LABOUR ACUPRESSURE

Labour acupressure seems to be more effective than the use of needles with regard to providing pain relief and to help facilitate efficient labour. Acupuncturists with active experience in this field report women experiencing pain reduction combined with a sense of calmness and satisfaction with their own experience of giving birth.

There are numerous acupuncture… Continue reading

ACUPUNCTURE SAFETY

Acupuncture safety is a very important issue both for patients and practitioners. It is advisable, therefore, to only ever have traditional acupuncture from a practitioner who is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). Sadly, despite protracted legal and political wrangling, the term acupuncturist is not legally-protected in the same way that some professions… Continue reading

CAMBERWELL ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC UPDATE

There is currently extensive building work going on at the Camberwell acupuncture low-cost clinic at the Corner Surgery. This has led to reduced hours for the time being. Usual hours at the Camberwell acupuncture clinic are Monday 9.00 – 13.30 and Wednesday 15.30 – 19.30. However, due to the building work, Mark will only be… Continue reading

QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”

Zhuang Zhou

Zhunag Zhou was a Chinese philosopher of the Warring States period in the fourth century

ACUPUNCTURE AND MENOPAUSAL HOT FLUSHES

A US trial has found that acupuncture treatment can reduce the hot flushes associated with menopause. The frequency of hot flushes after six months was reduced by 37% in a group of patients having acupuncture (up to a maximum of twenty treatment sessions) as opposed to 6% in a waiting list control group.

Avis et… Continue reading

CROHN’S DISEASE

This is a type of inflammatory intestinal disease. Regions of the ileum (the distal part of the small intestine from which food passes into the caecum part of the large intestine) become inflamed and oedematous.

The condition usually starts quite suddenly in teens or in young adults. Presenting symptoms are likely to be lower abdominal… Continue reading

NEW YEAR’S OPENING

Apologies for failing to provide an update of my availability over the Christmas period. A couple of people have pointed this out to me. Here is my altered availability for the new year period.

Saturday 31 Dec: not working

Sunday 1 January: Greenwich Natural Health Clinic closed

Monday 2 January: Corner Surgery Low-Cost Clinic and… Continue reading

BBC SHOW HIGHLIGHTS ISSUE OF OVER-PRESCRIPTION OF DRUGS

Professor Muir Gray, former NHS Head of Knowledge, has described an ‘epidemic’ of over-prescription of pharmaceutical drugs. In a BBC television programme that aired in two parts back in October, Dr Chris van Tulleken explored this issue. The show was called ‘The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs’.

One of the things we learnt from this… Continue reading

HOW DOES MOXIBUSTION WORK

Following on from my previous piece about the new study being undertaken to explore whether moxa treatment can help to reduce the potentially dangerous side-effects of chemotherapy, here is a short exploration of how moxibustion works.

The mechanisms of moxa treatment have not been fully established in western medical terms. One theory generally held is… Continue reading

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