Acupuncture, Tuina & Taiji in London
In this newsletter:
  • year of the horse
  • taiji in Clissold Park: Sat 1st Feb 10am-12noon
  • 4 for the price of 2 - acupuncture offer at Belsize Health
    - call NOW while offer lasts 020 7483 2345
  • winter health tip

新年快樂 xin nian kuai le happy new year

Welcome to the Year of the Horse (31.1.14 - 18.2.15)

Those born during the year of the Horse tend to be clever, possess good communication skills, are cheerful and stubborn. In 2014, they are expected to have a good year and are advised to be quiet and patient. Other predications call for people to make the most out of given opportunities, expect good health and a year where romance and career will be in harmony.

Chinese New Year celebrations, also known as the Spring Festival, start on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and lasts for about 23 days. As the new year is traditionally linked to honoring the household, heavenly gods and ancestors, people clean their homes, put up the red posters with poetic verses on doors and decorate their homes with red lanterns. It is also a time to reunite with relatives. On Spring Festival Eve, many people set off fireworks and firecrackers, hoping to cast away any bad luck and bring forth good luck. Children often receive “luck” money in little red envelopes. Various activities such as beating drums and striking gongs, as well as dragon and lion dances, are all part of the Spring Festival festivities (see London celebrations).

Each year corresponds to a different zodiac sign and animal. The Chinese zodiac consists of 12 animals that denote a person’s birth known as sheng xiao: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each of the animals is named after one favored by the Buddha and is said to influence an individual’s personality. The Chinese Astrology Calendar combines Yin-Yang, Five Elements and 12 animals. The Five Elements are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. 2014 is the year of the wood Horse. As the element wood is connected to the color of Green, this is the Year of Green Wood Horse.


Clissold Park Taiji:
Sat 1st Feb 10-12noon fortnightly

Be at one with nature (and the elements!): Class open to experienced students and beginners. Laura teaches Hunyuan (primordial chaos) qigong and taiji which originates from Master Feng Zhi Qiang, a Chen-style master who emphasises gentle movements for health. He also incorporates movements from the 5 animals devised by the famous Chinese Doctor Hua Tuo (c. 140–208) in his da gong 12 form qigong set and taiji forms. Wear loose warm clothing and bring a flask of hot tea. For directions: (NB: No class on Feb 15, following classes March 1 & 15).

Beat the Winter Blues 

offer at Belsize Health

4 for the price of 2* 
Acupuncture treatments              £60/hr  

Laura Ichajapanich MSc, MBAcC    
Belsize Health
16 England’s Lane
020 7483 2345

Why acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe practice without the side effects of conventional medicine. 
Conditions that respond well to acupuncture treatment include:

  • back pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • nausea
  • headaches (tension-type or migraine)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on best practice now recommend a course of acupuncture as a first-line treatment for persistent, non-specific low back pain and recommend acupuncture as a prevention for migraine and tension headaches.

* quote movingqi28, first session before 28 Feb 2014, payment for all 4 sessions in advance of 1st session last session to be taken within 2 months of the 1st session

Health tip

Wear a scarf: Protect yourself from wind invasion. The common cold and influenza are known as gan mao in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Symptoms of these acute exterior disorders include headache, nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat, fever, chills and a floating pulse. They are due to invasion of the superficial layers of the body by pathogenic Wind accompanied by Cold, Heat, Dampness or Dryness. The Wind can temporarily disperse wei qi (protective qi) allowing invasion through the nose, mouth or the "wind gates" of the upper back and neck.
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