Autumn is well and truly here, and the change of season has brought with it a characteristic influx of coughs, colds and flus. Whilst there are many different ways we can boost our immune system using Chinese medicine dietary approaches and herbal medicines, I wanted to write about a simple and delicious remedy that you can make yourself, incorporating both Chinese and Western herbs, for the prevention mild infections. Read on for my TCM inspired Elderberry syrup recipe, and I hope you’ll be inspired to make a batch or two for yourself!
“So....does acupuncture actually work?”
Believe it or not, as an acupuncturist I do get asked this question a fair bit. Having devoted the last 13 years to the study and practice of acupuncture, it might prompt a bit of existential angst in me if I had any doubt over the amazing capabilities of my chosen profession! If I didn't think it worked, I certainly would not still be in practice. Needless to say, I have no doubt in the ability of acupuncture to 'work' and that is why I continue to study, practice and admire it's effects in all their glory.
However, of course I understand the need for people to have scientific evidence of acupuncture's claims, and I also enjoy reading all the current research in the area. So I was very excited to read about “The Acupuncture Evidence Project” (2017), an extensive systematic review of acupuncture research which examined over 1000 clinical trials worldwide, and I would like to summarise it for you in this post.
With increasing stress levels and a faster pace of life than ever before, insomnia and sleep disorders are worryingly common. An increasing number of people are facing recurrent sleepless nights, and the number of prescriptions written for sleep medication is skyrocketing. But if you are one of those people struggling with insomnia and you are wisely hesitant to take medication due to its side effects and addictive nature, you may find help with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture, in the last few decades, has become the focus of extensive scientific research and innumerable clinical trials with regards to its effects on improving fertility, both naturally and in conjunction with IVF. The majority of evidence demonstrates that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can significantly improve a couple's chances of conceiving as well as sustaining a healthy viable pregnancy to full term. But the million dollar question is – how?
Statistically, the vast majority of patients seeking assistance for fertility are women. Most of these women have male partners, however men are less likely to to undertake treatment or lifestyle change for preparing to have a baby, or believe that there is much they can do to improve their sperm count and quality.
However, it takes two to make a baby – an egg, and a sperm, and there are many things we can do – including acupuncture, herbs and supplements – to optimise the health of both of these very important ingredients (also called 'gametes'). Investing some time and effort into improving the health of your sperm before you try to conceive will have untold benefits for the health of your future children and should be an essential part of your fertility plan as a couple.
Even though I am passionate about natural and complementary approaches to pediatrics, I am also incredibly inspired and awed by the amazing advances and achievements of western pediatrics and the people that dedicate their lives to working with kids. I recently read two western pediatric memoirs – “Healing Children” by Kurt Newman, and “Learning to Listen” by Barry Brazelton - that I enjoyed so much I thought I would review them both. If these reviews pieque your interest, you might like to read them too.
It is with a very happy heart that I can announce that the clinic is officially ready and open for business! Its been a busy month renovating the space, but I am so pleased with how it has turned out. All the feedback I have received has been so positive, with people saying that the clinic feels very peaceful, welcoming and nurturing - just as I intended. Below are a few photos to give you an idea of what it looks like on the inside...but for a better look, come and visit in person! I hope to see you soon.
It has been a journey of epic proportions to secure a lease here in Springwood, but today, we made it to the finish line! I finally have a beautiful clinic space here in the Blue Mountains to call my very own. There is still a lot of work to be done to transform the space into the gorgeous, nurturing, healing haven I dream of creating for you, but watch this space.
My provisional opening date will be Tuesday the 7th of November and I will update Bookeo soon to allow online bookings to begin. I can't wait to open the doors and begin serving you soon.
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...
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture and Stress
Acupuncture and Depression
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture and Immunity
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