Worldwide Health Day!

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Every year the World Health Organization sponsors and promotes a theme on April 7th to heighten awareness of a current issue affecting the world’s health.

This year in 2019 the cause is bringing awareness to the need for healthcare access to everyone— one and all throughout the world no matter their size, shape, economy, colour or country.

What a fantastic world it will be when the day comes when these global deficiencies will no longer exist.

Healthcare should be a right not a privilege within the community that is called humanity! We will get there, I truly believe it will be sooner in this lifetime rather than later! The world is shrinking every day, and in terms of communication and caring for others it has been a very good thing.

What exactly does the WHO do you ask?…

  • Promote Development - poverty is linked to poor health; by promoting development poverty falls and the overall health of a given population improves.

  • Fosters Health Security - WHO takes steps to increase health security by reducing health risks from outbreaks of new, existing & mutating diseases.

  • Strengthens Health Systems - in poorer countries many health systems are inadequate. WHO strengthens these systems through various means which may include the provision of funding, access to drugs and relevant technology, data collection systems and trained staff.

  • Harnesses information, research and evidence - WHO uses evidence as a sound basis for setting health priorities, strategies and measuring results. In consultation with leading health experts, WHO provides authoritative health information.

  • Enhances Partnerships - WHO works closely with many health organizations around the world. WHO aims to improve or enhance the work of these organizations by encouraging them to use their evidence based practices and follow their technical guidelines when implementing their health programs.

  • Improves Performance - WHO also strives to improve the performance of its own organization. In order to improve the performance or effectiveness of an organization there needs to be clear results which can be measured and compared. WHO improves performance by implementing results based management, which provide clear results and goals which can be measured on a regional, country or international level.

The WHO has been a big supporter and driving force in advocating some of the great benefits of acupuncture. More important though it has been a recognised vehicle to raise awareness in the whole world of our need to take care of our own health.

PMT: Pre-Menstrual Tension - How Do I Relieve The Discomfort??

 

 

Almost all women of age suffer with PMT at one time or another, if not all their lives. This simply doesn’t have to be the way. Gentle and nourishing ACUPUNCTURE is generally a pleasant and relaxing experience, and balances hormones so well that PMT quickly becomes a thing of the past. 

Imagine your monthly PMT gone, forever. 

 

 

BACKGROUND and SYMPTOMS

PMS is associated with imbalanced levels of progesterone and excess oestrogen and can be responsible for many physical and emotional symptoms in the days leading to menstruation: 

  • Mood swings

  • Food cravings

  • Depression

  • Bloating and Fluid

  • Breast tenderness

  • Headaches

These symptoms vary from woman to woman but can begin as much as two weeks before a period and usually end an hour to a few days after the onset of menstruation. About half of all women regularly suffer from PMT and up to 10% suffer from extreme symptoms. 

 

ALSO TRY SOME PMT FRIENDLY FOODS

  • Increase intake of mineral water, and drink herbal teas

  • Ensure you eat lean sources of protein including chicken, fresh fish, turkey and non animal based protein including legumes, pulses, lentils, brown rice and nuts

  • Eat regular meals and small snacks, and include some protein with each snack and meal

  • Increase dietary fibre by including some nuts and seeds, whole grains, lots of veg

  • Increase your intake of essential fatty acids (EFAs) through consumption of oily fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, plus avocado, nuts and seeds (no peanuts)

  • Phytoestrogens (found abundantly in soy products) may exert a balancing effect when oestrogen levels are elevated. (legumes, seeds, soy, beans, plant proteins)

  • Take a good multivitamin/mineral tablet daily as directed.

ACUPUNCTURE + GOOD NUTRITION = BALANCED HORMONES

ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS!

