CHIME Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
CHIME Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
CHIME Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

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‘Tis the Season

Chinese Medicine sees everything in nature, in ourselves and in our lives being made up of FIVE ELEMENTS: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Each of these elements affects and is affected by different seasons amongst other things such as physical organs, emotions, tastes, times of day and parts of the body. .

As December approaches, we move from the Metal element of Autumn into the Water element of Winter. It is therefore especially important at this time of year to ensure that we nourish, strengthen and support the physical parts and emotional aspects of ourselves which are related to Water, specifically:
  • Our Kidneys: Source of energy and constitutional strength. Integral in enabling the body to perform at its best, in nourishing the brain and bringing about birth, growth, development and reproduction (male and female fertility), as well as healthy menopause and ageing
  • Bladder: Controller of fluid in and around the body- urine and incontinence, thirst levels and weight control, urinary tract infections
  • Brain: Mental clarity and, focus
  • Bones: strength, density and stability, esp. lower back and knees
  • Ears: ability to physically hear and be open and responsive to others’ words
  • Hair: quality, quantity, colour
  • ‘Zhi’: our ability to progress; our drive and determination; our willpower and potential; our levels of fear and anxiety; focus and future facing plans.

This can be done through diet, lifestyle changes, specific meditation and Qi Gong exercises, as well as stimulating specific WATER-related energy channels such as the Bladder channel on the back to energise us or certain WATER-related acupuncture points on the body, for example the soul of the foot to clear menopausal heat or migraines.

To give yourself the greatest chance of health, of balance and harmony – both to tackle problems and as a maintenance and prevention tool… book your seasonal treatment now.

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From the Outside – In

  • Have you ever noticed your body feeling heavy when it’s wet or ‘close’ outside?
  • Or perhaps you’ve felt increasingly worried or depressed when living in a damp house?
  • Do migraines only seem to strike when it’s thundery weather?
  • Or do notice an increased sense of heat or anxiety when you drink coffee?
  • Maybe a joint seizes up after you go swimming, or on a long drive each year?

For hundreds of years Chinese Medicine has appreciated the importance of our external environment (weather, living conditions etc.), and how this can affect what’s going on in the inside of our body too (and only now are we beginning to appreciate this in the West).

If for example we have too much fluid in our body (usually from weak digestion), any ‘fluid’ outside our body can draw out any problems that are attributable to fluid in Chinese medicine (like a magnet!). For example, forehead headaches or a muzzy head, stiff joints, sinus problems, mucous, dizziness or swellings and lumps.

Specific foods we consume also have qualities which can trigger/enhance issues already lurking in the body. For example, foods that can increase fluid include bananas, avocado oranges, wheat, dairy and sugar.

Do you know the right foods to enhance your physical and emotional wellbeing? And perhaps more importantly, the foods to avoid, overall, and at specific times of year?

Get in touch to book a 90 minute personal consultation and receive tailored lifestyle and dietary advice.

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From the Inside – Out

What goes on inside your body often manifests on the outside of it too, because of where each organ’s specific energy channel runs and because of the specific job each organ is supposed to help with. For example, in Chinese Medicine the Liver controls the smooth flow of Blood and Qi (energy) and the energy channel runs through the uterus. Painful periods and PMT therefore can usually be addressed by treating the Liver, in the same way pain in the knees (e.g. arthritis) is commonly relatable to a digestive or Kidney issue.

Taking the time to look at your tongue and feel your pulses can tell me about all the different organs inside your body, how your digestion is working, how fluids are moving and whether there is heat or cold stuck in the body. Look at your tongue now – is it red or pale? Swollen or thin? Is there a tongue coat or not? Think of your tongue as an external manifestation of what’s going on with each organ.

Come in for a free 30 minute consultation. We can chat, I’ll take your pulses, I’ll look at your tongue and make a preliminary diagnosis about what’s going on inside. Think of it as a health M.O.T… and find out what you can do benefit yourself physically and emotionally, inside and outside the clinic.

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Each and Every Place on Your Face

  • Do you have dark bags under your eyes, no matter how much sleep you get?
  • Or perhaps two lines between your eyebrows?
  • If your skin breaks out, do blemishes always appear in the same place on your face?
  • Or do you have floaters in your eyes, despite being told your vision is fine?
Each part of the face represents a different organ. For example, the Liver manifests between the eyebrows, or the Lungs on the cheeks, the stomach round the jaw and the intestines round the mouth. The area directly underneath your eyes relates to the kidneys – so if you continually notice dark circles/bags here (despite sleeping for hours), it could mean your Kidneys are being overworked (from too much work) or it could be hereditary, as this part is passed down down your parents.

Equally, colours, textures, temperatures tell us a lot. If you’ve got broken capillaries or a red face, it is likely due to excess heat in the body, or loose skin and muscles is often attributable to a digestive and Kidney (Yang) deficiency.

Facial enhancement acupuncture works with the face and body together, addresses the root cause as well as the signs and symptoms, tackles the inside and the outside… all in a non-invasive, safe and efficient way.

