Autoimmune Diseases and Acupuncture

What is Autoimmune disease?
Autoimmune diseases are when our immune system mistakenly attacks us. We have found that acupuncture can often help.

The most common Autoimmune diseases
Celiac diseases
Crohn’s disease
Diabetes (type 1)
Ehlers-Danios syndrome
Grave’s disease (overactive thyroid)
Guillian-Barre syndrome
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
Immflamatory bowel disease
Lupus Erythematosus
Multiple sclerosis
Pernicious anaemia
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sjogren’s Syndrome

There are about 80 types of Autoimmune disease and many have similar symptoms. It is possible to have more than one at the same time.

What it does to us
Our immune system attacks one bit of us, like the small intestine in Crohne’s disease, or all over. The attacks can come and go for no obvious reason.

Who gets Autoimmune Diseases
Anyone can. They can start in childhood, or often when we are adults. They often run in the family. 75% of those affected are women. It can also be started or made worse by things like bacteria, a virus, chemicals, environmental irritants, or drugs. The drugs can have a lot of side effects, and affect you long term.

Visiting Your Doctor
Your doctor might have struggled to diagnose you. There are no easy tests for some autoimmune diseases. Doctors also struggle to treat or cure most of them. Your doctor will try and help your symptoms with drugs.

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Acupuncture for Autoimmune diseases
In our Acupuncture clinic in Guildford, Surrey, England, we have found Autoimmune diseases to often be helped a lot by acupuncture. Acupuncture seems to help body to stop fighting itself. Acupuncture also seems to help our immune system re-balance if it is too high or too low.

Immune Systems Out of Balance
Our Immune system are affected by everything we do, eg stress, poor sleep, over or under-exercising, or how we work. Low activity or immune deficiency decreases the body’s ability to fight infections. Over activity can lead to body attacking and damaging it’s own healthy tissue. This is where acupuncture plus lifestyle changes can really help.

Diet and Lifestyle
We often give advice about diet and life style and dietary advice and find this can really help. For example, giving up all grains helps a lot of people, sometimes dramatically, as can giving up gluten, sugar and dairy produce.

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Acupuncture

We are successfully helping people with Peripheral Neuropathy. We use a unique Acupuncture treatment program that has now helped 100’s of sufferers, reducing symptoms, and stopping it progressing. This is good news, as for doctors peripheral neuropathy is extremely difficult to treat.

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is really a group of conditions where pain, tingling, numbness or weakness are symptoms of damage to peripheral nerves, which make up the peripheral nervous system (that is all the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, the central nervous system).

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropthy

Pain, pins and needles, numbness, tingling and weakness are the usual signs of PN. Everybody is different and their condition changes with time and treatment so consulting with your doctor at the earliest opportunity is highly recommended as a first step.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

There are many causes but the most common cause is diabetes. The other most common causes are aging and chemotherapy for cancer.

There are quite a variety of other less common causes, chemical and physical sources of injury to the nerves or their protective sheaths.

Examples include compression of a nerve, whether by inflammation, such as in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or by tumour, both malignant or non-cancerous, or any growth such as by a bone spur. Chemical causes can be poisoning by alcohol or by heavy metals like mercury.

Finding out the cause of your condition is the first crucial step to taking control of your health.

Doctors struggle to treat peripheral neuropathy

There are two goals in treating PN. The first is to manage the cause of your neuropathy. If the root cause is remedied, the nerves often get better on their own. The second goal is to control the symptoms, hopefully gaining relief from pain.

Some neuropathies can be managed to decrease the symptoms, controlling the pain, but in general it is agreed that there are no effective conventional treatments for PN. No mainstream treatment promoted by the world’s highest medical authorities has a better than 50% success rate in providing 50% improvement. They all admit that PN is difficult to treat effectively and say it is impossible to cure.

Acupuncture treats peripheral neuropathy

We have been successfully treating pn using treatments pioneered by Jonathon Gilbert in America. He has now successfully treated 100’s of patients with acupuncture.

We find that a program of fortnightly acupuncture treatment can improve symptoms, quality of life, & your prospects for the future.

Treating Knee Pain with Acupuncture

Treating Knee Pain with Acupuncture.knee pain gif_1448860578

We have had very good results treating knee pain with acupuncture at our clinic in Guildford, Surrey. We often see knee pain that has been going on for years, sometimes decades.


Knee joint pain can be caused by lots of things.It can be damage to the knee joint itself, ligaments, or muscles and tendons.It can be postural, referred pain from somewhere else (see our article on back pain here), an old injury that never healed properly, or arthritis (see our article on arthritis here.)

