My name is Su Bhagi and, in 2005, I founded the Enerqi Acupuncture and Reiki Clinic in west Swindon. Since then, I have trained in Chinese Nutritional Therapy and, over the years, have attended various Continual Professional Development Courses in order to increase my knowledge base.
My education background has mainly been focused on Sciences and, having studied Chemistry and Physics at College, I went on to study Chemical Engineering at University. After gaining a 2:1 (hons) degree in 1996, I started my working life as a Commissioning Engineer, working on various treatment plants across the UK.
Changing my outlook on life
Unfortunately, during this time, my younger sister was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away, two years later. I was still employed in the Engineering field, but this traumatic event stopped me in my tracks and changed my outlook on life, completely. I began to re-evaluate my priorities and quickly realised that I was not happy working in a career that I knew, deep down, wasn’t for me. I needed to find purpose in life and didn’t want to spend the majority of my time working on machinery, or sat behind a desk at a computer, but I had no idea which direction to go in. After a few years of soul searching, the only criteria I had in mind was to find a career where I could help people in some way.
The mind/body connection
For a number of years, I spent time researching the likely causes of cancer and, over the years, began to learn about the connection between the mind and body. It was then that I stumbled across acupuncture and, after a little more research, I discovered that this form of medicine took into account the state of the mind of a person and their diet/lifestyle, as well as their physical symptoms. It confirmed my own belief that what we ate, our thought patterns and general lifestyle, together, determine our overall health. This is something that I had not come across in modern medicine; the use of synthetic drugs to treat symptoms, rather than the cause of illness, somehow did not make sense to me. However, I had now discovered a form of medicine that was truly holistic and one that made more sense than anything else I had ever come across, so I knew that this was the direction I needed to go in.
The journey began
Within a month of discovering acupuncture, I gave up my career in Engineering and, in September 2002, embarked on a degree in Acupuncture. The course was fascinating and covered many subjects, from western pathology & physiology to eastern philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).Three years later, I was awarded a 2:1 Honours Degree in Acupuncture, from Portsmouth University.
Today, I work in a busy clinic, treating people for a variety of conditions. So far, this career has been the most rewarding experience for me; seeing people achieve better health after treatment, continues to drive my passion for this medicine. My aim is always to educate people on how they can take care of their health better, so that minimal treatment, if any, will be required.
One of the main areas that many people come to me for is gynaecological conditions and fertility issues. I am happy to say that I have successfully helped many couples to conceive, either naturally, or via support during IVF/ICSI. Another area that is commonly seen in clinic, and one that I have a keen interest in, is digestive disorders, especially IBS. For most conditions, I use a combination of acupuncture and nutritional therapy, which, together have proven to be very beneficial.