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Covid-19 / Coronavirus

In light of the government guidance and British Acupuncture Council advice it is with deep regret that I have decided to temporairly cease treating patients from 23 March 2020 for the foreseeable future.

As soon as it is deemed safe for us to start work again I will contact all my current patients.

I look very much to seeing all of you on the other side of this.

I wish you, your family and friends well and stay safe in these challenging times. Marilyn.


General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) May 2018

Please note I do not share patient data with third parties or undertake mailshots. All patient information is stored clerically in secure accommodation, I do not keep computerised data. A Privacy notice is available at Penhalagans for patients. 


New Year, New You

With a new decade ahead of us perhaps you are thinking about your health and how you want to tackle a persistent issue such as IBS, an on going cough, not fully recovered from the flu, experiencing the Winter Blues or something else. Could acupuncture help? To find out more please call Marilyn on 0786 060 9322


Alternatively, you may be considering Facial Enhancement ( Cosmetic) Acupuncture, this is a non surgical treatment based on the principles of Traditional Acupuncture. Full details of this can be found under the acupuncture tab on the menu of this website. Again if you wish to know more give Marilyn a call.


In the meantime I wish you all a healthy and Happy New Year.


Menopausal Symptoms

Change in hormonal levels during perimenopause and menopause, particularly decline in levels of oestrogen can cause acute menopausal symptoms. About 30 - 70 % of women in Western Countries will experience vasomotor symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats (Freeman 2007; Melby 2005). Other symptoms can include; vaginal dryness, tiredness, sleep disturbances, mood swings, forgetfulness and loss of libido(Melby 2005). The average duration of these symptoms is 4 years. Contact Marilyn  to see if acupuncture could benefit you.



Allergic Rhinitis / Hayfever

Allergic Rhinitis (seasonal and perennial) affects 10 - 40% of the population worldwide and can have a substantial  health and economic impact on the community ( Sibbald 1991). Typical symptoms include sneezing, nasal itching, nasal blockage and a watery discharge (Lund1994). Other symptoms include red / itchy / tearing eyes, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tiredness, itchiness, fever and feeling of pressure in the head. Contact Marilyn or Gemma to see if acupuncture could benefit you.


Facial Enhancement / Cosmetic Acupuncture (FEA) is available from Marilyn or Gemma at Penhalagans. Our special offer continues if you book and pay for 6 treatments in advance you will receive the 7th free, a saving of £50. Full details of FEA can be found under the acupuncture tab on the menu on this website.


Stress, Anxiety, Winter Blues

Don't suffer in silence, acupuncture may be able to help. Call Marilyn for further information.



People with vertigo have the illusion that the environment is moving about them, or that they are moving with respect to the environment. (DTB 2009). The condition usually originates in the peripheral nervous system, for example, due to a disorder of the inner ear such as Meniere's disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis. Neck pathology can also cause vertigo. Loss of balance, giddiness,  nausea, vomiting and tinnitus may be present with vertigo. Contact Gemma or Marilyn to see if acupuncture could benefit you with vertigo. 


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / ME

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterised by severe, disabling fatigue and other synptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, impaired concentration and headaches (Reid 2007). Contact Gemma or Marilyn to see if acupuncture could benefit you and help relieve some of the symptoms.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS affects up to 22% of people in the UK (Maxwell1997) & is the most common functional digestive disorder seen by GPs.  Symptoms include: chronic abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and altered bowel habits. Research has shown acupuncture treatment may benefit IBS symptoms. To find out more contact Gemma or Marilyn. 


Acupuncture and Assisted Conception /IVF

Currently, about 17% of couples in industrialised countries seek medical advice for infertility (Cahill 2002).

Please contact Gemma or Marilyn to see if acupuncture could help with  infertility and assisted conception. Further information is available on the British Acupuncture Council website.



MS sufferers can experience a variety of symptoms including, problems with balance, vision and  their bladder plus dizziness, fatigue, stiffness and spasms.  Working alongside Western Medicine acupuncture may be able to help with MS care. The British Acupuncture Council has a detailed article on it's website that provides further information. Please feel free to contact either Marilyn 0786 060 9322 or Gemma 0784 166 0399 for a free no obligation chat.



Up to half a million people in the UK experience work related stress every year, which often results in illness. (Health & Safety Executive 2011). Other factors can include lifestyle, bereavement, unemployment, moving house and divorce. Signs of stress can vary from one person to the next (NHS Choices 2011).  Physical symptoms can include tiredness, lethargy, poor sleeep, sore tight muscles, dull hair and skin. Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, confusion, frustration and anger.

If you think acupuncture may be able to help you phone Gemma or Marilyn for an appointment.



