The long chilly winter is behind us and spring has officially sprung! The season, often associated with joy, love and new life can unfortunately, on the contrary, make life rather miserable for some. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes – all too familiar feelings for the spring allergy sufferer.
The most common trigger for springtime allergies is pollen – tiny grains which are released by plants into the air for the purpose of fertilising other plants. When inhaled by those sensitive to pollen, the immune system mistakes it as a danger and goes into defence mode. This results in the release of histamines into the bloodstream which trigger these unpleasant symptoms which hay fever sufferers endure. Read more…
A completely natural progression in a women’s life, menopause has unfortunately been met with some stigma in the Western world with some women even going as far as hormone therapy to delay the onset of menopause.
The Chinese take a different view of this, viewing menopause not as a dreaded occurrence, rather a natural stage in one’s life cycle. Because of this, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) does not look to upset the body’s natural process rather, simply help to alleviate some of the uncomfortable symptoms which some women experience during menopause.
Tucked away below the ribs and sitting just below the liver, the Gallbladder plays a vital role in the digestion of fats. Unfortunately for this small, innocuous organ, it is not always the most efficient. Working with the liver, the Gallbladder helps to store bile, and make it more concentrated so that fats can be digested more effectively. However, in many people blockages can occur in the Gallbladder’s biliary ducts leading to gallstones and other unpleasant conditions.
NZ winters, particularly in Auckland, are pretty unpredictable. As the cold snaps bite and the winter chills drive us indoors, our immune systems suffer. Your immune system is your body’s natural defence force, the cells and organs which make up your immune system combat nasty invaders such as bacteria and microbes. This leads to common winter ailments such as head colds, flu and sinus problems. Acupuncture is a great way to give your immune system a boost and prepare your body to stave off these unwelcome visitors.
In 20% of infertility cases, there is no known cause. This is incredibly frustrating for couples desperate to have a baby. While some may look to IVF and other modern technologies, more and more couples are turning to alternative therapies, either using this in conjunction or instead of western treatments. Acupuncture has had a long tradition in treating fertility issues, however, there was little scientific information and studies confirming a link between the practice and improved fertility. This is until recently. Now with a convincing number of peer reviewed studies demonstrating the effectiveness of acupuncture on fertility, we see more and more clinics offering acupuncture fertility treatment.
Chinese New Year of the Dog 2018 begins on Friday, the 16th of February and ends on 2019 Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 4. The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. Dogs are honest, loyal and are true friends and reliable partners. A Dog’s most defining characteristic is their loyalty. They will never abandon their friends, family or work. Honest and just, they are popular in social circles. Everyone needs a Dog friend for advice and help. They are also good at helping others find and fix their bad habits. Despite how they act, they are worried and anxious inside. However, they will not let this stop them. Once they decide on something, no one can persuade them against it.