Balancing Hormones via Acupuncture

Acupuncture is commonly used for a variety of gynaecological conditions. It is often employed more specifically to help women with conditions related to hormone imbalance such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, painful periods and menopausal symptoms. 


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Summer Top Tip #9 Fire Element and the Heart 

Fire Element, the Heart and Small Intestine


In Chinese Medicine, Summer is associated with the Fire phase and the Heart. The main functions of the Heart are considered to be housing the spirit, and pumping oxygen rich blood around the body.  Just as in the summer the sun spreads warmth and light over the Earth, the Heart pumps warm nourishing blood throughout the body.  

When the Heart blood is deficient, the spirit does not have a good resting place and there can be symptoms of restlessness, anxiety and insomnia. A disorder of the Heart organ can also affect communication and speech resulting in stutters, manic talking or disjointed thinking.

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Beauty from the Outside In! Facial Acupuncture

Facial acupuncture was reportedly used as early as the Song Dynasty (960AD – 1279AD) to treat the Empress and Emperor’s concubines.


Over the last centuries, facial acupuncture has been commonly used for facial conditions such as Bells Palsy, Tendo-Mandibular Joint syndrome, acne and rosacea.


More recently, facial acupuncture has been gaining popularity again as it has been used by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Sean Connery, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian and Madonna for cosmetic purposes. In the press facial acupuncture has been hailed by some as the ‘holistic alternative to botox’

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Acupuncture to help you Quit Smoking


Acupuncture has long been used to support people suffering from substance abuse and addictions, including tobacco. More info here.


Acupuncture may help relieve difficulties associated with giving up by:

  • Normalising the release of dopamine in the mesolimbic system, modifying behaviours associated with addiction
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Modulating postsynaptic neuronal activity in the nucleus accumbens and the striatum to reduce nicotine addiction, and increasing corticotrophin-releasing factor to attenuate anxiety-like behaviour following nicotine withdrawal



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TOP TIP #10 Living in Rhythm with Spring

Chinese Medicine doesn’t discuss the concept of detoxing as such, rather the focus is on creating balance within our bodies through living in harmony with the seasons and the changes in nature.

Living in Rhythm with Spring

Spring is a time to grow and to start putting plans into action.  There is often a sense of tension, felt in the energetic potential of the young buds, and the uncertainty as to when the warm weather will be here to stay. 

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Spring Cleanse TOP TIP #9 Liver Qi Gong

In Chinese Medicine Springtime is associated with the Wood element which relates to the Liver organ.  The Liver is thought to smooth the flow of qi around the channels of the body, removing physical, emotional or energetic blockages.

It is important therefore to support the Liver energy during this time to assist in 'detoxing' the channels.  The following Qi Gong exercise can be used to activate and energise the Liver qi.

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How does Acupuncture work?

by Alida May


There are six main physiological effects of acupuncture that have been studied in recent research.

Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into specific points in the skin for therapeutic benefit.


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