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Acupuncture proven to work – says World Health Organisation

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Acupuncture and back pain, Acupuncture and digestion, Acupuncture and Mood, Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture for smoking, Acupuncture for Stress, Acupuncture for weight loss, Acupuncture in pregnancy and labour, Acupuncture in York, Acupuncture to Boost Immunity, IBS & Acupuncture

WHO Acupuncture effective treatment People are often concerned about the evidence for alternative health treatments.  If there isn’t a long list of randomised controlled trials showing how effective a treatment is, they doubt its validity.

I understand these concerns and could not practice acupuncture if I didn’t feel confident about the research and evidence base behind it!

The problem with RCTs

Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are well suited to drug research, where you can give the medication to one group of participants, and a placebo pill or different drug to another.  The groups can be double blind too, where neither the participants or researchers know who is taking what.

However, RCTs are not well suited to assessing other forms of treatment.  With alternative healthcare, it can be almost impossible to disguise the treatment, and the therapeutic relationship between client and practitioner plays a significant role in how well a client accepts and responds to treatment.  It is hard to separate this factor from the actual treatment itself: even if someone is receiving ‘fake’ or ‘sham’ acupuncture, there is still an element of therapeutic care going on, potentially influencing the result.

The Holistic Approach

Another problem with using RCTs for treatments like acupuncture is the personalised nature of these approaches.  I see many people with headaches, or back ache for example, and they all receive different treatments – it is impossible to standardise them as each client is unique!  This makes it hard to perform randomised controlled trials.

The Evidence for Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Despite these difficulties, there is a wealth of research and evidence for TCM Acupuncture, covering a wide range of health conditions.

The World Health Organisation has compiled a report detailing all the health conditions that acupuncture has proven to help in controlled clinical trials.  The full report can be downloaded here. These conditions include;

As you can see virtually every system in the body can be helped by acupuncture!  The treatments are safe, effective, and in many cases, life changing.

Acupuncture works alongside conventional medications too; you don’t have to choose between treatments, if you must take prescription drugs you can still benefit from the power of acupuncture.  My treatments may even be able to ease some of the unpleasant side-effects of these drugs.

If you’d like to read more about the conditions I can work with, and the sorts of benefits my clients experience, do check out my reviews at the Free Index site.

Are you dealing with chronic pain?

Are you suffering from stress, low mood, or anxiety?

Do you have digestive issues, or IBS?

Would you love to stop smoking but don’t know how?

I am one of the TOP 3 ACUPUNCTURISTS in the UK and have years of experience working with these conditions – and more.

Call me today on 07788 633292 to book your consultation and take the first steps towards better health and a better YOU!

Acupuncture for Stroke

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Acupuncture and back pain, Acupuncture and digestion, Acupuncture and Mood, Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture for smoking, Acupuncture for Stress, Acupuncture in York, Acupuncture to Boost Immunity, Medical Acupuncture vs Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Stroke | Natural treatmentIn China, the birthplace of acupuncture, stroke is the biggest indication for acupuncture use.  This may seem surprising, given acupuncture’s reputation for pain relief!

Every two seconds, someone in the world will suffer a stroke and the effects can be devastating. In the UK there are over 1.2 million stroke survivors, each dealing with a range of symptoms caused by the bleed in their brain.

To develop the specialist skills needed to offer acupuncture care for stroke I trained with Claudia Citkovitz, the Director of Acupuncture Services at the NYU Lutheran Medical Centre in Brooklyn, New York.  Her team have been treating both acute and chronic stroke symptoms since 2003.

Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of acupuncture for helping stroke victims, and this approach is recognised by the World Health Organisation.

I can support clients with their recovery from stroke symptoms that include;

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain
  • Aphasia: difficulties with speaking, reading, writing, and understanding language
  • Constipation
  • Incontinence (both faecal and urinary)
  • Depression, low mood, and anxiety
  • Low energy
  • Motor impairment: problems with movement and co-ordination of legs and arms

Acupuncture is suited to personal needs; the effects of stroke are as unique to the individual as their personality.  The recovery process can be long and frustrating, leading to feelings of isolation and anger.  Acupuncture can help relieve this emotional burden by improving the balance of mood chemicals in the brain such as serotonin, our ‘happy hormone’.

