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09
Mar

Barley Water

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Some say that barley water is the secret to long life. It’s been rumoured that the Queen of England drinks it daily.   Barley water can be a refreshing summer drink or soothing to help the body during convalescence. According to Ayurveda, it is an excellent diuretic and recommended as a home remedy for urinary […]

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15
Jan

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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04
Jan

It’s Winter… Detox Gently!

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If you feel you need to recover from the holidays, I wrote this for you.   Was your 2016 intense? Have you over-indulged or got stressed over Christmas? Maybe you made some resolutions you now regret, to start the year with a radical detox, a fasting cleanse or an extreme diet change and much exercise? […]

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18
Sep

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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04
Jul

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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20
Jun

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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10
Jun

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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08
Feb

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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18
Jan

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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20
Dec

Fight holiday bloating

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The best tip to avoid bloating is to avoid eating too much at a time. But with Christmas feasts approaching, that tip alone might be difficult to follow. So here are some more tips, some with a Chinese medicine slant.   Bloating in Chinese medicine is linked with the Spleen system (if you’re curious, watch […]

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