Gavin Erickson https://www.acupuncture.org.uk Mon, 22 May 2017 15:40:12 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb I am 32+ weeks pregnant and I was thinking to begin acupuncture in the 37+ week. I read it can relief a lot the pain in labour and helps deliver quicker. Could you please advice me? https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-pregnancy/5918-i-am-32-weeks-pregnant-and-i-was-thinking-to-begin-acupuncture-i.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-pregnancy/5918-i-am-32-weeks-pregnant-and-i-was-thinking-to-begin-acupuncture-i.html Q: I am very interested in Acupuncture. I am 32+ weeks pregnant and I was thinking to begin acupuncture in the 37+ week. I read it can relief a lot the pain in labour and helps deliver quicker. Could you please advice me? Because it seems that midwifes and GPS don't know much about it. A: As you can see from our factsheet on obstetrics https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/1592-obstetrics.html there has been a considerable amount of research into many areas of pregnancy, from early stage morning sickness through breech presentation and on to delivery itself. While the evidence is a long way from conclusive (it does tend to be, but this is more a reflection of the standards used in the West which may not be the most appropriate for evaluating acupuncture treatment), it does show a trend towards acupuncture treatment being worth a try for many of the problems/challenges associated with pregnancy/delivery. Although we describe ourselves as generalists - we primarily treat people, not diseases or conditions - there are one or two areas where the training which we all have can be usefully supplemented by postgraduate training. In two of the most clear-cut cases, obstetrics and paediatrics, the training is now…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - women's health - pregnancy Mon, 22 May 2017 08:42:38 +0000 Can I acupuncture migraine treatment whilst pregnant? https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-pregnancy/5917-can-i-acupuncture-migraine-treatment-whilst-pregnant.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-pregnancy/5917-can-i-acupuncture-migraine-treatment-whilst-pregnant.html Q: I am seeking a bit of advice. I suffer from migraines and acupuncture has been extremely helpful to me which was suggested by my neurologist. I am now 16 weeks pregnant and I am having another episode where I am struggling to function the same as they were 12 months ago. The physiotherapist that treated me with acupuncture previously has refused to treat me this time due to the risks of miscarriage due to where the needles should be placed. Could you advise me if this is the case and that I should avoid for the foreseeable future? A: The BAcC has been giving advice on its website for years which says: How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture, when provided by a trained practitioner, can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions: Morning sickness High/low blood pressure Anxiety Tiredness Constipation Tender breasts Migraine and other headaches Back ache Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) Varicose veins This very much reflects what Debra Betts, one of the leading acupuncture experts in the field of obstetrics says on her own website https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/pregnancy-childbirth/acupuncture-use-pregnancy/ The problem usually arises…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - women's health - pregnancy Mon, 22 May 2017 08:39:31 +0000 Doed obtaining the Chiway swiss Diploma in Acupuncture and Tuina entitle one to be registered in the Uk as a licensed acupuncturist? https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture-training/5916-doed-obtaining-the-chiway-swiss-diploma-in-acupuncture-and-tuina-entitle-one-to-be-reg.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture/ask-an-expert-about-acupuncture-training/5916-doed-obtaining-the-chiway-swiss-diploma-in-acupuncture-and-tuina-entitle-one-to-be-reg.html Q: Doed obtaining the Chiway swiss Diploma in Acupuncture and Tuina entitle one to be registered in the Uk as a licensed acupuncturist? A: The first and most important thing to say is that in the absence of statutory regulation in the UK there is no single registration process for someone to become a licensed acupuncturist. Under what is termed common law, anyone can set up practice without any restriction. The only legal requirements are those which involve registration with local authorities under a number of different byelaws which regulate skin piercing activities. These mainly concern the standards of hygiene and waste disposal in a practice, but in recent years there has been an increase in interest in the standards of training which people who are trying to register have. We have heard stories of people with very short training courses behind them, perhaps a two weekend course, being refused registration. However, the majority of courses of this nature are provided for medical health professionals like doctors and physios who are usually exempt from registration anyway, so in practice there are very few people trying to become licensed as traditional acupuncturists on the basis of rudimentary training. The majority of…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - about acupuncture - training Mon, 22 May 2017 08:38:27 +0000 I had an embryo transfer today and had acupuncture after the lady used a heat lamp on my abdomen after reading up I am worried as it says don't heat stomach. https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-pregnancy/5915-i-had-an-embryo-transfer-today-and-had-acupuncture-after-the-lad.