About us – Rick Mudie

Richard Mudie in consultation with a female client


Rick Mudie has worked in natural health since 1997. He has a BSc degree from Edinburgh University, were he studied Psychology and Anthropology and a BSc (Hons) in Oriental Medicine from Brighton University. He is an experienced member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and a Clinical Supervisor and Course Co-ordinator at The International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM).

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Rick was attracted to Chinese medicine (zhōngyī, 中醫) in 1993 when introduced to Tai Chi and Daoist philosophy (tàojīa, 道教). Encouraged by what he learnt he traveled that summer, to China, to find out more and has practiced Tai Chi and Qi Gong since.  In 1997, having just finished his first degree, a chance meeting lead him to travel with, and work alongside, a traditional Osteopath. Having had a strong interest in healthcare since childhood, the opportunity to travel around Scotland, treating racehorses and their owners, was inspiring. He began studying anatomy and physiology and completed a two-year diploma in therapeutic and remedial massage. It was  then that he started treating people, in a small clinic in Edinburgh.

In 2000 Rick moved South and studied acupuncture for 4 years, full-time, at ICOM, where he learned  Five-Element ‘Stems and Branches’ acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After graduating in 2004, he was asked to work alongside Pauline van Buren, the Principle of ICOM at the time and wife of the late Dr. van Buren, who had founded the college in 1972. Once a week, for 4 years, Rick traveled to Pauline’s home and worked alongside her, treating patients and, when not busy, sitting in on Pauline’s treatments. During this time Rick really began to understand the depth and power of Five Element (wǔxíng, 五行) diagnosis and treatment, and the value of Chinese pulse taking.

Rick started Sussex Acupuncture in 2004 to provide local, high quality, traditional acupuncture within Sussex and the South-East. He has written numerous articles about natural health and the value of Chinese medicine. He was a columnist for Insight magazine and a BAcC representative for local radio. From 2005 – 2010 Rick worked for the Wandsworth Drug Project treating vulnerable patients with a variety of mental health and substance misuse issues within a tier 2 substance misuse setting.

Rick has years of experience helping people with a wide variety of general and specialist health issues and currently has  five-element and TCM traditional acupuncture clinics in Brighton and in Lewes. He is currently studying Chinese Medicine characters (zhōng yī yòng zì, 中醫用字) to deepen his understanding of Chinese Medicine for practice and teaching.

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