March 3-9th 2019

March 3-9th 2019

World Endometriosis Awareness Week

Sun 3rd Mar - Sat 9th Mar 2019

Endometriosis Week aims to raise awareness about this hidden and often unrecognized condition. Aims of Endometriosis Week include:

  • promoting - a greater awareness & understanding of endometriosis as a real, debilitating and disabling disease

  • highlighting - the consequences of living with endometriosis for the sufferer, carer and all those affected by the disease

  • creating - a greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis amongst the medical profession, education sector, employers, politicians and society in general

  • seeking - a best practice and consistent care and treatment for everyone wherever they may live

  • providing - an opportunity for those whose lives have been affected by endometriosis to play an active part in helping making a difference

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis affects women and occurs when tissue, similar to the lining of the womb (uterus) grows in other areas of the body. This tissue grows mainly in the abdominal cavity (see diagram).

The tissue is linked to the woman's hormonal cycle. However, unlike a period, the tissue remains within the body and bleeds forming adhesions (scar tissue), lesions and blood-filled cysts.

Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • bleeding

  • pain

  • infertility

  • fatigue

  • suppressed immune system

    Acupuncture’s skill in balancing hormones is the first step to relieving the discomfort and interference in your life from endometriosis.

    At our clinic we support your course of healing armed with nutrition guidance to nourish the body, fertility assistance, !pain relief with body therapy and acupuncture, and really listening to your daily needs - always adjusting treatments to best suit you as changes occur or circumstances shift

    Most of all we see you as a unique individual - with a different presentation than anyone else, and we tailor your healing treatments to what is absolutely best for YOU, physically and emotionally.

NAUSEA DURING PREGNANCY

HOW and WHAT you eat (and drink!) at this time can make all the difference in how you feel

HOW and WHAT you eat (and drink!) at this time can make all the difference in how you feel

Although nausea during pregnancy is often dismissed as a minor disorder it can be very real affliction for many women. Nausea that may occur at any time, day or night can interfere with quality of life and may be accompanied with vomiting. in some cases this result sin hospitalisation for rehydration therapy.

in traditional Chinese medicine this nausea and vomiting can arise from a variety of causes. Acupuncture treatment is aimed at strengthening the energetic function of the digestive system and correcting any underlying disharmonies. in addition to specific dietary advice is directed at reducing the energetic workload of the digestive system. to get the most out of any treatment, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated and your blood sugar levels stable. while it can be difficult to think about preparing snacks and drinks throughout the day, this will help keep your nausea under control.

Fluid Intake

Whilst it may not appear that drinking relieves nausea, becoming even slightly dehydrated will make nausea more intense… dry lips, feeling thirsty and a reduced urinary output are signs that your fluid intake is inadequate.

If your urine output decreases to only once or twice in 24 hours you need to let your doctor or midwife know. This is because once dehydration affects your electrolyte balance past a certain point the best option may be intravenous re-hydration in a hospital.

if you are finding it difficult to drink fluids, concentrate on having small amounts frequently rather than trying to drink a cup of fluid all at once. Many women find it difficult to drink water in which case soups may be useful (potato soup can be useful as it is very bland.)

Warm teas such as ginger or peppermint may also be helpful. if burping relieves the nausea a carbonated drink may help settle the nausea.

The following is a list many women find helpful:

  • Apple cider vinegar (I1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar - fill cup with boiling water - add honey to taste)

  • Chamomile or peppermint tea

  • Ginger ale ginger tea (grate a piece of ginger the size of a 50p coin, steep I n boiling water for 10 minutes - ad honey to taste. do not exceed 3 cups per day)

  • Mineral water with freshly squeezed lemon

  • Miso soup

  • Potato soup, Peel and chop 2 potatoes, fry in a little butter, add in cup water and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer 15-20 minutes adding extra fluids like water or stock to achieve the consistency for the soup you prefer.

  • Umeboshi plum tea (half a teaspoon stirred into a cup of boiling water - honey to taste)

Keeping Your Blood sugar levels maintained

Having small regular snacks will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable. This means easting a small snack at least every 90 minutes… before that empty, hungry feeling sets in. The snack can be very small, a few raisin or nuts (almonds are often useful), half a sandwich, a quarter piece of fruit. It’s a delicate balance as to exactly how much you feel comfortable eating as overeating will also intensify the nausea.

