Bell’s palsy is a condition characterised by the rapid onset of unilateral facial weakness due to acute inflammation of the facial nerve, with impairment of all facial movements on the affected side, including blinking. The cause of the inflammation is unknown and can develop at any age. Although it can resolve spontaneously, around 29% of cases are left with moderate to severe weakness resulting in major facial dysfunction and disfigurement. Conventional medical treatment includes eye protection, drugs (i.e. corticosteroids, antivirals), surgery and physiotherapy.
Clinical research suggests that acupuncture is effective in improving and speeding recovery at any stage of the condition.
Acupuncture helps in the treatment of Bell’s palsy by:
- reducing inflammation through the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
- enhancing local microcirculation by increasing the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles
- nerve and muscular stimulation
Migraines are primary headache disorders manifesting as recurring attacks, usually lasting for 4 to 72 hours and involving pain of moderate to severe intensity. Typical characteristics of the headache are unilateral location, pulsating quality, moderate or severe intensity, and aggravation by routine physical activity. Sufferers may also experience auras, photophobia, phonophobia, nausea and vomiting. Migraines are thought to begin as an electrical phenomenon in the cerebrum that then affects blood vessels, biochemistry, and causes neurogenic inflammation. Continue reading “Acupuncture for migraines”
If you are thinking of having IVF you have probably been trying to get pregnant for at least a year and may feel disappointed and discouraged to see that despite your efforts nothing is happening. Or maybe you have already had IVF once or more, and it has not worked.
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A new study shows that acupuncture significantly reduces the incidence of hot flashes associated to menopause. Hot flashes and night sweats are some of the most common symptoms of the menopause. Almost 80% of women will get them at some point, sometimes lasting up to 10 years or more. Continue reading “Acupuncture offers relief for hot flashes and night sweats during menopause “
Back pain is one of the most common problems people seek acupuncture treatment for. Most of us will suffer from back problems at some point in our lives, due to injuries or more chronic conditions that can worsen over time. In Chinese medicine, pain is always the result of a blockage in the flow of energy (Qi). Continue reading ” Acupuncture for back pain”
Acupuncture for IVF is becoming a very useful therapy to increase the chances of success. The latest study on acupuncture for IVF finds that the treatment more than doubles the chances of pregnancy. Homerton University Hospital studied 127 women aged between 23 and 43, on their first or second cycle of IVF. In the group that received acupuncture 46.2 % of women conceived, whereas only 21.7 % in the non-acupuncture group did.
Click here to read about the research at Homerton College