Seasonal Change

Spring is beginning!

By |2017-07-05T14:26:27+00:00February 2nd, 2017|Categories: Seasonal Change|

Today (3rd Feb) is Li Chun 立春 – The Start of Spring in the Chinese calendar and one of the 4 main seasons within the calendar of 24 seasonal shifts. Watch out for the wind and how it can create sudden-onset symptoms of seasonal illness or latent disease.

You might be thinking how does that relate to us in the UK?! Well, both China and the UK are in the Northern hemisphere, so we both observe the same movements in the sky – including where the Sun is at any given time. Our seasons are dictated by this movement.

You can already see the effects of Li Chun (Start of Spring) with the movement upwards and outwards of plant life, the busyness of the birds and other wildlife and temperature fluctuations as the warmth (the Yang energy) is building and becoming apparent.

The dominant energy of Spring is the wind. This type of energy, stimulates and triggers the process of new life in nature, but it can also trigger all sorts of problems in the body, if a persons immune system is poor. Typical symptoms from the ‘invasion’ of this wind are:

  • itchy skin with or without a rash
  • itchy, dry or sore eyes
  • watering eyes
  • sore or itchy throat
  • itchy nose, sneezing
  • stiffness in the muscles of the upper body especially
  • headaches and migraines

This time can also highlight issues with frustration, feeling stuck and anger as the rising, expansive energy (if not balanced) can become reckless, or is simply not strong enough to meet the changes around us, leading to depression.

Keeping the Yang acupuncture meridians of the neck and head covered from the wind is one simple way to avoid some more physical problems, but if you are interested in finding out how acupuncture can help support your immune system and emotions through seasonal change, please contact Lee at the practice.

 


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) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Big Cold – Seasonal Changes

By |2017-07-05T14:27:53+00:00January 10th, 2017|Categories: Seasonal Change|

In classical acupuncture, we take the seasonal changes into diagnostic consideration. The body is directly affected by these changes.

Even though there are four main seasonal shifts, the Chinese mapped out a total of 24 seasonal movements in a year! We’re now coming up for an important one on January 20th – Da Han 大 寒 or ‘Big Cold’.

So watch out for the coming cold as we move towards the 20th and even if the temperature on that date is not freezing, the thermal ‘quality’ of the energy that comes through, can still cause the effects of cold on the body, so wrap up warm, avoid too many cold foods and drinks and take it a bit easy around this date to help the immune system cope!

If you’re interested, you can find out about the full 24 seasons that classical acupuncturists take into consideration, as represented by the path of the sun across the ecliptic – click here for more.


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) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

Preparing the body for seasonal change

By |2017-07-05T14:30:05+00:00November 17th, 2016|Categories: Seasonal Change|

Preparing the body for seasonal change

The view outside the North Tawton practice today provided a fantastic display of leaves being blown about in the wind. In Chinese medicine, we are aware of the effects that the transitional energy of the new season has on the body. Our immune system has to work harder and it’s often when people become unwell or when latent problems, previously ‘managed’ by our immune system, manage to rear up and show themselves.

Wind (even worse when combined with the cold) is one of the external disease-causing qualities that loves to affect the meridians in the head and neck – here come the earaches, headaches, stiff necks, runny noses, watery eyes, sore throats and colds!

Seasonal treatment is an important part of acupuncture ‘maintenance’ – treating something before it has taken effect, prevents it later on becoming major.

We choose specific acupuncture points and techniques, as well as provide diet and lifestyle advice based on Chinese wisdom, to help patients maintain a strong defensive energy at these times.


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) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).

 

Grief and Loss

By |2017-07-05T14:30:45+00:00November 17th, 2016|Categories: Grief and Loss, Seasonal Change|

I parked up in Okehampton today and went to pop some coins in the Pay and Display machine when I was presented with this!

car-park-sign

Aside from the initial delight at the possibility of free parking, it made me reflect on things which have been ‘stolen’.

With this, I mean in the bigger, personal sense; of loss and the grieving process which follows when we feel something has been ‘taken’ from us. It’s particularly pertinent at this time of year, as the outward, expansive energy of summer and longer days rich in light have transitioned into more contractive energy and shorter days. It’s something most people feel is difficult to deal with and what they express and their behaviour is as if there has been a loss.

As the energy around us changes we tend not to follow this slowing-down and drawing-inward of energy, by slowing and quietening down inwardly ourselves…..keeping the pace at work and also socially, unfortunately goes against the wisdom of Chinese medicine, lending itself to a greater degree of exhaustion and illness.

By respecting the Chinese medicine understanding of the waxing and waning of Yin and Yang throughout the year and adjusting accordingly how we spend our energy, we can stay well and enter the New Year, having stored and refined our resources ready for spring.

Sometimes this inner-energetic struggle we feel at this time of year can also be an added factor for those experiencing a recent loss of a loved one, or an anniversary of a loss. This is where acupuncture can be gentle but powerfully supportive in working with someone through difficult and emotionally stressful times.

Acupuncture points have many ‘functions’ and qualities that affect the flow of energy (Qi) through the body. Points and point combinations are chosen specifically for each person based not just on their physical presentation, but where they are emotionally at the time of treatment. It’s something that makes acupuncture very special, subtle and powerful.

 


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) or 01392 927299 (for acupuncture in Exeter).