Osteopath Clinic

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Based in Glastonbury surgery covering Street, Wells and Shepton Mallet areas throughout Somerset
Somerset Health Practice offers acupuncture, osteopathy and herbal medicine treatments.

To book an appointment please call
01458 836 152 (9 - 5.30pm) 01458 860 392 (24hrs)

Latest News from Somerset Health Practice

For more details or to book an appointment please call us at Somerset Health Pracice on 01458 836 152 / 01458 860 392 or email info@somersethealthpractice.co.uk.


Glastonbury Festival 2017
We welcome all the people coming to the festival in Glastonbury this year. Health problems we usually help you with during and following the festival are:

  • Plantar fasciitis – this is an inflammation of the tendons in the sole of the feet which can be initiated by walking over irregular contoured ground in inadequate footwear such as small shoes, flip flops or welly boots!
  • Sprained anklestendons can be damaged and will not repair to how they were before. Looser ligaments in ankles can cause other biomechanical problems in the knees, hips or back.
  • Back pain – don't carry too much at a time.
  • Dehydration can cause muscle fatigue and poor memory function and constipation. Don't drink too much alcohol and remember to keep your fluid levels balanced by drinking water.
  • Detoxification programs - after the festival herbal detox programs are popular, we offer 1, 2 or 3 week programs for people either locally or further away using our postal prescription service.
  • Urinary tract infections keep hydrated and mindful of cleanliness. We have a history of success treating this with herbal medicine feel.

Free to get in touch for more information by calling us on 01458 836 152 / 01458 860 392 or please email info@somersethealthpractice.co.uk.

Latest research shows that Chinese herbal medicine can increase the clinical effectiveness of some pain relief medicines such as NSAIDS, whilst having an increased protective effect on gastric lining.

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Acupuncture is as effective as cortisone injection in reducing pain and improving movement problems caused by Greater trochanteric pain syndrome (GTPS) which is chronic, intermittent pain and tenderness on the outside of the hip.

HIP PAIN AND ACUPUNCTURE. Evidence indicates that greater trochanteric pain syndrome, chronic pain and tenderness on the outside of the hip, can be treated effectively with physical therapy, and specifically with dry needling to this area. Dry needling is as effective as cortisone injection in reducing pain and improving movement problems caused by this condition. www.jospt.org.

American college of physicians trial results indicate that spinal manipulation may be more effective in treating chronic low back pain than other non- pharmacological therapies.

Evidence continues to support the effectiveness of exercise, psychological therapies, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, spinal manipulation, massage, and acupuncture for chronic low back pain. www.annals.org.

Spleen function and anxiety in Chinese medicine

The relationship between anxiety and spleen function in Chinese medicine has been analyzed by reviewing relevant research studies in modern medicine. These findings suggest that the cause/consequence relationship between anxiety and spleen function may be bi-directional. file.scirp.org (pdf file).

Study shows how Chinese medicine kills cancer cells

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China – a Traditional Chinese Medicine – works to kill cancer cells. www.dddmag.com

Acupuncture for menopause symptoms

Research from the USA suggests that acupuncture can lead to a significant reduction in vasomotor symptoms (VMS) in menopausal women. In a pragmatic randomised trial, 209 menopausal women were randomised to receive up to 20 acupuncture treatments within the first six months (acupuncture group) or the second six months (wait-list control group) of the 12-month study period. VMS frequency was found to have declined by 36.7% at six months in the acupuncture group and increased by 6% in the control group. At 12 months, the reduction in VMS from baseline in the acupuncture group was 29.4%, suggesting that the treatment effect was maintained. Statistically significant clinical improvement was observed after three acupuncture treatments, and maximal clinical effects occurred after a median of eight treatments.

Persistent improvements were also seen in many quality of life-related outcomes in the acupuncture group relative to the control group.

Acupuncture in Menopause (AIM) study: a pragmatic, randomized controlled trial. Menopause. 2016 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print].


In contrast, an Australian study found that standardised acupuncture was not superior to sham for women with moderately severe menopausal hot flushes (HFs). Three hundred and twenty seven women experiencing at least seven moderate HFs daily, who met criteria for the Chinese medicine diagnosis of Kidney yin deficiency, were randomly assigned to either standardised TCM acupuncture designed to treat Kidney yin deficiency or non-insertive sham acupuncture at non-acupoints.

