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BLOG: Make Time for Yourself

I support many people in their health issues and a very common issue is that a lot of people have these days, have a lack of time they spend on themselves. Many mental health disorders such depression are much more common with people who don’t seek and hobbies and interests. When a person lacks these activities they often lose out in elements of friendships, support, conversation and socialisation and it makes it even harder to recover their state of mental health.

People who knows me, know that i work a lot of hours, but yet I still make time to fit leisure activities in my diary every week to ensure that my mind, body and spirit is well look after. My schedule includes running/HIT training daily, weights training, Music lesson, Yoga, Snowboarding, having my acupuncture session and massage for myself, and of course going for walks with my dog Inuki.

If you make the time there will be time to do things. Seriously no excuses please, if you value your health work on enjoyable things (not including TV…lol)

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BLOG: Starting to Practice Yoga

Figured that this month onward I shall start Yoga as part of my routine to keep and maintain healthy and supple body. I’ve started a classes with Elena and she runs 2 yoga session a week. Her venues are at Emerson Valley(Friday) and Willen Pavilion(Monday). If you want to also join please see link down below. I’ll see you there on Friday ^_^ b

https://www.facebook.com/yoga4people/

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Glimpse of the Experience

If you wanted to have a look at the clinic and find out where all there treatments takes place, please click on the on the image to watch on youtube. (if the picture link fails please click here)

I would love for you to subscribe to my YouTube channel and other social media links, please see links below and connect with me:

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Supporting LGBTQ PRIDE

PRIDE therapy

Its London pride week, time to bring out those freedom flags in support. Pride is positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.

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Life is better when there are a variety of differences. Let life be filled with all the colours of the rainbow. AKUEN Medical Therapies (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to support people on all walks of life.

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Seasonal offers – Gift vouchers discount

For those that have everything and impossible to buy for, give the gift of good health and relaxation. Promotion last until New years day 2015. Gift vouchers worth £35 are reduced to £25 please call in to pick one up. (Subject to availability)

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Seasonal offers – First time treatment discount

Seasonal promotion is on!!  Introductory offer: All first time client who come for treatments just pay £10 for 90min (approx) consultation/treatment.  Please note that if the treatment requested is massage only with no acupuncture the cost will be £15 instead.  Offer last until the New years days 2015. 

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Summer Discount Promotion at The RANGE MK

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For the rest of the Summer (Until 21st September 2014) anyone who picks up one of my business cards from Home store: The RANGE (Milton Keynes branch) and presents it during their initial acupuncture/massage treatment, can claim a discount introductory offer for just £10(Acupuncture/massage combine) or £15(for massage only).

Consultation and treatment will last in total of 90  minutes (30mins consultation and 60mins treatment) Treatment session can be booked online via this website. (more…)

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Official Clinic Launch slideshow on Youtube

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Just uploaded some of the clinic launch photos up onto Youtube. It has been 8 months since the launch and life as a acupuncturist/TCM practitioner has been so fulfilling. Please subscribe to my Youtube channel as i shall be sharing a range of videos on that very soon. Thank you for all the support: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuzDTsNyGDby0CvX1hoxCFQ

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Acupuncture Treatment for Insomnia

