Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine involving the insertion of fine needles into the skin at specific points on the body. The procedure has been shown to be effective for the alleviation of tinnitus symptoms in some patients, although tinnitus ‒ especially low-pitched tinnitus ‒ has proved notoriously difficult to ‘treat’ by this method.
Elaine explained to us the concepts of qi (life force), meridians (or channels), and acupuncture points that are key principles in acupuncture. There are twelve main meridians ‒ six of which are related to hearing and four of which are on the face. It is the acupuncturist’s job to determine which of these channels will be most effective for each individual patient. We were shown a tongue chart ‒ used by acupuncturists to help diagnose the general state of health of a patient ‒ and several members of our group volunteered to have needles inserted. There was no pain at all, and single use, sterile needles are ALWAYS used.
It was great to have acupuncture demystified in this way. Elaine obviously knows her subject inside out, and she answered all out questions ‒ the cost of treatment, the number of sessions that might be needed, the likely benefits for specific ailments, etc ‒ honestly and without jargon. Acupuncture may not be for everyone, but we are all much better informed now about what the treatment is and what it entails. It was a very worthwhile session indeed, tailored exactly to the needs of the group and focussing on the sort of the issues that most concerned us. We are grateful to Elaine for obviously spending a lot of time preparing for the talk, and delivering her presentation so warmly.
Elaine’s contact details are provided below for anyone wishing to pursue this treatment. She is also qualified Pilates instructor!
Tel: 07766 643310
Click HERE for Elaine's website