ACH Blog

Acupuncture and the Seasons

Isobel Cosgrove - Thursday, November 07, 2013

One of the most important beliefs underlying the practice of Chinese medicine is that maintaining good health relies on us all being aware of, and becoming in tune with, the natural rhythms of the seasons. Read More

Managing rheumatoid arthritis with Chinese medicine

Tim Davis - Sunday, October 06, 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This is when your immune system – which usually fights infection – attacks the cells that line your joints, making them swollen, stiff and painful. Over time, this can damage the joint itself, the cartilage and nearby bone. Read More

Menopause and beyond

Isobel Cosgrove - Monday, September 30, 2013

Women who are in menopause or just past menopause (this can be anywhere from early forties to late fifties), often ask me for help to manage this transition into the next stage of their lives.

Youth, or the Alpha stage of an adult woman's life, when we leave home, go out into the world, think about mating and reproducing ( if we choose to do so) is held in high esteem in Western cultures. Whereas the middle and later years of a woman's life are not. Phrases like '60 is the new 40' appear in the national press, and articles are written, often by 'celebrities' describing how they have stopped the age clock , and telling us that we are as young as we feel. Read More

Acupuncture helps you to take charge of your health.

Isobel Cosgrove - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

In this blog I want to ask you to engage with an exciting question: how can you invite and encourage your body towards a healthier self regulation. Some examples of this would be.......  Read More

Acupuncture decreases pre-op anxiety

Isobel Cosgrove - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A Turkish research team has found that a single session of acupuncture at the acupuncture point between the eyebrows  (Called Yintang) can reduce pre operative anxiety in adult surgical patients. The study comprised 52 adult surgical patients.   Read More

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Supporting Fertility & IVF

Isobel Cosgrove - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have a long and successful history in reproductive medicine. They can be used to help boost fertility, to help improve the chances of IVF success and to prepare the body for conception and pregnancy generally. Chinese Medicine (CM) is a treatment in its own right for infertility and gynaecological problems. So as well as IVF, CM can be used as a more natural treatment for: Read More

Chinese Medicine in Winter

Isobel Cosgrove - Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Since ancient times Chinese doctors have understood that our health and energy (Chi) are closely linked to the cycles of the seasons. Winter is an important time of year from this perspective. The rain which falls in the coldest months does not evaporate as in Summer but collects underground, providing vital water supplies for the rest of the year. In the Su Wen (the ancient Chinese medical text which underpins modern Chinese medicine) there is a parallel between this natural process and our health. Read More