How does Acupuncture help with stroke?

Acupuncture helps your body get the most out of its own healing resources.  To help with stroke rehabilitation, the needles stimulate blood circulation and nervous system messengers, helping to;

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support the release of mood elevating and pain-killing endorphins like serotonin
  • Modulate the stress response
  • Activate regulatory centres in the brain

Acupuncture is safe to use alongside conventional medical treatments for stroke such as medication, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy.

Stroke prevention

If you currently have conditions that increase the risk of stroke, or if stroke and cardiovascular disease runs in your family, acupuncture can help modify these risks.  If you have any of the following, talk to me about how acupuncture may be of benefit;

Prevention is better than cure, and it’s easier to take steps now to improve your health than after a serious event like stroke.

To help modify these risk factors I will also discuss diet and lifestyle measures and can direct you to other healthcare professionals for further support such as an herbalist or nutritionist.

I am one of the TOP 3 Acupuncturists in the UK and have specialist training in stroke rehabilitation and recovery. 

Your health is in safe hands.

If you or someone you care about has suffered a stroke call me TODAY on 07788 633292 to discover how Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture can help.

Weight loss with Acupuncture

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Acupuncture for weight loss, Acupuncture in York

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Weight loss is not just a simple matter of eating less and moving more (though both are vitally important!).  For many overweight people, there are complex hormonal imbalances and strong addictions sabotaging their attempts to shed the pounds.

I enjoy working with weight loss clients in my Clinic, as with the right approach that includes acupuncture plus nutrition and exercise, we see amazing results!

Why won’t the weight shift?

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, weight problems are influenced by;

Blockages in Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) in the spleen, kidney, liver, and endocrine systems.  Qi is our vital energy that determines our health and wellbeing.

Disturbances in the endocrine and nervous system that relate to stress, cravings, and addictions.

Because everyone has their own unique health needs, my treatments are always tailored to suit requirements.  For example, one weight loss client may have an under functioning thyroid gland and need support with thyroid hormone balance and metabolic fire, whilst another may have strong sugar cravings that wreck their attempts to lose weight.

Ear Acupuncture for fat loss

Auricular acupuncture is a powerful technique to help support the nervous system in managing the effects of stress and addictions.  For many clients, cutting down their sugar intake is incredibly hard because of the highly addictive nature of refined sugar.  By helping to balance chemical messengers in the nervous system, acupuncture eases the cravings, helping break the addiction.

Acupuncture & Nutrition for weight loss

As I previously mentioned, acupuncture alone is not a magic cure-all that will cause the weight to drop off!  Good nutrition is essential, as is regular daily exercise.  If the thought of exercise makes you shudder, think of it instead as movement.  Look at ways to incorporate more movement into your day: walk instead of taking the bus, run up and downstairs instead of using lifts, make sure you move around every 30mins instead of being sat at your desk for hours.

More movement means more muscle strength, a higher metabolism, and better lymph flow.  Lymph is a clear watery fluid that drains wastes away from cells.  Fat cells harbour a lot of toxins, and once you start breaking down fat cells you need good lymphatic flow to shift these toxins away.

Nutrition tips for weight loss

Try these tips alongside your acupuncture sessions to really kick-start weight loss;

  • Eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking.
  • Include a good balance of protein and complex carbohydrate at each meal: try to reduce carbohydrate portion size to no more than ¼ of your plate.
  • Only snack if you have more than 4 hours between meals.
  • Fill up on different coloured vegetables!  Veggies will ideally cover ½ your plate.
  • Kick the sugar habit!  Fat does not make you fat, sugar does.
  • Include plenty of healthy natural fats and oils such as coconut, olive, & flaxseed.

