Qigong is a gentle form of Chinese exercise that moves the Qi or energy and works with the breath. It is widely practised as part of Chinese Medicine therapy and can help to combat health issues and brings a sense of wellbeing. Sue Dunham has been running these classes in Leeds for a number of years and a new term will start in September. She will be running classes in Horsforth on Thursday evenings and Roundhay on Wednesday evenings. Please contact Sue and look at her website more more information.
A colleague, Mel Hopper Koppelman, has written a brilliant piece that counters the arguments that you may hear about acupuncture- that it is just a placebo, is dangerous, and is not evidence based medicine.
Well worth a read!
We have heard a few people raving about this product called ‘Yes Baby’. Some couples are using it as a lubricant whilst trying to conceive as its PH balance is more vaginally friendly than other products. We have been recommending Pre-seed for the past few years as it is a sperm friendly lubricant. But Yes Baby is also organic. It’s also supposed to be great for vaginal or penile dryness. So whether you are post menopausal, have had health issues causing internal dryness or find intercourse painful it may be worth trying these products out. If you do, we would love to hear from you. Feedback helps us to advise our patients.
I love working with athletes. This week I have helping a runner overcome his achilles tendon injury and after 2 treatments he is over 80% better!
Here is a great video clip of the acupuncturist who works with the Tour De France Team and has devised acupuncture protocols for recovery and relaxation that each team member receives regularly during the Tour.
I have talked before about the importance of Vitamin D in trying to conceive. Zita West has been discussing this for the past 2 years or so and collecting data on women accessing her clinic. She found a very high rate of women trying to conceive were Vitamin D deficient. The importance of Vitamin D for many health functions has only started to be explored in the last year or so. In terms of pregnancy, it is thought that low levels of Vitamin D may be associated with delayed conception, miscarriage, IVF failure and pregnancy complications. A study just out has confirmed that women who are Vitamin D deficient are only half as likely to conceive using IVF.
If you are concerned about your own level of Vitamin D you could ask your GP to test your levels. Zita West has just launched her own ‘at home’ Vitamin D finger prick test which is a great price of £47. Supplementation of Vitamin D should be monitored so if you are deficient involve your GP or talk to Zita about how to check your levels.