What you always always wanted to know, but didn’t dare to ask!
Here’s Sharon, our Acupuncture expert to tell you more …
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is all about Yin, Yang, and Qi. Yin is cold, Yang is hot and both need to be equally balanced in the body, as they contribute towards the flow of Qi, which can be likened to energy. If the balance is out, then energy may be impeded. Equally, energy helps the balance of hot and cold to be maintained in the body. In this way, all elements work together.
To find out how balanced – or not – your hot and cold currently are, try the questionnaire below, which has been taken from The Acupuncture Handbook, Angela Hicks, published by Piatkus.
How balanced is my Yin and Yang?
1. Do you prefer a temperature that is
(c) a balance of the two?
2. When you get tired do you:
(a) keep on working when you know you should stop
(b) find you stop at the drop of a hat and can’t start again
(c) feel refreshed after a rest?
3. If you get frustrated do you:
(a) become easily irritated or angry
(b) withdraw and become depressed
(c) stay balanced and handle the situation well?
4. Do you perspire
(a) a lot and/or more at night
(b) not very much and/or more during the day
(c) stay balanced and handle the situation well?
5. Does your urine tend to be
(a) scanty and dark
(b) pale and profuse
(c) more or less normal?
6. In social situations do you:
(a) tend to be talkative
(b) prefer to stay quiet
(c) neither, I keep a happy medium?
7. In general are you
(a) a lark
(b) a night owl
More (a) answers indicate that you are more Yang, more (b) answers indicate that you are more Yin. More (c) answers mean that you have both Yin and Yang signs.
So, were you too hot (Yang)? To help address this, nourish the cold (Yin)
To nourish Yin:
- Be asleep by 10pm
- Get at least 8 hours good quality sleep every night
- Stop rushing around
- Take breaks
- Do some exercise every day, preferably in nature
- Drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic drinks
- Eat nourishing food: dark coloured vegetables, bean stews, berries, black sesame seeds,
- walnuts, goji berries, seaweed, eggs and protein.
Or were you too cold (Yin)? To help address this, nourish the hot (Yang)
To Increase Yang:
Sleep on your back
Don’t over work
Don’t over exercise
Get as much sun as you can*
Avoid cold and frozen food and drinks
Drink ginger tea
Eat orange coloured vegetables and fruits, root vegetables, spices, ginger, onions, leeks, garlic, radish, cabbage, herbs, pistachio, pine nuts and grains.
*Always wear a sunscreen as what you are after is the warmth the sun gives, not its direct rays.
Now more about Sharon …
Hi, my name is Sharon Bradbear, and I am a qualified acupuncturist. My working life had previously been in admin, which although I enjoyed, I never really found the work satisfying or particularly rewarding. I did notice though that I felt better about my work whenever I was employed by an industry that served the public in some way, such as the NHS or Education. So the seeds of looking for a new career were sown. My path then crossed that of someone who owns a clinic where at that time, they were primarily treating people with sports injuries, and I began to be fascinated by the treatments that were available to people and the positive effect these treatments had.
So I started to focus my research for a new career on something I could do to help people back to health whilst working in a clinic environment, and my research came back to acupuncture again and again. At this point, I had heard of acupuncture but never tried it myself.
I was very lucky with my choice of college – The College of Integrated Chinese Medicine – as it is one of the best in the country. Founded in 1993, it has an enviable reputation for its training, and is leading the way in lobbying the government to introduce regulation for acupuncturists. The degree is a science one, and covers western medicine, point location, tui na (massage), professional practice, treatment and diagnostic skills and techniques, research and reflective practice, as well as Chinese Medicine. The course takes just under 4 years to complete. I really did fall on my feet when I was accepted to study there.
So I began my first year of training, and I still had not had acupuncture myself! I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for most of my life, nothing ever seemed to improve it, so I thought I would have acupuncture and see. Acupuncture coupled with the dietary advice I was given has been the only thing to totally relieve my of my IBS symptoms, and whilst I know I still have it, it is extremely rare for me to have an attack now.
Acupuncture treats everything that Western Medicine treats, and I see a wide variety of illness in my clinics. For me, there is no job more rewarding than this, relieving people from pain or discomfort, and seeing them recovered and happy.
Seeing for myself the positive impact that acupuncture has on health, I decided to train in cosmetic acupuncture, and have been delighted to see the first class results this achieves. Skin – ageing and disorders such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis etc are now something of a specialism of mine.
If you want to find out more about Acupuncture or book an appointment contact me via Phone: 01962435064, the New Energy Fitness website: https://www.newenergyfitness.co.uk/therapists, or mail firstname.lastname@example.org