Hi there, and welcome back to my blog. How are you? I hope you are well. Today’s blog post is about my experience with acupuncture. I started acupuncture back in January to fix my eczema but have since started treatment to fix my right optic nerve
Firstly, I’m going to talk about who I get acupuncture from. Here’s a quote from the man himself, Damien Delahunty.
“I trained in acupuncture in London in 2004 so doing it for the 17th years now. I decided to study acupuncture because when I was in my early 20s I was very fit doing a very manual job and lots of sports and martial arts, and developed a pain in my lower tummy. Over 2 years I went from a physiotherapist to various consultants, had lots of scans, and eventually, when seeing a urologist he said we can’t find anything. “
“That’s when I saw Western medicine does not have all the answers because I definitely had this problem. I told him this, I said if you’re telling me I have to live with it then so be it but don’t tell me there is no pain there, I live with it every day! The urologist was an Indian gentleman and as he studied acupuncture offered it to me. I had nothing to lose. As I was working as a physiotherapy assistant within the hospital (Southampton General Hospital) at the time the urologist offered the acupuncture to me on our lunch breaks.”
“We used an empty consulting room, he would put the needles in then go have his lunch before returning. After the 2nd session, my pain doubled and I was obviously unimpressed. I can remember the consultant saying “ah yes the acupuncture is working”. I wasn’t so convinced. After session 2 still no better. After the 3rd session, I woke the next morning to find that the pain I had every moment of every day was completely gone. This was a huge shock. From this, I made myself the promise that when I qualified as a physiotherapist I would study acupuncture so I could maybe help some people like me that conventional medicine said they could not help. I’m also a craniosacral therapist which is a very gentle, light-touch therapy where the deepest movements and voice of the body can be heard. Through this process, deep physical and emotional healing can take place.”
The first session started with Damien asking me a load of questions about my experience, with eczema (how long have I had it, what flares it up etc). Then he told me to take my clothes off so he can see how bad my body is.
Once he had inspected my body, he told me that my body is the worst he has ever seen. I then laid my stomach down on his bench and he started to put needles in my back, head, buttocks and feet. Each session lasts for half an hour.
Once the session is over, I feel a lot better. I’m a lot less itchy afterward. Damien also told me to take fewer baths as well, which I have been doing, from 2 hours every day to 20 minutes once every week. I did have a small lapse when I went for two baths in a week, for over an hour each, but now I’m back to going into the bath, once a week.
Damien likes to book each session onto 6 blocks. Because of lockdown, Damien only works Mondays and Thursdays.
That’s it for now. Once again, I just want to thank a few people. Firstly, I would like to thank my mum, dad, sister and my Naughty Mamaji, for being by my side, throughout everything. I would like to thank everyone from BTS for sharing this with the community. I would like to thank Kanika, Shirley, and everyone at Carers Trust for giving me the confidence to share my story and I would like to thank Joe for motivating me to get back on the horse. And I would like to thank everyone at the hospital, my family and friends, and everyone who I’ve met on this journey.
I also would like to thank Damien for his contribution to this blog post and to my health.
The next time, I’m going to about 2021 Q1 – a year in review. Please feel free to leave a comment and as always, if you buy something from Amazon, through the blog, or click on an advert, 100% of the money that I get goes to charity.
Thanks and take care.