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-pregnancy/5915-i-had-an-embryo-transfer-today-and-had-acupuncture-after-the-lad.html Q: I had an embryo transfer today and had acupuncture after the lady used a heat lamp on my abdomen after reading up I am worried as it says don't heat stomach. A: We are sorry to hear that you are concerned about this on a day when you are probably incredibly concerned about what is happening anyway. You have probably found websites about heat lamps which say something like: We recommend that the lamp is not used in cases of fever, diabetes, peripheral vascular conditions, or serious arteriosclerosis. All of these conditions are contraindicated where the application of heat treatment is concerned. In the cases of diabetes (I & II) and peripheral vascular conditions, the specific reason is that the individual may experience lack of sensitivity and/or numbness in certain areas which could in turn lead to possible burning of the skin should the lamp be placed too close to the body. Not suitable for pregnant women. Patients with hypertension must avoid treatment of the head. Patients who wear a pacemaker should avoid treatment of the chest. If using the lamps around the head or face, ensure that the eyes are protected. and this indeed is the information which…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - women's health - pregnancy Mon, 22 May 2017 08:37:48 +0000 My meibomiem glands are blocked causing swelling below my eye. Can acupuncture unblock these? https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-head/ask-an-expert-body-head-eyes/5914-my-meibomiem-glands-are-blocked-causing-swelling-below-my-eye-can-acupuncture-unblock-t.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-head/ask-an-expert-body-head-eyes/5914-my-meibomiem-glands-are-blocked-causing-swelling-below-my-eye-can-acupuncture-unblock-t.html Q: My meibomiem glands are blocked causing swelling below my eye. Can acupuncture unblock these? A: If you search the internet for problems with the meibomian glands and the use of acupuncture you will come across the occasional study like this one https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3355143/ which is cited quite frequently in the treatment of dry eye syndrome. There are a couple of others of a similar nature, but the main concern is with a functional disturbance in the work of the glands as a contributor to the symptom rather than a straightforward blockage. Of course, when you talk to acupuncture practitioners about blockages they tend to light up. Our work, after all is based on an understanding of the body as a complex flow of energies, and using needles to unblock areas which have become stuck is very much a part of what we do. When someone reports an area of the body where things have become 'stuck' we always feel that the use of needles may well help to unstick them. However, we are always looking at the person as a whole, not simply the symptoms which they have, and an important concern is that the symptoms is not the tip…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - head - eyes Mon, 22 May 2017 08:36:23 +0000 Can acupuncture help anosmia? https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-head/ask-an-expert-body-head-nose/5911-can-acupuncture-help-anosmia.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-head/ask-an-expert-body-head-nose/5911-can-acupuncture-help-anosmia.html Q: Can acupuncture help anosmia? A: We have been asked this question a number of times, and our answer has always been: Google is a massively powerful search facility, and if you google 'acupuncture anosmia' it looks as though there are a number of studies which give cause for hope. If you look carefully, however, you will see that there is but one study http://aim.bmj.com/content/21/4/153.long which is frequently quoted, generating a number of secondary references. This study, what we call an n=1 case study because it is the report of a single case, is important because it suggests that there may be something worth looking at in the use of acupuncture treatment. The weakness of n=1 studies, of course, is that they are not designed to test acupuncture, and the positive outcome could have arisen for any number of reasons, especially since the case study can provide no evidence for the sudden onset of the problem. That is not to say that acupuncture treatment is not worth trying. The use of Traditional Chinese medicine involves a great deal of questioning and examination to determine the state and flow of the energies of the body, called 'qi', and the state of…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - head - nose Wed, 10 May 2017 09:05:39 +0000 Is Acupuncture beneficial in the treatment of Tinnitus? https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-head/ask-an-expert-body-head-ear/ask-an-expert-body-head-ear-tinnitus/5910-is-acupuncture-beneficial-in-the-treatment-of-tinni.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-head/ask-an-expert-body-head-ear/ask-an-expert-body-head-ear-tinnitus/5910-is-acupuncture-beneficial-in-the-treatment-of-tinni.html Q: Is Accupuncture beneficial in the treatment of Tinnitus? A: We tend to be very conservative in the advice we give about tinnitus. One recent response said: We used to be a great deal more downbeat about the treatment of tinnitus than we are now because our experience in practice was that it could prove intractable to treatment. However, as our factsheet shows http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/tinnitus.html and as some recent personal experience in clinic has shown too, there may be some hope. The problem with measuring the success of treatment for tinnitus is that its appearance and disappearance can be entirely random. If you read the tinnitus association's magazine you will see stories along the lines of 'I tried everything and then x worked' and an equal number of stories which say 'I had tinnitus for five years and then one day it just went.'  