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Case Study – Malcolm Rea

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Case Study – Malcolm Rea


Hayfever, muscular pain caused by tendonitis and swelling in his left foot.


About six months ago 75-year-old Malcolm Rea from Bristol went to see an acupuncturist to see if she could help him deal with muscular pain in his right leg caused by tendonitis and swelling in his left foot. He had been struggling with both conditions for several years and was fed up with conventional medics just feeding him more and more drugs and leaving him ‘to just get on with it.’

He booked an appointment with British Acupuncture Council member Amanda Watson of A Watson Acupuncture in Bristol.

He describes what happened next as ‘miraculous’.

“During the initial session I mentioned that I had suffered from hayfever since I was a university student.

“I can’t believe it, it was a miracle she just started treating me and it was gone within a week. I got watery eyes but as long as I didn’t rub them too much it just went. It was quite extraordinary. She stuck some needles in and it got better straight away. Seven weeks later I had not needed to take any of the cetirizine hydrochloride I’d been previously prescribed. I had suffered terribly for years and the tablets used to knock me out so I never felt like doing much. It's brilliant, I don’t know how she did it.”

The former maths and English teacher says he feels so much better and as well as the ‘extraordinary’ result for his hayfever his muscular ache is much improved and the swelling has reduced.


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