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 [...]

Chinese medicine for cancer

This has always been a bit of a delicate subject. Cancer has been turned into the bogey man of medicine. It has also been so medicalized, or at least been such a target for the medical establishment that they have monopolized treatment, knowledge, and research on the area. Anyone that tries to go near it will be labelled a quack almost instantly. However, one researcher from the field of Chinese medicine has managed to do [...]

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. 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 strong research base, proving that we can be evidenced [...]

Acupuncture for mental health

Acupuncture can help with a wide variety of conditions.  One of these, mental ill-health, is becoming a larger and larger issue.  It's close to my heart, as I've suffered myself.  Acupuncture for mental health is beneficial for many people. 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 [...]

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) is 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 compares three groups: the study group, a placebo group and a control group.  The study [...]

Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome?

A recent meta-analysis on the effects of acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) featured recently in the peer reviewed journal Biomed Central.  The study looks at 31 clinical trials, and concludes that a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion* treatments may have a ‘better effect than other treatments’. Research on acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome The study uses this definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: ‘Unexplained fatigue that lasts for at least six months and is accompanied [...]

The Liver in Chinese medicine

Spring is on its way.  As the seasons change so too does our system change.  In Chinese medicine we have 5 phases, or 5 elements, that correspond to the different seasons.  Spring is linked with the Wood element.  Thus, as in nature, in our body after a quiet, more introspective winter we come into the burst of spring energy, growth, and development.  New plans start to get into motion, seeds are sown and the yearly [...]

The heart in Chinese medicine

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be nice to write a little bit about the heart in Chinese medicine. The emperor of the yin organs The heart is considered the most important (the ‘emperor) of the 5 yin organs in Chinese medicine, the other yin organs being; the liver, lung, spleen and kidneys.  When we talk about organs in Chinese medicine we include, as in allopathic medicine, a whole host of different [...]

Internal Cold Syndromes in Chinese Medicine

Happy New Year one and all.  I hope you had a relaxing and restful time and that you have some life-enhancing resolutions up your sleeves. Personally, I am doing a dry, sugar free Veganuary with my fiancée, which I almost failed on the first day by nearly having coleslaw… oops!  I hope you fare better. Presumably, many of us are thinking about exercise and diets.  According to The Sun, these are among the top 10 New Years [...]