Food as medicine

Food as medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is more than just acupuncture and the odd herbal formula. Nutritional advice plays a key role in our holistic treatment plans, with colds being no exception. The common cold is most often classified by TCM principles as Wind-Cold attack, although some presentations are known as Wind-Heat or Summer Heat Dampness. In […]

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Hot or Cold food: What is good for you?

Hot or Cold food: What is good for you?

Nutrition in TCM has the main goal of restoring the body to balance, in order to correct states of deficiency or excess. For example, heating foods such as chilli, ginger, deep fried or alcohol should be avoided in “hot” conditions like those involving acute inflammation. Cooling foods, such as watermelon and cucumber, are advised against […]

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The I Ching: From Ancient China to Your Acupuncture Appointment

The I Ching: From Ancient China to Your Acupuncture Appointment

Clinical research and practice are constantly evolving in the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but its origins can be traced back to thousands of years ago. Long before detailed acupuncture point charts and herbal medicine texts were written, the basic principles of TCM theory were born in the I Ching. The I Ching, or […]

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Five Seasons and Your Health – A Traditional Perspective

Five Seasons and Your Health – A Traditional Perspective

Traditional Chinese understandings of our world’s natural cycles categorise the five seasons according to specific climates. Summer is related to Heat, late summer to Humidity, autumn to Drought, and winter and spring to Cold Wind. All climates are seen during all seasons, but their manifestations are stronger in the matching ones. Just as in nature, […]

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Tea, a healthy substitute for sugary drinks?

Tea, a healthy substitute for sugary drinks?

Tea, which has been enjoyed in China for well over 2,000 years, is available in many different forms depending on the level of fermentation. Green tea is unfermented, while yellow, white, oolong and black tea are slightly, mildly, semi- and completely fermented respectively. Dark teas, such as Pu’erh, are post-fermented.  This fermentation not only affects […]

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Could music boost your intellect?

Could music boost your intellect?

In ancient China, it was believed that babies should be exposed to music while still in the womb to boost their intellect. Though this might sound strange at first glance, there could be modern scientific evidence to back it up!  Musical development has demonstrated several positive effects on brain development, such as improved sensory and […]

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How well do you know your tea?

How well do you know your tea?

Tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world, consumed by more than two-thirds of people globally. While it most likely originated much earlier, the earliest clear written evidence of tea drinking dates back to 59 BC, from China’s Western Han dynasty. It turns out that tea’s journey to world domination also started […]

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Could acupuncture have existed in ancient Europe?

Could acupuncture have existed in ancient Europe?

Could acupuncture have existed in ancient Europe? Mapping and analysis of the tattoos on Europe’s most well-known mummy, “Otzi” the Iceman, suggests that a primitive version of the therapy may have been known over 5,200 years ago. While they’re a lot harder to see now, medical imaging found a total of 61 tattoos that can […]

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Yin and Yang, what could the symbol mean?

Yin and Yang, what could the symbol mean?

We see the symbol of Yin and Yang everywhere, from martial arts school flyers to T-shirts and even Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, but what does it mean? The world-famous symbol depicts two opposing forces, Yin and Yang, that cannot exist without each other. In fact, they both carry a seed of the other, hence […]

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