In medicine, needles are usually associated with pain. But in acupuncture, inserting needles at specific points on the body can actually relieve pain.
Words by Natasha Were.
Acupuncture is based on the belief that we all have a life force – or ‘qi’ – that flows through our bodies. When the qi becomes imbalanced and does not flow, this results in ill health. Inserting very thin needles at key points on the pathways along which qi travels can release blockages and restore harmony.
Acupuncture can effectively treat a long and varied list of conditions, from nausea, insomnia and anxiety to joint pain, high blood pressure and infertility. A number of acupuncturists in Cayman offer treatments both for general wellbeing and to address specific issues.
At Synergy, Dr. Jennifer Doull treats much more than pain. A Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an Acupuncturist and a Fellow with the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, she specialises in endocrine and digestive disorders.
Dr. Doull takes a holistic approach to health and combines acupuncture with Traditional Chinese herbal medicine to restore the proper functioning of the body’s systems, including the internal organs and body mechanics.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is also excellent for treating stress-related disorders including mild anxiety, tension, irritability, and insomnia, all of which are becoming increasingly common. Traditional Chinese Medicine in conjunction with Acupuncture, Dr. Doull says, can help you feel like the best version of yourself.
Dr. Bonnie Lambert, who holds a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, creates personalised treatment plans based on an individual’s energetic constitution, and tongue and pulse diagnoses. Because Align is a truly Integrative Clinic, treatments may combine acupuncture with other elements of Eastern medicine such as cupping, gua sha, topical herbal liniments, tui na, shiatsu massage and acupressure. Dr. Lambert will also suggest other therapies – pilates, physiotherapy or chiropractic, for instance – where these may benefit the individual.
Dr. Lambert draws on her in depth training to determine the root cause of symptoms and treats a wide variety of complaints, from general fatigue to chronic pain, digestive issues, insomnia and hormone imbalances. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can also be used as a complementary therapy while undergoing conventional medical treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
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