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Beetroot juice helps beat high blood pressure


September 26, 2018 0 comments Acupuncture, Blood pressure, Food and supplements, Heart health

Diet can have a major impact on heart health and blood pressure. It was good to hear about the benefits of beetroot recently (Health Matters on Radio 4). Especially since this is one of the vegetables Chinese Medicine links to … Continued

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How to lower high blood pressure


September 26, 2018 0 comments Blood pressure, electroacupuncture

If your blood pressure is over 140/90 mmHg you are classified as ‘hypertensive’ and if lifestyle changes don’t bring these figures down you’ll be offered medication. Hypertension is a large problem in the UK. Over the years of treating people … Continued

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What We Value


August 8, 2018 0 comments Health, Personal

As some of you know I took some time off to attend my dear friend Nigel’s funeral in Devon.  He died of cancer and had much time to prepare for his funeral. It was a fitting tribute to his life.  … Continued

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Zap Your Pain Away


June 20, 2018 0 comments Acupuncture, Pain and Injury

We are electrical and chemical beings so what better way to stop pain signals from the body to the brain than to zap them with an electrical current, or as we acupuncturists call this “electroacupuncture”. If you’ve been to see … Continued

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Pain, Chinese Medicine and Neuroscience


June 20, 2018 0 comments Acupuncture, Pain and Injury

About Pain Pain is a subjective experience. It’s a sensation associated with actual or crucially potential tissue damage and registered in different areas of the brain. Millions of people suffer from pain, both physical and emotional, and it is commonly … Continued

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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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