Be Patient, Stay Safe, Keep Calm…

Another year on  …

I can’t believe it’s a year since I wrote that, in spite of the lockdown restrictions, we had enjoyed absolutely fabulous weather last May  –  with our gardens much advanced  !!

Compare that to this year, with our late frosts and torrential rain that blew the petals off my apple tree within a couple of days  –  I’m praying that at least some of them have set.

So it is with great Joy we have a glorious Late May Bank Holiday Weekend, with weather to enjoy and sun to soak up… at last  !!

Witness, my amazing Clematis, Candy Stripe….


However, Dear All, please don’t take your eye off the ball and relax your Covid safety standards too early  –  we are definitely NOT out of the woods yet  –  so I encourage you to continue to  ….

Be Patient,   Stay Safe,   Keep Calm


Acupuncture: No scientific research whatsoever?

This article was recently published on the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council) website  …  makes for an interesting read !!
Acupuncture: no scientific research whatsoever?
Researcher Lianne Aquilina interviews scientist and acupuncturist Dr John McDonald (Griffith University, Australia) on the science of acupuncture

Q: How does acupuncture work?

A: Acupuncture has been shown to affect every bodily system in some way.

The most thoroughly researched aspects are the powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects.

Scientist Dr Han Jisheng conducted hundreds of studies on the naturally occurring opioids which are produced by the human body in response to acupuncture (such as -endorphins and enkephalins).

Endogenous opioids, that is opioids which the body produces naturally, are more powerful in relieving pain than opioid medications such as morphine. In fact, β-endorphin is four times more powerful than morphine dose-for-dose.

While endogenous opioids help to explain how acupuncture works in acute pain, actions on chronic pain involve lasting modulation of the nervous system. In a landmark study by UK researchers including the late Prof Hugh MacPherson, it was found that, after acupuncture treatment for chronic pain conditions, 85-90% of the pain relief experienced at the end of the treatment course persisted 12 months later.

The anti-inflammatory effects of acupuncture have been found to involve numerous signalling pathways, inflammatory mediators and receptors.
Our team’s research on allergic rhinitis showed a dramatic decrease in the pro-inflammatory cytokine Substance P and suggested that acupuncture was reducing the expression and sensitivity of the receptor (TRPV1) which causes signs and symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itching and blocked nose. Such cytokines are involved in many inflammatory conditions, so being able to regulate their activity is an important goal.

Q: What about mental health?

A: Acupuncture has benefits in mood disorders such as anxiety and depression by modifying serotonin and cortisol, and by switching the body from the ‘fight or flight’ activated state to the relaxed ‘rest and digest’ mode.

Q: And for any other health conditions?

A: Research is ongoing in many areas. For example, acupuncture has been shown to regulate hormones and relieve pain for endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Studies have discovered effects on various internal body systems, including temperature control, blood pressure, heart rate, stomach acidity and peristalsis and bladder pressure.

Recent research has established that acupuncture can assist in resetting the body clock by modulating proteins and genes within the brain centre that controls and regulates the body clocks in the nucleus of every cell.

Q: Some people still believe that acupuncture has no evidence base and that acupuncture is not a proven effective treatment. What would you say about this?

A: I would say that somebody needs to do a lot of reading.

There are now over 13,000 clinical trials of acupuncture registered in the Cochrane Database and this does not include the large volume of studies into acupuncture’s underpinning mechanisms (some of which I have mentioned above).

There are also several hundred systematic reviews showing evidence at varying levels for the effectiveness of acupuncture. Systematic reviews provide an overview of controlled studies on a particular condition, using a fixed set of guidelines for assessing the quality of the evidence.

Q: Can you share the findings of the Acupuncture Evidence Project with regard to medical conditions people suffer from?

A: Yes. This was a review of systematic reviews commissioned by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd. With my co-author Stephen Janz, we found that the strongest evidence currently for the effectiveness of acupuncture is for low back pain, migraine, chronic tension-type headache, knee osteoarthritis, post-operative nausea and vomiting, post-operative pain, allergic rhinitis and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.

Q: Are you aware of any other similar recent projects?

A: A recent systematic review commissioned by the Accident Compensation Corporation in New Zealand found that acupuncture is effective for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.

In fact, the evidence base for acupuncture is far stronger than the evidence base of most other allied health professions such as physiotherapy.

This should not be surprising as this research is simply confirming what has been observed about the effectiveness of acupuncture over the last two thousand years of practice, by large numbers of practitioners and patients.

Acupuncture is practised on every continent except Antarctica, and is used alongside conventional medicine in hospitals in many countries including USA, Germany and Israel. Acupuncture is included in both private and government insurance schemes around the world and is recognised by UNESCO as an ‘intangible cultural heritage of humanity’.

Acupuncture is supported by an impressive evidence base of scientific research. The idea that there is no evidence base for acupuncture is simply not supported by the evidence.

BUPA now accept Acupuncture !

