Chronic pain and how Acupuncture can help you

img_0101.pngPersistent (chronic) pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all ages in the UK. Chronic pain can have a terrible effect on well being across the board. According to the British Acupuncture Council (BAC), in 22% of cases, chronic pain leads to depression and some 25% of those diagnosed with chronic pain go on to lose their jobs. A shocking fact is that around £3.8 billion a year is spent on incapacity benefit payments to those diagnosed with chronic pain.
Typical chronic pain conditions include: rheumatoid arthritis; osteoarthritis; low back, shoulder and neck pain; headache and migraine and neuropathic pain (e.g. sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, pain with shingles) to mention just a few conditions. The good news is that if you suffer from chronic pain, Acupuncture may be able to help you. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety.
If you’ve suffered from chronic pain for long enough, call the Southdown Clinic today on 01582 760 200 to arrange an appointment with our highly qualified Acupuncturist Helen Thomas. Helen works with and has referrals from local GP’s, Osteopaths, Gynaecologists, Midwives and other Complementary Health practitioners. Click here for more information on how Helen may be able to help free you from chronic pain.

Chinese Medicine – what is this and how might it be able to help me?

The Southdown Clinic’s Director and Chinese herbal Medicine Practitioner Helen Thomas, member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine, wanted to share with you some thoughts from the organisation on what Chinese Herbal Medicine is, it’s history and how it can help a multitude of conditions. It’s one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC.



– Skin disease, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
– Gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
– Gynaecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome, painful periods and endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility – male and female issues. Menopausal and peri menopausal symptoms.
– Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
– Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic and perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
– Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
– Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
-Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety).

Read more here about how Chinese Herbal Medicine can help many of these conditions, especially in their chronic forms, despite them often creating great difficulty for conventional medicine. As a RCHM member, Helen will be happy to discuss their experience of treating your type of problem with you before you commit yourself to taking Chinese herbal medicine.