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Pricing Change Announcement

Pricing Change Announcement:

Dear service users

Please note that from 1st Sept. 2017, prices for all treatments at Akuen Medical Therapies will be adjusted.

Combined acupuncture/massage/cupping treatment, £40.

Full massage only, £45.

Herbal treatments, £40 per batch, which will last for approx. 2 weeks.

Bulk offer continues (5 session for the price of 4), costing £160, payable in advance.

For those not taking the bulk offer, a free session will continue to be awarded after accumulating 7 consecutive sessions (8th session free).

Sessions purchased before 1st Sept. will be delivered at the old rate.

From the same date, credit card machine service charges will be abolished.

Thank you all for all your continued support.

Kind regards
Ken O’Shea-Poon
AKUEN Medical Therapies

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Back From Japan

Hello Everyone!

I had great time in Japan sightseeing, catching with friends, having good food and soaking up the culture. It’s good to be back though and I’m feeling recharged.

I hope all my clients have been well whilst I’ve been away. The clinic opened yesterday and it’s been super busy. Apologies if you haven’t been able to get an appointment this week. The calendar it’s looking pretty full. So if you wanted an appointment do try to book in ASAP, it should go back to normal by next week. Thanks for the wonderful support.

If you want to check out my holiday pictures of Japan feel free to mozy at my personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ken.osheapoon

See you all soon

Ken O’Shea-poon

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Clinic Closure for Holiday Break

Hello everyone, I am heading off to Japan for a 2 week holiday. The clinic will be closed from 2nd-18th April. You can still book appointments while im away via the online booking feature.

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Please book up ASAP if you want to be seen before i go away. Apologies that there are only a few appointments left.

If you are not able to get an appointment, you may want to try Chinese herbal medicine in the interim. Chinese herbal medicine continue the therapeutic functions and run along the same treatment principles as physical treatment. If you require herbal prescriptions please let know before the clinic closes.

 

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Disability Ramp Completed

2015-03-13 22.20.24Works has finally completed on the disability ramp.  It has been high on the list of updates that i have been meaning to complete since the clinic opened two years ago.  This will enable better access to the clinic and benefit those that have been previously struggling with the the step on the front door. I have decorated the railing with message jars that symbolises nourishment and growth.  Each jar contains a message of good health and wisdom. There will be soft lighting that will light up the ramp still yet to come.
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Disability Access to the clinic.

Just a quick update that a disability ramp in currently being built to grant better access to the clinic. This will replace the current entrance at the front of the clinic on completion. Business is open as usual, however unfortunately clients will need to park in the square at the local shops a few yards away as there is a skip currently blocking the car port. Work is expected to be completed in few days, apologies for any inconvenience.

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AKUEN Supporting Local Charity

10169454_501351156631298_1641805670972814030_nFrom July 2014 AKUEN Medical Therapies will be volunteering time to support MK Melting Pot.  The MK Melting Pot is a community based organization that seeks to engage people within the communities in Milton Keynes in activities aimed at self – empowerment to develop individual potentials. We promote cultures; values; raise awareness; provide needs; raise personal or individual aspiration in people in their own community by teaching ways and means to integrate or participate as part of a teaming group on developmental programs that improves lives within such communities.

It is always important to my business that i support the community of Milton Keynes as social issues affect everyone. Organization that support people who are less privilege/harder to reach provide an important service and are often a lifeline for communities.  As funding cuts happen across the public sector many small organizations struggles to run their services, let alone have the luxury of giving their staff incentives for their important work.  Also many of the services users of these organizations may suffer a degree of social issues and may never come across private treatments such as Chinese medicine and acupuncture.  I feel privileged to be able to support the MK community with my work and will continue to seek out other organization that can benefit from Chinese medical therapies.

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Official Clinic Launch slideshow on Youtube

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Just uploaded some of the clinic launch photos up onto Youtube. It has been 8 months since the launch and life as a acupuncturist/TCM practitioner has been so fulfilling. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel as i shall be sharing a range of videos on that very soon. Thank you for all the support: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuzDTsNyGDby0CvX1hoxCFQ

#akuenmed #TCM #chinesemassage #acupuncture #mkacupuncture #miltonkeynesacupuncture #BACC #complementarytherapy

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Acupuncture Treatment for Insomnia

