London is a 24-hour city and sometimes it can be a struggle keeping a sensible working diary. Early starts and long evenings are common but I came to acupuncture from the live entertainment industry so I’m not shy of putting in the hours. Free time often comes in the middle of the day and that brings its own joys, like long walks with the dog and meeting friends for coffee.
My first patient of the day is a woman who suffers from insomnia. She has a stressful job in the city, works very late and finds it difficult to switch off. The acupuncture treatment lasts 45 minutes. We have a brief update on how she’s been and what results she’d like to get from her session.
The patient then lies on the couch and I take her wrist pulses, a diagnostic technique that help me to identify what acupuncture points would be most helpful to treat to encourage her systems to become and stay balanced. In turn, this will help her to have better sleep. Acupuncture simultaneously works in…