Happy New Year! Want better health in 2013?

It is the beginning of a new year and, once again, a time to reflect on what changes we can make to improve our lives. If you want to improve your health this year, acupuncture can help you make the changes you need.

Here I will look at how acupuncture can help you with two common resolutions: losing weight and reducing stress

Resolution 1: Lose weight

Losing weight is the most common New Year’s Resolution. Although acupuncture cannot lose the weight for you, it is a powerful tool to support healthy weight loss by:

§         Promoting better digestion,

§         Improving metabolism,

§         Relieving emotional stress and helping address the emotional background to our overeating

§         Relieving pain to increase mobility and enable regular exercise

Acupuncture has been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous system, endocrine system, digestive system, food cravings, and metabolism. All of which can help to energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety.

Acupuncture is also a natural and effective means of controlling and eliminating pain. If you are immobile or find exercise difficult due to pain, acupuncture has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain before and after acupuncture treatment for pain shows dramatic decreases in activity in the pain centres of the brain of up to 70%.

Resolution 2: Eliminate Stress

Stress reduction is often high on people’s New Year’s resolutions and for a good reason. One in five Britons suffers from stress during the festive season, and the return to work in January provides little rest bite as we realise we have not recharged as well as we hoped.

Stress and anxiety are often the cause of illness and deterioration of health and pressures at this time of year can have a very real impact on our well-being. The most common symptoms of stress are:

§         Anger and frustration

§         Anxiety and panic attacks

§         Insomnia

§         Low immune system and repeated illnesses

§         Tiredness and fatigue

§         Neck and back pain, and headaches

§         Digestive problems

Acupuncture can calm you down and enable you to cope better with situations, reducing stress and anxiety and elevating your mood. It can help you get more, better quality sleep and return good energy levels to your body, boosting your immune system.

The calming nature of acupuncture also helps decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and improve the circulation of blood throughout the body. This all helps relax muscles, reducing tension and headaches, and improving your digestion

If you would like to feel calmer and healthier this year, contact me to find out more


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol

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Christmas Gift Vouchers

Give someone you love the gift of better health and wellbeing this christmas with a gift voucher for acupuncture treatment

christmas voucherGift voucher for 1 treatment: £35

Special Offer:  5 treatments for the price of 4. Just £140

Please call or email me to order a voucher or to find out more information

Eleanor Breen Acupuncture. Bristol

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Christmas gift vouchers – 5 treatments for the price of 4

Maybe someone you love would appreciate the gift of better health and well-being this Christmas

Why not give them a gift voucher for acupuncture treatment

Gift voucher for 1 treatment: £35

Special Offer: buy a gift voucher for a course of 5 treatments for the price of 4. Just £140

Please call or email me to order a voucher or to find out more information

Eleanor Breen Acupuncture. Bristol

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Acupuncture can improve quality of life for people with Multiple Sclerosis

New research shows electroacupuncture can significantly improve quality of life, including a reduction in pain and depression, for patients with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Electroacupuncture involves running a light current through the acupuncture needles, similar to the way a TENS machine works.

See here for the report

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Welcome to The Bristol Pound!


The Bristol Pound launched last week and I am delighted to be part of this exciting new local currency which will support our local economy and keep Bristol’s fantastic high streets vibrant and prosperous. I will be happy to receive payment for treatments in Bristol Pounds. 


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol


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Acupuncture for Migraine

This week (2-9 Sept 2012) is Migraine Awareness Week. Migraine is a complex neurological condition that can have an enormous impact on sufferers work, family and social lives.

If you or a family member suffers from migraine it may be worth trying acupuncture. Acupuncture can help alleviate the symptoms of migraine attacks as well as preventing attacks. See details of research here.

BBC journalist and migraine sufferer Jane Elliott, tells of her experience of using acupuncture here.

If you suffer from migraine and would like to know more about acupuncture, please feel free to call me for a chat.


Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol

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Acupuncture for M.E. and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This week (6-12 May) is M.E. Awareness Week.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a chronic, fluctuating illness affecting 250,000 people in the UK. It may be diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS). M.E. symptoms may include persistent exhaustion, muscle and/or joint pain, sleep disturbance, feeling ’flu-like and having problems with memory and concentration.

Acupuncture can help with many of the symptoms of ME or CFS. It can boost energy as well as helping with specific symptoms such as muscle stiffness, insomnia, temperature control, headaches and anxiety

There is further information on how acupuncture can help on various M.E. or CFS support websites such as Beat CFS or Action for ME. The British Acupuncture Council fact sheet gives information on how acupuncture can help as well as providing the evidence

If you would like to find out more please call me for a chat

Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol

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Acupuncture and Depression

This week is Depression Awareness Week 2012

This is a great opportunity to explore how depression can be helped by acupuncture treatment. The British Acupuncture Council has published a factsheet with information and evidence.

Just last year new research came out showing that acupuncture is “safe, well-tolerated and effective” for patients suffering from depression

From my experience of treating people with depression, acupuncture can improve sleep, increase energy, as well as enabling them to feel more positive and more able to deal with what each day throws at them.

Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol 

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16-22 April 2012 is Parkinson’s Awareness Week


One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in theUK.
Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. One in 20 is under the age of 40.
The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement.
As well as affecting movement, people with Parkinson’s can find that other issues, such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, can have an impact on their day-to-day lives.
There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s but the symptoms, as they progress are controlled with medication and other therapies. Although there are not many studies on the effectiveness of acupuncture for the relief of parkinsons symptoms, anecdotal evidence suggests many people experience significant relief (see details on forums: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/pdsforum/posts.aspx?forum=treatments&topic=acupunctu-1)

The British Acupuncture council also gives further information on how acupuncture may be beneficial and where to access research on the subject: http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1780:what-about-parkinsons-disease-?&Itemid=461

Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol

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April is IBS Awareness Month

IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) is a disorder in which a person experiences chronic, recurrent bowel problems and abdominal pain. If IBS is not managed, this disorder can be disruptive to all aspects of a persons life, affecting a person physically and emotionally.

Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may benefit IBS in a number of ways. For information please see the The British Acupuncture Council’s fact sheet.

If IBS is affecting your life and you are interested in how acupuncture can help, please give me a call to find out more.

Eleanor Breen Acupuncture, Bristol, 07834 160906

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