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Motivation!

The verb ‘will’ is defined as ‘to make something happen by wishing for it very strongly’. In Chinese medicine the word ‘Zhi’ is taken to mean inherent purpose or drive to achieve. Having a strong will leads to activity to move forward. Motivation, will, drive, push, mojo, ‘make things happen’. For me my will left […]

How to cope in challenging times

Can you remember your life before lockdown? How we didn’t appreciate freedom of movement, being spontaneous, seeing lots of friends at once, impromptu meals out, swimming, regular clubs and activities with others. The ease of walking into a shop with a great selection of items. Hugs and kisses. Being able to comfort those in distress. […]

Staying well and boosting your defences

Well, what a few weeks it’s been! Unprecedented times resulting in dramatically different lives for all. Businesses and activities curbed in one fell swoop. Finances dealt a massive body blow. The urgent need to adopt different ways of working and behaving. And not least the life saving hygiene measures we have all had to adopt. […]

My back pain story

I treat so many people with muscular skeletal pain; mainly affecting the lower back, neck and shoulders but also knees, hips, hands and feet. I have episodes of debilitating lower back pain myself and this is a summary of the tried and tested tips I find helpful. Please share with anyone you think may benefit, […]

You should sleep more!

Until a decade ago I could sleep anywhere and didn’t wake for more than a few minutes without peacefully returning to the land of nod! Then life changes, stress, and hormones threw a spanner in the works. Are you one of the millions of people who are constantly tired? £32 trillion is the worth of […]

A happy and healthy gut

At this time of year, digestive health could be more important than any other. Bloating, stomach pains, spasms, and gas can be a real nuisance. Such problems can stop us working, relaxing, and even sleeping. It’s a busy time in all ways, and can be emotionally fraught as well. Are you guilty of “hoovering up” […]

Skincare routine – what should I really do?

In the old days we were advised to stick to a 3 step cleanse, tone, and moisturise routine. If you read skincare articles or visit the skincare section in any high-street shop, there’s a bewildering choice of products. Current trends include a ten-step Korean regime, the latest “wonder” ingredient, and products with labels requiring a […]

Lower back pain and acupuncture

A quick one this time! These notes are adapted from a presentation when I was an acupuncture student. The majority of my work is muscular pain and injuries, commonly low back, shoulders, neck or hip & knee pain. Extra training and my bodywork experience is helping my patients improve quickly. Statistics: 40% of adults in […]

Improving your fertility – ideas from an acupuncturist

“Trying for a baby consumes you.” An emotive quote from a friend when I told her I was writing this article. Stress becomes overwhelming; add to your normal professional and personal pressures new ones: Checking your cycle, trying to affect nature, being on an emotional roller coaster, supporting your partner when you are in bits, […]

Should I have cosmetic acupuncture?

Like it or not, enhancing appearance has become more important for some. It’s a growing trend with a big spend! Treatments can result in a glowing, fresh-faced rested look at best, or harmful and distressing at worst. To see what others say, see the book Tweakments.