Living with chronic illness

Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - living with chronic illness

In many of our minds when we think of chronic illness we think of the serious stuff – cancer, diabetes, heart disease. But what about all the little niggly stuff?

The little bits of pain you just put up with. The bodily functions that don’t quite function. The low mood that doesn’t stop you from getting stuff done but hangs around in the background.
 

When I ask: ‘how much pain have you been in this week?’ and you answer ‘oh just the normal amount’.
 
The normal amount? No pain is normal.

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Are acupuncture mats any good?

Are acupuncture mats any good?
Katy Bradshaw Acupuncture - acupuncture mat

You’ve probably seen these acupuncture mats online or perhaps you’ve even bought one and it’s currently lying under your bed gathering dust!

I’ve been asked by many of my patients if they’re worth buying, so I thought I’d share my experiences here so you can decide if it’s something that might be right for you….

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Is stress making me ill?

The short answer is yes – stress can make you ill.

It’s widely accepted that stress is a cause of disease and more than half of GP appointments have are now stress-related.

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You are what you eat

you are what you eat

The old saying goes ‘you are what you eat’. But have you ever considered that you might also be how you eat and when you eat? And what should you be eating anyway?

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WOMEN’S HEALTH

women's health

Chinese Medicine is particularly interested in women’s health. The classic texts that date back over thousands of years dedicate a great deal of time to the study, diagnosis and treatment of women’s health.  As a result of this long history acupuncture is hugely beneficial in treating gynaecological issues. In particular acupuncture can benefit:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Short/long cycles
  • Painful, heavy periods
  • Lack of periods
  • Spotting, bleeding outside period time
  • Ovulation pain
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Fibroids, cysts, polyps
  • Endometriosis
  • Hormonal imbalances eg: PMS, migraine, skin eruptions, emotional issues

Fertility

Acupuncture is of great benefit in the treatment of fertility. It can support couples to conceive naturally and during the assisted reproduction process. It is a physical and emotional support during what can be an extremely challenging time. Read about how acupuncture can benefit fertility for both men and women here.

Menopause

The menopause often brings disruption and misery to a woman’s life.  It can involve one or more of a range of symptoms, which women experience to varying degrees and levels of distress. These can include night sweats and hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, palpitations and genital and urinary problems.

Acupuncture supports the body to alleviate these symptoms in a natural and long-lasting way, without the need for Hormone Replacement Therapy.  For women who want to continue with HRT it is still beneficial to receive acupuncture as it will treat the hormonal imbalance that the medication is masking.

You can read more about acupuncture and the menopause in the blog post ‘Acupuncture – an effective alternative to HRT?’

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Acupuncture – an effective alternative to HRT?

women's health

The menopause can so often be a time that brings disruption and misery to a woman’s life.  It can involve one or more of a range of symptoms, which are experienced to varying degrees and levels of distress. These can include night sweats and hot flushes, insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches, aches and pains, palpitations and genital and urinary problems.

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