I have missed you so much! It has been such a long absence from formal practice - almost two years since I closed down my beloved clinic in Marrickville. I had my second child, a delightful daughter, and have been intensely busy nurturing my beautiful family of four ever since. I never really stopped practicing though....as I use my skills and knowledge to keep myself, my family and my friends healthy as much as possible, and I have done an impressive amount of study in moments snatched between naps and bedtimes. Now, at long last I am ready to create a new clinic close to my home in the beautiful Blue Mountains...the sweet town of Springwood, to be precise.
It is with a heavy heart that I write today. In less than a month, Affordable Acupuncture, my beloved clinic that has served the Inner West for five glorious years, is shutting its doors. But where one door closes, another opens. I would like to introduce you to Kristi-Anna, so please read on...
As mothers day approaches, I wanted to write a post to bring together all my favourite natural health resources for pregnant women, who are beautifully blossoming mothers-to-be. Pregnancy is such a sacred and magical time, and unfortunately a lot of the health-related information out there is very clinical and medicalised. I wanted to focus on wonderful, inspiring resources that can support and guide women preparing for motherhood in a holistic and life-affirming way. Read on for my top recommendations, as a fellow pregnant mama who is greatly appreciating having these resources for the second time around. I hope they are helpful for you.
Would you like to live to be 100? You would be surprised at how many people would answer “no” to that question. Many people are in such poor health that it is a physical and emotional struggle to get through each day, let alone an entire century. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If we are living properly, enjoying the rich quality of life that we are entitled to, we should all be thrilled to live to 100! In fact, the hard part should be figuring out how to squeeze all of our goals and accomplishments into such a relatively short period of time.
24 hours. One day.
What if you only got one? What would you do with it? Who would you see? How would you act? Where would you go?
Fortunately most of us get more than one day to live out our lives. But for too many of us there seems to be something wrong with every single day we are given. It’s too long. It’s too short. It’s cold. It’s rainy. It’s boring. It’s too busy.
If it were your last day, do you think you would give things like the weather a second thought? If you had just one day to live, your focus would undoubtedly shift from complaining and complacency to productivity, love, and thankfulness.
Throughout the year, nature provides us with the appropriate foods to protect us from the climate, support our health, and keep us in balance. Becoming aware of seasonal foods and seasonal eating habits can attune us to the natural cycles of nature, and our bodies.
Read on to learn about how to eat in harmony with the changeable energy of Autumn, and how this can help protect your "Lungs" - the organ system associated with Autumn in TCM and the organ most vulnerable to illness during 'flu season' (click here to learn more about your amazing Lungs).
The theories of Chinese medicine suggest that each season relates to a different organ system. Autumn is the season of the Lungs. It’s the time of year when people are easily affected by environmental influences, and great changes are taking place in the weather and plant life around us.
The lungs are called the “delicate protective organ” in TCM because they are the only organ that comes into direct contact with the external environment. This can make them vulnerable to the environmental influences which can lead to colds, the flu, or allergies. Read on to learn more about our magnificent Lung 'organ system' according to TCM, and what you can do to keep it healthy and happy.
Its been a little quiet around here lately. Back in early January, I had to take sudden leave from the clinic, and I haven't been able to write or do anything much related to the clinic for the past 9 weeks, and I have missed it. I wasn't able to explain to my patients at the time the reason for my mysterious disappearance, but now I feel its time to share, with those of you who are interested, where I have been for the past few months. I feel that there are always great lessons to be learned from all challenges that we face and hope that me speaking up helps give a voice to others who may suffer in silence.
Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái to our patients and friends. Happy Chinese New Year!
2015 is the year of the Yin Wood Goat (or Sheep) which, according to Chinese Astrology, brings about a soft, gentle and feminine energy. 2015 will be a year of greater connection and understanding with yourself, forgiving yourself, healing past wounds and embracing self-acceptance. Read on to find out more about how to harness the energy of this year to your best advantage.
If you asked the average person how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) keeps you healthy, they would probably answer that it involves acupuncture needles. That is a good start – but TCM is so much more than needles.
TCM is a complex understanding of how Qi (loosely translated as energy, or life force), affects your health. Qi flows through meridians passing through points which can be used to regulate and control that flow. When the flow of Qi increases, decreases or its quality changes, your health is affected. The most common way to manage the flow of Qi is with acupuncture needles. But TCM actually incorporates a wide range of therapies that complement each other to bring about health and harmony. In this blog post you will learn three ways to keep yourself healthy using TCM principles at home. By using these techniques in your daily life, you can be in charge of your health.
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture and Stress
Acupuncture and Depression
Acupuncture and Digestion
Acupuncture and Immunity
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