In the lead up to Christmas, it is easy to get caught up in this busy and hectic time. You may find yourself constantly thinking about all the things you have to do, worrying about what you haven’t done and feeling like you are almost in a constant state of anxiety.
Whilst the world around us might be busy and hectic, we don’t have to be. I used to find myself rushing around and struggling to find the time to truly relax and switch off, but taking the time to meditate, even if just for a couple of minutes a day, can have an amazing impact upon your life and your stress levels. So, as we approach the Christmas season, it’s a good time to remind ourselves how meditation can be of benefit.
What is meditation?
The Sanskrit word for meditation, ‘madha’, means wisdom. Meditation is...
Some of us are plagued by monthly pain and the emotional ups and downs of PMS. Last week was PMS Awareness week (yes there is such a thing) so I thought I’d share some tips on what you can do to relieve the pain.
Salt - To ease water retention, reduce the amount of salt in your diet, especially in the week before your period. Always check food labels for hidden salt in your food. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 1600mg.
Sugar & caffeine - Both of these should be avoided around the time of your period as they can irritate the hormone balance within your body, which fluctuates considerably at this time. Caffeine in particular can lead to breast soreness, irritability, and tension.
Alcohol - a depressant, it depletes the body of necessary vitamins and minerals...
This week (10th-18th September 2011) is National Eczema Week. We take a look at the most common form, atopic eczema, from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective.
Eczema (atopic dermatitis) refers to allergic inflammation of the skin characterized by redness, swelling, itching and dryness, crusting, and flaking, which can occur in small patches all over the body.
In Asia eczema is often called ‘skin asthma’ because of the high association of eczema to asthma. In TCM the lungs control the skin, which explains the high correlation between these two conditions. Increases in environmental toxins, poor air quality, hormones in food especially dairy and meat products are thought to be one reason why allergic conditions such as eczema are on the increase.
Continuing on from last week's post on alopecia, this week I wanted to share with you my guide to massaging your scalp at home.
Massage is practised in many cultures and Traditional Chinese Medicine is no different. The main benefit of, and reasoning behind, this massage is to increase circulation of blood and qi (chi) to the head, eyes, ear, and scalp. This in turn helps with cellular repair to regenerate and oxygenate, for healthy skin and hair.
It also teaches you to spend time considering your body and qi so that you become aware of changes in your own health. Often the mind ignores signals from the body that all is not well, and so this can teach your body and mind to become unified, working together for the benefit of your health. When done well this massage can help you to relax...
With August being Hair Loss Awareness Month, we thought we would take a look at what can be an extremely distressing condition. Hair loss affects approximately 1.7% of the population, with an estimated 8 million women in the UK suffering from serious hair loss.
Alopecia (pronounced al-oh-PEA-sha) is a general term to describe hair loss from anywhere on the body, including hair on the head. It can affect men, women, and children with onset often being sudden, and although not physically damaging to health, it can have serious impacts on emotional health and quality of life, especially as hair loss frequently re-occurs.
Alopecia Areata is the most common type of baldness characterized by random round smooth areas of complete hair loss on the head without any clinical signs of inflammation,...
I practice Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Facial Acupuncture & Reiki at Content Beauty/Wellbeing in London. Areas of interest include skin conditions, women's health, gastro-intestinal health, pain relief & stress related conditions. In this blog I'll be sharing my top tips for a healthy and happy lifestyle.See my profile »