Autumn has finally arrived and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory this is the season of the Metal element which is cold and dry. Temperaturas are increasingly fluctuating as they fall and the nights are getting ever longer and colder. It is at this change of season, whether Spring or Autumn, that our bodies struggle to adjust appropriately to the changing temperatures of the environment, making it difficult to know what’s appropriate to wear. First we are hot, then cold, then hot
Spring May boost IVF results, but acupuncture has much greater effect – Richard Collisson. Mayday in the UK was originally called Beltane, an ancient Celtic pagan fertility festival celebrating the onset of Spring, manifest in the blooming of flowers and birth of baby animals. Recent scientific research now supports the assertion that Spring is a fertile season. Researchers at the Countess of Chester Hospital and Liverpool Women’s Hospital observed that 20 per cent of IVF cycles from May to September resulted in a
Heel pain from plantar fasciitis is a very common problem that can occur at any age. It usually occurs after trauma to the foot and so typically only affects one foot , but can occur on both feet at the same time. The plantar fascia is an extension of the Achilles tendon which runs under the heel then spreads out across the sole of the foot and inserts into the base of the toes. Its function is to provide shock absorption on the
How Acupuncture relieves the effects of stress – Wimbledon Acupuncture and Herbs Most patients report that they feel deeply relaxed and refreshed after acupuncture, that tension throughout the body and mind is reduced to a far greater extent than one would expect just from lying down for half an hour and the effects of which can last for several days or even longer. A study carried out in 2011 at Georgetown University* in the US found a biological mechanism that may explain how
As this winter approaches we are being told by experts that this year’s flu vaccines will probably be ineffective against the Australian flu viruses heading our way because they have already mutated. Fortunately natures pharmacy can help us prepare ourselves by strengthening our immune defences with the simple daily ritual of tea drinking.