Mental Health

Mental Health conditions include: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Post Traumatic and Stress Syndrome, Seasonal Affected Disorder. Symptons can include  tiredness, lethargy, insomnia, headaches, frustration, anger, muscle aches & pains, low self esteem, lack of motivation, mood swings, OCD and dizziness. Depression is a common mental health problem that can affect people from all backgrounds, ages and genders.About two thirds of adults will at some time experience depression (Mintel/YouGov, 2006, Stewart et al 2004). If you would like to know if acupuncture could help you contact Gemma or Marilyn for an appointment. 



Migraine  and Headaches

Migraine Action reports: 1 in 7 people in the UK suffer from migraines, 190,000 migraine attacks happen everyday in the UK, it is the leading cause of disability among all neurological disorders.

Headaches are one of the most frequent reasons for medical consultations (Steiner 2007). Tension type headaches occur in up to around 80% of the UK adult population (Steiner 2007). Headaches are daily or very frequent and can last from minutes to days (International Headache Society 2004).

Do you suffer from one of these painful conditions, along with the associated pain they bring, including neck and shoulder pain, affected eyesight, nausea and sickness. If so don't suffer in silence contact Gemma or Marilyn to see if Acupuncture could help you. 


Chronic Pain

Persistent / chronic pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all ages in the UK (Chronic Pain Policy 2010). In 22% of cases chronic pain leads to depression, and some 25% of those diagnosed with chronic pain go on to lose their jobs

(Chronic Pain Policy 2010). Typical chronic pain conditions include: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, low back, neck and shoulder pain, headache, migraine, cancer pain, fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain (eg sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, post herpetic neuralgia); chronic overuse conditions (eg tendonitis, and chronic visceral pain eg irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis endometriosis) (Singh 2010).

Recent reviews of acupuncture have shown it is more effective than no treatment for  some chronic pain. For further information  or advice please phone either Gemma or Marilyn. Further details of research into chronic pain can be found on the British Acupuncture Council website.


Reward for existing patients

If you recommend a new patient who has a consultation, examination, report of findings and their first treatment, you the existing patient will receive a £5.00 discount off of your next treatment.


Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a common metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. The condition affects nearly 1.5 million people in the UK (Diabetes UK 2004). The four common symptoms of type 2 diabetes are: excessive thirst, passing large amounts of urine, tiredness and weight loss.Studies indicate that acupuncture may be able to help this condition. It is used alongside Western medication. Phone Gemma 0784 166 0399  or Marilyn 0786 060 9322 to book an appointment or to discuss further. Detailed information, including research, is available on the British Acupuncture Council website ( see link below).


Post Stroke Recovery

Along with traditional Western Medicine and care plans, acupuncture may be able to help with the management of patients post stroke. In particular acupuncture may be able to help with: mobility issues, depression, chronic pain, urinary incontinence and hypertension. Detailed fact sheets are available on the British Acupuncture Council website Alternatively, please ask Marilyn or Gemma for more information in person or by telephone. Both offer free, no obligation 10 minute chats to see if acupuncture could be for you, your family and friends. 


Acupunctue & Colds & Flu

Acute upper respiratory tract viral infections are the most common diseases of human beings (Eccles 2005). Adults have 2 to 5 common colds each year & school children have from 7 to 10 colds per year (Johnston 1996). Acupuncture may help to relieve symptons of colds  &  flu. Please see the full article on the British  Acupuncture Council website for further details or phone Marilyn or Gemma for further information. Gemma  0784 166 0399 or Marilyn 0786 060 9322.



Gemma Heyel Acupuncturist


Gemma, a fully qualified acupuncturist, has a keen interest in back & associated skeletal pain. NICE Guidance recommends acupuncture for the treatment of persistent low back pain. It is estimated that 80% of the world's population will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Low back pain is one of the most common medical complaints within the UK. Millions of work hours are lost because of this condition.


The Bristish Acupuncture Council website has many interesting articles, some taken from daily newspapers and magazines which report on users experience of acupuncture. Some current artilces are:


Use Traditional Acupuncture to maintain your long term health - an important factor in living a long & healthy life is to be able to identify & effectively treat both acute and chronic conditions. Can acupuncture help? See the full article on the British Acupuncture Council website home page.


The World Health Organisation lists a wide variety of disease or disorders for which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trials. Full details are availble through the British Acupuncture Council website


To view these artilces in full click on the link below to the British Acupuncture Website.


If you would like a chat about any of the above conditions or any other disorder please phone either Marilyn on 07860609322 or Gemma on 07841660399.Beech House Acupuncture is available at Penhalagans from Monday to Thursday. Both are available in Taunton, please phone for further details.


Other useful websites:


British Acupuncture Council




Gemma Heyel

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