I'm seeing a couple of patients at the moment, both with a similar story. They had very heavy periods for many years and now, at post-menopause, they're experiencing very chronic and debilitating achilles tendonitis. They're also experiencing one of the most misdiagnosed problems of sciatica which can be very easily treated with acupuncture. Alongside some neck and shoulder pains. Their tendons are clearly struggling and this pattern is largely due to what acupuncturists would call Blood Deficiency. This doesn't mean they're anaemic in a Western sense but that their blood is lacking the nutrients required to nourish the tendons.
This highlights to me just how important this forum is. Had they known about acupuncture earlier on in their lives, their heavy periods could have been resolved very easily and they wouldn't be left with these residual problems. They both tell me that 3 weeks of their cycle were a complete write-off. They either felt tired or pre-menstrual. I'm continually amazed at how people live with these problems when a few acupuncture treatments so easily sorts out the issue and helps to ensure they don't get further problems along the line.
In terms of their treatment, it makes my life much more difficult when I see such chronic cases as these. It requires considerable treatment to get to the root cause. If only they'd had acupuncture sooner!
Verity Allen - BSc, BA, MBAcC, Lic Ac