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Menopause: From the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), menopause is viewed as a time of new beginnings and celebration. At menopause, the woman has moved through the stage of carrying and birthing offspring, and the energy used to nurture the uterus can now be redirected to the heart which allows the women to nurture herself and become a ‘wise women’. For some women menopause is no cause for celebration due to a range of symptoms that can drastically affect their quality of life for 5 – 10 years. Approximately 57% of women experience symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats during menopause. Some women may experience the grief of...

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Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Bone broth is a nutritious liquid full of vitamins and minerals that may help with digestion, reduce inflammation and joint pain and lead to better sleep. It may also boost your immune system. Sandra’s go-to bone broth recipe is a great way to add this nutritious food to your diet. Ingredients 1 Whole Chicken 1 – 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar 2 Massel chicken stock cubes 1 onion cut in quarters 2 sticks of celery with inner leaves cut in half 2 carrots cut in half 1 teaspoon of flat leaf parsley 1 clove of garlic Filtered Water (enough to cover ingredients) Optional - ½ a tin...

Supplement of the Month: Astragalus 8 for Immune Health and Recovery

Astragalus 8 for Immune Health and Recovery Astragalus 8 is a tonic made up of 8 immune boosting herbs. The herbs have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and/ or Western Medicine for centuries. Winter is the perfect time to start taking Astragalus 8 as it may prevent colds and flus*, assist in recovery from illness and operations, boost your immune system, reduce stress and improve general health. It also may prevent seasonal allergies coming into Spring. Astragalus 8 can be purchased in clinic with 10% off for July 2020. *not to be taken in the acute stages of colds and flus. Please contact us for a telehealth appointment to discuss...

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Top 10 Tips for Winter

In addition to acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathic treatments, there are several ways to help you stay healthy through Winter. Protect the back of your neck. In TCM, the back of your neck is where pathogens enter the body. Try not to leave your neck exposed to the cold by wearing a scarf or high neck clothing. Eat nourishing foods. Think root veggies, bone broths, stews and soups made with seasonal produce. Use slower/ longer cooking methods. This helps to create meals that are easier for your body to digest meaning you gain more nourishment from your food. Reduce intake of cold foods and drinks especially first thing...

Naturopath Audio-Visual / Phone Consultations are now available

Sandra Sapio (Acupuncturist and Naturopath) will now be offering Naturopath Audio-Visual / Phone consultations. We have extended our Naturopath service to Skype and FaceTime  for new patients and phone consultations for existing patients. Sandra feels this is essential in continuing to support our patient’s well being physically, mentally and emotionally during such times of high stress and uncertainty. Sandra will be providing advice and supplementation recommendations to support your health and well being. We feel that looking after our health shouldn’t stop now, especially in a time where it is most needed. The aim for us all is to continue to work on our well being and especially where...

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Endometriosis Awareness Month

Sandra Sapio, Acupuncturist and Naturopath March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and takes place across the globe. The aim is to bring awareness to a condition which can be extremely debilitating for women both physically and emotionally. In the 15 years of practice, I have seen and supported hundreds of women who have struggled with varying degrees of diagnosed Endometriosis. Some discovering endometriosis through their fertility journey while others have had the condition from their late teens or early twenties. Many have searched for natural treatment methods for pain management to support them alongside western medical approaches. With so much information available, there’s always so many questions and concerned still raised about...

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Stress and Your Body

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist ‘If stress burned calories, I'd be a supermodel’ - Anonymous Stress was very important in prehistoric times where a stressor, such as an approaching sabretooth tiger, triggered a number of bodily responses allowing our ancestors to stay and fight, or run away. This is known as the fight-or-flight response and enabled our ancestors to survive. The way our body reacts to stress hasn’t changed from prehistoric times. The only problem is our stressors look a little different. Imagine seeing the sink about to overflow because you left the tap on. In the short term, stress is really important. The brain triggers the body to send out...

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress Naturally

Bernadette Woolcock, Acupuncturist & Nutritionist Exercise Exercise helps to relieve stress by releasing endorphins otherwise known as the ‘happy hormone’. Regular exercise helps you to tolerate stress better. Any kind of exercise is good if you enjoy it and can see yourself doing it regularly. Breathing Breathing is very important at controlling our body’s response to stress. Focussing on breathing deeply can help in moments of stress, but also to build up tolerance to stress. Not sure if you are breathing deeply enough? Try this technique. Lay down with one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Slowly breathe in through your nose and feel the hand on...

Pregnancy Support

10 Fertility Tips

Sandra Sapio, Acupuncturist and Naturopath Healthy Diet Making the right food choices before you conceive can support fertility and your baby’s growth and development. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet which is rich in healthy fats, plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours, leafy greens rich in folate, nuts, good quality protein rich foods (organic free range meats and eggs, legumes, pulses) and whole grains is one of the first steps to support fertility. Blood Glucose & Insulin Resistance Avoid high sugar foods to help keep glucose and insulin balanced. Maintaining balanced Insulin and glucose levels helps the body send out the right messages to your endocrine system, which...

IVF & Fertility Support

Welcome to our new and updated website!

Welcome to our new and updated website, which now features a blog and newsletter. Future blogs will be posted both on our website and our Facebook page. If you’re not linked in with us on Facebook or Instagram, we invite you to like our page and join our newsletter to stay updated with all the latest info on, IVF and Natural Fertility, Nutrition and Recipes and all things Health and Wellbeing. All our links to join are below! Essence of Health has gone through some HUGE changes in the last year and new health services, such as Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture for general health and muscle and joint pain...