Chinese medicine and acupuncture blog

Beat stress with acupuncture and Chinese medicine

By |April 19th, 2011|

Today I am going to speak of the use of acupuncture in helping to manage stress related disorders. Hans Selye claimed in his book “Stress without Distress” that ‘stress is the non-specific response of the organism to every demand’.(Selye, 1974) Although it is not a pathological condition in itself, longer term exposure to it may produce pathologies. In todays world our lives can be very high pressure. There are many pulls on the individual – […]

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the treatment of Alopecia (Hair Loss)

By |February 22nd, 2011|

Alopecia is the unexpected experience of hair loss leaving the skin bald. There is generally no antecedent of associated inflammation or symptoms. It is a chronic condition which may occur at any age. Sometimes the condition may spontaneous resolve. Often there are relapses. It can be of great concern to patients for cosmetic and psychological reasons.

Common forms of alopecia

The three most common forms of alopecia are:

Hair growth cycles

To understand alopecia we must familiarise ourselves with […]

Chinese medicine dietary advice – Foods to nourish our kidneys

By |February 14th, 2011|

Sun Si Miao, a famous physician from the Tang dynasty maintained that “Doctors should first understand the cause of disease, then treat it with diet. Medicine should only be used if diet fails”. Our everyday diet can go a long way in preventing and aiding in-balances within the body.

Possible signs & symptoms of kidney yin deficiency

It is commonly known that to maintain our vitality we must supplement and boost our kidney yang. This […]

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – what is it?

By |October 22nd, 2010|

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA) is an alternative to Botox, micro-dermabrasion, photo rejuvenation, chemical peels, or other processes that are designed to reduce the signs of ageing. It is a less invasive procedure with little to no down time. FRA has been used in China for thousands of years. Initially it was only used by the imperial family for looking and staying young. In recent times FRA has been re-discovered. It has become increasingly popular in […]

Chinese medicine dietary advice for tiredness and lethargy.

By |June 19th, 2010|

In todays fast paced society it isn’t hard to become run down. Most of us work far more than we play (or relax), we eat on the run, we don’t sleep enough, our jobs are high pressure, and we just have too much on our plate.

Before long we begin to feel we don’t have enough energy to make it through the day, our skin becomes pale, our digestion becomes problematic, we lose the desire to […]

Beating the common cold and flu with Chinese medicine

By |June 19th, 2010|

The common cold is an acute viral infection generally affecting the upper respiratory tract. It is the most common disease in humans, and is the highest cause for time away from school or work. Symptoms include fever and/or chills, muscle aches and pains, stiff neck, headache, nasal discharge and fever. It is generally of short duration but can cause complications in the very young, very old and the very weak. People are most vulnerable to […]

Chinese medicine dietary advice – Autumn foods

By |March 12th, 2010|

Autumn traditionally is the season of harvest. Our bodies begin to harvest and gather energy for the colder months and moving it down. Yang which is dominant in summer starts giving way to yin which is dominant in winter. Autumn is the season for clearing any excess heat from the body, and then start warming it from the inside in preparation for the colder months. This may sound contradictory, but summer heat saps strength, whereas […]

Chinese medicine dietary advice: foods to eat in Summer

By |November 21st, 2009|

Summer is full of heat. The environment is hot, and the body is hot. Signs of excessive heat can include a red face, red tongue with maybe a yellow coat, heat exhaustion, fever, skin eruptions, nose bleeds, constipation, excessive dreaming, and restlessness.

Foods to be aware of during Summer
Red meat and chicken can increase internal heat so avoid over consumption in Summer. Zucchini, citrus fruits, soy products, kelp, white or green vegetables are good for clearing […]