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The idea of treat­ing divers with div­ing med­i­cal prob­lems first started in

2003 when one of Jan­neke’s pa­tients asked her to treat her mid­dle ear equal­i­sa­tion prob­lem that oc­curred ev­ery third day of her div­ing hol­i­days. This prob­lem re­sulted in her not be­ing able to dive any­more and stay­ing on deck the rest of the hol­i­day. Af­ter sev­eral treat­ments and a div­ing week in Egypt, she came back to the prac­tice happy, telling Jan­neke she didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence any ear prob­lems at all and was able to dive ev­ery day! In­spired by all the mag­i­cal un­der­wa­ter sto­ries from an­other div­ing pa­tient as well and hav­ing her own spe­cial me­mory of snorkelling once at Koh Samet in Thai­land, Jan­neke de­cided to get her div­ing li­cence. With a leaflet, Div­ing with­out prob­lems with Acupunc­ture,

and an in­ter­view in the Dutch Div­ing

Mag­a­zine (Mag­a­zine Duiken) in May 2004, the specialism “Div­ing Med­i­cal Acupunc­ture” was es­tab­lished. It has been a great chal­lenge for Jan­neke to keep divers div­ing and mak­ing div­ing safer and more en­joy­able!


Af­ter fin­ish­ing her phys­io­ther­apy train­ing from 1985 to1989 at Ho­geschool Heerlen in the Nether­lands, Jan­neke stud­ied acupunc­ture from 1991 to 1994 in An­twerp, Bel­gium, at Jing Ming Col­lege, in­clud­ing a month of hos­pi­tal in­tern­ship at Nan­chang, Jiangxi Col­lege for Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine in China. She also stud­ied Chi­nese herbal medicine lo­cally in Utrecht at Bao Ku Col­lege. Jan­neke also had the ex­cep­tional op­por­tu­nity to at­tend sev­eral ENT-re­lated div­ing medicine cour­ses with the Scott Hal­dane Foun­da­tion – an in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tute ded­i­cated to the ed­u­ca­tion of physi­cians in div­ing and hy­per­baric medicine world­wide. Be­sides her (para) med­i­cal back­ground, Jan­neke has trained as a PADI Di­ve­mas­ter. To im­prove her knowl­edge of Chi­nese medicine, she has stud­ied in Europe, China and the USA. She is a mem­ber of the Dutch Acupunc­ture As­so­ci­a­tion (NVA) and the Royal Dutch So­ci­ety of Phys­io­ther­apy (KNGF). Jan­neke also trains acupunc­tur­ists in­ter­na­tion­ally in div­ing med­i­cal acupunc­ture.


All of Jan­neke’s div­ing re­lated knowl­edge is col­lected and struc­tured in her re­cently pub­lished book, Div­ing Med­i­cal Acupunc­ture

(pub­lished by Singing Dragon in April 2018). Tar­geted at acupunc­tur­ists, non-acupunc­ture doc­tors and divers world­wide, Div­ing Med­i­cal

Acupunc­ture de­scribes the med­i­cal con­di­tions that can pre­vent, com­pli­cate or re­sult from div­ing and other wa­ter sports, and pro­vides ef­fec­tive clin­i­cal treat­ments. It’s an in­te­gra­tion of West­ern div­ing medicine, div­ing tech­niques and Chi­nese medicine. Com­plete with anatom­i­cal di­a­grams and acupunc­ture point charts, the book is a prac­ti­cal re­source for acupunc­ture clin­i­cians who deal with the is­sues as­so­ci­ated with div­ing. Ad­vice for divers is given at the end of each chap­ter, and is avail­able as a hand­out in down­load­able form.


A phys­io­ther­a­pist, acupunc­tur­ist, Chi­nese herbal­ist and spe­cial­ist in West­ern div­ing medicine in The Hague, the Nether­lands, I treat divers from the whole coun­try with a wide range of health is­sues at my prac­tice. This in­cludes chronic or re­cur­ring ENT dis­or­ders that af­fect pres­sure equal­i­sa­tion of the ears and si­nuses, TMJ (your tem­poro­madibu­lar joint is a hinge that con­nects your jaw to the tem­po­ral bones of your skull) dis­or­ders, sea sick­ness, stress, tired­ness, high blood pres­sure, mi­graine, lung dis­or­ders, ad­dic­tion to smok­ing, obe­sity, neck and back dis­or­ders, mus­cle cramps, and more.

Divers with med­i­cal prob­lems can ben­e­fit from the pos­i­tive ef­fects of acupunc­ture treat­ment. Acupunc­ture can trans­form phlegm and re­duce its pro­duc­tion, de­crease swelling of the mu­cous mem­branes in the nose, si­nuses, Eus­tachian tube and mid­dle ear and ad­dress un­der­ly­ing en­er­getic dis­tur­bances (such as de­fi­ciency or stag­na­tion of qi). When the Eus­tachian tube has a free air pas­sage, divers will nor­mally be able to equalise the mid­dle ear pres­sure well (as long as the clear­ing tech­niques are per­formed cor­rectly).

Acupunc­ture can in­crease your en­ergy, re­duce stress and im­prove im­mu­nity – thereby re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of a diver be­com­ing ill.

The diver will def­i­nitely feel bet­ter un­der and above the wa­ter sur­face! Lung func­tion can be im­proved, whereby breath­ing will be eas­ier, en­abling the diver to stay un­der­wa­ter longer. For those with lower back prob­lems, jump­ing into the ocean may be fine but climb­ing the stairs of the boat can be very painful. Acupunc­ture can re­lieve pain, mus­cle ten­sion and im­prove the mo­bil­ity of the spine. Acupunc­ture can also help to lower cer­tain risk fac­tors of de­com­pres­sion ill­ness (DCI), such as tired­ness, be­ing over­weight, and decreased blood cir­cu­la­tion.

Acupunc­ture can in­crease your en­ergy,

re­duce stress and im­prove im­mu­nity – thereby re­duc­ing the like­li­hood of a diver be­com­ing ill

ABOVE: Jan­neke’s lat­est book,Div­ing Med­i­cal Acupunc­ture

JAN­NEKE VER­MEULEN has been work­ing as an acupunc­tur­ist since 1994 – partly trained in China and the USA – and spe­cialises in div­ing medicine, Chi­nese fa­cial di­ag­no­sis, cos­metic acupunc­ture and in­fer­til­ity. As a gen­eral phys­io­ther­a­pist, she also has in-depth knowl­edge in the field of joint and mus­cle com­plaints and stress re­lated prob­lems. In ad­di­tion to prac­tice, Jan­neke gives in­ter­na­tional lec­tures and cer­ti­fied cour­ses on div­ing med­i­cal acupunc­ture. Jan­neke is the au­thor of Div­ing Med­i­cal Acupunc­ture pub­lished by Singing Dragon (Lon­don, Philadel­phia). For more in­for­ma­tion please visit her web­sitewww.mer­maid­medicine.com.To or­der her book, visitwww.singing­dragon.com

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