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Fertility Wellness – One Day Workshop

 

 

 

 

 

A one day workshop on the holistic approach to pregnancy and the different complementary approaches that are available to create a healthy body and mind for conception. Meditation, relaxing exercises and Indian Head Massage are also included in the package

Complimentary health professionals and coaches will be talking to you about how you can maintain optimum health for the best possible outcome . There wll be practical, easy to follow handouts. accompanying the workshop. You will find out how, by making lifestyle changes, learning visualisation techniques, goal setting and having a nutritional balance plan, you will be giving your body the best possible chance for pregnancy.

You will also learn how acupuncture protocols target different stages of a woman’s cycle to help create a favourable fertile environment. We will discuss how it can, along with meditation and massage dramatically reduce anxiety and stress, and improve sleep patterns.

As part of the package of what we hope will be an inspiring and informative day, there will be Guided Meditation and Indian Head Massage in the afternoon.

Schedule Sunday June 17 2018

9.30 – 10.30 – with Liz Ellicott Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Liz has been treating women with fertility issues for over 13 years and has dealt with a wide variety of problems in that area. She considers that it’s important for a woman to be aware of her fertile time and will explain why. Because it takes 90 days for a woman’s egg to fully mature, she will discuss the importance of setting aside as much time as possible before conceiving. She will give you advice on how best to approach pregnancy holistically; how to apply the ancient Chinese laws of Yin Yang to balance your daily life; how to successfully overcome stress; and will tell you how TCM targets specific times during the menstrual cycle to boost fertility. Liz will also discuss the different complimentary treatment options that are available for women planning a family.

10.30 -11.00 Refreshments

11.00-12.30 – with Health Wellness and Nutritional Coach Jessica Mitton

As a Nutrition, Health and Wellness Coach, Jessica is passionate about helping people realise their goals through an approach that is holistic and realistic

Jessica will talk to you about how to prepare your body with the end goal of pregnancy in mind. She will give you easy to use tools and handouts on how to manage your nutrition, lifestyle, sleep and stress .

Research show us that the reproductive body can be boosted by absorbing the right amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. Egg health, sperm health, hormonal function, blood health and feotal development all depend on having the right nutrition. I

Knowing the right foods for fertility is not as difficult as you might think and it can be fun introducing new foods. Jessica will talk to you about how some foods have specific nutrients needed for egg health, sperm health, hormonal function, blood health and feotal development.

12.30-13.00 – Relaxing breathing and Qi Gong meditation techniques- with Liz Ellicott TCM Practitioner

Qi Gong is the ancient self-healing system designed for health . Qi is the Chinese word for life energy, the animating power that flows through everything. Working with this life energy improves health in both mind and body. We will do some simple, uncomplicated exercises that you can easily do at home. No experience is required and you don’t have to be fit. The exercises are safe to do while a woman is trying to get pregnant and benefits blood, vitality and posture.

Lunch (included) 13.00 – 14.00

14.00 – 15.00 Meditation – with Holistic Therapist Renata Avenando

Experienced in working in the wellness and fitness industry, Renata has exceptional skills in massage and guided meditation. You will complete the session feeling calmer and more centred in both mind and body. She will show you how simple and uncomplicated meditation can be and how you can include it in your daily life. There is a body of very well documented scientific research showing the benefits of meditation to both mind and body. Medition lessens worry, anxiety, fear and depression in mothers to be

15.30 – 16.00 – How to plan your diet – with Nutritional Coach Jessica Mitton

Jessica will talk to you about how some simle easy to cook recipes can make such a difference – as well as being fun and easy to prepare,

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16.00 – 16.15 Tea Break

16.15-17.30 Indian Head Massage – with Holistic Therapist Renata Avenando

Indian Head Massage applies pressure to the points of the upper back, arms and shoulders that releases muscles and knots. It assists with a variety of problems, migraines, back pain, anxiety and depression. It detoxifies the body by stmulating lymphatic drainage, it stimulates the flow of blood and renews energy levels. Linked to the Ayurvedic concept of Chakras, Indian Head Massage has been practiced for thousands of years by healers in India. it has a powerful effect in restoring balance within the body.

