Penelope Joy King

5.0 out of 5
Review for Alyia.
I have suffered with chronic eye irritation for over ten years: this involves all year round itchy eyes and eyelids; also inflammation which sometimes causes swelling.
I spent two years having appointments at the eye hospital but they said there was nothing wrong with the health of my eyes and prescribed dry eye drops which gave little relief.
I visit my doctor at least six times a year but he says there is nothing he can do for me, apart from give me anti-histamine and steroid eye-drops occasionally. The only relief I have had is by using steroid eye drops but these are dangerous if used too frequently and for long periods of time as they cause cataracts.
I have used every type of eye drop available and have also used countless supplements to improve eye health but nothing seemed to work and I began to believe I would always suffer this discomfort.
Acupuncture was the end of the road for me and I really did not hold out much hope. I was reasonably sceptical but also open to any possible relief for a chronic condition.
While I did not experience immediate results, I did feel much calmer after a couple of sessions and my skin got noticeably healthier and less dry (I have suffered with eczema for years and accepted it as non-curable).
Acupuncture seeks to rebalance the body and so I could understand the logic of its benefits in terms of allergic conditions as these often arise from imbalance and the body overacting. In this sense steroids help because they repress these reactions but they don’t in any way cure them.
I had a major setback a couple of months after first having acupuncture every two weeks for three months, but thereafter I got so much better and my family began to comment on it. I still had itchy eyes but the redness disappeared and subsequently my eyes did feel far less itchy and I began to feel I had my eyes back.
Alyia is highly professional – she doesn’t promise instant cures although she believes in them. She listens and responds sensitively. She is direct in her questioning but not intrusive and you get the feeling the answers to the questions are for your benefit, not hers. She is totally positive unlike most of the health professionals I have consulted and adapts her treatment to you as a person.
Sometimes I thought if this doesn’t work, I’ll come anyway because I feel much calmer afterwards. But the truth is my eyes are so much better – the first thing I noticed was the redness went – they were much clearer – my skin was clearer – everything seemed clearer.
I am not totally cured but for the first time in more than ten years I am beginning to believe I will not have to live with this condition for life. I can’t tell you how good that feels.

Joy King May 2014.