Back pain can be debilitating, physically and mentally.
I suffered with it. it was not fun and I thought my life was over. But actually this is how I ended up discovering acupuncture.
Recent news suggest that David Cameron is currently suffering from a protruding disk (aka: slip disk, hernia, low back pain).
There is concerns for Mr Cameron’s health, but also his fitness to work and discussions regarding treatment plans.
I have been asked to comment. Personally, it was only after starting acupuncture treatment that I felt I could possibly get better and resume life. I have had patients with severe impairment, some who could not walk or even sit, start moving about, and even ski, after one single session.
A recent German study on effectiveness and acceptance of Acupuncture in patients with chronic low back pain concluded that Acupuncture was highly accepted and had positive effects in patients with chronic low back pain. These results show that acupuncture can be an effective, well-tolerated therapy with no major adverse events. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guiding NHS (National Health Service) and any service promoting health and wellbeing, recommends offering a course of acupuncture needling comprising up to a maximum of 10 sessions over a period of 12 weeks.
by Andrea Steinlechner.
Masters in Chinese Medicine
I treat many people for emotional issues, varying from stress, to depression and sometimes more serious conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar and manic depression.
For a long while, I wanted to study blood loss (haemorrhage) and its relationship with depression. Most specifically, post natal depression.
The time has come, and late last year I enrolled on a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine where I learn all about Chinese herbs. I am absolutely loving being a student again, and learning so much on the herbs subject. I did not know I was going to be getting so in depth with organic chemistry. The word pharmacokinetics was alien to me, but it comes as a pleasant surprise, as I get to learn about safely administering herbs and its relationship with medications. I thoroughly enjoy expanding my knowledge in Western as well as Chinese Medicine.
As a part time masters, I have 4 years to complete my research, but I am already working towards it. I do not have the actual question, but for now, I am reading lots on haemorrhage and depression signs and symptoms, and treatment and care.
Watch this space!
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Gandhi
My Friend Cristiano - AKA Homer Simpson, became a dad last
night. Baby Clara arrived safely after a well planned natural birth in Rio de Janeiro.
It is rare those days to see a natural birth in Brazil, so I share this with immense
pride of my friend and his wife, whom I can't wait to meet. I thought I shared
her arrival. Be prepared to cry! She's a cute little thing and I can't wait to
Congratulations to mamma and pappa. X
This is the
most beautiful baby birth video I have ever seen. Alem do Olhar does video
documentaries of natural births (humanised birth).
will see the birthing mother at her own home, with her husband and Doula, and a
lovely home birth team.
painful moments, I truly believe that births are the most beautiful experiences
a couple can go through. And thanks to Sabrina, the home birth team and Alem do Olhar team, you can have a little preview of what it is like to give birth drug
free and with little intervention.
Stress in your
daily life can lead to unwanted physical as well as emotional symptoms. This is
your body generally telling you it is time to have a break. In my first
consultation with a new patient, I discuss lifestyle issues which could
contribute to stress and discuss personal techniques that help you cope with
stressful situations. It is important to do something you enjoy and that relaxes
you. Allowing others to take care of you is essential and can be a joyful
experience. Most people find acupuncture relaxing and often feel very calm
after treatment. You may feel a little tired or sleepy.
on the individual, not their illness, hence all symptoms are treated in
relation to each other. A traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the
free flow of qi [energy] to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural
healing response. Research has shown that acupuncture stimulates the nervous
system causing the release of neurochemical messenger molecules.
biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic balance, promoting
physical and emotional wellbeing.
Sprain and strains
are a result of over stretching the fibres, like stretching an elastic band.
The anatomy of tendons and ligaments are similar to muscles, except they are
twisted and tightened into a rope-like shape, which sustains impact and keeps
your body parts in place. This tightness means they are short of blood supply. Blood
delivers nutrients needed for healing throughout the body, which is why those
injuries heal slowly. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has proven very
successful in treating tendons and ligament injuries.
enhances the flow of blood to the area treated, including tendons and
ligaments, to promote healing. I would highly recommend a course of TCM
acupuncture, which can be used in conjunction with other therapies.
discourage the use of ice and cold as this slows down the blood supply to the area.
