Key Hormone & Nutrient Tests for Fertility and Pregnancy
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
1M ago
This blog covers important fertility hormones tests, when in your menstrual cycle to test them, and the difference between Clinical and Optimal results. When taking longer than you expect to get pregnant it can be really helpful to dig a little deeper to learn more about your body, hormone levels and if key nutrients your body needs. It can however also be a bit overwhelming to know which fertility tests to speak to your GP about. In this blog I am not going to list every fertility test there is. Instead, I am going to cover key tests which can tell you what’s happening with your hormones, and ..read more
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What do I need to do to get pregnant?
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3M ago
This is the first blog in a series explaining ways to boost your fertility to get pregnant. We are going to start with regulating your menstrual cycle, and optimising ovulation and your fertile window. Blog 2 covers testing fertility hormones and blog 3 focuses on supplements that support fertility. I specialise in Female Health and Fertility and for years have worked successfully with many women just like you. I frequently see the same things happening, and I now know how to identify and support them so you can conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. With a little planning, making some invest ..read more
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The Chinese Body Clock
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
If you repeatedly wake in the night, I am always keen to know what time. I’m also interested to know what time of day your energy dips or your condition or symptoms worsen. Why? As an Acupuncturist, I’m applying theory from the Chinese Body Clock to help me restore and balance your health.  This blog provides an overview to what the Chinese Body Clock is and how it can be used to restore and maintain good health.  Note  The use of capitals letters in this blog e.g. Heart, Blood, Fluid, is used to denote that this term has a meaning in Chinese Medicine different to the meani ..read more
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What is Electro-acupuncture and how can it help me?
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
I have recently completed further training in Electro-acupuncture with my regulatory body BMAS (British Medical Acupuncture Society). They train practitioners in Western Medical Acupuncture and a large aspect of their training and research is on the physiological mechanisms involved in acupuncture.  My main reasons for this additional training were to update my knowledge on the latest research on the best frequencies and times for treating pain conditions, and learn the type of stimulation which produces optimal anti-inflammatory affects. I found the course really interesting as it also c ..read more
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Supporting your Blood with Beetroot
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
Wondering about why Beetroot can support your Blood? Read on … Beetroot is easy to find in the shops at this time of year. I love everything about it – the colour, taste and the fact it is so good for your health! Along with containing Vitamin C and A, beetroot is said to help with conditions such as fever, constipation and is also considered an aphrodisiac!  In Chinese Medicine food contains both nutritional qualities and energetic qualities. Energetically, beetroot is a very Blood nourishing and according to Daverick Leggett in his book Helping Ourselves: A Guide to Traditiona ..read more
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After COVID-19 what is your ‘new’ normal?
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
Below are the 4 things that I have found most helpful during lockdown.  So maybe these things will help you survive the Covid-19 lockdown too! Taking this time to reflect on life has opened my mind to doing things a little differently going forward. When life re-starts my new ‘normal’ is going to look a little bit different.  When life re-starts, what is your new ‘normal’ going to look a like? Life in Lockdown Life has never been like this. Covid-19 is having a devastating effect across the world. Fear, sadness and illness are unsettling for everyone. But, in amongst i ..read more
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6 Healthy Living Tips for 2020
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
January can feel like a long month. We all want to jump into a new year full of energy and feeling great. The reality is the festive season may have left you feeling depleted. You over-indulged, your immune system is struggling and your energy is low.  It’s time to nourish your body and boost your immunity with some healthy living tips. Adopting some key principles from Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can restore your energies and set you on the right track for good health in 2020.  January isn’t over yet . . . so now is a great time to make some lifestyle changes to make ..read more
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Acupuncture? But I don’t like needles!
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
Why come for acupuncture if you don’t like needles? Some people don’t like needles, in fact, some people fear and hate them. I used to think, ‘Surely they wouldn’t want acupuncture? Turns out I was wrong. . .   While I was training 2 things happened that made me think patients who don’t like needles can still want acupuncture! Knowing this has allowed me to ‘keep things real’ and never get needle happy or gung-ho and over-needle my patients. During my Acupuncture Training  Reading a case study on acupuncture with a needle phobic patient made me think. My initial thoughts were ..read more
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What is Chinese Tongue Diagnosis?
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
When you come to see me for Acupuncture, I usually ask to see your tongue. Why? Because Chinese tongue diagnosis helps make acupuncture more effective.  Here are some of the reasons. . . What can I tell from looking at your tongue? When I look at your tongue I am look at different things. I ask to see your tongue for a couple of seconds, 2 or 3 times. I look at your tongue’s body colour, shape, coating and markings. I also ask to see under your tongue and look at the very tip of your tongue. In Chinese Medicine all of these things relate to different aspects of your health.  Tongue B ..read more
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Can Acupuncture treat your Back Pain?
Lucy Clarke Acupuncture
by Lucy
3y ago
Ever wondered if Acupuncture can treat your back pain? or Why Acupuncture seems to work for some people and not others? Your friend said acupuncture ‘works’ but your uncle said it did nothing for him. . . Let me explain why this might be. . . Acupuncture focuses on individualised treatment and is tailored to each patient. Your treatment results are linked to the type and cause of your condition but also the frequency and dose of acupuncture. There is also now evidence that Acupuncture can successfully treat pain. Differential Diagnosis Factors that influence the effectiveness of acupuncture in ..read more
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