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Acupuncture During Pregnancy – Yes, it’s safe!

A significant part of my practice is treating women who are either trying to become pregnant, or are already pregnant. Once pregnant, most women are happy to come back for treatment of issues like nausea and vomiting, back pain, and of course ‘pre-birth treatments’ (intended to assist the profile of hormones that are naturally present […]

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

As I’ve written elsewhere, gastro-intestinal conditions are amongst the most common to be seen in Acupuncture clinics. Broadly these conditions might be grouped as 1) Non serious digestive complaints that can often be treated with changes to diet, lifestyle, over the counter medication, and alternative treatments such as acupuncture; and 2) Chronic gastro-intestinal conditions that […]

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The Curious Signs of ‘Silent’ Gallstones

The shelves of anyone practising any kind of health care are groaning with books of all kinds – ranging from expensive, glossy, stunningly-illustrated, highly technical and complicated ones to cheap, plain and simple. Most people have their favourites, perhaps a handful, or maybe just one book, that always has something to offer, and a couple […]

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The Beijing Blind Massage Hospital

On weekday afternoons my two colleagues and I are attending the Beijing Blind Massage Hospital to learn Tuina massage. Tuina is a form of medical massage that has been used in China for 2,000 years to treat both internal disease and painful muscular–skeletal conditions. It uses the traditional Chinese medical theory of the flow of […]

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First days in Dr Wang’s clinic

The clinic I am attending here in Beijing is owned by Dr Wang who, although officially retired, still works in both a public hospital and his own private clinic. His clinic was one of the first fully private clinics in Beijing, and patients pay the full cost of their treatments, unlike treatment in the public […]

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Experience in Beijing

In late 2013 I spent a month in Beijing undertaking advantaged practitioner level training and learning Tuina massage. Much of my time was spent observing in the clinic of Dr Wang, a practitioner of Chinese medicine for 50 years. Former posts held by Dr. Wang included: chief physician of the Acupuncture Department of Beijing Hospital […]

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