Giles can restore your health by pragmatically using powerful methods of natural healing. He learned these in his University training and clinical internship in a Chinese hospital; and refined them in clinical practice with the guidance of experienced mentors. His path from contact sports to the less forceful disciplines of aikijujutsu and taijiquan has made him a dedicated and empathetic practitioner with a personal knowledge of the causes and treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions, especially those endured by active people. An awareness of the prevalence of digestive problems has made him devote himself to finding the best Chinese Medicine treatments for them and he has successfully applied these methods in clinic.
So how did a white boy become a Chinese Medicine Doctor? Somehow the path led there.
A love of intellectual learning led to reading Daoist philosophy and Chinese Medicine theory. Hard training and contact sport brought injuries that were effectively treated with acupuncture, and brought an interest in practice. A transition to more gentle and harmonious physical training led to practicing the philosophy and theory in tangible ways.
It is this natural path to being a practitioner, without some kind of epiphany on the road and dramatic change of track, that has given Giles a pragmatic approach to Chinese medicine. No evangelical fervour and preaching about repentance here, it's medicine not a religion. There is a balanced way to live that can keep you healthy, but we can get there gradually.
Giles graduated from RMIT with distinction with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology and Chinese Medicine which ended with a four month, ful-ltime, intensive internship at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing. He is registered with AHPRA as an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner, and Herb Dispenser, and is a member of the professional association for Chinese Medicine Practitioners, AACMA. He has gained experience in treating many health problems in his clinical work, and by volunteering at the Wellington in Collingwood, which provides free treatment to the disadvantaged. He has also been extremely fortunate to be able to learn from renowned Chinese Herbalist and Gynaecologist, Steven Clavey.
One more thing about this path. With the transition to gentler training he has now been practising aiki-jujutsu for 20 years. This practice has made him responsive and empathetic, which he says no-one warned him about as he probably would have objected. These are useful qualities for a health practitioner though.
Giles teaches Butokuryu Aikijujutsu at the Melbourne Aikijujutsu Club