Chris Evans is no stranger to acupuncture, having had successful treatment for insomnia. So today on his Radio 2 breakfast show it was the turn of  sports news presenter  Vassos Alexander to try  Acupuncture to alleviate his tight calf muscle using  a selection of Trigger points. This technique is used to alleviate pain, stiffness and constrained movement within an affected area of muscle.  here’s the link: a

If you are suffering from sore, achy over worked muscles why not give the clinic a ring and find out how this technique can help you.


We are pleased to announce that Helen McQue will be joining the team in October 2016.

Helen is passionate about Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture and its approach to treating each patient as an individual and not just the condition. Her approach is one of focus, and understanding the importance of making sure one is allowed to express his or her concerns openly with regard to their health.

Helen has been involved in research proposals for depression and acupuncture and has worked in Nepal delivering acupuncture to remote areas.

Helen is building her appointment list so why not get in touch 07825212463.



"acupuncture in the buddhist temple"Our very talented acupuncturist Dean McQue was invited to spend seven weeks in Nepal earlier this year to run a clinic in the remote areas of the Himalayas. Up to 60 people each day attended the clinic and some walked or were carried for 4 to 5 hours to get there. Health provision is poor and mainly non existent in this area and patients ranged across many sometimes undiagnosed conditions due to malnutrition, environmental actors affecting these very humble hard working people.

Dean stayed in the Buddhist Monastery of Namo Buddha and lived on a very basic diet of rice and dhal during his stay. In order to provide some sustainable care he trained two very keen quick learning tibetan monks how to apply basic acupuncture to the most common conditions. He also was invited to visit a buddhist monastery in the more populated area of Boudha which boasts the largest stupa in Asia and he carried out acupuncture on mats in the temple there. During his stay Dean was fortunate to  work alongside a visiting Tibetan Lama who was also trained in acupuncture having over 40 years experience, which was deemed quite an honour.

Lama Lodro was very complimentary of Deans acupuncture and chinese cupping skills and it was humbling to share knowledge and skills across cultural boundaries. Whilst there Dean also helped carry other essential medical supplies to even more remote clinics accessible only on foot in certain weather conditions and has been invited back.

From today, patients and the public will be able to choose an acupuncturist belonging to a register vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Dean McQue of Acupuncture and Holistic Health in Richmond and in Bedale has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body which is accountable to Parliament.

Dean said “This will ensure that patients are able to make a choice with some assurance that the highest standards of acupuncture care are being given as accredited by an independent body, this is excellent news”

Peace of mind for users of health and social care

Anyone looking for health and social care services can enjoy greater peace of mind from today, with the launch of a Government-backed scheme to promote quality for those healthcare professionals who are not regulated by statute.
At an event in the House of Commons today, the Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) launched the Accredited Voluntary Registers scheme, which vets and approves registers of health and social care practitioners.
People looking for services such as acupuncture, will soon be able to look out for practitioners displaying the Accredited Voluntary Register mark. The mark is a sign that a practitioner belongs to a register which meets the Professional Standards Authority’s robust standards, demonstrating a personal commitment to improving quality.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

“Good care comes from good people. But if you’re an employer or a member of the public who employs an unregulated professional, you need to be able to find people who are committed to the highest professional standards. The AVR scheme is an excellent way of doing that.
The scheme will be a benchmark of high professional standards and good practice. And because of that, it will give people faith in the staff they employ, enhance the reputation of practitioners and, crucially, raise standards across the board.”

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority said:

The scheme offers enhanced protection to anyone looking for health and care services. With lots of different regulators supervising different parts of healthcare, this scheme works by bringing more professionals into the fold. It gives practitioners the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment by joining a register dedicated to improving standards.
Further information on the accredited voluntary register scheme is available at

Comment by Dean McQue Acupuncture in Richmond at Acupuncture and Holistic Health  –  this exciting research helps understand some of the physiological effects of acupuncture using a western paradigm. In our Richmond clinic, both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture is practised.

As reported in the Telegraph – Scientists who scanned the brains of volunteers as they were given Acupuncture found it deactivated pathways that govern pain.

Complementary medicine expert Dr Hugh MacPherson, of the University of York, said: “These results provide objective scientific evidence that acupuncture has specific effects within the brain which hopefully will lead to a better understanding of how acupuncture works.” The findings, published in “Brain Research”, suggest that acupuncture has a significant effect on specific nerve structures.

