Resilience for the 
Year of the Yin Metal Ox

12 February 2021 signals the end of the tragic and turbulent Year of the Rat and the start of hopefully a calmer, yin Year of the Metal Ox. A perfect time to cultivate your inner strength.
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Meridian Therapy: how it supports the immune system

In western terms, immunity is the ability of an organism to resist a particular infection or toxin by the action of specific antibodies or sensitised white blood cells. Innate immunity is the body's natural defence system, whilst adaptive immunity can differentiate pathogens and comprises two components: T-lymphocytes, B-lymphocytes.

In Chinese medicine theory, a healthy constitution is determined by two factors:

  • Pre-natal - jing (essence) given by parents
  • Post-natal - lifestyle, eating, drinking, working habits, drugs, smoking, alcohol, sleeping too little. Also where you live, climate, geographical conditions, cultural and social factors

Infections are considered to be external pathogens that invade the body through the skin or orafices entering the acupuncture channels or meridians and tendons reaching the centre and damaging the organs. Therefore if the centre or root of the body is strong then a person has a greater resistence to external pathogens such as bacteria, viruses etc.

Meridian Therapy

Meridian therapy was founded in Japan in 1930s by acupuncturists who felt that under the influence of western style medicine, acupuncture was losing its traditions and theories. Returning to classical acupuncture texts dating back 2500 years, the aim of acupuncture is to regulate the balance of qi and blood. Meridian Therapy seeks to improve circulation of qi (vital energy) in the body to restore health. In Toyohari (literally translated as “East Asian Needling Technique”) Meridian Therapy, the non-invasive needling used in the root treatment is the most important part of treatment as it works at a constitutional level. It will support the overall health and wellbeing of the patient, their own self-healing capabilities and ability to recover from illness. Moxibustion, an essential part of Japanese acupuncture, has also been found to improve immunity (see Moxafrica).

Year of the Yin Metal Ox

According to the 2021 Chinese horoscope, this year is synonymous with hard work, discipline, loyalty and a fair appreciation of tangible reality. The characteristics that gain influence are constancy, a taste for traditions, but also the internalisation of feelings, discipline and making savings.

The energies of Wu Xing (Five Phases) and Feng Shui (Wind Water or the Chinese art or practice of creating harmonious surroundings) promote stability and prosperity for short-term projects. Before launching any project in 2021, it is therefore essential to plan carefully the architecture of each stage, so as not to compromise the viability of the operation, even if this takes a little more time than expected. Such an attitude, which is both prudent and lucid, will ultimately have a positive and lasting effect…

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Keeping Qi connection

The past year was undeniably challenging for most of us, yet what emerged from the confines of lockdown was the a sense of community and resilience. Back in March 2020 the weather was glorious and I started teaching daily zoom Qigong classes from my back garden. At the peak there were around 60 people joining me from all over the country and even across Europe.

It was an amazing experience to be able to connect friends and families united in learning qigong exercises in London and across the continent. We named the neighbourhood white tail-tipped fox cub Xiao Bai (Little White) and saw him sneak across the garden fence. My cats performed a Tom and Jerry show with a little mouse that I managed to rescue mid-class, whilst birds were chirping heartily enjoying the fresher air and freer skies.

Now in mid-winter lockdown, my clinics in the gym are closed again. Fortunately I can continue my acupuncture practice for urgent and high need patients in a colleague's garden clinic in Camden. Xiao Bai the friendly fox is fully grown, and although the weather is less welcoming I am still in my garden teaching Mon & Fri Moving Qi-gong, to friends and family in Switzerland, Manchester and Deal and my local and new students whilst waiting to return to the community centre, college or park where I teach.

You are welcome to join the class. It's open to all and free, with voluntary donations invited.
If you are in need of acupuncture contact me. If your case is urgent or high need I can book you into the Camden Clinic. Otherwise I can see you for a 30-minute online qi session.

Yinxiang: Welcome Fragrance
(LI20 Acupoint)

This acupuncture point is the final point of the Large Intestine Channel. It is located at the side of the nose, level with the middle of the ala nasi - the round flared edge of the nostril. In Chinese medicine, the Lung is the yin organ and the Large Intestine the paired yang organ. Rubbing or pressing the point opens the nasal passages and expels wind and clears heat. In clinic I would use a needle at the point to help with congestion, discharge, loss of sense of smell, rhinitis or pain swelling, itching or paralysis of the face.

Dry Washing Yinxiang Exercises
This simple Qigong Lung exercise (see video) can be practiced daily to clear the nose and one student said it helped to clear her chronic cough.
Happy practice.

Dry Washing Yinxiang  
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