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|Posted on April 29, 2021 at 12:15 AM||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.
- 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).
|Posted on January 20, 2021 at 1:57 AM||comments (0)|
In an acupuncture clinic we often spend time with people who are experiencing new beginnings.
Whether a new beginnings is
there is an art to navigating new beginnings. We have gathered some tried and tested techniques to support new beginnings..
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..
|Posted on November 3, 2020 at 12:53 AM||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.
|Posted on March 6, 2016 at 7:10 PM||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?
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)..
Other Suggestions for being in Harmony with Autumn
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.
|Posted on February 4, 2016 at 1:40 AM||comments (0)|
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:
Worth a try?
|Posted on November 30, 2015 at 8:03 AM||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.
|Posted on March 5, 2015 at 6:46 AM||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: