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What ‘dose’ of acupuncture do I need?


April 13, 2018 0 comments Acupuncture

I use the word ‘dose’ rather than number of sessions because in effect that’s what we need to consider for treatment effectiveness. It’s like taking a pill: “Would 500mg of a painkiller be enough every 4 hours for my headache, … Continued

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What shall I cook with all these greens?


April 13, 2018 0 comments Recipes

Springtime is green food time in Chinese Medicine. Yes I’m grossly simplifying matters here but essentially we are in the time of ‘Wood’ and energetically, the Chinese Liver organ (more about that in another blog). Roughly translated, we need to … Continued

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Avocado, roasted tomatoes and egg on toast


August 4, 2017 0 comments Recipes

This is nutritious and tasty lunch. Eggs and avocado in Chinese Medicine are good for building yin and ‘blood’.   Avocado contains lots of vitamins but also oleic acid, a fat which is contained in olive oil and believed to have … Continued

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Is there a role for acupuncture prior to surgery?


July 6, 2017 0 comments Acupuncture, Pain and Injury, Stress

Many medical interventions, including surgery have unknown effectiveness. Does this statement shock you? It certainly did me when I read the British Medical Journal’s findings about interventions to treat disease which found that 56% of interventions have unknown effectiveness or … Continued

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Severe Afterpains


May 4, 2017 0 comments Pregnancy

This is an interesting case of a client I treated before the birth of her third child to help manage her severe afterpains.  Women are aware of labour pain but less is said about afterpains which can be debilitating.   … Continued

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Exercise – another view from traditional Chinese knowledge


December 16, 2016 0 comments Health

In Live Well, Live Long (Deadman 2016), exercise is presented in its historical context. For centuries physical activity was seamlessly interwoven into everyday life: cleaning the house, digging, chopping wood, hunting food and only in our modern, relatively wealthy society … Continued

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Shingles pain and how acupuncture helps


October 17, 2016 0 comments Acupuncture, Pain and Injury

Shingles is a very painful and distressing viral condition which particularly effects the elderly and those with lowered immune systems. Having had to treat this recently prompted me to discuss how acupuncture can help. The herpes zoster virus is reactivated … Continued

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Singing with Acupuncture Needles


October 17, 2016 0 comments Acupuncture

Not literally you understand, now that would be painful on the ear and lead to a major exodus of my clients! But I do ‘twiddle’ the needles once they are in place during a treatment, which is my way of … Continued

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Singing for unsticking your Qi and feeling good


October 17, 2016 0 comments Health, Stress

A long time ago I met Katie Rose at a business networking meeting in Crystal Palace. At the time I was starting to investigate how Tibetan singing bowls can be played to resonate with the body and induce a sense … Continued

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Drinking while trying for a baby – is it ok?


August 25, 2016 0 comments Fertility

Alcohol abstinence or even reduction when trying for a baby can become a contentious issue between couples.   Usually I find among my clients that the woman has given up or only has the occasional drink whereas her partner is drinking … Continued

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