Photo: The Use of Traditional Acupuncture to help with InsomniaInsomnia is defined as a situation where there is an unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep that lasts a considerable period of time. This includes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Medically, insomnia is addressed by encouraging  routines to cultivate good sleep patterns, such as maintenance of regular sleeping hours, and an environment which will encourage sleep. The National institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) have also recommended the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in cases of persistent insomnia. There are pharmacological interventions available, but their long term use has been discouraged by the Joint Formulary Committee because of the dangers of dependence and other adverse effects on health.From a medical view point sleep for humans is characterised by reduced or absent consciousness, and is initialised by the increased secretion of melatonin, a substance produced by the body in response to changing levels of daylight, and which ‘tells’ the body to go into ‘sleep mode’. Sleep is a necessary function that enables the brain to ‘reboot’ itself after daytime activity, and allows the nervous system and other physical systems of the body to restore their optimum functioning. Traditional Chinese medicine understands sleep and sleep rhythms as part of the yin yang cycle which occurs over a 24 hour period; with the hours of daylight being the period where yang is more predominant than yin and the night time, the period where yin is more predominant.What evidence exists that traditional acupuncture can help with insomnia? The British Acupuncture Council has produced several research fact sheets which discuss the evidence available for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of many 'medical conditions', including insomnia. (http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/insomnia.html). Among the body of evidence to support the use of acupuncture to help insomnia include studies which demonstrated that acupuncture treatment helped increase the levels of nocturnal melatonin secretion, thereby enabling sleep, and reducing anxiety; and reducing sympathetic nervous system activity, and hence increasing relaxation.What actually is it about traditional acupuncture which makes it entirely different from what conventional medical professionals do? ‘Traditional’ means that the practitioner is trained to use an approach to diagnosis and treatment that has evolved over the past few thousand years in China, Japan and other countries of East Asia. It is an authentic medical tradition which explains how each person’s symptoms and signs can be interpreted to establish a diagnosis of the underlying imbalances in their overall patterns of health and well-being. Each and every piece of information is relevant to building up this picture, and that can include changes seen in the complexion, in body shape and movement, changes in the tongue and information gained from palpation of the pulse and the body as a whole. This is a very heuristic and patient-centered approach that leads to a formal diagnosis in the technical terms of traditional Chinese medicine.Once the practitioner has diagnosed the nature and cause of the imbalance a treatment plan will be devised which will be unique and specific to the patient. The treatment is then carried out by inserting ultra fine sterile disposable needles into selected acupuncture points on the body. Traditionally-trained acupuncturists may also use a heat treatment (moxabustion), cupping therapy or other forms of physical stimulation. Each year 2.3 million traditional acupuncture treatments are carried out in the UK, making this one of the most popular complementary therapies. People seek acupuncture for a variety of conditions, from chronic illness to part of a health maintenance regime. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment, and so seeks to look at the person as a whole. Any symptoms observed give clues to the internal environment of the body and will be observed together to make the diagnosis. Examples of the effects of insomnia and sleep deprivation in Chinese medicine can come from symptoms of yin deficiency, namely, mental restlessness, excessive thirst at night, an empty/fine rapid pulse, and a red tongue with no coat.Always use a qualified practitioner. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), with around 3000 qualified members, represents the largest body of traditional acupuncturists in the UK and guarantees excellence in training, safe practice, professional conduct and continuing professional development.BAcC registered acupuncturists are trained in relevant aspects of Western medicine including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and aetiology. In addition, all BAcC registered acupuncturists are trained to recognise in their patients warning signs known as ‘red flags’. Red flags may indicate the presence of a life-threatening condition and such patients are immediately referred on to other healthcare practitioners for tests and treatment where appropriate.To find a qualified acupuncturist or to ask a question about acupuncture please visit www.acupuncture.org.ukReferencesJoint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary. Edition 58. London: Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and British Medical Association, September 2009.National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence, 2004. Guidance on the use of zalepon, zolpidem and zopiclone for short-term management of insomnia [online]. Technology appraisal 77. Available: http://nicemedia/pdf/TA077fullguidance.pdfSpence et al. Acupuncture Increases Nocturnal Melatonin Secretion and Reduces Insomnia and Anxiety: A Preliminary Report. J Neuropsych Clin  Neurosciences 2004; 16: 19-28.Lee SY et al. Intradermal acupuncture on shen-men and nei-kuan acupoints improves insomnia. Am J Chin Med. 2009a; 37(6): 1013-21.World Health Organisation 2007. International Staistical Classification of Disease 10th Revision (ICD-10) [online]. Available http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/

Many of my clients have this problem as a secondary complaint when they come to see me. I would say from my experience that acupuncture/massage has been able to support and improve sleep quality of many of my clients.

The Use of Traditional Acupuncture to help with Insomnia (Article published by British Acupuncture Council)

 

Insomnia is defined as a situation where there is an unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep that lasts a considerable period of time. This includes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Medically, insomnia is addressed by encouraging routines to cultivate good sleep patterns, such as maintenance of regular sleeping hours, and an environment which will encourage sleep. The National institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) have also recommended the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in cases of persistent insomnia. There are pharmacological interventions available, but their long term use has been discouraged by the Joint Formulary Committee because of the dangers of dependence and other adverse effects on health.

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AKUEN Medical Therapies Supporting the Elderly

IMG_4976[1]AKUEN Medical Therapies has just expanded services to supporting the elderly residence of Willen retirement village. Willen retirement village is a place that supports elderly people with independent living. I am currently carrying out mobile services (treatment at the comfort of their home) and concession rates to a few of the residence in the village.

It is important aspect to me and my business that I support the community as much as I can, especially for groups of people that find it difficult seek optimal health.

I am always looking for more areas to support the community, so if anyone is aware of charities that can benefit from having treatment to either the service users or staff that provide support to them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. Please find a link the specific section of my webpage: http://akuenmed.com/charity/

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New Business Cards

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New business cards arrived today.  Featuring QR code, Facebook, twitter, and Linkedin information.  The design was created from Tom Poon, Feel free to contact him if you require any design work.

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