Spring and Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

Spring in Traditional Chinese Medicine is associated with the Wood Element (and its corresponding organs, Liver and Gall Bladder). It’s a time of energy, of rising yang and renewal. The earth is coming alive again after its winter slumber and so are we!

 

 

The principle of the Five Elements in Eastern Philosophy describes the flow of Qi (energy) through these different stages, with each element having a corresponding season, time of the year and governing internal organ. A practitioner in Chinese Medicine will use these principles to identify imbalances within this flow and use techniques such as acupuncture, herbs or recommended lifestyle changes to treat health problems.

Adapting your lifestyle with the season can have a really positive affect on your overall health, energy levels and immune system.

Here are a few changes you can make in Spring:

  • Eat your greens. Green is the colour associated with the Wood element in Chinese Medicine and thinking of the natural world, it’s easy to see why. Adding fresh, young greens to your diet at this time of year is a great way to support, and cleanse, your system.
  • Stretch! The ligaments and tendons of the body are also indicated by the wood (liver) element. Now’s a good time to gently waken them up, try adding a morning yoga session to your daily schedule
  • Try an acupuncture session. Even a quarterly (seasonal) session, to balance your system can keep you in tip-top condition and help your body adjust to the rush of spring energy.

 

Kindfulness & Nutrition Workshop – 19th August 2018

Kindfulness & Nutrition

A one-day mindfulness retreat exploring our patterns around food

with mindfulness teacher and author Catherine G Lucas

Sunday 19 August 2018

10-4.30pm

For those coping with food sensitivities or allergies, candida or diabetes, or needing to avoid certain foods for health reasons.

More details: http://www.catherine-g-lucas.com/uk.html

Queries: catherine@catherine-g-lucas.com

Bookings: CHHC (£50 for the day if booked by June 30; £60 after)

Please bring on the day

–       a pillow and some sort of a throw, shawl or blanket as one of the mindfulness practices, the body scan, involves lying down.

–       something for a shared vegetarian lunch.

REPOPULATING YOUR GUT WITH FRIENDLY BACTERIA

REPOPULATING YOUR GUT WITH FRIENDLY BACTERIA

“In a 2011 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mice fed probiotics had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone corticosterone than mice fed plain broth. The bacteria fed mice also exhibited much less behaviour linked with stress anxiety and depression than mice fed plain broth. What’s also interesting is that both animal and human studies have shown that certain probiotics can alleviate anxiety by rebalancing the microbiome.” Dr David Perlmutter “Brain Maker.”

We are finally entering a new age where medical science embraces the pivotal importance of a healthy gut. The enormous benefits of a healthy diet combined with a gut flora prolific in good bacteria is being recognised by the mainstream medical profession as being essential for our vitality and well being mentally and physically. The relationship between our gut/brain health as well as every other organ and system in the body is being scientifically proven. No longer are anti biotics the panacea for all our ills this is the age of natural healing.

 

Many of us suffer from debilitating and long term ailments including; constipation, diarrhoea, liver complaints, halitosis, flatulence, IBS, SIBO, candida, skin problems; acne, eczma, psoriasis, bloating asthma, allergies, depression, anxiety, lethargy, to name a few. A lot of these problems may have been caused or exacerbated by the food we eat, exposure to pollutants and long term use of medication such as anti biotics. The restoration of a healthy gut can be vastly improved by taking three simple steps;

  1. De-tox your intestinal tract with deep cleanses and colon hydrotherapy
  2. Introduce a wide spectrum of positive bacteria into the gut.
  3. Make appropriate dietary changes

 

Colon Hydrotherapy and Deep Intestinal Cleanses are the quickest way to help old toxic bacteria, parasites and yeast organisms to leave the system. Then we can begin to benefit from the positive changes we hopefully have made to our diet. Otherwise we are just putting in good on top of bad. We can also benefit enormously from High Potency Good Bacteria Infusions direct into the descending colon which I administer at CHHC. This includes; 70 billion viable cells of bifido bacterium bifidum, bifido bacterium longum, lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, lactobacillus brevis, lactobacillus salivarius streptococcus thermophilus in a base of organic Kefir (optional). These support mineral absorption and the production of B vitamins and Vitamin K they also help improve immune function and metabolism as well as the breakdown of toxins and optimise bowel transit time and the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates

Dietary Changes to support a healthy gut and healthy bacteria. Organic where possible, Alkaline foods (75 per cent) including, Vegetables, Salads, Fruit, Seeds, Nuts

Foods Containing Probiotics.

