Grain Rain – Gǔyǔ 谷雨

Grain Rain – Gǔyǔ 谷雨

Today (April 21st) is Gǔyǔ 谷雨, also known as 'Grain Rain'. Gǔyǔ is the sixth solar term, which occurs annually c. April 21st. According to an old Chinese saying, "Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) signals the end of snow while 'Grain Rain' signals the...

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acupuncture for fertility

Acupuncture for Fertility

Research shows that acupuncture may improve the chances of conception via IVF by as much as 65%. As Chinese medicine practitioners, we always endeavour to treat each patient’s unique constitutional requirements. However, we additionally incorporate research and evidence-based protocols pre and post embryo transfer.

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Winter Solstice — Dōngzhì 冬至

Winter Solstice — Dōngzhì 冬至

On December 21st, we entered the period of Dōngzhì 冬至, also known as 'Winter Solstice'. Dōngzhì is the 21st solar term, which occurs annually around December 21st and symbolises the zenith of Yin energy as daylight reaches its minimum and the night takes precedence.

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Ileocecal Valve Dysfunction

Ileocecal Valve Dysfunction

In normal circumstances, the ileocecal valve is closed most of the time, opens briefly to let the contents of the small intestine move into the large intestine and then closes again quickly to prevent any materials in the large intestine from moving back into...

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Minor Snow — Xiǎoxuě 小雪

Minor Snow — Xiǎoxuě 小雪

On November 22nd, we entered the period of Xiǎoxuě 小雪, also known as 'Minor Snow'. Xiǎoxu is the 20th solar term, which occurs annually around November 22nd and signifies a subtle transition from autumn's vibrant hues to the hushed elegance of winter.

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The Beginning of Winter

The Beginning of Winter – Lìdōng 立冬

On November 8th, we enter the period of lìdōng 立冬, also known as 'The Beginning Of Winter'. Lìdōng is the nineteenth solar term, which occurs annually around November 7th. It indicates the true beginning of winter.

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The 13 Ghost Points

The 13 Ghost Points

The ancient Chinese frequently spoke of possession by demons and ghosts. Ghosts (or gui/ guei 鬼 ) were often attributed to the onset of conditions such as mania, paranoia, addiction, seizures, paralysis, lockjaw, headaches, nightmares, epilepsy and mental illness (Dian Cong).

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Frost Descend – Shuāngjiàng 霜降

Frost Descend — Shuāngjiàng 霜降

On October 23rd, we entered the period of Shuāngjiàng, also known as 'Frost Descend'. Shuāngjiàng is the 18th solar term, which occurs annually around October 23rd and marks the beginning of colder and frosty days.

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Cold Dew – Hánlù 寒露

Cold Dew — Hánlù 寒露

On October 8th, we entered the period of Hánlù, also known as 'Cold Dew'. Hánlù is the 17th solar term, which occurs annually around October 8th and marks a pivotal moment in the transition from the vibrant hues of autumn to the serene stillness...

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Autumn Equinox – Qiūfēn 秋分

Autumn Equinox – Qiūfēn 秋分

On September 21st, we entered the period of Qiūfēn, also known as 'Autumn Equinox'. Qiūfēn is the sixteenth solar term, which occurs annually around September 21st. As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, nature prepares for a season of change.

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Evil Bone Water (Zheng Xie Gu Shui)

NEW PRODUCT: Evil Bone Water (Zheng Xie Gu Shui)

Evil Bone Water, or Zheng Xie Gu Shui, is a herbal liniment crafted with a 500-year-old TCM recipe formulated to heal broken bones and ease various physical ailments. Evil Bone Water is developed using the highest quality Empirical Chinese herbs to ensure optimal healing...

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Acupuncture Within The Western Research Model

Acupuncture Within The Western Research Model

While acupuncture has gained popularity and recognition worldwide, it still often encounters scepticism within the framework of Western medicine (WM) research models. This disparity arises due to several factors that challenge the conventional scientific approach.

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Summer Solstice – Xiàzhì 夏至

Summer Solstice – Xiàzhì 夏至

As the longest day and shortest night of the year, Summer Solstice, also known as Xiàzhì, is significant across cultures and throughout history. It symbolises the transition from spring to summer, marking the arrival of a season filled with warmth, vitality, and abundance.

