Your body as a garden

June 18, 2016

The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration of the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and  acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To  help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertiliser.

You must make sure plants receive the right amount of sun, and you must weed out any undesirable elements. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful,  healthy garden, abundant  with flowers and vegetables.

One of the philosophies underlying Chinese medicine is that we are not separate from nature. Nature’s constant motion – its flowing seasons and cycles – coincide with our body’s natural rhythms. When we engage in gardening, we strive to be in harmony with nature’s rhythms. This allows us to reap a bountiful harvest. Life flourishes when the elements of air, water, light and earth are balanced. There are basic principles of gardening that you can apply to facilitating the health of your body:

Fertilise: Just like plants need fertilisers, we need food in order to re-energize our bodies. In general, a healthy, balanced diet is made up of unprocessed, organic foods such as grains, fruits and vegetables.

Water: Our bodies are made up of 70% water. We need its life-giving force to cleans our bodies of toxins, to regulate body temperature and to aid digestion and circulation.
Sunshine: Just like plants, we also need the sun’s energy to grow and thrive. Sunlight provides our bodies with Vitamin D, which promotes strong bones, supple muscles and a healthy immune system.

Weeding: Weeding your garden is vital to keeping the soil clean and properly oxygenated. Our body also needs cleansing. One of the easiest ways to cleanse our body is by sweating through exercise. Your goal is to learn how to cultivate and support your inner garden. Your acupuncturist’s goal is to help balance your inner ecosystem so that it can flourish—and you can  enjoy health and harmony.

Your body is just like a garden, and you and your acupuncturist are the  gardeners. He or she will work closely with you to strengthen and balance your internal garden. By taking your entire self into account, your practitioner can help identify—and weed out—any imbalances that could cause  problems.

Acupuncture isn’t a “quick fix.” It does provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to nourish the garden from within. Your participation in the process is essential.
After all, you wouldn’t simply plant seeds in the ground and expect them to bloom  unattended. It’s the same with your health.Working with your acupuncturist and  committing to long-term care can create  positive changes for your overall health.

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Autumn Nourishment

September 23, 2015

imageNature has a way of providing us with what we need, when we need it. That’s especially true when it comes to the foods that become available with each season. Autumn brings with it a bounty of fruits, vegetables, and herbs that nourish the body and support health and well-being. Being aware of seasonal foods and attuning your diet to your body’s needs is a great way to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

The harvest season is a time to prepare your body for the cold winter ahead. Your diet should shift toward richer, denser foods that will provide you with extra energy and warmth.  Consider increasing your intake of protein, fats, and whole grains but be sure to keep up your exercise program, to control weight gain.

Nourishing your immune system is also very important at this time. Take advantage of dark green and golden-orange vegetables that are rich in beta-carotene to strengthen the body’s Wei Qi (immune system). These include carrots, pumpkin, squash, broccoli, kale, mustard greens, and many more.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it’s important to maintain the body’s balance during this season by adding sour foods such as sauerkraut, leeks, yogurt, and sour apples to your diet. Pungent foods such as garlic, turnips, and horseradish should also be added to your autumn diet, since they cleanse and protect the lungs.

It’s also important to moderate your caffeine use this season. As autumn settles in, you may notice yourself feeling a little more tired than usual and increasing your coffee intake to boost your energy. Before you lift that next cup, consider making a healthy change and switching from coffee
to tea.

Tea has been found to have a variety of health benefits, including protecting against heart disease and some types of cancer, reducing inflammation and blood pressure, and even increasing bone density. Green and white teas contain especially high amounts of antioxidants, which protect against cellular damage.

These are just simple suggestions. Consult with your acupuncturist, naturopath or healthcare provider to discuss any dietary changes you are considering this autumn.

‘Depression is treatable but most people do not receive the care and support they need’.[ref: WHO. Depression, a Hidden Burden, Flyer]

Depression is a mood disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterised by psychological and physical symptoms. It affects young and old and twice as many women as men. Symptoms can last for weeks, months or even years. The onset of depression can increase towards middle age, with a maximum onset in the 55-60 age group.

