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The British Medical Acupuncture Society

The British Medical Acupuncture Society was formed in 1980 as an association of medical practitioners interested in acupuncture.

It is now a nationwide group of over 2000 registered doctors and allied health professionals who practise acupuncture alongside more conventional techniques. The BMAS believes that acupuncture has an important role to play in health care today and promotes the use of acupuncture as a therapy following orthodox medical diagnosis by suitably trained practitioners. 

During the past few years, acupuncture has become increasingly popular. Whilst it is exciting that the range of medical applications of acupuncture is increasing, it does mean that the responsible practitioner of acupuncture has a duty to educate both other medical colleagues and the general public about the strengths and weaknesses of the technique.

Very large claims have been made for acupuncture in the past. Not all of them can be substantiated. Such claims are worrying and can alienate many people - doctors among them - who might otherwise be sympathetic to the view that acupuncture can, in selected cases, be an effective method of treatment.

The British Medical Acupuncture Society runs training programmes in the UK for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. 

Western medical acupuncture: a definition

"Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. While Western medical acupuncture has evolved from Chinese acupuncture, its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as part of conventional medicine rather than a complete “alternative medical system”. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, and its known modes of action include local antidromic axon reflexes, segmental and extrasegmental neuromodulation, and other central nervous system effects. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, including myofascial trigger point pain. It is also effective for postoperative pain and nausea. Practitioners of Western medical acupuncture tend to pay less attention than classical acupuncturists to choosing one point over another, though they generally choose classical points as the best places to stimulate the nervous system. The design and interpretation of clinical studies is constrained by lack of knowledge of the appropriate dosage of acupuncture, and the likelihood that any form of needling used as a usual control procedure in “placebo controlled” studies may be active. Western medical acupuncture justifies an unbiased evaluation of its role in a modern health service."

SOURCE : Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Journal

The British Reflexology Association

The British Reflexology Association (B.R.A.) was one of the first reflexology associations to be established and strives to offer a personal service to its members.

B.R.A. members may join the Complementary and Natural Healthcare (CNHC) register. CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complementary therapists.  CNHC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  The B.R.A. verifies applications for CNHC registration and members wishing to apply should go to the members log in area.

The B.R.A. also has representation on the Parliamentary Group for Integrated  Healthcare (PGIH).

The B.R.A. is a company limited by guarantee and a board of directors is responsible for the general business of the Association including dealing with any complaints and disciplinary matters in connection with the membership.
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What is Reflexology?

"Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients." 

SOURCE : Association of Reflexologists 

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

The Bumblebee Conservation Trust was established because of serious concerns about the 'plight of the bumblebee'. In the last 80 years our bumblebee populations have crashed. Two species have become nationally extinct and several others have declined dramatically.

Bumblebees are familiar and much-loved insects that pollinate our crops and wildflowers, so people are rightly worried. We have a vision for a different future in which our communities and countryside are rich in bumblebees and colourful flowers, supporting a diversity of wildlife and habitats for everyone to enjoy. A growing number of committed supporters are helping our small team of staff make a big difference. We have over 7,000 members and are growing fast.

The Creating Water Foundation

What do we do?

The Creating Water Foundation is committed to capture water from fog with innovative, green and sustainable projects and turn un-usable desert soil into productive soil. The only energy we use is clean energy from solar, wind and water. There are no polluting energy sources!

With our projects we want to achieve:

  • That communities and individuals from third world countries are able to get out of that negative spiral. By providing in their primary needs we can help them develop and grow independently in a sustainable way.
  • To raise awareness for the global problems like clean drinking water and food shortage, we build example projects to inspire and motivate people to get started and be independent!
  • Create an opportunity for the local inhabitant to be self-sufficient through sustainable resources.

How do we do it?

The Creating Water Foundation works in the Netherlands part of the year where we work to prepare, finance and plan our projects. We also raise awareness for the global problems like food production and drinking water. The other part of the year we work at our project locations and monitor the results. Together with the community we work on the local solution for the food- and water problems. Because we work on the projects ourselves we are able to educate the local community and guard the project quality. After the implementation the community has gained enough knowledge to maintain and monitor the project themselves.

Why do we do this?

Personally we find it amazing to work with innovating and sustainable solutions with the purpose of changing people’s lives. These are wonderful and valuable experiences. We work for the foundation with full effort and help them to get self-sustaining. We encourage everybody to make their own contribution to a better world or community, with us or with your own initiative.

