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.

Ohio adds acupuncture to Medicaid

As of the 1st of January 2018 acupuncture will be available in…. Ohio! Ok so it isn’t anywhere near the UK, which is a big shame. But this is great news for acupuncture internationally. Acupuncture will be available on Medicaid for patients with back pain and/or migraine. Ohio will be the first state in the Midwest to bring acupuncture onto its Medicaid provisions. This is in a response to the developing opioid crisis spreading across [...]

Is acupuncture evidence based?

Is acupuncture evidence based? Awareness and acceptance of acupuncture is at an all-time high and still increasing year on year. I see a wider variety of people in my clinics and I get more referrals from GPs with a growing variety of conditions. However, there can still be the perception that acupuncture is not effective, not based on evidence or just some kind of (super) elaborate placebo. So, I thought I’d compile this blog on [...]

Acupuncture for Endometriosis

For those with endometriosis, you know what it is. For those that do not have endometriosis, it is one of the most painful conditions someone can endure. Endometriosis occurs when some of the uterine lining (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This tissue responds to the changes in hormones that stimulate a period. When this happens, this tissue acts in the same way as it would if it were in the uterus. Unfortunately, the [...]

Acupuncture on NICE guidelines for depression

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the group that advises the NHS on effective treatment strategies is updating its 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 issued for acupuncture. This is a shame as acupuncture has a large body of research supporting its beneficial effects on depression, its lack of side-effects and its [...]

Acupuncture as an anaesthetic in open heart surgery

Anaesthesia is one of acupuncture's many curious traditional uses.  The idea of acupuncture as an anaesthetic in open heart surgery might sound odd or surprising.  But the use of acupuncture as an anaesthetic goes a long way towards showing just how powerful and effective it can be.  Studies into using acupuncture as an anaesthetic show that it can have beneficial results. If I ever needed heart surgery, which I hope I won’t (see my previous [...]

Acupuncture prevents cell death in the brain

Researchers in China have discovered yet another benefit of acupuncture, in a recent study on high blood pressure.  They investigated the effects of acupuncture at a specific point on rats with high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.  They showed that acupuncture reduces cell death in the brain by lowering blood pressure, which confirms previous studies.  Their new discovery was that acupuncture prevents cell death in the brain by also changing the expression of genes [...]

Acupuncture for mental health

Mental ill-health is becoming a larger and larger issue.  It's close to my heart, as I've suffered myself. Mental ill-health The most common forms of mental ill-health are anxiety and depression.  These conditions can affect anyone.  Two thirds of us suffer with these conditions at least once in our lives, to the extent that we're unable to continue with our general routine.  Of course, we all have low times, for instance around strong emotional events [...]

Acupuncture for veterans in America – Democrats submit bill

An American politician has just submitted a bill to make acupuncture available in veterans' health centres.  Representative Judy Chu, a Democrat of California, introduced the bill, called ‘Acupuncture for Our Heroes Act’.  It aims to provide acupuncture for veterans to help with the variety of mental and physical health conditions they suffer.  If passed, it will make access to acupuncture a legal right for all veterans. Acupuncture for veterans - 'safe and non-addictive pain relief' [...]

Acupuncture for constipation provides lasting relief

Acupuncture for constipation? A recent editorial in the Annals of Palliative Medicine discusses the results of acupuncture for constipation, and considers why it provides lasting relief.  536 patients participated in the largest study discussed.  The average improvement of bowel movements was from 0.4 per week to 2.6.  This effect remained at a 12 week follow-up. The results were controlled against placebo 'acupuncture', which only improved regularity to 1.3 movements a week.  Most patients with constipation [...]

Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Recent research Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CRS) was the subject of a recent study published in Brain, a peer reviewed journal dedicated to breakthroughs in neurology.  CTS results from a squeezed nerve in the wrist.  It slows down nerve impulses from the hands, and also damages the area of the brain that is responsible for detecting them. The study compared three groups: the study group, a placebo group and a control group.  The study [...]