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Acupuncture and weight loss

Most acupuncture Practitioners receive calls from patients who are trying to lose weight. There is plenty that acupuncture can do to help and as with all acupuncture patients, the first step is to try and redress any underlying energetic imbalance. This does not mean, however, that a person who is eating more than their calorific requirement, will lose weight. In other words it would be impossible to help with weight loss if a patient cannot alter their eating habits.

What acupuncture can do is help with any underlying reason for weight gain. For example, fatigue will often lead to a person seeking out quick fix lifts in energy. Almost inevitably this will be through hidden sugars, through highly refined food, confectionery and soft drinks. By tackling the fatigue this cycle can be broken, and the reliance on the wrong calories will shift.

Other reasons for weight gain might include pain or physical discomfort. For example, someone who has suffered an injury or who has a long term health issue like arthritis, sciatica, knee pain etc, will be less active. By tackling the pain and addressing any other underlying issues, an individual will be able to be more active. This alongside dietary change will result in weight loss.

The best way to help weight loss with acupuncture is to get to the root of the problem, by addressing these we are enabling lifestyle changes to happen. Tackled this way it will have a domino effect in a positive way.  The more energy you have, or the less pain you have, or the more you feel better in yourself, the more you will get on top of dietary issues.

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Spring and Liver Energy

Spring and Liver Energy

In Chinese Acupuncture, the organs said to be associated with the spring are the liver and gall bladder. In Five Element acupuncture, people with an inherent imbalance in their liver and gall bladder energy are described as Wood types. To get an idea of a wood type of person you need to take a look at the function of wood. Good wood allows strength alongside flexibility. Trees are powerful in their ability to stand firm against adversity and the ability to grow and push out. If this energy is out of kilter in you, there will be a tendency to inflexibility in body mind and/ or spirit. This inevitably leads to tension, again in body, mind and/ or spirit. So we may experience stuck conditions or become inflexible in our thinking. We may be a little moody, even come across as angry or overly forthright. Equally we may feel frustrated or thwarted. 

Wood is associated with the spring because of the powerful energy needed at this time of year, the push required to grow and allow new growth. The sort of ailments usually( but not exclusively) associated with wood are headaches, pmt, depression, liver intolerances, anger, sciatica, poor decision making, mood swings. 

The main way to maintain good wood health ( and therefore good health of liver and gall bladder) are as follows:

Exercise is key, by walking, running, swimming, cycling or any means to raise overall heart rate and cardio rate. Movement prevents stagnation, stagnation is damaging to wood energy.

Avoid alcohol, drugs, caffeine, e-numbers, to much spice, too much fatty food, sugar, dairy

Food to eat specifically for liver and gall bladder health and wood energy:

Cooling food, fruits wood be banana, rhubarb, water melon, lemons

 

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Sugar and Health

On my recent visit to China I was struck by how little sugar there was on sale. We had many lovely banquets with wonderful exotic food, but never anything sweet. Walking down the street, the street food was all savoury, and supermarkets had a tiny sweet section. Cakes are made for special occasions and anniversaries. We have become so used to seeing whole aisles at supermarkets with sugary sweets, puddings, breads and drinks that it has become normal in this country. Yes we need sugars in our diet, but these can be found in all carbohydrate food stuffs that are not refined. The one big lifestyle change for all of us in this country would be to stop eating sugary, refined foodstuffs....join the change and cut the junk! 

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