Moxibustion and how this treatment can help

Moxa on needleHave you heard of Moxibustion? The herb Artemesia mugwort is ignited and used either on top of needles or next to the skin to warm acu-points. Its use and functions are far reaching.

It can expel cold from the body, like in arthritic conditions or reynauds (white finger).
It warms the uterus in infertility.
It encourages circulation and therefore reduces pain.
It is the treatment of choice to turn breech babies.
It is used as an emergency stop bleeding point, e.g. Dysfunctional uterine bleeding.

Dietary Therapy

In Chinese medicine the stomach is viewed as a cooking pot and our spleen/pancreas is likened to the fire beneath the pot that cooks the food. If we consume too many cold/raw foods we can damage this fire/cooking process and the food cannot be transformed and transported around the body and ‘sludge’ is left in the bottom of the cooking pot! This ‘sludge’ is called damp or phlegm and is often stored in the lung system or can manifest as water in the body.

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Digestive Disorders

Goosd food to eat , nuts, pulses & greenIn Chinese Medicine a fully functioning digestive system is key to maintaining a healthy body and mind.  The food we eat produces the blood and energy (qi) that is vital to our well being.

The importance of keeping a healthy digestive system is paramount when maintaining our health. The problem is we are often too busy to allow our systems to function correctly: we don't take the time to eat our meals in a relaxed manner away from screens and other stimulations, we have irregular mealtimes and many often skip meals altogether. These bad habits are equally as important as the food that we eat when encouraging our digestive function!

When we are stimulated or stressed its our sympathetic nervous system that kicks in and enables us to 'deal' with things. When we eat, we need our parasympathetic nervous system to switch on to allow our digestive function to operate efficiently. Any distraction, stimulation or stress will turn this off and activate your sympathetic nervous system, leaving your digestion bereft of positive guidance.

So if you're health conscious and have a 'good' diet, please consider your environment and make some decisions to engage with your food: regular meals, allowing 15 minutes to eat away from your daily routine. Yes that means NO screens.... You can do it!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common chronic condition which upsets the bowel (with either diarrhoea or constipation or both at different times) causing discomfort and pain. It is thought that to one degree or another it affects 20% of the UK population. Symptoms are often worse with upsetting emotional events or stress at work. The first episode often occurs after a period of stress or gastrointestinal infection.

Chinese Medicine is very effective at treating 'functional' digestive problems, and is aimed at calming the bowels, clearing any residual infection if present and supporting your digestion to make it less vulnerable to stress.

 

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