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Shorter Days, Cooler Nights

Posted on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (4)

Are your current habits aligned with the current season?  The days are gradually getting shorter and cooler and we’ve experience some rain which is typical for autumn.

May is the last month in autumn. As we start to move from autumn into the winter months, consider some practices to align with the seasonal changes, including:-

 

 

  • deep breathing exercises, breathing in through the nose and out through the nose, breathing from the bottom of your lungs.
  • mindfulness practices eg letting go of the old things, whether objects, emotions or old bad habits.
  • keep up the sunshine, get a daily dose of vitamin D to enhance the immune system.
  • get into those herbs you’ve planted during the previous seasons or herbal supplements.  Immune stimulating herbs include elderberry, echinacea, astragalus, and andrographis.
  • take time out and enjoy a cup of tea.  Did you know white tea is higher in antioxidants than green tea?
  • eat more astringent foods at this time, like - cranberries, pears, figs, beans, cauliflower (check out this month’s recipe), lentils, sauerkraut as well as packing in some pungent foods such as onion, garlic, pepper, tumeric, chillies and herbs.
  • If your blood pressure allows (ie not high BP) allow some natural saltiness in the diet too eg nori rolls, miso soup, seaweed, anchovies.
  • eat dark leafy greens (silverbeet, kale) added to any dish are always a good idea.  
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need a sweet treat? try some stewed apples with cinnamon to regulate your hormones and boost mental health and your skin.  Cinnamon has blood sugar regulating properties so this can benefit those with diabetes. 
  • boost your mood with some pumpkin which is plentiful during Autumn (check out last month’s recipe).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Beginnings!

Posted on January 20, 2021 at 1:57 AM Comments comments (0)
New Beginnings!

In an acupuncture clinic we often spend time with people who are experiencing new beginnings. 

Whether a new beginnings is

  • Something we chose for example a new diet plan to lose weight, a fitness plan to gain function or 
  • Something we didn't choose  for example the loss of a loved one, an injury or illness.

there is an art to navigating new beginnings.  We have gathered some tried and tested techniques to support new beginnings..



  • Allow Time - Change happens at it's own rate.  You can argue my logic on this one but whilst we have methods of supporting change we don't really have methods to accelerate it.  Prepare to be patient.
  • Allow Space - Change can only occur where there is space for change (sounds simple).  Creating space for change may include letting go of previous views of ourselves, allowing for change in your physical environment or your long held beliefs
  • Gather Support - New beginnings may require new resources and support.  Coaches, counsellors and acupuncturists are great resources to help with new beginnings.  Even if you don't need help it may just be more fun to share the journey.

Most of all be aware that new beginnings take energy and attention and some new beginnings can be quite challenging.  

We may not be competent in a new beginning straight away.  It may take time to learn new skills and how to apply them.  It may feel overwhelming (especially when a new beginning is not of our choosing).

Of course the pay off for navigating a new beginning is moving into ease with a new situation..

What gives you peace and joy?

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 12:53 AM Comments comments (0)
You don't have to meditate to get the benefits of mediation.  Movement and mindful practices will similarly give you these benefits, ie activities / practices such as surfing, gardening, watching sunsets or knitting....

What is your thing?  If it gives you a sense of calm and peace it is a meditative practice that is good for you and done regularly will contribute to good health and mental wellbeing.

Below we've shared a couple activities we've found that are calming, stress reducers and spark joy in us:-

* LISTENING TO MUSIC.  Seems obvious but take time out to enjoy your favourite tunes.  Chill out or dance like nobody is watching.

* COLOURING.  I have at least three adult colour in therapy books full of wonderful madalas.  I find this a relaxing and uncomplicated activity where the mind switches off and like meditation you are in the moment.

* OBSERVING THE WORLD AROUND ME.  When out for a walk, whether simply around the neighbourhood or down at the beach or on a hike in a national park, I find observing the beauty of nature around me good for the soul.  I love checking out the flowers, noticing what the birds are doing, watching the surf roll in...

* BEING MINDFUL, CENTRED AND CALM.  I try to make efforts to be mindful.  I found that the exercise promoted by the 2017 Calm App very good to do at the start of each day (or at times when feeling overwhelmed) - stop and observe 5 things you can SEE, 4 things you can HEAR, 3 things you can FEEL, 2 things you can SMELL, and 1 thing you can TASTE.

Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)
In Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners long ago observed the relationship between the seasons and the conditions they would see in clients.  This observation evolved into a system of advice for the seasons to support the specific needs associated with that season.

Autumn in Traditional Chinese Medicine is related to the energy of the Lungs and Large Intestine.

How do you know if there is something going on with your Lungs and Large Intestine energy?


  • The lungs and the large intestine are a major pathway of elimination and related to a healthy immune system.  Problems in this area are a clue that all is not well.
  • The Lungs and Large Intestine are also related to exhalation, sweating (excessive and insufficient), elimination of toxins (through the skin and bowel) and elimination of urine.
  • Issues with the large intestine, will often appear in the skin as issues of rashes, itching and irritation.
  • When the lung energy is out of balance, we tend to be inflexible in our ways and stiff in our bodies.   