To find out more about how acupuncture can support YOU with WEIGHT LOSS contact me, Tiziana, on 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

 

Supporting fertility & conception with Acupuncture

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017 in Acupuncture in pregnancy and labour, Acupuncture in York

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Conception and pregnancy happens easily for some couples, yet for others it can be a long and arduous journey, involving countless expensive medical investigations and procedures.

Approximately 1 in 7 couples in the UK struggle to become pregnant, which equates to around 3.5million people (source: NHS UK).  The cost of private fertility treatments is prohibitive to many, and for those that can afford it the success rates are low and the side effects common and unpleasant.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a long and successful history of supporting couples with fertility issues, and can be safely used alongside Western medical approaches.

Why can’t I become pregnant?

One of the most common reasons I encounter in my Clinic for couples failing to conceive is stress.  Stress causes infertility, and then the stress of not becoming pregnant compounds the situation!

Here’s why;

  • In woman, stress hormones disrupt the delicate interplay between the reproductive hormones oestrogen and progesterone.  Alterations in the oestrogen / progesterone ratio can interfere with egg implantation in the womb, and successful conception.
  • Stress reduces blood flow to the reproductive organs, and down regulates the production of sex hormones.  Basically, when you’re under stress, your body does not want to carry a baby – it is more concerned with keeping you alive and coping with whatever is causing the stress!
  • In men, stress can affect sperm counts, and sperm motility.  This means fewer sperm, and those that are produced cannot swim as fast and reach the egg.

How can Acupuncture help?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques can effectively support fertility by reducing the effects of stress on the body, and improving blood flow and circulation to the reproductive organs.  This increases the flow of nutrients to these organs, supporting egg and sperm health.

By dealing with the effects of stress and supporting the balance of endocrine hormones – these include both stress and sex hormones – the body can rebalance, and regain its natural hormonal rhythms.

Acupuncture and Endometriosis

I frequently work with women who are dealing with hormonal problems such as endometriosis, which compromise their fertility.  You can read more about my approach HERE.

Acupuncture and Fertility Treatments

TCM Acupuncture and moxibustion techniques can be safely enjoyed whilst undergoing conventional fertility treatments.  A 2012 research study at Tel Aviv University found that study participants receiving both IUI (intrauterine insemination) and TCM acupuncture & herbs had a 65.5% conception success rate, compared with only 39.4% in the control group who received no TCM treatments.  This result was even more remarkable given the average age of the participants: 39.4 years old in the TCM group, and 37.1 years in the control group.

As well as improving the success rates of medical fertility treatments, Acupuncture can also reduce unpleasant side-effects such as nausea and sickness, and help couples deal with the stress of these procedures.

 

Are you struggling to conceive?

Are you undergoing fertility treatments?

Call me, Tiziana, TODAY on 07788 633292 (or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk ) for a no-obligation chat about how my TCM acupuncture can support your chances of conception and pregnancy!

 

Knee arthritis? Acupuncture better than Physiotherapy!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture in York

Natural Osteoarthritis Treatment | York AcupunctureA new study has shown how Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture achieved far better results for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee, when compared to physiotherapy.

The small-scale study involved 50 patients with knee osteoarthritis (the ‘wear and tear’ type of arthritis, as opposed to rheumatoid arthritis) being randomly assigned to receive either TCM Acupuncture or physiotherapy.

The Acupuncture was delivered via 7 acupuncture points on the knee, once every other day, for 4 weeks.  Those in the physiotherapy group received treatment 5 times a week, for 4 weeks.

Both groups experienced an improvement in symptoms, but those in the Acupuncture group reported;

  • Better improvements in total symptom scores
  • Better improvements in pain, stiffness, and physical function
  • Significant improvements in joint hydration and the biochemical composition of the cartilage, as measured by the rate of cartilage degeneration on MRI scans

These changes in joint hydration and cartilage composition were not seen at all in the physiotherapy group, and suggest the Acupuncture may be promoting cartilage repair.

