Category:Meet the Team
Acupuncture has a vast array of benefits, but how does it actually work? We caught up with Roy Haitzin, an acupuncturist with twelve years’ experience, and one of our Sanfu Moxa practitioners, to learn more about this ancient system of medicine.
What can acupuncture help with?
Acupuncture benefits a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions – almost any issue you experience can benefit from acupuncture. The most common issues I see in my practice are orthopaedic, gynaecological, women’s fertility, hormone imbalances, respiratory problems and mood regulation.
How did you become interested in acupuncture?
I have always had a keen interest in East Asian philosophy, thought and practices, which led me to participate in a short shiatsu course. This introduced me to the Chinese Five Phases theory of medicine – this is the understanding of the natural world, how the Five Phases govern different systems of the body and the way that everything is interconnected.
Do you need to take your clothes off for an acupuncture session?
In most cases patients do not need to take their clothes off. The most important regions of the body for needling are the extremities, especially the regions below the knees and elbows. In the case of shoulder and upper back treatments you may be asked to remove your shirt or vest, but bras will stay on.
Does it hurt to have needles inserted?
When needles are inserted or manipulated, you may experience a temporary sensation similar to a mild electric sensation or ache – this is due to the stimulation of local nerve fibres. It is perfectly normal, and is important to getting a positive outcome from your therapy. The feeling won’t last long. In the case of continuous discomfort, the needles will be withdrawn immediately.
What can people expect when they come for a session with you?
In the first treatment, patients will be interviewed about their current health issues, general health and their past medical history. The patient’s tongue will be briefly examined, and the pulse on both wrists will be measured. Patient will usually be asked to lie either on their front or back for the duration of the treatment (patients who find these positions difficult are treated in a sitting position or on their side). In addition to needle insertion, the treatment may involve the warming of selected needles with a smouldering specialised herb (moxa /artemisia vulgaris), heat lamp, fire cups, electric stimulation of the needles or a short massage.
Why would you recommend people have acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a powerful therapy, but it is also extremely affordable. Acupuncture can safely be used alongside other medical interventions and often helps to support the body if you have chronic health issues. It is entirely safe and minimally invasive, so it can be preferred to other potential treatments. Acupuncture can provide strong, and sometimes immediate, pain relief, as well as supporting your immune system and other vital systems. In addition, acupuncture’s ability to regulate your sympathetic nervous system results in a long-lasting sense of wellbeing that will be experienced after any treatment, but can be specifically targeted in treatments for psycho-emotional issues.
What is Sanfu Moxa and how does it work?
Sanfu Moxa uses acupuncture theory and an understanding of the climatic variations of the year, along with Chinese herbal medicine, to support your immune system. It is very important that you have the treatment at three specific dates in the summer so as to combat winter ailments (especially to support your lungs). Your back is warmed with moxibustion (a warming herb) placed on various acupuncture points. Then a special Sanfu mixture is placed on the same points and taped in place – they need to remain there for four hours, after which you can remove them.
A course of three Sanfu Moxa treatments during summer will protect you against winter colds, flu and other low immunity problems. It is also good for asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and many other lung-related illnesses.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I have a keen interest in western medicine and physiology, which I teach, as well as evolutionary biology, anthropology, linguistics and general science. I practice Nei Gong, Bagua Zang and Xin Yi Shuan under the guidance of Roy Jenzen, and I am a student of Buddhist Mahayana and Vajrayana thought and practices.
If you would like to experience the many benefits of acupuncture for yourself, you can book online here or call 01273 698687. There is still time to book your Sanfu Moxa treatments for the summer too, and you can do that here.