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DATE AND TIME

Sun 17 June 2018

09:30 – 17:30 IST

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LOCATION

55 Rock Rd, Blackrock, Co Dublin

A94 ET82 Dublin

Price: €295

FAQs

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Dart/Train/Bus and on street free parking behind the venue. See www.lizacupuncture.ie for details

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

hello@lizacupuncture.ie

What’s the refund policy?

No Refunds

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Three Month Fertility Plan

For fertility planning it is important to note that three to six months are crucial for the development of the human egg.  Only the best of your eggs make it for selection to join the final group of antral follicles waiting at the beginning of your cycle. The healthiest of eggs are then selected for ovulation and possible conception.

To set aside at least  90 days to provide a healthy environment for your eggs before trying to conceive is a very important step, because it takes 90 days for your eggs to  fully mature. Your chances of conception are increased when you give your body the time to maximise  your reproductive health.

I have a programme designed to help your body’s energies and prepare you for conception. Each patient is assessed on an individual basis. Regardless of whether you are  just embarking on planning a baby naturally, or have a specific problem impeding your chances of becoming pregnant and are attending an IVF Clinic, there will be a plan for you which will  help you to increase your chances .

 

An Overview of what to expect from the Three Month Fertility Plan:

 

NUTRITIONAL ADVICE

1. Knowing the right foods to eat for fertility

2. How to change your shopping list to organic foods.

3. Awareness of healthy and non healthy fats.

4.Veggies to prioritise.

5. Easy to follow recipes.

6.Supplement advice for that extra boost

 

 

ACUPUNCTURE

 

Acupuncture plays a significant part in the Three Month Fertility Plan. Patients should expect weekly/fortnightly  treatments. Acupuncture increases natural fertility considerably because it helps the body to restore endocrine harmony. It improves circulation to the reproductive organs. Blood flow in the uterine artery is significantly increased after a series of eight acupuncture sessions  using Electro Acupuncture. Acupuncture also increases endometrial receptivity, improves follicular environment and increases the  chances of pregnancy.  Acupuncture also treats imbalances which  decreases the chances of pregnancy, such as PCOS, Endometriosis ,  Luteal Phase and FSH defects, hormone imbalance and unexplained infertility. Acupuncture is a safe and effective and supportive for patients having IVF.

 

LIFESTYLE

Almost everyone leads a busy life. This is the time  that you need take a step back and find time to relax and chill. Limiting stress in your life is important. Make sure your partner is sharing the chores. Create special quiet moments just for you.Take exercise that is pleasurable but not taxing.  Make sure you get enough sleep. You need this time to keep your body in balance. We will discuss the various ways in which you can become more relaxed and less stressed.

 

I have a simple effective way of eliminating stress and restoring good sleep.

 

SLEEP

A rested mind and body is essential at any time in life, regardless of whether you are planning a baby. If poor sleep is an issue, now is the time to put that right. My way of making sure you get a good nights sleep will make a significant difference at this important time.  This  simple way of helping you get a good night’s sleep will be available right through your pregnancy.

 

 

HEALTH INSURANCE – Most insurance companies will  partially cover up to 12 acupuncture sessions depending on the level of cover. Check with your insurance company.

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep Soundscapes

World Sleep Day on Friday March 16 saw the launch of the Sleep Better  CD,  by touring DJ, music producer, composer and sleep coach Tom Middleton. After touring 49 countries over 28 years as a music producer and international DJ, Tom Middleton has worked with some of the biggest names in the world of music. Suffering from sleep deprivation, curiosity led him to delve deeper into the world of neuroscience and psychology and eventually train as a Sleep Science Coach. He has consulted with many experts in that field and uses the most up to date body of research literature as the basis of the CD.

