This section helps individuals to understand Chinese Medicine and how it can helpful for their health and well-being. All effort is made to make is easy to understand and useful to know.

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 [...]

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for hay fever

I have been meeting and talking to quite a few people recently of are suffering from hay fever, one of the most annoying and common allergies. Just as the weather is getting better and you want to go outside, you can't! It is particularly bad in Oxford as we live in a valley, meaning the pollen collects, does not blow away and so triggers all of the familiar and unpleasant symptoms even more intensely. Preventing [...]

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine for fertility

Fertility is becoming a concern for many people, with complications becoming common for women and men. We are seeing a concurrent rise in endometriosis, polycystic ovaries and other women’s health issues as well as lower sperm counts and lowered quality and motility of said sperm (Morassutto et al., 2016, Ganie and Kalra, 2011, Levine et al., 2017). With less natural and more unhealthy lifestyles as well as couples trying for children later in life we [...]

Is acupuncture better or worse than we think it is?

Is acupuncture better or worse than we think it is? For years acupuncturists have been vying for acceptance within the standard medical model and thus have aimed to prove the validity of our clinical experience, which tends to be positive. How else could acupuncture of survived over 2 millenia? We have struggled against the establishment, forced to use their methods and terminology to be accepted into the medical mainstream. And now we are getting a [...]

Acupuncture for sciatica

What is sciatica Sciatica is a condition involving inflammation or impingement of the nerve root in the lower back. It causes unilateral leg pain that can descend to the knee or even foot and is often shooting in nature. It can also cause numbness and weakness in the leg in extreme cases. It is estimated that sciatica can affect up to 40% of the population and is more prevalent in 40-60 year olds. Treatment of [...]

Acupuncture for chronic pain – update

A huge acupuncture study into chronic pain was published in April last year. It used nearly 18,000 patient’s data to address the question of whether or not acupuncture was beneficial for a variety of pain conditions, including back pain, osteoarthritis, knee pain and headache. It found, overwhelmingly, that acupuncture was better than sham, more than placebo and better than standard medical treatment for all of the above conditions. It was also found to be safe [...]

Research shows acupuncture reduces pain

About chronic pain   Chronic pain is a huge problem in the UK, affecting at least 15% of the population at any one time. Over 70% of adults will suffer from back pain during their lifetime. Chronic pain can lead to depression in 22% of people. 25% of those with chronic pain will lose their jobs and nearly £4 billion a year is spent on incapacity benefit payments for people with chronic pain. The economic [...]

My hopes and predictions for acupuncture for 2018

As you will of seen from my other blogs acupuncture has been getting more and more acceptance, more and more research and more and more understanding, which is great! However, there is still a long way to go. While acupuncture is being recommended for more conditions, by more health institutions and being added to more national health services and health insurance policies, it is still rarely available on the NHS. I don’t imagine there will [...]

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