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The Problem with Acupuncture Research

Quite a lot of research has been done into acupuncture and it has concluded that it works. But of course this is something patients and practitioners could have told the researchers before they started. There has also been research into particular areas and protocols like the Paulus protocol[1] for fertility Read More …

How long to study acupuncture?

Why does it take 3 years and £30k to study acupuncture Acupuncture courses have always been 3 years in length since I first became aware of them 30 years ago. I don’t know exactly who made the original decision that they should be or exactly why. But I would assume Read More …

Are There Too Many Acupuncturists?

At first glance, it would appear that there are enough acupuncturists touting for patients already. Bristol is quite near where I live and its a direct train ride to one of the biggest acupuncture colleges in the country in Reading. Many of their newly qualified acupuncturists are very tech savvy Read More …

The Heart and the Brain

Traditional Chinese Medicine does acknowledge the presence of the brain but not in the same way we do in western society. The brain in CM is seen as the “store of marrow” and an extension of the kidney. Its relationship with the heart is acknowledged but during my training as Read More …

Acupuncture & Modern Conditions

We know that acupuncture is an ancient tradition and we know that we are using it in a modern context, but does it always fit? In ancient China they had no “immune system” no “thyroid gland” no “adrenals” and probably not even “high blood pressure”. In their environment they had Read More …

Intention or Points – Or both?

I did two short videos on St36 recently. Its probably acupunctures best known point and certainly one that most practitioners will use on a very regular basis. It got me asking the same question that I find myself asking quite often: “How much of the efficacy of acupuncture is about Read More …