Physiology | Acupuncture Clinic Torquay, Paignton, Brixham.



In trying to understand the workings of the human body, the Chinese took a very different approach to those in the West. In the West we dissected bodies in order to understand their intricate details. In ancient China they instead looked to the big picture portrayed by nature.

Chinese Theory

The Chinese had already developed a sophisticated philosophy on the working of the natural world, and they extended this to their understanding of health. Thus, the theory runs: this is how nature works and as we are all part of nature, this must also be how we work…

Western Theory

As Western medical research develops, the emphasis has remained on detail. The Human Genome project, MRI imaging and brain research amongst others, are all continuing to increase the accuracy of detail. This research is also uncovering increasing links between aspects of our physiology that were unsuspected. What astonished me is how often these correlate spectacularly to those connections identifies by the Chinese thousands of years ago.

East Meets West

This section of the website is being developed to try and provide information from both the Eastern and the Western perspective and to eventually attempt to bridge the gap between them.


Rachel Geary

Rachel Geary BA(Hons), Lic. Ac. MBAcC is a fully qualified acupuncturist, having graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in 2002. She has previously practised in Inverness and Barnstaple. "I first became interested in acupuncture whilst I was at university studying History and Philosophy. I was particularly drawn to eastern philosophy, which I found particularly elegant and beautiful. I then went on to complete a three and a half year course of study in acupuncture and discovered it to exemplify these very same qualities. I feel very privileged to have been able to learn so much about the Chinese understanding of health and to be able to use this knowledge to help others." Rachel Geary is a Registered Acupuncturist, she is registered at The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), and The Association of Community and Multibed Acupuncture Clinic (ACMAC).