Given that 10% of over-55 year olds in the UK suffer with knee osteoarthritis, and around 25% of these people are severely disabled by it, these study results are an important finding for sufferers wishing to choose more effective and sustainable treatment options.

Acupuncture and Moxa

Previous studies have found moxibustion to be helpful for osteoarthritis: this can be used alone, or as part of an Acupuncture treatment.  Moxa is a dried herb preparation made from mugwort.  The herb is burned, and the heat supports the movement of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) around the body.  It gives a wonderful warming and relaxing sensation!

How does TCM Acupuncture relieve knee osteoarthritis?

Each Acupuncture patient in the study mentioned above received the same treatment, using the same Acupuncture points, so that the treatments remained standardised and could be compared accurately.  In my own Clinic, I treat each person as the unique individual they are so your treatment may be different to someone else who has the same problem.

The needling works by;

  • Stimulating nerves in your muscles and knee joint that release natural pain-releasing endorphins and alter the way your brain processes pain
  • Inhibiting inflammatory chemicals in your body
  • Modulating the actions of natural opioid chemicals in your nervous system
  • Aiding microcirculation to ease swelling and fluid retention in your knee

Acupuncture is safe and effective, and can be used alongside conventional medications.  My approach is truly holistic so I will also discuss lifestyle and diet suggestions to support the actions of your Acupuncture treatment;

  • Gentle movement and exercise (yoga and Tai Chi are especially helpful)
  • Drinking plenty of warm or room temperature water to support joint hydration and removal of waste toxins
  • Including natural warming and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices in your diet such as turmeric, ginger, and black pepper.

Is knee pain limiting YOUR life?

Would you like to regain your joint movement, flexibility, and strength?

Call me, Tiziana, NOW on 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

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Acupuncture for back pain recommended by American College of Physicians

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Acupuncture and back pain, Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture in York

Natural Back Pain Relief | York Acupuncture Only last year NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) changed its mind about recommending Acupuncture for back care, removing it from the list of non-invasive treatment options for back pain and sciatica.

Now, the American College of Physicians have released a document entitled ‘Non-invasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American College of Physicians’ that includes Acupuncture, endorsing it for both acute and chronic back pain.

Confusing, huh!

This kind of contradictory advice is so unhelpful, especially when back pain sufferers are faced with the prospect of having to take strong medications just to make it through the day, and a long waiting list to receive any kind of NHS treatment such as physiotherapy.

The problem with these types of guidelines is the potential for bias and personal and institutional influences.  Alongside the American College of Physicians, two other US agencies reviewed the evidence for Acupuncture in 2016 and came to the same conclusion: Acupuncture is a safe, effective treatment for chronic back pain.  So, this makes 3 US bodies in favour of Acupuncture, and the UK NICE against it!

But what about those who matter – the back-pain sufferers?

Well, I have been successfully helping clients with back pain for many years!

This is what one client says about his experience with my Acupuncture;

“I started with lower back pain which I put with for a couple of weeks, but as it got worse I started to take painkillers. Then I even had a course of six acupuncture treatments from another local acupuncturist but it made no difference.

So, I contacted Tiziana to see if she could fit me in as I know she is so busy. Because by that time I could barely get out of bed as I was in so much pain. She managed to see me quickly, which was great because she had helped me in the past, and the doctors had not helped me at all, even made me feel worse making me feel sick with really strong painkillers. Then after only one treatment with Tiziana I felt so much better. But I had put up with it too long, and let it get too bad. So, I needed to have another treatment.

Now I feel so much better, and I am back at work and best of all I am without pain!”

Clients regularly report experiencing pain relief, improved flexibility and no need for any strong painkilling medications.

And as a Professional Member of ‘Backcare’ the national back care charity and a registered Appropriate Provider of Care under the NHS AQP (Any Qualified Provider) scheme you can rest assured of the quality and effectiveness of my Acupuncture for your back pain.

