25 May, 2016

Help stop smoking with social support!

2018-07-18T13:14:32+00:00 May 25th, 2016|

If you smoke, stopping smoking is the single most positive thing you can do for your health.  The sad truth is that about half of all regular smokers will die from diseases directly related to their habit (source: ASH, 2015).  It can seem like an impossibility to think of quitting […]

10 May, 2016

Ear acupuncture may help weight loss says new BMJ study

2018-07-18T13:16:19+00:00 May 10th, 2016|

A promising study has shown that simple ear acupuncture can help weight loss as well as suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin. The study, published in BMJ Open Gastroenterology randomised two groups of people to either receive ear acupuncture for a month or sham [pretend] acupuncture.  The results showed weight loss in the […]

11 Nov, 2015

Fertility low? Consider Acupuncture

2018-07-18T13:17:32+00:00 November 11th, 2015|

It’s estimated that one in six women in the UK have difficulty conceiving a baby. Sometimes the problem can be easily identified – such as blocked fallopian tubes or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). But it’s not always possible to pinpoint the cause of infertility and assisted conception isn’t always the […]

21 May, 2015

Research shows Acupuncture can help dry-mouth

2018-07-18T13:20:25+00:00 May 21st, 2015|

Dry Mouth Seriously Affects Quality of Life

Dry mouth – also known as xerostomia – is an abnormally dry mouth and decreased production of saliva.  Xerostomia is a distressing condition that can really affect the quality of life of sufferers.  Xerostomia can arise from many causes; drug side effects, radiotherapy, cancer, certain […]

16 Apr, 2015

Chronic Cystitis: Acupuncture may help prevent attacks

2018-07-18T13:22:23+00:00 April 16th, 2015|

Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder that can occur with or without a bacterial infection.  The symptoms of cystitis can include burning or stinging when passing urine or after urination, a constant feeling of needing to pass urine and abdominal discomfort or pain.  Many women have suffered from cystitis […]

8 Apr, 2015

New trial shows acupuncture helps improve pregnancy rates in frozen embryo transfer

2018-07-18T13:23:57+00:00 April 8th, 2015|

A new study has shown that electro-acupuncture appears to help benefit the environment in the womb and improves the pregnancy rates of women undergoing frozen embryo transfer (FET).

The study of 68 women had either sham (pretend) acupuncture or the real thing on specific acupuncture points, and the points were stimulated with electro-acupuncture every […]

25 Mar, 2015

How and what to eat now it’s Spring

2018-07-18T13:33:05+00:00 March 25th, 2015|


IT’S THE TIME OF THE LIVER!     In Chinese Medicine, spring corresponds to the Liver and the Gall Bladder and forms part of the Wood element.  This is the season to really pay attention to the Liver and Gall Bladder, […]

19 Mar, 2015

Managing Menopausal hot flushes

2018-07-18T13:34:38+00:00 March 19th, 2015|

Menopausal hot flushes can be really disruptive and unpleasant.  Many women manage the symptoms of menopause with Hormonal Replacement Therapy but it’s not everyone that wants  – or indeed can – use HRT.  So for these people, what are the options?  In my clinic, I see many women with unpleasant […]

13 Jan, 2015

How Acupuncture has helped me

2018-07-18T13:36:25+00:00 January 13th, 2015|

Diana, 42, tells of her recent experience of Acupuncture with Samantha

“I am a busy mum of two children who works part-time in a hectic, but enjoyable professional capacity. Diagnosed as a coeliac in my early twenties, I follow a gluten-free diet and have a healthy life-style incorporating Pilates and exercise […]

17 Nov, 2014

Revisiting the research for IVF acupuncture

2018-07-18T13:38:14+00:00 November 17th, 2014|

Acupuncture for IVF is not new.  In fact one of the most important studies looking at IVF acupuncture success was published 16 years ago in 2002.  The study looked at 160 women undergoing Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART);  80 were randomised to receive acupuncture in the pre and post embryo transfer stage […]