Sauerkraut, Kimchi and other cultured vegetables contain Lactobacillus Plantarum one of the most beneficial bacterial in your body and also Lactobacillus Brevis. Fermented, Raw Dairy Products such as Yoghurt, Kefir, Soured milk, etc, contain Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Lactis, Thermophilus, Bifidus, Bulgaricus. Unpasteurized Miso (fermented soybeans) contains the fungal microorganism Aspergillus Oryzae. Kombucha, (started by using a SCOBY –symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). All help to create and maintain a healthy Microbiome.

Foods Containing Prebiotics

Raw Jerusalem Artichokes, Raw Dandelion Greens, Raw Garlic, Raw Leeks, Raw Onion, Cooked Onions, Raw Asparagus, Raw Banana, Raw Chicory Root, Acacia Gum

New Treatment: To help facilitate the application of High Strength Probiotics direct into the large intestine, from March 2018, I will be offering a new treatment. This includes a short Colon Hydrotherapy session of 10-15 minutes, suitable for those who have had a course of colonics in the past, followed by a probiotic infusion. This hopefully will make it possible for more people to benefit from the wide ranging positive effects of a gut brimming with healthy good bacteria.

Caroline Shaw ARCH, GNC CNHC, ARICA ITEC

www.carolineshawholistics.co.uk

Restorative Yoga and Restorative Yoga + Spring 2018

Restorative Yoga & Restorative Yoga +
Katie’s hugely popular Restorative Yoga classes continue on a monthly basis. Restorative yoga is a deeply relaxing style of yoga. Each asana is held anywhere from 2-10 minutes, depending on the pose and the student. During this time you will be supported by blankets, bolsters or/and blocks. The asanas are based on those found in a regular yoga class and most postures will be floor based. The physical part of the class will be followed by a yoga nidra meditation. These classes will be 90 minutes.
In addition, Katie has added a new series of classes, Restorative Yoga +. Building from Katie’s recent training in self-myofascial release, these workshops will include all the elements of the restorative yoga workshops, plus an insight and experience of self-myofascial release to release long held tension within the muscle and fascia systems. These classes will be 120 minutes.
Restorative Yoga, Sunday 28 January at 10am
Restorative Yoga, Sunday 18 February at 10am
Restorative Yoga, Friday 23 March at 6pm
Restorative Yoga, Saturday 21 April at 4pm
Restorative Yoga, Sunday 22 April at 10am
Restorative Yoga +, Sunday 11 March at 4pm
Restorative Yoga +, Sunday 6 May at 4pm
 
Bookings are essential. Please contact Katie directly to book your place. katiemaughfling@me.com 07581861906.
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Daily acupuncture treatment for acute pain

Eric Goodchild shares his recent experiences of treating a patient daily for acute pain.

Last September, my wife and I took the car ferry to Santander in Northern Spain and drove home over the Pyrenees and up through France. En route, we had arranged to stay with some old friends in Southern France for a few days and knowing that Dick had been suffering from fibromyalgia I remembered to pack a box of 200 needles…more.
On the first morning as we were about to leave our Hotel in Pamplona, my wife twisted as she bent to pick up her case and screamed in pain. She had prolapsed a disc in her lower back and couldn’t move. I managed to support her to the car and make her comfortable and we set off over the mountains to our Friends house. By the time we got there she was pale and exhausted from the journey and very immobile.
Fortunately in our bedroom there was a sturdy table exactly the right height and dimensions to make an impromptu treatment couch so I was fully equipped to start a program of treatment. I treated her twice a day for the next 4 days and the results were spectacular. By the fourth day she was walking normally, able to get up from sitting without assistance and sleeping comfortably. She had made the sort of progress normally achieved in a month with acupuncture once or twice a week.
I continued on our return home to treat her each day for the next 10 days and she continued to make excellent progress until she “forgot’ about it and re-injured the disc moving heavy boxes around in the attic! Luckily it was not a severe aggravation and we were back on target within 24 hours.
It is a rare opportunity to be able to give very frequent treatments for acute pain conditions.
Because of the cost and time constraints it is far more usual for patients to opt for 1 or 2 sessions per week. This has therefore become the normal recommendation.
My experience of treating my wife has made me re-think this protocol. Much more frequent treatment allows much more speedy and complete recovery. I will be recommending this to patients in the future.

acupuncture therapy chhc cheltenham

New Foot Care Clinic with Alison Rodgers

We are delighted that Alison Rodgers has recently qualified as a Foot Care Practitioner and is running a Wednesday clinic, here at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre.

