A – Z of health
Fertility and IVF support
Acupuncture is now considered the most effective complementary medicine for couples who are experiencing difficulty conceiving. IVF hospitals now recommend patients have acupuncture treatment as they have found that it improves the chances of a successful birth and healthy baby. Research has shown that acupuncture increases the likelihood of ovulation and conceiving, improves the quality of the egg and sperm, increases endometrial lining and successful implantation, without adverse side effects. Importantly, acupuncture also helps with relaxation and de-stressing.
Claire has completed additional training for fertility treatment and IVF support. She regularly treats a wide range of conditions including endometriosis, PCOS, frequent miscarriages.
To boost your fertility here is some advice;
For both of you;
Eat meat, fish, eggs (vegetarians have a lower sperm count)
Eat oily fish eg salmon, sardines for omega-3 fatty acids
Take Vitamin C, D and E, Zinc, Selenium and folic acid.
Avoid being overweight or underweight
Have a good diet of healthy foods
Reduce caffeine to 2 cups a week
Reduce red meat to once a week
Reduce trans-fats (generated during industrial processing of oils) eg commercially backed or fried foods
Reduce stress. Walking in green places is good.
Reduce exposure to chemicals and toxins eg pollution, cleaning materials, plastic bottles, Tupperware, cling film, aerosols, and certain skin products.
Reduce exposure to electrical products eg laptops resting on your lap, mobile phone in your trouser pocket.
Don’t plan intercourse; make it a pleasure and exciting. Doing some exercise beforehand and relaxing afterwards. Intercourse twice a week is fine.
Keep your feet warm.
Regular exercise, not too much and not too little eg walking, yoga.
Laugh and smile
Ejaculate 2-3 a week
Keep testicles cool; no saunas, no hot baths, no heated car seats
Wear loose clothing and pants.
Keep your midriff and lower back warm.
Back pain, Sports injuries
Back pain is commonly treated with acupuncture giving relief without the side effects of medication. Visit BAcC website to review the evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness for treating Back pain.
Claire is a keen sports person and understands how devastating an injury can be. Acupuncture can reduce the recovery time for an injury.
Addictions – smoking, drugs
Claire has trained in Ear acupuncture and specifically NADA which is now considered an important part of addition therapy.
Addictions can range from drugs, smoking to eating disorders. NADA technique has also been used after the trauma of 9/11 resulting in extensive research showing its positive effect.
Stress is increasing constantly as our life styles become more demanding. We also spend more time stationary behind a desk or watching TV which is not what our bodies where designed for. This means that the stress hormones in our body are circulating round our body for long periods and not dissipated through movement/exercise. The stress hormones where designed to get us to run away from danger. Acupuncture can play an important part in reducing the harmful effects of modern day stress.
Claire’s caring and calm manner with skilled Acupuncture bring about a release and relaxation from our stress filled lives.
An allergy is an adverse reaction by the body to a particular food or substance in the environment for example, grass and tree pollen (hay fever), dust mites, animals and foods.
Symptoms can include sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, skin rashes and swelling or can be an intolerance producing aches and pains.
Acupuncture offers help for both preventing allergy symptoms and getting rid of them.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards illness as a sign that the body is out of balance. The extent and type of imbalance is unique to each individual. The Acupuncturist’s skill lies in identifying the root of the imbalance and selecting the most effective treatment.
Gentle acupressure can be used on the face to prevent painful build up of pressure in the sinuses. The points can be massaged with very small circular movements for 1-2 minutes several times a day with beneficial results. This is commonly done in schools in China where the air pollution is bad.
This is one of the most common symptoms that Claire sees in her practice. With the particular type of constitutional acupuncture that Claire uses in combination with Tradition Chinese medicine Acupuncture she has seen her patients make excellent recoveries. Many of her patients cannot believe how differently they feel after just a few weeks of treatment.
Arthritis, Pain management
Acupuncture pain clinics are now common in many hospitals as evidence of its effectiveness is now widely accepted by doctors. Claire’s voluntary work at the Royal Surrey County Hospital commonly involves using Acupuncture to relieve pain.
Not only does Acupuncture help with pain but also reduces inflammation.
Persistent Bladder issues can be a result of multiple Bladder infections and frequent use of antibiotics. Over time the bladder wall may become over sensitive and irritated, so becoming more susceptible to chemicals in the urine and further infections, causing a vicious circle. Acupuncture can help along with some of the tips listed below.
- Drink plenty, but avoid caffeine, alcohol, fizzy or sugary drinks
- Pilates, strengthening your pelvic floor and surrounding muscles.
- If you frequently go and only small amounts of urine is passed, the bladder may gradually reduce in size so encouraging frequency issues. When there is no infection, try to hold on for longer periods, do not immediately go to the toilet. Try to leave it for 2 hours or so.
- Do not use soap or other products around the urethral
- After going to the toilet always dab yourself dry or wipe gently from the front to the back ensuring no faecal matter goes near the urethral.
- To avoid infections when you urinate try to empty your bladder completely. Do not strain but on your visit to the toilet, after you have urinated, standing up and count to 10 then try again, repeat till no more urine is passed. Do not actively (consciously) stop and start your flow while passing urine.
- Wash with just warm water from the front to the back before and after sex. Empty your bladder after sex. Drink half a pint of warm water after sex. Add half a teaspoon of Bi-carbonate of soda if sex tends to trigger cystitis. Also try a protective barrier gel like KY jelly.
