West Cork’s first multi-bed community acupuncture clinic started in February at the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre on Kilbarry Rd. If you have ever wondered whether acupuncture might be able to benefit you but didn’t feel you could afford private consultation rates, then this new clinic could be an ideal way for you to come and see why acupuncture has such a well-earned reputation as an effective healthcare practice.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a model of healthcare that can be traced back to the third century BC and has, throughout its history, continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions. It offers a rich tradition of empirical medical knowledge that has withstood the test of time and involves four key areas of skill: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), tuina medical massage and medical qigong.
This new clinic is being offered by Freya Sherlock (BSc Hons level TCM/CHM, Lic.Ac) in addition to her private practice in response to the need for access to affordable holistic healthcare. She is dedicated to supporting others in living with a sense of vibrant health and wellbeing and aims to offer a flexible approach to receiving treatment. While some people’s conditions are better addressed initially with private appointments that allow for an in-depth consultation, they are often best served by regular on-going weekly top-up treatments that can become prohibitively expensive for some. Once the treatment plan is underway, Freya hopes the community clinic will become an affordable way for patients to sustain their treatment progress.
The clinic has a small room for a private review of each patient’s health concerns and then a larger but nonetheless cosy room with a range of beds and chairs to choose from to receive acupuncture treatment. Equally, it isn’t always necessary for start with treatments at the private clinic, particularly if they have less complex conditions or simply feel they just want to boost their health in a general way. However, given the nature of a consultation for CHM or tuina, these treatments require appointments at Freya’s private practice only.
In addition, Freya envisages that the community clinic will inspire people to enter into the spirit of the new economics and gift economy as proposed by some of todays’ cutting edge economists such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics. She hopes it will initiate a benevolent cycle, based on ‘Unto each according to need, from each according to ability’ and that by giving to those that need help lifting their quality of health and wellbeing, they can in turn, become better, more potent agents’ of positive change and endeavour in their lives and the lives of those around them. “We are living in challenging and extraordinary times and it requires an extraordinary response from extraordinary people,” says Freya. Freya’s vision for the clinic is to offer people somewhere where they can come, regardless of their current economic status and take the time to attend to their health needs in order that they can, in their own way, support and realise the ‘extraordinary’ within them. The clinic will operate a goodwill sliding scale with people encouraged to give conscientiously according to their ability, the proceeds of which will not only contribute to supporting Freya’s ongoing practice but to the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre and all the many ways, it strives to meet the needs of the community.
The community multi-bed clinic will operate initially on Thursdays, from 11am to 2pm, and while available for drop-in, it is advisable to phone for an appointment and an initial brief discussion of needs.
Freya Sherlock can be contacted on 086 127 3148. She runs the Shen Dao Chinese Medicine Clinic, East Green, Dunmanway offering acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina. She teaches at the College of Oriental Medicine Cork and is currently doing her masters in Chinese Herbal Medicine.