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How does acupuncture help athletes?

How does acupuncture help athletes? A case history and call for support: how does acupuncture help athletes and please support this local charity drive. I regularly see athletes for sports injuries, and fatigue and recovery issues.  I’m sponsoring a wonderful mountain bike challenge a client is doing for charity.  I will donate most of my…

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How to achieve success with a low FODMAP diet

Low FODMAP Diet. FODMAP refers to fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. They are all short chain carbohydrates (sugars), found naturally in foods, which can be fermented by the gut bacteria to produce all the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, loose stools, cramps and pain. It can also contribute to…

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What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

I’m excited to be starting a course in Chinese Herbal Medicine.  I’m not going to have time to study and publish blog posts so have decided to post my homework essays as posts.  This first essay had a limit of 1000 to 200o words, so I couldn’t give all the detail I wanted to.  I…

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Can Acupuncture Help Long Covid?

Can Acupuncture Help Long Covid?     Let’s talk about… Long Covid and acupuncture: an introduction We have all been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK government and its scientific advisers have taken measures intended to slow the rate of transmission, reduce the number of fatalities and keep the NHS afloat. Whatever might…

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Game changing research into acupuncture supported IVF & ICSI

Game changing research into acupuncture supported IVF & ICSI – a review of the evidence base by Lianne Aquilina and Mark Bovey, British Acupuncture Council, 2019 (with minor editing by myself) If you don’t want to read the full article here is my take home message: The latest research finds more evidence for acupuncture improving…

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

Update from July 19th I’m delighted to say we are now able to treat all conditions as normal again.  I will continue to wear a mask and will continue to ask my clients to do the same if they are able.  I was going to delete the information below but feel I want to keep…

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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…

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Covid-19 consent form

British Acupuncture Guidelines from 19th July 2021 With the removal of most restrictions from the 19th July we are able to treat all conditions and patients I am continuing to wear a mask and will encourage my patients to do the same if they are able.  Enhanced cleaning procedures will continue. Patients are asked to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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