The Management of General Anxiety and Depression (GAD) with Acupuncture conference

  • Location: St Andrew's Healthcare Northampton
  • Start Date: 14th October 2017 - 09:15am
  • End Date: 14th October 2017 - 04:45pm

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Acupuncture conference

A one day course exploring the use of acupuncture for the management of general anxiety and depression (GAD). In this practical and theoretical workshop participants will be introduced to an effective strategy for GAD, using recent research with informed acupuncture practice inmanagement conjunction with biopsychosocial models of CBT and mindfulness. The workshop will draw from Western physiological models and traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to manage symptoms and re-balance the central nervous system. This is a unique, purpose written course, underpinned by recent primary care research (MacPherson et al 2013).

Keynote Course Tutor: Jennie Longbottom MSc MMEd BSc FCSP

Keynote Course Tutor: Jennie Longbottom MSc MMEd BSc FCSP

 Learning objectives:


  • Careful selection of traditional points, criteria and rules for acupuncture within GAD
  • Safety guidelines for acupuncture application during the different stages of depression
  • Theoretical underpinning of physiological process during depression with relevance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems
  • Theoretical underpinning of physiological process involved in Acupuncture neurotransmitter, hormonal and endocrine excitation and / or inhibitory mechanisms
  • Integration of Acupuncture within a clinically reasoned treatment plan
  • Recent research (MacPherson et al 2013) to support known protocols


Practical content:


  • Auricular Acupuncture
  • Safe effective needling with the anxious patient
  • Contra-indicated patients
  • The anxious pregnant patient
  • The depressed pregnant patient
  • Cautionary points
  • Safety guidelines
  • Consent


  1.  Schnyer R, Allen J (2001) Acupuncture in the Treatment of Depression. A Manual for Practice and Research. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.
  2.  Hammer L (2005) Dragon Rises, Red Bird Flies. Psychology and Chinese Medicine. Eastland Press.

Research papers:

  1. MacPherson et al (2013) Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial. PLOS Medicine, September 2013,10(9):1-13
  2. Pilkington et al (2007) Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders-a systematic literature review. Acupuncture in Medicine 25(1-2): 1-10.
  3. Da Silva (2007) Acupuncture for mild to moderate emotional complaints in pregnancy -- a prospective, quasi-randomized, controlled study. Acupuncture in Medicine, 25 (3): 65-71.


If you would like to book a place onto this course please email Sara Froggatt or telephone 01604 616557

Payment for your delegate space can either be made via credit or debit card by using the Book Event button above or by sending a cheque made payable to St Andrew's Healthcare to Sara Froggatt, St Andrew's Healthcare, Physiotherapy Dept, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DG.

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