 

Sleep Better should be played one hour before going to bed.  It is a series of soundscapes that are designed to ease the brain into switching off and preparing for sleep. The soundscapes help the mind and body decelerate through rhythmic entertainment and exposure to psychoacoustic ambient sound techniques. These  have been shown to reduce heart rate, respiratory rate and lower blood pressure.

 

We are told  by experts that sleep deprivation has become a modern epidemic. I certainly see a lot of people with sleep problems in my Clinic – Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for solving the issue. To be able to have a good night’s sleep should not be a luxury, it should be the norm. We are informed that the  Sleep Better CD is far superior to anything else like this on the market. I have said many times how long term sleep problems can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems right across society. This CD is very welcome indeed.

 

GOT TO GO- INDIA

This is for you, the restless intrepid traveller, who takes delight in adventure and doing things out of your comfort zone. A you that delights in all that nature has to offer. A you that loves a challenge, and at the same times acknowledges the importance of inner peace.

In March 2019 I plan, along with my yoga teacher friend, to take a small group to Madhya Pradesh India . It will be a trip combining the excitement of tiger spotting with the peace and inner harmony of daily teacher led daily yoga practice. This promises to be an incredible trip!  One that offers the exotic and the sublime.

Our journey will begin in Delhi and Agra were we will spend a couple of days, before heading for Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, home to the Royal Bengal tiger and acknowledged as one of the top parks for tiger sightings in India. (Trust me. I have been there and was not disappointed.)

We are encouraging like minded travellers to join us, to experience India at its most wild and beautiful. To travel with open hearts and minds , leave preconceptions behind  and plunge into a new adventure.

 We will be accompanied by an experienced guide troughout the entire trip within India.  So that while we marvel at the magnificence of the Taj Mahal and experience the exotic colours and sounds that India has to offer, he will be with us to make sure the trip goes without a hitch. As we travel inland he will  make sure everything runs smoothly. Our guide will also accompany us to our safari lodge and remain with us to make sure our daily trips to Bandhavgarh National Park go without a hitch.

 

Photo: Liz Elicott

 

All About Balance

This trip will be designed in such a way that there will be a balanced mix between daily yoga sessions,  and tiger sightings in  Bandhavgarh   National Park. The aim of this trip is to make it like no other. One that leaves  you, the traveller with a deeper knowledge on all levels.

The Itinerary

 

Day 1/2

We will begin our journey in DELHI where we will stay the first night. The following day we will travel to Agra and visit the Taj Mahal, The Red Fort and Etma Ud Dula’s Tomb. We will have time to relax, unwind and sample the culinary delights that India has to offer from the comfort of our hotel in Agra.

 

 

 

Day 3/4 We will travel to Skay’s Camp, Tala , Madya Pradesh either by train or plane (TBA) .The Camp is very close to Bandhavgarh National Park.

Accommodation 

Skay’s Camp   houses seven double ensuite, secure,  air conditioned rooms. . The small buildings containing each room are set in a tranquil garden, with orchards filled with birdsong and butterflies.  It is very much a family run operation, run in an eco friendly way. Skay’s Camp has a Quality grading under TOFT (Tour Operators for Tigers U.K.)

Our hosts  Kay and Satyendra Tiwari will be there to welcome us, and will always be on hand to make sure our stay is comfortable and enjoyable.   Both Kay and Satyendra are committed conservationists with an in depth knowledge of tigers and their habitat. Over the years they have hosted and advised BBC wildlife film crews, authors and photographers. Satyendra is a recognised wildlife photographer and Kay is an acclaimed wildlife artist and glass designer.  Over deliciously prepared vegetarian meals, Kay and Satyendra charm their guests with their jungle tales and stories about about the tigers and their families which they have observed over many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 5

