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Health and health care in Guatemala: a volunteer’s experience

In August 2018 I spent a week volunteering with a project in Guatemala called the Integrative Health Project.  It was established by two American practitioners of Chinese Medicine in 2012 to bring care to under-served communities principally in Guatemala and the Caribbean.  Specifically, it integrates Traditional East Asian medicine, Mayan medicine and conventional biomedical diagnosis and treatment. […]

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Treating Insomnia with Acupuncture

Introduction  Being unable to sleep can be extremely frustrating.  Once in a while it happens to most of people, and usually there is an obvious reason: Coffee after 6pm, reading something on a smart phone before switching off the bedside light, exercising too late in the evening etc.   But if you’ve drunk your camomile […]

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Treating Depression and Anxiety with Acupuncture

  Introduction Depression and anxiety are common mental health issues, occurring in approximately 1 in 10 and 1 in 9 people respectively, in Ireland. Drugs are routinely prescribed for such illnesses so it’s reasonable to wonder how the ancient Chinese medical practice of acupuncture – the insertion of needles into specific places on the body – can bring […]

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Sinusitis season is on the way

As many Irish people will tell you, sinusitis (nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through the nose and pronounced pain/tenderness around the cheeks, forehead and top of the head) is the bane of their lives during the autumn and winter and they don’t necessarily have a cold or the flu to start it off – they just find themselves having […]

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Acupuncture Training Course – coming to Navan!

Exciting news!  One of the leading teachers of Applied Channel Theory in the West is coming to Navan to give a three day lecture to practitioners of Acupuncture from all over Europe.  My colleague, Cyrille Bonnard of Equilibre Acupuncture who kindly covers for me while on annual leave, has invited Jason D Robertson to teach an […]

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The Problem with Painkillers

The Problem with Painkillers The most commonly used over-the-counter medicines for conditions like back pain, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and period pains, to name a few, include paracetamol and ibuprofen (Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories).  When these fail to adequately control pain people go to their doctors and may be prescribed stronger NSAIDs, Triptans, Opioids, steroids or […]

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Alcohol – the good and the bad news

Last Friday’s Irish Times (24 March 2017) contained no fewer than three articles about alcohol: a surge in teenage alcohol related admissions to hospitals was reported in 2016; moderate alcohol consumption may cut our risk of heart disease; and, why alcohol may be affecting our sleep, health and fitness. These types of report are not […]

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A Day in the Life of an Acupuncturist

Someone asked me the other day what a typical day is like for an Acupuncturist, and the answer is that it varies – sometimes a lot. For example, I looked at my diary for this time last year and this is a flavour of what I was treating: a young woman with severe neurological pain […]

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