- 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!
- Published: Sunday, 20 November 2016 13:50
- Written by Louise Stevens
I first became interested in complementary medicine after suffering with an illness. I was forced to self diagnose because western tests were not giving any answers to my feeling so unwell and I felt my health deteriorating. This started me on a path of research and experiencing many different therapies. I began to realise that we can be in control of our own health and well being and I feel strongly that we should be teaching our children this valuable lesson too. The most positive way to do this is to lead by example.
I experienced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for the first time while studying nutrition. This gave me a thirst to learn more, and the most exciting part, alongside the amazing results, is that there is something new to research in conjunction with the traditional. After all life is about balance.
I completed a 3 year honours degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine at LCTA London in 2011 after which I studied a 1 year diploma course on paediatric acupuncture with Julian Scott. Prior to the acupuncture I attended a 1 year course in naturopathic nutrition, including a short course in food intolerance testing.
I have completed CPD courses on fertility and IVF support, eye health and Qi Gong.
As a mum of 3, I have a particular passion for treating babies and young children and have had great success in treating issues such as:
- Digestive and bowel problems,
- Sleeping issues,
- Coughs and colds,
- Skin and lungs disorders, and
- Eye conditions
I also find it very useful to support the immune system during immunisations or from the side effects of medications.
Babies and children respond extremely well to treatments as their energy is so vital. The needles do not need to be retained and any pain felt is very shortlived compared to the longterm benefits gained.
- Published: Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:57
- Written by Louise Stevens
Recently I attended a herbal conference at the Chelsea physic gardens on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). What is this I hear you cry!
Well we have recently been warned about the global threat "..for a post antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries.. could once again kill" WHO 2014. If trends continue it will be a bigger killer that cancer in 2050.
While herbal medicines may not be as powerful as modern antibiotics, their antibiotic action remain effective. This is likely to be due to the synergy of a multitude of chemicals in each medicinal plant that has adapted itself to the negative effects of bacteria, fungi and viruses over the course of time. Such Antimicrobial actions can be further enhanced by the use of different herbal combinations.
The advantages of herbal medicines are that they not only directly affect microbial actions but also improve greater resilience to reinfection and faster recovery from infection. Herbal medicines are effective both in stimulating an immune response and directly fighting infections.
In fact a trial has been approved for GPs to prescribe a Chinese herbal medicine formula for urinary tract infections (UTIs) instead of antibiotics. This is very exciting news indeed. Let's hope it's the start of a more integrated and collaborative approach to healthcare.