30 Sep 2018

The concept of Yin and Yang is a vital part of the Chinese medicine theory of health.  Here’s a simple explanation.

Yin and Yang are considered to be the two sides of a universal force that influences everything in nature, including us. 

Yin energy is:

  • heavy

  • cool

    ...

2 Jun 2018

You’ll probably know by now that I just love a soup recipe, so here’s a nice simple one for late spring. 

Mustard greens and pork soup

Ingredients

300g mustard greens *

180g lean organic pork

2 slices of fresh ginger

* also known as kai choi

Method

1.            Wash and...

15 Jan 2018

Cheeringly, it seems that the perimenopause has at last been on the agenda in the media.

So what’s it all about?

‘Peri’ means ‘around’, so ‘perimenopause’ refers to the time of transition during which a woman’s  cycle slows down, or jigs about a bit, or speeds up (or in...

31 Dec 2015

The gap between Christmas and New Year is, for me at least, a breathing space.  It's the first time in ages that I get a few days to take stock and think about where I am and what I might need in the coming months.  And from the number of phone calls I've received for...

15 Oct 2015

Time and again you'll hear the word 'wellbeing' from acupuncturists and other complementary therapists.  Yes, we can address your physical symptoms, we say, but we also aim to 'improve your general feeling of wellbeing' in the course of treatment.  In fact, we often re...

16 May 2015

Acupuncture is my job and I love it.  But because I work with it, read about it and discuss it every day, it's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everyone is as familiar with it as I am.

 

So I thought I'd take this opportunity to bust a myth or two, starting wi...

16 Apr 2015

 It’s IBS Awareness Month, so it seems like the perfect time to have a look at what acupuncture can do for sufferers.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disturbance in the large intestine which is characterised by a range of symptoms.  These include diarrhoea (sometime...

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