Original testimonials can be viewed at the clinic on request.
"Phyllida is a wizard ! Her treatments greatly helped restore energy-levels after a hospital procedure and have helped other disorders also. A session always begins with a discussion of symptoms and progress, which Phyllida conducts with discretion and sensitivity. Her consulting room is spacious and light, and has a view over the garden which you can enjoy while lying back and letting the needles do their work."
Migraine / Shoulder Pain :
"Having suffered with hormonal migraines for 2 years, without much relief from conventional medicines, I decided to try acupuncture....Phyllida treated me for migraines and for some severe shoulder pain over approximately 3 months, initially on a weekly basis. The treatments were not only relaxing, but also very effective - my normal monthly migraine failed to appear after the first treatment ! I now rarely suffer from headaches and my shoulder is also much improved."
"When I began treatment the migraine-like headaches were increasing in intensity and frequency, and were impacting on my everyday life. During treatment the frequency of headaches was reduced and are now much more manageable. I can now go weeks or months without a treatment, but know that I can always rely on the acupuncture to get me through the rough patches which occur infrequently."
"I went to my doctors in January 2013 as I was suffering from constant headaches and a stiff neck. He suggested acupuncture might help, so I booked to see Phyllida after finding her details on the internet.
During my first appointment, Phyllida asked about my health and a history of my headaches. I then had about 17 needles placed in different parts of my body, which was not painful but more an odd pulling sensation. I relaxed under a heat lamp for around 20 minutes and after this time the needles were painlessly removed.
I found after about 3 sessions my headaches were a lot less frequent and now after 7 sessions, my headaches are very rare and my neck has a lot more movement to it. I find that now I can visit Phyllida for maintenance treatments less frequently."
"I began having acupuncture sessions...as I found myself becoming anxious and stressed in the most normal situations. I was getting physical symptoms and began to see results after about 4 sessions. Gradually, after about 9 sessions, I no longer dreaded new experiences or situations and the anxious feelings ceased to exist.
I feel alot more confident after having acupuncture and less trapped within my own thoughts and worries. I feel it helped me far more than a doctor could and know I can treat anxiety if it reoccurs at another stage in my life."
Morning Sickness :
"After two pregnancies with extremely bad morning sickness both lasting until 22 weeks, I decided that on the third pregnancy I would try acupuncture, as I did not want to take medication. I started the treatment at around 7/8 weeks and found that it made me feel relaxed and that it alleviated the symptoms straight away. It stopped the physical vomitting altogether...and although it did not stop the nausea completely it made it much more manageable. These milder symptoms also alleviated earlier, at about 16 weeks."
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome :
The patient listed improvements to his condition after approximately 2 months of weekly treatments:
" - Complete cessation of aching joints in fingers
- Complete cessation of 'hot hand syndrome' common to this condition
- Reduced issues with sleep deprivation caused by the condition
- Greater ability to carry out tasks that require hand dexterity, without them falling asleep or going too numb to continue
- A feeling I am controlling the condition, rather than the condition controlling me"
Pre-birth Treatments for improved Labour Efficiency :
"I was looking for acupuncture treatment specifically for preparation for labour, since this is quite standard in Germany where I am from. Having previously visited another acupuncturist (in London) and been unhappy with the treatment, I felt confident that Phyllida had experience and training in treating pregnant women. I was comfortable throughout the whole treatment; Phyllida has a friendly and calming attitude which really helps."
Plantar Fasciitis :
"After suffering for about 6 weeks with the most painful Plantar Fasciitis, and taking high doses of pain killers daily, a friend asked me if I had ever tried acupuncture.
I have always been very sceptical about alternative medicine, and couldn't believe that having needles put into my body would help my foot, but because of the intense pain I decided to give it a try.
I felt an immediate relief after the first treatment and within 1 week I was only taking pain killers in the evenings. The results after 3 more treatments were amazing and the pain has almost completely gone. I am not sure how it works, but it certainly does.
I would recommend Phyllida Halsey to anyone suffering from Plantar Fasciitis for her professionalism and kindness."
