Settle the Winter Worries

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Tomorrow is Blue Monday.   Apparently Blue Monday isn’t based on the results of in-depth research, but instead on a calculation by a British holiday company, based on current weather conditions and debt levels. But the idea caught on, and many dread this day. It appears that winter harbours more stress, anxiety and depression than […]

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Better Sleep – the Natural Way

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Sleep re-charges your body and is important for your overall balance, health and productivity.   In clinic I see many patients with insomnia and sleep disturbances. In your consultation, I will ask how many hours you sleep, when you go to sleep, whether you have problems falling asleep, staying asleep (and if you wake up, […]

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Treat Back Pain without Painkillers

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Back pain is said to affect about one third of the adult population each year, one of the most common complaints seen by GPs. It is the UK’s leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence. It currently costs the NHS and community care services more than £1 billion […]

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Summer Tips

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Summer means sunshine, long days and abundant energy. Weather and time of the year can significantly influence how we feel, both physically and emotionally. In the theory of Yin and Yang, summer is the most Yang time of the year, hence no surprise that it’s all about expansion, growth, activity and creativity. In Chinese philosophy, summer […]

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It Takes Two: The Male Factor in Fertility

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40% of sub-fertility is due to male factor.   The bad news is that the average male sperm count in our population has dropped considerably (by 45% between 1940 and 1990) while the number of men with very low sperm count has trebled. There has also been an increase in abnormal forms. Problems are caused […]

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The Five Elements

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Closeness to nature is important in Chinese philosophy. We are like a microcosm of the world around us. Nature inside us follows similar patterns with nature around us and we are balanced when the elements (or phases) within us are balanced. Each of our organs is assigned to an element, and within the elements we […]

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Is there medicine in the needles?

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There is no medicine in acupuncture needles. The ‘medicine’ is within you.   What does this mean? How does acupuncture work?   I won’t outline the whole foundation of Chinese medicine, don’t worry. Instead, I’ll share with you a simple explanation by acupuncturist and author Matthew D. Bauer. This is all you need to know: […]

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I tried acupuncture, but…

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…it didn’t work for me.   We hear people say that they tried but it didn’t help them, yet for thousands of years acupuncture has helped so many. Those it works for often have the following in common: They recognise that most times it doesn’t happen over night*. The imbalance wouldn’t be there in the […]

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Autumn tips

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It’s Autumn in the Chinese calendar. Autumn is the season when Nature contracts and goes inwards, letting go of what it created through the year in a grand final display. From a Chinese medicine perspective, we are microcosms of the natural world that surrounds us and Autumn is linked with   Element: Metal – giving […]

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