Keen to know more?

Contact me, Tiziana, TODAY on 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

Take your first step towards a pain-free life with safe, effective Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture.

 

Acupuncture – Treating More Than Just Pain

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Acupuncture and back pain, Acupuncture and digestion, Acupuncture and Mood, Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture for smoking, Acupuncture for Stress, Acupuncture for weight loss, Acupuncture in pregnancy and labour, Acupuncture in York, Acupuncture to Boost Immunity, IBS & Acupuncture, Medical Acupuncture vs Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture

Acupuncture Awareness Week | York Traditional AcupunctureThe annual Acupuncture Awareness Week celebrations will soon be here: this year it runs from 6th – 12th March, and aims to increase people’s awareness of just how many conditions Acupuncture can support.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is often only thought of for treating pain, but it is in fact a complete medical system that can help with almost any health condition you might have!

The spread of Acupuncture

TCM Acupuncture is a traditional healing method originating from China over 2500 years ago.  Unlike many traditional healing techniques which remain localised to a specific culture, the power and popularity of acupuncture has spread rapidly across the world, with acupuncture practitioners now working in hundreds of countries.  Here in the UK 2.3 million people enjoy acupuncture treatments every year!

Pain Relief

One of the most popular reasons for clients coming to my clinic is pain relief.  TCM Acupuncture has been show to effectively relieve pain of all kinds;

  • Arthritis
  • Migraines
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic back pain: I see many clients with back problems and am registered as a practitioner with BackCare the national back and neck pain charity.
  • Labour pain
  • Even surgical pain! In fact, no deaths have ever been reported from acupuncture analgesia, unlike prescription and over-the-counter pain relief medications.  In China acupuncture is often used in surgery to reduce the need for anaesthesia drugs – and may even replace the need for anaesthesia altogether in certain circumstances.

World Health Organisation Endorsement

In 2002 the WHO published a detailed report evaluating the evidence and research supporting TCM Acupuncture as an effective healthcare option for a vast range of conditions.

Acupuncture has so much to offer for health and wellbeing!  This is a taster of the many health conditions TCM Acupuncture can be used for;

  • Insomnia: ear acupuncture and acupressure has a hypnotic effect and can help improve sleep patterns
  • Allergies: acupuncture has been shown to be more effective than anti-histamine drugs for relieving allergic rhinitis
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea: both unexplained nausea and nausea related to chemotherapy treatment
  • Blood pressure regulation: both high and low blood pressure can be managed with acupuncture
  • Stress
  • Anxiety: Anxiety UK, the national charity for supporting anxiety sufferers recommends me as an approved practitioner
  • Depression
  • Digestive health: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, indigestion, bloating – find relief with acupuncture!
  • Skin conditions: itchy, painful inflamed skin conditions can be alleviated with TCM Acupuncture
  • Weight loss
  • Quitting smoking and other addictions: auricular acupuncture is particularly beneficial for quitting smoking. I am a Gold Award Therapist with the National Stop Smoking Centre!

As you can see, TCM Acupuncture works on the body rebalancing all its systems and restoring health and vitality.

If you’d like to find out more about how TCM Acupuncture could help you regain your wellbeing call me, Tiziana, TODAY on 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

Improve Digestion with Abdominal Acupuncture

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Acupuncture and digestion, Acupuncture and Mood, Acupuncture for smoking, Acupuncture for Stress, Acupuncture in York, Acupuncture to Boost Immunity, IBS & Acupuncture, Uncategorized

Improve Digestion with Acupuncture | York Traditional AcupunctureAs part of my Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatments I regularly practise abdominal acupuncture to improve digestion with my clients.

Many ancient Chinese medical texts focus on abdominal acupuncture diagnosis, with the abdomen being described as the ‘root and foundation’ of a person.  So many vital organs are found in the abdominal region including the digestive tract, which we know now communicates constantly with your brain via its own nervous system called the enteric nervous system.