Lots of things can be done to relieve the pain an discomfort of the first trimester, for more information call us or talk to Jess during a session about further nutritional and body tips you can practise… together we can get you through this very special but trying time!

Treating Depression: Dont be S.A.D.!!!

Depression, Mood and Acupuncture

Darker longer days…. cooler, wetter weather:

It doesn’t have to mean depressed thoughts

OR Seasonal Affect Disorder.

EVER AGAIN

Misty cold mornings and dreary skies don’t have to mean your moods are the same!

Misty cold mornings and dreary skies don’t have to mean your moods are the same!


This autumn turn your expected gloomy and glum mood into lifted spirits, beautiful appreciation, and unexpected joy over the marvel that is the official change of season.

As someone who spent half her life in very sunny, very hot climates in America, I came to England with the expectation of enjoying some sorely missed rain. It turns out I lacked an appreciation for the sunshine I had for so many years, but now that Ive been in England for so long, I learned I relish more than anything not the cold, not the hot, but the actual CHANGE itself. Seasonal change. Always brings the good with the bad, but more so it brings renewed LIFE.

Every seasonal change is a new opportunity to embrace positive actions and release negative stagnation.

Who doesn’t want that?

But….instead what I see year after year in clinic is the onset of colder weather making people frown, worry about shorter days, get anxious over expecting to feel sad and lonely and cold.

It so does NOT have to be that way. EVER. The eternal YIN/Yang symbol, that black and white circle every one is kind of familiar with, dictates the laws that life is ever-changing, ever-flowing, and circular within itself because that is how our energy flows to create good health.

Meaning when we resist change and flow and progress it goes against nature. And when we try to fight the natural state of things, so often we find that we become unhappy.

In more clinical terms we gradually lose our level of endorphins- those feel-good chemicals our bodies produce to keep our moods happy. And once that happens in the ever-flowing, circular systems, our mind and body begins to fold in on itself as one chemical after another becomes imbalanced due to knock on effects.

Result: Imbalanced Hormones leading to depression, anxiety, stress, worry, fear, sadness, lethargy

So, whats the answer? Acupuncture can play a huge role in taking action.

walking is as great way to prevent depression from taking hold, bundle up and be brisk!

walking is as great way to prevent depression from taking hold, bundle up and be brisk!

How does acupuncture treat depression?

Depression is a very different experience for each individual and diagnosing the unique pattern of disharmony is at the heart of traditional acupuncture’s approach to treatment.

In order to arrive at the appropriate diagnosis the acupuncturist will usually take a full case history and discuss symptoms and physical information through minor examination.

Each diagnosis is bespoke and point selection is based on the individual’s needs and may vary from person to person and week to week. Example, one week we might do a session on the back and the next week we do a session with needles on the front of the body.

Don’t let seasonal cooler weather and darker days get you down, acupuncture can lift spirits!

Don’t let seasonal cooler weather and darker days get you down, acupuncture can lift spirits!

Usually a standard course is about 6 sessions, some chronic conditions take longer.

Is there Anything I Can Do?

Being treated with Acupuncture is not just about having something “done to” you. It is also about taking steps to actively manage your own health and wellbeing and treatment is a partnership between patient and practitioner. At this clinic we will guide you through your entire journey, always address your concerns or questions. and really listen to what’s going on with you, because that is the only way we can really treat the core of the issue, not just mask symptoms like so many drugs do.

Diet has a major impact on our health and there are many studies confirming the dramatic effect that nutrition has on our mental/emotional wellbeing. If you don’t know where to start or feel to unmotivated to eat properly or at all, talk to us in the clinic we can get you started and there is the option of introducing some vitamin supplements and education on necessities like fish oils and other essential fatty acids, for example.

Exercise and movement. The more the better but even a short walk everyday starts the healing. Movement choices and exercise programmes are usually discussed as options in session.

And volunteering, any activity you take initiative to begin sets you on a path to pride and boosted endorphin activity!

