"I recently hurt my arm resulting in nerve damage, two trips to A&E and several concoctions of pills were having no effect. As a last resort I made an appointment for acupuncture with Carol, not expecting a miracle cure and pretty sceptical of any improvement. I was so wrong - I went into session in tears with the pain unable to move, but by the time the session had ended I was pain free and able to move my arm. I am totally converted to Acupuncture as an alternative to masking pain with drugs and would highly recommend people should give it a try 😁." Susan Lach, Edinburgh
"Going through the menopause at such a young age made me turn in to, what felt like, a raving lunatic! I had no patience, I lost the tattie over minor things, I shouted at my kids (which I never used to do), I argued with my fiancé over the silliest things, I lost my confidence, I had no energy and on top of this, I was suffering from hot flushes, lack of sleep, I had 2 kids and a house to look after and my body was recovering from major surgery. Having had depression for many years which is controlled by a low dose of anti depressants, I felt I didn’t want to turn to more medication to help me get through the difficult time I was having. So I looked up other options and came across acupuncture. After a very thorough consultation with Carole from Sonas Acupuncture I had my first experience of acupuncture. I didn’t experience any pain, and although I felt tired after the experience, a week later I could already feel the beneficial effects of my first session.
5 sessions later, I have my patience back, I feel more confident, my hot flushes have pretty much stopped, I don’t shout at the kids for the most minor thing, I have energy, I sleep well (as well as you can with 2 young kids!), I’m organised, and I’ve even started a fitness programme!
I couldn’t praise acupuncture enough and would highly recommend Carole from Sonas Acupuncture. Thank you Carole for everything you have done for me. I feel like a new woman!" CE, Scottish Borders
"Cannot believe that’s been 1 year since Melrose clinic opened!! ... Anyway I just wanted to get in touch to say I will honestly never be able to thank you enough for all you did for me.. to me you work miracles! I will never forget the treatments and how they prepared my body for IVF, through the IVF process and how they helped relieve my pregnancy symptoms there after. I have recommended you to so many people and know where I will come if I ever need help again." Scottish Borders
“I was extremely pleased with the results I saw following my acupuncture sessions with Carol for my persistent nerve issue that affects my neck, shoulder and arm. In the course of 6 sessions I was able to get back to my normal function and I am very happy to recommend Sonas Acupuncture” RM, Scottish Borders
"I found Carol when a review appeared on Facebook and I thought that I would give it a go as I had been really struggling with anxiety when preparing to go on holiday and flying. I signed up for a course with Carol and thankfully she was able to help, I am really looking forward to my next trip on Wednesday." GD, Scottish Borders
"I attended Sonas for migraines. Carol carefully noted everything I told her about these migraines I've had for 30+ years on a regular basis, often 3 days a week, then she set to work. I am delighted to say I have not had a migraine now for about 3 months. I would strongly advise anyone to give it a go. Carol is amazing." Dianne Wilson, Galashiel
"I love acupuncture with Carol. I always feel completely at ease, relaxed and comfortable as soon as I enter the treatment room. I initially went for treatment for quite severe health anxiety issues I was having, but as the weeks progressed the anxiety was no longer the forefront of my concerns and Carol was helping me with other things such as cold symptoms, big decisions I had to make and basically just making me feel good and positive about myself and my life. The treatment I had very subtly but effectively relieved me of my anxieties which was exactly what I had hoped for. Thank you again." JM, Musselburgh
"Having suffered from migraines for many years, I had tried acupuncture before and found it really helpful. I was going through a particularly bad patch a year or so ago and was missing days at work as well as holidays with migraines and decided to try acupuncture again. The whole process is fascinating and Carol is knowledgeable about Acupuncture, as well as being calm and gentle, putting me at ease instantly. Thanks to Carol's treatment, I've been migraine free for months and she has since treated me for various issues including sciatica (vast improvement after just one session). The treatment is pain free and the benefits are visible very quickly. I think everyone should try Sonas Acupuncture." Tessa S, Scottish Borders
