A holistic model for a healthy lifestyle

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Making Lifestyle Changes

I spend a lot of time thinking about lifestyle change. Partly because I’m passionate about health and hope to reach an old age with my mind and mobility largely intact. But also because, as an acupuncturist, there’s only so much I can do to help my patients if their symptoms are caused or exacerbated by… Continue reading Making Lifestyle Changes

Move more without exercising more

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20 ways to relax effectively

Many people find it incredibly difficult to relax. The idea of doing nothing for a short period of time has become so alien in our modern fast-moving, always-connected culture, that many people can’t bring themselves to do it. However, it’s not possible to constantly work and be active without resting. If you do it for… Continue reading 20 ways to relax effectively

10 simple changes to sleep better

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General Eating Advice

Dietary therapy has long been an important part of Chinese medicine. It places as much emphasis on how and when to eat as on what to eat. Here are ten (fairly common-sense) pieces of advice for eating well. 1. Enjoy eating, just eat and relax while eating. While you’re digesting your food, there is increased… Continue reading General Eating Advice

An Introduction to Food Energetics in Chinese Medicine

What are food energetics? Food energetics are the tangible effects of food on the body. If you pay close attention to your body as you eat, you will begin to feel these effects. In Chinese medicine, food is considered to be like a gentle form of herbal medicine. Foods, as with medicinal herbs, are categorised according to… Continue reading An Introduction to Food Energetics in Chinese Medicine