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Yes, acupuncture channels really exist!

The network of channels or pathways beneath the skin which we use to locate acupuncture points are not invisible! They are spaces well known to surgeons as the pathways between layers of fascia.  Fasciae are a sheets of connective tissue wrapped around muscles and internal organs, enclosing, protecting and separating them. Actually the development of fascia was the way your body was first organised when it was just a tiny embryo. So acupuncturists are not surprised at the importance of these channels for our origins and our health.


Cupping used on Olympic athletes

BBC Coventry and Warwickshire noted that Olympic swimmers were bearing the marks of cupping therapy on their backs and I got to do an interview about it.  This ancient therapy is making a bit of a come-back.  Many countries have never stopped using it though. The vacuum produced within the cups improves the blood circulation in the area of sore inflamed muscle and has an anti-inflammatory effect.  The treatment is slightly uncomfortable, and results are usually quick and without the need for drugs.  Cupping is often used alongside acupuncture and sometimes on its own.


Headaches caused by over-use of pain killers

You  probably heard in the news last week that painkillers now officially cause headaches in some cases due to a withdrawal effect when taken too regularly.  Good to know that NICE, National Institution for Clinical Excellence is saying that Acupuncture is the only proven treatment for tension headache.


Stop smoking

Recent research into using acupuncture to help quit smoking:  Acupuncture combined with smoking cessation education or other interventions, can help smokers to eschew smoking during treatment, and to avoid relapse after treatment.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22745061


Research into Acupuncture in COPD

Acupuncture is often sought by COPD sufferers (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and I have found it very useful.  Research has recently looked at this more systematically with good results.  Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema are the main lung diseases which make up COPD.


Acupuncture in Asthma

New research has shown Acupuncture to be useful in some types of Asthma.  I am not surprised – had already observed the benefits on patients with Asthma.  However its great that research can confirm these things and give people more confidence.


Study on the use of Moxa in drug resistant TB in Africa

A fascinating study is being carried out in Uganda on the use of Moxa to stimulate immunity in drug resistant TB..   Burning small cones of this common herb on acupuncture points is a regular part of many acupuncture treatments across the world and it is loved by many patients for its warming and nourishing effect.  I have been growing my own moxa (artemesia vulgaris) but its easy enough to collect it from the river bank near me.  It is dried and next make into small cones.  To learn more about the Africa study go to www.moxafrica.org


Acupuncture for children and the elderly?

 The question is often asked -Is acupuncture good for all age groups?    The answer is yes it is suitable for children right through to the elderly.  Children need very little treatment usually and the needles are extremely thin and small.  In this style of acupuncture the fewer needles the better as a rule – choosing the right points is the key to success.

Acupuncture and IVF

I was pleased to read that a world renowned university has discovered what I already observed in practice: that acupuncture improves success rate with patients who are on IVF.   Tel Aviv University researchers discover that Traditional Chinese medicine makes fertility treatments far more effective.

Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-01/afot-emw010912.phpiv

Its official: Acupuncture reduces the cost of back pain to health services.

Well in Canada anyway!   A study showed that there was a 49% drop in visits to physicians in those who had their back pain treated by Acupuncture. One day health managers will realise how much we save them in all sorts of areas!  Keep telling your GP what acupuncture does for you……

J ALTERN COMPLEMENTARY MED 2011 NOV; 17 (11):1015-9