Monday, March 08, 2010
One of the greatest challenges facing me as a practitioner of
Japanese acupuncture is effectively communicating it's clinical
diversity and power.
I believe the best way to do that is to inform you about some of the
clinical case histories and challenges confronting those seeking
treatment to rectify their specific disharmony, illness, pain or as
often occurs in the case of elite sports people, optimize their
Here are just a few examples of this potential, I trust these
scenario’s will assist you in understanding some of the potential
benefits of Japanese acupuncture.
Following is an excerpt from an e-mail kindly sent to me by a
patient who has experienced significant health benefits from ongoing
This patient is a marine biologist who has recently traveled to San
Francisco to spend a few months working with her colleagues stateside.
How are you? I hope you've been out in the water? I'm surfed out trying
to get as many surf’s in as possible before heading to San Fran and
hasn't it been beautiful!
I just wanted to say thanks so much for your treatments, they
have helped me enormously and I will miss coming in to see you over the
next few months. The last treatment was fantastic - it seemed to clear
away the nerve tingling and I felt a lot stronger. I wasn't sleeping as
well though but that's probably to be expected with all the excitement
around going overseas.
I'd love to continue acupuncture in San Francisco so if you do
have some contacts for me I would really appreciate it. It has helped
me beyond words so I'd love to keep it up and I will be sure to come
see you again when I get back. I think half of the treatment is your
presence and zest for life!
Hope you have a fantastic next couple of months and I'll look forward to seeing you again when I get back!
As a practitioner this is a very satisfying and welcome communication indeed.
The correspondent works in a very demanding and results orientated
field, often experiencing high levels of stress in an effort to meet
externally imposed deadlines.
An entirely different perspective arises in discussing the clinical
outcome for a patient who was diagnosed as suffering from a molar
pregnancy, a condition whereby miscarriage is a 90% certainty.
Without going into details, after several treatments she is now very
happily 23 weeks pregnant with an apparently healthy baby on the way
according to her medical specialist.
In yet another case, the patient presented with an extremely painful and expansive episode of the shingles.
Whilst no miracle cure was at hand, there can be little doubt that
regular Japanese acupuncture treatment aided in his full recovery from
this debilitating condition in a relatively short amount of time.
A number of the physiotherapists with whom I practice at the
Queensland Sports Medicine Center have sought treatment recently for
difficulties in maintaining an extremely busy work schedule and focused
fitness training as a result of impeded immune function.
Basically the more intense the training regime and the busier they
were at work, the more often they were suffering from colds, flu's and
It is of no surprise to me that their condition appears to improve relative to the regularity of their treatment?
I often work in conjunction with the physiotherapists in an effort
to bring about a more rapid and complete recovery of our patients.
One example of such cooperation is the work we have been doing to
assist an ex-Australian cricketing legend prepare for the forthcoming
IPL cricketing tournament in India.
Amongst other aspects of treatment, I believe Japanese acupuncture
has been extremely beneficial in defusing much of the physical stress
related to his increased training regime and the mental anguish
associated with a making a decision regarding his involvement as a
result of the security status of the tournament and concerns for his
As well as recharging his energetic battery, Japanese acupuncture
treatment also provided an extremely welcome refuge from the myriad of
questions and potential outcomes that assuaged his mind during this
most difficult of decision-making scenarios.
Last but not least, Emma Snowsill is the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist in the sport of Triathlon, an event that includes a 1500m swim, 40k bike ride and a 10k run.
Against the best female tri athletes on the planet, that implies
insanely fit individuals with extra ordinary motors sharpened to a
cutting edge by the hardness of competition and intense training, all
striving to be at the absolute peak of their game for the ultimate
reward for a competitive athlete, Emma won her gold medal in emphatic
fashion at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
March 2010 and Emma has been struggling with persistent immune
related problems for several months, including a diabolically
compromised energetic status and repetitive breakdowns in her health
resulting in continual colds and flu’s, a situation that saw her
training regime severely compromised.
Over the last few months she has been receiving regular Japanese
acupuncture treatment and her condition has improved markedly, to a
point where she has recently been able to resume full training.
I believe regular weekly treatments have helped Emma accelerate her training regime whilst maintaining a robust immune status.
By way of explanation, Emma missed a treatment a couple of weeks
ago, whilst continuing to accelerate her training regime she flew to
Melbourne where she was subjected to a radical climate change, the end
result was that she attended clinic last Wednesday suffering from a
sore throat, streaming sinuses, increased lethargy and she was
justifiably concerned that her health was about to crash again.
In short, after three treatments Emma left for Abu Dhabi today to attend the http://www.laureus.com/awards/ in good health, no runny nose, sore throat greatly improved and energetically much stronger.
I'm sure you'll agree this is a preferable option when one is
partaking in international travel and will see her able to enjoy this
landmark event to the fullest.
As a practitioner of Japanese acupuncture the reality is that a
majority of people through no fault of their own are totally ignorant
of the diversity and power of this ancient healing modality.
Whilst most people are aware that acupuncture has the potential to
help with neck, back, shoulder, knee, hip and ankle injuries and pain,
headaches etc, most have little or no idea of its clinical diversity in
the hands of an experienced and competent practitioner.
All the best,
Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and
practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. For well over a
decade, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei
and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than
40 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand
and USA. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly
nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional
Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based
workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years
post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar
globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.
Join him in Exploring the Art of Acupuncture in the 21st century at : http://www.Worldacupuncture.com