Nurturing the Young webinar: coming up this Saturday

Nurturing the Young webinar: coming up this Saturday

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.

Review of Acupuncture for Babies, Children and Teenagers

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.

The Panda Clinic and World Acupuncture Day!

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.

Acupuncture for Neo-natal abstinence syndrome (NAS)

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.

Paediatric acupuncture in the press

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.


Evidence-based Acupuncture

I wanted to alert both practitioners and patients to the wonderful work of Mel Koppelman and others who set up evidence-based  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 (

Mel Koppelman talking about evidence-based acupuncture:

Treating a child changes the family

I recently read a wonderful book by the psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz called ‘The Examined Life’.  In it, he tells the story of a 10-year old girl who was brought to him for therapy because she was chaotic, messy, dishevelled and wet herself both day and night.  The rest of her family were all exceptionally well-dressed, high-achieving and ‘together’.  Grosz writes that, over the year he was seeing the girl, she gradually began to put her hair up and generally take more care over her appearance, as well as stopping having accidents.  He also noted that, at the same time, the other members of her family who brought her to the clinic became more scruffy and chaotic.  His receptionist pointed out to him that ‘It happens a lot here – as the children get well, their families change too.’

This mirrors my own experience of treating children with acupuncture.  It seems to me that it is often one member of the family who ‘carries’ a pathology for the whole family.  It happens frequently that as the child I am treating gets better, a sibling starts manifesting a physical or emotional symptom.  If they then start having treatment and become well, then another sibling or a parent may then develop a symptom.   Sometimes each member of the family comes in turn for treatment.  It is when the parent asks if you can treat the family dog that you know your work is done!

I often think of the family unit as being similar to the 5 Elements.  Each member is intimately connected to the other members, and when a change goes on in one it has an impact on all the others.  It is as if some pathology or imbalance is passed around.  In order for it to be finally ‘expelled’ from the family unit, sometimes a shift needs to take place in their daily life or structure.  Treatment is often a catalyst for this to happen.  For example, an 11-year old boy came for treatment for alopecia.  The condition had begun after his maternal grandmother died.  As the boy began to get better, his mother told me that she had been signed off work because she had been overwhelmed by delayed grief for her mother’s death.  I saw her son’s alopecia as a sign that he had been carrying the grief for his mother.  When he began to be supported by treatment, his mother was able to experience her grief.

The power of acupuncture treatment for children goes far behind helping the child, and that is one of the many wonderful reasons why it is such a joy to treat children!

Food Allergies webinar

This evening, I will be giving a free, live webinar for acupuncturists about treating food allergies in children with acupuncture, hosted by  It will be a good introduction for anyone who has paediatric patients who have allergies or intolerances to foods.  I will outline:

  • the main types of food allergies and intolerances
  • causes of food allergies
  • key pathologies seen in food allergies
  • treatment of these pathologies
  • practicalities of treating children with food allergies.

If you would like to watch the replay, please go to: