Experiencing Acupuncture

Journeys of Body, Mind and Spirit for Patients and Practitioners

Illuminating the considerations at play in determining courses of treatment in acupuncture, this honest depiction of nine accounts of unique cases shows how changes can happen, how the practitioner makes choices in the moment and why the patient's collaboration and commitment are vital.

Hamwee shows how being attentive to all aspects of patients' lives uncovers the conditions for healing, and how it affects the responses of both patients and practitioners in pursuit of health and wellbeing. It does not simply treat acupuncture as concepts and techniques, but rather as a remarkable journey of the body, mind and spirit. An honest depiction of nine accounts of real-life cases such as back pain, chronic fatigue, depression and irritable bowel syndrome, the book describes the experience of acupuncture through the eyes of both practitioners and patients.
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Press reviews for: Experiencing Acupuncture

Angela Hicks, Co-founder College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading, author of Principles of Chinese Medicine, Singing Dragon

Every patient has a story. The story can take us to new perspectives and deeper truths beyond the presenting symptoms. John Hamwee is an inspiring writer. He intrigues, and often surprises us by revealing how to understand the real causes of our patients' conditions and in turn master our intuition in the treatment room.

Kathy Doncaster, patient of John Hamwee

I found these stories intriguing. They were helpful to me as a patient because they illustrated how acupuncture works. Not so much by an explanation of mechanisms, but through revealing how possibilities for health and transformation can emerge from attentive and committed collaboration between practitioner and patient.

Merlin Young, acu-moxa practitioner/author/activist

Unique and thought-provoking. If you're a practitioner of any acupuncture style (or indeed of any therapy of either body or mind) I defy you to read this book and not grow therapeutically from doing so. John's patient-stories (beautifully told and brimming with authenticity) offer us something truly special.

Susan Thorne, Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council

Alongside the skill and craft of acupuncture treatment, John Hamwee has honed his intuition and instinct to develop his art of following the detective clues of acupuncture diagnosis.

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