Combine those with a course of acupuncture and you are on your way to super star healing and feeling joy in the movement, the CHANGE, of life around you, whatever the weather might bring!!!

Call today and see how we at Thames Acupuncture could boost your mood, your outlook and your healthy happiness this coming winter! Bbrbrrr!!








The Vagus Nerve

The Vagus nerve has been gathering lots of attention lately because so much has been learned about it and its importance to our overall health is being uncovered!

Its the longest of the cranial nerves, and is named so because it "wanders" like a vagabond. It sends out fibres from your brainstem to your visceral organs, not working inside itself at all.

Here's a brief list of all the good things its been learned that it does for our good health and good living!:

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1. Reduces inflammation, in all areas of the body: on a cellular level!

2. It initiates the body's relaxation response: makes us all zen, yum

3. Its the translator from the brain sending messages to the digestion

4. It helps you breathe: healthy breathing is basis for emotional and physical wellbeing

5. It helps retain memories ie., fighting Alzeheimer's potential

6. It improves cardio function by controlling heart rate

 

The power this nerve has to maintain balance health and wellbeing in our daily lives is astonishing, and it has opened up a whole new field of medicine called "bioelectronics"...as the interest is focused on the results of gently pulsed and electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to encourage our bodies to heal themselves completely naturally, and for the long term!

Acupuncture has long had a similar gentle effect on the body, creating a gentle stimulation to the nervous system to act more efficiently in its daily activities, keeping the body well and disease free, and healing itself more efficiently when challenged.

An exciting time to see truly integrated medicine platforms arise, and ultimately treat all people with less drugs and less side effects. Another piece of evidence showing the human body is a genius machine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Your Acupuncture Challenge, NOW: Stress Awareness Day

Release anxious feelings,

promote relaxation &

find ultimate well-being

 

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National Stress Awareness Day: November 2

 

Relieve STRESS:

Take the Acupuncture Challenge!

Get STRESS FREE in just 3 Acupuncture sessions...

 

 

Get yourself balanced, calm and relaxed in time for National Stress Awareness Day this November 2nd, and spend the day sharing your good fortune and happy disposition with others.

This time don't be a victim of the day, but be the catalyst to help others find the inner peace and calm you've now found, just through three sessions of relaxation acupuncture.

 

Worrying, anxiety and stress on the emotional mind can have negative health effects.

The symptoms:

  • disturbed sleep and eating patterns
  • feeling of inability to cope
  • loss of confidence
  • difficulty in concentrating and making decisions
  • headaches
  • stomach upsets, feeling sick, butterflies
  • emotional distress
  • depleted immune system
  • irritability
  • feeling de-energised

Because acupuncture can have a full effect on the whole body, the metabolic system in charge of adrenaline and all our other hormones can be gently persuaded, through gentle acupuncture, to operate more efficiently and recognise when our body and mind needs to calm down.

Its a vehicle to encourage your body to see how to heal itself. Beautiful! 

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Take Action

If you feel worried, anxious and stressed...

Some of these suggestions may work for you:

TRY THEM!

