Do Natural Therapies Work in the Long Term?

It is not very often that I have patients excited about turning 80 years old and embracing life with the vigour of most 60-year-olds, but I was privileged recently to enjoy a birthday celebration with 80-year-old Connie from Bribie Island. I’ve known Connie and her beautiful family for some time now and what started as a professional relationship has grown into a deep friendship that constantly has me admiring the qualities and attitude to life that this family matriarch exemplifies.

Connie wrote me a story about her experiences with natural therapies and has the ‘runs on the board’ so to speak, to offer to offer a view of the efficacy of natural therapies in the long-term. I’d like to share it with you here:

Connie’s Story

May 2010

It was back in 1994 when I first went to see Terry, my daughter recommended him too me. At the time I was feeling very tired, continual back ache, leg ache and a general sense of I guess feeling “out of sorts”. I was a little skeptical as I had never had acupuncture before but I was also very willing to give it a go. I did not know what to expect, I really just wanted to feel better, I certainly was not prepared for the impact it has had on my life.

To remember all of my treatments in the last 16 years and the benefits I have gained from them is difficult, certainly there are highlights for me and I am sure there will be more to come. I remember from my first visit going away with exercises to do and another appointment booked, but most of all I remember thinking what a wonderful, kind man this was and of being quite emotional. I felt as though years of tension had be taken from me, how wonderful that was!

Over the last 16 years Terry has had me in tears, had me laughing at the world and at myself. He has helped me to find the “me” that somehow got lost along the way, taught me about taking time for ‘just me’, how not to beat up on myself for feeling tired, how to exercise, how to let go of the negative and grab hold of the positive and to drink “LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER”. This wonderful man has helped me with my back, legs, hip, head and self esteem, how over the moon I was when I found that acupuncture could help with my eyes. I believe that the treatment and tablets that I have taken and continue to take have kept my eyes from deteriorating and for that I am very grateful.

Visits to Terry have also helped me through some very difficult times, the loss of my husband and then the loss of my son, and that came not just from needles or massage but from a man that has become a friend, a man full of compassion and understanding, a very wise man!!

Just recently Terry has helped me with a prolapse and hemorrhoids, and with the use of acupuncture, remedies and exercises (that I do regularly), I continue to improve. Oh and I also ride my three wheel bike that Terry found for me, I love going for a ride and I reckon that for an 80 year old I do pretty good.

Connie W Bongaree Qld

P.S. Connie recently rode her three wheeler from the calm side of Bribie Island where she lives, to the surf side and back, a distance of more than 10 km. (You’ve got to just love that attitude of giving things a go!)

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