The Acupuncture Clinic

Rachel Pattison MBAcC Lic. Ac


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Tunbridge Wells

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By twacupunctureclinic, Jan 18 2017 03:30PM

We are approaching Chinese New Year. 2017 is the year of the Rooster. Each year is represented by one of 12 animals, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. So the year of the Rooster only comes around once every 12 years.

In Chinese 5 element theory, each year is also represented by one of the 5 elements, wood, fire, earth, metal or water. So if you add this into the equation, 2017 is the year of the fire rooster, which will only come around once every 60 years. So the last year of the fire rooster was in 1957.

It is theorised that a person's personality and energetic make-up is partially due to the energetics of the year that they were born in. Roosters are confident characters, popular in a crowd, but also loyal. They like to be the centre of attention, and always like to be dressed for the ocassion. Fire Roosters are said to be trustworthy individuals, with a strong sense of time keeping and are responsible people especially when it comes to their work.

Wishing you all the best for the year of the Rooster.

If you would like to learn more about chinese astrology please just ask me in clinic and I can direct you to some sources.

By twacupunctureclinic, Nov 3 2016 03:31PM

If you feel that this time of year is starting to get you down, it might be a nice idea to look into doing a yoga and meditation retreat. It is the perfect time of year for these activities as they help to nourish us in preperation for the dark winter ahead.

I can recommend the Rivendell Buddhist Retreat:

They have retreats throughout the year, suitable for various levels of experience. You have to be willing to seperate yourself from the world for the duration of your stay as mobile phones etc are switched off upon arrival. For me this part felt liberating, and just highlighted how technology has crept its way into every part of our lives. The grounds are beautiful and peaceful, and the community spirit that you feel with the other people on the retreat is a testimont to the ethos at Rivendell. It was such an enriching experience and one that I would recommend to those of you who are interested in yoga and/or meditation.

By twacupunctureclinic, Oct 19 2016 03:57PM

This halloween treat is a spiced up variation on good old nuts and raisins using the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin you carve for halloween. To make it you will need:

100grams raw pumpkin seeds

100 grams almonds

100 grams dried cranberries

100 grams dried sour cherries

100 grams dark chocolate

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

heat a frying pan with the coconut oil in it, once hot add the pumpkin seeds and stir constantly until all of the pumpkin seeds have popped, then add in the almonds and heat through for another 30 seconds or so. Turn the heat off and add the cayenne pepper and salt to the mix ensuring that the seeds and nuts are well covered. Place the mixture into a bowl and allow to cool. Break the dark chocolate into bite size pieces. Once the nuts and seeds have cooled add the chocolate and the dried fruit into the mixture. Enjoy!

By twacupunctureclinic, Oct 13 2016 02:48PM

We have reached that time of year again when we want to start preparing for winter. This means changing our routine from summer time. Autumn is about holding onto all that we will need to take us through the winter, you can consider it to be our harvest from the summer. However, this also means that we should let go of everything else that is just cluttering up our minds and environments. So just as the trees shed their leaves at this time of year, we too can also have a clear out, whether that be a physical clear out in our homes or work places, or mentally deciding what is needed in our lives.

Autumn also involves slowing down, following the changes in our environment around us. The trees and plants stop growing so much at this time of year and instead start to store their nutrients for the winter. So we too can start to conserve our energies where possible, whether this means going for a walk rather than a run, or deciding to go to bed 30 minutes earlier. There are many ways that we can slowdown, but picking things that are going to be realistic and sustainable for you and your lifestyle are key.

Another area to change is with relation to food. Our bodies need more warming foods at this time of year, so it is best to avoid those cold salads and raw fruit, but rather have the seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin, squash and sweet potato that will all help to give you the nourishment required to help you through the winter. Other good foods at this time of year include kidney beans, adzuki beans, brown rice or pasta, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, dates, ginger, garlic, greens, parsnips, turnips and oats.

If you are ever unsure about what you think is the best thing to be doing at any given time of year, just look around you at your environment, the plants, the wildlife etc, nature is constantly showing us the way.

Autumn is a really important time to have acupuncture to help you transition through from summer to winter in good health. Autumn is seen as the transitional season in chinese medicine, and if health prevails during this period then we should be well during the winter months.

By twacupunctureclinic, Aug 3 2016 10:06AM

Summer- This season represents the peak of our outward energy, we will not need to sleep or eat as much during this period, and we can use more energy. This is an appropriate time to be more sociable, and active outside. Exercise/movement of the body is key during this season. This season represents the realisation of plans/dreams that were incubating during the winter, and developing during the spring.

By working in sync with the seasons we are better able to nourish our body and allow it to remain balanced and free from illness.

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