The winter of 2016 was very bad for me; I was most of the time ill with what I was thinking it was a prolonged, recurrent, bad cold.
In spring the situation became worst; all sorts of irritants, and in particular pollen, perfumes and detergents, were triggering paroxysmal coughs, which were so horrendous that they created an inguinal hernia which needed operating, as well as a constantly runny nose, eyes and strong pains in the ears.
By summer the coughs became terrifying and chronic, often turning into chest infections that needed antibiotics to clear. I became a regular to A&Es here in London and when on holidays abroad, while waiting to be examined by the Thoracic Department of Homerton Hospital in September. The situation was unbearable, with me almost suicidal and my partner unable to sleep at night because of my constant coughing and “funny” noises.
In my despair, I considered trying traditional Chinese medicine and I went to the AcuMedic Centre. There, Dr Xiao “Susan” Gong diagnosed me with Coughing Variant/Allergic Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis, a diagnosis which was a month later verified by the Thoracic Department of Homerton Hospital after extensive tests and exams.
Dr Gong started treating me with a combination of acupuncture and herbs treatment and my response was astonishing; within a few weeks the nose and ears stopped running, the ears stopped hurting and most importantly, the coughing had disappeared, along with the night sweats and general fatigue. It was truly like a miracle for me.
I then continued a similar combo treatment of acupuncture and herbs (but this time “teas”, not capsules) with Dr Lily and Dr Gu, which was truly unbelievably effective, and by that time (mid-November) I was officially not allergic to pollen, perfumes etc. any more, as my allergy prick test results came all negative!
I continue this treatment up to now and the benefits are massive. Of course, I cannot claim that my asthma has been cured, but the quality of my life has been improved tremendously. It is February now, and I have not been ill even for a single day. The “funny” noises at nigh have stopped and my partner can sleep again peacefully next to me.
And the best of all? I do not have to take any asthma inhalers, anti-histamine tablets/spays and/or any corticosteroids. Needless to say that I have already recommended the AcuMedic Centre to a lot of my friends with similar health issues.