This month in lifestyles we feature Sarah a practising acupuncturist.
done a lot of travelling in Europe and Asia throughout my adult life and it was
whilst I was teaching in China that I became interested in acupuncture. It is
common for people there to have acupuncture treatment, not only if theyre
ill but also to prevent the onset of diseases. It
was after returning from China and witnessing how successful it had been that
I reached the decision to become an acupuncturist myself. I was lucky to discover
that the town where I lived had a famous and well-reputed college of traditional
medicine is particularly important for me because I firmly believe that it works
on the level of body, mind and spirit. Of course this medicine
is very powerful and can consequently have powerful side effects. Alternative
medicine like acupuncture on the other hand is aimed at treating the person as
a whole. When a persons ill, theres something in their life which
is putting their energy levels out of balance. What alternative therapies try
to do is help to gradually push that energy back into balance. The result is that
any disease present might naturally disappear as it cannot survive when energies
treatments consist largely of balancing the energy between the different meridians
of a persons body.Treatment aims to free
blocks of energy in these meridians which may be causing ill health and which
may have been there for many years.
would be an odd state of affairs if a practising alternative therapist had not
had treatment themselves and this is certainly not the case for myself. Ive never suffered
particularly from physical problems but treatment for my mental and spiritual
wellbeing has been very successful.
treated a wide range of people for various conditions, for example people suffering
from stress and anxiety and helped them to cope with stressful situations in their
lives. Theres another
woman who suffers from arthritis of the hip and at the moment Im treating
an old lady who has several health problems, one of them being Parkinsons
Disease. All these people have found that acupuncture has made them feel more
balanced in themselves and they have certainly benefited from the treatment.
date I currently own the Licentiate in Acupuncture. This course lasted three years
and I had to go to the college about one weekend in three. I had a large amount
of homework to do and practical work, which I did two or three evenings a week.
This entailed locating points on different people. As you can imagine, this isnt
straightforward as people are different sizes and have different shaped bodies.
In the future I hope
to set up an alternative health clinic which will involve myself as an acupuncturist
but perhaps other people as well. Id like to set
this up somewhere in a rural setting, where people could enjoy coming not only
for the treatment but where they would be able to sit and enjoy the scenery, go
for walks and basically feel free from the stresses of life.