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In this newsletter:
  • Acupuncture for surgery recovery
  • Male fertility
  • Christmas at breathe Covent Garden: £10 off initial treatment*
  • Rings of life exercise
  • Cold zapper
Faster recovery:
acupuncture before and after surgery
Back in 1971, when Nixon was on a state visit to China, he was accompanied by a journalist, James Reston, who developed appendicitis and had surgery without general anesthetic. After his appendix was removed through conventional surgery at the Anti-Imperialist Hospital in Beijing, his post-operative pain was treated by Li Chang-Yuan with acupuncture. He went on to write about the treatment in the New York Times and introduced acupuncture to the US and many other western cultures.

Although there are stories about acupuncture being used for anaesthesia – today we look at how it can help pre- and post-surgery to help with recovery and pain.
  • Reduces stress & anxiety prior to surgery
  • Less pain during & after surgery
  • Reduces nausea & vomiting
  • Less scarring & swelling
  • Increases strength, range of motion and flexibility

Depending on the surgery that you have had you will often be prescribed some rehabilitive exercises to help you to recover. These exercises can be combined with qigong (Chinese exercises combining breath with movement). These exercises help move the flow of qi or energy in the body and help build up muscle strength and increase flexibility and range of motion.
 
If you’d like to know more about how acupuncture can support you when you have surgery coming up get in touch for a free 20 minute phone consultation today.


 This article was co-authored by Laura Ichajapanich & Stacey Chapman

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Male fertility

A lot of women come to see me for acupuncture to help with fertility support. This might be when they are trying to conceive naturally or alongside assisted reproductive techniques such as IUI and IVF. But what about the men?

A recent study published this summer from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem looked at the historical trends of sperm counts and found that there has been a 60% decline in western countries over the last 40 years.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine has been used to support both men and women for fertility over many hundreds of years – when you come for your appointment we’ll take a full health history and look at where there may be imbalances that are causing issues. If you have your results from Western Medical tests, these are also a helpful indicator to help us in our traditional Chinese diagnosis.

Here are some of the things that I would recommend:
  • Avoid saunas, hot baths and spas or jacuzzis

  • Keep your laptop off your lap and mobile phone out of your pocket

  • Change underwear to looser fitting briefs and avoid wearing tight fitting trousers

  • Get moving – we want to keep you healthy and exercise is a great way to do this - avoiding excess

  • Although saying that – we do want to avoid excess or prolonged cycling

  • Look at your diet and ensure that it is balanced avoiding soya, excess meat, dairy and sugar

  • Avoid drinking from plastic water bottles and look at areas in your house to reduce the use of plastics, particularly those containing BPA

  • Stop smoking tobacco

  • Reduce alcohol consumption

  • Review the chemicals and pesticides used around your home and workplace to limit wherever possible - this includes buying organic wherever you can.

Generally we would like to treat males for a period of 10 weeks, weekly or twice-weekly to get the most benefit from acupuncture. Is it time for both you and your partner to experience the benefits of acupuncture treatment?

This article was co-authored by Laura Ichajapanich & Stacey Chapman
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OFFER: £10 off* initial treatment or gift voucher at
breathe Covent Garden

Take the stress out of Christmas and improve your health and wellbeing into the new year with an acupuncture or tuina Chinese massage for you or a friend.
offer must be redeemed by 31 Jan 2018
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Rings of Life exercise
I learnt this exercise from a daoist monk on Wudang mountain. Although there are many qigong exercises to mobilise the joints I find this one incorporates the Taiji principle of ‘dantian* moves, body moves’ or moving from centre.
* dantian translated as ‘red cinnabar field’ is the energy centre of the body which lies 3 fingers-width below the naval and inside the body. 
How to perform the exercise
Honey Garlic Lemon Shots
 
Garlic and Manuka honey have proven anti-bacterial properties. Try this tested recipe for the coughs and colds circulating this winter

Ingredients
1 lemon (preferably organic)
1-2 cloves of garlic (depends on size of cloves)
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of honey (preferably Manuka but at least Raw)
How to prepare
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