Photo: The Use of Traditional Acupuncture to help with InsomniaInsomnia is defined as a situation where there is an unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep that lasts a considerable period of time. This includes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Medically, insomnia is addressed by encouraging  routines to cultivate good sleep patterns, such as maintenance of regular sleeping hours, and an environment which will encourage sleep. The National institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) have also recommended the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in cases of persistent insomnia. There are pharmacological interventions available, but their long term use has been discouraged by the Joint Formulary Committee because of the dangers of dependence and other adverse effects on health.From a medical view point sleep for humans is characterised by reduced or absent consciousness, and is initialised by the increased secretion of melatonin, a substance produced by the body in response to changing levels of daylight, and which ‘tells’ the body to go into ‘sleep mode’. Sleep is a necessary function that enables the brain to ‘reboot’ itself after daytime activity, and allows the nervous system and other physical systems of the body to restore their optimum functioning. Traditional Chinese medicine understands sleep and sleep rhythms as part of the yin yang cycle which occurs over a 24 hour period; with the hours of daylight being the period where yang is more predominant than yin and the night time, the period where yin is more predominant.What evidence exists that traditional acupuncture can help with insomnia? The British Acupuncture Council has produced several research fact sheets which discuss the evidence available for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of many 'medical conditions', including insomnia. (http://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/insomnia.html). Among the body of evidence to support the use of acupuncture to help insomnia include studies which demonstrated that acupuncture treatment helped increase the levels of nocturnal melatonin secretion, thereby enabling sleep, and reducing anxiety; and reducing sympathetic nervous system activity, and hence increasing relaxation.What actually is it about traditional acupuncture which makes it entirely different from what conventional medical professionals do? ‘Traditional’ means that the practitioner is trained to use an approach to diagnosis and treatment that has evolved over the past few thousand years in China, Japan and other countries of East Asia. It is an authentic medical tradition which explains how each person’s symptoms and signs can be interpreted to establish a diagnosis of the underlying imbalances in their overall patterns of health and well-being. Each and every piece of information is relevant to building up this picture, and that can include changes seen in the complexion, in body shape and movement, changes in the tongue and information gained from palpation of the pulse and the body as a whole. This is a very heuristic and patient-centered approach that leads to a formal diagnosis in the technical terms of traditional Chinese medicine.Once the practitioner has diagnosed the nature and cause of the imbalance a treatment plan will be devised which will be unique and specific to the patient. The treatment is then carried out by inserting ultra fine sterile disposable needles into selected acupuncture points on the body. Traditionally-trained acupuncturists may also use a heat treatment (moxabustion), cupping therapy or other forms of physical stimulation. Each year 2.3 million traditional acupuncture treatments are carried out in the UK, making this one of the most popular complementary therapies. People seek acupuncture for a variety of conditions, from chronic illness to part of a health maintenance regime. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment, and so seeks to look at the person as a whole. Any symptoms observed give clues to the internal environment of the body and will be observed together to make the diagnosis. Examples of the effects of insomnia and sleep deprivation in Chinese medicine can come from symptoms of yin deficiency, namely, mental restlessness, excessive thirst at night, an empty/fine rapid pulse, and a red tongue with no coat.Always use a qualified practitioner. The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), with around 3000 qualified members, represents the largest body of traditional acupuncturists in the UK and guarantees excellence in training, safe practice, professional conduct and continuing professional development.BAcC registered acupuncturists are trained in relevant aspects of Western medicine including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology and aetiology. In addition, all BAcC registered acupuncturists are trained to recognise in their patients warning signs known as ‘red flags’. Red flags may indicate the presence of a life-threatening condition and such patients are immediately referred on to other healthcare practitioners for tests and treatment where appropriate.To find a qualified acupuncturist or to ask a question about acupuncture please visit www.acupuncture.org.ukReferencesJoint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary. Edition 58. London: Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and British Medical Association, September 2009.National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence, 2004. Guidance on the use of zalepon, zolpidem and zopiclone for short-term management of insomnia [online]. Technology appraisal 77. Available: http://nicemedia/pdf/TA077fullguidance.pdfSpence et al. Acupuncture Increases Nocturnal Melatonin Secretion and Reduces Insomnia and Anxiety: A Preliminary Report. J Neuropsych Clin  Neurosciences 2004; 16: 19-28.Lee SY et al. Intradermal acupuncture on shen-men and nei-kuan acupoints improves insomnia. Am J Chin Med. 2009a; 37(6): 1013-21.World Health Organisation 2007. International Staistical Classification of Disease 10th Revision (ICD-10) [online]. Available http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/

Many of my clients have this problem as a secondary complaint when they come to see me. I would say from my experience that acupuncture/massage has been able to support and improve sleep quality of many of my clients.

The Use of Traditional Acupuncture to help with Insomnia (Article published by British Acupuncture Council)

 

Insomnia is defined as a situation where there is an unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep that lasts a considerable period of time. This includes difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Medically, insomnia is addressed by encouraging routines to cultivate good sleep patterns, such as maintenance of regular sleeping hours, and an environment which will encourage sleep. The National institute for Care and Health Excellence (NICE) have also recommended the use of cognitive behavioural therapy in cases of persistent insomnia. There are pharmacological interventions available, but their long term use has been discouraged by the Joint Formulary Committee because of the dangers of dependence and other adverse effects on health.

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AKUEN Medical Therapies Supporting the Elderly

IMG_4976[1]AKUEN Medical Therapies has just expanded services to supporting the elderly residence of Willen retirement village. Willen retirement village is a place that supports elderly people with independent living. I am currently carrying out mobile services (treatment at the comfort of their home) and concession rates to a few of the residence in the village.

It is important aspect to me and my business that I support the community as much as I can, especially for groups of people that find it difficult seek optimal health.

I am always looking for more areas to support the community, so if anyone is aware of charities that can benefit from having treatment to either the service users or staff that provide support to them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. Please find a link the specific section of my webpage: http://akuenmed.com/charity/

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