In fact we encourage the use of heat. Make sure you wear thick socks which
covers your ankle, keeping the area warm and choose appropriate shoes which
will harness your ankle and absorb impact.
Steinlechner is a TCM acupuncturist at Harley Street Acupuncture and Embody
Wellness and member of the British Acupuncture Council.
This is a transcript of an article published by Allison Jacobs from Natural Health UK June 2012 edition.
Treatment of the month: Traditional Chinese Medicine
What is it? Andrea Steinlechner is a traditional Chinese
medicine practitioner and acupuncturist specialising in menstrual disorders,
pregnancy and fertility, stress, anxiety, and digestive disorders.
What Happens: I described how I’ve had an ongoing niggling
pain I my right side, for a few years. Medical tests has yielded no results and
I’ve tried for a while now to push the discomfort to the back of my mind,
though is always there, niggling away.
Andrea’s consultation was comprehensive. Delving into my
medical history going back 14 years to when I was aged 13 and began suffering
migraines. Andrea asked questions about all aspects of my life from periods to
how I react emotionally to someone deliberately upsetting me – to which I
replied rage. She then identified this as a symptom of blocked liver energy,
which corresponded to the location of pain I my side, as well as migraines. She
carefully placed needles around my body to release the blocked energy and,
amazingly, the area which usually irritates me began making a rumbling nose!
I’d arrived in a slightly anxious state after a stressful situation but left
feeling wonderfully relaxed and happy.
The results: Having other symptoms I hadn’t previously linked
together pointed out was eye opening and I left equipped with knowledge to heel
the energy flow healthy.
Tester: Allison Jacobs editor at Natural Health.
Andrea offers 20 minutes phone consultation.
HELP: I’ve been diagnosed with post-viral fatigue (originaly written for and published by Natural Health Magazine)
For weeks I’ve suffered extreme tiredness, dizziness and
nausea. How can I feel better again?
Andrea Steinlechner, a top acupuncturist and
TCM specialist answers:
From your question it sounds like you have
suffered an external (viral) invasion. According to traditional Chinese
medicine (TCM) this is particulary common at the change of seasons. As people
find it difficult to adapt.
In my practice, U see the body and mind as a whole., and I pay
attention to all signs and symptoms before offering a treatment plan. Most
health practitioners will agree that the best cure for a viral infection is to
drink plenty of water and rest. Eating nourishing foods, like chicken broth,
can be just that extra pick-me-up you need. I would also recommend eating
garlic, ginger and onions which are great for expelling pathogens to combat
your infection. Similarly, a course of acupuncture can boost your immune
system, helping clear the viral infection and lethargy, and improving your
This viral infection could be a result of an underlying
pathology and poor adjustment to seasonal changes which is why a course of
acupuncture should help to speed up your recovery and prevent it from reoccurring
in the future.
What could be more rewarding than helping couples conceive? If the
thought makes you go all gooey inside, you may want to train in
acupuncture. “Patients who seek acupuncture just before or during IVF
are treated following the IVF protocol”, explains Andrea Steinlechner, Harley Street Acupuncturist.
“When the patient is at the ovary stimulation stage, acupuncture is
used to enhance follicular growth. This work is carried out very closely
to the IVF procedure, with the bonus of relaxing the mind”, she adds.
“If the patient is trying to conceive but is not currently undergoing
IVF, a treatment plan following their menstrual cycle can be developed
to help patient regain hormonal balance and optimise their chances of
natural or assisted conception”.
It is vital to address the patient holistically, adds Andrea. “I will
want to know full details of patients’ and their families’ health
history. Only then I will understand the pathology and offer a
treatment. Everyone is different, I’ve had patients conceiving naturally
in one month but others not conceiving after six”.
Originally published at Natural Health Magazine