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Spring May increase fertility, but acupuncture gives it wings.

Spring May increase fertility, but acupuncture gives it wings.
By Richard Collisson LicAc, MBAcC

Recent scientific research now supports the belief that Spring is a fertile season. Researchers at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Liverpool Women's Hospital observed that 20 per cent of IVF cycles from May to September resulted in a successful pregnancy, compared to 16 per cent for the rest of the year. These findings are supported by similar research presented at the World Congress of Fertility and Sterility in 2010, which found higher fertilisation  rates in women undergoing IVF in spring.

Increasing daylight levels in spring stimulates women's bodies to produce higher levels of estradiol (a hormone important for fertilisation of the egg and development of the embryo), confirmed by blood samples taken from the participants in the study, which showed higher levels of this hormone detected in springtime and that those who had treatment in March, April or May were 1.5 times more likely to conceive than at any other time of the year.

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Acupuncture for heel and foot pain from plantar fasciitis by Richard Collisson


Heel or foot pain from plantar fasciitis is a very common problem that can occur at any age, usually occuring after trauma to the foot and so typically only affects one foot , but can occur on both feet at the same time.

The plantar fascia is an extension of the Achilles tendon which runs under the heel then spreads out across the sole of the foot and inserts into the base of the toes. Its function is to provide shock absorption on the sole of the foot as well as to lift the arch of the foot when walking.

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia which causes pain under the heel or in the instep which is usually worst either first thing in the morning when one gets up or after a period of non-weight bearing rest and one puts weight on the foot.  The pain will often initially ease with movement, but after a while overuse will aggravate it too. 

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The Benefits of Acupuncture by Health Zone Clinic Wimbledon

The Benefits of Acupuncture - Health Zone WimbledonAcupuncture is an increasingly popular and effective means of overcoming the endemic problems associated with our modern lifestyles. Disorders and conditions directly caused by the stress of life in modern Britain are well known and are the cause of genuine suffering for millions of people. High levels of stress, back pain, headaches, depression and anxiety are all very real afflictions; and are the most common causes of absence from work.

Every day, GP’s clinics across the country are full of people seeking solutions for these common complaints, but you won’t find many doctors prepared to recommend acupuncture. This is because the foundations of Western medicine are highly materialistic; if an ailment can’t be cured by pharmaceutical medication the doctors sweep the issue under the carpet.

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