Acupuncture to beat stress: up to half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress every year, which often results in illness (according to the Health and Safety Executive in 2011). Other factors that affect stress levels include alcohol, smoking, exams, pregnancy, divorce, moving, death in family, lifestyle, drugs, poor nutrition and unemployment.
Symptoms of stress can manifest in a variety of different ways including tiredness or lethargy, or as symptoms such as sore, tight muscles, dull skin, lank hair, or erratic sleep patterns. Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, anger, frustration, confusion, paranoid behaviour, jealousy or withdrawal.
According to the British Acupuncture Council, acupuncture treatment may specifically benefit anxiety disorders and symptoms of anxiety by
- acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress
- promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry
- reducing serum levels of corticosterone and the number of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells
- reversing stress-induced changes in behaviour and biochemistry, regulating levels of neurotransmitters.
For more information on how acupuncture could help you, please go to the British Acupuncture Council’s factsheet on stress.
As one of my patients remarked recently, ‘I can’t understand how I can be lying here with needles stuck in me, and feel so sleepy’.
Acupuncture Point Kidney 3
Introducing acupuncture point kidney 3 – located on the inside of the ankle this is one of the most frequently used acupuncture points. Known as TaiXi or Greater Stream this point is classified as a ‘yuan source point’ because of its ability to tap into a central pool of the body’s Qi or vital energy. It is like drinking fresh water from a well-spring. As it’s name suggests taixi may be used to strengthen the kidneys.
In clinical practice it is commonly used in the treatment of back problems and especially where the back is lacking in overall strength. The typical beneficiary will have had multiple chiropractic adjustments where the manipulation often fails to hold. The back, when viewed from the side appears to sag under its own weight. Kidney 3 is also commonly used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from coldness of the lower limbs, nights sweats and dizziness (for example in menopause) and to strengthen sexual function.
According to the Ling Shu, a Chinese medical text published over 2000 years ago, ‘the Kidneys open into the ears – when the Kidneys are in harmony the ears can hear the 5 sounds. Deficiency of the Kidneys therefore can result in tinnitus and deafness’.
A curious idea perhaps to the modern reader but nevertheless useful in clinical practice. Indeed we might even go as far as to note the similarity in shape between the ears and the Kidneys!
The Acupuncture Centre is pleased to add paym a new means of payment for the convenience of our patients. Since it was launched in April last year, 1,851,612 mobile numbers were registered with the Paym service (pronounced pay-em).
The concept is simple – if your bank offers this service (the list currently includes Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Clydesdale Bank, Cumberland Building Society, Danske Bank, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander, TSB and Yorkshire Bank, with more to follow) then you can make a payment to the Acupuncture Centre through your mobile banking app.
From this you can either select the clinic’s mobile number from your contact list (07969 41 31 58) or key it in directly. You will then be asked to check the details before the payment is sent. It is simple to use – convenient when you are on the go – and is subject to all the usual bank security measures.
In addition you can use the service to receive payment from others – follow your bank’s instructions to register your mobile number and associate it with a nominated bank account.
Paym a new means of payment for patients of the Acupuncture Centre. http://acupuncturefertilitycentre.co.uk/prices.shtml