• COVID-19 – Opening Guide

ACU & HERBS KEIGHLEY welcomes patients during this COVID-19 times. Please follow the guidelines below for your safely, your Acupuncturist and the wider community.

As you will be aware, all public places have created new rules for visitors to follow for their safety and the safety of others. Please read through this before attending the clinic. If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Social Distancing

Please maintain a 2 metre distance from all other people in the building at all times. The only exception to this is in the treatment room when you are having the acupuncture treatment. Here, direct contact will be made for a few minutes while the acupuncture is being performed.

For social distancing reasons, unless you require assistance for specific support and care needs, we ask you to come alone for the appointment where possible unless a chaperone, parent or carer is required. Please leave accessory items (bags, coats) in the car or in the office, or travel with as little as possible.

Before arrival

If you or someone you live with develops symptoms of Covid-19 by the time of the appointment, please contact me before attending the clinic.

To minimise face to face contact in the clinic I will be conducting all consultations for new patients either online via Zoom or by telephone before the acupuncture appointment. This will also allow me to prescreen you for any potential symptoms of Covid-19. 

Our practice is open for pre booked appointments only. SO, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BEFORE COMING.

Entering the practice

I have spaced out patient arrivals and departures so that all visitors can remain socially distanced. To make this work I ask that you arrive as close to the exact time as possible. 

You will be asked to wash or sanitise your hands immediately upon arrival and you must also be wearing a mask. I will also be wearing a mask throughout your time at the clinic.

A consent form will need to be signed and then we will go straight to the treatment room. If you need to sneeze or cough while in the clinic, please do so in a disposable tissue and place in the bin immediately.

During the treatment 

Towels will no longer be available so please bring your own towel or a pair of shorts so I can easily access your lower limbs and abdomen if necessary.

Once the needles have been placed and you are comfortable, I will leave the room and return midway to adjust the needles.

Leaving the clinic

I am encouraging cashless payments where possible. Please wash or sanitise your hands on leaving.

After each patient has left the treatment room it will be aired and all surfaces disinfected ready for the next patient.

Missed or Cancelled Appointments

  • We appreciate that unavoidable circumstances may dictate that you are not able to attend a pre-booked appointment.
  • Should this be the case you must contact the clinic immediately to release the appointment for another patient.

Cancelling an Appointment 

  • A notice period of at least 24hrs is appreciated to avoid a ‘Missed Appointment Charge’ being made (COVID19 exceptions made)

• 7 reasons why acupuncture is good for a migraine

acuandherbs• A systematic Cochrane review supports acupuncture for a migraine

A systematic review of acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis, conducted by Cochrane in 2016, included 4,985 participants in 25 randomised controlled trials, firmly placing it among the most well-studied treatments.

The review found that adding acupuncture to symptomatic treatment of attacks reduces the frequency of headaches. Contrary to previous findings, the updated evidence also suggested that there is an effect on the sham, but this effect is small. Sham is simply a diluted form of acupuncture, not a placebo, so the difference would not be expected to be large.

It also showed that the available trials also suggested that acupuncture may be at least similarly effective as treatment with prophylactic drugs. Acupuncture can be considered an option for patients willing to undergo this treatment, the review concluded.

• 7 reasons why acupuncture is good for a migraine:

1, It provides pain relief – by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Zhao 2008, Pomeranz, 2001)

2, It reduces inflammation- increasingly there is evidence that inflammation is associated with a migraine. Acupuncture promotes the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors that can counter this (Kim, 2008; Kavoussi, 2007; Zijlstra, 2003).

3, It reduces the degree of cortical spreading depression – This is an electrical wave in the brain associated with a migraine. (Shi, 2010). 

4, It reduces plasma levels of calcitonin gene-related peptide and substance – These are pain-signaling neuropeptides that may be implicated in the pathophysiology of a migraine. (Shi, 2010). 

5, It modulates extracranial and intracranial blood flow – changes in cranial blood flow don’t necessarily initiate migraine pain but may contribute to it. (Park, 2009)

6, It affects serotonin levels in the brain – serotonin may be linked both to the initiation of migraines and to the relief of acute attacks (through triptans, drugs that promote seretonin levels). (Zhong, 2007)

7, It increases local microcirculation – This aids the dispersal of swelling. (Komori, 2009)


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• Acupuncture work for menstrual cramps

Period pain is common and a normal part of your menstrual cycle. Up to 20% of women suffer from cramping severe enough to interfere with daily activities – and many menstruating women grimace through their pain in silence. For women who do speak up, their pain is often downplayed or ignored.

acupuncture period pain


A new study led by Australian researchers tests the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments in relieving period pain.  The study was conducted by Dr. Mike Armour, of the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University in Australia, and his colleagues from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, also in Australia. Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One.