At the end of eight weeks of treatment (10 treatments), mean HF scores were 15.36 in the acupuncture group and 15.04 in the sham group.

Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Feb 2;164(3):146-54. doi: 10.7326/M15-1380.

Acupuncture improves cerebral blood flow velocity post-stroke

Acupuncture can influence cerebral blood flow velocity and may be useful for enhancing cerebral blood flow during post-stroke rehabilitation, say the authors of a Chinese pilot study.

Seventeen patients, one-to-three months post-stroke, were allocated to receive true (TA) or sham (SA) acupuncture. The TA group received acupuncture at Taichong LIV-3, Zhongfeng LIV-4, Waiguan SJ-5 and Yanglingquan GB-34, considered fundamental points for regulation of blood flow according to TCM. Non-specific points with no known acupuncture influence were used for SA. Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography was used to measure mean flow velocity (MFV) and peak flow velocity (PFV) in both healthy and damaged brain hemispheres before, during and five minutes after treatment. A statistically significant MFV increase in both hemispheres was found during and after TA; which was greater than that seen with SA. Acupuncture had no significant effect on PFV. Systolic blood pressure significantly decreased after acupuncture in a similar manner for both TA and SA.

In addition to these findings, there was some evidence to suggest that patients with a smaller extent of neurologic deficit and better functional status responded better to acupuncture.

The Effects of Acupuncture on Cerebral Blood Flow in Post-Stroke Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Ear acupuncture aids weight loss by suppressing appetite-inducing peptide

Auricular acupuncture may aid weight loss by reducing appetite through suppression of the production of ghrelin, an appetite-inducing peptide. Japanese investigators randomly assigned 10 healthy volunteers to either real acupuncture or placebo groups. Two auricular points - Hunger and Stomach - were used because of their purported action on regulating satiety. In the real acupuncture group, intradermal needles were inserted bilaterally and left in position for one week. In the placebo group, the intradermal needles were fixed in place over the same two points without piercing the skin. Needles were replaced on a weekly basis for one month.

The results showed that there was a statistically significant change in body weight after one week of treatment in all participants in the acupuncture group. In addition, the results showed that, whereas all of the participants in the placebo group showed an increase in early morning fasting ghrelin levels, this increase was suppressed after one week of acupuncture.

The effects of auricular acupuncture on weight reduction and feeding-related cytokines: A pilot study. BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2015 Feb 9;2(1):e000013.

Acupuncture for Sciatica

Another Chinese team who analysed 12 studies of acupuncture for sciatica involving 1842 participants also concluded that acupuncture was more effective than conventional medicine in terms of effectiveness, pain intensity and pain threshold.

The Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:192808.

Acupuncture better than conventional care for acute stroke

A systematic review from China has revealed that moderate to high quality evidence supports the use of electro-acupuncture (EA) for treating acute ischemic stroke. Eighteen studies with 1411 individuals were selected for meta-analysis, which showed a significant effect of EA on improving stroke outcomes based on several validated symptom scales, compared with conventional medical treatment. Analysis of the total clinical efficacy rate also showed a significant difference between EA and conventional care in favour of acupuncture.

Electroacupuncture for Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Am J Chin Med. 2015;43(8):1541-66.  

Meanwhile a Taiwanese study suggests that acupuncture might be effective in lowering stroke recurrence rates even in those on medication for stroke prevention. This retrospective cohort study of 30,058 newly diagnosed cases of ischemic stroke found that acupuncture treatment is associated with a reduced risk of stroke recurrence. The beneficial effect of acupuncture was noted in patients whether or not they received medical treatment for stroke prevention, however its impact decreased with the age of stroke patients.

A Retrospective Cohort Study Comparing Stroke Recurrence Rate in Ischemic Stroke Patients With and Without Acupuncture Treatment. Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Sep;94(39):e1572.


To book an appointment

We practice throughout Somerset and our team can also provide treatment in your own home if you prefer. To book an appointment please call Somerset Health Practice on 01458 836 152 / 01458 860 392 or email info@somersethealthpractice.co.uk.