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Veterans suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) experience 'significant clinical improvement' in their symptoms after just six sessions of acupuncture, a new study has shown.

The study, funded by the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and conducted by Healthwatch Norfolk, involved 26 veterans, who received free treatment from the charity Stand Easy, between July 2017 and January 2018.

Data were collected through three self-report questionnaires – the primary outcome measure was PTSD symptoms, as measured through the PTSD checklist Civilian Version (PLC-C). The secondary outcome measure was symptoms of depression and anxiety, measured through the the 12-item General Health Questionnaires (GHQ-12).

Of the 26 participants, 21 (80.8%) completed post-treatment outcomes. Five (19.2%) dropped out before finishing the six sessions.

"Positive results"

Ed Fraser, who led the project for HealthWatch Norfolk, said: "The positive results that we observed were highly unusual and extremely impressive when compared to other studies.  That is a remarkable outcome, which we were not expecting to see.

"Whilst we acknowledge that our evaluation had a number of limitations, we believe that our results provide good evidence for the short-term effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for PTSD, which justifies further research in this area."

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) has issued an official response to a series of recent media articles [1] which have suggested acupuncture is not effective in improving women’s chances of conceiving during IVF.

The articles relate to a study by Smith et al. 2018: Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Acupuncture on Live Births Among Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization, which was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in May. [2].

A spokesperson for the BAcC said: “Due to design limitations of the study and the under-treatment of IVF patients with acupuncture it is misleading to conclude that the use of acupuncture does not improve the rate of live births among women undergoing IVF and that acupuncture has no bearing on the outcome of IVF.

Free community acupuncture clinics now open at 3 London centres

27 June 2017, London - The 2,000 year old medical practice of acupuncture has been brought into the 21st century through proven and effective research methods to treat patients, children, volunteers and all people impacted in times of shock and trauma.

Worldwide, acupuncture is seen to have a place in disaster medicine. Treatments have been used to aid citizens during times of critical disasters these include post 9/11 treatments to the New York City community, the aftermath of the 2011 hurricane in Teresópolis, Brazil, whereby 900 died. In the UK military personnel the receive acupuncture for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and Battlefield Acupuncture is widely taught and used by the USA military.

Two London Acupuncturists rallied together after the Grenfell Tower tragedy to set up front line “Emergency Acupuncture” at various London locations. Since then, over 50 volunteer acupuncturists have joined the cause to treat the community for post traumatic stress. Some of our team has worked in Gaza and Myanmar so we have this amazing front line experience. In addition, a number of acupuncture supply companies have agreed to match donations for equipment to aid the emergency acupuncture clinics.

Emergency Acupuncture can be found at the following locations:

  • Ad hoc ‘Street Clinics’ under the flyer over near Westway Sports Centre, where treat the public on the street
  • The Mosque: Fridays – 4 -7pm and Saturdays 1 – 5pm. The Muslim Cultural Centre 244 Acklam Road, W10 5YG
  • The Dalgarno Centre, Dalgarno Way, London W10 5LE. Treatment space on Fridays 10am – 1pm

Community Style Acupuncture consists of:

Ear / Auricular treatments using pre-packaged, sterilized, disposable needles or ear magnets.

Treatments done in a group setting using an effective protocol for reducing stress, panic and anxiety, improving sleep, and creating a general sense of well-being.

"We have already treated hundreds of people; the benefits to people’s lives has been incredible, which no other medicine can do in this immediate way, our team have worked flat out and the results have been absolutely fantastic.”

Sheira Chan, Co-Founder, Emergency Acupuncture
Gisela Norman 07968 855 001
Sheira Chan 07761 092 904

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:22

Next steps on the NHS five year forward view

Why is this document important to the profession of traditional acupuncture?

The Next Steps 5yfv document provides a clear summary of the state of NHS provided health and care and an outline plan to make the provision of health and care sustainable in the future.

It could be argued that the thinking contained in the document is not radical enough given the scale of the challenge. The thinking seems to be based on the bio-medical orthodoxy that the NHS has been predicated on for the last 70 years and, while suggesting change, does not challenge this underpinning paradigm.

Eastern medical thinking challenges the western paradigm as it is a total medical system predicated on a holistic patient centred approach that western clinical colleagues are only now slowly adopting.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 11:15

Tribute to George Lewith

Professor George Lewith was a qualified physician and general practitioner who had recently retired from clinical practice. He conducted research within primary care and complementary medicine over the last 35 years, largely based at the University of Southampton where he led an internationally respected integrated medicine research group within the medical school’s department of primary medical care.

Professor Lewith combined his scientific interests – including over 300 primary research papers and a series of substantial grants from various charities and the major UK medical research funding bodies – with a busy clinical practice in integrated medicine.

George was a friend not only to all of the acupuncture profession, be it traditional, medical or physiotherapist – he was a member of all three professional bodies – but to the whole of complementary medicine. As well as being a research leader he was also politically savvy, working tirelessly up front and behind the scenes to try to bring acupuncture and CAM further into the mainstream. Nobody did more.

At the same time, both for individuals and organisations, George was always incredibly generous with his time and wise advice, though he could be blunt about woolly thinking. He was the go-to person for any serious media debate, whether written or broadcast, for he was invariably better informed and sharper than his opponents, and could mix it with the best (and worst) of them.

We have lost a guiding hand, a wise counsellor, a dynamic achiever, an all-round good guy, and our world will be a poorer place without him.

Mark Bovey
BAcC Research Manager

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