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Acupuncture & digestion

🇬🇧 Acupuncture offers an excellent natural way of helping with many gastro-intestinal imbalances, such as IBS, food allergies, bloating, bowel irregularities, and more. In Traditional Chinese medicine, a healthy function of the digestive system is supported by five organs that need to work in harmony: stomach, spleen, liver, small and large intestines. In addition, seasonal variations in our diet and mixing our foods correctly plays an important role. For example, if you live in a climate with colder and wetter winters, you will need to greatly reduce the amount of raw food when it gets cold, opting for warmer dishes instead (soups, stews, etc.) Acupuncture gives us a gentle non-chemical way to be able to enjoy our foods, efficiently absorbing a maximum amount of nutrients from it and giving us more energy.

🇫🇷 L’acupuncture est un excellent moyen doux et naturel d’adresser de nombreux déséquilibres gastro-intestinaux tels que le syndrome du colon irritable, les allergies alimentaires, les ballonnements, les problèmes de transit, l’acidité gastrique et bien d’autres. En médecine Traditionnelle Chinoise, les cinq organes qui assurent un fonctionnement harmonieux du système digestif sont: l’estomac, la rate, le foie, le petit et le gros intestins. De plus, notons que la qualité de notre alimentation, en phase avec les différentes saisons ainsi que le respect des associations alimentaires jouent un rôle important pour l’équilibre digestif global. Par exemple, si vous vivez dans un environment où les hivers sont froids et humides il sera nécessaire de réduire considérablement la quantité de nourriture crue en optant plutôt pour des plats plus chauds (soupes, gratins, purées etc.). L’acupuncture va permettre d’améliorer le “feu digestif” afin de mieux digérer et de mieux assimiler les précieux nutriments présents dans l’alimentation qui pourra ains être transformée efficacement en énergie.

Our Energy Sources

🇬🇧 Our energy, the very force enabling us to get up in the morning, climb a mountain and do everything in between, comes from several sources. We are born with a certain reserve of it, filled up with concentrated energy that gets used up throughout our lives. Luckily, we can replenish or top-up our day to day energy reservoirs from three simple sources: 

• sunlight & heat

• quality food

• good sleep

Better still, these three sources are complementary and interchangeable. For example, during the winter, when the temperatures drop and we have less natural sunlight, we can compensate for it by including more warming foods and sleeping longer. In the summer, when the sun is shining, warming everything up, we do not need as much food and/or sleep. Similarly, if we cannot get hold of food, we can sleep more, ideally in a warm environment, thus using up less energy. What to do when we miss out on both sleep and sunlight? Try my special energising acupuncture protocol, that can tap into your deep energy reservoirs, giving you a much-needed winter boost.

🇫🇷 Notre énergie, la force même qui nous permet de nous lever chaque matin, d’escalader une montagne et de faire tout ce qui existe entre les deux, provient de plusieurs sources. Nous venons au monde avec une certaine quantité individuelle et héritée d’énergie qui va être utilisé et dépensé au cours de notre vie. Heureusement, nous pouvons recharger notre réserve d’énergie au quotidien grâce à trois sources simples :

• lumière du soleil et chaleur

• aliments de qualité

• sommeil 

Mieux encore, ces trois sources sont complémentaires et interchangeables. Par exemple, pendant l’hiver lorsque les températures baissent et nous avons moins de lumière naturelle, nous pouvons compenser cela en augmentant la qualité et la quantité d’aliments chauds que nous consommons ainsi que les temps de repos et de sommeil. Pendant l’été, lorsque le soleil brille réchauffant ainsi nos corps et notre environment, nous n’avons pas besoin de consommer autant d’aliments ni de dormir autant que pendant l’hiver. De la même façon, si nous consommons moins d’aliments (en cas de jeûne par exemple ou baisse d’appétit), nous pouvons dormir un peu plus longtemps dans un environnement chaud ce qui nous permettra de ne pas perdre trop d’énergie d’un coup. 

Alors que faire si nous manquons de soleil et de sommeil ? Pendant l’hiver, vous pouvez essayer mon protocole d’acupuncture énergisant conçu spécialement pour vous aider à  puiser dans vos réserves d’énergie profonde afin de booster votre vitalité naturellement.

Ode to a good acupuncture needle

Over the last several thousand years acupuncture needles have evolved fabulously from an odd thorn or a thin peace of bone, often resembling a long, hand-sharpened stick, to a very fine and elegant instrument, as thin as human hair (the needle diameter varies from 1 mm to 3 mm). Comparing an acupuncture needle to a needle used for injections is like comparing a pencil to a flute, with acupuncture needles being super thin and solid, while the medical ones – hollow and much thicker, like tiny pipes, to allow a free passage of fluids through them. All modern acupuncture needles are single use (so no risk of infection), machine-sharpened to microscopic perfection (so no pain on insertion), extremely flexible and virtually unbreakable. In 1978 Seirin, a Japanese company from Kyoto, introduced the world’s first disposable acupuncture needle, totally transforming how acupuncture treatments felt for millions of people worldwide ever since. Having a good acupuncture treatment today is an experience like no other, so you can tap comfortably into your better health flow with acupuncture!

