About Caroline

Hi, I’m Caroline Somp. I’m Swedish so my name is pronounced Caroleen, but I usually call myself Carolyn, for simplicity. I’ve lived in the UK since 2004 and am very happy here.

Education

I studied Acupuncture at the renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading for nearly four years, becoming a licensed acupuncturist and gaining a BSc degree. I also keep adding to my skills and knowledge by attending courses and reading up on ways to help my patients. I’m a member of the British Acupuncture Council, the main regulatory body for the safe practice of acupuncture in the UK that set high standards of education, ethics, discipline and practice.

How I got into acupuncture

I actually studied to become a doctor to begin with. I completed 3 of the 5.5 years of training required in Sweden. Having been intrigued by the body and how it works since a young age medical school offered the most in-depth answers to my questions. What does each muscle under the skin of my arm do? Why do we need vitamins? What happens during an allergic reaction? I wasn’t disappointed, in fact the more I learnt the more amazed I was. The healthy body is a wonder and in illness it has such capacity to heal itself.

My plan after med school was to find a complementary therapy that enabled me to combine this comprehensive knowledge with a way to help patients in a format that suited me better. Conventional medicine is unsurpassed in helping the body in circumstances that 100 years ago would have killed it. Antibiotics, open heart surgery, insulin injections and respirators are a small sample of inventions that save millions of lives yearly. In an emergency I want a doctor, no doubt about it!

However, that’s not where my own skills and interests lie. I thrive when I can take time with each patient, really listen and get to the bottom of the issue. I firmly believe in the intelligence of the body and that if we only understood what it is telling us, we can support it while it heals itself. In Chinese medicine symptoms are considered important clues and are resolved by tracing back to their source and treating at that level. Many of the health problems people suffer from manifest with long-standing symptoms, not helped by emergency interventions, so this is where this kind of holistic medicine excels.

I never finished med school. I struggled with health problems and fatigue, ironically, during my third year and decided after much deliberation to not invest another 2.5 years to get a degree. I didn’t know what my body was trying to tell me, but I was determined to find out. After two years and a move to the UK, I came across an acupuncturist that turned my life around. Within months I was feeling better than I had in years. I can still feel the excitement of having found something that could explain to me what my body was trying to say. And now I get to help people like you feel the same way.