“It feels like someone has turned the “light switch” back on and I am back to my old self!” Sherilyn McCarthy

Initially I went to see Vitalis for lower back pain. This was caused by sitting at my computer all day long. And also a friend of mine said acupuncture can also help with infertility issues.

So I thought I’d give it a go.

What I didn’t realise at the time was, that I also had other things wrong with me boiling under the surface as well.

For example, I was anxious, moody, stressed and just plain tired all the time.

But now I am not tired during the day at all, in fact I feel the opposite, I feel energised.

I seam to have more energy and can focus on my work and for longer hours. Also, I don’t feel stressed, I feel relaxed. Also my lower back problem has diminished.

Unlike going to a Doctor for one problem and getting a drug to fix it. This treatment feels like it’s fixing the main problem, but also fixing the underlying other problems that you are not aware you had.

It feels like Vitalis brought everything back together in my body, and got everything moving again.

No one can control the stresses that life throws at you from time to time. But I feel that after having treatment with Vitalis, I am much better “equipped” to handle any stressful situation that may and has come my way.

I am sleeping deeper and feel energised and awake during the day. It feels like someone has turned the “light switch” back on and I am back to my old self.

The good self I used to be.

Thank you very much Vitalis!

Sherilyn McCarthy


Asthma and stress link explains how acupuncture may help

Not many asthma sufferers come to see me specifically for this condition. I do see many patients affected by stress, anxiety and depression. Some of them also suffer from asthma. A few of these patients told me that their asthma improved significantly following acupuncture treatment. I used to get surprised by this, as studies on acupuncture and asthma provide mixed results.

I think I found a link explaining why asthma improves when anxiety is reduced with acupuncture. If you are prone to anxiety, your chances of developing asthma are tripled. This is the conclusion of a study on 4000 adults published in Journal of Allergy this month. Chronic stress alters hormone levels, which can lead to inflamed airways. Acupuncture has been shown to regulate stress hormones; it is an effective treatment for anxiety.

This contributes to understanding the pathophysiology of asthma. But it also explains how acupuncture may help asthma sufferers. It may be the reason why some acupuncture treatment protocols work better than others; and help to design studies which could actually provide some hard evidence for the practice.

Acupuncture: Reduced anxiety, less depressed, reduced cravings

Acupuncture for Women With Concurrent Substance Use and Anxiety/Depression
In this controlled trial, women receiving acupuncture reported

  • having reduced physiological cravings for substances,
  • felt significantly less depressed, less anxious, and
  • were better able to reflect on and resolve difficulties

than women in the control group.

It was found that auricular acupuncture, as an adjunct therapy to a comprehensive psychoeducational treatment program for women with addictions, shows promise in being an effective, more viable treatment alternative to anti-anxiety drugs anxiolytics.

This study was published in Family & Community Health April/June 2007 Volume 30 Number 2 Pages 112 – 120.