Research & Links

Research & Links

Read more about Caroline’s work through published media articles, plus links to acupuncture, health and fertility information sites


British Acupuncture Council

The largest UK body for professional Acupuncturists. Information on training, safe practice and latest research.

Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine
and Acupuncture UK

Regulatory body for Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Tuina in the UK.

Journal of Chinese Medicine

The Journal of Chinese Medicine is the foremost English language journal on all aspects of Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary medicine and Chinese medical history and philosophy.

Northern College of Acupuncture

Independent Acupuncture college based in York offering Acupuncture training.

Facial Acupuncture

Further information about Facial Acupuncture from leading specialist Virginia Doran.


Birth Choice

Provides useful information about maternity and pregnancy. This website explains the options for where to have your baby and whom you choose to look after you in labour, giving information to help you make those choices. It also contains other information you may need to know during early pregnancy, including links to other websites, suggested reading and how to book antenatal classes.

British Fertility Society

A national multi-disciplinary organisation representing professionals practising in the field of reproductive medicine.

Care Independent Fertility Clinics

Care is one of the UKs largest independent providers of assisted conception having clinics at 10 locations throughout the UK including Sheffield, Nottingham and Manchester. They are consistently in the top 10 in the HFEA patient guide. Their site has a bulletin board where you can discuss with others topics related to assisted conception.

Donor Conception Network

A self-help network of over 1600 families created with the help of donated eggs, sperm or embryos. Aims to deal with a range of issues around donor conception and provides workshops, booklists and personal stories.

Endometriosis UK

Is a self help charity aiming to increase awareness and understanding about endometriosis. For an annual membership fee of £20 lots of information is provided including a quarterley members magazine, an annual Information Day plus free fact sheets, leaflets and information packs.

HFEA: Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority

The UK's independent regulator which oversees fertility treatment and research, providing impartial advice to the public. The HFEA licenses Fertility Clinics for IVF and other assisted conception. You will find individual clinic success rates on their website.

Infertility Network UK

The leading UK fertility network, offering information and support to anyone affected by fertility. Free membership with enhanced services for an annual £20 fee, including forums, chatrooms, fact sheets, information about NHS funding, online counselling and legal advice, the latest news and research information.

ACe Babes

ACe Babes was launched under the umbrella of Infertility Network UK in October 2010. A campaigning group, it aims to provide a voice for everyone parenting after infertility - whether after assisted conception, IVF or ICSI, after donor eggs or sperm, surrogacy, adoption and fostering - recognising that the journey to parenthood has not been simple. For an anual subscription of £20 there is access to forums, chatrooms, fact sheets and local support groups.


A site run by health professionals. It covers the causes of infertility, investigations and treatment options, including assisted reproductive technologies. Looks at success rates of treatments, provides advice about counselling, helpful addresses as well as a comprehensive list of IVF clinics.

Leeds Assisted Conception Unit Support Group

Offers an online support group for people using the Leeds Assisted Conception Unit, aims to offer a place to share experiences and gain support from others in a similar situation.

Verity Support Group

A support group offering useful information for women with PCO or PCOS. Verity organises conferences, provides a range of booklets and newsletters containing the latest information and research findings in addition to an active discussion board to provide peer support..

Zita West

Comprehensive information about pregnancy and fertility, offering a planned approach for success combining a western and complementary approach. Zita runs a successful clinic in London, has written many books on fertility and has her own premium range of supplements. From September 2011 the clinic now also offers an Assisted Fertility Programme.


NHS Direct

Health advice and information service with the ability to check your symptoms online.

BBC Health Website

Provides facts on a range of emotional and physical health issues, including pregnancy and parenting, and advice on health treatment and further support.

Sovereign Health Care

Information about Health Cash Plans. This is a health insurance policy where cash can be claimed back on everyday health care costs including acupuncture as well as dental and optical costs amongst many others.

Mind - for better mental health

Aims to provides high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.

Back Pain information

Back pain resource including back pain treatment options, symptoms and much more.

Expert Advice for Treating Headaches

Provides a collection of expert articles about the causes of headaches together with practical advice on how to prevent, treat and manage them. Explores triggers for specific types of headache and suggestions about lifestyle modifications that will may you avoid those triggers in the future and suffer fewer headaches plus alternative treatment options.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture Awareness Week 3 - 10 March 2014


To coincide with the third Acupuncture Awareness Week we are offering a discount of 20% on all new consultation appointments made during the week and also a discount of 20% to an existing customer who refers a friend, colleague or family member for a session during the week. More Information about AAW is available on the British Acupuncture Council website along with a clip from Camilla Dallerup, a Strictly Come Dancing champion who regularly has acupuncture for back pain.

Acupuncture for Hemorrhoid Post-Op Pain Relief


Researchers conclude that acupuncture is an effective adjunct alongside pain relief medications for patients post haemorrhoid operation. The acupuncture group and standard analgesic pharmaceutical drug group had similar reductions in pain after surgery. Also patients receiving Acupuncture required less pain killing medication.

Acupuncture helps with radiation-induced dry mouth syndrome


A new bi-national study done in the US and in China shows how acupuncture is being used to help a common side caused by radiation to the head and neck following cancer treatment – xerostomia, or chronic dry mouth. "I believe this will become the new standard of care for patients with this condition using acupuncture alongside radiotherapy helps reduce the severity of this condition" said Lorenzo Cohen, PhD Anderson Cancer Center.

