Emma Snowsill, Olympic Gold Medalist talks about Japanese Acupuncture and better health

Emma Snowsill, Olympic Gold Medalist

Just about everyone has heard that acupuncture is good for pain, headaches, lower back problems etc.

But few, including many of my colleagues in Acupuncture and Allied Modalities realize how potent skillfully applied acupuncture can be in promoting better health and in the case of Olympic Gold Medalist Emma Snowsill, a way of recapturing her competitive mojo.

I am a clinician, a teacher, student, a creator of networks and a representative of this ancient profession to which I am privileged to belong.

After 25 years in practice I retain a deep respect and passion for the art of acupuncture and enjoy nothing more than seeing clients benefit from treatment.

As a practitioner of this extraordinary healing art I am driven by the conviction of massive clinical experience and willingly acknowledge that the strength of this medicine lies in the sensitivity of our hands, our powers of observation, the awareness of our senses, each vital to our ability to assimilate and collate this information, translate it into a meaningful diagnosis and most importantly, perform the most effective treatment possible.

Emma Snowsill is the reigning Olympic gold medalist in triathlon, a short time ago she competed in her comeback race after an extended mystery illness that saw her incapacitated and bedridden for many months last year.

The story of her recovery is a little too long to recount here, however earlier this week Emma returned from Korea with a nasty tummy bug in tow that caused her to suffer from violent vomiting and diarrhea.

She was still suffering from strong diarrhea when she consulted me on Wednesday morning, she felt significantly better after treatment and woke up the following day diarrhea free and easy?

This Sunday morning after her follow-up treatment for the big daddy tummy bug I had the pleasure of interviewing Emma about how she rebuilt her health culminating in her comeback race in Korea last weekend.

No prizes for guessing the role Japanese Acupuncture played in her recovery.

After many months of being seriously unwell, barely able to walk, bedridden for much of the time, totally unable to train, she finished an extremely credible 6th in a field of the 50 best triathletes in the world!

Emma also discussed her recovery from that big daddy of tummy bugs and how she has managed to get back to full training less than a week after being what she described as, ‘the most violently sick ever!’

I video taped the interview and it should make for very interesting viewing and you will get to meet the real Emma, an extremely humble human being and an extraordinarily talented athlete.

We conducted this interview on my balcony overlooking the Coral Sea, hope you enjoy.

All the best,

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. For well over a decade, independent of and in conjunction with Masakazu Ikeda sensei and Edward Obaidey, Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 40 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, New Zealand and USA. Driven by a strong desire to promote the consumer friendly nature, clinical efficacy and potency of Meridian Based Traditional Japanese Acupuncture, Alan is a staunch advocate of practically based workshops and draws upon his 25 years clinical experience and 14 years post and undergraduate teaching in a concerted effort to lift the bar globally in the clinical application of this most amazing medical art.

Join him in Exploring the Art of Acupuncture in the 21st century at http://www.Worldacupuncture.com

About Alan

Alan Jansson is an internationally recognized teacher and practitioner of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture. As a staunch advocate of practically based workshops, Alan draws upon his 35 years clinical experience and 23 years post and undergraduate teaching. Alan has presented, convened and hosted more than 70 Traditional Japanese Acupuncture workshops in Australia, Europe, and USA.


  1. Timothy Rogers says

    Hi, Just have a quick question about your site content. After acupuncture school I complete the Toyohari basic training in the US and attended one of Sensei Ikeda’s workshops, as well as studied his book and DVD in english. However, despite this I still am lost as to planning treatment or really diagnosing a patient in this style. I am still stumped by the patterns Ikeda uses, as well as by the points he chooses. Will subscribing to your website fill in those details?

  2. Acupuncture is friendly with the people, and it can be accessed relatively easily. However, because of these traits, it is sometimes abused as simply a trick without ground. Acupuncture must be developed with a deep understanding of human and its sicknesses and practiced with skilled techniques.

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