Come in for a 1-2-1 tailored consultation and book your six sessions of facial acupuncture now (combines needles in the body and face, skin stimulation, personalised creams).

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Getting Personal

It’s all good and well being given medication that tackles a certain problem… and a lot of the time, it works well. But what if your issues manifests in a slightly different way from someone else’s? Do you think all ‘colds’ are the same? Or everyone who has panic attacks for example experiences the same sensations?

Imagine if you could have treatment that got to the root cause of your problems and really looked at your personal, specific, unique manifestation of that problem.

In Chinese Medicine, the more information you can tell us abut your issue, the better. We are always looking to understand the root cause and the specifics of YOUR EXPERIENCES. Each tiny bit of detail can indicate something very specific, e.g. not being able to get to sleep means something very different from waking up in the night, or with respiratory issues including asthma, difficulty breathing in, is often a Kidney problem, whilst difficulty breathing out is often a Lung issue.

Similarly, there are at least 12 different types of migraines and headaches in Chinese Medicine – each stemming from a different organ, channel or substance. Knowing the answers to the following questions helps determine the cause as well as the points and needle technique used to treat it.
  • Where on your head do you feel it?
  • Is it better or worse with pressure?
  • Is it better or worse with rest?
  • At what time of day is it worst?
  • Is the pain fixed or does it move around?
  • What is the sensation like – sharp, muzzy, achy, dull, contracting stabbing?
  • What was going on at the time it started?
  • Does it affect your eyes?
  • Are there any other signs of symptoms?

Get in touch now to learn more, to diagnose what is at the root of YOUR specific manifestation of a problem, and how it might be best to tackle it

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Tick Tock, Chinese Clock

The Chinese Clock associates specific times of day with certain organs and activities. It can therefore be used as a lifestyle guide, indicative of when it might be best to undertake or abstain from certain activities.

For example, our digestive system is at its strongest between 7 and 11am- indicating we should eat our largest meal of the day during this time, and our smallest meal of the day between 7-11pm (since this is when the digestive system is at its weakest). Similarly, 7-11pm is when most of our energy is flowing through our hearts, making this a good time to connect with others and spend with partners (!) and to action self love.

It can also be used as a diagnostic tool to indicate if certain organs or parts of the body/ mind are out of balance. For example, if something happens at the same time each day/night, this can tell us about the health of an organ or a specific emotional issue which needs addressing. For example, if you always wake up at 3.00-5.00am, this could indicate a weakness of the Lungs or some grief/loss/sadness that needs to be addressed.

What patterns have you noticed in your life? Or what times of day do you notice the same things happening? Tiredness slump at 4.00pm? Difficulty getting out of bed at 7.00am? Bowel problems in the evenings? Get in touch and find out what this means for you.

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Disease and Dis-Ease:
Physical and Mental

We are all aware of diseases, illness and ailments that cause us to feel ill, less able or restricted in some way. But it’s not very often we consider how our emotions might affect us on a physical level, or how our physical self might affect or influence our emotions. In the same way, many people come initially for treatment for physical ailments, but don’t make the connection/ association with using it to benefit emotional issues too.

All of the organs in the body and associated with and linked to specific emotions.

For example, the stomach is connected to our heads and worry. Often when we are worrying, the physical part of our body that is affected is our digestive system (nausea, IBS or acid reflux, constipation, wind or bloating).

In the same way:
  • The Liver = frustration and anger
  • The Heart = Joy and connection
  • The Kidneys = Fear
  • The Lungs = Sadness
If a specific organ is out of balance or being overworked in the body, this can make us more likely to feel an emotion, and often this is when people cannot explain why they feel like they do. For example: working too hard, too much physical work or not enough rest can weaken the Kidneys. This often brings about feelings of fear and anxiety, lack of motivation and focus.

Next time you’re feeling physically and emotionally out of balance, find out what you can do to change things. Often it’s a lot easier to make physical changes to alter our emotional state of dis-ease, than it is to solve emotional problems head-on.

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Acu-Chill

Having written my final thesis about the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in disaster zones, understanding how it can be used to treat the body and calm the mind is an area I am particularly passionate about.

Following 9/11, the Asian Tsunami, the Grenfell Tower Fire (to name a few) – acupuncture was provided to victims, families and servicemen to help address trauma, shock and to calm the nervous system. Going forwards, I would love to see Chinese Medicine being used alongside, and to support Western Medicine where solutions are limited/ not ideal.

Whilst many of the ‘traumas’ and shocks we experience day to day are a cry away from being in a disaster zone, the number of people I see whose nervous systems are in ‘high alert’ is increasing day to day- partly from being ‘always on’, digitally plugged in, resting less, and living more stressful lives.

It is therefore precisely for this reason, that Acu-Chill was born… a group class which is based on some of the acupuncture protocols used in disaster zones. It combines this with the use of meditation and essential oils to help reset and relax the body and mind, to benefit sleep and enhance emotional stability.

Get in touch to find out when the next block of Acu-Chill classes are running and book your space. If you want to read to read/ know more about the use of acupuncture in disaster zones, just ask!

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