Fertility Support & Pregnancy, Introduction to Acupuncture, Pain

GPs urged to prescribe acupuncture

An article in Practice Business reports that clinicians across the UK are being urged by the British Acupuncture Council, to consider referring patients for acupuncture treatment.  As funding and workforce shortages put increasing pressure on the NHS, this is a viable option and could help the NHS. Head of research at the British Acupuncture Council,… Continue reading GPs urged to prescribe acupuncture

Fertility Support & Pregnancy

Megan Markle Has Acupuncture

A recent article in Vanity Fair reports that Megan Markle is using acupuncture to help prepare her for giving birth.  A source reports: "Meghan has been having regular acupuncture sessions to help her unwind and relax. It’s brilliant for the blood circulation and boosting blood flow to the uterus. She plans to use acupuncture right… Continue reading Megan Markle Has Acupuncture

Introduction to Acupuncture, Pain

7 Ways Acupuncture Changes Your Brain

A recent article in Bustle talks about 7 ways that acupuncture changes our brains, according to research studies.  So here is a summary: Acupuncture can cause your brain to release neuropeptides, to help relieve pain and stimulate the body's self-healing response. Acupuncture can help the brain to produce more of the body's natural pain relievers… Continue reading 7 Ways Acupuncture Changes Your Brain

Introduction to Acupuncture

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Having Acupuncture (but probably should)

For anyone who's new to acupuncture this slightly light-hearted article in Women's Health Magazine clears up some common misconceptions about this wonderful treatment.  It highlights the popularity of acupuncture amongst celebrities, talks about some of the evidence of it's effectiveness in improving fertility and emphasises the fact that acupuncture is not painful - something that… Continue reading 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Having Acupuncture (but probably should)


New York Times: Acupuncture Can Ease Wrist Pain In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The New York Times has highlighted some interesting research findings which illustrate some of the benefits of acupuncture for wrist pain.  In the study, which included 80 participants with mild to moderate wrist pain.  Using MRI and nerve conduction tests, the researchers studied the effects of acupuncture on the brain and nerves. The group of… Continue reading New York Times: Acupuncture Can Ease Wrist Pain In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

New This Month

How to Clear a Blocked Nose with Acupressure

Acupressure is a needle-free alternative to acupuncture and can be very effective.  As published in Essentials on 1st December 2014, acupressure to the acupuncture point LI20 (this translates from Chinese to 'welcome fragrance') can help to unblock the nose and restore a sense of smell, which is very helpful at this time of year. So… Continue reading How to Clear a Blocked Nose with Acupressure

Fertility Support & Pregnancy

Fertility Success is an Inspiration to Others

If you are on your own fertility journey you may be interested to read an article that appeared in Hello magazine in April 2014. Journalist and broadcaster Kate Silverton talks about her own experiences, including the heartbreak of miscarriage and the sadness at being told that her chances of conceiving were negligible. Kate's story is… Continue reading Fertility Success is an Inspiration to Others

Good Health for Women

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… Continue reading Acupuncture & Premenstrual Tension


Acupuncture in the News – Insomnia

Anyone who suffers from insomnia will know the misery it can cause, and I regularly see patients who find acupuncture very helpful. Here are a couple of items on acupuncture and insomnia that have appeared in the press recently.  The first is an interview on BBC breakfast with an acupuncturist and a GP who both talk about the… Continue reading Acupuncture in the News – Insomnia

New This Month

Kick-start a healthy 2012 with Acupuncture

The new year has leapt upon us and many of us are embarking on a 2012 'get healthy' plan.  If you would like to regain your feel-good factor and get a great start to the new year look no further. Do you wish you had more energy? Would you like to look after yourself better? Do you… Continue reading Kick-start a healthy 2012 with Acupuncture