At the moment almost the whole world is in quarantine to prevent the spread of Corona. This quarantine has considerable psychological impact for many of us. Confinement, loss of usual routine, and reduced social and physical contact with others are an example. This can cause boredom, frustration, and a sense of isolation from the rest of the world.
Another severe impact is the possible financial loss, with people unable to work and having to interrupt their professional activities with no advanced planning.
As time goes on, it’s going to get more and more difficult. So how to look after yourself in this period?
It’s best if there is health and harmony in the physical, mental, and emotional systems. Start with reading more positive information, because worries add to our stress levels, which can weaken your health. Consider a daily routine, embrace stillness and if that’s difficult, reach out to others. In this kind of situation, it is important to just keep going, with awareness, optimism and willingness to learn new things. Pick yourself up after falling and recognize it’s not the end. Difficult experiences are the best teachers, learn how to use your stumbling blocks as stepping stones.
I always balance emotions when I treat my patient. Always, because everything starts there, even immunity. At the moment I can’t practice acupunture, so I give free consultations over the phone or by email on how to stay in balance and on how to manage stress. Because our body does a better job fighting off illness and healing wounds when it’s not under stress.
As soon as I am allowed to work again, i will be ready to help you on an emotional level and to help your immune system deal with diseases in the future . Acupuncture is truly a very effective tool to bring healing back to achieve an authentic life.
I am looking forward seeing you all out there again ❤️
Winter is coming! As this is the most yin time, the most yang therapy is best – and moxibustion is a part of that! It’s nature is pure yang, therefore it has the ability to restore the primary Qi of the body.
Moxibustion has been used to prevent and cure diseases for more than 2500 years. How does it work? Dried and pulvered Mugwort-plant ( alsno known as Artemisia Vulgaris) is placed on specific acupuncture points and then allowed to burn slow. By warming these points, the Qi in your body can flow better so Wind, Cold and Damp can be dispelled. A better flowing Qi will strengthen the immune system and the vitality – the yang of the body.
It is a common practice to place a cone of direct moxa on a piece of ginger or a pile of salt or to put moxa on a needle. The smell of the moxa can be very strong but the warmth can really invigorate the body. There are different qualities of moxa and I use the finest from Japan.
Benefits of Moxibustion:
- Warms the Channels: Pain in the body that feels worse in cold weather, will feel better with the application of heat on specific points.
- Promotes Circulation of Qi & Blood: Moxa is warming and moving. It helps to promote movement of blood and qi so it is particularly good for pain. Think about menstrual pain but also think about moving qi around a scar after ceasarean section.
- Stimulates Acupuncture Points: We also use moxa to stimulate specific points such as the point on the little toe which helps to turn a baby. Some points on the body can only be used with moxa.
- Builds Qi & Blood: Moxa helps getting a stronger immune system. The warmth builds Qi and Blood and in TCM they are the main substances essential for life and vitality.
- Benefits the joints: Arthritic pain, tenderness, stiffness and swelling felt in joints triggered by cold weather.
Vaginal discharge is the most common gynecological symptom in women and many are walking around with this very uncomfortable problem without knowing that acupuncture might work to get rid of it.
A slight vaginal discharge that increases in volume at mid-cycle is physiological and normal. If the discharge is different in amount, colour, consistency or smell, it then is a pathological condition.
Vaginal discharge has always played an important role in Chinese gynecology to understand the pathology of the patient. So don’t be surprised if your acupuncturist asks about it. It is most of the time due to dampness affecting the Ren Mai and Dai Mai meridians. Irregular diet, excessive physical work, emotional strain, overwork or living in a damp environment can all cause different discharge.
It’s important to know when to see a doctor (for example when it is a sexually transmitted disease), but here are a few home remedies you can try first.
- Add anywhere between 1/4 cup to 2 cups of baking soda to your bath and allow it to dissolve. Soak in the bath for 10 to 40 minutes.
- You can insert some yogurt into your vagina to soothe the itching or use a tampon coated in yoghurt.
Use plain Greek yoghurt with no added flavors or sugar.
If the problem doesn’t go away, visit your doktor or visit an acupuncturist.