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A patient perspective – living with cancer

By |2018-11-23T22:32:16+00:00November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Cancer, patient perspective|

Check out this podcast – a short interview with Jacky – a wonderful and inspiring woman I’ve been blessed to work with. Jacky has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, but gives a refreshing view about how the experience has been for her in terms of re-connecting with her body in a very natural way. Here’s the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-223736576/session-8-wise-woman-conversation


Questions about specific conditions and how acupuncture may help

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton (Okehampton)) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Plants to Hoover Up Toxic Chemicals in the Home – NASA Clean Air Study

By |2018-10-06T16:54:53+00:00October 6th, 2018|Categories: allergies, nature|

There are a significant number of people that come for treatment who on occasion, are misdiagnosed as having asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever). These people might complain of the following:

Skin rashes, sneezing, irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, cough, headaches, nausea, as well as general lowered immunity and fatigue.

For some, these symptoms can be triggered by specific chemicals in their living environment and can become more obviously when replacing carpets or furnishings which in modern times, can contain Volative Organic Compounds (VOCs) including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, along with benzene, toluene, perchloroethylene, and others.*

Thankfully, NASA has provided a list of plants that literally extract some of these chemicals from the air, the NASA Clean Air Study can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study

My personal favourite? The Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)!

*References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465283/ and https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1328875/Carpets-are-piled-high-with-toxic-pollutants.html

Greenpeace air study from Exeter University http://www.greenpeace.to/publications/carpet.pdf

Acupuncture & Vibration – the hidden pattern

By |2018-06-29T10:30:06+00:00June 29th, 2018|Categories: energy patterning, Videos|

Click here to watch a superb music video showing the effect of sound vibration on water, fire and iron-filings:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3oItpVa9fs

It might seem strange to post an article about the relationship between sound (vibration) and structure, but these are in fact, the fundamental basis through which acupuncture (and other energy-medicine therapies) work.

Whilst there are plenty of bio-medical reasons that can describe in part, how acupuncture might be working, for over 2500 years, the ancient Chinese knew that there was an organised ‘patterning’ of nature (and we are of course, part of that living nature).

When we respond to the environment around us, to the interactions with people in that environment and to situations experienced in that environment, we are living ‘naturally’ and in tune with nature. The interaction of light, smell, touch and sound creates unseen resonances, or vibrations through us – watching the video which brilliantly shows the science of cymatics, you see the influence perceivable sound has on particles, including water (of which makes up around 60% of the average adult male and 55% of the adult female*)…and that’s only what is perceivable with our ears, so you can imagine how the sounds around us are constantly influencing us on a cellular level.

However, when we find ourselves reacting to any of those interactions, we can set up a distortion in our original patterning of energy (which we call Qi) which can create imbalances in the flow of energy through our system and influence our organ function to create disease. Acupuncture treatment influences a persons ‘Qi-pattern’ (you could say; their organised matrix of vibration) to bring it back to its original pattern in order to return a person to their original condition of wholeness and wellness.

* H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158


Questions about specific conditions and how acupuncture may help

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton (Okehampton)) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Yang Sheng 養生- Nourishing Life

By |2017-12-08T22:51:33+00:00December 8th, 2017|Categories: Videos, YangSheng - Nourishing Life|

The Nourishment and Renewal of Life

‘Nourishing Life’ is used a lot in the Chinese Medicine Classics and is based on the principle that true nourishment (where we are kept ‘vital’ and renewed on a daily basis) is something that can only come through how we live our lives -in this way, we keep a strong immune system, stay well and realise true well-being.

This is the first character – Yang, meaning to nourish. I’ve chosen to write it in cursive script which means the standard character is written mostly with a single brush stroke. This way it retains a movement and flow which I feel represents the nature of what true nourishment means….where the effects of something that is beneficial to us, literally permeates and flows through us without ceasing and therefore, renews us on a continual basis.

Acupuncture works together with appropriate exercise, good diet and other lifestyle practices to ensure the maintenance of balance, harmony and what is considered to be a ‘condition of wholeness’.


