Sunday, 14 August 2011

traditional acupuncture bristol: Acupuncture is for pets too !

traditional acupuncture bristol: Acupuncture is for pets too !: "Now some of my clients ask me if acupuncture can be used on animals and the answer is yes but it must be carried out by a qualified vet. Luc..."

Monday, 8 August 2011

Acupuncture is for pets too !

Now some of my clients ask me if acupuncture can be used on animals and the answer is yes but it must be carried out by a qualified vet. Lucky Bristolians now have there very own holistic vet Holly Mash
Happy Days Dog Care at 19 Chandos Road, Redland in Bristol are proud to be hosting the launch event for The Holistic Dog – A Complete Guide to Natural Health Care, a brand new book by Bristol based veterinary surgeon Holly Mash.

Holly’s book will be launched at Happy Days Dog Care on Thursday 18 August. Holly specialises in complementary medicine such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition; the book, her first, is a complete guide to natural health care for dogs and covers aspects such as diet, training and routine healthcare.

The event will begin with welcome drinks and nibbles, from 7.00PM until 7.30PM; followed by a presentation and demonstration by Holly Mash including some time for questions and answers and will finish between 8.00PM and 8.30PM, Holly will be available to sign copies of The Holistic Dog during the last half hour of the evening and guests will have some time for shopping too.

Happy Days Dog Care was founded by sisters Lisa and Karen in 2008 and is located in the leafy suburbs of Redland in Bristol. The sisters are passionate about animals; their health, happiness and wellbeing; and offer a range of services including grooming; walking; doggie day care; pet food delivery; pet chauffeur services and pet sitting. The aim is to bring happiness and enjoyment to their customers’ pets’ day even when they can’t be there. Happy Days Dog Care also stocks a wide range of apparel, collars, leads, harnesses, toys, health and hygiene items and treats for both cats and dogs, as well as animal themed cards and gift wrapping paper.

Some Happy Days customers will be excited to see their own dogs featured in Holly’s book having kindly given her permission to use photos taken when she joined Happy Days Dog Care for a walk.

Places for the launch event on Thursday 18 August are limited so please email to reserve a place.

Further information about Happy Days Dog Care and the range of goods and services they offer can be found at"

Acupuncture specifically affects heart’s parasympathetic nerves

Below is some very interesting research demonstrating acupuncture effect this time on the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic system specifically is responsible for stimulation of "rest-and-digest" activities that occur when the body is at rest one of those activities is your heart rate. It would be somewhat of  a problem if you had to think and control your heart rate. The researchers found that stimulation of Ren 17 which is found on the mid line of the chest and in acupuncture is said to clear stagnation in the chest and benefit the diaphragm.

"Japanese researchers have found strong evidence that the stimulation of Shanzhong REN-17 can specifically increase activity in the parasympathetic nerves of the heart. Their study examined whether stimulation of two neighbouring acupoints on the anterior midline of the thorax, Shanzhong REN-17 and Zhongting REN-16, could induce differential effects on cardiac autonomic nervous function, assessed by measurements of heart rate variability (HRV). Fourteen healthy males received epifascial acupuncture stimulation (single instantaneous needle stimulation on the fascial surface without deqi) at Shanzhong REN-17 and Zhongting REN-16, on different days, in a clinical study utilising a crossover design. The results showed that stimulation of Shanzhong REN-17, but not Zhongting REN-16, led to decreased heart rate and increased cardiac vagal (parasympathetic) activity. Sympathetic activity showed no significant changes for either point. The investigators comment that their observations could not be explained as either nonspecific or psychological/placebo effects of needle stimulation. (Acupuncture to Danzhong but not to Zhongting increases the cardiac vagal component of heart rate variability. Auton Neurosci. 2011 Apr 26;161(1-2):116-20)."

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Acupuncture and shoulder pain

A lot of my clients come with some form of musculoskeletal pain so I thought I should write an article on how acupuncture can help shoulder pain. I have added some useful videos from youtube explaining what happens in certain painful conditions, some common examples and my treatment of shoulder pain. I hope you like it and find it useful. The article can be found here which is on my main site under the articles tab. Below is one of the videos from the article explaining how trigger points develop