Friday, 1 March 2013

Acupuncture Awareness Week and Insomnia

As part of Acupuncture Awareness Week our Acupuncturist Maura Bright wrote an article in the local newspaper, the Harrow Times about Sleep Deprivation/Insomina and how acupuncture can help.

If you are unable to read the article please email us at and we can email you the full article to read.

Thank you,

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Love is all around - Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

Chocolate - it's tasty, makes you feel good, lovely as a gift and there are so many different types that there is definitely a chance that everyone will find one they enjoy!

However this valentines why not try DARK CHOCOLATE? I hear you say what is so good about it? Some of the important things include:

  1. It is an anti oxidant powerhouse, similar to those found naturally in fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.
  2. Aids lowering blood pressure, improve blood circulation and preventing plaque formation in arteries.
  3. Prevents cholesterol levels increasing.
  4. Even though dark chocolate has the reputation of being sweet it has a LOW GI similar to that of oatmeal. AND those who are diabetic if you go in to your local health food shop they sell chocolates designed especially for diabetics.
  5. Chocolate actually has some vital minerals that you need. - shocking I know!

So when you indulge today don't feel guilty!!

Health & Harmony 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Acupuncture Awareness Week


New research for Acupuncture Awareness Week shows sleep deprived Brits need to get to the point

Research out today has revealed that we’re a nation of zombies with 1 in 5 of us claiming to feel like one after a disturbed night’s sleep. Results show that over two thirds of people in the UK are getting less than the recommended eight hours of sleep a night with money worries (53%), work (35%) and needing the toilet (30%) causing the most unrest.

Acupuncture Awareness Week (25th February to 3rd March 2013) aims to educate people about how traditional acupuncture can help improve sleep and aid relaxation. Among the 82% of us who admit to sleeping troubles or insomnia, many of us are missing the point when it comes to this ancient Chinese medicine.

With 2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practiced in the UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us would only consider acupuncture for sleep as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they didn’t realize acupuncture could benefit them despite its widely recognized health benefits.

Maura Bright, a member of the British Acupuncture Council who works at Health and Harmony Clinic in Stanmore, comments:

“Traditional acupuncture is known to be enormously beneficial for helping to correct sleep problems. Most people find treatment wonderfully relaxing, as acupuncture is known to calm the nervous system and also increase endorphin production.”

Traditional acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practiced for over 2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting sterile needles, no bigger than a human hair, painlessly at specific points on the body.

In addition, the research revealed that many people are still resorting to medication with 1 in 10 admitting to taking sleeping pills to help them sleep. Statistics also show that when having trouble sleeping, many of us engage in activities that actually make it harder for the brain to switch off. Nearly a third of us admit to reading a book while almost 1 in 5 say they watch TV or a film.

Maura Bright continues:
“At some point in our lives, we all experience periods of disturbed sleep and even insomnia. Many patients find a course of traditional acupuncture can be extremely beneficial to ease them through these times, helping to identify the root cause of the sleeping problem. When looking for a practitioner, make sure you find a qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council to ensure a high standard of care and safety.”

Notes to editors:
1,000 UK adults were questioned by Research Runner November 2012

About the British Acupuncture Council
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) is the UK’s largest governing body of traditional acupuncture with over 3,000 members - each of whom is an accredited practitioner providing the highest standard of professional care to patients. BAcC members practice a traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a system developed and refined over 2,000 years.
To achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive training in acupuncture (minimum three years full-time at BSc or BA degree level) which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences appropriate to the practice of acupuncture and their expert practice skills are maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing professional development (CPD). BAcC membership is also a mark of assurance of high standards in professionalism, training and safety.

Health & Harmony

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Research by Arthritis UK shows Acupuncture can help Arthritis!

Acupuncture very effective states new research from Arthritis Research UK

A new report into the effectiveness of the complementary therapies that are commonly used for treating arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions was recently undertaken by Arthritis Research UK.

Twenty-five therapies were considered in the report. Each therapy was scored according to their effectiveness on a scale of one (little or no evidence that it was effective) to five (good evidence that it was effective), based on published data from clinical trials. Effectiveness was measured in terms of improvements in pain, disability or quality of life. In addition the safety of each therapy was graded either green, amber or red.

Acupuncture was found to be most effective for osteoarthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia
Copies of the full reports are available from Arthritis Research UK on   0300 790 0400 or email . A PDF of the report can be downloaded from the website at

Nick Pahl, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) comments:

"Traditional acupuncture as practised by qualified members of the BAcC is a safe and effective option for those suffering with osteoarthritis, low back pain and fibromyalgia. In fact NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) already recommends acupuncture for the treatment of persistent non-specific low back pain as well as migraines and tension type headaches. When searching for a nearby qualified practitioner, patients should look out for the BAcC membership stamp of approval to ensure they receive the highest standard of care."

For more information on acupuncture treatment contact Maura Bright at Health and Harmony 020 3417 4636

British Acupuncture Council website


Health & Harmony

Monday, 14 January 2013

IBS and Acupuncture

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a term that covers all sorts of digestive problems. It’s the most common disorder seen by gastro-enterologists and reports suggest that 10- 25% of the population in UK suffer from IBS. It’s now widely accepted amongst doctors that stress, emotional upset, traumatic life events and difficult life situations are often expressed in the gut (butterflies in the stomach for instance) via the brain-gut axis which is a ‘surveillance network’ made up cells and sensory fibres which react to stress messages from the brain and keep the digestion in balance. Our ‘flight-or-flight’ stress mechanism is one of the key messages that gets sent around this network and the organs of the body , ‘knotting up’ energy pathways as we would say in acupuncture, as do alcohol, very fatty diet, medication, poor nutrition and lack of sleep. An upset brain-gut axis can cause inflammation in the bowel and reactions to certain foods which create pain. 


During treatment, I look at the person who has the problem not just the symptom itself, as we all get unwell in our own unique ways. Acupuncture smooths out the stress patterns in that person’s system, regulates the digestion and intestines and helps mental and emotional relaxation (acupuncturists have a great set of ‘urban stress points’!). Diet, supplements and herbs are also considered as part of the treatment plan.

Two research investigations have shown that acupuncture with moxibustion (heated herbs) and Chinese Herbal Medicine is more effective for IBS that conventional drug therapy.

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Health & Harmony 


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Health and Harmony January 2013!


We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy new year! 
Thank you for your continual support..

A warm welcome to our new therapists Serena Naidoo - Registered Chiropodist/ Podiatrist and Maura Bright Registered Acupuncturist.

Both therapist have a vast amount of knowledge in their relevant fields and will both be starting with an introductory offer for all new patients!

Our current January 2013 offers include:

First Reflexology treatment £25 usually £40
reflexology can treat headaches, fatigue, stress, fertility problems, SPD, reflexology can also help during a pregnancy.

First Assessment and sports therapy treatment half price £17.50
Sports therapy can help treat joint injuries, ligament injuries, muscle tears, postural imbalance, back pain, joint instability, arthritis and more.

For more information please contact us on 0203 417 4636 or email us on

For those who are not at the moment you can follow us on Facebook Health and Harmony- Stanmore or on Twitter @health_harmony1

Happy Holidays!

Health & Harmony

Tuesday, 30 October 2012


Dear Followers,

We would like to thank you for your continued support. As our clinic grows we feel appreciative that you continue to follow our blog, we can only hope that you find our blog useful and informative!

We have been on YOU TUBE for some time but would like to share our videos with you too and have some patients from our clinic, who very kindly have done testimonials sharing their experience for treatment for various ailments.

We will continue to provide health tips, testimonials, advice on our blog but now also through videos!

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