52-year-old secretary Melanie came to see me in 2004 with a pain in her left achilles tendon (achillodynia). She got it without known reason, and it had lasted for 10 months. The pain was constant and even bothering her at night. She was going on holiday soon and desperate to get some relief. I inserted 4 needles in her calf and ankle, and also used moxabustion. After the first treatment, she felt a relief instantly and had 4 good days before the pain came back again but a lot less. After the 2nd session, the pain was completely gone and she went on holiday happily. A year later when Melanie came back to see me for a neck pain, she told me that she hadn't had any problem with the achilles tendon again since having acupuncture last year.