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We begin our first trip into the Park . Travelling  by jeep. We will drive through the park accompanied  by a guide experienced in tracking tigers. He/she will teach us how to observe pug marks(paw marks): listen for deer alarm calls, alerting us that a tiger is nearby; we will wait for that incredible moment when we spot a tiger, either walking along the road, drinking by a pool or just resting against a tree trunk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Kay Hassal Tiwari

 

 

 

 

Photo: Satyendra Tiwari

 

 

 

Photo: Liz Ellicott

 

Bandhavgarh National Park

 

 

 

Noted for its high density of the  Royal Bengal tiger, Bandhavgarh National Park  spreads across 105 sq kms with a buffer area of approximately 400 sq kms. It is watered by small dams and water holes. The  lush vegetation is a combination of sal and bamboo forests.

 

There are many other animals in the Park to see apart from tigers: monkeys, deer, wild boar, elephants, guar. There are 37 species of mammals, 250 species of birds and 80 species of butterflies .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoga

India is the spiritual home of Yoga.  To have this opportunity to practice it in such tranquil surroundings away from the chaos of normal life is something not to be missed.

Yoga practice will be in the mornings or afternoon at Skay’s Camp . This will take place  indoors/outdoors (TBA)under the expert guidance of our teacher.  More details to follow.

 

 

Itinerary

Days 5-8 morning Park visit – afternoon Yoga

Days 9-11 morning Yoga – afternoon Park visit

There will also be time to just chill out in the relaxing atmosphere of Skay’s Camp, enjoy some birdwatching  and indulge in shopping in the small local village. Al meals will be at the camp and included in the price.

Day 12 – morning Yoga followed by return to Delhi  from Jabalpur Airport. Overnight in Delhi

Day 13 – depart Delhi

Registration and Price Details to Follow. 

 

 

Acupuncture: Pain and Depression

High Quality  Clinical Trials

A team of scientists in the UK and US brought together the results of 29 high quality clinical trials, which focused on patients treated for chronic pain with acupuncture and standard medical care. This information was published in the National Institute of Health Research Journals Library. Based on evidence found from these trials , health specialists at the University of York found that acupuncture can boost the effectiveness of standard medical treatment,  debunking the placebo effect theory.

Patients with chronic pain treated with acupuncture and standard medical care, were tested against those who were treated with standard medical care of anti-inflammatory drugs and physiotherapy . Approximately 18,000 patients suffering with chronic pain of the neck, lower back and knee were involved in the trials.

Compared with stand alone medical care,  the report shows that the addition of acupuncture significantly reduced the number of headaches, migraine attacks and the severity of neck and lower back pain. Patients with osteoarthritis also shows a reduction in pain and disability.

University of York – Department of Health and Sciences

Professor MacPherson, from the University of York’s Department of Health and Sciences said ” There has been a question mark for many years over whether policy and decision makers should or should not provide wider access to acupuncture. Our aim was to bring together data from high quality clinical trials and provide a robust evidence base that will help reduce this uncertainty and support commissioners and health professionals in making informed decisions backed up with research.”

In addition, the team also conducted a new clinical trial for depression. This was carried out  on 755 patients in the North of England. Acupuncture and counselling were given to patients and compared to the effectiveness of medication.

Results- a significant step

This is the largest study of its kind. Professor MacPherson said that ” we have now  provided a solid evidence base to show that not only can acupuncture and counselling help bring patients out of an episode of depression, but it can keep the condition at bay for up to a year on average. ” Professor MacPherson also states that this evidence clearly demonstrates that  when acupuncture is used, the reduction of pain is significantly more substantial than those measured from sham (placebo) acupuncture.

Professor Macperson added. “Our new data provides a significant step forward in treating chronic pain and managing depression, because patients and professionals can now make decisions onmacupuncture with more confidence. Not only is it more cost effective, but it reduces pain levels and improves mood levels, which could reduce the over reliance on drugs that can sometimes result in unwanted side effects.”

