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How our gut microbiome affects our mental health

As you may have noticed, I am somewhat intrigued by the microbiome. From studies showing that you can alleviate peanut allergy by adding specific microbes to sufferers, to the fact that bacterial cells outnumber our cells 10:1, that most of the steroidal hormones are made from precursors made by our gut bacteria and that every traditional society had at least one highly prized fermented food. We are in a wholly symbiotic relationship with our gut [...]

By |2020-01-30T17:20:31+00:00January 30th, 2020|General Health and Well-Being|0 Comments

We’ve gone carbon positive!

I've finally done it! We've become carbon positive! The first acupuncture practice to do so in the world, as far as I am aware. I'm so happy and proud to of finally been able to make my work more sustainable. I am so nervous about our future on this planet, you only need a brief look at the news these days to see the climate breakdown and ecological collapse that is only escalating all around [...]

By |2020-01-18T00:01:01+00:00January 18th, 2020|General Health and Well-Being, Public Health|0 Comments

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia   In a recent study researchers have found that acupuncture can reduce pain, improve sleep and generally boosts health for sufferers of fibromyalgia. This study did not report statistical changes in fatigue. Fibromyalgia, sadly, is not well understood. It is a complex constellation of conditions that is tricky to treat. As a result sufferers can be left to seek alternatives. As a complex condition I find it essential to have a broad [...]

Acupuncture for breathlessness in advanced diseases

Acupuncture for breathlessness   A recent study has concluded that, 'acupuncture improve[s] breathlessness severity in patients with advanced diseases.' This is really interesting to see as it furthers the case for acupuncture as an alternative in yet another area. To move acupuncture away from the, 'it is only good from pain' narrative is so important for the future of the practice and time and time again research is beginning to see that it has the [...]

Acupuncture For Cognitive Impairment

Acupuncture for cognitive impairment Recent research concluded in China has shown promise for those with cognitive impairment, the precursor for neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. Researchers compared a specific acupuncture technique, famed for its use in post-stroke rehabilitation, called Xing Nao Kai Qiao (Waking the Brain and Opening the Orifices) with citicoline a drug for easing cognitive disturbances associated with cognitive impairment. The study compared 216 patients, randomly splitting them into a [...]

Mechanisms of acupuncture: The nervous system

Acupunctures neurological mechanisms   In a recent study into the neurological mechanisms of acupuncture the authors open saying, 'Acupuncture treats nervous system diseases by increasing the brain-derived neurotrophic factor level and involves multiple signal pathways, including p38 MAPKs, Raf/MAPK/ERK 1/2, TLR4/ERK, PI3K/AKT, AC/cAMP/PKA, ASK1-JNK/p38, and downstream CREB, JNK, m-TOR, NF-κB, and Bcl-2/Bax balance. Acupuncture affects synaptic plasticity, causes an increase in neurotrophic factors, and results in neuroprotection, cell proliferation, antiapoptosis, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammation, and maintenance [...]

By |2019-11-09T16:29:02+00:00August 12th, 2019|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture for diabetes

Acupuncture for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus   A recent systematic review and meta-analysis took a look at the effect of acupuncture on type 2 diabetes mellitus. After a systematic search of the literature, the researchers found 21 studies, comprising of 1943 participants. They found that blood glucose levels were reduced in those that used acupuncture alongside medical treatments. They also noted that blood lipids, blood pressure control and weight gain were all managed more effectively [...]

By |2019-11-09T16:28:33+00:00August 8th, 2019|Acupuncture, Medical Conditions, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture included in The National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s latest depression guidelines

The National Institue of Clinical Excellence is about to release updated guidelines for depression, and acupuncture is included!   The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the group that advises the NHS on effective treatment strategies is updating it’s guidelines of depression and acupuncture has got a mention. The good news: NICE, ‘agreed that [acupuncture has] potentially promising results’. The less good news: No guidelines have been issues for acupuncture. This is a shame as [...]

Herbs and pills in psychiatry

I was recently shown an article under the title of, 'Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Psychopharmacology: Building Bridges'. Towards the start of the article it asserts; 'A review of contemporary pharmacologic studies of agents used in TCM for psychiatric indications reveals that virtually all of the active principles of drug action established in 20th century psychopharmacology were encountered empirically in Chinese herbal medicine over the past 2000 years.' So that was me hooked and curious, [...]

By |2019-11-09T16:24:51+00:00June 10th, 2019|Chinese Herbal Medicine, Research|0 Comments

The Community Clinic: in reviews

Affordable community acupuncture   I started up the community clinics in February 2018 with the aim of making acupuncture as accessible as possible, both location-wise and price-wise. I started with an afternoon in Florence Park Community Centre, charging just £15 per session. Now there are three clinics across Oxfordshire; Dean Court Community Centre on Mondays, Florence Park Community Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Abingdon Guildhall on Wednesdays. We've treated over 225 people and done [...]

By |2019-11-09T16:20:14+00:00May 30th, 2019|Acupuncture|0 Comments
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