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the ancient natural and art of healing, can treat many illnesses
without causing any side effects. This along with Shiatsu, a Japanese
type of massage, provides relief from various physical and mental
ailments. Because these methods assist the movement of energy in the
body. Acupuncture as well as Shiatsu helps to move energy from where
there is excess to places in the body where there is a deficiency.
Laurel Botsford who has visited Sri Lanka several times, now resides
here. She has studied and now practices acupuncture as well as
said that though throughout her life she has practiced Shiatsu the
Japanese massaging technique, it was only after being treated by
acupuncture for a physical ailment, she was convinced that this was an
excellent method of healing . "I was told that I would have to
live with the pain - however after being treated with acupuncture I
was completly cured," emphasised Botsford.
is a therapy of physical and energy rebalancing. This massage is
done by using pressure with the thumbs, fingers, and palms which
are then applied to areas and points in the human body, in order
to evenly redistribute the energy in the body so that there is
no excess or shortage of energy.
Increases flexibility of the skin
Improves the circulatory system
Regulates the functions of the nerves
is an oriental therapy, which is based on principles of oriental
medicine where health is a balance of energy in the body.
I went to Dr Anton Jayasuriya's clinic in Kalubowila I saw that the
people around me were being healed and so was I, everyone was healing,
that was pretty wonderful." she said.
studying and working with Dr.
Anton Jayasuriya for more than a year, she now practices both these
methods on her own. She also feels that acupuncture is complemented by
Shiatsu which is the art of balancing the energy levels in the body.
believes that "acupuncture is a fascinating way to heal
people." Acupuncture heals so many different things and many
people do not realise how many illnesses can be treated with
theory behind alternative medicine revolves around the idea of
balancing energy levels in the body and providing equal levels of
noted that in her practice of both acupuncture and Shiatsu she goes to
people's homes and treats them, while some people also visit her at
is also affiliated with Ultramedics at the World Trade Center and The
day she hopes to have her own clinic for acupuncture and the other
alternative methods she practices.
also explained that people of all income groups seek
acupuncture and that slowly the world is changing towards
looking at alternative medicine as being very reliable.
an American, stated that she only practices alternative healing in Sri
Lanka and noted that if she has a patient who she feels needs more
attention she takes them to someone with more experience.
pointed out that alternative medicine is increasingly accepted in the
USA, because surveys show that over 50 percent of people seeking
treatment first try alternative medicine over conventional medicine,
because the practice and acceptance of alternative medicine is
growing, around the world.
the practice of acupuncture she says that it is a simple pinprick in
different parts of the body, depending on the ailments of the person.
After this, the person is made to relax and practice slow rhythmic
breathing for about half an hour after which the needles will be taken
out. This process will be repeated until the patient is healed of the
she does acknowledge that many people are afraid of the needle but
assures that these are tiny needles that can hardly be felt except at
is the Chinese, who documented the acupuncture points in the body for
illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems and even
asthma because acupuncture does not merely control the illness but
cures it as well.
stated that many of her patients who suffered from such illnesses are
not even taking medication now because they have been cured by
acupuncture. "Because the main thrust of alternative medicine is
to balance the energy of the body in order to cure the person, so that
the person will not have to go to the pharmacy or visit the doctor for
the ailment again.
also said that she has treated many people with physical problems,
even children, people who have been paralysed, people suffering from
nerve problems, even cured smokers and obesity. Now she is treating a
small boy who has been paralysed in the right side of his face after a
brain operation and noted that he has shown tremendous improvement
because he has started to smile and blink.
Noting that even if it is only a finger that moves it is a huge
achievement and even this is very encouraging for both the patient and
certainly speaks with pride and confidence when she refers to her
patients whom she has helped with acupuncture.
is phenomenal for such patients," stressed Botsford who has
treated and improved a number of paralysed patients. Even if there are
no Western cures for such illnesses, acupuncture can help them.
not only practices acupuncture and Shiatsu, but she is also qualified
in energy healing, colourtherapy, homeopathy, auriculotherapy,
reflexology, lasertherapy and physiotherapy.