How acupuncture treats pain

Exactly how acupuncture can treat pain is still a bit of a mystery although empirical evidence from clinical trials supports the claims that it does work and the treatment of pain is probably the most broadly accepted use of acupuncture by orthodox medicine. From a medical science perspective the analgesic effects of acupuncture must be mediated via the nervous system, however a conundrum arises because although some acupuncture points are found in zones dense in nervous receptors, many are not. A recent discovery

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How well do you sleep?

Sleep, or lack of it, has recently become a worrying health issue. It seems that people are getting less of it than in the past and often of a poorer quality too. Probably related to our interconnectedness to a 24 hour world via computers, smartphones and tablets, we seem to be finding it increasingly difficult to switch off at night and get a good nights sleep, but also due to increased alcohol consumption and the stress of financial and work related insecurity in

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Fertility updates; Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA)

The Endometrial Receptivity Assay (ERA) is a genetic test that uses a bioinformatic predictive computer algorithm to analyze biopsy samples in order to identify what is referred to as the window of implantation (WOI) in endometrial receptivity. This can then allow personalized embryo transfer (pET) timing to optimize IVF results. (1) The ERA test is aimed at helping patients who have suffered multiple failed IVF cycles or repeated implantation failure (RIF). The endometrial lining which is normally smooth which is not conducive to

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Boost your immunity this Autumn with acupuncture and herbs

Autumn has finally arrived and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory this is the season of the Metal element which is cold and dry. Temperaturas are increasingly fluctuating as they fall and the nights are getting ever longer and colder. It is at this change of season, whether Spring or Autumn, that our bodies struggle to adjust appropriately to the changing temperatures of the environment, making it difficult to know what’s appropriate to wear. First we are hot, then cold, then hot

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