The Daily Mail has reported that acupuncture is being offered to prisoners with a history of drug use as part of a bid to combat their offending behaviour patterns.
Offering this service was my introduction to acupuncture. Whilst working as the manager for the Drug Support Team in local prisons we were asked to provide a simple ear acupuncture programme to prisoners who had previously or were still using illicit substances. We were trained up to deliver groups to prisoners in which 5 tiny needles were placed in each ear. The needles were to offer relaxation, support the liver, lungs and kidneys and to work on the brain and break the pattern of addiction. As a team, we and the priosn officers were staggered by the results. Not only were prisoners not using drugs but officers reported that those who had ear acupuncture were calmer on the wings. They were more likely to volunteer to work on their offending behaviour by signing up to groups designed to reduce the risk of them reoffending. So it seemed that not only did the acupuncture make people relaxed, it also upped their motivation to change.
It was 3 years later, that I decided to re-train as an acupuncturist and I’m glad that I was part of something so groundbreaking and that this gave me the insight into what acupuncture could offer.
This week is Acupuncture Awareness Week and our regulatory body, The British Acupuncture Council, offers a new website to answer all your questions about acupuncture. It also features an interview with Camilla Dallerup – a professional dancer (a star of previous series of Strictly Come Dancing) who suffers from back pain.
Many people have heard about acupuncture being great for back pain, and NICE now recommend it as a front line treatment for back pain. But did you know that we also treat many other conditions? The British Acupuncture Council has research fact sheets that can explain more about what conditions we are able to treat and what research has been collected on these.
To find out more, give us a call and we can talk about whether acupuncture may be able to help you.
We sometimes meet people in Clinic who are frightened that if they conceive using IVF, their children may not be as healthy as those conceived naturally. They worry that using an intervention such as IVF will result in abnormalities of some kind.
This piece of research from Australia shows that children born through Assisted Reproductive Techniques (including IVF) are similar in health and educational outcomes to those conceived with no support. Please read this and reassure yourself.
Acupressure is a way to stimulate the same points that we use in acupuncture (with small needles). You can use fingers and thumbs so it’s easy to do on yourself or your partner. Randine Lewis is an amazing fertility practitioner based in the USA. I love her work. She offers an encouraging message of hope for all women trying to conceive and I recommend her book too, The Infertility Cure.
In this video, Randine demonstrates how to self-massage your lower abdomen to encourage blood flow during the follicular phase (pre ovulation) and promote your fertility. She also introduces 3 acupressure points on the lower leg that you can stimulate yourself to build blood in the uterus, ripen the follicles and regulate menstruation and ovulation. The video is only 7 minutes long and worth a watch if you fancy giving yourself or your partner some treatment.
Many women we see in Clinic have experienced miscarriage before they come to see us. They are often unsure whether it has been due to abnormal chromosomes or lifestyle factors. They may be feeling a great sense of loss and sadness, anger, regret and all carry anxiety that this could happen again.
A recent study from Denmark explores whether women can reduce their risk of miscarriage through making lifestyle changes.
When we see these women we offer acupuncture, which we believe may help them recover from miscarriage, prepare them for a future pregnancy and help them deal emotionally with their loss. We also discuss lifestyle factors and what changes can be made to promote a healthy pregnancy.
Please call us to find out more.