Extraordinary Meridians!

British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

13-15 September 2019
De Vere Staverton Estate,
Northamptonshire

Beverley de Valois

Workshop title

Introducing a novel intervention into the NHS: observations and lessons learned from a feasibility study into the use of self-administered moxa on St 36 by chemotherapy patients

Workshop times

Sunday 10.00-11.00

Workshop description

BAcC funding enabled research into the feasibility of teaching cancer patients to self-administer moxibustion daily whilst undergoing chemotherapy with the aim of improving outcomes. Moxa is a modality that is little known or understood in the NHS; careful preparation was needed to gain support for this project from oncology healthcare professionals (OHPs), as well as to ensure that study participants were well supported.

This study was a valuable learning experience in how to introduce a novel concept into the NHS. While many OHPs (and patients) were initially sceptical, many saw the potential for this intervention. This talk discusses some of the discoveries made during this study, exploring attitudes of OHPs and participants, recounting some of the challenges encountered and it may reveal a few surprises.

Give a person a moxa treatment and you treat them for a day; teach a person to use a moxa stick – and see what happens!

Speaker biography

Since 2000, Beverley has worked in the role of research acupuncturist at the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood, Middlesex UK. She has conducted exploratory research into several areas of cancer survivorship; her PhD thesis investigated using acupuncture to manage tamoxifen-related hot flushes in women with early breast cancer and she has conducted pioneering research into using acupuncture in the management of cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema. She is currently investigating the use of self-administered moxibustion to improve outcomes of chemotherapy patients, funded by the British Acupuncture Council. A licensed acupuncturist since 1999, she practises privately at her clinic, the Women’s Clinic @ Uxbridge. She is a fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, an honorary research fellow at the University of Bristol, and chair of the British Lymphology Society (BLS) Scientific Committee.

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