Local Fundraiser for My Son’s Friend

Posted by on Dec 7, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

Usually we do not mix work and family issues.  But this one is important to a local family who have had their life turned upside-down.  My son’s friend, Spike, he’s known since Primary school.  A couple years ago they were roommates when they went on a school trip to Salamanca.  Worried about who he was going to be staying with, he assured me that Spike was a super nice kid- “Yeah, mum, he’s super nice.”  As 16 year old’s, they sometimes walk to their 6th Form College, BHASVIC, together.  Just over a week ago, on a rainy morning at around 8:15am, Spike was hit by a car while walking to class.  He was flown to Southampton and  is in an induced coma with a severe head trauma.  Spike has two sisters and his parents are with him, too.  At a time when we are worrying about whether we are putting […]

MDMA for Trauma

Posted by on Nov 20, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

I’ve spoken about this for many months with colleagues who are in full support of the legalisation of MDMA for a number of conditions.  It’s about time we look beyond the politics and start prescribing effective treatments.

Unplugging From the News

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

My first degree was in Political Science so I’ve habitually followed politics both here and abroad.  However, recently, I began to feel overwhelmed by the surplus of information I was taking in.  I say “surplus” because it is exactly that- unwanted, too much, and not of value.  Every spare moment I would grab my phone looking for an update of the news in search of some respite, as if reading more news was going to uncover a solution to today’s problems.  I could go on, but Awaken with JP does a fantastically funny video of exactly what I want to say. Please watch.  I promise you won’t regret it. The benefits I’ve experienced by turning off the news completely are: More time I’m spending better quality time with my family Much, much better sleep and as a result waking earlier and feeling invigorated which goes back to number 1- more time! […]

Be Big

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Blog, Uncategorised | 0 comments

One of my favourite TED Talks was given by Amy Cuddy several years ago.  I’ve watched it many times and always find it inspiring, funny and informative.  The reason I post it again is because just after New Year people are making goals of getting healthy.  Making ourselves “big” through posture actually helps us react to stress.  This is a 2 minute fix.  As you watch it, listen to the numbers in her studies- they’re incredible.  Enjoy!  

Tea to Improve Vision

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Tea to Improve Vision

Here is a simple tea to improve vision if your computer time gives you eye strain or blurred vision. Chrysanthemum tea is a common drink in China and has been recognised historically to prevent aging if taken over a long period of time. The Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing says, “taken over a long time it facilitates the qi and blood, lightens the body and prevents aging.”  Ideally, the white flowers have more flavanoids however they can be difficult to find.  Canton Tea does have purple chrysanthemum which will do just fine.  When combined with other ingredients, you can focus it’s benefit.  By adding goji berries the tea benefits the eyes especially when eye strain has occurred.  As well as improving vision, it also prevents dizziness.  In China, they frequently drink it with a little sugar but I find the bitter taste is rather nice.  This is a tea you can drink daily.  Just add […]

Pain Relief Patches- A Small Review

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Pain Relief Patches- A Small Review

A few weeks ago I was catapulted off my clever, quirky horse, Estevao.  Launched 6-8 feet into the air, I landed flat on my back.  Fast forward to the next morning when my muscles are aching so intensely I cannot get out of bed without assistance much to the amusement of my children. The following several days I spent working on pain relief. As an acupuncturist, I did use some needles but it’s not always easy to needle oneself especially when mobility is limited. As a herbalist, we used to have access to some great herbal patches that add both heat and herbal ingredients to the area but I didn’t have any at home and I needed something quick. Desperate for immediate relief I asked (okay- I begged) my husband to go to the local ASDA and buy anything he could find that displayed the words, “Pain Relief”. He came back with a few pain […]


Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Hayfever??

Hay fever or Allergic Rhinitis   Right now we are getting a lot of people complaining about hayfever.  Most people are surprised when I offer acupuncture or herbal medicine as an option to relieve symptoms.  The benefit of Chinese medicine is that it not only treats acute signs and symptoms but it also strengthens the individual’s immune system to minimise or prevent further occurrences. Hayfever is something I am very familiar with since it is an issue in my household.  Happily, it’s a condition that responds really well to Chinese medicine.  However, if you would like to see what research has shown, here are two interesting studies: In a 2004 study published in Allergy, 52 patients suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) were assigned to either an active treatment group or a control group.  The active group received acupuncture treatment, once a week and Chinese herbal medicine three times daily for six weeks.  […]

Spirit, Science & Sophistication – a brief history of Chinese Medicine

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Spirit, Science & Sophistication – a brief history of Chinese Medicine

Although it is common knowledge that Chinese medicine has been utilised for centuries, less is known about its sophisticated evolution and the scientific scrutiny it has undergone throughout its lifetime. Several ideas and concepts of medicine, assumed to be developed in the West, were actually developed in China and predated the West by thousands of years. For example the concept of how blood circulates around the body via the heart is attributed to William Harvey in 1628. It is well documented that the theory of circulating blood was developed prior to this, however Harvey substantiated the theory utilising experimental methods and therefore gained credit for the idea. Interestingly, the scholars whose theories dominated before Harvey were based on texts of an Arab of Damascus, al-Nafis, who historians believe, may have obtained his knowledge from China. In China, the concept of circulating blood in the body was established by the second […]

Autumn Mineral

Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Autumn Mineral

Although there are thousands historical examples of China’s scientific innovation, their success in the field of endocrinology I find simply amazing. Some current fertility drugs in the West contain hormones extracted from human urine. It is a common misconception that the utilisation of hormones extracted from urine is a European discovery from 1927. In fact, the Chinese, utilising their enthusiasm for alchemy, had been extracting hormones from urine to be used medicinally since the second century BC (at the same time Iron Age Britains were believed to be introduced to coins). The astonishingly sophisticated extraction process resulted in a product called “autumnal mineral”. One recipe states that they gather 150 gallons of human urine and heat it until it has evaporated leaving dried solids of urine. To purify and rid these dried solids of urea, salts etc., the Chinese utilised the process of sublimation (the transition of a substance from […]