The Goulson Lab - Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

Welcome to the Goulson Lab

Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation

I study the ecology, behaviour and conservation of bumblebees. I'm also interested in pollinators and pollination more generally, and particularly in the sustainable management of pollinators in agro-ecosystems. My group uses a broad range of approaches, from genetic studies (of inbreeding, population structure, and as a means of estimating nest density) to behavioural assays to large-scale field trials. In recent years we have become heavily involved in studies of the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees. We are also involved in various “Citizen Science” projects as a mechanism to involve large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally, and also as a means for gathering large data sets. In 2003 I bought a farm in France on which to carry out large-scale habitat manipulation experiments.

My popular science book about bumblebees, A Sting in the Tale, has proved to be a great way to build popular interest in bees and their conservation. The sequel, A Buzz in the Meadow, was released in 2014 to lovely reviews - it describes my attempts to create a wildlife sanctuary in a corner of France.

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The Human 2.0 Project with Erik Lee

About me

My name is Erik Lee. I'm a father to two wonderful children, and husband to one wonderful woman. I went to college for a MS in Computer Science, and since then have been consumed by tracking down real solutions for the problems above, from a complex adaptive systems perspective.
That search has led me down a twisting path that includes bits and pieces from the real food movement, permaculture, resilience science, ecology, cognitive psychology, statistics, physics, chemistry, and a dozen other fields of knowledge.
I've cherry-picked from each of these to build up a strategy for what we can put in place right now to create a new kind of life for ourselves and our descendants, and stop wrecking the world we depend on for life. I hope you join me on this path - it's very exciting and loaded with opportunities, and I need your help!

The Kinesiology Federation

The Kinesiology Federation (KF) is a professional organisation representing Kinesiology practitioners, instructors and training schools from a spectrum of different branches of Kinesiology. Our aim, by working as a unifying organisation for these various branches, is to maintain the highest standards possible in training and therapeutic practice for the benefit of both the general public and our membership.

 

About Kinesiology

"Kinesiology was originally developed by an American chiropractor called George Goodheart. He found that by testing muscle response before and after he made chiropractic corrections he achieved better results for his patients. As time progressed he was able to make a connection between various muscles and acupuncture meridians. By testing these muscles the kinesiologist can get a picture of what is happening in your meridian system and how this may be affecting you. 

So, kinesiology can be seen as a blend of the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and western techniques which enable a kinesiologist to treat you as an individual.  Each person’s session is unique to them. 

Kinesiology uses a range of gentle yet extremely powerful techniques. Kinesiology also allows the kinesiologist to draw on other healing techniques and modalities and integrate them into the session where appropriate and indicated by the muscle response.

Please use the links to view case studies, information on your sessions and information on the different kinesiology modalities."

SOURCE : The Kinesiology Federation

The Lammas Project - A Pioneering Ecovillage in West Wales

Welcome to Lammas

The Lammas project has been created to pioneer an alternative model for living on the land. It empowers people to explore what it is to live a low-impact lifestyle. It demonstrates that alternatives are possible here and now.

The project centres around the ecovillage at Tir y Gafel, in North Pembrokeshire, which has been designed using a model that can be replicated across Wales. It combines the traditional smallholding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture. The ecovillage was granted planning permission in 2009 by the Welsh Government and is currently part-way through the construction phase.  At its heart it consists of 9 smallholdings positioned around a Community Hub building, and it is supported by a range of peripheral projects and networks.

The ecovillage runs guided tours every Saturday from April to October and also runs a range of courses, conferences and events throughout the year.

The project actively supports aspiring low-impact projects in Wales through providing guidance and resources as well as supporting independent academic studies.

The Meditation Foundation

We are a Department of Health supported Social Enterprise offering simple, modern, evidence-based, non-religious Meditation and Mindfulness courses & retreats (including at our own centre in France). We focus solely on:

Our courses are offered to the public direct and we also work with GPs; healthcare providers; educational institutions; social/community groups; private and local authority health clubs and businesses.

As a Social Enterprise and a Community Interest Company, all revenue from our courses supports our work and research into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. This includes the provision of subsidised courses to certain groups such as Armed Forces; Carers; Emergency Services Workers etc - as well as helping us to introduce our services into to hospitals, addiction clinics, prisons etc. 

Our overall aim is to provide every member of society with an easily learnt skill that empowers them to improve their health, wellbeing, lives and surroundings - as well as the wider community.

The Panya Project

Permaculture education centre and intentional community.

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