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Acupuncture found to help reduce hot flushes

07
March
2011
Acupuncture found to help reduce hot flushes

Evidence being presented this weekend at the largest UK acupuncture research forum, the ARRC Symposium, will highlight the benefits of acupuncture to reduce the severity and frequency of hot flushes in postmenopausal women.

The results of the Acuflash study, completed in 2009, conclude that acupuncture can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in hot flushes and increased health-related quality of life.
In the study, carried out by The National Research Center in Alternative and Complementary Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway, women reported a reduction in frequency and intensity of hot flushes both by night and by day having used acupuncture for 12 weeks.

Hot flushes reduced by an average of 5.8 flushes per 24 hour period and the intensity of hot flushes decreased by 3.2...

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Acupuncture points to new hope for stress sufferers

01
March
2011
Acupuncture points to new hope for stress sufferers

New research released this year suggests that a staggering one in six people suffer from stress. There are many different causes of stress which are primarily related to a situation or event and how a person deals or responds to that situation. The signs of stress can therefore differ from one person to the next and may manifest in the form of conditions such as IBS, anxiety, migraines, insomnia, reduced immunity, depression, back pain and fatigue.
Those suffering from stress symptoms use a number of coping mechanisms with many people finding traditional acupuncture effective in not only helping to relieve symptoms but to also identify and treat the root cause of stress.

An acupuncturist will aim to identify what imbalances are causing the symptoms of stress, rather than treating the...

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Time to reset the body clock

08
November
2010
Time to reset the body clock

As the clocks have now gone back, our minds turn to darker nights, turning on the heating and getting out the winter woollies. The transition from the lighter evenings and warmth of summer, to the short days and cold temperatures of winter can leave many people feeling tired and run down and can lead to us being more vulnerable to picking up colds and viruses.

It is no secret that the key to good health is a strong and fully functioning immune system, so it’s important to prepare your defences for the cold and flu season in order to stay healthy throughout the winter months.

One of the ways in which we can take charge of our health and gain an understanding of the signs within us of health and illness is to have on-going traditional acupuncture treatments, but in particular, treatments...

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Beating back pain with acupuncture

14
October
2010
Beating back pain with acupuncture

Back pain is the UK’s leading cause of disability, affecting an estimated 1.1 million people (National Institute for Health Research, Health Technology Assessment Spotlight: Acupuncture for back pain) in the UK, and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence.

Many people will suffer from low back pain at some time in their lives. It can be caused by minor injuries such as muscle strains and sprains, pregnancy, stress or poor sleep. The good news for sufferers is that last year’s announcement by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Research (NICE) recommending acupuncture for low back pain, means that patients with persistent pain can now receive acupuncture treatment from a British Acupuncture Council registered acupuncturist on the NHS.

By inserting fine...

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Beat jetlag the traditional Chinese way

14
July
2010
Beat jetlag the traditional Chinese way

We’ve all been there - wide awake in the middle of the night, asleep on your feet during the day, disturbed digestion and a loss of appetite - jetlag is all too often a bad end to a great holiday.

It’s fairly common knowledge that jetlag occurs when your internal body clock is out of sync. However, looking at the Chinese body clock, as used by acupuncturists, can help further explain some of the more common problems suffered by travellers.

Acupuncture is based on the theory that Qi - the body’s motivating energy - flows in a 24 hour cycle, and that the body’s functions are tied into this, much the same as the biological clock recognised by western medicine. For example, the best time to eat breakfast is between 7-9am when Qi is concentrated in the stomach. Between 1-3am when Qi is...

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The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has a membership of over 3,000 professionally qualified acupuncturists. It is the UK's largest professional body for the practice of acupuncture. BAcC members practise a traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years. To find a qualified acupuncturist in your area, contact the British Acupuncture Council on 020 8735 0400 or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk

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