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 [...]

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 issues 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 – The Best Medicine?

A huge new patient survey has been release that shows acupuncture significantly exceeds national benchmarks for quality of care. 93% of participants said their primary symptoms were successfully treated 99% said the quality of care and service was good or excellent Only 0.014% (13 people) reported a minor adverse effect, i.e. a bruise. None reported a major adverse effect The study was commissioned by American Speciality Health to see how satisfied their customers were with [...]

By |2017-10-23T12:10:29+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Acupuncture, Awareness, Public Health, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture is safer than conventional medicine

It is time to start setting the record straight on acupuncture. Currently there is a notion that acupuncture can be a risky treatment, below I will present the evident to shatter this illusion and reinstate the correct understanding, that acupuncture is in fact much safer than conventional medicine. Research into acupuncture safety   There is now a huge wealth of evidence into the safety of acupuncture. The largest study, from Germany, included nearly 500,000 patients [...]

By |2017-10-17T19:14:52+00:00October 17th, 2017|Acupuncture, Awareness, Public Health, Research|0 Comments

Benefits of acupuncture last a year!

A powerful study has been published showing that 90% of the benefits of acupuncture would last a year! This evidence has been extracted from a huge data-set amassed by a team at York University headed up by Hugh MacPherson. It includes nearly 18,000 patients from 29 clinical trials that focus on back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headache and migraine and osteo-arthritis of the knee. In this sub-section 20 studies were included that contained over [...]

By |2017-10-10T09:12:23+00:00October 10th, 2017|Acupuncture, Awareness, Research|0 Comments

The World Health Organisation recommends acupuncture for over 100 conditions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) began on the 7th of April 1948, with the vision of ‘a world in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live'.  They therefore have offices in over 150 countries.  They work alongside policy makers and advisors 'to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people’.  And based on their research, the World Health Organisation recommends acupuncture. Primarily, the WHO's [...]

By |2017-08-31T19:51:43+00:00August 29th, 2017|Acupuncture, Awareness, Medical Conditions, Public Health, Research|0 Comments

Acupuncture as an anaesthetic in open heart surgery

Anaesthesia is of acupuncture's many traditional uses.  The idea of acupuncture as an anaesthetic in open heart surgery might sound odd or surprising.  But the long-standing 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 blog [...]