When the Lung and Large Intestines are impaired, ailments may include bronchitis, shortness of breath, cough, allergies, nasal congestion, emphysema, colds, sore throat, constipation, diarrhoea, spastic colon, and abdominal pain. These physical imbalances can then compound our emotions leading to depression, stubbornness (inability to “let go”), isolation, and negativity.  


Things to do to support yourself in Autumn (and pep up your Lungs and Large Intestine)..


  • Eat pungent foods such as garlic, onions, ginger, mustard, horseradish and watercress generate warmth, supporting the Lungs and Large Intestine. 
  • Pungent foods are often rich in sulphur which can aid in restoring energy, have anti-parasitic properties and clean the blood. So enjoy that wasabi with your sushi.
  • In TCM, Lung energy is also associated with the emotion of "letting go" or grief. We've all experienced loss, separation, “letting go" and feeling grief at such times. Grief cleanses us of what is no longer needed in our lives. It is important then to look after our Lung and Large Intestine to maximise their function of elimination (think "letting go") of that which no longer serves us. 


Other Suggestions for being in Harmony with Autumn



  • Declutter - let go, donate, sell, get organised, make a task list...
  • Reflect on your perspective and attitude - resolve where possible and/or it let go, forgive, accept; focus on the positive aspects in life...
  • Breathe - slowly and deeply, inhaling the clean autumn air, feeling yourself energised and purified.
  • Keep hydrated...
  • Eat foods that are local, spray free and in season.


Take things one step at a time and remember to congratulate yourself when you finish things on your to do list.

Autumn is a great time to treat the Lung and Large Intestine energy as it is at it's peak at this time so come on in for some acupuncture if you'd like a Lung and Large Intestine pick me up.

Chronic Happiness

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Chronic Happiness?

We often hear discussion of chronic pain, chronic illness or chronic fatigue in the media.  What about chronic happiness?

Can happiness become automatic?  In the past I've heard that any practice maintained for 21 days becomes a habit - good or bad.

So if we move our focus to happiness for 21 days can happiness become chronic.  The research seems to indicate so.

So how do we do 21 days of happiness.  Here's some ideas:

  • Look after the basics - eat foods that support you, be adequately hydrated, address any physical issues such as pain, tension.
  • Schedule enough time for adequate sleep and arrange your bedroom to encourage sleep - reduce the electronics, ensure the room is dark, ensure the temperature is appropriate for you, have pillows that support your neck effectively.
  • Set up happiness reminders - 1 per day to remind you to be happy (some day's you might need a reminder).
  • Schedule happy activities - a walk, massage, a sleep in, a random day off work with no plans.
  • Keep a gratitude list or diary of things you are thankful for.
  • Contact people on the gratitude list to express your gratitude.

Worth a try?

Facing Challenges

Posted on November 30, 2015 at 8:03 AM Comments comments (0)
Life does seem to send us people, circumstances and health challenges.  

Of course what is a challenge is a matter of opinion and past experience.  I might find a roller coaster challenging whilst Catherine finds it exciting..  

What does Chinese Medicine tell us about challenges?  Not as much as it tells us about how we respond to challenges.  Of course the word "Challenge" is really the word "Change" with a couple of spare "l" s and an extra "e" for good measure.  This is a key to understanding that one of the organs that helps us in challenging times is the Liver.  As we discussed in a previous blog the "Liver" energy is the energy that allows us to adapt, change and grow into new circumstances.

So in Chinese terms a great way to respond to the challenges of life is to be like bamboo and move with the wind.  Bamboo is exceptionally strong (it's used as scaffolding in construction in some parts of the world) yet also very flexible and therefore not easily broken.  So, how does this help us face challenges.  In the end it comes back to us - whilst some circumstances are within our control and we can change what is "out there" some circumstances are outside our control and what we can work with is our response.

Welcome to Autumn

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM Comments comments (0)
Welcome to Autumn!! Autumn, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is ruled by the “metal” element, characterised by contraction and transformation on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Autumn brings with it a desire to know who we are and to find value and meaning in what we do. The emotions associated with the metal element are grief, sadness, reflection and “letting go” like the trees letting go of their leaves.
 
Autumn is associated health problems in the lungs (e.g. allergies and asthma), and with the large intestines as well as skin disorders (e.g. eczema and psoriasis) and poor immunity. 
We suggest eating healthy seasonal foods and being aware of the nature of autumn.
 
A few considerations to ensure good health through autumn and into winter include:
  • Eat Homemade Soup: Soups are nourishing and warming and can be packed full of meat, vegetables and nutrients.
  • Eat Fermented foods: eg. sauerkraut, kim chi, miso, kombucha, rejuvelac, fermented soda, yogurt, or kefir. Fermented foods support your immune function. Supplement with probiotics such as acidophilus.
  • Get enough sleep: Sleep is regenerative and keeps the immune system strong.
  • Exercise: Keep the lungs strong and mood stable by exercising during Autumn.
  • Manage stress: through meditation, qi gong, art or music, laughter, taking up a hobby, enjoying time with friends and family, and gardening… just a few suggestions to manage stress which can deplete our immune system.
  • Letting go activities: have a clean out physically and mentally. Get rid of things you no longer need - the element of Metal relates to organisation, order and stability. It can be a great time to go through your home or work space and clear out what’s of no use to you and re-organize. Let go of emotional factors associated with the metal element – be in touch with issues of grief and sadness so that you may process them and let them go.

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