Monthly Archives: January 2017

Acupuncture Effective for Migraine

  Acupuncture helps reduce days with migraines and may have lasting effects, according to a new study. In the study, almost 500 adults were treated with either traditional Chinese acupuncture or a sham treatment in which acupuncture needles were inserted in nonspecific points. The acupuncture treatment points were previously used to study migraine. Participants did not know which type of acupuncture treatment they were receiving during the four-week study. After completing the study, all of the participants including those in the sham group reported fewer days with migraines than before the study began. Prior to the study, most suffered monthly […]

Miso Soup Recipe

  More than 80% of Japan’s total annual production of miso goes into miso soup, and 75% of all Japanese consume miso soup at least once a day. Spring is the perfect time to try Miso soup. Miso soup is refreshing soup that is ideal for strengthening and cleaning your organism. According to researchers at Japan’s National Cancer Centre suggest that eating three or more bowls of the delicacy Miso soup every day could cut women’s risk of developing breast cancer. Yield: serves 4 Prep: 10 min Cook: 10 min Ingredients 1/2 cup wakami 4 tablespoons miso paste 2-4 fresh […]

The Baby and Bathwater of Evidence Based Practice

  One of the principal criticisms of some of the complementary medicine therapies is that we don’t have sufficient science to back up our clinical decisions. The historical or anecdotal evidence which forms the basis of our clinical practice as acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners, is in many cases dismissed by scientists as being of no scientific value. I disagree with this theory and think that it’s very much a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Life is not all absolutes and the older I get the more I realise historical clinical experiences transcribed faithfully by past […]

CAM, An Irish Solution to a Global Question?

  CAM or natural healing has been part of public healthcare choices in Ireland from early monastic times, when cures were sought and used for a range of ailments. This has been replicated on a global scale from the beginnings of traditional medicines to current use today of indigenous or folk medicines as healthcare choices. Natural healing predates bio-medicine and has remained a popular choice down through the ages. Often described as “alternative” to the more accepted, dominant, scientific biomedical systems used by most countries for their healthcare systems. both the EU and the WHO have sought to map, and […]