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Summertime Wellness

Summertime Wellness

Summertime has arrived and all things are good. This time of the year yang qi is in full effect and growing towards it’s peak. The theme of the summer time is growing. All around us we see flowers blossoming and trees turning green. We all feel the better of the sunshine and we have more energy during the day.

Sleep late, rise early

The classics tell us not to be adverse to the long summer days and higher temperatures. Sleep late and rise early. The summer solstice is the peak of yang qi and yin begins return. Where yang qi is the driving force of life, yin qi shapes it. This interplay of heaven and earth energies gives rise to good harvests and growth throughout.

Anger will hurt the heart

The yellow Emperor warns us not to get angry in the summer time. This anger combined with the natural abundance of yang qi will hurt the heart. This will lead to insomnia and illness in the autumn.

Face the rising sun

Try some Tai Chi or Yoga facing the rising sun each morning
Walking in high mountains, forests and seashores
A warm bath in the evening soothes the sympathetic nervous system, dilates the blood vessels and washes away the sweat of the day
Have a nap in the afternoon, summer days are long

Cooling foods, but not cold

As summer is hot, and yang qi is high, the classics recommend cooling foods. These include cucumber, honeysuckle tea, mung beans, water melon and chicken. Avoid hot and spicy foods to prevent too much heat. Cold food such as ice cream and cold drink are not advised and they impede the stomach and spleen’s function which will in focus in late summer. The ancient sages were not fond of a cold beer of an evening.

Get out there and enjoy it

Acupuncture for Trauma

Acupuncture for Trauma

Acupuncture is used throughout America to treat post traumatic stress disorder and other symptoms of trauma. Chinese medicine allows us to treat without having to know the story. The treatments work hand in hand with talk therapies and is cost effective. Acupuncturists without borders do fantastic work around the world in all kinds of disaster areas helping people get back on their feet

 

Spring Wellness

Spring Wellness

Spring has finally come to this little island if ours. The sun is shining and the bees are buzzing. All is wonderful. So what do the ancient sages of China have to tell us about keeping well at this time of the year.

As humans are a product of our surrounding we are also subject to seasonal changes. Li Chun is the Chinese term for the beginning of spring. Cold moves to warmth and yang ascends. At this time the Yang Qi in the Body moves upwards and outwards. Our bodies are preparing for warm days but the cold has not yet fully passed. Our word of caution

Muffling the body in Spring

We need to stay warm even on these sunny days as we are susceptible to cold invasion. But it’s not all bad, the ancients also recommend to wake early and go to bed late, in order to bathed in all spring sunlight.

Walk in the courtyard and allow your mind to be natural and at ease with the germination and growth of spring

Emotion of spring is Anger, the liver Qi rises and nourishes the qi and blood, but when blocked we have pain and tempers shorten. When Qi and Blood are nourished, we can cope with seasonal change easily, when blocked or stagnant, the change is more difficult. This time of the year is when we wake from the winter and are advised to take some moderate exercise. Yang Qi ascends and people begin to walk, hike and play

Tai Chi and Qi Gong help the body’s Qi to move and to harmonize with the seasons

So get outside, feel the sun on you face and the smell of flowers in you nose. Throw a few Tai Chi shapes and keep the jumpers on for a few more weeks.

Si Yuan Mission to Cambodia

Si Yuan Mission to Cambodia

I’m leaving a link here to the Si Yuan website detailing they’re mission to Cambodia last year. It show what a balance method acupuncturist can do at full capacity, 20-40 patients a day. Great story at the end as well

Click Here for the Link 

Hayfever Season is on the way

Hayfever Season is on the way

Patrick Hendry

How far would you go to avoid pollen? Hayfever season is on the way and with it comes red eyes, runny noses, tickly throats and antihistamines. 

Would you go as far as you local Acupuncturist? Well now is the time to make that call and try to head off the misery before it sets in. 

Tai Chi For fibromyalgia and chronic pain

Tai Chi For fibromyalgia and chronic pain

Check out this article about how Tai Chi is helping people with chronic pain and Fibromyalgia

 

Wang found that while all of the people reported fewer symptoms at the end of the year, all those in the tai chi groups reported more improvement in their symptom control than people in the aerobic exercise group after 24 weeks. And among those assigned to a tai chi regimen, people who practiced tai chi for a longer period of time showed greater improvement than those who did it for a shorter period.

“We think our results suggest that physicians should think about what type of exercise is best for their patients with fibromyalgia,” says Wang. “We found that tai chi was more enjoyable [for patients], there was a social connection and they could practice it at home by themselves with their family and friends.”