- Have an Actimel, ie natural yogurt with live gut friendly bacteria once a day.
- Hot water bottle can help just below the navel
- Wear cotton underwear
- Avoid foods that trigger irritation in the bladder eg acidic foods, alcohol, caffeine, spicy hot foods, blackberries, red currents and dried fruits, fruit juices.
- Avoid diaphragms and spermicides as birth control methods
- Cranberries are considered therapeutic to the lining of the bladder so reducing the chances of infection. However Cranberry juice and dried cranberries can have a high sugar content. Sugars can encourage the growth of bacteria and can be bad for you. Cranberry capsules from your health food shop may be a better option.
- Homeopathic remedy Cantharis is often tried
Some teas can help take the edge off the discomfort;
- Weak red bush naturally de-caffeinated tea with milk
- Marshmallow, couch grass and yarrow can sooth inflammation
- When the discomfort starts yarrow tea 3 times a day is good
- Add camomile, if you have feelings of anxiety and tension
- Drinking barley water is also good. Boil washed barley (4 oz) in water (1.5 pints), strain and drink the water, do this every day.
Digestive problems, IBS
Often when the body is out of balance the digestive system as well as other major systems like sleep is disrupted. Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health and regards these symptoms as a sign that the body is out of balance. The exact pattern and degree of imbalance is unique to each individual. Claire’s skill lies in identifying the underlying disharmony and selecting the most effective treatment.
Far too many women suffer with pain and discomfort with their periods. Often the body just needs to be rebalanced to restore the natural smooth functioning of the body systems. Endometriosis is a condition that can cause painful periods or heavy periods. It often also causes pain in the lower abdomen (tummy), pelvis or lower back, and possibly fertility problems.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is an imbalance in hormones causing fertility problems. In this case the eggs can be under-developed and fail to be released so ovulation doesn’t take place.
Acupuncture offers a natural and radically different treatment to the medication that is often given to treat the symptoms. Acupuncture’s view of the body and health can complement Western medicine and help in a way medications cannot without any side effects.
Tension headaches are very common. If however a headache is recurrent and stops you from carrying on with daily life, it can be a migraine. Cluster headaches are excruciatingly painful commonly around one eye. They’re rare and can happen in clusters for a month or two sometimes at the same time of year.
A common acupuncture point used for many headaches is between the bones to the big toe and the second toe on the top of the foot. Massaging this point can give instant relief.
Heart problems, High Blood pressure
In England 30% of people with high blood pressure don’t know it. High blood pressure increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke and is often referred to as a “silent killer”.
Claire will check your blood pressure to ensure this condition is not missed. Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to health problems looking at many different aspects to ascertain the imbalances that are unique to each individual. The Acupuncturist’s skill lies in identifying the root of the imbalance and selecting the most effective treatment. By addressing the root of the problems a more fundamental change can occur.
Pregnancy, Induction of labour
Morning sickness can be a real problem in pregnancy and Acupuncture can give natural relief.
Many midwives notice a difference in those women who have Acupuncture treatment prior to birth and those that do not. Acupuncture treatment can help ripen the body ready for birth. There are Acupressure points that very helpful during the labour.
The average age women go through the menopause is 52, but a woman could start to experience menopausal symptoms between the ages of 45 and 55.
Menopause symptoms are caused by changes in hormone levels. It is estimated that around two thirds of women experience the most common symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats. But some women also report psychological symptoms, including depression, tiredness, lack of energy and a reduced interest in sex.
These symptoms are commonly treated with Acupuncture giving natural alternative to medication.
Skin problems can have many causes and therefore there are many ways to treat. Acupuncture looks at the overall balance of all the systems in the body and addresses the root of the problem. This can bring about a profound and lasting change.
Often sleep problems are affected by stress and can benefit greatly from the relaxation acupuncture induces.
The World Health Organization resource (Essential Medicines and Health Products Information Portal 2012) lists diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture;
Abdominal pain, Acne vulgaris, Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, Alcohol dependence and detoxification, Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), Biliary colic, Bronchial asthma, Cancer pain, Cardiac neurosis, Cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Competition stress syndrome, Craniocerebral injury, Depression, Diabetes mellitus, Dysmenorrhoea, Bell’s palsy, Earache, Epidemic haemorrhagic fever, Epigastralgia, Epistaxis, Eye pain, Facial pain, Female infertility, Fibromyalgia and fasciitis, Gastrokinetic disturbance, Gouty arthritis, Headache, Hypertension, Hyperlipaemia, Hypo-ovarianism, Hypotension, Induction of labour, Insomnia, Knee pain, Labour pain, Lactation, Low back pain, Male sexual dysfunction, Malposition of fetus, correction of Ménière disease, Morning sickness, Nausea and vomiting, Neck pain, Neuralgia, Neurodermatitis, Obesity, Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence, Osteoarthritis, Pain, Pain in dentistry, Periarthritis of shoulder, Postoperative pain, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Postoperative convalescence, Premenstrual syndrome, Prostatitis, Pruritus, Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome, Raynaud syndrome, Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Retention of urine, Rheumatoid arthritis, Sciatica, Sialism, drug-induced, Sjögren syndrome, Sore throat, Sprain, Stiff neck, Stroke, Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Tennis elbow, Tietze syndrome, Tobacco dependence, Tourette syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Urolithiasis, Vascular dementia