Doctors Treatment

Knee problems are seen by doctors as difficult to treat. They often prescribe pain-killers initially. If the pain doesn’t go, then they may do an x-ray, or MRI scan,which will show if surgery is needed. Surgery can be minor (eg keyhole to clean up cartilage) or major (for severe ligament or joint damage).

Acupuncture Treatment

Often we see people after they have had years of pain, & nothing that the doctors have done has worked. We spend time going over the medical history, and do an examination. We will then use acupuncture needles around the knee & some points elsewhere. We can also advise on exercise.

Case History 1

A man came to us with 2 years of knee pain following a car accident. He was due to go skiing in 3 weeks time! So we treated him once a week for 3 weeks. The pain was almost gone by thhe time he left to go skiing, and he returned after his holiday reporting no pain despite skiing every day. We haven`t needed to treat him since.

Case history 2

Recently a woman in her 40`s came to us having suffered knee pain since being a teenager. It could get really painful if she walked any distance, and all the exercises she had been given by physios had made it worse. The doctors had done nothing other than prescribe pain relief drugs for 30 years. I treated her with acupuncture and when she came back for the 2nd treatment, she hesitantly said the pain seemed not to be there. 2 weeks& 2 more treatments later,still no pain! So I told her to come back if the pain returned. We havent seen her since!

I Learn Exercise After Surgery is Good!

Acupuncture doesnt sort ever problem. I have had keyhole knee surgery for a torn cartilage. Before having the surgery I had several acupuncture treatments that had no effect, and hobbled around for a year. Interestingly, for a year after the surgery I continued to hobble, & thought the surgery had failed Then I did some simple knee strengthening weight training in the gym & and my pain dissappeared within 2 weeks! My lesson from this was the importance of doing strengthening gym work & pilates when recovering from surgery.

So we feel it is always worth trying acupuncture if you have knee pain. Even if you are due surgery, it is worthwhile, as surgery carries risk, whereas acupuncture is risk-free.

With our affordable acupuncture clinic, where we provide top quality treatment at low cost, it makes even more sense!

Arthritis treated with Acupuncture

Arthritis treated with acupuncture can be helped. In fact, we have successfully treated both Osteo and Rheumatoid arthritis with acupuncture at our Guildford clinic.

The 2 types of Arthritisarthritis treated with acupuncture

Osteoarthritis is wear and tear of the bones, joints and cartilage. Pretty much all of us have it showing on x-rays as we get older, but interestingly not all of us get pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is where our own immune system attacks us. It can start as early as in our 20’s. It can get progressively worse as we get older, with deformed joints. It can be very distressing. It often comes and goes, and can ‘burn itself out’ (stop doing damage permanently) after a few or many years.

Treating Osteoarthritis

Strangely, you can have severe osteoarthritis showing on x-rays, and be pain-free and active. Also you can be in a lot of pain with healthy x-rays. No-one knows why this happens.  So whatever pain you are in, and whatever the x-rays show, there is hope.

arthritis treated with acupunctureWe have found acupuncture helps a lot of the time. Again, no-one quite knows why. In China Doctors say there are energy pathways (meridians) in the body, which if blocked causes pain. They use acupuncture needles in special points on the body to unblock the pathways, which cures the pain.

I have many clients with painful osteoarthritis in the back, hip, or knees, that have walked out of our clinic pain-free after just 1 short course of treatment.

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is more difficult to help. We find regular treatments can often make the pain less, and help the hands & feet to move better. Interestingly we have had clients whose arthritis has burned itself out at the time when they see us for acupuncture.

Client History – Osteoarthritis of Knee

A 40 year old man came to see me some years ago, diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in his knees. The doctors had him on pain killers that were not helping. I treated him 6 times and his pain disappeared. He returned a few time over the next 10 years for other issues, and the pain never returned during this time.

Client History – Osteoarthritis of Hip

This can be helped. If severe and getting worse, it usually this requires a hip replacement. But doctors want to delay as long as possible, as the replacements only last 10-15 years. Interestingly, a lady of 65 came to see me with severe pain in her hip. She had been diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis, and was scared of surgery. I gave her a course of treatment, & amazingly her pain disappeared totally! She also regained mobility in the hip. I last saw her 2 years later, when she was still pain free & happily mobile!

Client History – Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Many years ago I saw a lovely lady aged 65. She was an ex nursing sister and a magistrate. She had severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, since her 30’s. When I met her she was wheel-chair bound. Her hands and feet were twisted and damaged, as was her neck and spine. Her upper back was severely hunched. She was also suffering with Ankylosing spondylitis, which caused deterioration and pain in her spine. She also suffered with severe indigestion & reflux.