  • Take Action - evaluate all your options, then make a decision and act on it. There is often something you can practically do about a situation you are worried or anxious about. Consider each worry one by one, Then ask yourself, on a scale of 1 – 10 (where 1 is slightly worrying and 10 is extremely worrying) How important is this worry? if its under 5, release it for another day.
  • Positive Thinking - ban the word 'worry'... and say concern, issue, problem dilemma, challenge instead.
  • Talk to friends - they may be able to suggest a possible course of action or solution. Worry is often a habit, doing a ‘reality check’ with others can help you to change your thinking from negative to positive
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  • Write it down! - Worrying often happens when you are trying to go to sleep. Keep a notepad by the bed, write it down and tell yourself you will deal with it in the morning. 
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  • Relaxation - this is another excellent way to cultivate the habit of postponing worry. Talk to yoru acupuncturist about relaxation breath techniques, body movements, and mindful exercises
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  • Physical activity - Regular exercise helps improve mood and encourages sense of well-being. It’s good for the heart as well as the head! Exercise changes the focus from the mind to the body by relieving tension and metabolising excess adrenalin. You don't have to become a cardio gym pro, a good steady walk outdoors is effective too.
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  • Improve your diet - Eating well at regular intervals can help stablise blood sugar levels,avoiding jittery feelings that contribute to your state of mind. Alcoho, caffeinel and smoking affect mood.... so consider reducing or stopping if worry and stress is really getting to you. And ask your acupuncturist or nutritionist about which times of day to take viatmins as they can have an effect on sleep quality
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  • Complementary therapies - Not on;y acupuncture but many others are wonderful for encouraging wellbeing and calm. Consult a qualified practitioner who can look at you as a whole person. There are many options that can help including, yoga, massage, acupuncture, reflexology and aromatherapy
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  • Psychotherapy/counselling/medication – these options may be needed for extreme worry that leads to constant anxiety. If you suffer with severe symptoms and seek counselling your GP may a good resource to direct you to therapy..

 

Useful UK Contacts

UK Organisations

Health and Safety Executive
Advice for work related stress
W: www.hse.gov.uk/stress

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
T: 01254 875 277
W: www.babcp.com
Can provide details of accredited therapists.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
T: 0870 443 5252
W: www.bacp.co.uk
See their website for a list of practitioners in your area.

The British Psychological Society
T: 0116 252 9904
W: www.bps.org.uk

The British Osteopathic Association (BOA)
British Osteopathic Association 3 Park Terrace Manor Road Luton LU1 3HN
T: 01582 488455
F: 01582 481533
W: www.osteopathy.org

The Institute for Complimentary Medicine (IMC)
T: 0207 237 5165
W: www.i-c-m.org.uk
Provides information on complimentary medicine.

No Panic
T: 0808 808 0545 – Helpline
W: www.nopanic.org.uk
Helpline for people experiencing anxiety disorders.

National Phobics Society
T: 0870 122 2325 – Helpline
W: www.phobics-society.org.uk
Information and support for those with anxiety disorders.

Depression Alliance
T: 0845 123 2310
W: www.depressionalliance.org
UK’s leading depression charity with a network of self-help groups.

The Sleep Council
W: www.sleepcouncil.com

 

Relate (Relationships)
W: www.relate.org

Workplace Bullying
W: www.andreaadamstrust.org

 

National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH)
W: www.hypnotherapists.org.uk

United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO)
W: www.ukcho.co.uk

Stress Management Society
W: www.stress.org.uk

Stress Management with Melatonin
W: Information on hGH

 

 

Your Body Inside: Like Your Green Planet

Wind generators, solar power, geothermal heat, natural cleaning products, organic clothing.  There are seemingly endless means by which to shrink your carbon footprint and lessen your impact on the environment.

But while our planet manages to garner heavy doses of TLC, there continues to exist a large dumping ground for dangerous toxins, chemicals, and man-made impurities.

Our bodies are under the influence of more and more artificial products, and their cumulative effect over the past few decades is beginning to show.

Despite significant advances in the healthcare delivery system, obesity rates are skyrocketing, autoimmune diseases are on the rise, and there are more medicinal and surgical procedures being administered than ever before. 

Antibiotics continue to be abused, and prescription medications of all sorts are showing up in water supplies across the nation.

While emergency medical care is absolutely essential, continually dispensing medicine for conditions better treated naturally or more conservatively is misguided, and in many cases downright dangerous.

One of the greatest things about acupuncture is that it facilitates healing while preserving the sanctity of the human body and mind. It’s the ultimate green healthcare!

If a body is already ailing, what sense does it make to subject it to an onslaught of dangerous chemicals?  It is far more productive to nurture the body by bringing it back into balance naturally and allowing it to rid itself of disease.

But aside from the health advantages of limiting your consumption of drugs, it is simply more efficient to tap into the renewable resources within the body than it is to try to power it from the outside.  The body is healed and powered by the meridian system, proper diet and exercise.

