Digestive Issues

Acupuncture & Digestive Problems

I had an enquiry recently from a client in Preston, Lancashire who was considering acupuncture for some digestive issues.  I always advise patients to discuss their symptoms first with their GP, and follow Western medicine advice.  However I regularly work alongside Western medicine treatment and use acupuncture to support patients who have digestive complaints.  On… Continue reading Acupuncture & Digestive Problems

Fertility Support & Pregnancy, Introduction to Acupuncture, Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

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

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)

Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

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

Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

Acupuncture in the News for treating Back Pain

Acupuncture has once again received some positive reports in the media - this time for the treatment of back pain. Physiotherapists suggest that as many as 8 out of 10 of us will suffer with back pain at some point in our lives and acupuncture offers an effective treatment option, supported by the NHS. To… Continue reading Acupuncture in the News for treating Back Pain

Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

Acupuncture & Arthritis

A new report by Arthritis Research UK published in January 2013, found that acupuncture was one of the most effective treatments for osteoarthritis, lower back pain and fibromyalgia. The report also concluded that acupuncture was one of the most studied and effective complementary medicines in the area of musculoskeletal disease. We hope that the findings of… Continue reading Acupuncture & Arthritis

Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

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… Continue reading Acupuncture & Managing Pain

Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries

Acupuncture & Tennis Elbow

A study published in 2005 compared electro-acupuncture plus moxibustion with steroid and lidocaine medication for the treatment of tennis elbow, and found the acupuncture treatment to be more effective.(Jiang 2005). It is thought that acupuncture may help relieve symptoms of tennis elbow, such as pain and inflammation by: stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which… Continue reading Acupuncture & Tennis Elbow

Pain, Musculoskeletal, Sports Injuries, Uncategorized

Acupuncture & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Research published in The Journal of Pain looked at the use of acupuncture in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.  Patients received 8 sessions of acupuncture over a four-week period, and their progress was then monitored for over 12 months. Over 80% of the patients who received acupuncture showed good improvement which was maintained over the 12 month monitoring period. … Continue reading Acupuncture & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome