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Toni Tucker Acupuncture

News & Articles

Toni has published many articles relating to acupuncture and the benefits it offers:-

The Huffington Post
Interstitial Cystitis: Living With Chronic Illness. Read More Click Here

Daily Mail
How to beat the misery of chronic cystitis: Thousands are left in constant agony as antibiotics fail to kill their infections. Read More Click Here

Chronic Urinary Tract Infections
Debated in parliament. Read More Click Here

Sunday Times Style Magazine
Thanks to the Princess Kate effect, experts are racing to offer advice on morning sickness.  Toni Tucker, a midwife acupuncturist and British Acupuncture Council member, suggests that “eight principles” Chinese acupuncture (when needles stay in for 40 minutes), over the more fashionable “five elements” technique (where needles go in and out), is more effective.  For Hyperemesis gravidarum, the most severe form of morning sickness, she says: “Eight principles is the only way of dealing with the root problem of hormonal changes in pregnant women.”

Nausea, Vomiting And Hyperemesis Gravidarum

On December 23rd 2012 Toni was featured in the Sunday Times Style Magazine, in the Wellbeing Section, offering her expert advice on the use of Chinese medicine acupuncture for the treatment of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the most severe form of morning sickness, from which HRH The Duchess of Cambridge was recently suffering. 

For further information on nausea, vomiting and hyperemesis gravidarum, please refer to my article ‘Combat pregnancy related nausea and vomiting with acupuncture’.

Families Magazine  TVE Pregnancy Related Nausea
Pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting can often make the early stages of pregnancy difficult for expectant mothers. Toni Tucker explains how Oriental Medicine Acupuncture can help ease the symptoms.

The Acupuncture Treatment and Planning
The main aim of my treatment is to subdue any rebellious Qi, to harmonise the stomach and to stop nausea and vomiting. At the same time, any other patterns of disharmony that the mother may be having will be treated such as IBS, fatigue, headaches and stress. The severity of the sickness may depend on any pre-existing patterns of physiological and emotional imbalance. I would normally recommend four to six treatments to help with the symptoms.

I endeavour to gain a very clear concept of the improvement I want to achieve in my treatments and to guide the process accordingly. It is of paramount importance that the practitioner has sound knowledge of midwifery practice and is also highly experienced in treating expectant mothers with acupuncture. If this is the case, the outcome of the treatment should be successful. You can access the full article -  Click Here.

End Polio Now
Toni is supporting ‘End Polio Now’ at the Paralympics function at York House in London.

On 24 October 2012 Rotary International District Governor Judith Diment is publicising World Polio Day. She will visit all 62  Rotary Clubs in  Thames Valley and West London as part of a sponsored drivathon helping to raise awareness and funds for End Polio Now campaign.


At the last count there were just 150 new cases of polio in only four countries of the world. The lowest figure ever. But there is a threat of polio taking hold again and spreading. To date, Rotary International has raised more than $1.2 billion in an effort that has reached more than 2 billion children in 122 countries.

However, in May the World Health Authority declared a global emergency as there is a shortfall in funding which is causing immunization days to be cancelled.

At the special session of the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon confirmed his commitment to Polio Eradication and urged world leaders to support all efforts to 'finish the job'. He praised Rotary’s leadership in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative

As Rotary pledged a further $75 million, Chairman of Trustees Rotary Foundation Wilf Wilkinson said “We are at a true tipping point, with success never closer than it is right now. We must seize the advantage by acting immediately, or risk breaking our pledge to the world’s children.As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk.

Judith is the Rotary International UK National Advocacy Adviser for Polio. In August she attended an emergency meeting in Chicago and also organised the Polio Paralympics event – see photograph above and click here for the full Rotary News item.
Rotary International launched a new website at the end of August for the End Polio Now campaign.

Visit this website and help make history, please give support on http://www.endpolionow.org/advocacy.We are at a true tipping point: case counts have never been lower, the number of countries affected has never been fewer—the time to beat polio is now. Only smallpox has ever been eradicated, and we will make history again by vanquishing polio.

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Annual Research Symposium

Toni attended, the 14th Annual Research Symposium, hosted by the British Acupuncture Council.

Tonijoined her colleagues to discuss recent clinical studies and research into the use of acupuncture as a scientific modality of medicine.

The Berkshire Health Clinic Workshop

  • Helping patients with Interstitial Cystitis overactive bladder, and pelvic pain

  • Supporting the COB Foundation

On Saturday the 11th of June, Toni Tucker, Clinic Director at The Berkshire Health Clinic, ran a very successful one-day Workshop, specifically tailored for patients with the conditions of Interstitial Cystitis, overactive bladder, and pelvic pain.

The Workshop was held at The Berkshire Conference Centre, Moor Hall, Cookham, Berkshire, where presentations were given by the following speakers:

Steve Foley, Consultant Urologist, gave a presentation about Interstitial Cystitis, over-active bladder conditions and pelvic pain.

Toni Tucker lectured on the Philosophy and Principles of Chinese medicine for the treatment of IC, over-active bladder and pelvic pain

Jenny Tschiesche, Nutritional Practitioner, spoke about nutrition for IC and bladder conditions.