Gut-Brain connections and Digestion

Think of a time you felt nervous or anxious.  Did it affect your digestion?  Did you experience ‘butterflies’ in your tummy, or any aches and pains in your abdomen?  Our brain and digestive system are talking to each other all the time, which means our thoughts and emotions have an immediate impact on how we digest, assimilate, and utilise food.

I see many clients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a condition that is massively influenced by stress.  The way their brain is processing stress and the signals it is sending to their gut causes unpleasant and distressing symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, wind, and bloating.

The Vagus Nerve

One of the main highways of communication between your brain and gut is via the vagus nerve.  This is the largest nerve in the body, extending from the brain deep into the abdominal area, carrying nerve fibres that control both sensations and movement.  Over-stimulation or disruption of this nerve can cause many health problems, particularly in the digestive system.

The vagus nerve and all the other smaller nerves in the enteric nervous system produce neurotransmitters: chemicals that carry the messages from one nerve to another.

Serotonin is well known as being the neurotransmitter responsible for elevating mood and feelings of satisfaction and positivity.  But did you know that over 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut not the brain?  It is part of the gut-brain communication and influences gut function.

How does Abdominal Acupuncture work?

I can gather a lot of information about your health by looking at the skin of your abdomen: its colour, texture, and temperature reveal a great deal.  I may also gently palpate your abdomen, to check for any lumps or anomalies that may guide my diagnosis.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) around the body.  Blockages in Qi can lead to areas of stagnation, poor circulation, and accumulation of toxins which in turn manifests as ill-health and dis-ease.

Needling certain acupuncture points stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and endorphins which can ease pain, promote relaxation, and elevate mood.

There are 3 layers to your abdomen that can be stimulated accordingly;

  1. Superficial layer: found just beneath the skin, this area can influence pain and acute disorders
  2. Middle layer: this is the fat layer, just under the skin, which connects the external and internal environments
  3. Deep muscle layer: this is the deepest layer, and relates to chronic conditions and long standing ill-health issues.

No two treatments are the same and I will select the abdominal acupuncture points that are most relevant to your needs.

Curious to find out more?  Contact me on 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

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Endometriosis relief – How Acupuncture Can Help

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture in York

Endometriosis Relief  | Acupuncture in YorkEndometriosis is a painful, life-limiting condition affecting around 1.5million women in the UK.  It is caused when endometrial tissue (the tissue that lines the womb) grows outside of the womb.  It can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tube, bladder bowel – even the lungs, brain and eyes can be affected.

Because these growths are made of womb tissue, they respond to hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle and can even bleed during menstruation.

Endometriosis can develop with very few symptoms and some women are unaware that they have it.

Signs and symptoms of the condition include:

  • Painful periods (dysmenorrhoea)
  • Pain during sex
  • Pain when passing urine or a bowel movement
  • Back pain
  • Pain radiating down legs
  • Heavy periods and bleeding between periods
  • Bleeding via bowel, bladder, lungs, eyes
  • Bloating
  • Constipation / diarrhoea – IBS type symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Depression

What causes Endometriosis?

The exact cause often remains unclear but contributing factors include;

  • Imbalanced hormone levels with high levels of oestrogen
  • ‘Retrograde menstruation’ where menstrual blood flows back up into the womb
  • Elevated levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body
  • Exposure to environmental pollutants such as hormone disrupting chemicals found in plastics and pesticides
  • Genetic predisposition

How can Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture help with Endometriosis?

I have successfully worked with a wide range of female hormonal complaints, including endometriosis.  TCM Acupuncture is an ideal modality for managing the condition as it takes an holistic approach, focusing on the efficient flow of Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) throughout the body, particularly in relation to the reproductive and detoxification organs.

I look at a woman’s hormone balance, stress levels, detoxification pathways and levels of pain and inflammation – all these aspects play a part in the development of endometriosis.

