I was really excited to be invited as a guest on Michael Max’s wonderful Qiological podcast. We had a really wide ranging and interesting discussion on all things adolescent – from the Chinese Medicine view of puberty, to the challenges of being a teen and to working with teenagers in the treatment room. We also focussed on possible reasons for the increase in mental/emotional health problems in teens today. Please do have a listen and share with anybody else who might be interested.
Rebecca Avern talking about teenagers on the Qiological podcast
Yesterday, I went to a parliamentary reception at the Houses of Parliament, for the launch of the British Acupuncture Council’s To the Point film and the Scope of Acupuncture 2020 report. This is to raise awareness of acupuncture as an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions. I am delighted that paediatric acupuncture played such a prominent role and was given the place it deserves. The last 8 minutes of the film are of my work with children in The Panda Clinic. If you don’t have time to watch it all, you can fast forward to 27 minutes and 40 seconds! Enjoy!
I am really excited that paediatric acupuncture takes a lead role in the BAcC’s new film, ‘To The Point’, which highlights the diverse and high-level work of acupuncturists working in different settings throughout the UK. The BAcC and their film crew came to the Panda Clinic for a day in the Summer and filmed a variety of different children having treatment, from a baby right up to a 16 year old. The film is going to be presented at a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on March 11th. In the meantime, here is a trailer:
I wanted to alert you to my upcoming webinar this Saturday. It is a three hour webinar for practitioners, but also interested parents, titled “The Importance of Nurturing the Young to raise healthy, happy children.” This short introduction interview with Lorne Browne, of Healthy Seminars (who are hosting the webinar) will tell you all you need to know about it.
In the last edition of the European Journal of Oriental Medicine (EJOM), Rainy Hutchinson wrote a really informative and useful review of my book. Please click here to read it. Rainy is herself the author of the wonderful Acupuncture Point Functions Colouring Book, which is available directly from Singing Dragon or from Amazon.
Exciting news! The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are marking this year’s World Acupuncture Day with the launch of a film that highlights the diverse and high-level work of its members. The film is going to be launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on 14th November.
I am thrilled to say that the BAcC film crew came to video my work at the Panda Clinic and this will be included in the film. It’s wonderful that paediatric acupuncture is finally getting the attention that it deserves.
For more details, please click here.
Neo-natal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a condition affecting babies who have been exposed to drugs in utero. It causes terrible and wide-ranging symptoms from general distress and crying, poor sleep to tremors and seizures. Exciting research has shown that non-invasive acupuncture techniques can reduce symptoms and really support these babies. Please click here to a link to the research.
When I am out and about, and am asked what I do for a living, my reply is often met with the response ‘Wow – I didn’t know children could have acupuncture. What do they need it for?’ Here is a link to a blogpost I wrote for my publisher, Singing Dragon, which answers that question!
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 two men are well-known to those of us in the acupuncture world, because they have made it their mission to discredit complementary medicine. I was asked to respond to their comments by the British Acupuncture Council. Here is the link to my response:
I also created a short video which you can view here to illustrate how well babies tolerate acupuncture treatment.
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 incredibly important work, and enables practitioners to talk to their patients, or to acupuncture-sceptics, in a language that they will relate to. Here is a link to part of an interview Mel did with Jenny Dubrowsky (www.tcm007.com).
Mel Koppelman talking about evidence-based acupuncture: