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Hayfever is wreaking havoc this year!

acupuncture for hay fever

I was surprised to see Great Western Hospital on the news Their urgent care and emergency department had become overwhelmed with individuals experiencing respiratory issues. This year, the hot and humid weather seems to have exacerbated people’s hay fever symptoms, leading to concerning symptoms such as shortness of breath in addition to the usual hay […]

So what is the ‘new normal’ in acupuncture treatment?

Back at the beginning of 2020 who would have a believed that COVID, social distancing and wearing facemasks would become the norm by autumn. By now, we are all used to standing in queues, sanitising hands and I even comment on TV programs that were filmed pre COVID where no social distancing is in place. […]

Anyone for tennis? – OUCH. Acupuncture and tennis elbow.

It doesn’t have to be tennis! Joint pain is never nice and when it affects a joint like the elbow it can make everyday actions and movements both difficult and painful. Tennis elbow is a common name for inflammation of the tendons and muscles around the outside of the elbow joint. It gets its name […]

So you think the menopause is just hot flushes?

Hot flushes are the number one symptom that is talked about in relation to menopause, but I’m sorry to say there are many more. We often experience various symptoms and dismiss them as part of the process of getting older, rather than realizing they are related to our declining hormone levels as we go into […]

“Get your back fixed here”

back back treatment

Writing about back pain is not my favoured sport! It’s that time of year again when I’m trying to think up a few good marketing ideas, not for the tinsel season that is shortly to descend upon us you understand, but for the coming year. (Yes it really does take me that long to come […]

Fibromyalgia pain responds to acupuncture

Is a conclusion reached by researchers in Spain! There is new research to suggest that acupuncture can be effective in treating the pain associated with Fibromyalgia. A trial has been conducted on 153 fibromyalgia patients in three primary care centres in Southern Spain.  The patients were given a weekly acupuncture session for 10 weeks in […]

The sun is out, so pass the antihistamines!

What a grotty spring! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has often looked out of the window at the grey clouds scurrying by, the torrential rain ( hail ) and the trees bending under the strain of the prevailing wind. But there has been a change! The last week there have been days […]

An explanation of acupuncture treatment.

Part of my job as an acupuncturist is explaining to people how acupuncture works and what it can treat.I can do the “Bronze age, thousands of years old” bit and then go on to talk about how modern day research is starting to discover about acupuncture’s action on the muscular, circulatory, endocrine and nervous systems […]

How big are acupuncture needles?

If I had been paid a pound for every time I’ve been asked that question……. well you know the rest! Strangely enough, this is what most people are curious about and it’s a question that I find quite difficult to answer. The key is being able to provide an example of an item that you […]