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Covid-19 – Keeping you safe when we go back to work.

As lockdown is slowly relaxed during this difficult Covid-19 epidemic I am pleased to announce that I and my colleagues might finally be allowed to get back to work. As we return to work our foremost concern is to keep our patients as safe as we possibly can whilst continuing to provide the service you…

Clinically vulnerable people

On the advice of The British Acupuncture Council I have to use my professional judgment as to whether to exclude clinically vulnerable clients from my practice based on their risk and vulnerability in relation to Covid-19 infection.  This is based on the categories of clinically vulnerable people and clinically extremely vulnerable people.  I’m sure you…

Covid-19 consent form

Once I am back to work, hopefully in early July, I will need to get patients to sign a Covid-19 consent form prior to treatment.  Hopefully this can be done digitally, such as by email, to save time in the treatment session. Consent and screening is important to minimise the spread of the virus. In…

Acupuncture for Low Back Pain & the NICE Guidelines

New NICE guidelines for low back pain and sciatica. NICE have updated their guidelines for low back pain and sciatica and, contrary to the evidence, are no longer recommending acupuncture to be provided for these conditions on the NHS.  The following video sums up the situation well:     An article published on the Journal…

Personalised acupuncture has long term benefits for fibromyalgia

Spanish researchers have found that personalised acupuncture has long term benefits for fibromyalgia, providing pain relief and improved quality of life. What is Fibromyalgia? According to NHS Choices: Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as widespread pain, people with fibromyalgia may also…

Acupressure for cervical ripening

I regularly give acupuncture to pregnant women who are past their due date who want to avoid a chemical induction. The primary point pair we use to induce labour using acupuncture are L.I. 4 (Hegu) and Sp. 6 (Sanyinjiao). Now Iranian researchers have performed a study which suggests that massage at Sp. 6 may help…

Pin down your sports injury pain with acupuncture.

Grin and Bear it’ Brits need to pin point their pain. Got a sports injury? What are you going to do about it? British Acupuncture Council’s sports injury survey: We’re famously a nation that doesn’t like to make a fuss but new statistics from the British Acupuncture Council reveal that when it comes to pain…

3 easy steps to understanding acupuncture research

There seems to be a long standing myth that there isn’t any research showing that acupuncture is effective and that we don’t have a clue how it works.  I try to disabuse folks of this by blogging about great research as it comes out.  Today I am posting a fantastic video, “Acupuncture Research Explained’, by…

Acupuncture may provide help for cancer sufferers.

Acupuncture may provide help for cancer sufferers. American researchers carried out an open clinical trial showing that acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients. 57 cancer patients received acupuncture to target pain, anxiety, depression, fatigue and nausea. A total of 25 of these patients were considered to have…

‘Kung Fu Panda’ has acupuncture

I recently had a new patient in who said the only time she had seen acupuncture was in the Kung Fu Panda movie.  I’m surprised it didn’t put her off from coming!  I’ve uploaded a few funny acupuncture videos to the website so I thought it would be fun to include this one too: If…

Acupuncture improves brain connections in migraine patients.

Acupuncture treatment modulates the resting-state functional connectivity of brain regions in migraine patients without aura. New research in China shows that acupuncture treatment can increase functional connectivity in brain regions that show decreased connectivity in migraine without aura (MWoA) patients. Migraine patients often experience warning signs, known as aura, such as flashing lights. However, some…

Moxa for breech babies saves the NHS money.

Some great new research by Spanish researchers shows that acupuncture could be saving the NHS money if it were to be routinely offered to mother’s with babies in breech presentation.  A baby should ideally present in a head down position for a healthy labor.  If the baby is in a different position, especially with feet…