An Alternative Viewpoint
Keeping an eye on the latest news and reports from the world of health and medicine and offering a different perspective
Mental v Physical Health – A disparity that is feeding stigma
On Friday I was fortunate enough to attend a fascinating presentation on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a keen interest ofRead more.
Mental Health – Strong for too long?
One of the things I see on social media a lot is this statement “Depression isn’t a sign you areRead more.
Mental Health – Surviving or Thriving
The theme of 2017 Mental Health Awareness Week is, surviving or thriving. When I first read this I was immediatelyRead more.
MENtal Health – Look out for your friends
The Time to Change charity have recently released a short film encouraging men to look for the signs of mentalRead more.
Embarrassing Bodies? Don’t tell the Doctor!
A story that caught my eye whilst perusing the media for “Health headlines” this week was an article discussing theRead more.
Work life balance – 3 Steps to changing your life
I remember the days quite clearly. Standing on the platform at about 5am, shattered, waiting for the train into workRead more.
A Word about Evidence
The issue of science and evidence based medicine has interested me since I first entered the profession of traditional acupuncture. IRead more.
5 steps towards managing Stress
Everyone is stressed! Its a 21st century epidemic because we work too hard and want too much. Examining the complexity of stressRead more.
A video from 2 years ago of Toyah Willcox talking to the British Acupuncture Council about insomnia and how acupunctureRead more.
Facial Enhancement: Acupuncture or Botox
If you are after easing the sands of time a little, options have traditionally involved either surgery, fillers or botox.Read more.
Acupuncture – Ancient Healing for a Modern World
Acupuncture is one of the oldest documented medicines in the world and is increasing in popularity all the time. MostRead more.
Whilst I spend a lot of time talking about the wide spectrum of holistic clinical applications for acupuncture, it is stillRead more.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Theres a lot to be grateful for at this time of year. Abundant freshly harvested food, a cacophony of coloursRead more.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)
My regular and recent patients, or those who follow my social media pages will be aware that I recently raisedRead more.
History of Acupuncture
Traditional acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine – a tried and tested healthcare system that has been practisedRead more.
Does Acupuncture Hurt
Acupuncture needles are so fine that most people don’t feel them being inserted. It is normal to feel a mildRead more.
Attention Hayfever and Allergy Sufferers
If you suffer from hay fever or Allergic Rhinitis, you may be interested in the Qu-Chi band. This neat little inventionRead more.
Burnt out Brits struggle with stress
The nation’s stress levels are on the increase and we are risking our health by turning to sugary food, takeawaysRead more.
Lower Back Pain – Is Acupuncture Complementary?
Lower back pain plagues the adult population of the modern world. A report in 2009 suggests that a third ofRead more.
Exercises for Herniated Disc
The following video is from NHS choices and demonstrates some exercises that can be used to assist the healing process forRead more.
Selling the Virtues of Acupuncture
One of the most significant challenges to opening the accessibility of complementary medicine is increasing the public understanding andRead more.
Facial Rejuvination – Jade Roller and Acupressure Massage
The jade roller and acupressure massage is a facial therapy that I usually add as an additional component of treatmentRead more.
Battlefield acupuncture is an auricular protocol designed in 2001 by Dr Richard Niemtzow, a US air force Colonel, as aRead more.
Exercise for Plantar Faciitis
Plantar Faciitis is a painful inflammation of the strong tissue that supports the arch of your foot. It can beRead more.
The Yin and Yang of Relaxing
To achieve a balanced life we must ensure that the expended energy of existing in a fast moving world isRead more.
Acupuncture for Weight Loss
This is a question I am often asked, can acupuncture help with weight loss? The first thing to point outRead more.
Acupuncture – A brief History
The exact origin of Acupunctures is difficult to date as references of varying evidential value can be cited. For example,Read more.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
You will often see me use the terminology “Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)” to define my practice, either in conjunction withRead more.
Can I donate blood if I’ve had acupuncture?
At present you must wait 4 months before donating blood if you have had acupuncture. British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) registeredRead more.
What can acupuncture be used for?
There is no definitive list, acupuncture is used for a whole range of conditions. In this country, acupuncture is mostRead more.
Is acupuncture safe?
The short answer to this is yes. If you are receiving acupuncture from a properly trained and qualified acupuncturist theRead more.
Scared of needles? – YouTube
Scared of needles? – YouTube. Share This:Read more.
How does acupuncture work?
There is a wealth of theory, opinion and evidence that has built up over hundreds of years seeks to answerRead more.
Acupuncture during pregnancy
Ok so recently one of my friends asked, what can acupuncture do during pregnancy? Lets start at the beginning. LotsRead more.