Research demonstrates Acupuncture has a role in nerve regeneration of the brain following a stroke


Acupuncture may help in stroke due to cerebral ischemia – a condition due to restricted blood flow to the brain. The research cites the ability of acupuncture to “promote the proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells in the brain… accelerate angiogenesis and inhibit apoptosis.” The researchers note that the Conception Vessel (CV, Ren channel) and Governing Vessel (GV, Du channel) are effective acupuncture meridians to “prevent and treat neural injuries following cerebral ischemia.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Protect Liver


New research demonstrates that acupuncture combined with oral curcumin intake provides significant protection against hepatic fibrosis.

Acupuncture that could cure dentist phobia


Acupuncture may well help those with fear of the dentists following research by a medical team in Vienna which demonstrated people receiving auricular acupuncture were significantly less anxious than those who did not.

Use of acupuncture in the US military highlighted in special issue of Medical Acupuncture


Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed journal explores how the U.S. military is incorporating acupuncture to assist in the medical care of military personnel serving in the war zones and the efforts underway to explore military applications of acupuncture.

Acupuncture relieves carpal tunnel syndrome


A recent study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences concludes that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Acupuncture Helps with Indigestion


New research concludes that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is indigestion - also known as an upset stomach. It involves symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, an uncomfortable sensation of heaviness or fullness after eating, nausea, belching and heartburn. Dyspepsia is often linked to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), gastritis and gastrointestinal ulcers.

Fertility and Pregnancy

Fertility: facts v furphies

February 2012

Male fertility can be affected by many lifestyle factors. Read more about how to improve male fertility in this article.

Acupuncture Helps Menstruation & PCOS

February 2012

Researchers have discovered that both electrical and manual acupuncture "improve menstrual frequency and decrease circulating androgens in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)".

The impact of laptops on male fertility

February 2012

Laptops may affect male fertility according to new research published from Argentina.

Some foods may boost fertility

Feburary 2012

Sunny break may be alternative to IVF

January 2012

The benefits of vitamin D which comes from sunshine has been in the news as helping with both male and female fertility.

IVF Fertility Success with Acupuncture

January 2012

New research from the Journal of Fertility and Sterility involving nearly 6000 women from January 2012 gives extra evidence that Acupuncture helps with IVF success.

IVF study gives fresh hope to older women

January 2012

An article in the Independent explores the issue of how many embryos to transfer during IVF for women over 40.

General Health and Well-being

Pollution cuts improve heart health

May 2012

Cutting air pollution has an instant impact on heart health, experts believe, after reviewing studies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The authors of the study believe that this is the first study to clearly demonstrate that changes in air pollution exposure affect cardiovascular disease mechanisms in healthy young people.

Red meat increases death, cancer and heart risk

March 2012

Red meat increases death, cancer and heart risk, according to researchers at Harvard Medical School in a study of more than 120,000 people. Substituting red meat with fish, chicken or nuts lowered the risks. The researchers suggest that saturated fat from red meat and the sodium used in processed meats may be responsible.

Nutritional advice from BBC Health

May 2012

A good diet is central to overall good health, but do you know the best foods to include in your meals, and those best to avoid? This BBC health information resource helps you to make realistic, informed choices.

Calculate Your Body Mass Index

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a way of seeing if your weight is appropriate to your height. Generally speaking a normal BMI range is between 20 – 25. Use this calculator to check out where you are.

Whats' the GI diet?

Many people recommend a GI diet as a useful diet to follow and it is particularly recommended as being a good diet for those trying to get pregnant. GI stands for Glycaemic Index and is a measure of the impact of food on your blood sugar. Foods with a high GI tend to quickly raise your body’s blood sugar levels, by contrast foods with a low GI will raise them more slowly and over a longer period. This useful site gives lists of low and high GI foods plus low GI recipes.

Benefits of Omega 3

The benefits of Omega 3 are broad, benefitting not just healthy adults, but helping with male and female fertility, pregnant women, children and those suffering with all kinds of illnesses.

Caroline in the press

Caroline on Zita West's twitter

See the photo of Caroline with Zita West, plus Zita’s comment, following Caroline’s lecture to the Zita West National Fertility Acupuncture Network - The Royal Society of Medicine, London in November 2013

Getting to the point of Acupuncture...

Article by Rachael Burrows who came to Caroline for Acupuncture which describes her experience of acupuncture, some of the conditions acupuncture is useful for as well as the benefits of having a health care cash plan such as Sovereign Health Care which covers acupuncture costs.

Anna describes how Acupuncture helped to get her pregnant in That's Life magazine

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Anna attended Calverley and Rawdon Acupuncture Clinic. She describes here her experience of Acupuncture at the clinic and how it contributed to her successful pregnancy

h2b Journal's feature on Calverley & Rawdon

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"When stepping into Calverley and Rawdon Acupuncture Clinic, based on Micklefield Lane in Rawdon, you are greeted with a warm, welcoming and tranquil atmosphere."'s 5 minute guide to Acupuncture

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Read about how Caroline helped to induce labour.

Yorkshire Evening Post's feature on Caroline

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"A display of 'thank you' cards lined up on the window sill of Caroline Haigh's tranquil treatment room are testament to her skills as an acupuncturist."

Acupuncture and fertility

"Caroline describes on how acupuncture helps with fertility"

Tamara's Story

See a clip of Tamara who came to see Caroline and Rachael for acupuncture. She was given a 1% chance of conception with her own eggs but after a course of acupuncture and IVF at Zita West's Clinic in London she now has her son Harry