Health, Vitality and Balance
You know how your car feels when it has just been serviced? Running "like a well oiled machine", everything checked and tuned into perfect balance. This is quite a good analogy for traditional acupuncture treatment. The other metaphors I like for what we are trying to do is smoothing out the wrinkles in a rug or untangling a ball of wool. I hope you're enjoying your summer. Here is a beautiful poem by Mary Oliver: The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?This grasshopper, I mean —
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down —
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Can acupuncture help me?
Hayfever spoiling your summer? Tired? Stressed? Anxious? Low mood? Constantly catching cold? IBS and digestive problems? Joint or back pain? Tense shoulders, teeth grinding? Worrying about your fertility? Painful periods? PMT? Menopausal symptoms? Insomnia? Sports injuries? Acne? Eczema? Asthma? Not feeling quite right? In traditional Chinese medicine we look for the patterns of imbalance that underlie your symptoms and work to bring these back into harmony. We look at you, the whole person, and your overall health, not just your presenting complaint. You may have the same medical diagnosis as someone else, for example unexplained infertility, but your personal experience is unique to you and your treatment will also be unique to you.
Widely used in many countries, acupuncture is listed by the World Health Organisation as helpful for many conditions. You can find a summary of research into acupuncture and IVF here. In the UK, acupuncture is available within the NHS for low back pain, and many doctors and physiotherapists and even some vets use acupuncture to relieve pain. I have been studying and practising traditional Chinese medicine for over 20 years, including postgraduate training in infertility, trauma and skin problems. It is endlessly fascinating, and you are welcome to contact me with any questions, I feel privileged whenever I have the opportunity to use it to benefit someone.