BSc HDipEd DipAcTCM CCM CChHM MACHI MAFPA
2 The Burn, Sprackburn, High Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Croaghan, Ramelton, Co Donegal
The Shentang Clinic provides the highest standard of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Letterkenny and Ramelton, Co. Donegal. Treatments are given in a warm, relaxing and professional setting on a one to one basis.
Acupuncture is best known for successfully alleviating pain, but it is also widely used with great results for many other complaints.
The following pages contain further information and contact details should you wish to make an appointment.
ACUPUNCTURE AWARENESS WEEK 2013
What is Insomnia:
that is not due to an organic cause is defined as a condition of
unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep lasting for a
considerable period of time (WHO 2007). It includes difficulty falling
asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or early final wakening (WHO 2007;
American Psychiatric Association, 2000).
How Acupuncture can help:
is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of
neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes
influence the body's homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and
emotional well-being. Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has
been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce
sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and
deactivating the 'analytical' brain, which is responsible for insomnia
and anxiety (Hui 2010).
Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically be of benefit in people with insomnia by:
- increasing nocturnal endogenous melatonin secretion (Spence et al 2004).
- stimulating opioid (especially b-endorphin) production and µ-opioid receptor activity (Cheng et al 2009).
nitric oxide synthase activity and nitric oxide content, helping
to promote normal function of brain tissues, which could help to
regulate sleep (Gao et al 2007).
- increasing cerebral blood flow (Yan 2010)
- reducing sympathetic nervous system activity, hence increasing relaxation (Lee 2009a)
levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) such as
serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA and neuropeptide Y; hence
altering the brains's mood chemistry to help to increase relaxation
and reduce tension (Lee 2009b; Samuels 2008; Zhou 2008).
can be safely combined with conventional medical treatments for
insomnia, such as benzodiazepines, helping to reduce their side effects
and enhance their beneficial effects (Cao et al 2009).
Acupuncture Awareness Week 2013 article in Donegal News 1st March 2013:
Clinic open Monday to Saturday
Daytime and evening appointments.
Registered member of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association.
VHI, HSF, Quinn, Hibernian Health and other private healthcare providers.
"There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as if everything is."
- Albert Einstein-
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