It was an extremely successful day, and well attended with patients who had travelled from as far afield as Europe to attend the Workshop.

From the feedback we received at the end of the day, the attendees found it very informative, helpful and supportive.

Thanks to everyone that attended the day and made it such a success.

We were lucky enough to obtain two sponsors for the Workshop, G and G and BPM Consultancy, to whom we are very grateful.

Following such a successful day, we were able to donate a sum of £650 to the COB Foundation, and hope to raise further awareness for this debilitating condition.

Toni Tucker
Clinic director

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The British Conference of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

This is the largest British acupuncture conference for healthcare professionals,and a popular annual event, now in its 15th year, hosting top international speakers who have travelled from as far as the US, Israel and Europe.

The conference is one of Europe’s largest professional acupuncture conventions attracting more than 500 acupuncture practitioners, students and healthcare professionals from various healthcare sectors.

Toni attended again this year, meeting with many of the delegates to share knowledge, skills and research in the field of Oriental Medicine Acupuncture.

Each year the conference gets more impressive, attracting many overseas visitors and some of the most respected experts in the field of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, who lead the way with diverse and cutting edge content and debate.

With an exciting and stimulating itinerary of speakers and workshops, the event is a great opportunity for health professionals to learn more about acupuncture, share skills as well as network with fellow practitioners.

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Toni’s 2010 visit to the House of Commons -‘Raising awareness of Integrated Healthcare Issues’

The Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare

Toni attended a Reception at the House of Commons in July 2010, to raise awareness of integrated healthcare issues.

This was the first Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare since the General Election and was a curtain raiser for the new parliamentary season. The atmosphere was warm and celebratory; a mood of strong positive promise for future progression.

Three short presentations were given:

David Tredinnick declared this was a new age and that our time had come. A new White Paper on Health is coming and we should be thankful to the new Secretary of State. Integrated healthcare has been for a long time on the parliamentary agenda. He also said that the attack on Homeopathy from the bad science people is having no effect and the only thing that was proved by the recent injesting of homeopathic remedies outside Boots recently by some misguided souls was that homeopathy is perfectly safe.

Peter Fisher (Head of the Homeopathic Hospital) said that patient choice was at the centre of the new healthcare agenda. This is of great importance as the new White Paper will ask the public what kind of healthcare they want. Again we can thank the Secretary of State for Health. With patient choice, self-care and public safety high on the agenda the current, will, at last, run, in our direction with integrative healthcare forging ahead in the future. This picture is the same internationally also. In times of financial austerity, where there are big crunches in the health budgets, self care and informed patient choice becomes paramount.

Maggie Wallace (Chairman of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) continued on this theme and stated that quality should also accompany choice. She reminded us that the CNHC was launched in January 2009 and was in the process of regulating many professions including Aromatherapy, Alexander Technique, Bowen, Naturopathy, Nutrition Therapists, Yoga, Cranio-Sacral Therapy etc. Not Hypnotherapy or Homeopathy. There is a possibility that Herbs and Acupuncture could also be absorbed into the CNHC or could be taken up by the HPC. The CNHC has developed good, clear standards and is cheap and is going from strength to strength. Professor David Colquhon sits on the Conduct Committee of the CNHC, although at present he is unwell.

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The British Conference of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

450 national and international Medical Professionals attended the conference on the 12th & 13th September 2009, held at the Royal Holloway University of London.

International Conference

Toni Tucker Midwife acupuncturist together with Mr Steven Foley, Consultant Urologist MBBS FRCS teamed up together to review the physiology and the pathology of the bladder from western perceptive and of course the traditional chinese medicine perspective, acupuncture.

The bladder is the last bodily organ we gain control of as we are growing up and the first we lose control of as we grow older. It can be severely damaged during childbirth and react badly to many environmental stimuli and yet its function and problems are frequently ignored by both patients and doctors.

Mr Foley explained the normal and abnormal pathology and physiology of the bladder from a western medical perspective while Toni reviewed the aetiology and pathogenesis of interstitial cystitis from the perspecitve of traditional chinese medicine. She discussed the use of acupunture and moxibustion in the treatment of urinary tract diseases, and illustrated the effectiveness of such a system of medicine acupuncture in this field.

The session also included presentation of the results of a huge clinical study of patients treated with traditional acupuncture in her clinic, which was well documented and brought a huge amount of interest with the delegates.

Toni and Steve Foley continue to work together to deliver the quality of care required by our patients.

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The Cookham Connection

Read Toni's article published in the Cookham Connection magazine  - Click Here

Recent article regarding the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis with AcupunctureClick Here

Toni’s work has featured in numerous other publications such as:

  • GMTV - Toni has appeared on GMTV's Lorraine Kelly, discussing acupuncture.

  • Journal of Chinese Medicine

  • Woman's Own - Interstitial Cystitis.

  • Weight Watchers - Nutrition

  • Living Magazine - Acupuncture and IVF

  • Living Magazine - Acupuncture Pain Relief

  • Maidenhead Advertiser - several articles on use of acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal system

  • Maternity Networking - Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth

  • Cob Foundation - Newsletter

  • NCT - Newsletter

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