ACUPUNCTURE FOR ALL



Acupuncture:
The basic idea of acupuncture is to recover the patient by fully utilizing one's self-healing mechanism. The insertion of fine needles into special points along the meridians can rebalance the body and get rid of disharmonies. The needles stimulate Qi (energy) and blood, and thus regulate the associated internal tissues and organs. The stimulation with the so called tonifying method can restore what is deficient, such as chronic fatigue; the reducing method can remove stagnancies and sedate excessive conditions such as fever, sciatica, or insomnia. Since no material is injected into the patient's body, the side effects can be neglected.

Acupuncture complements the other treatments offered at the London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics and although it is often used in conjunction with osteopathy, physiotherapy or sports massage, it is an incredibly effective treatment in its own right.
Most people are aware that acupuncture is effective in treating the full range of muscular-skeletal problems, migraine, pre-menstrual syndrome and period pain, but acupuncture is also effective in treating addictions, depression and anxiety, sleeping problems (in adults and children) and many other complaints.

The causes of Infertility and acupuncture?

  • Ovulation factors
  • Cervical/uterine factors
  • Fallopian tube factors
  • Immunology factors or inflammatory factors-both specific and non-specific
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Ovarian Cysts
  • Premature Ovarian Failure
  • Uterine Fibroid Tumors
  • Endocrine Imbalances
  • Luteal Phase Defect
  • Diabetes
  • Elevated FSH
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Stress
  • Lupus
  • Amenorrhea
  • Birth defects-due to fetal development from mother taking DES (diethylstilbestrol)
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Advanced Maternal Age
  • Unexplained Infertility
  • Male Factors

  • Major effects of Acupuncture in the treatment of Infertility:

  • Regulates the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis
  • Reduces stress and cortisol levels
  • Increases the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Increases blood flow to the uterus and pelvic region
  • Relaxes the uterus
  • Stimulates ovulation
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Decreases morning sickness
  • Chinese Medicine Impact on Infertility:

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine works to enhance both men and women’s fertility by restoring health and balance to the body, mind and spirit. There have been a multitude of research studies in the past decade showing how Acupuncture and TCM increase the success rate of conventional infertility treatments. In fact in the April 2002 issue of Fertility and Sterility, the German study showed that using acupuncture pre and post IVF increased the success rate to 42.5% as opposed to those not using acupuncture at 26.3%. Acupuncture is very effective when combined with assisted reproductive technologies and can also assist in achieving natural pregnancy. For maximum benefits using Chinese medicine, it is recommended that at least 3 months of preconception care as well as doing maintenance treatments post-conception, but please ask our acupuncturists for their opinion of your unique case.

    Our Acupuncturists in Central London:

    Ann Bradford, BAcC, RCHM, M.Sc, Acupuncturist:
    Ann is an experienced practitioner, who has been in practice for well over 20 years.
    She uses acupuncture, Tui Na (Chinese Therapeutic Massage) and Kakapo (Japanese Massage) in her clinic.
    After completing her training in the UK she travelled to China where she worked in a hospital in Nanjing.
    She then worked as acupuncturist in an NHS clinic in the Royal Free Hospital before going into private acupuncture practice.
    For the past 11 years she has been lecturing acupuncture at the University of Westminster, where she is a senior lecturer on the BSc Hons course in acupuncture.
    You will find that many established acupuncturists in London actually are former acupuncture students of Ann.
    She has a wide range of alternative techniques to acupuncture for those children (and adults) who are fearful of needles but still want a complete health care. She enjoys treating a wide range of problems including sports and musculoskeletal injuries.
    She has special interest areas, which include treatment of women's problems (gynecological etc) and treatment of children.

    Neesha Perera, Acupuncturist and Cosmetic Acupuncture:
    Neesha's areas of special interest are in the use of acupuncture for both male/female infertility and for facial revitalisation.
    She has completed relevant postgraduate seminars for infertility (hosted by the Royal College of Physicians).
    Neesha completed her training in facial revitalisation with the author of "Cosmetic
    Acupuncture" and now uses cosmetic acupuncture effectively to improve crows feet, deeper wrinkles, dull complexion, dark circles and sagging facial skin.
    Special equipment is used during the treatments which can also be used to benefit acne, cellulite and to firm abdominal skin after weight loss.
    Neesha takes an approach which works alongside orthodox medicine and whilst her treatments are based on Chinese medicine and tailored to the individual, she will where appropriate use the insights gained from acupuncture research trials to optimize the potential of treatment.
    She combines acupuncture with gua sha (Japanese massage technique) which is very effective for inflammation & muscle spasm.
    Neesha is a registered acupuncturist and has a background in Biomedical Sciences (King’s College London) before completing an acupuncture degree at The London College of Traditional Acupuncture. She pursued further clinical training at a busy acupuncture institution in Sri Lanka and worked at Lambeth NHS Hospital in the award-winning Chinese Medicine center. A variety of conditions were treated there including chronic pain syndromes, menstrual complaints, sports injuries, and migraines.
    She now does acupuncture and cosmetic acupuncture in the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinics - she is in the Islington clinic, Pentonville Road near Kings Cross.