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How many acupuncture needles do you use in a session?

How many acupuncture needles? I remember back to my first session of acupuncture.  I didn’t have a clue how many acupuncture needles my acupuncturist would use or whether they would hurt.  I was nervous then so I understand now that prospective patients can be nervous about their first session.  I generally use around 8 to…

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Win 6 free acupuncture treatments.

Facebook competition to win 6 free acupuncture treatments. The British Acupuncture Council is running a facebook competition giving you the chance to win 6 free acupuncture treatments.  The closing date is the 17th October and the winner will be notified by the 18th October.  The sessions will be provided by a local practitioner.  I’m assuming…

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New hope for women suffering from recurrent miscarriage

Study gives new hope for women suffering from recurrent miscarriage A team of researchers, led by the University of Warwick and University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), have published new data that could prove vital for advances in care for women who suffer from recurrent miscarriage. The recurrent loss of pregnancy through miscarriage…

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Battlefield acupuncture research?

Battlefield acupuncture. Battlefield acupunture research?  “Really?”  I hear you ask?  With acupuncture slowly gaining acceptance within the medical community I still think it’s surprising to hear that the American military are researching the use of acupuncture on the front-line. Ear Acupuncture. Acupuncture contains many ‘micro-systems’ of which ear acupuncture is arguably the most popular.  A…

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Acupuncture increases ovulation frequency in PCOS.

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to improve menstrual frequency and to decrease circulating testosterone in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).  Now new research shows that acupuncture increases ovulation frequency in PCOS. Researchers from the university of Goteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden chose to investigate whether acupuncture affects ovulation frequency and to understand the underlying mechanisms of any…

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Acupuncture for an albino alligator

Have you ever heard of acupuncture for an albino alligator?  Well you have now! Vets in San Paulo aquarium have been using acupuncture to treat the back pain of Bino, an 8 year old albino alligator. Born with a hunchback and scoliosis, Bino has been receiving weekly acupuncture and is able to twitch his tail…

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Nutritional Ketosis – an advantaged metabolic state.

Nutritional Ketosis Peter Attia MD describes his own n=1 experiment in nutritional ketosis.  In ‘An Advantaged Metabolic State: Human Performance, Resilience & Health’, Peter describes how he overcame his state of metabolic syndrome by using a low-carbohydrate diet.  Peter describes his objectives in the talk as: Share my health and performance journey Provide you with…

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Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure

Acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure. Brazilian researchers have found that acupuncture improves pregnancy rates after IVF failure.  They claim that this is the first study of the use of acupuncture specifically when embryo implantation has failed. The research. Brazilian researchers carried out a prospective randomised controlled trial with 84 patients who had experienced…

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Stress gives a double punch to fertility

Researchers show how stress gives a double punch to fertility. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have found a critical missing piece of the puzzle about how stress causes sexual dysfunction and infertility.  The research, to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows how stress gives a double punch…

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How acupuncture relieves stress.

New research suggests a mechanism for how acupuncture relieves stress. New research published in the Journal of Endocrinology has shown how acupuncture relieves stress.  Whilst it has long been believed that acupuncture relieves stress the mechanism of how it does this was unknown: “Many practitioners of acupuncture have observed that this ancient practice can reduce…

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The Better Baby Book Reviewed.

The Better Baby Book. I’ve been waiting for The Better Baby Book: How to Have a Healthier, Smarter, Happier Baby, by Lana & Dave Asprey, to come out for some time and have enjoyed reading it, and think it is a welcome addition to the ‘must read’ books for aspiring parents.  I’ve been listening to…

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Quality mark for the British Acupuncture Council

Independent quality mark for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). From Friday 15th February, patients and the public will be able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The BAcC’s members have been accredited under a new scheme set up by the…

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