Questions about specific conditions and how acupuncture may help

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton (Okehampton)) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Food, science and finding balance

By |2017-08-05T16:12:17+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: digestion, Food energetics|

Food, Science and Finding Balance

Here’s a whimsical take on how finding balance can be difficult if we get caught up in the so called evidence-based, scientific view of what we eat!

We all know this is a common process- science tells us something is bad for us, then a few months down the road, tells us it’s good for us -this process then continues, sometimes for years and encapsulates not just food, but medicine, exercise routines and general lifestyle.

The only real way to find balance, is to appreciate the individual’s needs at that particular time (because of course, things change for us over time and responding to this allows us to continue to bring balance into our lives and keep us well).

So enjoy the video – it’s hilarious!

CLICK HERE for the video!


Questions about specific conditions and how acupuncture may help

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton (Okehampton)) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Get your Sprouts!

By |2017-08-05T16:15:11+00:00June 30th, 2017|Categories: digestion, Food energetics, Uncategorized|

Sprouting Benefits

Sprouting is essentially the practice of germinating seeds. This can be grains, nuts, beans or other kinds of seeds. The Chinese have done it for thousands of years (think beansprouts!).

There are huge health benefits, plus, it’s SO easy to do and provides satisfying, window-sill entertainment as you watch your sprouts grow in your kitchen in 3-6 days with almost zero effort….no complicated preparation, no complicated management and a tiny cost for such potent nutrition. The photo below is my sprouting jar (‘Geojar Glass’) after soaking some alfalfa seeds for 8 hours.

acupuncture in exeter - sprouts, glorious sprouts

Here it is again after only 2 days of sprouting…you can use a simple glass jar with muslin around the lid or go for one of the many cheap sprouting jars you’ll find on the web.

exeter acupuncturist - more sprouts

Why Sprout

Sprouting converts most of the seeds/grains starch into simple sugars, proteins into amino acids and enzymes and vitamins are boosted, plus they become much more digestible. Interestingly, when grains and legumes are sprouted, they often do not cause allergies (eg: when wheat is consumed it might trigger an allergic response, but when the wheat grain is sprouted, it is much less likely to do so).

Like anything, sprouts shouldn’t be eaten to excess – they are also cooling in nature, so great when the weather is hot and particularly useful for those with a robust, fiery ‘excess’ type of constitution, rather than for those who are constantly cold and deficient (eg: exhausted, feels the cold much more and may have loose stools). For these individuals, lightly cooking by simmering, steaming or stir frying the sprouts reduces their cooling effect whilst still retaining the goodness.

In the life-cycle of plants, sprouts express the point of greatest vitality (the point where huge amounts of energy are produced to begin the transformation from dormant seed/grain, into a shoot that begins to expand into a fully-grown plant.

What to Sprout

Alfalfa, radish, mustard seeds, lentils, mung and aduki beans, wheat or rye grains and sunflower seeds are all great to sprout.

How to do it

For more detail on the health benefits of sprouts and helpful instructions on sprouting (to ensure they are kept clean during the process), check out – https://draxe.com/sprout/ and for those interested in the Chinese perspective on diet and nutrition (which also includes sections dedicated to sprouting and food allergies) this book is a must:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Healing-Whole-Foods-Traditions-Nutrition/dp/1556434308/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498860057&sr=8-1&keywords=healing+with+whole+foods


Questions about specific conditions and how acupuncture may help

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton (Okehampton)) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

 

Food and Mental Health

By |2017-07-05T14:16:03+00:00June 15th, 2017|Categories: Food energetics, mental health|

Food and Mental Health – The Chinese Medicine View

Finally, we’re beginning to see the direct link between food choices and mental health. This article on the BBC News website details some of the latest findings on the subject.

This is something that we consider when we see new patients during their first (and subsequent) visits – Chinese medicine looks not so much at the nutritional aspect of the food from a chemical, or substance-based perspective, but from an energetic perspective. What does this really mean?