  • Toe Nail Cutting
  • Corn Removal
  • In-growing Toe Nails
  • Hard skin and callus removal
  • Fungal Nail Reduction
  • General Foot Care requirements

£28 per treatment. Book your appointment by ringing us on 01242584140, through out online booking tool or feel to contact Alison directly on 07450 808747,

 

Anxiety/Stress – how homeopathy can help

By Katja Behrens

In my time of homeopathic practice I have met with many patients with anxiety problems and have realised the great efficacy of homeopathic remedies in cases of stress and anxiety.

Are you also experiencing at times how debilitating anxiety can be?!

You’re not alone. Anxiety or panic attacks affect everyone at some stage or another but homeopathy has remedies to help.

According to recent trials homeopathy is just as effective as diazepam (Valium) and benzodiazepine (Lorazepam or Ativan) at treating nervousness and anxiety disorders but without addictive or harmful side effects.In one small study by a professor of psychiatry, 60% of participants with major depression, social phobias, or panic disorders responded favourably to homeopathic treatment.

With the right homeopathic treatment, those living with debilitating anxiety can, over a bit of time, look forward again to enjoying a happier and worry-free life.

For more information on how homeopathy or mindfulness can help you please go to our website:

Realcurehomeopathy.com

Mindfulnessprograms.org

 

References (homeopathyplus-website)

Heulluy, B, Essai Randomise Ouvert de L.72 (specialite homeopathique) Contre Diazepam 2 dans les Etats Anxio-Depressifs. Metz, Laboratoires Lehning.

van den Meerschaut, Lodewijk and Sunder, Andrea. The Homeopathic Preparation Nervoheel N can Offer an Alternative to Lorazepam Therapy for Mild Nervous Disorders. eCAM 2009 6: 507-515; doi:10.1093/ecam/nem144

http://ecam.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/6/4/507?etoc

Davidson, J, Gaylord, S, ―Meeting of Minds in Psychiatry and Homeopathy: An Example in Social Phobia, Alternative Therapies, July, 1995,1,3:36-43.

 

Christmas Opening 2018!

Copy of Copy of OPEN DAY

 

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year! We are open for most of it, so if you are in need of any appointment over the festive season, just get in touch.

Reception is closed on 25/26/28/1st January but you can still make appointments using our online booking system.

 

Eating right for winter – Marianne Andrews

Eating right for Winter

Keeping yourself healthy throughout the Winter becomes more difficult if you are or your kids are in a stuffy environment, surrounded by people coughing and sneezing.  So how can we best protect ourselves?

 Many factors influence the health of our immune system – stress, diet, quality of sleep and exercise. Additionally, gut health is incredibly important to our immune function, given that the cells which help us fight bacteria and viruses are located in our gut mucosa.  Vitamin D levels too play an enormous role and catching colds and flu maybe be symptomatic of an underlying deficiency.

Some steps to good immunity

1)  Add at least 5 portions of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables a day.  Vitamin C is a strong anti-oxidant, but it is also water soluble, meaning that you excrete it in your urine and so needs to be eaten every day – not just when you feel a cold coming on.  Sprouts, broccoli and kale are all surprising sources of good levels of vitamin C.

 2)   Add at least 3 portions of probiotic foods a week. A good balance of beneficial gut flora can boost your immune system.  You may improve your levels naturally with probiotic foods, such as natural live yoghurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut or kombucha, and if you are dairy free, then you will find there is also coconut kefir or live coconut yoghurt.

 3)   Add prebiotic fibre to your diet daily.  Prebiotic foods are those which supply the indigestible fibre for our good bacteria to feed upon, thereby ensuring that they thrive.  Onions, garlic, bananas, leeks, asparagus, cabbage and legumes all have good levels of prebiotic fibre.

4)  Add spices – ginger, garlic and turmeric all have anti-inflammatory properties which can aid your body in its fight against infection.

5) Get your vitamin D levels checked. Sub-optimal levels of vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response, potentially making you far more susceptible to contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory infections.    Exactly why adults absorb and process vitamin D so differently is still somewhat of a mystery, so the only way to know if your vitamin D level is therapeutic and nontoxic is by having your blood tested.  A simple £32.50 test can tell you if you need to supplement and at what level.