(Story source Science Daily  January 30, 2017, provided by the University of York)

Journal Reference: Acupuncture for chronic pain and primary care: a programee of research. Programme Grants for Applied Research, 2017;5(3) 1DOI: 10.3310/pgfar05030

 

 

 

Break The Worry Habit

“Worry”, a Facebook Friend posted, “is like praying for something you don’t want.” Worry can really transform, but in a negative way. It is that powerful. According to Chinese Medicine, its effects are twofold, physical and emotional. On an emotional level, we become less grounded, less able to move forward in life. We become obsessive, less imaginative. Problem solving becomes a chore. We fail to notice the beauty around us Our memories become faulty, sleepless nights kick in and we feel down a lot of the time. The natural flow gets stuck in a groove. This can happen gradually over time and becomes a way of life before we know it.

A healthy level of worry on the other hand can help us perform better at work, learn from mistakes past and present and anticipate danger. Too much worry however creates vulnerability and lack of control. It is really important to break this cycle and get out of worry’s paralysing grip.  Constant worry over a prolonged period, according to Chinese Medicine, can change, not only the emotional flow, but also the natural flow of the body’s digestive process. Fluids become stuck. This can manifest in catarrh and in some cases asthma. Women can have difficulties with menstruation and suffer miscarriages. Leg cramps and oedema are other manifestations as well as varicose veins. More serious conditions have the potential to develop later.

 

In order to break the worry habit it is important to give up the idea that worry helps and protects you from the worst. Once you acknowledge that worry is the problem not the solution you are on the right track.

 

Tips for helping to control worry.

Exercise – every day if possible. Take a brisk  walk in a park/wood or by the sea. This can clear and distract the mind.

Acupuncture – targets specific areas that control worry patterns and stop it spiralling out of control.

Sleep – keep regular hours and try to get eight hours. When the body has enough rest thoughts become clearer.

Cut down on alcohol and caffeine. Stimulants give the mind a temporary high, then plummet.

Structure your life where it is needed most. Floundering around leads nowhere.

Laughter and humour. Surround ourself with friends who have a good sense of humour and don’t dwell on the negative.

Meditation and Mindfulness – to stop the mind wandering into negative thinking.

Qi Gong or Yoga – quietens the mind and  circulates oxygen and blood.

Connect with people – join local groups – walking, cycling, birdwatching, drum circles, choir.

Share your worries with people that you trust. Worrying alone always compounds the problem. Talking invites a fresh perspective which can be very helpful.

 

A guide to mental and emotional health published online by helpguide.org offered useful self-help strategies for tackling the worry problem. Here are some of the approaches that they suggest. For further reading on each of these headings visit their website.

 

Create a worry period by learning how to postpone worry by going over your ‘worry list” during that period.

Ask yourself if the problem is solvable. Productive, solvable worries are those that you can take action on right away. If the worry is solvable, start brainstorming and deal with with unsolvable worries.

Accept uncertainty. Start by tackling your need for certainty and immediate answers.

Challenge anxious thoughts. Stop worrying by questioning your thoughts.

Be aware of how others  affect you. Keep a worry diary. Spend less time with people who make you anxious and choose your confidants carefully.

 

For all worriers out there. Make this year the time to break the worry habit.

 

 

Fertility News – IVF – new sperm sorting device

A team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute at Stanford University in the U.S.,  have designed a device for selecting the “best” sperm possible. It’s called SPARTAN (Simple  Periodic  ARray for   Trapping And IsolatioN). According to the designers, this will increase the patient’s chances of becoming pregnant and reduce the number of IVF cycles needed. There are already sorting methods for selecting the fastest sperm, but this microfluidic device also makes sure they are the healthiest.