Research trials tend to be quite reliable - it would be a remarkable coincidence if half the trial participants experienced a spontaneous improvement - but one-off cases could be a coincidence, with acupuncture just happening to be the therapy of choice when the change happened. The available evidence, however, suggests that it might be worth a try…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - head - ear - tinnitus Tue, 09 May 2017 16:58:36 +0000 I am 26 years old. I think I have ovulation bleeding... https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-vaginal-bleeding/5909-i-am-26-years-old-i-think-i-have-ovulation-bleeding.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-body/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health/ask-an-expert-body-womens-health-vaginal-bleeding/5909-i-am-26-years-old-i-think-i-have-ovulation-bleeding.html Q: Hello, I am 26 years old. I think I have ovulation bleeding. My last period is 17 Apr to 23 Apr. I had brown and red discharge (a bit only) from 29 Apr to 9 May. This few days there are more red blood discharge. What shall I eat or drink? My periods are normal (a bit heavy on the first 2 days)(it is always 3-7 days late). Sometimes I have mild or sharp abdominal pain on the first day. I often have white discharge. Thank you.  A: There is a fair bit of evidence that acupuncture treatment can address issues like irregular, heavy or painful periods, as well as addressing some of the issues which commonly lead to discharge. Our factsheets on a number of subjects, and especially https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/dysmenorrhoea.html identify a considerable body of evidence for the successful use of acupuncture. It is not at all uncommon for us to see many patients with menstrual problems. The evidence is not conclusive to the point that we could guarantee positive results, but we are confident that there will be some degree of improvement. However, we would always in cases of unusual patterns of bleeding such as yours ask first…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - body - women's health - vaginal bleeding Tue, 09 May 2017 16:57:25 +0000 I have struggled with my neck and shoulders for years and have recently started to get tension head aches. Massages have helped in the past but not so much anymore... https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-muscles-and-bones/ask-an-expert-muscles-and-bones-neck/5907-i-have-struggled-with-my-neck-and-shoulders-for-years-and-have-recently-started-to-get-ten.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-muscles-and-bones/ask-an-expert-muscles-and-bones-neck/5907-i-have-struggled-with-my-neck-and-shoulders-for-years-and-have-recently-started-to-get-ten.html Q: I have struggled with my neck and shoulders for years and have recently started to get tension head aches. Massages have helped in the past but not so much anymore. My posture isn't great so I know this is the main trigger and I also work in an office so sit at a desk for 8 plus hours a day. Would acupuncture help me?   Thanks in advance A: We often come across people who are pretty much spot on about the causes of their problems - posture, work-related stress and sedentary nature - but are not in a very good position to do much about it. This is a problem for us as acupuncturists in terms of the ''two steps forward, one and half steps backward' of a great deal of the treatment we do. We obviously believe that we can help problems like neck pain and headache, and the evidence supporting this is pretty good, as our factsheets show: https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/4076-neck-pain.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/headache.html It falls a little short of an absolute recommendation but this is more to do with the vagaries of methodological requirements than the treatment itself. These remain some of the more common conditions for which people seek…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - muscles and bones - neck Mon, 08 May 2017 13:00:46 +0000 I finish law university but I want to become professional acupuncturist. I would like to know which schools offered the best knowledge which can be approved anywhere especially in Europe... https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-general/ask-an-expert-general-general-uncategorised/5906-i-finish-law-university-but-i-want-to-become-professional-acupuncturist-i-would-like-to-know.html https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/public-ask-an-expert/ask-an-expert-general/ask-an-expert-general-general-uncategorised/5906-i-finish-law-university-but-i-want-to-become-professional-acupuncturist-i-would-like-to-know.html Q: I finish law university but I want to become professional acupuncturist. I would like to know which schools offered the best knowledge which can be approved anywhere especially in Europe.  I would prefer to learn it in China or Japan but if there is any good school in Europe It can be my choice as well. A: We can only really comment on the schools of which we are aware in the UK. The ones of which we have direct knowledge are those accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board, whose website https://baab.co.uk/ offers a wealth of useful information about training in traditional acupuncture in the UK. Graduates of accredited course have automatic eligibility to enter the BAcC, subject to acceptable health and criminal record checks. The issue for you, though, is that while there is no statutory regulation of acupuncture in the UK, which means that people can practise with all sorts of level of qualification under what is called common law, this is not the case across Europe. Some countries, like France and Italy, still technically regard acupuncture practised bu non-doctors a criminal act, while others like Germany and Holland, have secondary requirements for anyone wanting to…]]> gavin_erickson@hotmail.com (Gavin Erickson) Ask an expert - general - general / uncategorised Mon, 08 May 2017 13:00:09 +0000