Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Practitioners

Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine has a selection of carefully chosen skilled practitioners.  Each are experts in their field, well-known for their specialist treatments - so you can benefit from the best that Chinese medicine has to offer. 

These experts include Chinese doctors, herbal therapists and acupuncturists, as well as Western trained doctors with additional training in Chinese Medicine.  Together, they can assist in managing an incredibly wide range of acute and chronic conditions.

Avicenna's Main Practitioners


Mazin Al-Khafaji

Mazin started his studies in Chinese medicine and the Chinese language in 1979, and gained his Doctor of Chinese Medicine from Shanghai College of TCM in 1987.

He is respected worldwide as an inspirational  teacher and clinician and co-author of the textbook Manual of Acupuncture.

Mazin specialises in: Dermatology, auto-immune & allergic disease.

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Ying Fan

Ying Fan graduated as Doctor of Chinese Medicine from the prestigious Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. Subsequently she gained an additional Master of Chinese Medicine in both Western and Chinese Medicine Dermatology, and has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards.

Over the last 7 years she has undergone rotation in several specialist departments at Guanganmen Hospital in Beijing, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences. Specialisations include emergency outpatients, Acupuncture, Tuina, and Gynaecology, as well as in-patients of Cardiovascular & Respiratory disease, Nephrology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Immunology, Oncology, and Gastroenterology.

She brings a wide and practical skill set to Avicenna adding a range of dermatological treatment options apart from Herbal prescriptions. These include facial Gua Sha and massage, acupuncture / moxibusion / cupping therapy / fire needling (a method of treating a variety of recalcitrant skin conditions, such as herpes zoster, post-herpetic neuralgia, lichen simplex, persistent pruritus etc).


Jeremy Marshall

Practitioner of Classical Chinese Medicine and 6th Generation Disciple of Wu style Tai Ji Quan.

Jeremy graduated from Westminster University in Traditional Chinese Medicine; Acupuncture in 2007 (BSc Hons).

Jeremy specialises in: chronic and acute pain, as well as issues of immunity. He also specialises in teaching Qi Gong to recover and maintain good health.

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Isabel Cherry

Isabel has been studying and practicing Chinese Medicine for over a decade. She has a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Chinese Medicine as well as achieving distinction level in her post-graduate diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Isabel is a member of  the Associate Clinician Scheme and  sees Skin and Allergy patients under Mazin Al-Khafaji's supervision.

Isabel specialises in: dermatology and gynaecology.

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Virgina Wood

Virginia is an experienced acupuncturist and herbalist and has been practising Chinese medicine since 1988. She qualified in herbal medicine in 1994 at The London School of Chinese medicine under Mazin Al-Khafaji and Michael McIntyre. In 2012 she completed a specialised diploma course in dermatology with Mazin Al-Khafaji.

Since then she has worked in England, New Zealand and more recently in Italy where she taught Chinese herbal medicine in various schools.

In 1997 she studied under Dr Xu in Nanjing and has since specialised in gynaecology, particularly infertility, working with midwives and in hospitals assisting in births.

She teaches Yoga and has a particular interest in yoga therapy. She runs a Yoga Teachers Training program licensed by the Yoga Alliance.

Virginia specialises in: General health, gynaecology and fertility.

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