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Trigeminal Neuralgia: Exploring Acupuncture as a Potential Solution

Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a debilitating neurological condition characterised by intense facial pain. The trigeminal nerve, responsible for transmitting sensory information from the face to the brain, becomes hypersensitive, resulting in severe, sudden, and recurring facial pain. But can acupuncture help?

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Grain In Ear

Grain In Ear – Mángzhòng 芒种

Today (June 7th) is Mángzhòng 芒种, also known as 'Grain In Ear'. Mángzhòng is the ninth solar term, which occurs annually c. June 7th. It signifies the period when crops, especially grain crops like wheat and barley, enter the crucial ripening stage.

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Jing-well points

Jing-Well Points

Jing-well points are a group of acupuncture points located at the tips of the fingers and toes, where there is little flesh. The qi at these points is considered to be shallow and narrow, yet dynamic—pouring forth like a spring or well.

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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Neck, Shoulder and Back Pain

Research shows that acupuncture performs at least as well as, and potentially better than, standard medical care for back pain (Cherkin, 2009; Haake, 2007; Sherman, 2009a; Witt, 2006). It is particularly beneficial as an alternative to conventional care for patients with more acute symptoms...

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Acupuncture: An Evidence-based Medicine

Acupuncture: An Evidence-Based Medicine

"There's no real evidence to suggest that acupuncture really works." Let's evaluate how statements like this are inherently flawed and point to a continued lack of awareness of and potential bias against research showing the efficacy and effectiveness of acupuncture.

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Beginning of Autumn – Li Qiu 立秋

Beginning of Autumn – Liqiu 立秋

On August 7th, we entered the period of Liqiu 立秋, also known as the 'Beginning of Autumn'. Liqiu is the thirteenth solar term and the first node of autumn. It occurs annually on August 7th and marks a polarity change from yang to yin.

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Great Heat – Dà Shǔ 大暑

Great Heat – Dà Shǔ 大暑

On July 22nd, we entered the period of Dàshǔ 大暑, also known as 'Great or Major Heat'. Dàshǔ is the twelfth solar term and the last node of summer. It occurs annually on July 22nd and marks the hottest time of the year in most parts of China.

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Covid-19 Clinic Guidelines

Covid-19 Clinic Guidelines

In line with guidance received from Public Health England and The British Acupuncture Council, we continue to implement stringent hygiene protocols for your safety and wellbeing. Read more about our Covid-19 clinic guidelines here.

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episodes 2 & 3

Acupuncture West London – The Podcast (Episodes 2 & 3)

Today, Deborah Woolf takes us on a fascinating journey through numerology, space and time, and Wu Yun Liu Qi (Stems and Branches) – the root of five element acupuncture.

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The Podcast Blog Post

Acupuncture West London – The Podcast (An Introduction)

'Acupuncture West London – The Podcast' is a resource primarily for students, practitioners and enthusiasts of classical Chinese philosophy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture – for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the concepts that inform our practice.

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Building The Immune System

Building The Immune System (Part 2)

Building The Immune System (PART 2): The Maintenance of Life According to Classical Chinese Philosophy Welcome to Part 2 of our brand new video series. The series focuses on some of the concepts behind building and supporting the immune system within Chinese medicine. In...

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Building The Immune System

Building The Immune System (Part 1)

Building The Immune System (PART 1): Life According to Classical Chinese Philosophy Welcome to Part 1 of our brand new video series. The series focuses on some of the concepts behind building and supporting the immune system within Chinese medicine. In response to some...

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which acupuncturist to choose

How do I know which acupuncturist to choose?

How do I know which acupuncturist to choose? There are many styles of acupuncture, and it can be difficult for a patient to understand where best to seek treatment. It is important to ask the right questions: How do I know which acupuncturist to...

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Year of The Rat

Chinese New Year 2020 – Year of the Metal Rat

NEW BEGINNINGS – CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020!! Chinese New Year 2020 is upon us. However, there are many new beginnings outlined within Chinese philosophy and therefore within classical Chinese medicine; all are contextual and attempt to facilitate a dynamic relationship between Heaven, Earth and...

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Seasonal Energies

SEASONAL ENERGIES – Chou 丑

Seasonal Energies – Chou 丑: Within the Chinese lunar-solar calendar, we are now in the ‘Earth’ phase (Chou) – an 18-day transitional phase that facilitates the movement from Winter to Spring. Within the stillness of Winter (the peak of Yin energy represented by the...

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