I am Andrew Levy and I imagine that if you are on this page you are considering acupuncture as a way of relieving pain, symptoms of illness or some discomfort that you may be experiencing. Somebody may have recommended acupuncture to you for something specific or you may just be looking for a more holistic approach to your health.
Acupuncture focuses on you as an individual, not your illness, and all symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Treatment involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to affect the flow of your body’s qi, or vital energy. Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mild tingle or dull ache as the acupuncturist adjusts the needle to direct Qi. While the needles are in place most people feel deeply relaxed which can continue after they are removed.
A growing body of evidence-based clinical research is discovering how the body responds to acupuncture and its benefits for a wide range of common health conditions. A lot of people have acupuncture to relieve specific aches and pains, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, TMJ (jaw pain), headaches and low back pain, or for common health problems like an overactive bladder.
Other people choose acupuncture when they can feel their bodily functions are out of balance, but they have no obvious diagnosis and many have regular treatments because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.
Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with many other disciplines or treatments including all that are found at Amber Health. This means that after assessment if other therapies could be of benefit to your health and add to your treatment, then a referral service is available. Similarly, this would work the other way around.
I am more than happy to have a chat through any aspect of the assessment or treatment with you and you may want to look at the further information here.
Thanks for taking time to read about what I do and I hope that I will be having a chat with you either on the phone or seeing you for a treatment very soon.
Why did you become an Acupuncturist?
I wanted to make a career change and move out of hospitality which I had been in since leaving school. Someone said I had ‘healing hands’ as I was giving them a massage so I originally went down that route and started to learn Tuina (Ghinese massage). I soon realised that the theory that I was learning was nearly the same as Acupuncture and so I integrated Acupuncture into what I was doing.
What makes your job worthwhile?
One of the best things for me is when people tell me they are feeling better after my treatment.
What is unique about how you work?
The style of Acupuncture is quite Chinese at its roots and suits the clinic that I am working in perfectly.
Who has influenced you most in your career as an Acupuncturist?
My father was an Acupuncturist and I suppose it is the memories of his practice which spurred me on with my studies. I am also very grateful to Dr Hung Tran who helped me along my path and does so to this day. He is an amazing person and an inspiration.
What’s the piece of advice do you give to your patients/clients most often?
After every treatment they should rest and keep their bodies warm, so that their muscles can recuperate to take full advantage of the treatment.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I enjoy cooking and I am a keen gardener. I also like experimenting with Chinese recipes for ointments, balms and rubs.
I became a Buddhist about 12 years ago and meditate daily. For most of my holidays I go on retreat, however, I have been known to go on the occasional jaunt up into the mountains as I love to ski. I have done 7 ski seasons in Meribel, France.