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Older Mothers Live Longer

July 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Fertility & Pregnancy

Finally some good news being reported about becoming a mother at an older age! Older women trying to conceive are quickly criticised in the media for having ‘put their careers first’ and  are ‘leaving it too long’ to conceive.

This recent study has found that a huge benefit from having children older (after the age of 33) is that you may live longer! The proposed theory is that women who conceive naturally later on, may also have a slower aging process being mirrored in other parts of their body.

Apparently women who gave birth to a child after the age of 40 were four times more likely to live to 100 than women who had their last child at a younger age!

Read more here.

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Acupuncture Recommended For Anxiety And Depression

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Acupuncture

We see many patients who come to us suffering from anxiety and depression. Anxiety is probably one of the top 5 conditions for which people seek our help. Usually a course of 6 sessions brings promising results and a decline in symptoms.

An encouraging article was in the Express at the weekend, highlighting why acupuncture may be a great form of treatment for these debilitating conditions.

Here are what some of our patients have had to say about their acupuncture.

Following a previous bout of ‘depression’, bought on by menopause, under-active thyroid/who knows what, I was urged by my sister to try acupuncture rather than go back onto anti-depressants. My first session with Caitlin was in May 2012 and I felt an immediate improvement. I’ve now had 9 treatments (initially weekly then monthly for maintenance) and can honestly say that I have not felt as happy with myself and my life for a very long time. I feel balanced and me once again!


I work in a high pressure environment and had been suffering for some time with work related stress and anxiety – I just couldn’t ’switch off’ and relax – and it was really wearing me down. Caitlin had been recommended by a work colleague and it had got to the point where I felt I had to do something about the problems I was facing.

In the initial consultation, it felt great to get the problems on the table and after my first session I felt the benefits almost immediately. Although I wouldn’t say I was sceptical, I didn’t expect to feel so different, so quickly. It was a real result.After just a few weeks treatment, I can safely say I felt like a different person. I was finding it much easier to chill out and not bring work anxieties home with me. I also found it much easier to deal with the day to day pressure and overall, I felt more ‘balanced’ as a person.

I have also received treatment along the way for hay fever and tennis elbow- both of which have responded really well to the acupuncture.

Although I am not good around needles, my experience of acupuncture with Caitlin couldn’t be further from that – the treatment is relaxing and I really look forward to the next session as a real ‘time out’ from the real world.

I would definitely recommend Caitlin to anyone thinking about alternative treatment – it’s definitely made a big difference to my life.

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Acupuncture And Tennis Elbow

June 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Acupuncture, Pain

Some interesting research has just been published which shows that acupuncture is a helpful treatment for tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is a form of tendinitis and we treat many people in clinic who suffer from this – most of them have not got it from playing tennis! It may be a result of other forms of exercise, particularly lifting weights at the gym. It also seems to be exacerbated by working on a PC.

The research carried out 20 treatments on the participants but we see encouraging results in clinic usually after just a couple of sessions. So don’t suffer in silence or feel the only way forward is to dose yourself up on anti-inflammatories and wait for it to heal slowly. Give us a call to see how we can help.

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Acupuncture To Reduce Stress And Promote Healthy Sperm

June 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Acupuncture, Fertility & Pregnancy

Recent research suggests that stress has a negative impact on sperm, making it longer for couples to conceive.

It has long been established that acupuncture is a great way to lower stress. Feeling relaxed is the most common side effect of the treatment. We know that acupuncture lowers stress hormones in the body such as cortisol and adrenaline. We also talk to our male patients about stress reduction techniques and good diet and nutrition, both of which contribute to better sperm.

So if you’re struggling to conceive and feel your sperm may be in need of a boost, talk to us about how we can help.

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Ways Of Eating: What Is A Healthy Diet?

June 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Food & drink

We are bombarded by health and dietary information every day. This is partly a reflection of our own obsession to ‘live healthier and longer’ but is also financed by the very powerful food manufacturers and lobbyists.

When we talk to our clients about food and ways of eating we encourage them to look at the quality of the food they are eating. An easy question is ‘Would your great-grandmother recognise what this food is?’. Much of our modern food is processed. It has been derived in a factory and is subject to an abundance of processes that make it more convenient for us. Even those of us with what we think of as a low processed diet can find it difficult to avoid. Unless you’re making your own yogurt, milking the cow yourself, and boiling baked beans up from scratch you are probably eating processed food.

The article puts the point across well.

The current shift in the dietary message we are getting is that fat is not the enemy that we have been told for so many years. Rather it is sugar that is the new foe.

I would encourage all of us to be mindful of what we are eating. How was it made? How long will it last ( a long sell by date tells me something has been added- natural food is not designed to last long in our fridges!) How does this make me feel after I’ve eaten it? We all need to find what food works best for us and then find a way in which we can make buying it, making it and eating it, fit into our lifestyles.

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