Summer Newsletter 2018
2018 marks our 7th year of our clinic at our Main St location. We now have nine practitioners providing Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Remedial Massage, Myotherapy and Reflexology.
Currently we are noticing an increased number of people looking to kick start their 2018 with these services for pain management from sporting injuries and summer activities as well as a variety of different mood concerns associated with unhealthy patterns formed over the holidays!
This time is the time for recovery from the Christmas/Holiday period and also a time to set health goals for 2018. What are some of your goals?
Chinese Medicine and Depression
Although we are experiencing an increased amount of daylight and warmer temperatures, at our clinic we are seeing more patients suffering mood disorders resulting from returning to work and re-commencing the 9 to 5 daily grind.
The 2016 Acupuncture Evidence Project was an Australian research project which reviewed the published meta-analysis and systematic reviews of 122 conditions. It identified 47 conditions, 8 with strong evidence and 38 with moderate evidence, supporting the use of acupuncture. It found that the condition of Depression showed moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness of Acupuncture. The quality of evidence is rated as moderate or high quality.
Depression in Chinese Medicine is mainly associated with the Liver and the stagnation of the Liver Energy (Qi). The Liver is generally affected by several unhealthy lifestyle practices, including: lack of exercise/outlet of stress release, poor dietary habits including over consumption of fried/fatty foods, as well as an over consumption of alcohol (which many of us may identify with over the New Year period!), emotions including stress and repressed anger or grief. Other organs can be involved in Depression including the Spleen and Heart.
Chinese Medicine treatment focuses on unbinding the Liver Qi using Acupuncture, whilst also assisting with the patients Shen (Individual's Spirit). We place an emphasis on helping patients sleep, relieving stress, stabilising moods and relieving tension. Patients currently using Western Medicine for Depression are still able to have Acupuncture, however caution will be taken prior to prescribing herbal medicine for this condition as it may react with prescribed medications.
Lifestyle changes you can make to help with depression include healthy regular exercise, improving your diet, ensuring enough sleep is achieved nightly and meditation.
January is for GOAL SETTING!
Studies suggest than roughly 70% of people tend to make a New Years resolution while less than a quarter of these will actually stick to the resolution and reach their intended goal! I don't think there is a better time to start something new than right now. Whilst it is good to write down a list of things you'd like to achieve in 2015, it is important however to make sure your list cuts out the generic: I'll lose weight, I'll quit smoking, I'll exercise everyday goal titles.
Lists should be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-Focused, Timely). I write my list out on a whiteboard and keep it next to my bed to remind me of what I plan to do and when I plan to do it by. Previous entries have been as simple as; Go Fishing 3 times this year, Plan and go on a overseas holiday or do a specific cooking course! Perhaps another good one for me would be to release more regular and timely newsletters! That being said, writing out your list confirms your intention and will keep you honest in achieving your goals.
Take until the end of January, brainstorm what you want in 2018, write it down, and start putting things in place to achieve it!
Yours in Health,
Stephen and the Team @ Peninsula Acupuncture and Natural Medicine
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