Well, consider two people going on the same diet in order to lose weight…the first person loses weight, the second doesn’t (or even puts on weight). If the food choices are not in tune with our specific needs, they can lead to us being undernourished and in some cases become the cause of imbalance and disease. Now consider coffee – in the West we know that caffeine can overstimulate the nervous system and for some people cause insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, migraines and so on. However, this can still be the case for some people even if they drink de-caffeinated coffee, because (from a Chinese medicine perspective), the coffee’s basic ‘thermal’ or ‘energetic nature’ is still stimulating, heating and moving even without the caffeine.

So when we look at what you eat, we consider the energetic properties that the foods bring into your system – we compare this to your needs based on our Chinese medicine diagnosis and then make suggestions to correct any problems we find, using foods that you can include in your diet to restore balance. Don’t worry, we won’t give you a list of foods you can’t stand(!) -rather, we look at what you feel comfortable including in your diet, so you actually want to work with food in a positive way.

The healing potential from these basic changes to one’s diet are often overlooked because we sometimes consciously (or unconsciously) do not consider them to be sophisticated enough to be a solution to some of our problems. However, the ancient Chinese observed how foods had the power to restore balance and support the healing process.

In fact, in a 2500 year-old classical text, it says:

“The inferior physician reaches for the medicinals, the superior physician treats through diet and lifestyle”.

What this is not saying of course, is that medicine is not a worthy tool – it is simply emphasising that the most beneficial method of preserving health, is through balanced living (and eating!) -because this is something you do every day of your life.

The BBC article hints at the link between foods and mental health (and of course, there is the reciprocal relationship between mental health and food choices…it works both ways). You can read it here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39976706

Research for other conditions

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Acupuncture for Post-Stroke Depression

By |2017-07-05T14:17:41+00:00June 9th, 2017|Categories: Depression, stroke rehabilitation|

Acupuncture for post-stroke depression

There’s some good news for those struggling with depression following a stroke. This research article documents a well controlled trial, where acupuncture outperformed Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) measuring some of the most important aspects of mental health. These included:

  • Mood
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Insomnia
  • Interest in work and activities
  • Anxiety

The trial used several points that we frequently use in the clinic to calm and regulate the mind and reduce the effects of stress – you can read the original article here:

https://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1756-acupuncture-beats-drug-for-post-stroke-depression

Research for other conditions

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Acupuncture Alleviates Chemoradiotherapy Induced Leukopenia

By |2017-07-05T14:18:14+00:00June 2nd, 2017|Categories: blood, Cancer|

Leukopenia

Chemotherapy and radiotherapy induced leukopenia is a common problem for people undergoing cancer treatment. Leukopenia is a reduced white blood cell (leukocytes) count, which puts a person at greater risk of infection. This is something which is particularly undesirable for those who are already immunocompromised as a result of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment.

This research article describes how a combination of acupuncture and moxibustion can be very effective at building the levels of white blood cells to improve the health of those suffering from leukopenia. It shows a startling 90% positive outcome rate against a 53.3% positive patient outcome rate for those taking medication.

Click here to read the full article:

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1755-acupuncture-alleviates-chemoradiotherapy-induced-leukopenia

Research for other conditions

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Acupuncture and Cancer Support

By |2017-07-05T14:18:41+00:00April 30th, 2017|Categories: Cancer, pain|Tags: |

Acupuncture – supporting those with Cancer

It’s great that the Western world keeps on exploring the benefits of acupuncture – read this article about how it is being used to support people with radiotherapy pain (especially for breast cancer patients), post-surgical pain and the nausea that often accompanies chemotherapy.

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/sponsor-content/mass-general-using-an-ancient-therapy-to-complement-modern-cancer-treatment/

Other Research

People find acupuncture can bring relief for all sorts of health problems and find it can help to maintain overall well-being during times of heightened stress.

Please take a look at the Research Fact Sheets page, produced by the British Acupuncture Council. These fact sheets show good quality research trials, highlighting how acupuncture may be affecting the body’s nervous system, endocrine system and circulation to restore health.

If you are interested in what patients have to say about their experience of acupuncture, please read the comments on the Patient Experiences page.

Contact Lee

If you have any questions about a condition you have and whether acupuncture may help, please contact Lee on 01837 214888 (for acupuncture in North Tawton) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).