Posts in Digestion
Severe osteoarthritic pain, IBS and circulation

"Exceptionally helpful. I initially came to see Lily for severe osteoarthritic pain in the joints of both big toes and pain and swelling in some finger joints. The pain in my toe joints was making walking for any distance increasingly difficult and my fingers were sore after doing any manual tasks such as gardening and cleaning. I consulted my GP who told me there was no treatment available for my condition, apart from pain killers and, if the pain became severe, surgery with no guarantee as to its success. After seeing Lily, my quality of life improved almost immediately with a noticeable reduction in pain and discomfort. I no longer experience any pain at all in my fingers, even after intensive manual tasks. As far as my toe joints are concerned, I walk for long distances with absolutely no pain and have been able to enjoy and fully participate in a dancing class and in three dedicated walking holidays (5 - 8 miles per day for 5 days) during the last 18 months, with a further one planned for May this year. Lily also treats me now for an IBS related condition and for my circulation, both of which have been improved. I have excellent levels of energy and stamina, sleep well and my immune system has been strengthened. I continue to have a 'maintenance treatment' every 8 weeks which keeps me in very good health. Since acupuncture is now available for some conditions through the NHS, I hope more people will be able to benefit from it in coming years. I firmly believe that if acupuncture was offered as an alternative to conventional drugs and pain relief prescriptions, it would improve the quality of life for thousands of people as it has absolutely no side effects."

A Current Patient, Hertfordshire

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME)

"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (also known as ME) has been part of my life for over 10 years and I’d recently had a pretty bad spell with a complete depletion of energy levels, poor sleep, headaches and digestive problems. Lily had been recommended to me by a friend and I was keen to try anything that would be able to offer me relief from any of my symptoms.

I received acupuncture treatments over the course of three months and began to notice gradual improvements in my wellbeing. My energy levels were more stable – I still had my low days (it’s all a rollercoaster ride!) but generally, they were levelling out a lot more and I was starting to find myself being able to plan things in advance because I knew I would be able to have enough energy for the day. My sleep was also less disturbed and less restless and my anxiety levels stabilised a lot more.

For me, the changes were slow but definitely present and I still come to Lily for occasional sessions just to check on how things are going. Lily is a very caring and attentive practitioner - I am so glad my friend passed me her number! I would not hesitate to recommend Lily to other CFS/ME sufferers or others seeking acupuncture treatments."

Anonymous, Hertfordshire

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Posted by Lily Lai.
Digestive Problems & Bad Circulation

I was looking for treatments for digestive problems and bad circulation that I'd been getting for more than 25 years. Normal medicine did not help, and I like the philosophical underpinning of Chinese medicine.

My digestive problems and bad circulation have been successfully addressed with Chinese herbs and I feel much better. Lily is very conscientious and systematic in follow up, dedicated and caring."

Anonymous, Berkhamsted

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

"I've experienced problems with my stomach for a few years and was diagnosed with IBS. I'’d found it difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is that worsens the symptoms of IBS so when someone recommended I try acupuncture, I contacted Lily. I'’ve also had problems with my sinuses and nosebleeds for about 8 years so I decided to try acupuncture to see if improvements could also be made in this area.

My acupuncture treatments (together with Moxibustion) started off on a weekly basis and improvements were definitely seen with my stomach problems. In terms of my sinuses, I was told the problem was likely to be structural by my doctor so although this couldn'’t be treated as such, the nosebleeds stopped completely with Lily'’s treatments!

As well as the acupuncture, Lily also gave me suggestions to improve my lifestyle and diet and has taught me to relax more- which helps ease my IBS symptoms.

The treatments are performed very professionally and with a lot of care, and the environment in the room is very relaxed and peaceful. Overall, I would highly recommend Lily to anyone in terms of both her professional and personal skills. The whole experience is made relaxing and enjoyable by Lily as well as helping with your health issues. Thank you Lily!"

Miss E, 31, Harpenden

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

"I had read about Chinese medicine and after speaking with Lily and finding out that she specialised in my condition, I decided to try it for my IBS which I had been suffering from for 4 months.

Lily gave me Acupuncture and Moxibustion treatments for my condition and I experienced pain relief and a calming effect which also relieved the stress of my condition. The moxibustion proved to be very effective."

Mr J, 51

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Stress Related Stomach Pains, Nausea & Back Pain

"My stomach and digestive system problems have developed over the past four to five years in particular to do with stress. My back problems started from an accident at the age of thirteen which have become particularly bad over the past five to six years. Lily has treated me with Acupuncture, Ear Seed Acupressure and Herbal Medicine and I have seen a definite improvement in my stomach issues, particularly with respect to stopping the nausea that usually accompanies all my other symptoms. There has also been a distinct improvement in my moods and general stress levels which I think has helped greatly. The Acupuncture to help relieve my back pain has been stunningly effective!

From the start I have found Lily's attitude, procedures and literature to be of a very professional standard. Given my apprehension at receiving Acupuncture, I was amazed at how quickly I felt comfortable and relaxed during my first session. I have been very pleased with everything that I have seen to date and I feel that the service that I get is already well above average and carried out with a professional hand."

Anonymous, 25, Hertfordshire

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Posted by Lily Lai.
Severe Stomach Pain and Constipation

"I had suffered from severe stomach pain and constipation for two years before coming to see Lily for acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Lily has helped tremendously, particularly with the constipation. The stomach pain I suffered from is no longer as severe or as frequent. Lily has helped me beyond my expectations, providing dietary recommendations and suggesting other lifestyle changes which have helped me a lot.

I would highly recommend Lily to others interested in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine."

Anna, 71, Poland

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Skin, Sleep & Digestive Problems

"I came to Lily for my skin problems as well as some sleep and digestive problems. I had had acupuncture treatments in the past and found them very helpful. The acupuncture and acupressure treatments with Lily were incredibly relaxing. They were of great benefit to my skin in improving the redness, excessive pigmentation and oilyness. My sleep and my digestion also improved."

Mrs S, 49, Tring

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