Black Friday sale on Sleep webinar!

This is a message to let you all know that Healthy seminars are offering up to 30% off on all lectures as part of the Black Friday sale.  This includes my 3 hour webinar on treating insomnia in children.  Use the code GRATEFUL30 and follow this link: https://healthyseminars.com/bio/rebecca-avern I will also be recording a new [...]

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, [...]