For David Craddock there is nothing better than to get a result that others have deemed impossible. This is the standard of efficacy he constantly strives to achieve as Director of the Ponsonby Acupuncture Clinic.
All the usual diversity of health issues are treated at the Clinic, but for serious health conditions "or anything bloody hard," as David says, his frontier work in getting the best out of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been raising eyebrows.
Applying a Unique Combination of knowledge
In David's training he hooked into a lineage of knowledge that is mostly gone now. In Guanzhou, China, he studied the old masters. "Today a lot of that technical knowledge has been diluted in terms of its application. Over 23 years of practise I have developed a combination of styles with the aim of making the most health gains for very ill patients in the shortest space of time."
David was fortunate during his early years to recruit the master Sam Lee. They worked closely together for 8 years in David's practice learning and developing techniques and strategies to create a remarkable standard of practise.
David's work in oncology, serious internal disorders, infertility and paediatrics has earned him the reputation of being at the cutting edge of modern Traditional Chinese Medicine. For example he has developed protocols around cancer treatment designed to enhance the results of chemotherapy and reduce side effects. One cancer patient with multiple myloma went into remission and still is 15 years later. The Doctor's response was "what are you doing!?"
David sees health as a reflection of every possible influence on the body from lifestyles, diet, emotion, stress and spirituality. TCM stimulates the systems within the body to direct healing - whether it's the immune system or the nourishment of certain tissues. "A big part of what we do is direct the body towards health, and help people understand the relationship with other influences."
As Director of the Ponsonby Acupuncture Clinic, David follows best practise techniques. "My fellow practitioners Chris and Maria knowledge share on a regular basis. For all of us, it is so satisfying to watch people with chronic disorders evolve from sufferers to alive souls again."
These high standards, and love of the work, propel David and his team to constantly develop more effective ways to treat a wide variety of conditions.