We are proud to announce that Acupuncture Space is now to be found at Resilience Clinic which is at The Old Mill, Mill Lane, Uckfield. TN22 5AA
Well, it has been an eventful week here at Acupuncture Space with the birth of two beautiful baby girls and the confirmation of an acupuncture support pregnancy. Many congratulations to the new parents! The miracle of new life never fails to give me great pleasure and I am very privileged to have been involved with these pregnancies.
The aim of modern fertility treatment is not only to achieve pregnancy but also to have the healthiest possible baby. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress response and anxiety and may lead to a better hormone balance. This in turn, may enhance natural fertility and also offers support during IVF cycles which benefit from acupuncture during the stimulation phase, and also from pre and post embryo transfer treatments. For further information or just to chat through how I may help you please call me on 07584434976.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a set of symptoms which include infertility, excessive hair growth, acne, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and irregular periods. Although no one really knows what causes PCOS, it seems to be related to an imbalance in a women's hormones. In PCOS, the ovaries produce higher than normal amounts of androgens, and this can interfere with egg development and release. Sometimes instead of the eggs maturing, fluid filled cysts develop. Instead of an egg being released during ovulation, like during a normal menstrual cycle, the cysts build up in the ovaries and may become enlarged. Because women with PCOS are not ovulating or releasing an egg each month, it's common for them to have irregular or missed periods.
New Independent quality mark for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
From February 2013, patients and the public will be able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The BAcC's register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament.
Acupuncturists on the BAcC's register will be able to display the Accredited Voluntary Register quality mark, a sign that they belong to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority's robust standards.
Nick Pahl, CEO for the BAcC said:
"The quality mark will give extra peace of mind for anyone looking for an acupuncturist, letting them know that anyone who holds the mark is committed to high standards. The BAcC is pleased to offer the quality mark to acupuncturists that meet the far reaching standards of our register, as approved by the Professional Standards Authority."
Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:
"We are very pleased to accredit BAcC's register of acupuncturists. Bringing their members into a broad framework of assurance is good for patient, service users and the public and is the best way to promote quality. The scheme offers enhanced consumer protection to anyone looking for health and social care services, and gives BAcC registered acupuncturists the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment."
Accreditation does not imply that the Authority has assessed the merits of individuals on the register. This remains the responsibility of the BAcC.
This accreditation means that the BAcC's register meets the Professional Standards Authority's high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information.
Further information on the accredited voluntary register scheme is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk/voluntary-register
As we all know sleep is essential to life. It is one of the activities we will spend approximately a third of our lives engaged in. Whether you are recovering from activities done the day before or recovering from an illness, or perhaps you have 15 fifteen minutes spare in the working day, in all cases sleep is the answer.
Did you know that sleeping one extra hour a night can lower your heart attack risk by approximately 33 percent? Not getting between 6/8 hours of sleep raises the risk for a range of conditions from high blood pressure to stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and even obesity. Researchers have found that a lack of sleep can diminish your attention and concentration, thereby affecting your problem solving abilities. Without adequate rest, you cannot learn well. It also keeps you from organising memories, so you cannot remember effectively what you learned from one day to the next.
If you’re travelling between different time zones, or are switching to work the night shift, it normally takes about a week to adjust to the new routine. However, you may be able to use your internal “food clock” to override your body clock, as suggested by a 2009 animal study in the USA, by ceasing to eat some 16 hours before you want to be awake. After you start eating again, your sleep/wake cycle resets as if it were the start of a new day! Worth a try if you suffer with bad jet-lag!
New research for Acupuncture Awareness Week shows that sleep deprived Brits need to get to the point!
Some new research out today has revealed that we’re a nation of zombies with 1 in 5 of us claiming to feel like one after a disturbed night’s sleep. Results show that over two thirds of people in the UK are getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night with money worries (53%), work (35%) and needing the toilet (30%) causing the most unrest.
Acupuncture Awareness Week (25th February to 3rd March 2013) aims to educate people about how traditional acupuncture can help improve sleep and aid relaxation. Among the 82% of us who admit to sleeping troubles or insomnia, many of us are missing the point when it comes to this ancient Chinese medicine.
With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us would only consider acupuncture for sleep as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they didn’t realise acupuncture could benefit them despite its widely recognised health benefits.
Traditional acupuncture is known to be enormously beneficial for helping to correct sleep problems. Most people find treatment wonderfully relaxing, as acupuncture is known to calm the nervous system and also increase the production of endorphins.
Traditional acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practised for over 2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting sterile needles, no bigger than a human hair, painlessly at specific points on the body.
In addition, the research revealed that many people are still resorting to medication with 1 in 10 admitting to taking sleeping pills to help them sleep. Statistics also show that when having trouble sleeping, many of us engage in activities that actually make it harder for the brain to switch off. Nearly a third of us admit to reading a book while almost 1 in 5 say they watch TV or a film.
At some point in our lives, we all experience periods of disturbed sleep and even insomnia. Many patients find a course of traditional acupuncture can be extremely beneficial to ease them through these times, helping to identify the root cause of the sleeping problem. When looking for a practitioner, make sure you find a qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council to ensure a high standard of care and safety.
In this video from the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) migraine sufferers explain how acupuncture alleviated their migraines. David Millard MBAcC also offers some insight into the treatment of acupuncture.
Acupuncture for Migraine Factsheet
New Patient Personal health budgets announced by the department of Health. This is great news and will allow a wide range of people to experience the help that acupuncture can give them.
Personal health budgets to be rolled out 30 November, 2012 The roll out of personal health budgets has been announced today by Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb.
19 November 2012
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