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Health & Wellbeing

Finding the peace in letting go

Published on 01st Nov 2016

In Traditional Chinese medicine the world is a harmonious entity and all life is viewed in relation to its surrounding environment. Us humans are part of this and we take our cues from nature around us meaning we are directly and indirectly affected by the change in seasons.

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How to keep your eggs at their healthiest

Published on 28th Mar 2016

How to keep your eggs at their healthiest and  improve chances of fertility and healthy pregnancy.

Many ladies who are struggling to conceive are often told they 'don't have good eggs' or their eggs are too 'old'.
But what most women don’t know, is that there are things you can do to help support the health of ovaries and eggs as they prepare for ovulation.

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Magic of Magnesium!

Published on 04th Sep 2013

Magnesium plays a key role in all of the body’s functions. A scarily 80% of us are deficient in it!
Magnesium is important for muscle and bone function, immune system support, mental and psychological health and regulating blood sugars.

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Acupuncture for Headaches

Published on 05th Oct 2012

Recently it has been reported in the news that ‘Painkillers are the cause of millions of headaches’.

Up to a million people in the UK have "completely preventable" severe headaches caused by taking too many painkillers, doctors have said.

The warning came as part of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) first guidelines for treating headaches.

They said some were trapped in a "vicious cycle" of taking pain relief, which then caused even more headaches. ‘This can end up getting into a vicious cycle where your headache gets worse, so you take more painkillers, so your headache gets worse and this just becomes worse and worse and worse’ says Prof Martin Underwood  of Warwick Medical School.

The new guidelines for doctors in England and Wales advise telling sufferers to immediately stop taking all pain relief. However, this will lead to about a month of agony as patients contend with regular headaches without pain relief, until symptoms eventually improve.

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Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy

Published on 21st Jul 2012

Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis, usually one-sided, that can occur at any age . It is characterised by an abrupt onset in difficulty closing the eyelid, drooping at the side of the mouth, inability to raise the eyebrows and bulge the cheeks, wrinkles are absent on the affected side and there is an altered sense of taste.

There is often irritation in the affected eye due to it being constantly exposed. The affected side is usually hypersensitive with pain in or around the ear.

The incidence in the West is approximately 20-30 cases per 100 000 people, however recently at the Allerton Heath Centre we have noticed an increase in the number of people requesting treatment for Bell’s palsy.

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Marathon Running

Published on 04th Oct 2011

After several months of marathon training it always feels good to be heading into the final training weeks. Now is the time to focus on your goal and get mentally prepared for race day. However, many runners have difficulty with the last few weeks of training for many different reasons.

Hopefully the following tips will help you through a smooth transition over the next week.

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Struggling with Fertility

Published on 10th Jul 2011

Having a baby can be one of the most exciting times in a couple's life. From conception to birth, pregnancy is usually a happy and joyful journey. But if you are having difficulties conceiving, the pregnancy journey can become fraught with complications and worries.

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Sports Injuries

Published on 10th Jul 2011

Playing sports and taking regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. For example, exercise can protect against heart problems, prevent obesity and reduce the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density. But sports injuries can affect men and women of all ages and abilities.

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Migraine

Published on 09th Jul 2011

Migraine is an extremely debilitating, neurological condition which can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of the sufferer. It affects people of both sexes, all ages, and all cultures. Migraine is a complex condition, affecting people in many different ways, and often evolving throughout the lifetime of a sufferer.

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Coping with stress

Published on 07th Jul 2011

A certain amount of stress in one's life is natural in the demanding society we live in, and our quest to 'do it all' and 'have it all'.  A person may experience stress in response to a wide range of physical and emotional stimuli. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, especially work, relationships and money problems, and when you feel stressed, it can affect everything you do.

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Osteoarthritis

Published on 01st Jul 2011

Osteoarthritis is a condition that currently approximately 1 million people in the UK see their GP about each year.1

Osteoarthritis is characterized by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. The joints most susceptible are the weight bearing joints which are the knees, hips and big toes, as well as the hands.

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What is Sciatica?

Published on 29th Jun 2011

This condition commonly affects people between the ages of 30 to 50.  In most cases symptoms settle within a few weeks or months.

The sciatic nerve is a long, thick nerve, formed from smaller nerves which exit the spinal column between the lower lumbar vertebrae and from sections of the sacrum. It follows a course through the buttocks and down the rear of the thigh. Branches of the sciatic nerve serve muscles and other tissues of the leg and foot.

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Correct Posture

Published on 13th Jun 2011

Good posture, we are always being told, is good for your health, and will prevent many aches, pains and sporting injuries. But what is it?

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Coping with IBS

Published on 13th Jun 2011

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) is a common condition of the digestive system and can cause stomach cramps, bloat, diarrhoea and constipation. It is thought that 10-20% of the UK population experiences IBS at some point in their lives.1 The symptoms can vary from one person to another and tend to come and go in bouts, often due to periods of stress.

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