Joanna Niccala Swiecka

Joanna is an acupuncturist, member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

Her aim is to understand the causes and conditions leading to symptoms and support patients through their healing journey, be it through acupuncture, tuina massage, cupping, guasha, gi gong exercises or nutritional and life style advice.

She is solution focussed and practically minded, willing to help her patients find what works for them. In this she is guided primarily by Classical Chinese Medicine and her understanding of the human condition and how to live happily. She regularly attends Classical Chinese and Functional Medicine training to support her practice, as she finds combining the ancient and the cutting-edge medical knowledge is effective.

Currently she is studying with the Institute of Functional Medicine to complete the Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. She is also enrolled on the Integrative Oncology Professional Training with the American Institute of Integrative Oncology.

What to expect when you come for treatment? Allow 1h30min for your first appointment. Your subsequent appointments are likely to take 1h. Eat prior to 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 the deeper currents of beliefs and attitudes. Be prepared to engage with your healing journey on all levels: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

Biography. Joanna was born in Poland leaving at age nineteen to study English in the UK. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003 and before that worked with asylum seekers and refugees. Her life experience led her away from the legal profession and she dedicated the next decade to exploring the path of meditation, living more simply and more ethically. She lived at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery for four years. This time gave rise to her interest in ways of healing.

She practises at Pathways to help make quality treatment available at affordable rates, enjoys multi-bed practice, has worked at the Old Street Acupuncture Clinic and was a member of the Association for Community and Multibed Clinics (ACMAC). She also volunteered at St Joseph’s Hospice in East London.

Functional medicine emphasises a definable and teachable process of integrating multiple knowledge bases within a pragmatic intellectual matrix that focuses on 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™. I attended and completed the AFMCP™-UK training in London in 2018.