Hello, all. It has been a long while since I’ve posted here, but Healing Haven Acupuncture Clinic is now entering its 15th year. 14 years ago, in January 2005, I had just returned from a trip with my family that included a clinical experience month in Nanjing, and I launched straight into opening and advertising the clinic.
And the word spread and more people came to me, growing the practice year on year, until, around 2010, when people around here were feeling a considerable pinch in their pockets. In 2012 I knew I had to go back to the world of “proper” work (employment), so Continue reading
This video demonstrating an acupuncture needle is too fine to burst a balloon is great fun! Today I’d like to talk a little bit about needling, the central skill and art an acupuncturist spends their life developing.
New patients come to an acupuncture clinic wondering, or worrying, what the needling will feel like… will it hurt, will you be Continue reading
The subject of diet in Traditional Chinese Medicine is vast. It is considered the sign of a superior medical practitioner if the patient’s ills can be mended by adjustments to their diet, without resorting to actual medicine or acupuncture, as a less skilled practitioner must do.
For myself, I am not as skilled as all that in giving individually tailored dietary advice in the clinic, but diet is a subject that comes up often in the clinic. And I am coming to believe that the standard “healthy eating” advice currently dispensed both in magazine supplements and doctor’s offices may be contributing as much to people’s ill-health as the plethora of junk foods tempting us from every aisle in the supermarket. Continue reading
Several women experiencing post-pill amenorrhea have presented in this clinic in the past few months. Generally, it is considered to be amenorrhea if no natural menstrual cycle has occurred within six months of stopping the contraceptive pill. The medical literature considers this to be a small but significant risk, with an incidence of around 1% or so, however, when it does happen, Continue reading
In the clinic, I see people with health problems that are experienced at an individual level, and of course, we often discuss lifestyle changes that hopefully lie within the ability of the individual to change, in order to help them reduce their impairment and regain their health.
In this post, though, I want to address some of the issues that can affect our health collectively, as a society. Many things Continue reading
Welcome. It’s just time for a new website, one that can be easily updated on a regular basis. I’m going to try a blog format to see if this will help me keep the site fresh and informative. Please feel free use the comment facility to ask questions about Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, or on general health.