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Acupuncture & Headaches

Information released by NICE (National institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) today reported that medication overuse is one of the commonest causes of headaches affecting around one in 50 people.  Women are five times more likely to suffer from these.

NICE conclude that acupuncture is the only proven method to prevent tension-type headaches and migraine.

These findings are great news for patients considering acupuncture, and really show the importance of acupuncture in managing and preventing these types of pain.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.

Acupuncture & Managing Pain

Scientists from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York studied 29 separate investigations involving 18,000 patients and they found evidence to support the use of acupuncture for the treatment of pain.  One theory suggests that acupuncture works by releasing the bodies own natural pain killers such as adenosine.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.

Acupuncture & Premenstrual Tension

Most women of reproductive age experience at least mild premenstrual symptoms at some time in their lives. However, around 2–10% of women have premenstrual symptoms that severely disrupt daily living.

Research suggests that acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of PMS by:

  • increasing relaxation and reducing tension (Samuels 2008). Acupuncture can alter the brain’s mood chemistry, reducing serotonin levels (Zhou 2008) and increasing endorphins (Han, 2004) and neuropeptide Y levels (Lee 2009), which can help to combat negative affective states.
  • stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987, Zijlstra 2003, Cheng 2009);
  • reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003).

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.

Radio 1 Presenter Scott Mills Discovers Acupuncture

It’s always nice when well-known names sing the praises of acupuncture.  In an article in Woman magazine on 19th March, Scott Mills includes acupuncture as one of his favourite things to do for a relaxing, happy day.

Like many patients Scott particularly likes acupuncture for its de-stressing effects.  Acupuncture is a complete system of medicine and can be very effective for a wide range of conditions, and as a natural approach that very much works with your body, it is the treatment of choice for many.  Click here to find out how acupuncture may be able to help you, or please contact me if you would like to discuss your own particular needs.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.

Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

Many patients who are considering acupuncture for the first time have hundreds of questions they would like to ask.  I see many patients from Preston, Blackburn, Clitheroe and other parts of Lancashire, and I’m always very happy to answer any questions and talk about the suitability of acupuncture for them.

If you have questions about acupuncture please feel free to get in touch through my  Contact Me page, by phone on 07866 418564 or via email at info@charlottegreenacupuncture.com.

You may also find this short, informative video helpful – available here.  It has been put together by the British Acupuncture Council, and acupuncture collegue Emma Cannon and it answers many of the most frequently asked questions about acupuncture.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.

Managing the Menopause & Acupuncture

The menopause generally happens to women between the ages of 46 and 56 years, but younger women can also experience menopausal changes.  Hot flushes, night sweats, poor sleep and difficulty concentrating are typical symptoms for many.

Read an article here for tips on managing the menopause.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.

Acupuncture for Lower Back Pain

Back pain can affect anyone at any age and most people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. It is the UK’s leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on best practice now recommend a course of 10 sessions of acupuncture as a first line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain.

Research shows that acupuncture provides pain relief (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao, 2008) reduces inflammation (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007; Zijlstra 2003) and improves muscle stiffness and joint mobility.

In the link here plumber Stephen Morris talks about his personal experience of acupuncture for his lower back pain.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.  If you would like to know how acupuncture may be helpful to you, please contact her.

Acupuncture in Preston

The first ever Acupuncture Awareness Week launches on Monday 27 February 2012 and will attempt to dispel the many myths still surrounding acupuncture.   Recent research has revealed that over 21 per cent of the British public think acupuncture needles are as large as the needles used for regular injections. Not true! In actual fact, acupuncture needles are almost as fine as a single hair and patients will often be unable to feel them during their treatment.

To raise awareness of acupuncture in Preston, during Acupuncture Awareness Week 2012 Charlotte Green will be offering all new patients 20% off their first treatment at her clinic based in Grimsargh, Preston.  To take advantage of this discount simply quote the code AAW2012 when ringing to book your appointment with Charlotte in Preston.

Acupuncture & IVF – Interview with Clare Nasir

GMTV presenter Clare Nasir has produced a short video for Acupuncture Awareness Week.  She describes her own experiences of having acupuncture, and how it supported her IVF treatment.  Click here to listen to her personal account.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.  If you would like to know how acupuncture may be helpful to you, please contact her.

Acupuncture & Fertility Support

A recent issue of Prima Baby highlighted the benefits of using acupuncture for infertility issues and also for supporting women during pregnancy.  The article discusses acupuncture and PCOS, an absence of ovulation, IVF, and treatment of morning sickness.  Read on here to find out how acupuncture is used to support both natural fertility and during interventions such IVF and IUI.

Charlotte Green practices acupuncture in Preston, and her clinic is conveniently located for patients travelling from throughout Lancashire.  If you would like to know how acupuncture may be helpful to you, please contact her.