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It can be very debilitating as it affects the whole body and symptoms can include:

• negative feelings

• sleep disturbances

• difficulty in functioning normally

• painful thoughts

• anxiety and agitation

• changes in appetite

• persistent sadness

• hopelessness

• chronic fatigue

• irritability

• loss of self-esteem

• feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy

The cause of depression

This is not fully understood. It may be triggered by a traumatic event, prolonged stress, chemical imbalance in the brain, thyroid disorders, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugar and food allergies.

Most of us have experienced some form of depression at one time or another. It is a normal response to events in our lives that overwhelm us. When we are balanced physically and emotionally we can easily bounce back from a depressed state but when negative feelings or emotions become persistent, depression may set in.

How can acupuncture and naturopathic medicine help me?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and is part of the system of healthcare known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. By inserting fine, sterile needles into certain points on the body your acupuncturist will aim to restore a balanced and continuous flow of vital energy or ‘Qi’ throughout the body. Although TCM does not recognise depression as a particular illness, it still aims to alleviate the symptoms being experienced while also addressing the underlying root cause of the problem.

When we experience physical problems, our emotions are affected and likewise when we experience emotional upset, our physiological state may change. As acupuncturists and naturopaths we are aware of the powerful link between our body and our emotions, so during a consultation, we will ask specific questions in order to find out where your particular imbalances lie.

We will also look at various areas of your life which can have an effect on your mental health such as diet, exercise, work and home stressors and any underlying health issues. Based on this information, along with a tongue and pulse diagnosis, we will then formulate a personalised treatment plan. This will include acupuncture treatments and possibly supplements, herbs, flower essences, exercise and diet and lifestyle changes where necessary.

Acupuncture and Naturopathic medicine are safe, natural and effective ways of treating depression. It is not a ‘quick fix’ treatment and you may need weeks or even months of treatment in order to see positive, long lasting results.

Research into Acupuncture for Depression

  1. The World Health Organisation published a review in 2002 and stated that,

‘Acupuncture is being increasingly used in psychiatric disorders.The effect of acupuncture on depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) has been documented repeatedly in controlled studies” References: [189-194]

‘Acupuncture is comparable with amitriptyline in the treatment of depression but has fewer side-effects. In addition, acupuncture has been found to be more effective in depressive patients with decreased excretion of 3-methyl-4-hydroxy-phenylglycol (the principal metabolite of the central neurotransmitter norepinephrine), while amitriptyline is more effective for those with inhibition in the dexamethasone suppression test’. References: (192)

Source: ‘Depression’. World Health Organization. 2011 • ‘Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials’. WHO 2002

2.  Research has been conducted since the 1990’s into the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of depression. Studies suggest that it has a positive and holistic effect on patients suffering with depression, particularly when used in combination with herbal treatments and psychotherapy. The first pilot controlled study of treating depression with acupuncture was conducted by psychologist John Allen, from the University of Arizona, and Acupuncturist Rosa Schnyer. In a double blind randomised study, 34 depressed female patients were assigned to one of three treatment groups for eight weeks. The first group received acupuncture treatment that was tailored to their particular depression symptoms. The second group received a general acupuncture treatment, but not specific to depression. The third group was placed on a waiting list for acupuncture treatment, but did not receive any treatment.

The study found that those in the tailored acupuncture treatment experienced a significant reduction in symptoms, compared to those in the non-specific treatment. The study also found that over 50% of the participants no longer met the diagnostic criteria for depression following their treatment. The study findings suggest that using acupuncture alone could be as effective as other types of treatments for relieving depression symptoms typically used in Western medicine, such as psychotherapy and drugs.

References: • This study was published in September 1998 issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the American Psychological Society, as ‘The Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Major Depression in Women’. • Allen, J. J. B. (2000). Depression and acupuncture: a controlled clinical trial. Psychiatric Times Online, 22, 3.

Hay Fever Misery

June 29, 2015

Hay fever is a type of reaction in the body to the pollen from trees, grasses, moulds or spores. It affects the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and air passages.

Spring and summer can be a tough time for hay fever sufferers. Many people resort to over the counter anti-histamine products and/or decide to stay indoors as much as possible, neither of which are satisfactory as long term solutions.

