Online course on treating teenagers

It's less than two weeks to go now before the start of my online course, TCM and the teenage years.  In this four part webinar, I will discuss the many ways in which teenagers benefit from acupuncture, and how to go about treating them. For many reasons, being an adolescent in the early 21st century [...]

Paediatric acupuncture in the press

Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted by The Times health correspondent, who asked me lots of questions about why there had been a big rise in the popularity of paediatric acupuncture.  When the article appeared, as well as including some of my quotes, it also included some negative ones from Professors Ernzt and Colquhoun.  These [...]

Evidence-based Acupuncture

I wanted to alert both practitioners and patients to the wonderful work of Mel Koppelman and others who set up evidence-based acupuncture.org.  Mel has led the move towards documenting evidence that supports the effectiveness of acupuncture.  She also helps to make sense of research and guides non-researchers like me in interpreting it correctly.  This is [...]

Treating a child changes the family

I recently read a wonderful book by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz called 'The Examined Life'.  In it, he tells the story of a 10-year old girl who was brought to him for therapy because she was chaotic, messy, dishevelled and wet herself both day and night.  The rest of her family were all exceptionally well-dressed, [...]

Food Allergies webinar

This evening, I will be giving a free, live webinar for acupuncturists about treating food allergies in children with acupuncture, hosted by www.treatingchildren.com.  It will be a good introduction for anyone who has paediatric patients who have allergies or intolerances to foods.  I will outline:   the main types of food allergies and intolerances causes [...]

Children and fright

I recently wrote a guest blog post for Sabine Wilms.  Sabine is an academic, translator, writer, publisher and educator extraordinaire.  She has translated several ancient Chinese texts, including Sun Simiao's writings on paediatrics, from Chapter 5 of the Bei Ji Qian Jin Yao Fang 備急千金要方 (Essential Formulas Worth a Thousand in Gold to Prepare for Emergencies). [...]

A chat with Kevin Durjin on UKHealthRadio

I was recently interviewed for Kevin Durjin’s show on the wonderful radio station UKHealthRadio.com. The station is devoted to informing listeners about an enormous variety of health-related topics.  I strongly urge you to check out their website.  Kevin and I talked about using acupuncture in the treatment of children.  Click on the link below and have [...]