As we continue to uncover the long-term effects of medicine and other chemical products, the responsibility falls on us as consumers to be sure that we are making the best decisions for us and for our planet, and it is imperative that our choices regarding healthcare be included in the mix.

Will we continue to make choices that poison our body and the world around us, or will we trust in cleaner, healthier alternatives that support the body’s natural balance?

Stress Awareness Month This April- Dont miss your chance

As a practitioner I am always aware of the new causes and weeks designated to health awareness issues. They are a really good reminder to us all to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. But for this particular topic, STRESS, it is an absolute must that they designated an entire month to it, and rightly so!

I can honestly say more then 85% of the patients Ive been treating over 14 years are in some element receiving treatment towards their stress levels. They might see me for menstrual issues, a bad back, an IVF cycle, or even constipation. Stress, stress, stress and more stress.

It's the root cause of so many physical ailments our bodies experience.

I'm forever quoting random snippets of ancient wisdom I learn to my patients. One of my favourites Ive learned:  'For every emotional event in your life, there is a physical response in your body.'

Physical wellness and emotional health just cannot and should never be separated. 

The brightness of our eyes comes from something as simple as a moment of laughter. We laugh because we were warmed in our hearts by something truly funny!  An emotional root cause.

This month is the perfect excuse to take the plunge and explore the dichotomy of your own emotional wellness in relation to your physical health. It's like the ancient Chinese symbol of yin and yang: the law which recognises one cannot exist without the other.

Whilst one receives from the other, it also gives just as much in return. Equals and opposites at the same time!

Nature's way of empowering us and balancing us. 

The genius machines we are have their own natural healing response. Acupuncture stimulates that healing mechanism. And in return we find healing doesn't just occur in our physical bodies but in our equal partner element, the emotions. Those are the governors of stress and anxiety. But that means they equally govern joy, laughter, happiness and love! Awareness of unhealthy stress levels means you can actively seek out their opposite, peace and joy, and find optimum health with gentle and natural healing responses from acupuncture!

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Health with Food

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Top 5 Foods That Can Save Your Hair

 

 

 Hair loss is definitely one of the most dreaded conditions for men and women alike, although it is perceived to afflict more men than women. Millions of dollars are spent on hair restoration products and procedures every year, but have you clued in that your diet and your lifestyle may play a role in the health of your hair – or lack thereof?

Male-pattern baldness, where hair loss is concentrated on the top of your head, is most likely hereditary and cannot be prevented. You can, however do your part by ensuring your hair and follicles are properly nourished, as that can help prevent the weakening of hair shafts and slow regrowth that is caused by nutritional deficiencies.

 

Top 5 Foods That Can Help Save Your Hair

 

  1. Fruits and Vegetables for Antioxidants

    Rich in antioxidants, various vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables (the more colorful the better) are a crucial part of your diet that supply the much-needed nutrients for hair growth. For example, Vitamin C is essential in the synthesis of collagen, which is the connective tissue that gives structure to hair.
  2. Whole Grains for Insoluble Fibre
    Whole grain foods are great sources of Insoluble fibre is critical in fighting insulin resistance, which has been linked with male-pattern baldness in some studies. In addition, whole grain products are also a natural source of Vitamin B6 and are often fortified with folic acid, both of which are important in ensuring a good blood and oxygen supply to nourish your follicles and hair.
  3. Dairy for Vitamin A
    Hair is mostly made up of the protein keratin, so it is no surprise that the protein from dairy products can help support hair growth. Most fluid milk is also enriched with Vitamin A, which helps prevent hair loss caused by Vitamin A deficiency.
  4. Meat for Zinc
    Not only are lean meats a source of high-quality protein, they also contain ample amounts of B vitamins, such as Vitamins B6 and B12 and biotin. More importantly, meats supply iron and zinc, which are required to prevent hair loss associated with deficiencies in these minerals.
  5. Water
    Last but not least, consuming sufficient (non-caffeinated) fluids will help with nutrient transportation, which keeps your hair hydrated and strong. Stay away from chemical-laden sodas.
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The Bottom Line

A 2006 study done by researchers from the University of Oulu, Finland linked male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia) to insulin resistance. Although a subsequent study in 2009 by a group of Iranian researchers was unable to repeat the findings, it does not hurt to start including more of the above foods to prevent insulin resistance, even if it may not restore your hair. Putting an emphasis on consuming the foods listed above can also ensure you have the proper nutrition to support your follicles and hair shafts

 

Suffering with Fatigue and Tiredness???