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Signs and symptoms

Itchy red eyes
Watery discharge from eyes
Sneezing
Clear thin nasal discharge
Fatigue

Symptoms can be similar to the common cold but nasal secretions associated with a cold usually become thicker and more yellow/green as the cold progresses.
Those who suffer throughout the year from hay fever like symptoms are said to have perennial rhinitis. Animal hair, dust, feathers, fungus spores, moulds, and/or some other environmental agent may trigger the symptoms.

What can I do to help myself?

The best and safest way to control allergies is to avoid the known allergen and take steps to normalise the immune system so as to prevent reoccurence or lessen the symptoms.
Allergies can usually be controlled if you are willing to make changes in your lifestyle and diet.

Can acupuncture help me?

Respiratory conditions [including sinusitis and asthma] can be relieved with acupuncture. Acupuncture can strengthen your natural defences and make you less likely to be affected by seasonal allergies.
Treatment can begin
• during peak season to reduce the severity of an attack
• during winter in order to boost the immune system, making it less susceptible to the usual reactions when the hay fever season begins again

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What about Naturopathy?

Naturopathy is all about the healing power of nature and, that given the right conditions, the body will seek to correct itself and restore balance and good health. It’s also about preventing disease and treating the ‘Whole’ person during any health issue.
As Naturopathic Acupuncturists, we have a clear understanding of these principles and the best way to apply them. We treat the person not the disease and tailor a programme that will encourage their own innate ability to heal.
Your Naturopath may use some of the following to enhance your treatment outcome
• Laboratory Testing
• Acupuncture
• Herbal Medicine
• Flower Remedies
• Hydrotherapy
• Diet and Lifestyle advice
• Supplement advice
• Fasting
The combination of acupuncture and naturopathy provides a unique way to tackle this perennial problem.

Why not contact bernie@shen.ie for more information or to book an appointment.

You can beat this, you don’t have to suffer year after year. Take control and decide that you are going to do what it takes to improve your health and be able to look forward to spring and summer in the future.

Now is the time of year when we want to relax in the sun, but there is much concern about sunbathing leading to an increase in skin damage and skin cancer. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays can increase the production of free radicals that can adversely affect the integrity of collagen in the skin. Over time our skin becomes cracked, wrinkled, aged, and brittle. Research suggests that skin cancer is cumulative over a lifetime. It begins with over exposure and serious sunburns during childhood.

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We can’t live without the sun. Our bodies require sunlight in order to manufacture Vitamin D which is needed for calcium absorption, amongst other things. So, we shouldn’t hide from our shining star, but here are a few helpful tips and precautions to take when you’re soaking in the summertime sun:

  • Use sunscreen – choose one with a high SPF that protects against UVA and UVB rays for greater protection. Apply 15 minutes before going outside and don’t forget your nose, ears and neck.
  • Timing is key – avoid sun exposure when the sun is at its highest peak in the sky, typically from 11am – 4pm.
  • Gear up – wear a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and a T-shirt that filter ultraviolet rays.
  • Drink more water – you can avoid dehydration and provide moisture for the skin to prevent dryness, cracking and ageing.
  • Vitamins – help prevent skin damage, especially Vitamin A, E and other antioxidants. Flax seed oil can also support skin health. Check with your Naturopath to see what would be best for you.
  • Brush it off – before you take a shower, use a dry skin brush. This can open the pores and slough off dead skin, allowing your skin to breathe easily and work more efficiently.
  • Keep healthy – some medications may cause adverse reactions and side effects when we are exposed to sunlight. Acupuncture may be able to provide an alternative to these medications, keeping you healthy, safely and naturally.

If you want to have fun now, and not worry later, practice good sun sense. You and your skin deserve it.

PCOS and Fertility

May 4, 2015

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS is a very common endocrine disorder in which a woman’s sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone, are out of balance. This leads to the growth of multiple cysts on a larger than average size ovary. The cysts are not harmful and the exact cause is unknown but there is a strong genetic component meaning that women are more likely to develop PCOS if there is a family history of the disorder.

