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A lottery-funded scheme in Wiltshire has helped more than 600 people cope with drug addiction using acupuncture, a charity has said.
The New Highway charity has used the alternative therapy, alongside coaching, to help addicts in its 10 centres over the last two years.
It said it helped prevent relapses and combat anxiety.
But the NHS said not enough evidence existed to prove the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating drug addiction.
‘Cope with cravings’
New Highway, which was formerly known as Bath Area Drugs Advisory Service, won a £167,000 Big Lottery grant in 2010 to help people with drug and alcohol addictions through acupuncture therapy.
Kevin McAlpine, from the charity, said: “What we’ve seen is that it makes a significant difference with stress and being able to cope with cravings from withdrawal.”
Dr Max Bloomberg, a research fellow at Goldsmiths University of London, is sceptical of the benefits of the therapy.
He believes the care an addict receives when they receive acupuncture treatment is what they respond to.
“How do you tease apart other facts like care versus acupuncture?” Dr Bloomberg said.
“It often isn’t the acupuncture, it’s the lovely atmosphere, it’s the fact that someone really cares.”
Shrewsbury Living, Thursday, June 9, 2011
A DELIGHTED couple are enjoying life with their own little miracle – and say it is all thanks to acupuncture.
Beth Lakelin, 38, from Belle Vue, Shrewbury, had been trying to conceive with partner Stephen Coales, 41, for two years.
Doctor said the couple were medically sound but Beth feared her age was curbing her attempts to conceive.
In frustration she visited Dr Daian Zou at St John’s Hill Clinic for Chinese Medicine in Shrewsbury and fell pregant after just three sessions.
Baby Olive was born in November.
Shropshire Star, Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Anita Hunter though she would never have children. And after failed fertility treatments, the 33-year-old from Shrewsbury almost gave up hope. “Then I started having acupuncture,” She says. “Six months later I was pregnant.”
Remarkably, Anita is not alone in having frustration turn to joy by the Chinese practice of having needles inserted into the skin. In the space of 18 months, a total of five women who thought they would never have kids fell pregnant after treatment from the same Chinese acupuncturist – Dr Daian Zou, based in St. John’s Hill in Shrewsbury.
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Shropshire Chronicle, November 27th, 2009
Acupuncture’s to thank for baby William, says new mum
A North Shropshire couple are celebrating the arrival of their own little miracle – and have put it down to Chinese acupuncture treatment.
Vanessa and Jack Hepplethwaite, from Whitchure, were told by doctor there was very little hope of them ever being able to have a child because of Vanessa’s age – she is 42. She claims she had been told she couldn’t have IVF treatment because she was over 35.
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Shropshire Star, Thursday, August 5, 2010
A Shropshire couple who had almost given up hope of having children have been told there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to start a family – thanks to treatment by a doctor of Chinese Medicine.
Darren, from Shrewsbury, who did not wish to give his last name, said: “My wife and I went to see a specialist at the hospital because we have been unsuccessful in trying for a baby and we found out the problem was with me.
BBC News, Tuesday, 30 March 2010
People terrified of visiting the dentist can overcome their fear with acupuncture, researchers have claimed.
The findings, in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, may offer some comfort to the one in five people thought to have dental phobia.
Five minutes of treatment with needles placed at two specific acupuncture points on the top of the head allowed all 20 patients to conquer their fear.
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BBC News, Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Acupuncture may be an effective way of easing severe period pain, a South Korean review of 27 studies suggests.
Researchers said there was “promising evidence” for acupuncture in treating cramps, but that more work was needed.
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Chronicle Shropshire, May, 2007
I first met Dr. Daian Zou a few years ago when she did the business on my torn cartilage, the result of a mishap on the rugby field.
To quote one of Daian’s patients: “When I first arrived here the pain of staggering just 50 yards was almost unbearable. When I left, some 45 minutes later, I couldn’t believe the transformation.”
This is an often-heard response on introduction to a practice that dates back to before the 21st century BC.
Daian runs the St. John’s Hill Clinic for Chinese Medicine. She graduated in the Traditional Chinese Medicine University, Hunan Province, China, before practising conventional and Chinese medicine in China.
She then completed an advanced training programme in acupuncture in the attached hospital at TCM University of Hunan Province. Since she arrived in the UK, Daian has worked at clinics in London, Hampshire and Shropshire.
Dr. Daian’s approach is to integrae traditional and modern medical techniques for diagnosis, resulting in a natural treatment plan combining acupuncture, herbs and herbal medicines, nutritional therapy, exercise and lifestyle management.
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- ~ Darrent – Shrewsbury
"My wife and I went to see a specialist at the hospital because we have been unsuccessful in trying for a baby and we found out the problem was with me. I had a sperm count of around 3 million sperm per milliliter of semen, when 20 million or more is considered a normal count. At the same time I was receiving treatment from Daian Zou for a knee injury that meant I could barely run properly and I mentioned that we were having difficulty trying for a baby. Not only did Daian fix my knee so I can run for miles now, she prescribed a course of acupuncture, herbs and lifestyle advice that produced amazing results. Soon after starting treatment my sperm count went up to 5 million and now its well over the required 20 million which is enough for conception. "
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- another article from Shrewsbury Living about acupuncture and infertility story: http://t.co/pav7v3N 2011-06-19
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