Hay Fever :
"I have suffered with hay fever all my life and recently it has been a lot worse. Despite all forms of medication it was still awful. Since coming and receiving acupuncture, now all of my symptoms have gone and I am completely rid of any type of hay fever. It is simply amazing. I cannot thank you enough."
Back Pain :
After 6 treatments the patient wrote :
"I recently had acupuncture treatment at the Alton Acupuncture Clinic. The complaint treated was painful, tense and knotted muscles in my back....caused by broken ribs on the opposite side of the rib cage.
Flexibility has been restored and I am now completely pain free."
W. de Jong
Back Pain :
"Two years ago I suffered from a Caudal Equina, which meant I had two prolapsed discs at the bottom of my spine and the ejected material was putting pressure on my spinal chord. I had emergency surgery and began a recovery programme. About a year after my surgery I began to have problems again. My symptoms always began with a severe painful muscle spasm in my right hip. This would then progress to my lower back and cause pains to shoot down my legs, on two occasions the leg pain was so severe I was unable to walk, the longest of these occasions lasting for almost 12 weeks. I had two further procedures over the course of a year and in November 2013 I was recovering from my latest Caudal Epidural when I began to have the familiar pain and muscle spasms in my hip. Despite having previously tried exercise, physiotherapy, hot and cold treatment, massage, pain killers and muscle relaxants I had never been able to relieve the hip pain stage of symptoms and stop it progressing to the full incapacitating stage.
After some research my partner booked an appointment with Phyllida Halsey. When I attended the first appointment I was able to walk and drive, but was in a lot of pain and had a doubled over appearance and a severe restriction of movement. The knot in my hip was very large and was noticeably a hard lump under my skin. After a professional and in depth assessment of my issues I received treatment with electro-acupuncture. I did not find the treatment painful as I was in a lot of pain, but could feel the current releasing knots and relaxing my muscles. I felt immediately better after the first treatment. The hard lump in my hip was now soft tissue and I felt a much greater range of movement and a lot less pain. Over the week that followed I only had to take 2 painkillers, a substantial reduction from previously 8 plus a day. After the next treatment I stopped taking my pain killers completely.
Four months later and I have been having regular treatment which has kept my muscles from spasming in my hip and allowed me to recover. I have also had treatment for a painful shoulder, which has been very successful and at least as effective as taking a strong painkiller with none of the side effects.
I have tried a lot of treatments for my back and was not expecting much when I went for the first appointment, but I was completely convinced by the results. There was a significant and sustained improvement in my mobility straight away. The biggest impact has been to eliminate very powerful pain killers from my system and more importantly their many side effects. I wish I had discovered this years ago as I am sure I could have avoided a lot of pain."
Tennis Elbow :
"After suffering for many years, with the pain getting worse, I decided to try acupuncture when the painkillers were no longer effective. It was a revelation. Very quickly I noticed a difference, with simple things like brushing my teeth no longer hurting. After a few sessions years of pain had gone."
"I have suffered from arthritis in both feet for some years, also more recently in my left knee. Walking, particularly on hard surfaces, had become very painful and I'd become restricted to short journeys using a stick.
I began acupuncture and after the initial treatment began to feel the benefit; now five sessions later my feet are pain free. Recent treatment on my knee has also improved my mobility to a significant degree and I'm once again able to enjoy long walks with my dogs. Earlier this month I spent an afternoon walking around the Alresford Show, a pleasure denied me for several years."
Arthritis / Morton's Neuroma :
"After more than 60 years of pain when walking, treated with analgesics and surgery of variable effect, I decided to try acupuncture as a 'last resort', when the pain was keeping me awake at night.
The first treatment alleviated the pain by two thirds. Additionally for the first time in several years, I was able to wiggle the toes on my left foot.
Subsequently, although some pain had recurred, over two further treatments the arthritis pain has ceased and the neuroma no longer causes discomfort. Should the pain recur, I shall not hesitate to have acupuncture, and it will, in future, be the first option for any pain relief.
I wish someone had suggested this before. It would have saved a lot of limitation to my mobility.
The treatment is given in a bright, welcoming surgery, and undertaken in a friendly and professional manner."