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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
Contacts:
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

The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) was pleased to hear the discussion around the role of acupuncture on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 this morning.

Of particular interest is how there is growing recognition of the use of acupuncture in the primary care or general practice context.

GPs are experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand for their services across the UK, with an increase in face-to-face contact with patients of 13% and an increase in telephone contacts of 63%.1

Such increases are not entirely unexpected, given the changes in age demographics and corresponding rise in numbers of patients with long-term conditions and co-morbidities. Adding to the burden of sheer numbers is the recognition that such conditions often cannot be fully resolved by the usual western medical management options, leading to an increase in anxiety for many patients; a rise in numbers of the so-called ‘worried well’.

Migraine Awareness Week - 4th - 10th September 2016

*In the UK 1 in 7 people at any one time experience a migraine attack.

A migraine is a complex neurological condition, which can affect the whole body and can result in many symptoms, sometimes without a headache at all. Migraines can be easily overlooked or mistaken for other conditions and can affect people in many different ways.
A migraine can involve recurrent attacks that can last up to three days and sufferers may also experience double vision, nausea and vomiting. Migraines are often thought to be caused by emotional strain, stress, hormonal imbalances, and lack of food and/or sleep or by a reaction to some foods or medications.
Research has shown that traditional acupuncture can be very beneficial in the treatment of migraines as it tends to lessen the frequency and severity of attacks. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recommends acupuncture for headaches and migraines.  Migraines can manifest in very different ways and a fully qualified acupuncture practitioner will want to know, among other things exactly where the pain is located, what the nature of the pain is and whether the patient has any accompanying symptoms. An individual diagnosis and treatment plan is then tailored to the patient based on this information and on their general health history. 

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