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Needles for Nepal

It’s that time of year again where I ask all you lovely acupuncture pals to take a look at your needles and find the ones that are about to go out-of-date. I’m off to Dr Fatima’s again in Kathmandu and she can use all the needles you can supply in her busy community practice at Boudha. I’ve already started to get parcels to my own community practice at

The Energise Centre, 3 Douglas Green, Salford M6 6ES.

So please parcel up anything you can spare and send it to me in the next four weeks or so. And thanks to the anonymous contribution received just yesterday!

Lovely visit to NCA

In early January I was invited to speak to Masters students of acupuncture at my old college the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. We had an enjoyable evening and it was a ‘wonderful thing’ to catch up with Lara McClure again. Here we are in the college building on Micklegate. And a big thank you to Rowan and Martin for putting me up in Melbourne for the weekend. What a treat!

New NUDGE wagon!

To help Lenka and I manage all the equipment needed in our Nudge clinic, take a look at our newest acquisition. This cart could double up for festivals, grandchildren on the beach and garden rubbish. But for now it will transport cushions, towels, couch roll and electrical equipment from our upstairs storage at the Energise Centre, Salford. We now deliver acupuncture over three days, so it helps both of us get ready and have everything to hand.

Lenka joins NUDGE!

Exciting news for the start of 2018 – my lovely colleague Lenka Antalova joins me at the Salford practice. This will enable us to offer the local community more appointments each week, as we are now covering Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. It is great to be working directly with a colleague again, and can’t wait for our January lists to fill up! Find Lenka’s biography on her own website and follow her on Instagram account Acubylenka and Acupuncture by Lenka on Facebook.

Vacancy at Nudge

Vacancy for an acupuncturist at Nudge’s lively community practice in Salford. Due to popular demand there is a full diary of patients on Thursdays who require an empathetic and skilled practitioner immediately. Supervision package available for new graduates. Please PM me with your details and we can have a chat about how the clinic delivers high quality treatments to the local community.

Excited for our ‘Meg-in-London’ event

It won’t be long before John and I meet Margaret Wheatley for our day event ‘Leadership in these Times’. We are very honoured and humbled to be spending the day with a gang of people, keen to hear her speak about her new book ‘who do we choose to be?’

It’s moxa time!

Here at Nudge Towers the season now demands moxibustion as standard for almost all patients. It is a lovely gentle modality that most acupuncturists use. Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which dried plant materials called “moxa” are burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences. Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris), but it can be made of other substances as well.

Acupuncture Evidence Project 2017

This 81 page booklet is a summary of the findings of the Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald J, and Janz S, 2017). The full document is available from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) The study found evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions, with stronger evidence for acupu cture’s effectiveness for some conditions than others. Acupuncture is considered safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner and has been found to be cost effective for some conditions. The quality and quantity of research into acupuncture’s effectiveness is increasing.

Of the 122 conditions identified, strong evidence supported the effectiveness of acupuncture for 8 conditions, moderate evidence supported the use of acupuncture for a further 38 conditions, weak positive/unclear evidence supported the use of acupuncture for 71 conditions, and little or no evidence was found for the effectiveness of acupuncture for five conditions (meaning that further research is needed to clarify the effectiveness of acupuncture in these last two categories).

In addition, research showed that acupuncture was cost effective for
10 conditions, and is safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner.
The level of evidence has increased over the 11-year period of this
study for 24 conditions. Placebo-controlled clinical trials consistently
underestimate the true effect size of acupuncture (which means that acupuncture is more effective than the type of trials used in this review show), yet they have still demonstrated National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Level I evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture for 117 conditions.