It was found that the women undergoing acupuncture more frequently experienced more significant improvements in period pain intensity and related symptoms, as well as in overall quality of life.

Twelve treatments were carried out either once or three times a week over three menstrual cycles.

The study found that using manual stimulation of the needles, rather than an electrical acupuncture resulted in reduced need for pain-relieving medication and improvement in secondary symptoms.

More than half the women undergoing manual acupuncture experienced a decrease in period pain and related symptoms of up to 50 percent. The women reported significant reductions in ‘peak pain’ during the first three days of their period and in “average pain” experienced over their entire period, with the effects sustained for 12 months.

The treatment was grounded in traditional Chinese medicine practices as well as the Zang Fu system, which identifies the unique attributes of each organ and the ways in which they relate to each other.

Although customisation of acupuncture points was applied according to TCM differential diagnostics, most commonly used acupuncture points are:

Sanyinjiao (SP6)
Zusanli (ST36)
Guanyuan (CV4)
Qihai (CV6)

Other Chinese medicine treatments such as: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, TuiNa massage are also very effective in treating Period Pain.


read more:  Daily Mail   MNT home

• Chinese TuiNa(Acupressure) massage could relieve stiff joints in just THREE weeks

shutterstock_189112268 copyNeck pain could be caused by sleeping in an awkward position, having bad posture, or by using a computer for too long.

A new study evaluating a form of Chinese massage, tuina, in patients with chronic neck pain found it to be effective, safe, and cost-effective compared to no treatment. The study, which assessed intensity of neck pain, disability, health-related quality of life, medication use, and cost, is published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM).

Patients receiving massage treatment reported a greater reduction in neck pain, compared with those that didn’t get any treatment for their pain.

Six sessions of tuina, over a period of three weeks, is enough to reduce neck pain, the scientists revealed.

Researcher Dr Claudia Witt said the results were “promising, and call for further research on tuina”.

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine – where the study was published – John Weeks, added: “The value found for tuina in this study has an additional implication.

“Inclusion in payment and delivery programs of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners who are trained in tuina may offer a one-two punch – acupuncture needles and Chinese massage – in efforts to shift to cost-effective, non-pharmacologic, approaches for chronic pain treatment.”

Tuina is applied to patients who are sitting down, or lying on a sofa.

The massage involved manipulating the soft tissue and backbone, using mainly stroking, kneading, and drumming techniques.

It is a very rigorous massage, as every techniques requires movement and pressure, according to the Body Harmonics Clinic.

Some patients report feeling light-headed after sessions, while others feel supercharged, it added.

Read more:  Express    Medicalxpress

• Could acupuncture cure YOUR hot flushes?

A new research suggests women could halve the number of hot flushes they endure by turning to acupuncture.

In the study, more than 200 women who had on average at least four hot flashes or night sweats a day were divided into two groups.

One group received 20 acupuncture treatments over a period of six months, while the other group received no acupuncture or any other alternative remedies.

Of the 170 women who received acupuncture, nearly half (47 per cent) reported a 47 per cent in frequency of hot flushes, within eight weeks.

And one in eight (12 per cent) reported an 85 per cent drop in the number they experienced. One in 25 (four per cent) claimed the ancient Chinese treatment cured them of the feverish flushes completely.

The study was published in the journal Menopause.

Read more: DailyMail.co.uk  ,  Telegraph.co.uk

• Acupuncture doubles chance of having a baby with IVF, study suggests

A British study, running by Homerton University Hospital in London, involved 160 couples suffering from fertility problems, found that rates of success were twice as high among those having acupuncture treatment.  Researchers found the women became more relaxed after time was invested in them.

The 127 patients were split into two groups – one having four sessions of acupuncture while undergoing IVF, and the other having none.

Among the treatment group, 46.2 per cent conceived – more than twice as many as in the other group, where only 21.7 per cent of the women became pregnant.

The needle technique was used before any eggs were retrieved from the woman’s body – and then again before and after the fertilised embryo was implanted.

Read more:  DailyMail.co.uk,  TheTelegrah.co.uk

• Chinese herb (Ganoderma lucidum) could treat obesity

slimBBC report:   Chinese well-known herb, Ganoderma Lucidum, could eventually be used in the treatment of obesity.

