Back in May I was assisting my ear acupuncture teacher, Samantha Terry of the Chu Len College of Sustainable Health at the Walsall Palliative Care Unit in the West Midlands. This incredible unit that does such valuable work has a small team of people who offer aromatherapy, auricular acupuncture, massage and reiki to patients. This can really help reduce the symptoms and stresses of chemotherapy and surgery.
The great thing about this is that because it’s the NHS, they have to have regular audits and are able to prove that their services, especially the ear acupuncture, are working. In fact, so impressive are the results that whilst we were there, a visiting team of Doctors from Sweden was touring the unit to see what they learn and how to help improve care for people at the end of life be more comfortable.
I did my Basic Ear Acupuncture course with Sam last year and have really enjoyed working with this system. It’s a quick and easy way to help people and is easily done in a group environment and with minimal equipment. A basic 5 point ear acupuncture protocol, also known as the NADA protocol is very frequently used in rehab clinics as it’s effective at reducing cravings, stress and anxiety and helping the body to detox.
On the advanced level course, we learned many more points to treat such things as Hepatitis and enhancing liver function, ADHD, OCD, eating disorders, pain, mental health conditions and internal organ function. We also learned some new needling techniques such as threading and letting.
Since my return I have also joined the steering group of Acudetox Plus UK – an acupuncture school based in Bristol which specialises in teaching service users and providers in the rehab and detox environments.
Acudetox Plus will be at various events offering taster ear acupuncture sessions including at Redfest, Bristol on 6th August and the Recovery Festival, Bristol on the 2nd September. They have a Level One course starting in Bristol on the 1st October.
I was also interviewed recently on air for the Backchat radio show broadcast on Bristol BCFM 93.2 on 3rd July 2016 Here’s the link if you missed it……I’m in at 31.20 mins.
Backchat is also broadcast on community radio stations in the following places- Glastonbury, Taunton, Penzance, Plymouth, Reading, Preston, Hertfordshire, Sheffield, Birmingham, Leicester, Lincoln and West Hull.