Louise Davis                                                                                             

I began to question the effectiveness and efficiency of modern, western medicine when I worked as a young registered nurse in the UK. During my studies for my Masters Degree, at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. I reviewed the literature on the prevention of coronary heart disease.  I also studied the writings of Ivan Illich author of "Medical Nemesis". I became acutely aware that prevention of disease through life-style change was more effective than treatment of established disease through modern western medicine.  In other words the key to optimum health was investment in staying well and not in treatment of illness.

Many years later I had the opportunity to train as an acupuncturist at The Tai Sophia Institute in Columbia, Maryland, USA.  There, I was priviledged to be taught by Robert Duggan, himself a pupil of Ivan Illich and as I studied the principles and practice of Five Element Acupuncture my thinking was transformed. "Bob" Duggan suggested I read the writings of Nortin M. Hadler M.D., author of "The Last Well Person".  This I gave the nick name, Medical Nemesis revisited.

At Tai Sophia I found a system of Chinese Medicine which would enable me to help my patients stay well, reclaim their health and recover their vitality.  The true meaning of Bob Duggan's words were revealed:

"Your body is wise and your symptoms are your teachers"

" your words as needles"

I can offer you healing with carefully chosen words and accurately placed needles, which will help you transform your life, your health, your thoughts and your well-being.





Education and Training

Tai Sophia Institute, Columbia, MD, Five Element Acupuncture.

AKS Massage School, Herndon, VA, Massage Therapy.

Leeds Metropolitan University,United Kingdom,

Health and Human Behavior.

University of Leeds, United Kingdom, Health Education.

Charing Cross Hospital, London, United Kingdom, Registered Nurse.


Licensed Acupuncturist, L.Ac.

Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM), Dipl. Ac.

Master of Acupuncture, M.Ac.

Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist, CMT. LMT.

Master of Philosophy, M.Phil.

Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, FRSPH.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Health Education, Dip.Hlth.Ed.

I am licensed to practise acupuncture in the State of Virginia, by the Virginia Board of Medicine.