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Pain relief for Olympic medalist, Rebecca Adlington

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Tradtional Five Element Acupuncture and winter fatigue

Most of us are well aware that winter can be a struggle to get through. Dark and short days combined with cold damp days leave us feeling tired and fatigued. While most of us can feel tired, a few of us can feel utterly depleted and may have a diagnosis of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Winter is considered the most yin part of the year in Chinese Medicine. Yin and Yang can be seen in the seasons in the following ways, Yin is cold whilst Yang is hot. Yin is inward and downward  whist Yang is outward and upward. We can appreciate the difference of yin and yang even within one season, for example a cold winters day with bright sunshine can feel uplifting and rejuvenating, birds might start singing and we are more likely to go outside and play. Someone who struggles with winter may not even feel any better on a bright crisp winters day, the feelings of fatigue and depression at this time may be too profound and deep rooted.

Traditional Acupuncture and the philosophical thinking behind it enables treatments to be directed completely towards the needs of the individual. Treatment in winter is often aimed at our Water energy, the most yin element in the Chinese five phases. If this is our weak area, this may be the most tricky time of the year for us. Acupuncture which is aimed at our weakest area can bring about huge changes in our ability to handle different times of the year. The aim is to find out why, from a Chinese medicine perspective, an individual copes badly in different seasons. This isn't confined to winter. Some people find the adjustment to Spring, Summer or Autumn equally problematic, this is because our qi or energy is hugely affected by the energetics of our environment. The beauty of acupuncture is that there is a fundamental acceptance that good and bad health is directly affected by the environment in which we are living. We are as bound to nature as all animals are, hence the feeling that some have of the need to hibernate in winter. If you suffer from winter fatigue or have a diagnosis of SAD, acupuncture may well provide you with a new approach to dealing with it.

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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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I personally will always attribute Julia's treatment to be the predominant factor in my extended period of remission from Crohn's disease. Julia is both a trusted friend and therapist and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an alternative therapy.

Haley Creasey

My aches and pains in ankles, knees, hips and lower back disappear and my energy levels are given a very good boost too! It is 45 minutes or so of relaxation in a busy schedule. She keeps up to date with modern acupuncture techniques and has recently returned from a trip to China to experience these new techniques first hand. I cannot recommend Julia highly enough

Christopher Spencer

I consider myself very fortunate to have found Julia's Acupuncture Practice 2 years ago, when I decided to try acupuncture for back problems. After a few treatments the problems were solved. Since I have every confidence in Julia's ability, each treatment is a very relaxing and worthwhile experience.

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