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Polycystic Ovaries OR Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Some women are only mildly polycystic and the only symptom they may experience is a slightly irregular or longer menstrual cycle. These women generally don’t have a problem getting pregnant but it may take them a little longer than usual. Other women may be experiencing a range of symptoms including; obesity, insulin resistance, irregular periods, acne, excess body hair, mood swings, depression and of course problems getting pregnant. This is the difference between a woman with polycystic ovaries, and a woman experiencing a whole host of symptoms with polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Infertility

PCOS is the most common cause of infertility as some women can go for months without having a period. Long cycles are often followed by very heavy bleeding or for some women there may be scanty bleeding and anovulation, or amenorrhea. The hormonal imbalance means that less oestrogen is produced but there is an increase in other hormones like LH [luteinizing hormone] and testosterone. This has a knock on effect on the quality of the developing follicles and on the quality of the endometrium also.

Western medical treatment

This usually involves the oral contraceptive pill if the woman is not trying to get pregnant. Women who do wish to get pregnant are often given metformin, which increases ovulation frequency. Other drugs prescribed for fertility are clomiphene, hCG, and gonadotropin. IVF or other ART are recommended if these drugs fail. The problem with drug treatment, apart from the side effects, is that it does not address the root cause of the condition, which is the ovary’s endocrine imbalance and the quality of the eggs being produced.

Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM]

TCM and Naturopathic medicine have a different approach to treating PCOS. It is a disorder that responds best to an individualised treatment plan. After a detailed consultation, your TCM practitioner will differentiate your pattern of imbalance and the root cause of your PCOS will be treated with acupuncture and dietary advice. If periods have been absent or irregular the practitioner will focus on restoring regular periods and regulating ovulation. Acupuncture can stimulate the organs, improve blood flow, normalize hormone levels and promote the proper functioning of the reproductive system.

Diet

What you eat is also very important for the PCOS client and especially if you are overweight. Fat cells store oestrogen so your practitioner may advise dietary changes in order to increase liver function as it is responsible for metabolizing excess circulating hormones.

Hope

Many women understandably feel a sense of frustration and hopelessness about getting pregnant and wonder whether it will ever happen for them. But don’t despair, the body can heal and rebalance, and you can get pregnant. Most women are hugely encouraged after a couple of months of acupuncture when they see their cycle length shorten and their ovulation come earlier and earlier until they ovulate nomally on day 14. As one client said to me recently that she now had 12 chances of getting pregnant per year instead of her previous 5-6.

RESEARCH

A study conducted by Swedish researchers at the University of Gothenburg, found that exercise and electro-acupuncture treatments could reduce some symptoms of PCOS. They were looking for a long-lasting treatment for the condition without adverse side effects. During the 16-week study, nine women with an average age of 30 years underwent 14 acupuncture treatments. The study found that the electro-acupuncture treatments led to more regular menstrual cycles, reduced testosterone levels and reduced waist circumference (there was no drop in BMI or weight). The authors noted that their study had some limitations, including a small sample size.

Swedish study by the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

WHERE DO YOU FIT IN?

May 2, 2015

Fitness is one of the largest growing industries today. When choosing which program best fits your life and your desired outcome, it is important to look at these four aspects of a fitness routine:

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Endurance

These activities are designed to increase your heart rate and breathing for extended periods. Gradually build up endurance exercises over a period of time, initially starting out with as little as 5 minutes. Examples of endurance exercises include briskly walking, cycling, long-distance running, aerobics, and may even include mopping or scrubbing a floor, and mowing or raking the lawn.

Strength training
Increasing your strength can improve and maintain your mobility, control your weight and sculpt a muscular body. Lifting weights is one of the easiest and fastest ways to build muscle.
Martial arts are another form of strength training exercises.

Flexibility
Increasing your flexibility will help “loosen” you up and allow you to move more freely.
One great way to prevent injury and aid performance is to do stretching exercises before and after endurance and strength training. Yoga and gentle stretching fall within this category.

Balance

More and more, people are seeking balance exercises to reduce stress and harmonize body, mind and spirit. Tai Chi, Qi Gong and certain forms of yoga are exercises designed to maintain balance while cultivating Qi energy that can keep you healthy and strong.

Talk to a qualified professional before you start an exercise routine to best determine what exercises will be most effective in helping you reach your desired outcome of a healthy, balanced body.

Consider acupuncture for:

Performance enhancement; identifying the underlying conditions that may predispose an individual to injuries; and for treating sport-related injuries effectively. Remember, acupuncture can be introduced at any phase of a treatment regimen for an injury.

It is safe, effective and natural.

