As Autumn rolls on and the mornings are becoming ever cooler, here are a few essentials that I use, which may assist you through the looming Winter.
Keep your feet warm. It’s an easy one – socks, slippers or ugg boots will make a huge impact on your ability stay warm this winter.
Ginger tea – warmth from the inside. I am a fan of Pukka – Three Ginger Tea which also contains turmeric. It’s a great way to warm up your core and keep your immune system strong as well.
Slow cook – my wife an I use ours a lot through winter. Meals are quick to prepare, dice up your veg and protein maybe throw in some curry, put the timer on and head to work. When you walk back in the door, the house will be filled with delicious aromas and dinner is already cooked!
Hit the sauna or have a float… Actually, do both – I prefer Sauna then float. Get your hot on then chill out in a float tank with 550kg of Epsom salts. Freshen up the muscles and get some downtime.
Dress warm, cover up your neck, particularly when windy and consume food/drinks that make you warm – easy!
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Acupuncture is based upon the concepts of qi, blood and fluid movement within the body. Symptoms of stress often represent areas of excess or deficiency within the body – take for example insomnia. Insomnia represents an excess of qi (energy) in the mind resulting in poor sleep.
There are also numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected (1).
Acupuncture appears to have moderate evidence in the reduction of the above signs/symptoms in bold, via various studies on randomized controlled trials (RCT’s) or pooled effect models (2).
Essentially, stress is something we all need to mitigate as it affects our physiology in a negative way. Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about balance. Exercise, eating a varied diet and staying warm throughout the winter months will assist you in maintaining good health.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dates back thousands of years and is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and remedial massage (anmo tui Na). In Australia, the most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
The primary feature of modern TCM is the premise that good health relies on the restoration and maintenance of harmony, balance and order to the individual. TCM takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as it does on the treatment.
What is qi (chi) and how does it affect the body?
When healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or ‘life energy’ flows through the body’s meridians (a network of unseen channels through the body). If the flow of qi becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, environmental conditions and other lifestyle factors.
TCM treatments focus on the underlying condition as well as treating the presenting symptoms. Treatments work on the basis of individualised formulae for each patient.
Spring is well and truly underway – with the earlier sunrises, westerly winds and the commencement of warmer weather, not only is it easier to o get out of bed to exercise, the allergy season is here too.
A few health issues that come with the season of Spring that I typically see in clinic include, hay fever, coughs & colds & then there are even the nasty bugs with vomiting and diarrhoea.
On the topic of Allergic Rhinitis – treatment administered by Acupuncture appears to have anti-histamine effects & down regulates pro-inflammatory cytokines (McDonald et.al)
From a systematic review of the effects of Acupuncture, (12 studies up to 2008 involving 1076 patients) concluded that acupuncture and moxibustion were safe and effective to treat allergic rhinitis and may have some advantages over routine medication (1). 
So there is no need to suffer during this change of season – call your Acupuncturist today.
Reference – (1) http://www98.griffith.edu.au/dspace/bitstream/handle/10072/55542/87020_1.pdf;jsessionid=B46A33675CC776E9BE185831A9828270?sequence=1
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What is Acupuncture?
Well, thats a huge question, but basically Acupuncture is the process of thoroughly examining the human, leading to a diagnosis and then stimulation of Acupuncture points using very thin needles. And when I say thin, I mean .18mm thin!
It should be such a gentle process, that it will likely change your perception if you are one of those people scared of needles.
Acupuncture has been around for an estimated 3000yrs, along with herbal medicine, & massage – a complete therapeutic system.