Penny Clay
Hello my name is Penny Clay and I run this clinic and am based in Southampton. I trained at the International College of Oriental Medicine in East Grinstead and graduated after 4 years full-time study in 1987. 
I am a full member of the British Acupuncture Council and adhere to the Code of Safe Practice and Code of Professional Conduct. I am registered with the Local Authority and fully insured for professional indemnity with the British Acupuncture Council. The needles I use are disposable and I only use them once. 
I am a Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner.  
Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with acupuncture is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be compromised and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of sign and symptoms that reflect an imbalance. The herbs are available in a number of different formats, both traditional and modern. They are also now prescribed commonly as freeze dried powders or granules or come in pills or traditional herbs to boil or in tea form. 
As an energy medicine, acupuncture can be used to treat all kinds of difficulty and conditions by encouraging and supporting a return to harmony and balance in the body (see Acupuncture in brief below and Acupuncture in detail). 
Acupuncture can help many different states and conditions in fact the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain. 
Acupuncture is particularly helpful with: 
Headaches - tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines. 
Anxiety and depression; stress and anxiety over exams driving tests and going to the dentist etc. 
Knee pain, post surgery pain, sciatica, back pain, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, bell's palsy and facial neuralgia, plantar fasciitis, gout, shingles. 
I have undertaken many post-graduate studies amongst them:- Obstetetrics and Fertility at the Royal College of Physicians, 2006; Zita West Network 2012 -13 and 2013-14 Acupuncture and IVF; Obstetric Acupuncture with Deborah Betts, Sarah Budd and Jani White; Mazin Al-Khafaji's 4-day Skin, Allergy and Auto-Immunity; Michael McIntyre's Gy naecological Seminar; Shulan Tang - Chinese Dietary Therapy; Shulan Tang's Gyneacology seminar, Jill Glover's seminar on IVF and Acupuncture. Also a series of lecture last year by Michael McIntyre (the Herbalist) on effective of Chinese Herbs for Diabetes, Fertility Issues, Emotional and Mental Health and making different creams and poultices for different ailments. 
I specialise in children’s acupuncture, fertility acupuncture and supporting women undertaking IVF, women’s issues, smoking and weight problems, neurological conditions, eye problems, back pain and migraine and I am now using facial revitalising acupuncture – it is a remarkably relaxing treatment and helps people look and feel better, suitable for both men and women. 
My aim is to make each treatment a relaxing and pleasant experience, its not just about dealing with the problem the body is manifesting but also about talking to someone, and being listened to and feeling more relaxed. 
Acupuncture Explained 
Fertility and IVF Acupuncture 
Enquirydit it. 
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