Commonly referred to as Ling Zhi, this ancient Chinese herb is a mushroom that is used to enhance longevity and boost health in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In China, it has been widely used to heal and fight allergies, liver disease, lung problems, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

The recent research, published in Nature Communications, suggested the mushroom reduces body weight, inflammation and insulin resistance in mice feed a high-fat diet.    In their report, the team said mushroom extract  “may be used as pre-biotics to reduce body weight gain, chronic inflammation and insulin resistance [type 2 diabetes] in obese individuals.

Read More Details from bbc.co.uk

• Acupuncture for Severe Depression — Karen has got her life back!

Karen had been taking anti depression drugs for her severe depression, but was having trouble with its side effects .

She could not sleep for near several months due to the problem. After suffering for nearly 4 months and lost several pounds in weight, Karen came to us for help.  Gradually,  she began to recover, and here is her testimonial and beautiful flowers she send to us.


• Good News: Gift Vouchers now available

If you’re stuck for ideas when it comes to deciding on a present for a friend or family member who loves alternative therapy or need any help with their well-being, then a Acu&HERBS gift voucher could be the ideal solution for you.

Gift vouchers are redeemable against any of the services we offer, such as Chinese TuiNa Massage or Acupuncture treatment, and are valid for twelve months for the date of purchase. They’re perfect for Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or just as a nice surprise!

Please feel free to contact us for more details!



• Study shows Chinese herbs helps patients with type 2 diabetes


According to Diabetes.co.uk , more than 2.7 million people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in the UK, whilst a further 750,000 people are believed to have the symptoms but are yet to be diagnosed with the disease. Uncontrolled diabetes increases your risk of long-term health problems,even death significantly. On top of it , diabetes increases the risk of conditions like heart attach, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney failure and blindness.

Daily mail reported early this year: A recent study revealed a mixture of up to 10 Chinese herbal medicine can help people with pre-diabetes delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.  Researchers claim that this mixture of Chinese herbs help patients by slowing the progression from pre-diabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis.

The study has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM).


Read more:  DailyMail.co.uk


• Chinese herbs ‘better than drugs at relieving menstrual tension’

goji berryDaily Mail report:   A study involving nearly 3,500 women in several countries suggests that Chinese herbs might be more effective in relieving menstrual cramps than drugs, acupuncture or heat compression.

Australia-based researchers said herbs not only relieved pain, but reduced the recurrence of the condition over three months.

The survey involved 39 trials – 36 in China, and one each in Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands.   In one trial involving 36 women, 53 percent of those who took herbs reported less pain than usual compared with 26 percent in the placebo group.


Read more: DailyMail.co.uk

• Chinese Herb 金银花 “Honeysuckle Flower” could fight flu

The Telegraph  reports on 7th Oct 2014 that Trials showed that Chinese Herbs , Honeysuckle Flower, could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years .

According to the study held by Nanjing University ,drinking honeysuckle tea could help ward off flu. Boiled and drunk the Chinese herb helped suppress the effects of the influenza virus in mice, effectively acting as a “virological penicillin”, said the report in the Cell Research journal. Trials showed that it could be effective against several variants of flu which have caused major public health scares in recent years, including H1N1 “Spanish Flu” and H5N1 avian flu.

This result is the the first scientific evidence to support the old Chinese tradition of using honeysuckle to beat flu.

• Traditional Chinese herbal mixture could be ‘cure’ for eczema

shizhenDaily Mail reports:  Dermatologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong found the mixture of Chinese herbs – which contained Japanese honeysuckle (金银花) , peppermint(薄荷), root bark of tree peony(牡丹皮), underground stem of the atractylodes herb(苍术) and bark from an Amur cork tree(黄柏) – had a dramatic improvement on eczema sufferers aged five to 21.

During the study, 85 patients were given either a tablet containing the herbs or a placebo.  Patients who took the Chinese herbal mixture felt their quality of life improved by a third, while those taking the placebo reported no improvement, the British Journal of Dermatology reports.


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• Chinese medicine could double the chances of conceiving

buyunDaily Mail reports:   Couples with fertility problems are twice as likely to get pregnant using traditional Chinese medicine as western drugs, say researchers.

Previous research suggests acupuncture may help some childless couples to conceive.  The latest study from researchers at Adelaide University, Australia, reviewed eight clinical trials, 13 other studies and case reports comparing the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) with western drugs or IVF treatment. The review funded by the Australian government included 1,851 women with infertility problems, says a report in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

Researcher found a two-fold improvement in pregnancy rates over just four months of treatment from practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.