It can be conquered...Naturally & Drug-free

 

When it comes to Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s little known but it is actually a surprisingly pleasant experience...

gentle and soothing….and then in the big result it leaves you with a sense of energised power and a clear focused mind. Fatigue and tiredness are no more. 

Acupuncture can help boost your sluggish ways...

Acupuncture can help boost your sluggish ways...

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Tiredness is one of the most common presenting conditions in western patients. Very often tiredness is seen in Chinese medicine as a deficiency condition, though it has many presentations. 

The causes of tiredness can be from a variety of sources. A weak constitution, overwork, physical overexertion, stress, poor diet, severe illness and childbirth to name a few can all cause tiredness. 

From the Chinese perspective it is important to find out where these causes are affecting the body. For example it may manifest in the lungs and a patient may feel slightly breathless, have a propensity to catching colds and have spontaneous sweating; or it may manifest in the spleen where there is also a poor appetite, muscular weakness, bloating and loose stools. 

These are just two examples of a large number of patterns caused by a deficiency of driving energy, called ‘qi’. A person under great stress may, however, suffer from an excess form of tiredness. Here, rather than having too little energy or 'qi' it is actually that the qi is stagnant and causes blockages. In this way energy cannot flow freely around the body and get to where it needs to. People suffering from this may also present with tiredness that is worse in the afternoon with a "wound up" feeling, distension or soreness of the ribs, PMT or headaches. 

Newsletter: April is Fertility

All About Fertility
How can Acupuncture help you?

Acupuncture and Fertility

Infertility is an all-too-common problem among couples looking to conceive. According to Resolve, the National Infertility Association, approximately 1 in 8 couples struggle to get and stay pregnant. Couples in this scenario often resort to spending tens of thousands of dollars on expensive fertility medicine and treatment that yields no tangible results. However, a more effective solution may come from the ancient practice of acupuncture.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the placement of thin needles in specific points of the body. While the exact methods have evolved since the practice was first used during the Shang Dynasty (1600–1100 BCE), the underlying principle remains the same: to stimulate the body's life force (Qi) by correcting blockages.

Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other forms of TCM such as moxibustion and cupping. Incorporating these practices into acupuncture strengthen its ability to stimulate the body.

The human body contains a total of 12 meridians through which Qi flows. Normally, it travels through these meridians unrestricted. There are times, however, when a blockage prevents Qi from flowing, at which point it grows stagnant and begins to adversely affect our organs and vital systems. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the belief that restoring the body's Qi can alleviate various symptoms and diseases.

 

How Acupuncture Can Help Couples Conceive

So, can acupuncture increase your chances of conceiving? It really depends on what exactly is causing your infertility. However, acupuncture – when performed by a licensed acupuncturist – can restore your body's life force and potentially correct problems associated with infertility.

Fertility clinic researchers recently performed a study to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture as a fertility treatment. 160 patients who were undergoing assisted reproduction therapy were split into two groups: one group received embryo transfer with acupuncture, while the second group received embryo transfer without acupuncture. Of the 80 patients in group one who received acupuncture, 34 became pregnant (42.5%). In the second group, just 21 patients became pregnant (26.3%).

This is just one of many studies attesting to the power of acupuncture for couples looking to conceive. If you're struggling to become pregnant, schedule an appointment with a licensed acupuncturist to see if it works for you. Who knows, this centuries-old practice could be the missing element to your new family.