"Being diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis in my foot at the age of 41 was a blow. Even worse was that my doctor was able to offer no support or advice other than suggesting I wear an arch support and embark on a daily Ibruprofen regime to manage the pain. Every day of my life, I am grateful that I decided to give acupuncture a try. It took only one session to affect change, essentially allowing me to walk again. Working as a team, Carol and I then tweaked visits so that we were able to determine an effective schedule for ‘maintenance’ of my condition, which turned out to be once every three weeks. That was almost a year ago and there is no looking back for me. The difference in my quality of life is staggering. Simply being able to walk without pain is a total game changer for me, not to mention the fact that regular acupuncture keeps me grounded and feeling healthier than before it was a part of my life. Carol’s method and manner are so calming and comforting. Acupuncture is something I would recommend to anyone, sick or well, and Carol is a fantastic practitioner." Lara Armitage, Scottish Borders
I have had a course of Acupuncture treatments with Carol, and my debilitating nummular headaches have totally gone. I am extremely grateful to Carol. Wendy McVittie, Scottish Borders
"I visited Carol with sciatic pain in my leg and lower back. I have never experienced acupuncture before but Carol immediately put me at ease and explained everything thoroughly. What can I say!! It’s a miracle, the treatment was pain free and very relaxing. I could feel the difference almost immediately and after 1 session I had no more pain in my leg. 2 sessions later and I have no back pain or leg pain, yay. I cannot recommend Carol and Acupuncture enough." Claire Ritchie, Scottish Borders
"I visited Carol to try and get some pain relief for my frozen shoulder and was amazed that after only one session I was able to dispense with multiple doses of Ibuprofen and get my first full nights sleep pain free for six months. My only regret was I should have gone to see her at the outset of the condition." Mick Bell, Scottish Borders
"Carol treated me for a sports related chronic pain condition which, following a course of sessions, has healed successfully. Throughout the course Carol was brilliant at understanding and alleviating my symptoms whilst also raising my awareness of related symptoms and causes. I would encourage anyone with a long term niggle to make an appointment at Sonas." NM, Scottish Borders
"I contacted Carol after physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medicine had failed to resolve troublesome and painful tendonitis. Despite being very sceptical about acupuncture, which I tried very much as a last resort, I was delighted to notice significant improvement in my condition after a couple of sessions which has continued throughout the course of treatment. Carol took great care to understand my condition, how it was impacting on me and varied her treatments accordingly. I would recommend Carol and acupuncture to anyone suffering the pain and frustration of similar conditions." GW, Galashiels
“I went to Carol to see if she could help me with hip and buttock pains that had developed (mysteriously!). I was about to embark on a long haul ‘plane journey, and was concerned that I would be in great discomfort. Not only was Carol able to alleviate these pains so that my journey was comfortable, but, as she treats the whole person, she was able to tend successfully to several other areas of my well-being. Her manner throughout is both gentle and caring and I would happily recommend her expertise to anyone.” HJ, Scottish Borders
"I tried Carol for Facial Acupuncture (and general rebalancing) and seriously, the number of people who told me I was looking 'glowy' in the following week. Really enjoyed working with Carol and the facial acupuncture really made a difference after just one session." SW, Edinburgh
"Carol “needles” Cooke is a superstar! Two years ago I injured my right shoulder badly and a visit to Borders general for an Xray and CT scan confirmed ongoing arthritis and damaged muscle tissue. The arthritis also spread to both of my hands with the right hand relaxed in a semi permanent “cupped” position. Although sympathetic my GP could only advise oral pain relief and hydrocortisone injections which would provide temporary pain relief. As the pain got worse I decided to have a stab (pun intended) at Acupuncture and visited Carol at Sonas. The first visit resulted in reducing the pain to a manageable level but after three days it returned so I went to see Carol again for a second session, immediately after the treatment I drove home and had no positive reaction BUT I did have a pain free nights sleep and when I got out of bed the following morning the pain had vanished completely, this lasted for almost a week and it was an absolute joy to have seven days pain free. My third session reduced the pain for three weeks and when I went to see Carol on Wednesday of this week she asked about the arthritis in my right hand I had completely forgotten I had had a problem in the first place!
All I can say is Acupuncture works for me and I now have a season ticket with Carol!" MB, Scottish Borders