Recharge & relax with acupuncture

🇬🇧 When feeling tired, imagine being able to plug yourself into a powerful charger, gently filling yourself up with energy at a rhythm guided by your own body. Acupuncture can do just that, clearing the energy blocks, increasing your energy levels and smoothly distributing this freshly generated energy to each and every cell of your body. Amazingly, it takes just about 20 minutes!
🇫🇷 Quand vous vous sentez fatigué, imaginez la possibilité de vous connecter à un puissant chargeur qui vous permet de délicatement refaire le plein d’énergie, suivant le rythme naturel de votre propre corps. L’acupuncture vous procure justement cet effet, éliminant les bloquages énergétiques accumulés tout en accroissant votre vitalité et en redistribuant doucement cette énergie renouvelée dans toutes les cellules de votre corps. Et cela prend simplement 20 minutes !

What is Qi?

 

Acupuncture, an energy-based system of healing, works with our vital energy, known as Qi, Chi or Ki. What is Qi? Often described as a “vital energy”, it is a life force that powers and animates every living organism.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Qi has the following functions:
1) Transforming (e.g. ingested food into energy)
2) Transporting (e.g. moving blood through the body)
3) Holding (e.g. keeping blood in the blood vessels)
4) Raising (e.g. internal organs, preventing prolapses)
5) Protecting (e.g. immune system strength)
6) Warming (just that, keeping our body temperature in check).

When the flow of Qi is strong, balanced and unobstructed, we feel strong, vibrant and positive. When our Qi is insufficient or stuck, we can feel weak, sluggish and unmotivated. The main task of acupuncture is to ensure a smooth flow of Qi in our bodies, which can have very practical applications, from pain reduction (as pain is the result of Qi stagnation) to boosting our overall vitality (think of charging a battery).

Acupuncture works by directly tapping into our Qi reservoirs via acupuncture points (Qi wells) and restoring our energetic balance.

Acupuncture, chakras and yoga

What do acupuncture, chakras and yoga have in common? Chakras are the wheels or pools of energy, that can be tapped into and balanced with acupuncture, while yoga helps us to maintain this equilibrium in our day to day life.

Apart from the twelve main acupuncture meridians linked to their respective organs/systems in our bodies, there are eight extraordinary meridians, the main functions of which are:

1) Acting as deep reservoirs of energy
2) Circulating Jing (concentrated essence or energy) around the body
3) Circulating Wei (defensive) Qi over thorax, abdomen and back
4) Regulating our life cycles, 7 years (for women) and 8 years (for men)

Combining the acupuncture points on both main and extraordinary meridians allows us to bring a deeper balance to our bodies, minds and spirits.

In addition, acupuncture and yoga can greatly enhance each other, see this article to learn how: 

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5679/4-Yoga-Poses-That-Pair-Perfectly-with-Acupuncture.html

Five Elements – Metal Phase

 

Having just gone through the Earth element (late summer and early autumn), we are now entering a phase of Metal, end of the growing season, when the Earth begins to turn inward.

The Metal element is all about transformation, discovering hidden treasures, acceptance and ability to let go smoothly.

If we look at personal traits, Metal predominant people are methodical, intellectual and analytical, often perfectionists, paying a great attention to detail. Metal helps us make a unified whole of seemingly separate parts.

Physically, Metal controls our lungs, large intestine, skin and the immune system. When out of balance, this can lead to respiratory conditions, such as stuffiness, fatigue, sinusitis, asthma, colds, dry skin and digestive issues.

Mentally, try not to hold on to negative thoughts and embrace change. Cultivate tolerance and acceptance, understand that there is no perfection, only the state of continues improvement.

Emotionally, under Metal influence, we may be more prone to grief, introspection and having difficulties with letting go.

To summarise, during the cooling and contracting period of the autumn, we tend to become more rational, methodical and organised, striving to maintain order in our lives. To bring more balance, try to be more open and accessible and allow others into your emotional life.

Discover your Element!

 

Five Element acupuncture is inspired by nature and allows us to balance our bodies, minds and spirits at a very deep level. The five elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. 

Each element corresponds to a particular season, emotion and organs. Each one of us carries the qualities of all five elements within, however at times we might find one of the elements to be dominating or out of balance. Five Element diagnosis and treatment was an important part of my acupuncture training, allowing for a more subtle approach to many conditions. To discover your Element, try this quiz, which should give you a good indication and we can bring more balance to it during your next acupuncture treatment!

Personality Type Quiz