Research proves acupuncture reduces pain

About chronic pain   Join our mailing list for free diet and lifestyle advice on how to reduce pain!      Chronic pain is a huge problem in the UK, affecting at least 15% of the population at any one time. Over 70% of adults will suffer from back pain during their lifetime. Chronic pain can lead to depression in 22% of people. 25% of those with chronic pain will lose their jobs and nearly [...]

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 [...]

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 – 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

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 [...]