Great News  ….
BUPA now covers Acupuncture

After many years resisting calls to include Acupuncture in their health insurance packages BUPA now do so

Not only that, but they directly name the BAcC as the relevant regulatory body for acupuncture in the UK. Previously BUPA would only consider BMAS acupuncture.

• Acupuncture is not named separately in the policies but bundled with complementary therapies
• Chronic conditions are excluded, except for acute flare-ups



 This year, due to Covid-19, all face-to-face Laser Therapy Courses
normally held at the Clinic, disappointingly had to be cancelled.

However, undaunted, this has prompted ‘innovation’ and after working hard behind the scenes, the first trial of our new
Online Courses have just been successfully held.

We are, therefore, pleased to announce that in 2021, a full list of
Lightworks Laser Therapy Courses
will be available Online.

These will cover ….
 Human, Canine and Equine Low Level Laser Therapy
                         Introduction to Canine and Equine Laser Acupuncture
                                 Smoking Cessation

Click on the image below to register your interest …

Looking forward to seeing you in 2021

NHS Covid-19 Contact Tracing App

Please download the NHS Covid-19 Contact Tracing App
From today….
to assist with keeping you, your family and loved ones and other patients attending the Clinic safe, The Lightworks Clinic will display a QR Code to be used with the NHS App
You will be asked to scan the QR Code each time you arrive for your appointment
Thank you for your co-operation
Jan Lloyd-Jones
The Lightworks Clinic

Supporting ‘Keeping Abreast’

Keeping Abreast, South West

Breast Cancer Reconstruction Support

Through it’s association with  Keeping Abreast’s South West Branch based in Cheltenham
The Lightworks Clinic is delighted to offer support to
women, of all ages and at all stages,
who have been affected by the consequences of Breast Cancer

At the Clinic we use a combination of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and both Traditional and ‘No Needle’ Laser Acupuncture, together with Thermographic Imaging.  Used individually or in combination these modalities can help with

  • Immediate post trauma Tissue Healing
  • The easing of old scar tissue, tightness and adhesions
  • Constitutional support, to help with what has, or is, happening
  • The provision of Thermographic on-going breast monitoring

Click here to learn more about the Charity

and here to learn more about Keeping Abreast South West 



Re-Opening At Last !!

We are delighted to announce we shall be flinging our doors open once again on Monday, 27th July 2020 !!

Thy mask doth become you … !!

The Clinic has been deep cleaned and new contact protocols are now in place to give as much protection as possible to clients and to restrict any possibility of transition to those whom you may still be shielding.

The new procedures will be advised to you when an appointment is made.  However, if you have any queries whatsoever regarding these, or any other matter, please call to discuss.

It’s been a long four months, but we look forward to welcoming you back  ..

In the meantime, please continue to Stay Safe  …  we are not completely out of the woods yet  !!


07712 778378

Zoom into the new online Lightworks Zoom-Ins….

The onging Covid-19 restrictions have meant Lightworks Courses have had to be cancelled this Spring….

However, in response to demand, we are delighted to now offer dedicated

1-2-1 Zoom teachings …   Zoom-Ins


So, whilst face to face courses are out of the question at the moment, Lightworks Zoom-In will give an opportunity for laser therapists and/or students to discuss any aspect of laser theory, the latest research, a particular client/case/condition, go over aspects of laser protocol  –  or in fact any other laser related query.


Interested  ??

Click on the image above for more information

or call to discuss

07712 778378

email  :


“Ne’er cast a clout ’til May be out”

The old saying is so true…  but the unprecedented weather and circumstances this year has seen many sporting a suntan that is usually only achieved by late summer here in the UK  !!

So every cloud does have a silver lining, as it’s so fortunate this wreched pandemic hit us at a time of good weather, rather than during the torrential storms endured only a few weeks previous.

On the brighter side, our gardens are blooming and veg patches and allotments are beginning to sprout with ‘Hope’  …

Stay Alert,  Stay Positive and  …  Stay Safe  !!

Still in Lockdown !!

Well, a month on from our last Post and we are all still in Lockdown  !!

However, the daily news is becoming more and more encouraging that these strict measure are at last beginning to have a positive effect…  only time will tell  –  but fingers are firmly crossed  !!

In accordance with the Government’s directive, the Lightworks Clinic is obviously still  closed until further notice and therefore all Appointments and Laser Therapy Courses are on hold.

With regard to our Courses, and in case this lockdown is continued longer term, we are looking at ways to perhaps introduce On-line Courses and will send out details as and when these come to fruition.   In the meantime it is hoped that the Autumn programme might still stand, although again confirmation will be given in due course.

Lastly, we hope you are All safe and well during these very uncertain times, but just to add that we are always here to answer any questions or queries you may have  –   whether that be for yourself, your family or your animal companions and what you can do to  help at home  –  or even where to get sanitiser  !!

Stay Home,  Stay Safe…  Stay Sane  !!