I treated her for a number of years. Me seeing her coincided with her arthritis stopping getting worse. I treated her systemically, her hands and her feet, and her reflux. She found acupuncture once a fortnight really helped the arthritis to not get worse. It also gave her better mobility in her hands and feet. Her reflux was also greatly helped, as was her general mood. She felt happier, and less anxious. She lived many years longer than the doctors expected her to. I got to know her very well & always looked forward to seeing her. Her mind remained very sharp, and our conversations about medicine, Law & life were both entertaining & educational.

Our Clinic

Both Vahida and myself have over 25 years’ experience. So you will be in safe hands! At our clinic in Guildford in Surrey we have £20 treatment days & on-site parking. So it easy and affordable to come & see for yourself if acupuncture can help you.


David Gilbert




Asthma Treated with Acupuncture

We have been helping people with asthma for 30 years. We have had surprisingly good results at our clinic in Guildford.

The Asthma epidemic

Asthma is diagnosed more often these days. It has become a bit of an epidemic! Papers like the telegraph comment on the numbers of children prescribed inhalers. Steroid and Ventolin inhalers can be really effective. Unfortunately they come with side effects, as I know only too well. I used a whole Ventolin inhaler to keep alive during a severe allergic reaction (to tomato paste, chili and coconut milk of all things!). Then a consultant told me using a whole Ventolin had permanently damaged my heart! I was shocked, as I had no idea how dangerous these inhalers can be! The steroidal inhalers can also have side effects. So it isn’t surprising that parents can be worried about their child being on steroids for the rest of their lives.

Asthma treated with Acupuncture

Acupuncture, Chinese infant massage therapy (Tuina) and dietary advice can be a much better first port of call. Ventolin and steroids can then be used if necessary.

asthma treated with acupunctureThe NHS says Asthma is incurable, only manageable. We have had asthma clients who have not had any asthma since having acupuncture.

We treat with acupuncture, tuina massage for infants, and dietary advice. We have found dietary advice really helps alongside acupuncture. We have had 1-treatment ‘cures’. However, usually a course of treatment is needed.

My Own Asthma

As a case history, I have had asthma since I was 14. It was in summertime only, & related to hay fever. I found that diary and nuts were a major trigger, so avoiding those reduced my asthma by 80%. Over the years my asthma has become worse. It can now happen all year. It is triggered by more foods, such as soya, wheat, and all oils apart from olive and coconut oil. I have also recently had a severe, almost fatal reaction to tomato paste, chili and coconut milk. As a result I carry a Ventalin inhaler and epi-pen everywhere. I wonder whether increased traffic pollution has had a large effect on my asthma worsening. This has been documented widely. I find dietary restrictions essential. Three months ago I had a course of acupuncture with Vahida for my asthma. Since then my allergic reactions have reduced by at least 50%, and I have had virtually no asthma, and only used my inhaler before playing football every Sunday! I shall have another course of treatment with Vahida as summer approaches. This is my worst time of year. I shall update this article with the results!

So if you or a member of your family has asthma, surely its worth £20 to try acupuncture. Asthma treated with acupuncture is a great place to start!

David Gilbert





Back Pain & Acupuncture, amazing success!

Back Pain & Acupuncture

IBack pain acupuncturen my 30 years as an acupuncturist I have treated many many people with back pain & acupuncture. I have had astonishing success!

After I had been practicing for about 5 years, I was feeling uncertain as to how I had done, so I went back over all my patient notes. One fact stood out. For back pain I had had a 93% success rate! This was after a lot of clients. Some of the clients had had back pain for over 20 years. By success I mean the pain had gone totally or almost totally.

Two case histories stand out in my memory.

Case History 1

A local lawyer, who had had severe, constant pain for 30 years came to my clinic. In just 3 acupuncture treatments his pain was totally cured. One year later he sent his cleaner to see me. She also had back pain for over 20 years. I treated her with weekly acupuncture and her pain was gone in just six treatments. At the end of the last treatment, as she was leaving, she began shouting at me! What sort of an acupuncturist was I to take 6 treatments to cure her, when with her employer I only took 2 treatments!

