Treating Insomnia by Acupuncture.

ACUPUNCTURE – Treating Insomnia by Acupuncture.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), insomnia is known as sleeplessness. Insomnia may result in the decline of the sufferers’ quality of life, and long-term insomnia may also trigger depression, reduce pain tolerance, or negatively impact on the immune response. Sleep is indispensable for maintaining a healthy body. During sleep, the internal metabolism and physiological function would be in a state of protective inhibition, which helps to avoid loss of nerve cell function due to hypertension, as well as reviving the physiological function of fatigued nerves.

All physiological activities of a living organism have their

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Hayfever season – can Acupuncture be the answer?

Hayfever season – can Acupuncture be the answer?

Hay fever is a hypersensitive response among some individuals in the respiratory tract and eyes, resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen or various other allergens, including dust mites, fungal spore, and animal fur. Hay fever is a common and frequently-occurring condition that can severely impair human health.

The clinical manifestations of patients suffering from hay fever vary with the individual. The characteristic symptoms of hay fever are: rhinorrhea, lacrimation, sneezing fits, nasal itching, and severe itching in the eyes and external auditory canal, all of which are often mistaken for the

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Acupuncture for Induced Labour.

Acupuncture for Induced Labour.

Induced Labour with AcupunctureProlonged Pregnancy is a kind of abnormal delivery not uncommon in modern times. To be specific, if pregnant, a woman with normal menstrual cycle of 28 to 30 days) fails to go into labour for more than 2 weeks after full-term pregnancy, this is called “Prolonged Pregnancy”.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a time-honoured method in treating prolonged pregnancy, and the acupuncture for induced labour which has been adopted by ancient medical practitioners all along, has been shown to be clinically effective. This was abundantly recorded in many ancient books of TCM. The earliest recorded incidence

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Quit Smoking with Oriental Medicine.

Quit Smoking with Oriental Medicine.

quit-smokingIf you’re a smoker, you’ve probably tried quitting at one point or another. Perhaps you had success initially but then resumed, leaving you feeling annoyed with yourself and a bit reluctant to try again. Or were you put off by the weight gain that often accompanies giving up smoking? If so, maybe it’s time to try a completely different approach that can help address these issues and more.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have been used successfully for various addictions, including nicotine. Studies have shown that smokers who used Acupuncture to help them quit had

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Acupuncture and Pregnancy.

Acupuncture and Pregnancy.

acupuncture fertility‘To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited’. Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

For most women, pregnancy is a magical and special time. However, for some mums-to-be, physical challenges can arise that cause her to feel uncomfortable and ill. Pregnancy-related symptoms can dramatically affect the quality of life of a pregnant woman, sometimes to the point of anxiety or depression, because there are very few options available that are effective and still safe for mum and baby.

Acupuncture: safe and non-invasive during pregnancy.

Acupuncture has been found to be a natural and

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Acupuncture and Fertility.

Acupuncture and Fertility.

  • acupuncture and pregnancyAre you trying to conceive, but it hasn’t happened as easily as you’d hoped?
  • Are you stressed out by the monthly roller coaster ride, the emotional highs and lows?
  • Are you tired and frustrated with how clinical the process seems to have become?
  • Looking for an alternative way to help your body conceive?
If you’ve answered yes to the above questions, then you must know that you’re not alone.

Trying to conceive a child without success is one of the hardest challenges in life to face. Not only because often the reason is left unexplained – but

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Eating to beat the heat

herbal-medicineOriental medicine (OM) emphasises that we should eat according to the season to stay healthy.

Summer is the season of maximum Yang (expansive, warming, vibrant energy). These days, we often see it as a time to kick back and relax, but it’s worth remembering that in ancient times, especially in an agrarian culture, summer would have been a physically demanding time of year. So diet would have been very important.

So what sort of food should we eat to help cool ourselves down when the mercury starts climbing? Have you ever noticed that when you devour an ice cream, it … Read more ...

Acupuncture – taking the fear out of a dentist’s visit or operation.

acupuncture dentistMost of us feel mildly uncomfortable, if not outright apprehensive, at the thought of a dental procedure or surgical operation. For example, surveys show that around one in five of us are very afraid of dentist visits. This fear can lead us to postpone dental treatment to the point where problems start to build up and we end up needing more work done than we might otherwise. Ouch…!

Poor dental health actually reduces our overall health too – it has been linked to heart disease and dementia – so this situation affects more than just our mouths.

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How does Acupuncture work?

acupuncture-pointsIt might seem bizarre that inserting needles into various points on the body can influence the way our cells work. But a lot of research shows this is the case.

One of the areas most studied is the pain-killing effect of acupuncture. We have known for some time now that acupuncture affects nerve conduction within the spinal cord. The basis of the theory is that acupuncture stimulation ‘closes a gate’ within the spinal cord, preventing pain signals from travelling up the spinal cord and getting to the brain.

Beyond this, we also know that acupuncture has hormonal effects. Researchers initially … Read more ...

Ice or heat for injuries?

acupuncture fire iceA question I am often asked in clinic is “Should I use ice or heat on this injury?”.

The icing controversy

The conventional viewpoint is that it’s best to ice an injury in the first few hours and to apply heat to a chronic (long-lasting) injury. Ice, along with rest, compression and elevation (R-I-C-E), is seen to limit swelling and inflammation for the first 24-48 hours following an injury. However, the use of ice has recently been questioned by some in Western medicine, and has never been advocated in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In clinic, what we tend to see is … Read more ...