As Lead Acupuncturist in my practice at Pathways Trust, I work with patients struggling with energy problems, pain, chronic illness and symptoms of all kinds. I’m solution focused and practically minded, willing to help patients find what works for them on their journey towards improved health and wellness.

I’m guided primarily by Classical Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine, ancient and cutting-edge medical knowledge to find and address the root causes of the symptoms of disease and difficulty. I use acupuncture, nutritional and lifestyle advice, and other TCM practices like tuina massage, cupping, Qi Gong and guasha. I’m a member British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

Appointments. I work at Pathways Trust. Please use the button to contact me.

Allow 1h30min for your first appointment. Subsequent appointments are likely to take 1h. Please have some food before your appointments and do not plan a night out with alcohol after your treatment. Instead, take a bit of time to rest and eat well that day. The treatment works best in combination with appropriate adjustments to your diet, exercise, stress management, work/rest balance as well as exploration of beliefs and attitudes. Be prepared to engage with your healing journey on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Functional medicine. I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2018. Functional medicine integrates multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic matrix that focuses on our functionality at many levels, rather than a single treatment for a single diagnosis. Functional medicine uses the patient’s story as a key tool for integrating diagnosis, signs and symptoms, and evidence of clinical imbalances into a comprehensive approach to improve both the patient’s environmental inputs and his or her physiological function. The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches health care professional’s how to apply these principles in practice through an intensive 5 day training course called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice™.

Biography. I was born in Poland, leaving at age nineteen to study English in the UK. I worked with asylum seekers and refugees and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003. In my thirties I lived at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery for four years which gave rise to a desire to practice healing, meditation, and live as simply and ethically as I can. I support multi-bed and accessible acupuncture ventures and volunteer at St Joseph’s Hospice in East London.

Joanna Swiecka is a director of Standing Body Health.