Case History 2

back pain &acupunctureThe second was a young man who represented England in 3 sports. He had fallen off his bike 3 years previously and severely damaged his upper back. When he came to see me he was booked in to have back surgery. The surgeon had told him the surgery was extremely risky. It carried a 50% risk of total paralysis! Still he was about to go ahead with it. I treated him with acupuncture, not expecting to be able to help. The next week he returned, and in a despondent voice told me the treatment hadn’t got rid of his pain. I asked if there was any reduction of pain. He said yes, about 50%! Unlike him I was overjoyed, & I treated him again. When he returned the 3rd time the pain was 80% gone, and by the 5th treatment it was gone entirely. He came for one more treatment, and cancelled the surgery. I saw him again 1 year later for a Shiatsu treatment. He reported that his pain had never come back, and that he was back representing his country.

Acupuncture & The NHS

So if you ever read that acupuncture does not work for back pain, then please ignore it. The NHS NICE guidelines have recommended back pain & acupuncture for some years. Strangely they have just recently decided to not recommend it. I am astounded by this, as acupuncture is a cheap and effective treatment, in my 30 years of practice. In my opinion back pain &acupuncture should go together always in the NHS!

My Own  Back Pain

So if you have pack pain of any description, before taking drugs and having surgery, try acupuncture. I am speaking here as someone who has had back surgery. I tried acupuncture, and it had no effect on my back pain. This is not surprising as an MRI scan revealed that my lowest disk had totally ruptured. I would have died if I didn’t have the surgery. Fortunately for me my surgery was very successful, I am very grateful to the surgeon. 15 years later I’m in my 50’s & still play 5-a-side football!

Getting Treatment

At our clinic in Guildford we offer £20 acupuncture treatment. The low price does not mean you get less of a treatment. So if you are local to us, and are struggling with your health, why not give acupuncture a try?

David Gilbert

Treating Children with Acupuncture

Does Treating Children with Acupuncture Work?treating children with acupuncure guildford surrey

Treating Children with Acupuncture works incredibly well. In the Far East doctors use acupuncture to treat children in all hospitals. At our clinic in Guildford we have successfully helped children with all sorts of conditions. We find children often get better quicker than adults, and need less treatment.

What Conditions will it help?

Treating Children with Acupuncure guildford surreyVirtually all problems can be helped by acupuncture. Some conditions we treat are allergies, hay fever, asthma, digestion issues, IBS, pain, migraines. Growing pains and injuries that don’t get better quickly can also be helped.

Can Babies Have Acupuncture?

It is never too early to bring a child in to us. We have successfully treated newborn babies for issues like digestion issues, colic, sleep problems, and birth trauma.

When is Best to Bring My Child for treatment?treating children with acupuncure guildford surrey

The simple answer is as soon as possible. We find that many problems are easier to help the earlier you get help. This is especially true with children. If a problem doesn’t go as we grow up, it can be much harder to treat.

What if My Child Is Scared Of Needles?

treating children with acupuncure guildford surreyThe main fear parents will have is of their children being scared of needles. In reality children are often better with this than their parents. Also, acupuncture is virtually painless for most children. We always have a chat with them when they come to us. We explain that we will not force them to have needles. They can try one needle and see how it feels, & they can always ask to have the needles taken out. We will never force a child to have acupuncture.

Diet & Lifestyle

As well as treating, we give advice on diet, exercise and lifestyle. We find that dietary advice can often have a huge effect on your children’s health.

Bringing your child to ustreating children with acupuncure guildford surrey

It is very easy to bring your child to our Guildford clinic. We have plenty of on-site parking. Our clinic is spacious with a large waiting room. You obviously are welcome to sit with your child throughout their treatment. We will have plenty of time to answer any questions you have.

treating childrern with acupuncure guildford surreyGetting In Contact

So if your child is having any kind of health issue that is not responding to conventional treatment, why not contact us, & see if we can help.

A year of £20 Acupuncture in Guildford Surrey

Acupuncture GuildofrdWe opened our £20/treatment clinic using acupuncture in Guildford Surrey a year ago.

We opened this clinic to help more people with acupuncture. We have always been aware that the normal rate of £40+ for this kind of treatment can be too much for some people. Especially as acupuncture usually needs a course of 4-6 weekly treatments.

Already we have helped people with a variety of conditions in the last year. We have had really positive feedback re our clinic. People like the ease of access, on-site parking, the way we work, & our results.

We can charge just £20/treatment by having 2 couches per treatment room, with a screen separating them for privacy. All consultations are in a private room before being treated. We’ve had great feedback from all our clients about us treating them in this way.

It is now widely accepted that acupuncture works. The NHS has now say that acupuncture works for many conditions. The World Health Organisation also says it works for a wide range of conditions.

Both of us having qualified and & been treating people for more than 20 years So you are in safe hands, & are guaranteed the very best in acupuncture care.  We also like to work in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where you will quickly feel welcome and at ease.acupuncture in guildford surrey

We are very enthusiastic to make acupuncture available to everyone. So often we treat & help people who have tried everything else.

