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 [...]

Our Inner Microbiome – How bacteria make or break our health

In this blog I will delve into the depths of our gut, presenting what we know about our inner microbiome and what research is discovering about its health implications.  This is quite a long post as there is so much to say about gut health.  To keep it attractive I figured I would add lots of images of what gut bacteria almost certainly do not look like.  Enjoy! What we know about our inner microbiome [...]

By |2017-09-23T10:30:13+00:00September 11th, 2017|General Health and Well-Being, Medical Conditions, 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 [...]

Acupuncture prevents cell death in the brain

Researchers in China have discovered yet another benefit of acupuncture, in a recent project 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

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 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 [...]