‘The Long Mile’
The walk across no man’s land between Israel & Gaza
During this visit, as with a previous one, some local medical personal were trained in a five point auricular protocol (ear acupuncture), which is used widely for the treatment of stress and trauma. This enables continued treatment of patients with a model of care that is convenient and economical, therefore several patients can be treated at the same time and this helps cope with large numbers attending the clinics.
We treated between five to eight patients in one room at any one time, each receiving an approximately ten to fifteen minute acupuncture treatment. This was in stark contrast to how we practice here in England, where each patient gets one hour, alone. However, there was much to be said for having several people been treated in the same room, as their positivity and desire to become well was contagious. On the other hand they often all wanted the ‘same’ treatment as the people around them and this could be challenging, especially with time constraints and appropriateness of treatment.
The availability of only one couch could also pose a problem as to whom, if anyone got the privilege of using it. Contrary to what might be thought it was not always the infirmed or elderly who benefitted, but mostly some of the young men who were more inclined to faint!