Despite hearing great reports over the years from friends and acquaintances about the benefits of Acupuncture, it was a form of treatment that I have never tried despite figures showing there are now nearly as many acupuncturists as family doctors in the UK. But there comes a time when you get sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, so asking friends for recommendations, and hearing great things about a local clinic, I made an appointment with Gillian at Blarney Acupuncture and Holistic Centre. Acupuncture originated from ancient China, where it was believed that two opposing life forces (Yin and Yang) were circulating in special channels (meridians) throughout the body. Disease, in their view, was characterised by an imbalance of these forces which, in turn, could be rectified by regulating the flow of energy in the meridians. This could be achieved by stimulating acupuncture points located along the meridians. This ancient philosophy lives on in today’s traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture is a major part of this concept. Acupuncture has been submitted to scientific analysis and experiment. and, as a result, modern concepts have been developed where the effects of acupuncture are understandable through neurophysiological mechanisms. For instance, when given as a treatment of pain, acupuncture can be shown to inhibit the transmission of pain signals along nerve fibres and increase the level of the body’s own painkiller in the brain. Through this mechanism, the perception of pain could be reduced. In the Chinese tradition, acupuncture is considered a true ‘cure-all’, to restore a balance of vital energy and thought to be helpful for virtually every conceivable complaint. Traditional acupuncturists therefore use the therapy for anything from specific diseases to non-specific or minor ailments, and for painful conditions, particularly chronic musculo-skeletal pain, emotional problems, addictions, asthma and allergies. Blarney Acupuncture & Holistic Centre is based in Killeens, with easy to access from the N20, in a peaceful setting with plenty of parking, so there is no stress involved in getting there which is always a good start. Arriving ahead of time, I settled into their peaceful waiting room. The clinic is a warm, welcoming, and open healing space which seems to quietly hum with energy. Talking to another patient as I waited and asking her a few nervous questions, the lady told me that she was there to ‘top up her energy’, as she put it. This particular lady had first gone to see Gillian to try and resolve her ongoing back pain, which led to her being unable to (literally) put her shoes and socks on in the morning. “ I didn’t want to go down the road of long term medical treatment and I knew people who had achieved great results from being treated by Gillian so I decided to give it a try. “ After a few months my movement was fully restored so now I come to make sure I remain well. Don’t ask me how but I have no problems with my back and I feel fabulous.” Bouyed up after listening to this disarmingly honest testimonial, Gillian then arrived and took me into a treatment room to take a comprehensive medical history and my blood pressure and pulse. To my surprise, she was able to accurately pinpoint a couple of issues that have been stopping me living life to its’ full potential. Nothing life threatening but things that were niggling me and causing discomfort. And then the therapy started as Gillian inserted sterile needles (so thin that I could barely see them) into various points in my wrists, feet, head and legs. I could not physically feel the needles being inserted as they are so slight, but I certainly felt the warmth in my body, followed by a deep pleasant throbbing. You would imagine there is a level of discomfort but far from it as I gently dozed as my treatment took place, giving me time to lie back and relax and reflect. As Gillian explained, “Acupuncture can serve to bring things to the surface which no longer serve you. Let them go.” Due to the relaxing nature of the treatment I’m not sure how long it took, but I was in the clinic for just short of 80 minutes although it felt much longer, given my level of relaxation on leaving. And the result? Did I feel better? Will I go again? A resounding yes is the answer, this is one sceptic that has been fully converted. Why not try it for yourself, you owe it to your body!
Acupuncture can be effective for nausea and vomiting; dental pain; back pain; smoking cessation; weight loss; osteoarthritis; inflammatory rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis; stroke; drug addictions; asthma; neck pain; tinnitus among others. In addition to acupuncture the clinic offers a wide range of treatments including reflexology, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Massage and Counselling. You can contact Gillian at Blarney Acupuncture & Holistic Centre on 087 2636664 / 021 4381280 www.Blarneyacupunctureandreflexologycentre.com or find them on facebook