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In 1996, a draft report on the clinical practice of acupuncture was reviewed at the WHO Consultation on Acupuncture held in Cervia, Italy.

ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS

Although acupuncture was reported to be effective in the treatment of female anovular infertility (156), no methodologically sound, controlled trials have been reported. However, the mechanism of acupuncture in regulating abnormal function of the hypothalamic–pituitary–ovarian axis has been demonstrated in experimental studies. The data suggest that electric acupuncture with relative specificity of acupuncture points could influence some genetic expression in the brain, thereby normalizing the secretion of certain hormones, such as gonadotropin-releasing hormone, luteinizing hormone and estradiol (157). Acupuncture is also worth trying in the treatment of female infertility due to inflammatory obstruction of the fallopian tubes, where it seems to be superior to conventional therapy with intrauterine injection of gentamicin, chymotrypsin and dexamethasone (158)

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is still a primary source of preventative medicine and treatment in many Asian Countries, and is comprised of acupuncture together with Chinese Herbal Medicines. TCM has been used in such cultures to treat gynaecological concerns for many years. As early as 1237 AD the first TCM book dedicated solely to gynaecology and obstetrics was published; The Complete Book of Effective Prescriptions for Diseases of Women. Since then TCM has been used for endometriosis, infertility, dysmenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal syndrome, uterine fibroids and chronic pelvic inflammation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), cervicitis and vaginitis. For a good review see Zhou & Qu, 2009.

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A recent questionnaire study set by the British Acupuncture Council reported that 80% of UK acupuncture practitioners said the majority of their fertility-based work was related to assisted conception. (Bovey, et al., 2010) This is clearly different from its wide-spread use in Asian countries, and reflects how acupuncture is most commonly used as an adjunct to Western medicine, and is unlikely to constitute a primary source of treatment in Western countries. As acupuncture has become more common in Europe, scientific research has also increased, albeit slowly. There is a bias towards research into acupuncture’s use during ART, although there are a number of studies investigating its benefit and mechanism with regard to infertile patients not undergoing ART.

An early attempt to elucidate acupuncture’s effect on hormonal profiles was published in 1976 in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine (AJCM). (Aso, et al., 1976) Using fertile patients at various stages in their menstrual cycle, the authors concluded that properly performed electro-acupuncture stimulation might affect the female endocrine function.

A later study more specifically focusing on 45 infertile patients concluded that auricular acupuncture would offer a valuable alternative therapy for female infertility due to hormone disorders, restoring normal ovulation. (Gerhard and Postneek, 1992) The authors saw that various disorders of the autonomic nervous system normalised during acupuncture, and only matched-control patients receiving hormonal treatments suffered side-effects.

Another study, using points Ganshu (UB 18), Shenshu (UB 23), Guanyuan (Ren 4), Zhongji (Ren 3), and Sanyinjiao (Sp 6) also concluded acupuncture could modulate the endocrine system to induce ovulation. (Mo, et al., 1993) Lastly, in 1997 Chen et al published their experiences of both human and animal studies into electro-acupuncture and ovulation, and concluded electro- acupuncture could possibly regulate endocrine dysfunction by several mechanisms, including influencing gene expression within the brain normalising secretion of GnRH, LH and oestrogen to restore normal and functional ovulation. (Chen, 1997)

A study in 1996 also suggested acupuncture could modulate female fertility by virtue of the sympathetic nervous system. Ten women known to have high pulsatility indexes (PI) in uterine arteries were given acupuncture for one month, on top of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone down-regulation to remove any endogenous causes for changes in their PI. Post- acupuncture PI values were significantly reduced compared to their baseline values, and the authors suggested this was due to the acupuncture having a central inhibitory effect on the sympathetic nervous system. (Stener-Victorin, et al., 1996)A recent study found that manual acupuncture at bilateral SP6 could elicit immediate reductions in uterine PI values. (Yu, et al., 2010)

Since the mid 1990’s there have only been a few studies focusing on sub-fertile patients not undergoing ART. However, they appear rather consistent in identifying benefits to acupuncture, with results regarding ovulation either equivalent or better than Western hormonal treatments, and similarly positive results regarding pregnancy rates. However, it should be noted that full text versions of these studies are currently unavailable so a complete critical analysis is not possible. The exact acupuncture timing and regime used is unknown, as are patient ages. The mechanism by which acupuncture achieves the results is likely not established by these studies. More research is needed to build on these preliminary results, but the current studies appear to have positive outcomes and improve patients’ fertility without resorting to IVF.