Dr MacPherson said: “We carried out two tests of acupuncture on our participants, one where the needles are inserted at a shallow depth which is the practise in Japan and the other where they went in much deeper which is the Chinese tradition. We found 10 out of the 17 experienced ‘deqi’ while the others didn’t, and this appeared to help in deactivating areas in the brain that are associated with pain.

“The Chinese have been using acupuncture for 2,000 years for wide ranging illnesses but we have only touched the surface at the moment. We believe it can help relieve a number of conditions, including depression which we have recruited 640 people for another study where half will receive acupuncture and the others counselling.”

Coresearcher Dr Aziz Asghar, a neuroscientist at Hull York Medical School, added: “The results are fascinating. Whether such brain deactivations constitute a mechanism which underlies or contributes to the therapeutic effect of acupuncture is an intriguing possibility which requires further research.”

The team is currently researching if acupuncture has the ability to successfully treat irritable bowel syndrome and depression The results will be made available on this website when completed.

Dr MacPherson and colleagues say their research could help to clear the way for acupuncture to be more broadly accepted as a treatment option on the NHS for a number of medical conditions.


Two national newspapers – The Times and Dailly Telegraph – reported this week the benefits of acupuncture for headaches and migraine. NICE – (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) – launched new guidelines for doctors to improve diagnosis and treatment of headaches and migraine.

 Almost everyone experiences occasional headaches but almost 10 million people – a fifth of the adult population – suffer from much more serious and debilitating types.   Of these, some seven million suffer from migraines, and another 1.5 million develop intense ‘tension’ type headaches on most days.

  NICE say that painkillers can actually aggravate the symptoms making some people have even more headaches!

Dr Martin Underwood, a GP and professor of primary care, who chaired the NICE guidelines panel, says:

Acupuncture is the only treatment that we’ve got a good evidence base for.”

“The eastern technique was “often not taken seriously enough”, claimed the neurologist, but trials showed it had a real beneficial effect.

In this latest report, NICE recommend that GPs consider up to ten acupuncture sessions for headaches and migraine – great news for headache sufferers.

It has previously recommended acupuncture be made available on the NHS for chronic lower back pain and arthritis.

Read more here:

Man with back pain

For people receiving health care for low back pain, symptoms will improve significantly in the first six weeks, but pain may linger even after one year, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Acupuncture for low back pain offers short-term decrease in pain; however, benefits increase in the long-term over a period of consecutive treatments.Researchers from Australia and Brazil examined data from 33 studies (11,166 participants) to understand the clinical course of pain and disability in people receiving care for low back pain. “The typical course of low back pain is initially favorable; there is a marked reduction in pain and disability in the first six weeks,” says Christopher Maher, M.D., of the University of Sydney, Australia. “Beyond six weeks, improvement slows and thereafter only small reductions in pain and disability are apparent up to one year.”

At one year, the patients who initially presented with acute low back pain still experienced some pain and disability but it was minimal; the typical improvement in pain intensity was about 90 percent. In contrast, those who initially presented with chronic low back pain experienced moderate levels of pain and disability at one year; the typical improvement in their pain was only about 50 percent.

Acupuncture can be integrated into health care management of acute and chronic low back pain as either a primary or complementary therapy. Contact Dean at Richmond for further information on acupuncture and back pain.

The time after the summer rush of visiting friends, family taking holidays, changing routine and the weather  all make us susceptible to colds. A lot of children and adults who are starting to get colds don’t realize that even though the amazing summer months are fun and full of freedom, the lack of routine and late summer nights start to catch up when the summer winds down.

Eating schedules are always different in the summertime, however, now is the time to make the switch from green salads with something a little warmer, like a  nourishing soup. Yes- the time for ice cream and salads has passed . Start thinking about a nice warm fruit crisp for a sweet end of summer treat. The farmers markets are  full of delicious fresh vegetables

Ideas to avoid catching a cold right now:

-Take a supplement which includes vitamin C and/or vitamin D3. The Wives Kitchen in Richmond can help.

-Get regular acupuncture in Richmond. BEFORE the symptoms start! Acupuncture helps boost your immune system naturally, but if you already have a cold or cold symptoms, it helps the symptoms pass more quickly.

-Keep covered up (use a scarf!), and dress appropriately for the weather.  The mornings and evenings are becoming chilly, so don’t forget to keep yourself and your beloved dressed warmly.

– Be sure to wash your hands after blowing your nose and cover when you cough! Those who are around small children know how fast germs can spread.

Be well and have a wonderful Autumn!