- Published: Saturday, 04 March 2017 16:57
- Written by Louise Stevens
How Time Flies!
It's been just over 20 years since I first started my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) by embarking on an acupuncture degree course in London. I ‘found’ acupuncture, like many practitioners do, with a disillusionment of western medicine for my own personal health problems. My uncle is also an acupuncturist in USA and I was keen to know his thoughts for a future in this field. He recommended studying both acupuncture and herbal medicine so one is able to treat internal disorders as well.
I had no idea of the depth and history of Chinese Medicine, the thousands of years of observation and study that is well documented. It was like opening my eyes to another way of thinking about life, the universe and its impact on the body. Chinese medicine is not just a job, it’s a way of life!
I’ve had 2 study trips to China and seen Chinese Medicine perform in a fully integrated healthcare system – TCM hospitals that have departments of acupuncture, massage and western medicine. They are able to utilise all the diagnostic capabilities of modern medicine including pharmaceutical drugs when appropriate.
It's extremely frustrating being on the periphery of a healthcare system where both systems have so much to offer. Modern medicine often has its sights on treating and managing symptoms not addressing the underlying cause of a problem which is essential especially when managing chronic conditions. TCM always seeks to find the root of a health issue – intent on healing from the inside out!
I'm thrilled to have a ‘high street’ presence in Weymouth and offer Chinese medicine to the public. I'm saddened that at this moment in time it is not available on the NHS – my dream is that one day we have a fully integrated healthcare system where the best of both medicines are used to enhance patients’ welfare.
- Published: Friday, 27 January 2017 14:50
- Written by Louise Stevens
Cases from our clinic by Charmian Wylde
Winter colds and 'flu
Yvonne came back from holiday in November with a nasty sore throat, swollen glands and headaches and still felt unwell over Christmas. Although the fever and main symptoms subsided, she felt she had not fully recovered. She felt exhausted and lethargic with no energy or motivation. Despite feeling so tired, her sleep was disrupted, she kept getting sore throats and suffered watering eyes and a runny nose. All in all, she was low and miserable.
Acupuncture can help you recover from colds, winter bugs and 'flu faster. We need more studies, but so far, research has shown that patients receiving acupuncture have elevated immune enhancing hormones and blood counts for up to three days after treatment. (*Kawakita 2008).
We started Yvonne's treatment by using an acupuncture point located on the inside of the thumb joint to help with the sore throat, as well as selected other acupuncture points that are thought to increase the body's strength in fighting bugs. After the first treatment, Yvonne's sore throat disappeared and she felt she had a little more energy. We also used points to relieve congestion. At this point we encouraged gentle walking and suggested she reduce the amount of coffee and tea she was drinking too. Following this advice, Yvonne slept better and felt more energised. After four further acupuncture treatments, Yvonne felt herself again.
As well as formulating an individualised treatment plan, an acupuncturist devotes time in a consultation to discussing lifestyle changes with you. This might include looking at your daily diet and the amount of exercise you take.
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- Published: Thursday, 26 January 2017 17:21
- Written by Louise Stevens
The Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. This year, impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures.
Remember: In a Rooster Year, all of the Chinese animals can reap great rewards by tapping into Rooster traits. Loyalty, commitment, hard work, family values, and top-notch appearances are just some of the characteristics that will be rewarded this year.
January 28, 2017 to February 15, 2018 is marked in the lunar calendar as the Year of the Fire Rooster, a period when the fiery temperament of the Rooster is expected to infuse more enthusiasm and energy into our activities, increasing hopes for better prospects for everyone. How will the Rooster year compare to the previous year of the Monkey?
2016, the year of the Fire Monkey, has been marked by ambition, dynamism and a thirst for adventure, as we had noted.
However, in 2017, we need to brace ourselves for a period of immense changes. Fire destroys Metal, and this destructive relationship means challenges double during the year. Yet, the Fire Rooster shines like a bright star in the dark sky, bringing hope and transformation to those who know how to act harmoniously around prevailing circumstances.
The year of the Rooster teaches the lessons of order, scrutiny and strategic planning. The sage advice of Sun-Zi which is still taught in modern military circles, advises one to “achieve psychological advantage over the adversary and use force only as a last resort.” I think we can all take heart of that advice in 2017, the year when diplomacy wins!
The optimism of the Rooster year overlaps the Year of the Rooster, but the Rooster tends to be overconfident and is prone to come up with nonsensical plans. While the colourful Rooster brings bright and happy days, he also dissipates energy. Better stick to practical and well-proven paths. Forget about that controversial best seller you were going to write. No get rich quick schemes this year, please!”
In the year of the Rooster 2017, we will hear more cutting criticisms of those in the public life and feathers might well fly as prides are dented, nevertheless all will benefit from the rude awakening. Despite a fuss and a flap we can expect the prudence to be the key in economic matters for the Rooster is a good money manager.
Chinese astrologers predict that this unfolding Rooster Year will be all about family and the domestic life, as well as fertility (plenty of new children on the way this year).
Wishing you and your family love, success, good health & prosperity in the Year of the Fire Rooster!