Acupuncture is not regulated in the UK. This effectively means that anyone can buy a box of needles on eBay and call themselves an acupuncturist! Following these five steps will ensure that you find a qualified, safe practitioner who is right for you. 1. Choose a type of acupuncture There are several different types of acupuncture available in the UK: ‘Traditional Acupuncture’ is practiced by members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). BAcC members have completed over
How to eat Spring is a topsy turvy time of year. Everything changes rapidly – cold one moment, hot the next, calm in the morning and windy by midday. This means that your body has to work extra hard to maintain its equillibrium. You can help it out by eating three meals at the same time each day, chewing your food well, eating slowly, and not overeating. Eating in a relaxed environment and taking a short rest after your main meal will also help – although its better to take a
Spring belongs to the Wood Element in Chinese philosophy, and the emotion associated with the Wood Element is anger. But surely Spring is about hope, not anger? Well, in Chinese medicine, hope and (healthy) anger are pretty much the same thing. In its Daoist sense, anger is the force that drives a tiny seedling through tarmac, pumps gallons of sap meters into the sky, and pushes a new baby into the world. Anger is the determined strength that liberates us. Anger makes hope po
According to Chinese medicine, there are five aspects to our physical and mental-emotional world. These are often called the Five Elements. Each Element influences how we think, feel and relate to the world in a different way. The Wood Element gives us our sense of right and wrong, our ability to visualise and achieve our goals, and our capacity for both anger and forgiveness. How balanced is your Wood Element? Take the test and find out.
Mike and Emma’s challenge Emma (33) and Mike (35) came to see me after trying for a baby for 5 years. Mike’s sperm count was at the low end of the healthy range. From a Chinese medical perspective, Mike’s high stress levels and post-sex exhaustion meant that work could be done to improve his fertility. Emma had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and was taking metformin. Emma’s PCOS symptoms included difficulty losing weight, PMT, and irregular periods that were very painful. E