Acupuncture proved to be my saviour. I had a course of treatment that focused on the kidney meridian and that was supplemented by other Chinese medicines that were specially concocted for me. Thankfully, I managed to get over it quite quickly.

Since that experience, I’ve started to make an extra effort to take care of my body. I see my Chinese medicine doctor, Stephan Chmelik, at least once a week, and if I’m really busy or feeling run down, I go every day.

I feel good immediately afterwards, as if my batteries have been recharged, especially if I’ve had acupuncture. I find it amusing that Chinese medicine is called ’alternative’ in the West. After all, it’s been around for thousands of years, and in devoloped countries we’re only just beginning to understand its uses and power. It’s Western medicine which is the more recent treatment - that’s the alternative.

Daily Mail, 16 june 1997