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

MOXIBUSTION AND CHEMOTHERAPY

I read recently about a new trial to assess whether self-administered moxa on ST36 can reduce chemotherapy-induced pancytopenia, specifically neutropenia, anaemia, and thrombocytopenia, thus enabling patients to complete courses of chemotherapy without delays or dose reduction.

The aim of the researchers is to recruit 25 breast, colorectal, or gynaecological cancer patients to perform this simple… Continue reading

THE HUMAN MICROBIOME

When we talk about the human microbiome, we are referring to the healthy gut bacteria that hopefully are thriving within us to support our digestive and immune systems and carrying out tasks that our own metabolism cannot do on its own.

There is plenty of contemporary research that suggests that dysbiosis, or imbalance, of the… Continue reading

DECEMBER SPECIAL OFFER

My winter newsletter will be sent out in the next couple of weeks with lots of information and bits of news. There will also be details of a special offer for the festive season where, if you book a massage or acupuncture treatment as a gift for somebody, you can have a half-price treatment yourself.… Continue reading

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