Entries by Alex


Being An Acupuncturist In Inverness

As an Acupuncturist in Inverness, I have seen great change during the years that I have lived here.  Not only Chinese medicine, but also the range of Complementary Therapies on offer in the Inverness area has increased hugely in the last 25 years. I moved to the Highlands in 1996 with a 3-month-old baby to […]


Acupuncture and Cupping

Acupuncture and Cupping, more than half of the ills cured” is a famous Chinese saying, supporting traditional Chinese medicine. Cupping is one of the treatments that are practised in Chinese medicine, alongside acupuncture, moxibustion, herbal remedies and Tui Na (Chinese massage).  Generally, it is combined with acupuncture, but it can be used on its own. Cupping […]


Natural Menopause Treatments

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Yoga are all be effective in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. A recent study in the British Medical Journal found acupuncture reduced the severity of hot flushes. I regularly treat women for a variety of menopausal symptoms in my clinics in Inverness, Dingwall and Alness. All women will go through […]

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine In The Treatment Of Headaches & Migraines

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Massage are very effective in the treatment of both headaches and migraines. Headaches are very common, most people rest or take an over the counter painkiller and the headache clears, however, for many the headaches persist or reoccur and they seek treatment. The treatment of headaches and migraines with acupuncture, […]

Why Do People Take Up Or Practice Yoga?

I have been practising yoga since I was 19 and teach both Iyengar style from my training in Iyengar yoga and Vinyasa flow style form my training in Ashtanga yoga. I have also recently started a Chair yoga class that draws on both my training as well as specific chair yoga exercises so that older […]

Chinese Scalp Acupuncture

Chinese scalp acupuncture is used as an effective treatment for many neurological conditions. It is mainly known for the treatment of stroke patients, studies show how it can effectively improve the quality of life for a post-stroke patient, bringing sensation back to paralysed limbs and improving speech, hearing and balance problems.  Scalp acupuncture areas are […]


Chinese Herbs For Skin Conditions

Chinese medicine is a very effective treatment for skin problems, it can often resolve stubborn skin conditions that Western medicine struggles to treat. The most common conditions treated by Chinese herbal medicine are eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoiec dermatitis and urticaria. Acupuncture and herbs can also help with related skin conditions such as alopecia, chilblains and leg […]


Acupuncture And Infertility

Acupuncture and Infertility Acupuncture can be used to boost both female and male infertility. For female infertility, it can be used on its own, in conjunction with herbal medicine or along with western medicine such as IVF and other assisted reproductive treatments. For male infertility, both acupuncture on its own or with herbal remedies can […]

Herbal Remedies for Winter

Herbal remedies is not just found at the herbalist’s but also in your kitchen cupboard. Winter is a prime time for colds and coughs, there are many herbal remedies that can help and many of the medicinal herbs involved can be found in your herb and spice racks. Delicious recipes that fight off colds and […]

Treatment For Back Pain

Acupuncture is a well established and effective treatment for back pain, alongside osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy and exercise such as yoga.   I have been involved in a research programme on “Non-specific mechanisms in Orthodox and Complementary Therapies (CAM) management of low back pain”  based at the University of Southampton for the last six […]