Stop Smoking

October is Stop Smoking month – also known as Stoptober. We all know of the effects of nicotine on our health, increasing the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. But it also affects our immune system and the functioning of other organs. Did you know there are over 4000 chemicals in tobacco; Continue reading »

Menopause symptoms and Acupuncture

Not every woman experiences menopause symptoms but among those who do the symptoms can be significant and disruptive, physically, emotionally and sexually. ¬†Among the more common symptoms associated with menopause are hot flushes, mood swings, increased irritability, anxiety, vaginal dryness and/or itching, loss of libido, acne, weight gain, fatigue, memory problems, changes in skin texture, Continue reading »

Back Care Awareness

This week is Back Care Awareness Week. One in four appointments in our clinic are for back pain, relating to various parts of the back. Although many people suffer back pain, it is very individual to the person. Location, what the pain feels like, whether it is referred, what makes it better or worse all Continue reading »

Tinnitus

What’s that ringing? Have you ever had an inexplicable ringing in your ears but don’t know why or how to get rid of it? You may have a condition called Tinnitus. Tinnitus describes any sound a person can hear from inside their body rather than from an outside source. It may be experienced in one Continue reading »

Hayfever and Sinusitis

Spring has sprung. The days are getting longer and nature is springing into life and flowers and trees are blossoming. For many of us this change of season may also be the start of a runny nose, sore and itchy eyes and sneezing. Pollen, especially from birch trees and grasses are often the culprit of Continue reading »

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 10 – 20% of the UK population at any one time. Up to 12 million people in the UK are affected by IBS at some time in their lives. Bloating, swelling, bouts of diarrhoea and/or constipation and feeling sick are just some of the symptoms which can cause misery for Continue reading »

Community or multibed clinic

Wellpoint is a so-called community or multibed clinic. So how did these clinics come about and what are they? In China and the Far East acupuncture, Chinese herbs and tui na (Chinese massage) are all practiced alongside Western medicine in hospitals. There are huge wards where patients are being treated for acupuncture or tui na Continue reading »

Side effects of Acupuncture

People who have come to us for acupuncture treatment often say they experience beneficial changes on top of those for the condition they came for.¬† Here are some of their comments. “I feel much more relaxed within myself” Most of us don’t give ourselves the luxury of relaxation without engaging in anything: mobile phone, laptop, Continue reading »

Acupuncture for back pain

A recent survey suggests that eight out of ten people will suffer from back pain at some point during their life. New scientific research shows that when certain acupuncture points are needled this triggers a hormonal response which affects pain patterns in the brain. These hormones, endorphins and serotonin have a soothing and calming effect Continue reading »

Stress and Anxiety

Today is National Stress Awareness Day. If stress is getting the better of you acupuncture can help. Stress and anxiety affects many people. Stress is usually used to describe a feeling that the demands made on people are greater than their ability to cope. People can feel overloaded, under intense pressure and very tense or Continue reading »