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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Does evolution explain the placebo effect?

Placebo The placebo effect is the observation in scientific clinical studies that in any given trial a proportion of subjects will show health improvements when they are given a dummy drug – such as a sugar pill. Does evolution explain the placebo effect? Up until now, the placebo effect has seemed to make no sense…if…

Miranda does acupuncture!

Miranda does acupuncture!  But what is acupuncture really like? I find that many patients come to their first session feeling quite apprehensive.  But is acupuncture really as bad as shown in this video? I’d like to point out that I’m not nearly as scary as the character played by Miranda in this super clip from…

Acupuncture documentary

This is a BBC 2 acupuncture documentary that was released a few years ago.  I watched it when it was first released and I think it is probably the best feature on acupuncture that has ever been on television.  It runs for around an hour so watch it when you’ve got time to put your…

Anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture in allergic asthma.

The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture in allergic asthma has been demonstrated by a  team of Chinese investigators. They have shown that acupuncture has regulatory effects on mucosal and cellular immunity in patients with allergic asthma. What is interesting in this study is that as well as showing an effect for acupuncture in the treatment of…