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Acupuncture and neurons in the skin

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A study from a Swedish university has shown that the neurons in human skin can perform advanced calculations, previously thought to have been possible only in the brain [1]. Perhaps this might explain how acupuncture can affect so many processes in the body and brain or mind… First of all, what is a neuron?   A neuron…

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Happy New Year: Chocolate is good for you! Flavonoid-rich foods can help to ease anxiety.

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There are numerous drugs that help people to feel calmer by reducing anxiety and relaxing the muscles. Perhaps the most well-known is Valium (diazepam), which is one of a group of medications called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines have been used since the 1950s to treat conditions such as anxiety, sleep problems, and epileptic fits. However, like other…

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New evidence of long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain

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I have recently been involved in a large scale investigation into whether chronic neck pain can be relieved by Alexander Technique or acupuncture. I was part of a team of researchers from the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York. Chronic neck pain is a difficult condition to treat. The literature shows that, generally, single…

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Female Heart Attacks: Know the Signs

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An email has been circulating recently that describes one woman’s experience of a heart attack. The symptoms she experienced might surprise you. There is none of the drama that we see in films: stabbing pains in the chest, clutching at the heart and falling to the floor in a cold sweat. These symptoms are experienced by…

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Hello again!

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My blog is back in action! I plan to bring you monthly updates from the world of acupuncture and complementary medicine. To relaunch the blog there will be two posts. The first is about female heart attacks. The symptoms for women are not the same as for men; we all need to be vigilant. The…

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Retune your Immune System

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Some people seem to catch everything that’s going round, coughs, colds, tummy bugs, while others never seem to get ill. What’s their secret? A lot of it is down to luck, your age, genes and constitution, and whether you’ve had a brush with an invading bug before. But some things you can control, so here…

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Thanks for the videos!

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Several of my patients were kind enough to appear in the videos on this site. They talk about why they came for acupuncture and how they felt about their treatment. We hope watching Sarah, Daryl, Margaret and Phil will give you an idea of what its all about and what you can gain from acupuncture….

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Acupuncture has significant impact on mystery illnesses

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  This interesting article from the Telegraph, says that one in five of us have symptoms that can’t be diagnosed by conventional medicine and the good news is that acupuncture can help. Acupuncture has a ‘significant’ effect on patients with mystery symptoms – and could be added to the list of available treatments for undiagnosed…

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Acupuncture for Arthitis, Back pain and Fibromyalgia

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The national charity Arthritis Research UK, has published a report on physical therapies for low back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. The  most effective therapies were found to include: • Acupuncture for osteoarthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia • Massage for fibromyalgia and low back pain. Arthritis Research UK  reviewed all the trial evidence of treatments…

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Acupuncture shown to benefit irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

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In a recent clinical trial conducted in the York area, acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was shown to provide an additional benefit over usual care alone.  The magnitude of the effect was sustained over the longer term. Some of the acupuncture provided in the study took place at the York Clinic, and was led by acupuncturist and…

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