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Staying Healthy


We’re raising awareness this March for Acupuncture Week and Ovarian Cancer Month, supercharging your beauty sleep with wise buys, plus spring colours


Acupuncture Awareness Week, which is supported by the British Acupuncture Council, aims to inform people about the practice of traditional acupuncture. With 2.3 million treatments carried out each year, acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the UK today.

This year, Acupuncture Awareness Week will take place on the 2nd to 8th March and is highlighting the effects of stress.

Up to half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress every year, which often results in illness. Other factors that affect stress levels include alcohol, smoking, exams, pregnancy, divorce, moving, bereavement, lifestyle, drugs, poor nutrition and unemployment.

The signs of stress can vary from one individual to the next. They may manifest physically as an illness, tiredness or lethargy, or as symptoms such as sore, tight muscles, dull skin, lank hair, or erratic sleep patterns. Mental stress can result in depression, mood swings, anger, frustration, confusion, paranoid behaviour, jealousy or withdrawal.


“In general, research shows that stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response, thus promoting physical and emotional wellbeing,” says Eleanor Henderson, lead acupuncturist at Acupuncture South East in Tunbridge Wells.

  • For more information, contact Eleanor Henderson, Acupuncture South East, Tunbridge Wells Osteopathic Clinic, 5 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2DU, call 07779 006821, email or visit


Every year March marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Ovarian cancer isn’t as well known as some other female cancers, yet it is the fifth most common – with more than 7,000 diagnoses in the UK each year. The UK has one of the lowest survival rates in Western Europe, with a woman dying from ovarian cancer every two hours, resulting in 4,300 deaths annually. Even so, treatments for ovarian cancer haven’t progressed much in the past 20 years. Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is part of a wider campaign to ensure women and GPs know the risk factors, symptoms and treatment options to enable informed and rapid action. Almost one in five (17%) women with ovarian cancer carries a BRCA gene mutation. We all have BRCA genes but the likelihood of developing ovarian cancer increases from one in 52, to one in two if these genes are mutated. This year leading research charity Ovarian Cancer Action has chosen the theme Right to Know. Ovarian Cancer Action believes that all women with ovarian cancer have the right to know their BRCA status, as this can help protect their family from developing the disease.

• For more information, or to explore your family history, visit

Ovarian Cancer: The facts

• It is the most deadly gynaecological cancer and currently the fifth most common cancer among women.
• There are 7000 new diagnoses each year in the UK.
• The UK has one of the lowest survival rates in Western Europe, with a woman dying from ovarian cancer every two hours – that amounts to 4,300 deaths each year.



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