So why not get in touch, & see if we can help you…

We look forward to hearing from you.

Vahida Diaz & David Gilbert

Acupuncture Treatment for Stress

At our Clinic in Guildford we find acupuncture treatment for stress can really help. our treatment can help you very quickly.

About Stress

Acupuncture Treatment for Stress

All of us experience stress from time to time. Work, money problems, being chased by a lion, public speaking, can all cause pressure. Feeling stressed is a result of not coping with the pressure.

20% of visits to a GP are due to stress, anxiety and depression.

People react differently to stress, It can affect how your body works and how you feel or think.

Common signs of stress are sleeping and eating problems, muscle tension, headaches, dizziness. You can feel anxious, have panic attacks,  palpitations or find  it difficult to concentrate due to stress.

When  you are under stress your body produces stress hormones such as cortisol which are useful if you’re running away from a lion. If you are under stress for a long period of time your stress hormone levels fail to return to normal. This lowers your immune response and  leads to symptoms of stress.

Stress can cause serious illness. It is important to recognise the symptoms and find healthy ways to cope. Many people adopt unhealthy coping habits such as smoking or drinking. Learning to relax, regular exercise and meditation can help. Doctors often use drugs to control the symptoms of stress. Most of them have unwanted side effects.

Loneliness, Modern Life and Stress

Today we have less sense of community.  We work long hours, eat on our own & do many things on our own. We surf the internet for many hours & often don’t have a strong local friend and family network. Research shows this can hugely affect our health. It can even shorten our life a lot! For more on this see here.

Acupuncture Treatment for Stress

Acupuncture treatment for stressAcupuncture is very effective in reducing stress. We see lots of people with  problems linked with stress, for example, pain, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines.

It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system. It helps levels of feel-good hormones like serotonine and dopamine. This leads to a relaxation response.

In Chinese medicine it is believed that stress and negative emotions affect the smooth flow of Qi (energy) in the body. For example, anger affects the Liver energy and fear reduces Kidney energy. Acupuncture helps these energy blockages . The healing effects include slower heart rate, muscle relaxation, lower blood pressure etc.

We can also help you learn a relaxation technique that suits you .Eating better also reduces your stress levels,for example, avoiding caffeine, refined sugar and alcohol.

Many of our clients who use acupuncture for pain and other symptoms find that they start feeling more relaxed and sleep better.

Read here for more about what we can treat with acupuncture.

Affordable Acupuncture Guildford

Treatment of Pain with Acupuncture

We find the treatment of pain with acupuncture really helps. At our clinic in Guildford we treat all types of pain, recent or long term. We can also give you advice to help your symptoms. Small life style changes can really help. Diet and exercise are particularly important.

Doctors Say Treatment of Pain with Acupuncture works!

NHS doctors are beginning to use acupuncture along with other treatment, but the availability is very limited.

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend acupuncture for lower back pain.

Chronic pain affects around 8% of UK population and it cost NHS billions of pounds. It can lead to depression and about 1 in 4 people lose their job due to painful conditions.

Why try Acupuncture

More and more people are turning to acupuncture to treat their pain. A big plus of acupuncture treatment is fewer side effects. Acupuncture can really help when drugs don’t work & have side-effects. Side effects can be specially difficult for you when drugs are taken for a long time. Acupuncture has no side effects, and is very safe. And with us it is very affordable!

What Pain do We Treat?Treatment of Pain with Acupuncture Guildford Surrey

We frequently treat the following conditions:


Neck, back , knee , shoulder, elbow pain


Trapped nerve

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Abdominal pain due to menstrual  or digestive problems

How Does Acupuncture Help Pain?

Chinese medicine says there a re energy pathways in our bodies. They call them meridians. They use acupuncture to unblock or bring new energy into the energy pathways.

This has not been measured by doctors, but the NHS are beginning to use acupuncture now because it works!

Some theories have been accepted as scientific explanations of acupuncture mechanisms such as Gate Theory of Pain and The Two Gate Control Theory.

Research has shown that acupuncture affects our biological systems. It can help body  release  hormones, disable  receptors & activate  anti-inflammatory chemicals. It is believed that this comes from acupuncture working on our nervous system. Acupuncture also promotes relaxation & reduces sensitivity to pain.

In a study published in “Archives of Internal Medicine” on 10th Sept 2012, researchers led by Andrew Vickers reported that acupuncture is effective in reducing chronic pain. This study reviewed 29 previous studies involving 17,922 people. It gave strong evidence that acupuncture benefits some types of chronic pain.