Acupunc­ture aware­ness week is here

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST - JANE MATTHEWS

Nigel Cliffe has put years into his stud­ies, hun­dreds of hours into his prac­tice and doesn’t like it when peo­ple won’t con­sider acupunc­ture be­cause they’re scared of nee­dles.

That’s why the owner of Acupunc­ture South Taranaki, who has an ad­vanced diploma and al­most has a Bach­e­lor of Heath Science in acupunc­ture, has de­cided to take part in World Acupunc­ture Aware­ness Week (WAAW).

‘‘For me it’s not good enough just to say no - when peo­ple don’t know about it - on the ba­sis of it be­ing a sharp im­ple­ment, be­cause it’s not just that,’’ Cliffe said. ‘‘I want peo­ple to un­der­stand that it is avail­able for a com­ple­men­tary health care op­tion. I just want peo­ple to be in­formed.’’

WAAW runs from Novem­ber 16 - 22 and Cliffe has de­cided to do two speeches and demon­stra­tion events and of­fer dis­counted treat­ments.

‘‘I’ve been try­ing to think about what peo­ple would want to know and I think the main one is why peo­ple would be want­ing to put a sharp im­ple­ment into their body for health.’’

Rather than de­scrib­ing acupunc­ture as painful, Cliffe said it’s more like a sen­sa­tion.

‘‘There is a sen­sa­tion, and es­pe­cially if there is some­one who is in pain, the sen­sa­tion to ad­dress that pain usu­ally in­volves feel­ing that pain,’’ he said. ‘‘For in­ter­nal health is­sues, for ex­am­ple toni­fy­ing [in­creas­ing the avail­able en­ergy of] the stom­ach,

‘‘I just want peo­ple to be in­formed.’’ Nigel Cliffe

spleen and pan­creas func­tion, it’s not so much a sen­sa­tion, more a dull ache.’’

There will be one speech and demon­stra­tion evening at CoastalCare in O¯ pu¯ nake on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16, and an­other in Ha¯wera at the Com­mu­nity Hall Lounge Room on Novem­ber 20. Both events run from 5.30-6.30pm and are free to at­tend.

‘‘I’m go­ing to talk about the his­tory of acupunc­ture, why us­ing acupunc­ture may be ben­e­fi­cial to peo­ple’s health, and that tra­di­tional acupunc­tur­ists like my­self, a mem­ber of the gov­ern­ing body, can treat peo­ple un­der the ACC sched­ule,’’ he said.

Cliffe said a large por­tion of his clients had in­ter­nal health is­sues.

‘‘They’re usu­ally on a lot of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal med­i­ca­tions and can’t take any more and they’re still hav­ing re­cur­ring in­ci­dents of health dis­tur­bance.’’

If you’re in­ter­ested in talk­ing to Cliffe, he can be con­tacted on 0276819524 or 067638801 after hours.


Nigel Cliffe is of­fer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and dis­counted treat­ments for acupunc­ture dur­ing World Acupunc­ture Aware­ness Week.

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