Studies using patients with PCOS suggest acupuncture may have some ability to restore normal ovulation. Animal studies have also been used to help confirm the impact provided by acupuncture. A paper published in 2003 using a rat model concluded electro-acupuncture possibly mediated its action by increasing GnRH cell numbers in the brain, resulting in a similar increase in blood oestrogen levels. They also stated corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) played an important role in electro-acupunctures capability to restore normal function of the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis. (Zhao, et al., 2003)

Another study concluded acupuncture may work by modulating both hormones and their receptor expression levels. (Liu, et al., 2007b) Later they concluded acupuncture’s effect was mediated by increasing the levels of connexin 43 mRNA expression (Huang, et al., 2010). Studies on rat models have reported increased ovarian blood flow responses to electro- acupuncture, mediated by a reflex response via ovarian sympathetic nerves (Stener-Victorin, et al., 2003) although this was later shown to be frequency dependent, and dependent on the stage of the oestrous cycle. (Stener-Victorin, et al., 2006) Others have reported acupuncture can regulate the function of hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian axis by modulating the activity of numerous brain nuclei, measured by changes in C-fos expression. (Hu, et al., 1993) A rabbit model has also reported effects on brain activity, stating GnRH levels (which are pulsatile during ovulation) from the mediobasal hypothalamus (MBH) become amplified after acupuncture. (Yang, et al., 1994

Consequently, while further validation is necessary, it is becoming accepted that acupuncture may improve fertility by modulating the sympathetic nervous system, affecting uterine and ovarian blood flow, and more directly interacting with the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis by affecting hormone (and receptor) expression level.

ref; Zita West. Acupuncture and Fertility. Review of current literature

by Shen in association with Zita West

Bernadette Fogarty, Kelly-Anne Breen and Bernie Doyle are delighted to announce that they have become founding members of the recently launched Zita West Network for Reproductive Health, as Affiliated Acupuncturists.

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Built on the ground-breaking work of midwife, author and fertility and pregnancy expert Zita West and her renowned London clinic, the new Irish network aims to share the unique skills and experience of Zita and her team of doctors, midwives and complementary therapists, with experienced independent acupuncturists across Ireland and the UK. Other health specialists (such as nutritionists, counsellors, midwives and doctors) will also be recruited to the network. The Zita West Clinic is the largest integrated (medical and complementary) practice in the UK specialising in all aspects of male and female reproductive health. It also runs occasional clinics in Dublin on a monthly basis. All acupuncturist members of the network receive training and ongoing support in Zita West’s comprehensive, holistic approach to achieving optimum reproductive health. This covers a wide range of treatments and approaches to help boost fertility, enhance IVF, improve pregnancy, enhance birth outcomes and support post-natal recovery.

The Benefits of Choosing a Zita West Affiliated Acupuncturist

Wide-ranging Medical and Complementary Health Experience

. By choosing a Zita West affiliated acupuncturist clients not only get the benefit of their practitioner’s individual expertise but, through them, the training and support of Zita and her colleagues too. The Zita West Clinic works with thousands of women and men each year, helping them to boost their chances of conceiving successfully (both naturally and through IVF) and helping those who are already pregnant to have the best pregnancy possible and the brightest and healthiest of babies. This provides an unrivalled breadth and depth of knowledge to be shared with members of the network and their clients.

Exclusive Discounts on Zita West Clinic Services

. Choosing a Zita West affiliated practitioner also provides clients with unique access to a range of Zita West clinical services – some of which are available by ‘phone as well as in person – all at special discounted prices.

Special Discounts on the Zita West Range of Nutritional Products. 

Clients of member practitioners are entitled to further discounts on Zita’s best-selling range of premium nutritional supplements for fertility, pregnancy and breast-feeding too (20% off RRP ex p&p). Similar discounts are available on her range of books, CDs, cosmetic products and gift-sets as well.

FREE Fact Sheets to Help Boost Your Fertility and Pep up Your Pregnancy

For further information contact Bernadette on 086 1910181. Or email bernie@shen.ie or visit http://www.zitawest.com.