Acupuncture for Children 

I studied a modular course with Julian Scott who has run many courses on treating children with acupuncture and runs a clinic for children in Bath. I am listed as a practitioner of childrens’ acupuncture on Julian Scott’s website: www.eyebright.co.uk. I use very fine needles and try to make it as relaxing a treatment as possible. Chinese herbs can be also very helpful in some of these conditions.  
 
Children and young people benefit from having acupuncture for many different conditions: Migraines, Back pain, Menstrual problems, Anxiety and depression, Digestive problems eg. Crones, IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Insomnia, Eczema, Hayfever 
Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Blocked ears, migraines and headaches. 

Fertility and IVF Acupuncture 

There is much research to show acupuncture is very helpful in treating in infertility, and the conditions: 
 
Endometriosis 
Blocked fallopian tubes 
Polycystic ovaries 
Fibroids 
Premature ovarian failure 
High FSH 
Recurrent miscarriage 
 
Please see research papers at www.acupuncture.org.uk 
 
What is most common is the 'unexplained infertility' in women aged 30-37, when all her tests and scans are normal. Whether or not the couple are considering assisted reproduction i.e. IUI, IVF or ICSI then acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be of great assistance in achieving pregnancy. 
 
The aim of treatment is to make every aspect of the menstrual cycle as optimal as possible for ovulation, conception and pregnancy: to regulate hormones and the cycle length, improve quality of fertile mucus, help promote efficient menstruation and improve egg development. 
 
Acupuncture research has shown it is possible to improve the integrity of the eggs released following acupuncture, and that it encourages movement of the egg/embryo along the tubes, promotes implantation and so helps promote a viable pregnancy. 
 
MALE FERTILITY 
 
It seems more and more common that the man's sperm can be the main factor contributing to the infertiity - so it is important that he has a sperm test early on to ascertain if there is a problem.  
 
Dietary and lifestyle adjustments, along with Chinese herbs and acupuncture and appropriate supplements can make a very real difference. Problems with sperm can be categorised as: 
 
aspermia (absence of ejaculate), asthenospermia (poor motility), azoospermia 
(absence of sperm in semen), oligospermia (lowered sperm density),  
teratospermia (containing bizarre and immature forms), antisperm antibodies. 
 
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve all of the above with a course of treatment lasting at least 3 months. I generally treat male infertility with acupuncture every 2-3 weeks and with herbal medicine taken daily.  
 
In a study of 40 men with sperm problems, acupuncture was used on 28 men twice a week for 5 weeks and compared to the men who received no treatment. Following 10 sessions of acupuncture there was a statistically significant increase in the % and number of sperm compared to the control group.  
 
The average % of progressive motility in the ejaculate increased 44-55% following the acupuncture treatment. Authors concluded that 'In conjunction with ART or even for reaching natural fertility potential, acupuncture treatment is a simple, non invasive method that can improve sperm quality'. Fertility and Sterility 2002. 2005. 84:141-47. 
PREGNANCY 
 
Acupuncture offers women the choice of drug-free treatment and can be successfully used for the treatment of a wide range of condiitons. 
 
miscarriage 
nausea and vomitting 
heartburn 
constipation 
varicose veins 
urinary tract infactions 
musculoskeletal condiitons 
fatigue and exhaustion 
anaemia 
insomnia 
anxiety and depression 
thrush and abnormal vaginal discharge 
itching in pregnancy 
sinusitis 
pregnancy induced hyperetension 
oedema 
small for dates babies 
breech and posterior positioned babies 
induction 
pre-birth treatment to prepare the body for an efficient labour 
acupressure for pain relief during labour 
pain relief and problems during labour 
postpartum recovery 
 
Pre-birth Acupuncture 
 
This is a series of 4 weekly treatments from week 36 to prepare for labour.  
The protocols used in this treatment are based on the practice and experience of a number of midwives and acupuncturists based in a number of midwives and acupuncturists based in New Zealand who performed a study on 169 women. When comparing midwifery only care to women receiving pre-birth acupuncture there we as 
 
32% reduction in emergency casesarean delivery 
a 9 5 increase in normal vaginal births. 
there was no difference in the onset of early labour in those women receiving pre-birth acupuncture. 
 
Breech babies. They are treated between 34-36 weeks gestation with moxibustion. 
 
 
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