SPARTAN

The gadget, which is about 4mm wide by 12 to 16mm long, contains an array of tiny three dimensional posts that act as a mini obstacle course. Donor sperm are injected into one end of the device. The sperm in the semen then have to make their way to the other end of the course.  The top performers that make it to the finishing line  are collected. Sperm speed will remain a factor but SPARTAN will be able to ensure that the top healthiest performers at the finishing line will be selected  for immediate use in in vitro fertilization.  Malformed sperm, with for example  bent necks or large heads will have difficulty navigating the course and will be culled out. Cell damage that can occur with traditional sorting methods can  also be prevented using this method This device can be used at the fertility clinic eliminating the need for freezing and shipping to the lab for processing. The procedure takes between five and thirty minutes.

According to Prof Erkan Tuzel at Stanford University  this could increase patients’ chances of getting pregnant. “With SPARTAN we not only get sperm with excellent motility, but also with normal morphology and better DNA integrity, helping families worldwide by reducing the stress IVF procedures, while potentially increasing pregnancy rates.”

The work by Professor Tuzel and his colleagues at Stanford University documenting the use of SPARTAN has been published in the journal Advanced Science.

DxNow,Inc., a Gaithersburg Md. -based company licensed the patent for SPARTAN from WPI and Stanford in December 2017. Subject to FDA approval the device is expected to be released commercially in July 2018.

 

 

 

 

Fertility News – The Case for Omega 3 and vitamin E

For anyone with PCOS trying to get pregnant there are several recommendations out there, both medical and complimentary, which  offer patients solutions to help alleviate the condition and create a viable path towards a successful pregnancy.  Depression and anxiety are some of the symptoms which manifest in patients and should be addressed.

I read an article posted on January 14 by Dr Fiona McCulloch Bsc ND, in Canada. She cites a recent study carried out  on 40 women in   Canada, which showed remarkable results. This particular research focused on combining two easily found supplements, Omega 3 and Vitamin E. The patients were matched for BMI and age. They were given 1000mg of Omega 3 fatty acids supplements and 400IU of vitamin E. (The other group were given placebos which matched the vitamins in appearance. )The were told to carry on their daily  routines as normal. The supplements were taken daily over 12 weeks. Normal food intake remained the same. Their food and physical activity were recorded  at both the beginning and end of the 12 weeks. Each patient undertook common mental health inventory tests, BDI, GHQ and DASS. These are the tests which measure  depression, anxiety and stress markers.

Each woman was measured in this way, along with the gene expression of PPAR-Gamma, a hormone receptor found in fat cells. They were also checked for cytokines, the body’s chemical messenger involved in inflammation. These would be quite high in women with PCOS. The women’s insulin levels and HOMA-IR were also checked. After 12 weeks the women who received Omega 3 and vitamin E supplements showed significant improvement in three of the mental scores. There was also an increase in the PPAR-Gamma gene. In this short period of time, these gamma receptors actually increased. There is already  significant research available that indicates that these receptors can have beneficial effect  on conditions such as diabetes and PCOS. By increasing these receptors, this study found  improvements in anxiety and depression.

” PPAR-Gamma receptors are sensors of the body’s lipid function and they ave a major role in regulating lipid metabolism. These receptors also inhibit inflammatory gene expression(2).  Omega 3 fatty acids are natural ligands of this receptor, and so it is thought that they can cause more of these beneficial receptors to be produced.Combined with vitamin E, which is a fat-soluble antioxidant, the effect of these two  supplements may be synergistic.

Once the study was completed we saw that the expression of these beneficial fat  hormones definitely increased.” (Dr Fiona McCullough)

It was  noted also in the study that “there was also a significant decrease in the strong inflammatory cytokines which are often found in increased levels in women with PCOS.” (Dr Fiona McCullough)

This  study, as well as others carried out in the past, showed  that women with PCOS are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression. It has been known for some time that Omega 3 can decrease inflammatory markers and cause mood improvements. This study shows however, something not seen before, the correlation between mood and the function of our fat cells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture for Pain Relief in Hospitals: Study

In June 2017 it was published that the world’s largest randomised control of acupuncture in emergency departments, found that the treatment of acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative treatment to pain relieving drugs for some patients.

