Gavin Erickson

Gavin Erickson

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 08:58

Weak pulse?

Q. Hi, I have been having acupuncture to help with my fertility aswe had bern trying for 2 and 1/2 years and feel pregnant after 3 sessions. My energy was very low ad increased after the first 3 sessions I took Chinese herbs too. Having fallen pregnant I ave carried on with acupuncture. I am 11 weeks and was told by my acupuncturist that my pulse isn't as strong as she would like it to be. Just s but anxious as to what this means? Am now taking more herbs to help.


A. When you spend your whole time practising Chinese medicine it is easy to forget sometimes that the people to whom you are talking, which is most often patients, are not quite so well trained or savvy as you are. Pulse taking is a subjective as well as objective art and skill, and most practitioners have in mind a sense of what a good strong pulse will be for each individual. This will differ greatly for an 80-year old granny and a teenage athlete, and the practitioner will often find on taking on a patient that the whole system is a bit run down and needs to be brought back to the best possible balance and health.

We suspect that all your practitioner is saying is that after the years of trying for a child and while adjusting to the early stages of pregnancy your energy has probably dipped a little, and she believes that her role is to ensure that it is as strong as possible for a successful and happy pregnancy. The strains of modern life mean that the majority of people, including sometimes ourselves, are not as well-balanced as we could be, and this means our pulses are probably not as strong as our practitioners would like. There is nothing to worry about in this. If the practitioner had serious concerns about anything, as a responsible professional she would already have raised these with you and referred you to your doctor.

One small note of concern, though, is that you said you are taking more herbs to help. We weren't quite sure whether this was at the practitioner's suggestion or whether you were increasing your own dose because you were worried that you needed boosting. If it is the latter it would be a good idea to check with your practitioner if this is OK.

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To get over a cold faster

Woman's weekly suggests contacting a qualified acupuncturist.

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The beginners guide to acupuncture

Nice article introducing acupunture

"Up to a million people in the UK have "completely preventable" severe headaches caused by taking too many painkillers, doctors have said."

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:27

Pulse reports on new NICE guidelines for headache

Pulse - the magazine for GPs reports on the new NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidance on the diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults in an article headlined "GPs should use triptans first-line for acute migraine, says NICE"


"The guidance overturns current practice where tripans are reserved for use after patients have tried several other over-the-counter options such as aspirin and ibuprofen to treat acute migraine.


It also recommends GPs ‘consider a course of up to 10 sessions of acupuncture over five to eight weeks for the prophylactic treatment of chronic tension-type headache'.

The Times reports on the new NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) guidance on the diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults - "Acupuncture is the only proven method to prevent some types of headaches and doctors should prescribe it"


Wednesday, 19 September 2012 12:14

Olivia aims to be model student

Telegraph Mandrake column reports that model Olivia Inge is to study acupuncture at Kingston University

In the Daily Mail, reporting on the new NICE guidance on the Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults - "Many would be better off taking alternative drugs, inhaling oxygen or even having acupuncture"

The Daily Telegraph reports on the new NICE guidance on headaches - "Sufferers should try treatments that help prevent headaches, including acupuncture"