Middlesex University 2007 - 2011
Expertise and achievements
- Areas I am particularly experienced in are: addiction, aches and painful conditions, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive disorders, headaches and migraines, dysmenorrhea and fertility, hay-fever and other allergies and some skin conditions.
- Upon completion of my degree I was presented with an award for academic excellence by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- My dissertation, a piece of primary research into raw food nutrition, was published in The Journal of Chinese Medicine.
11/2017 - current
Acupuncturist and herbal medicine practitioner, The WellBeing Clinic
- I am very excited to be joining the team at the WellBeing Clinic and continuing my service to the community.
04/2015 - 11/2016
Acupuncturist, Turning Point Oxford and Witney
- Continuing my work in addiction, but now with high risk service users; this was a tougher group to work with as most weeks I saw someone in severe distress. However, even if they came in troubled they usually left a lot calmer.
01/2014 - 07/2014 Acupuncturist, Community Acupuncture at Oxford Community Health Hub Oxford
- I helped to start up a clinic in a community centre that provided low cost treatment to make our services more accessible.
- We ran a multi-bed clinic that led me to speed up my diagnosis and needling.
05/2013 - 1/2014
Acupuncturist, Clinic on the Green Bletchingdon
- A small start-up clinic in Oxfordshire. I joined the initial team and saw a variety of local clients.
03/2013 - 04/2015
Acupuncturist, Lifeline Oxford and Witney
- I helped people that would usually not be able to access such services to abstain from their substances by relieving physical and psychological distress.
2010 - current
Practitioner: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition and breathwork
- Since leaving university I have maintained a small practice with house visits to make it easier for those with less mobility or that do not want to visit a clinic.
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My fees vary slightly depending upon which clinic you see me at, but are generally
1st session, 90mins, £65
Follow-ups, 60mins, £45
1st session, 60mins, £40
Follow-ups, 30mins, £20
I try to be as fair as I can with prices, operating a sliding scale where necessary as well as bulk discounts.
I also do wellbeing in the workplace acupuncture. Please get in touch for more details.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
The Wellbeing Clinic Saturday 9am-1pm, Monday 10am-6pm Helix House Wednesday 10am-6pm Centaur Chiropractic Friday 10am-6pm