The trial, led by the RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, was conducted in the emergency departments of four Melbourne hospitals, between January 2010 and December 2011. It was funded by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council and led by Professor Marc Cohen from RMIT’s School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.  The study found that acupuncture was effective as pain medicine in providing long term relief to emergency patients in considerable pain. It involved 528 patients with acute low back pain, migraine, or ankle pain. Patients, rating their pain levels between four and 10 received  either, only acupuncture, acupuncture and pharmacotherapy or pharmacotherapy alone. Less than 40% of patients in all three groups felt any significant reduction in pain. However 48 hours later, 82.8% of acupuncture-only patients said that they would probably repeat their treatment. compared to 80.8% in the combined group and 78.2% in the pharmacotherapy-only group.

Professor  Cohen stated, that although acupuncture is used widely within the community, it is rarely used in a hospital emergency department.  “But it is clear,” he said, “we need more research overall to develop better medical approaches to pain management, as the study also showed patients initially remained in some pain, no matter what treatment they received. Our study has shown that acupuncture is a viable alternative, and would be especially beneficial for patients who are unable to take standard pain-relieving drugs because of other medical conditions.”

Professor Cohen went on to say that , “some Australian emergency departments already offer acupuncture when trained staff are available but further studies are needed on ways to improve pain  management overall in emergency departments, and the potential role for acupuncture in this. We need to determine the conditions that are most responsive to acupuncture, the feasibility of including the treatment in emergency settings, and the training needed fore doctors or allied health personel.”

 

 

 

 

Acupuncture Complements Cancer Care

 

 

ACUPUNCTURE AS AN INTEGRATIVE CANCER TREATMENT IN THE U.S.

 

Background

For the past 70 years the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has been leading the world in cancer research. The Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Centre was ranked in 2017,  as the best cancer care in New England  the 17th year in a row, and ranked fourth in the U.S.  At the Centre, they offer the most advanced cancer care available.  Clinicians  create precise treatment profiles for each patient, based on clinical trials and  a searchable database.

Five academic medical centres and two Harvard schools are united under the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Centre,   bringing together and utilising the research and resources of the cancer research community. There are more than 1,100 DF/HCC researchers working together, sharing facilities, using  cutting edge technology and training the next generation of researchers. This is one of the largest cancer research enterprises in the world, with thousands of patients enrolled in clinical trials

 

Leonard Zakim

Leonard P. Zakim had a dream. An attorney and civil rights activist, he was treated for multiple myeloma  at Dana-Faber. At the same time as having treatment, he combined acupuncture, massage and Reiki and other therapies to help with the chemotherapy and radiation side effects. He worked tirelessly  with doctors, administrators and others to realise his goal of establishing an integrative  affordable centre within Dana-Faber. A year after his death in 1999 the Zakim Centre was opened.

At the Leonard P. Zakim Centre for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at the Dana-Faber Institute, cancer patients and are offered the opportunity to incorporate complementary therapies into their cancer care. Led by physicians, therapists, nurses and other health care professionals, this  system of integrative care helps patients of all ages to feel better, by reducing the symptoms  of pain, nausea and anxiety caused by cancer and its treatments  The therapies available at the Zakim Centre offer a range of treatments, either as individual treatments or group programmes; they include acupuncture, massage, movement, creative arts and exercise and nutritional consultations.Heading the team is Dr Jennifer Ligibel who is also a breast oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Centre at Dana-Faber

 

Acupuncture

At Zakim acupuncture is one of the centre’s most popular complementary therapies and heads the list. Patients attending the Centre say that they find it a calming experience as well as invigorating. They also find that it helps them mange the symptoms and side effects of surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. . There are four attending oncology acupuncturists on the team of therapists which also includes a Qigong and T’ai Chi Instructor.

www.dana-faber.org