Review of the clinical trials alone found a 3.5 rise in pregnancies over a four-month period among women using TCM compared with western medicine.

Other data covering 616 women within the review showed 50 per cent of women having traditional Chinese medicine got pregnant compared with 30 per cent of those receiving IVF treatment.


read more details:  DailyMail.co.uk

• New Study – Acupuncture Works for Anxiety, Depression & PMS

New research showed that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of PMS, anxiety and depression.

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts) and the Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation and Pain Center (Washington, DC) conclude that “there is high-level evidence to support the use of acupuncture for treating major depressive disorder in pregnancy.”

In an additional study, researchers from the School of Acupuncture-Moxibustion and Tuina (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine) conclude that acupuncture shows effectiveness in treating PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).


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• Acupuncture ‘boosts IVF success’

zhenBBC report:  A report published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found the pregnancy rate in the group receiving acupuncture group was 42.5%, compared to the group which did not receive the therapy, where the rate was 26.3%.

German researchers found women undergoing fertility treatment could have their chances of success boosted by acupuncture.  Researchers have increased success rates by almost 50% in women having in vitro fertilisation (IVF).


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• Acupuncture ‘cure’ for migraine

Daily Mail report:     A  study found that acupuncture is more effective than drugs in relieving the misery of migraine.  

Researchers focused on classical migraine, migraine with aura.  They conducted a trial of 160 patients at the Woman’s Headache Centre in Turin. Dr Gianni Allais and colleagues found that women who received acupuncture had fewer migraines during the first four months of treatment.

They also needed less medication than those taking the drug flunarizine, used to prevent blinding headaches, reported in the medical journal Headache.


Read more:  DailyMail.co.uk

• PCOS – A Chinese Medicine Diet and Lifestyle Approach

Angela Warburton - Traditional Chinese Medicine

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), affects 5-10% of women in North America and is the leading cause of ovulatory based infertility.

Women with PCOS are known to have high levels of male hormones (androgens), which interfere with the normal production of female hormones like estrogen and progesterone.

Many women with pcos will experience some or all of the following symptoms: irregular periods or no menstruation (amenorrhea), weight gain or obesity, excessive hair growth (hirsutism) and/or abnormal hair growth, enlarged ovaries covered with cysts, acne, glucose intolerance, or impaired glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, mood swings and irritability. But you do not have to experience these symptoms to have pcos, as some women have no symptoms at all.

How does this affect your fertility?

Insulin is a hormone that regulates the transformation of sugars and starches into energy for the body or into storage for future use. If there is too much insulin…

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Mirror reports:

Karen Styles and her fiance Tony Maynard had endured two failed rounds of fertility treatment and were steeling themselves for a third when she fell pregnant naturally by trying Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Karen and Tony believe that the 2,000-year-old Chinese herbal remedy seemed to do the trick.

Although Karen was sceptical of the Chinese medicines at first, she decided to give it a go after hearing a friend swore that Traditional Chinese medicine helped her with infertility.

She visited a local Chinese Herbal shop and had one session of acupuncture and a bottle of Chinese “womb-warming herbs”.   It turned to be magic, she found she was pregnant with triplets!


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• Traditional Chinese medicine ‘makes fertility treatments more effective’

Daily mail report:   Researchers have found Traditional Chinese medicine can  boost fertility if used in combination with fertility treatments.

A team led by Dr Shahar Levi-Ari from Tel Aviv University compared the success rates of couples using intrauterine insemination (IUI) both with and without Chinese herbal and acupuncture therapies.

The results, which have been published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine, show a significant increase in fertility when the therapies are administered side-by-side.


Read more:  DaliyMail.co.uk

• Acupuncture Curbs Severity of Menopausal Hot Flushes, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011) report:  — Traditional Chinese acupuncture curbs the severity of hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms, suggests a small study published March 8 in Acupuncture in Medicine.

The study shows that the effects did not seem to be related to changes in levels of the hormones responsible for sparking the menopause and its associated symptoms.

In the study,  those women given traditional acupuncture had significantly lower MRS scores for somatic and psychological, but not urogenital, symptoms at the end of the 10 weeks than the women given the sham treatment.  The symptom reduced most in severity was that of hot flushes.

Furthermore, the effects seemed to be increasing , with better results seen between the first and last sessions.


read more:  ScienceDaily