Healing Hands A series of ailments turned Suzie Phillips to acupuncture, and she hasn’t looked back. Now a fully qualified acupuncturist, Suzie shares the philosophy behind the ancient Eastern form of healing and dispels a few myths along the way.
What attracted you to the field of acupuncture?
When I was younger, I had a wryneck problem that I had sought help for several years with no success (wryneck is a condition that causes one to hold their head or neck in a twisted or otherwise abnormal position). I then saw an acupuncturist, and it was resolved in one treatment. In addition, I had adult asthma that I was taking regular Ventolin for. Acupuncture resolved it, and I no longer needed to take Ventolin. As a consequence, I was fascinated by its efficacy and subsequently decided to study and qualify as an acupuncturist.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles are about an eighth of the size of the smallest hypodermic needle. They are hair like, so generally the patient doesn’t feel anything. Acupuncture is regularly used on small babies who do not react adversely to the needles.
Is Acupuncture effective for stress?
Acupuncture has to be one of the most relaxing experiences there is. It may be hard to imagine but pain-free acupuncture eases the muscles & sinews & calms the mind for the deepest felt relaxation that cannot be denied. When pain & stress are decreased, the mind is freed up to engage with the everyday tasks at hand & whatever extra life surprises, with a far greater sense of centred ease, grace & space.
Research shows acupuncture is an effective aid for fertility – what has been your experience in this aspect of the field?
The body is like a car. Occasionally it requires a ‘tune up’ to get it running to its best ability. This is the same for women trying to conceive. With all the pressures on today’s woman, the body can fall out of balance and not run to its full capacity. With a little realigning of hormones, working with the central nervous system, we can give fertility a boost. In fact a recent article in the British Medical Journal published a trial involving the use of acupuncture in conjunction with IVF. The results showed the use of acupuncture with IVF increased the chances of conception by a substantial margin.
I have found in my own practice that acupuncture is brilliant for preparing for birth as well. With mothers attributing the treatments to helping them to relax & be prepared.
As well as helping conception, pregnant women are encouraged to have regular acupuncture throughout their pregnancy & weekly acupuncture treatment in the four weeks prior to birth. As this will help the baby to engage if need be, start to ripen the cervix, relax muscles and tendons and calm the mind. By relaxing the mother the brain can be free to deal with the task at hand that makes for an ideal birth.