Give me a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health!

 

5 Ways To Boost Your Fertility

#1) Manage Your Weight
Being either underweight or overweight can significantly reduce your chances of getting pregnant. One study involving the analysis of 2,112 female participants found that women with a body mass index (BMI) of 25-39 required twice the length of time to become pregnant as women with a healthy BMI of less than 19.

#2) Eat More Liver
Some people might turn their head at the thought of eating liver, but it's actually a delicious dish that can prove helpful in boosting your fertility. In fact, a report published by the Weston A. Price Foundation found liver to contain more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food. Whether it's beef or chicken, liver contains vitamin A, vitamin B, protein, folic acid, iron, purines (precursors for DNA) and more.

#3) Eat More Seafood
Seafood–  fish, oysters, clams, mussels, lobster, crabs, etc. – are an excellent food for boosting your fertility. They contain large amounts of zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin D, omega fatty acids (the good type of fat), and other essential nutrients, many of which are directly linked to the body's reproductive system. When choosing seafood, however, it's recommended that you opt for smaller-sized fish to minimise your consumption of mercury. Because of its large size, tuna carries a heavy dose of the toxic chemical mercury, and therefore should be consumed sparingly.

#4) Acupuncture
You might be surprised to learn that acupuncture can improve your chances of conceiving. Back in 2002, a team of German researchers performed a study to determine the effects of acupuncture on fertility. Researchers split 160 women who were trying to conceive into two groups: one group received acupuncture, while the second group did not it. They concluded that 42% of the women who received acupuncture got pregnant, whereas only 26% of the control group got pregnant. Does this mean acupuncture will guarantee a pregnancy? Not necessarily, but this form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is proven to help couples conceive in less time.

#5) Cut Back on Processed Foods
Many women who struggle to conceive eat far too many processed foods. While a fast food burger and fries may seem appetising, it forces heavy amounts of saturated fat, sodium and even sugar into your body while offering little-to-no real nutritional value. Fertility experts say women should focus on a more natural diet if they want to conceive.

Give me a call today to learn how you can get on track to better health.

 

 

 

Do You Ever Suffer With HEADACHES?????

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Gentle and Soothing Acupuncture Can Alleviate Yours

Almost everyone has had a headache once in their life. After puberty, migraines are much more common in women than in men and are related to an imbalance in the hormone levels. Science shows that almost 60% of migraines in women are associated with the menstrual cycle. Also a recent study shows that painkillers are causing more headaches, when used on a long term basis. 

Acupuncture is proven to be a safe and a very effective therapy in treating numerous types of headaches, and is also used to prevent recurrent headaches in case of chronic conditions. The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture for migraines headaches and overall pain relief. 

How does Acupuncture help? 

Regardless of the type of the headache or migraine, the aim is to normalise the activity in the brain through regulating hormones and neurotransmitters. The pituitary gland sitting in the brain is producing endorphins, chemicals that primarily act as the body’s natural painkillers. They also are known to elevate our mood, and therefore called “feel-good” hormones. 

Happy and energetic people are known to have high levels of endorphins. Another chemical involved in our moods, is serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter related to the brain and the nervous system. Seratonin is the most significant factor determining whether we are depressed, feeling good or whether we are anxious. 

Acupuncture research shows that the insertion of an acupuncture needle in certain points on the body triggers the release of endorphins. So acupuncture can have the same pain modulation effect as endorphins would, therefore people usually experience an immediate effect. 

A classical Chinese medical text says “where there is pain, there is no flow; when there is flow, there is no pain”. The emphasis with acupuncture is on ensuring the free flow of energy and blood in the body, and therefore releasing physical and emotional blockages that cause pain. 

In the clinic a full case history will be taken and together we will decide on a treatment plan that may consist of acupuncture, acupuncture and nutrition, reflexology or lifestyle advice. Year after year we see great results in treating stress/tension headaches, migraine headaches and PMT headaches. It can be truly life changing even for chronic sufferers, even when all hope seemed lost! 

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