Pet acupuncture growing in popularity

More and more pet owners are finding that acupuncture can help their beloved pets. I was delighted to see this article in the Washington Post this week which highlighted my old acupuncturist,  Greta McVeigh. Greta treated me during my student years when I was training to be an acupuncturist and I learnt a lot from her. She is a wonderful practitioner for people and I have no doubt that animals will also benefit tremendously. Pet acupuncture does not involve any […]

Scratch not! Acupuncture works for your allergies

Although acupuncture has established a reputation for pain control, fewer people are aware that it can be very effective for various types of allergy-related issues and asthma. Research is beginning to demonstrate what I see frequently in my practice. I’ve just seen this recent study in the respected medical journal, Allergy, showing that acupuncture was MORE effective than standard medical therapy for itching associated with the most common type of skin allergy, atopic dermatitis. Standard therapy is an antihistamine such […]

Low Back Pain–A Problem Few Escape

Low Back Pain afflicts most of the population at one point or another. Studies suggest between 59% and 95% of us will experience its misery at some time. For many, it is a short period of discomfort that passes. But for others, it becomes a long, grinding, life-limiting condition. Conventional medicine offers little to many people. The sometimes deadly side effects of pain medication (opioids kill more people in some states than car accidents) are increasingly understood. Surgery is often […]

Help for patients with Parkinsonism

There is much more to Chinese medicine than acupuncture, one element of which is Qi Gong, which I use with my patients, and involves movement and breathing exercises. It is related to but different from the better known Tai Chi. I was interested to see this recent study in the prestigious journal, The New England Journal of Medicine, that shows the potential benefits of Tai Chi for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. A 24 week course of Tai Chi […]

Acupuncture may help restore lost hearing

Acupuncture may have a role in assisting the recovery of hearing loss with some interesting findings from Korea. [box type=”shadow”]New research concludes that acupuncture treats hearing loss. Researchers measured the effects of acupuncture on patients with sudden sensorineural hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is defined as a loss of 30 dB or more in 3 contiguous frequencies within three days or less. Thirty-six patients of a total of seventy-two “showed improvement” with an average gain of 24.47 dB […]

Dyspepsia–new research shows the power of acupuncture

With our stressful lives, many people suffer from chronic stomach complaints. Of course there are many causes, and some of these, like ulcers, respond well to conventional medical attention. But all too often Western doctors do their tests and endoscopies, and say they can find nothing “wrong”. But the symptoms of what is then called “functional dyspepsia“, continue, with nausea, belching, chronic pain, and bloating. There is then little to offer from conventional medicine. But a new study suggests that […]