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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Spring Tips

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The year of the Red Monkey starts today. In the Chinese calendar, the first day of the new year is also the first day of Spring. Winter was all about nourishing ourselves and conserving our energy. Spring is a time for regeneration and new beginnings.   Element: Wood, an upwards moving energy.   Organs: Liver […]

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I thought raw food was good for me

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You’ve just embarked on a healthy diet – salads, juices, smoothies. Why does your acupuncturist look concerned?   There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods in Chinese medicine. Some foods are just more or less appropriate for an individual at a given time, in a particular climate. A young and healthy individual living a carefree, […]

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Winter tips

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In Winter, Nature appears to stay still while it replenishes itself below the surface. From a Chinese medicine perspective, Winter is linked with   Element: Water – a strong generative force from deep within.   Organs: Kidneys and Bladder. The Kidneys harbour our essence and vitality, the source of all energy in our body, on […]

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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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