For example, if a lady is particularly stressed and not eating properly, she is likely to have higher levels of inflammation and not be detoxifying hormones as effectively as she could.  Therefore, managing her stress levels and liver energy is an important part of the treatment.

TCM Acupuncture has been proven to support relief from endometriosis by:

Endometriosis UK talk – discover more about the benefits of Acupuncture!

In January 2017, I will be presenting a talk here in York to my local branch of Endometriosis UK, the nationwide charity supporting women with this debilitating condition.  For more details please contact me as soon as possible.

 

Gain freedom from the pain, and find relief from Endometriosis today.

Take your first step towards hormonal balance and pain-free periods – contact me, Tiziana, NOW on 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.uk

 

Acupuncture offers long lasting benefits for Fibromyalgia

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Acupuncture and back pain, Acupuncture and digestion, Acupuncture and Mood, Acupuncture for pain management, Acupuncture for Stress, Acupuncture in York, Acupuncture to Boost Immunity, IBS & Acupuncture

Fibromyalgia natural treatment | Acupuncture in YorkAre you suffering from the severe fatigue and muscle pains of Fibromyalgia?

This condition affects around 1 in 25 people in the UK and is something I see frequently in my Clinic. Fibromyalgia affects many more women than men – the reasons for this remain unknown – and can be associated with other life-limiting conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, headaches, depression and Restless Leg Syndrome.

The name Fibromyalgia literally translates as pain (algia) coming from muscles (my) and connective tissues (fibro). The exact cause of it varies from person to person but is often associated with stress, infections and changes in the balance of chemicals in the brain that regulate pain sensitivity.

Can medications help?

Unfortunately most medications prescribed for fibromyalgia do little to relieve the condition. Long term use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen and Naproxen can lead to digestive problems as the lining of the stomach gets damaged and inflamed: stronger painkillers are not recommended because of the risk of addiction.

Anti-depressants are sometimes used to relieve any depression and anxiety caused by the condition, and can also ease sleeping problems.

How can Acupuncture help?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture is proven to bring lasting relief to fibromyalgia patients. A recent study in Spain compared acupuncture with a placebo treatment. The group of 164 patients were assigned to either an acupuncture group or a placebo group (in this study, the placebo was sham-acupuncture) and all participants received their selected therapy for 10 weeks.

At the end of the trial, those receiving TCM acupuncture reported significant decreases in pain and improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression, compared to the placebo group.

These improvements were shown to be sustained at a 12 month follow up too.

TCM Acupuncture brings relief from fibromyalgia by;

  • Stimulating nerves in muscles and tissues to release endorphins, the bodys own ‘feel good’ chemicals
  • Altering the balance of brain chemicals in favour of pain relief and mood elevation
  • Improving microcirculation in muscles and connective tissues
  • Reducing muscular inflammation

Will exercise and nutrition help too?

Gentle exercise can improve fibromyalgia symptoms – the trick is to exercise enough to feel the benefit but not to overwork the muscles! Yoga, swimming and outdoor walking are good forms of exercise to begin with.

Nutrition has much to offer for fibromyalgia. Dark green leafy vegetables, buckwheat and cashew nuts are all excellent sources of magnesium, a key mineral for muscle health and pain management. Oily fish, nuts and seeds provide healthy essential fats that can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Drinking plenty of water (at least 1.5l per day) is vital – dehydrated muscles will be painful muscles!

Epsom salt baths

Many fibromyalgia sufferers find warm baths soothing to their symptoms. Adding 1-2 cups of Epsom salts to a bath can make a huge difference: the salts are rich in magnesium which eases cramps and muscle pains and calms the nervous system.

 

Are pain and fatigue driving you to despair?

Struggling to work and enjoy life because of fibromyalgia pain?

I am one of the UK’s top 3 Acupuncturists and have many years experience in supporting clients with painful, debilitating conditions. Call NOW 07788 633292 or email at info@yorktraditionalacupuncture.co.ukand discover FREEDOM from FIBROMYALGIA!


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