Kim Cattrall and Grief

“It was like a 250 pound gorilla sitting on my chest, I couldn’t get it off me, it was always around 3 am… I didn’t know how to get if off. It was almost a feeling that if I slept I would have to deal with the grief underneath it… coming to terms intellectually of my dad passing…and the emotional loss…”

These were words spoken by the actress recently whilst being interviewed by television presenter Piers Morgan when she talked about the death of her father. She seemed baffled by these feelings and I thought if she had some knowledge of Acupuncture, she could make more sense of what happened to her. Acupuncture theory can elucidate what she was experiencing physically and emotionally regarding her heartache. Let me describe how.

Western medicine does not ascribe emotions to each of the major organs of the body they only attribute a purely physical function to them. In contrast acupuncture concepts believe there is an emotion linked to specific body parts, for example, the heart is the seat of joy, the liver assertion, the kidneys vigilance and arousal and the stomach and spleen hold thoughtfulness.

The Lungs are responsible for connection and loss also referred to as grief. This ties in with where she felt the gorilla’s weight, where the lung organs are situated in the “chest.”

Another contrast between eastern and western medical belief is that acupuncture philosophy works with a 24 hour clock which places a two hour peak of performance in a 24 hour cycle to each organ. How interesting that Kim always woke at “3 am”, because this is the specific time when the two hours of peak of lung performance starts. It makes complete sense to an acupuncturist that this is always a time when she felt her “intellectual” and “emotional” loss most keenly.

In summary, Kim feelings were in complete harmony with how acupuncture views the physical and emotional workings of the body. Were she to have an understanding of the concepts involved with the mechanisims of the lungs she would gain peace of mind about the weight on her chest and the 3 am awakening.

How long are the needles left in?

In Five-Element Acupuncture the needles are usually inserted and then immediately removed. Occasionally, qualities on the pulses indicate the need for needles to be left in for between 5–20 minutes.

Will acupuncture interfere with my prescribed medication?

Acupuncture is perfectly safe to use  in combination with conventional medicine.

Some patients seek treatment in order to reduce dependence on medicines prescribed by their consultant or GP. I am always happy to liaise with other healthcare professionals if you would like me to do so.

How long are the treatments?

Your first appointment is likely to last between one and a half and two hours. This is in order to allow time for a full examination of your past medical history and present state of health. Subsequent treatments will last up to one hour, but the exact length of time will vary from patient to patient.

How much will it cost?

My charge for an initial consultation is £55. After this, the cost is £43 per session.

Does it hurt?

Reactions vary from patient to patient, but the most you are likely to feel when the needle is inserted is a momentary tingling sensation. It is important to remember that acupuncture needles are thinner than a human hair and quite different from the type of hypodermic used by doctors or nurses for injections or for taking blood samples.

If you would like to try acupuncture but are worried by the idea of needles, it might be best to come for an initial chat first.

Are there side-effects?

After acupuncture treatment, you may feel tired or a little drowsy. If you feel sleepy, it is best to avoid driving/using machinery until the effects have worn off.

Other reactions may include mild headache, feeling faint and (rarely) allergic skin reactions. In the short term, you may notice a worsening of the condition for which you originally sought treatment. Although discouraging at first, this can be a good sign, as improvement nearly always follows.

Is it safe?

Serious side-effects from acupuncture are very rare – less than one case in every 10,000 treatments. Unlike some drug-based therapies, there is no risk of dependency.

As a trained practitioner, I take proper care with every patient. Depending on your case history, it is sometimes necessary to avoid certain points or types of treatment. Please let me know if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are, or think you may be, pregnant.
  • You are taking anticoagulant medication.
  • You have valvular or other heart disease.
  • You have epilepsy, cancer, or wear a pacemaker.