Continued Professional Development (CPD)
- Written by Louise Stevens
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Women's Health and Fertility in Dorchester & Weymouth
I attended a course on Chinese Medicine and Gynaecology with the well respected Michael McIntyre. The first topic included Fertility, male and female. Did you know that 40% of infertility issues are male orientated and treating both partners is an essential part of the fertility journal.
We also looked at endometriosis, Poly-cystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and menstrual problems. These conditions are commonly encountered in the clinic and Chinese Medicine has so much to offer these women. I think hormones, painkillers and surgery are generally not good options for many women.
Chinese medicine always looks to the root of the problem and treats both the cause and the symptoms. It can enhance blood circulation, stop pain, encourage ovulation, regulate hormones, nourish blood and calm the mind. It allows patients to have a deep understanding of their situation and encourages them to make other appropriate changes if necessary.
Acupuncture and Autism in Paediatrics
I have recently attended a fascinating course with Julian Scott on whether Acupuncture can be useful in treating autism. The simple answer is that it is possible to help but as always it depends on the reasons why the child has the diagnosis in the first place. Every child needs to be assessed as an individual and if its possible to diagnose some physical symptoms in Chinese Medicine, then the chances are you can make a difference. These could include symptoms of excess Heat, Phlegm, Qi stagnation or Deficiency.
Past medical history is important including any trauma during birth, disease or ill health. Whether they have had immunisations and what their digestive function and diet are like.
Plenty of food for thought, and perhaps a paediatric course sometime next year!
Chinese Medicine and Mento-Emotional Disorders
This enlightening course gave some great insight into how to deal with common illness like anxiety and depression. It touched on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and OCD. Chinese medicine is always looking for patterns of disharmony and this is the same in mento-emotional illnesses. Many of the herbs we use can calm the mind, lift the spirits, clear heat and agitation, promote sleep. There is often a pattern of stress associated with it too as we live in a very fast paced world. We tend to have high expectations of ourselves but never seem to be able to fulfil them, we are often too self critical.
It is helpful to focus on the joy of the small things in life, aim for more achievable goals and take pleasure in doing less. Spend more time with those we love and who have a positive impact on our wellbeing.