Could acupuncture and Chinese medicine be the future of medicine?

Perhaps I was a bit cheeky in the title of this blog. Perhaps I am hugely bias (I probably am). However, the more I look at medical research and the direction in which it is going the more heartened I am. For so long the medical approach has been a reductionist and generalized one. Looking at ever smaller tissues, cells, compounds, and molecules for the answer to medical issues and taking averages over ever widening [...]

By |2018-04-03T13:14:05+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Public Health|0 Comments

Is Western medicine evidence based?

The British Medical Journal has been reviewing the evidence base of 3000 therapies carried out on the NHS. Here is a simple graph of their findings. http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/x/set/static/cms/efficacy-categorisations.html It is quite startling to say the least. The more you look at it the more paradigm shattering it is. Western medicine loves to hold the narrative high ground that it is evidence based. It is the best medicine in the land. And don’t get me [...]

By |2018-03-28T10:38:15+00:00March 28th, 2018|Awareness, Public Health, Research|0 Comments

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 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

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 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 [...]