Jessica Darling believes that most conditions start as dis-eases, and it is only through putting up and putting off treatments that these dis eases become diseases. To her, it is the practitioners job together with the patient go through the timeline of these conditions and tease out the most important threads, that binds them all together and then give the appropriate treatment and advice. Our bodies want to be well it is just there are so many factors out there standing in our way – stress, pollution, processed foods, advertising we have forgotten how to be well.
Jessica moved from the UK to China in 1954, aged six, when her father, a British doctor, took a role working in Beijing. All her education took place in China, and in Chinese, until she returned to England at 21. She is bilingual in Chinese and English.
After her nursing training at the Royal London Hospital, she went back to China in 1975 and completed an acupuncture apprenticeship course in Beijing. In 1983 she set up the Poplar Acupuncture Centre, which later evolved into Pathways Trust, where she has worked ever since. From 1994 to1997 Jessica worked on an innovative project offering complementary medicine in the outpatients department at Lewisham Hospital, London. Under the NHS initiative, run by the South East London Health Trust, patients were referred for acupuncture treatment by hospital consultants and their local GP.
Jessica completed a course in Chinese herbal medicine in London in 1990. She has also extensively studied nutrition since the late 1990s and it plays a major role in her treatments. Her advice to patients takes into account all aspects of patient’s life and it based on over 40 years of experience of working with patients.
Aside from treating patients in Tower Hamlets and running Pathways Trust, Jessica has also done clinical supervision for the various colleges of Acupuncture in the UK for several years. Apart from Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture, moxibustion, gu asha, and Chinese Herbal medicine, Jessica is also offering VEGA testing and Nutritional advice.
VEGA testing is using a VEGA machine to test 108 common foods and environmental pollutants’ electronically to asses the persons tolerance or intolerance level. It’s based on electrical resistance. The higher the resistance the more intolerant you are. This is a useful guide for people suffering from IBS and other digestive disorders.
Nutritional advice When people come for a treatment we always ask about your lifestyle and diet and how this effects you for better or for worse. Based on your answers we may make some suggestions in either changing the way you do things or to include certain foods and supplements into your daily routine.