Ann Brownbill - Traditional Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy in Codicote Wéidào Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic Wéidào Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic

About Ann

Ann graduated with a First Class BSc Honours degree in TCM in 2008 and was also presented with the University’s Ellis Snitcher prize for Integrative Medicine.

Ann qualified with a Diploma in Naturopathy and Acupuncture with the College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine, London in 2002. After 18 months in practice, she decided that she wanted to gain further skills in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in order to enhance the care of her clients. Whilst continuing to maintain her practice, she undertook a 4 year degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Middlesex University, London. This course is regarded as Europe's leading TCM programme as it covers the main TCM therapies – acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping and moxibustion and also provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Western medical diagnostic and clinical skills. TCM clinical practice takes place at both the Asanté Academy of Chinese Medicine in Archway, London, and Whittington Hospital NHS Pain Clinic, and is continuous throughout the 4 years. The programme is fully accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) and the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association Accreditation Board.

Ann graduated with a First Class BSc Honours degree in TCM in 2008 and was also presented with the University’s Ellis Snitcher prize for Integrative Medicine. Whilst she was undertaking this degree she completed a Diploma in Tuîná (Chinese therapeutic massage) at the Asanté Academy of Chinese Medicine in Archway, London.

She has a great love of China and has visited several times both to travel and work. She has studied at both the Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University and The Yunnan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, gaining insight into various specialities such as Rheumatology, Nephrology, Paediatrics, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Internal medicine and the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Outpatients department.

Ann is also a qualified nurse and has been nursing since 1988. She specialised in intensive care for 10 years and since 2005, has been working in a hospice. Her experience has taught her the value of examining the causes which may underlie current symptoms, whether they are physical, emotional/mental and/or spiritual. Also, her Western medical experience provides an invaluable underpinning of knowledge to the work that she is now doing. 

Academically, in addition to her Chinese medicine and nursing qualifications, Ann also has an Honours degree in Social Anthropology from Kent University and a Diploma in Professional Practice (Acute and Critical Care) from the University of Luton. Following on from voluntary experience working in a clinic for drug users in London, she has contributed a chapter on the use of acupuncture in the treatment of drug addiction to a textbook “Electro acupuncture – a practical manual and resource” edited by David Mayor and published in 2007.

Ann is a member of the main professional regulatory bodies for Chinese medicine in the United Kingdom. These bodies – the British Acupuncture Council and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine – both require that their members are properly qualified practitioners who are bound by strict Codes of Ethics and Good Practice and have full professional insurance.

Ann has a particular interest in, and is a passionate advocate of, the use of TCM in the treatment of fertility issues for men and women – whether that be enhancing their natural fertility or supporting couples undergoing conventional Western assisted conception programmes. She is also experienced in providing acupuncture for women throughout their pregnancy and in the post-natal period.

In addition to her thriving private practice, Ann co-founded and managed an antenatal acupuncture clinic, Maternity Acupuncture Support, based at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. The success of this venture, together with the active encouragement of a number of the Obstetric and Gynaecological Consultants at the hospital, led Ann and her business partner to establish Fertility Acupuncture Support – a dedicated fertility acupuncture clinic also based at Lister Hospital.

Her particular interest in fertility and obstetrics has led her to undertake in-depth post-graduate training in these areas. She is a member of the Acupuncture for Childbirth Team (ACT) in Hertfordshire – an affiliation of acupuncturists with expertise in obstetric and fertility care, whose focus is on the continuing professional development of its members through shared experience and on-going training. She is similarly affiliated to the Zita West National Network.