20 Ways to Relax Effectively

Many people find it incredibly difficult to relax. The idea of doing nothing for a short period of time has become so alien in our modern fast-moving, always-connected culture, that many people can’t bring themselves to do it. However, it’s not possible to constantly work and be active without resting. If you do it for…

Chinese medicine nutrition: noodles

General Eating Advice

Dietary therapy has long been an important part of Chinese medicine. It places as much emphasis on how and when to eat as on what to eat. Here are ten (fairly common-sense) pieces of advise for eating well. Enjoy eating, just eat and relax while eating. While you’re digesting your food, there is increased flow…

Yin nourishing foods

Nourishing Yin with Food

Yin is the cooling, moistening energy of the body (as opposed to Yang, the warming, active energy of the body). Yin is depleted by overworking or running on empty, and not getting sufficient rest. It can also be depleted by chronic illness. When we lack this cooling lubricant, we tend to overheat and dry up.…

Getting the right amount and kind of exercise

Exercise and Stagnation

In good health energy flows smoothly throughout the body. However, as our bodies hold tension or we suffer injuries, the energy gets stuck and stagnates. Energy can also stagnate as a result of emotional stress. This stagnation of energy causes pain, so clearing stagnation is often an important aspect of treatment for pain. This can…

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Developing Good Habits

Most of us have tried to make changes to our lifestyle from time to time, whether taking up exercise, changing our diet or starting or stopping some other behaviour. It’s quite easy to stick to the new regime for the first few days or sometimes weeks, but sooner or later things usually start to slip…