It differs from Western Medicine in that every treatment is different and designed for the individual and their condition on that day. I discovered acupuncture when I was in a high-pressure advertising job and had little time for myself. I had accepted stress and its effects as a way of life. I’d developed intense neck and shoulder pain, which I put down to working at a computer but just couldn’t shift with painkillers, posture corrections, massage or exercise.
Then I was introduced to an amazing 5-Element acupuncturist. She treated my neck and shoulder directly giving me immediate relief but part of the deal was to treat me, the person as well as my body. I went for regular treatments, most weeks then every few weeks, the idea being to bring about a more complete mind and body re-balance. The unusual part of the treatment was an hour to unwind and talk about things that I didn’t want to bore family and friends with. I found that the stress and pressure, which can sometimes reduce our perception and perspective on life shifted and I began to see everything a little bit differently. I felt more relaxed and energised and was able to make some good life changes.
What I have since learnt is that we have energy meridians, which may be blocked or disturbed causing pain or illness. This may be due to physical injuries, excess or insufficient production of bodily substances or even emotions. I’ve studied both 5 Element acupuncture and TCM at the renowned college of Integrated Chinese Medicine, BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, Lic Ac. Both systems approach the mind and body as one big whole system and bring about self-healing through re-balance. I’ve also studied Psychology, BSc (Hons) and have an interest in mindfulness and physical exercise, I believe when we look after every aspect of our health we’re more able to adapt to new and sometimes challenging situations and stay productive.
The sort of conditions I can help with are; musculoskeletal pain, bowel problems, digestive issues, stress, ME, allergies, shortness of breath, coughs and colds, anxiety, headaches, mood swings, tiredness, depression, skin complaints, menstrual irregularities and gynaecological issues. Excitingly Western Medicine is increasingly in support of acupuncture and there is growing scientific evidence for its effectiveness. I also love the fact acupuncture is there as a preventative medicine to keep us well and as a boost when we feel we need it.