Refer a Friend - Both receive a £25 Treatment Voucher

Have you benefited from treatment at the clinic? Would you like to refer a friend or colleague and both receive a £25 treatment voucher?

If you are genuinely pleased with the treatment you have received at the clinic please tell other people. We think we provide a great level of service but we would say that... it's much better coming from you.

As a thank you, we offer a Patient Referral Scheme which gives a £25 treatment voucher to you and the person you refer to the clinic. The voucher can be redeemed against any future treatment.

All we ask is that you remind the person you refer to mention you when they come to their first consultation.

Terms and Conditions

*Vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

**To maintain patient confidentiality we will contact you via email to let you know you are in receipt of a £25 voucher as a credit toward your next treatment.

***Vouchers must be used within 6 months.

Claim £200 Cashback on Treatment with Simply Health

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It sounds too good to be true, but Simply Health currently offer a Health Insurance Cash Plan which reimburses up to £200 for acupuncture treatment plus other major benefits.

It's so good in fact, that I have taken out a policy myself to cover my own treatment with my chiropractor, my optical and dental bills and free cover for my son.

I assure you.... I'm not on commission! A number of patients have been using this for years and I finally took the plunge in 2017 and it seems like a great scheme. If you find a catch please let us know.

Depending on the level of the plan you can claim up to:

  • £190 Dental Cashback
  • £195 Optical Cashback
  • £150 Chiropody Podiatry
  • £400 Diagnostic Consultations
  • £400 Overnight Hospital Stay 

Certainly worth investigating if you are the kind of person who likes to be pro-active about your health and wellbeing.

Quiet Medicine: The Alchemy of Chinese Tea

Lu Yu - Tea Sage and author of the Cha Jing - Classic of Tea

Lu Yu - Tea Sage and author of the Cha Jing - Classic of Tea

This article recently appeared in the British Acupuncture Council magazine entitled

'Quiet Medicine’- The Alchemy of Chinese Tea

I love tea. No - I really love tea. Not in a casual, admire from afar kind of way, but in a “I think I’ve met the woman I want to marry” kind of way. We all have a ‘thing’. The thing that lets us sync with the hum of the Dao and helps us make sense of our lives. For me that thing is tea.

Like you, I’m sure, I often feel blessed to be able to see the world from the perspective of Chinese Medicine. It is as if we’ve been given the key to a life more real, more tangible and more vivid than the world we knew before. For tea lovers it is just the same. There is much to say about flavour, aroma and taste but the real joy of tea arises when through the lens of Chinese Medicine we can make tea to bring out its energetic qualities known as ‘cha qi’.

The tea sage Lu Yu’s Cha Jing (Classic of Tea 770CE) which inspired tea culture throughout Asia,  opens with the line “Tea is a magnificent tree growing in the South” and today in Southern China tea is still used by indigenous people as a medicine, food and for spiritual communion.

Indigenous tea pickers in Dali, Yunnan harvesting wild tea leaves

Indigenous tea pickers in Dali, Yunnan harvesting wild tea leaves

As a beverage tea is a perfect expression of the five elements. Fertile soil (Earth) gives rise to vibrant tea trees (Wood), which are then plucked and added to pure Water heated by a charcoal brazier (Fire & Metal). This pure Daoist alchemy inspires poetry such as this from Kazuko Okakura in the Book of Tea:

“In the liquid amber within the ivory porcelain, the initiated may touch the sweet reticence of Confucius, the piquancy of Lao Tzu, and the ethereal aroma of Sakyamuni himself”

You may know that all tea trees actually come from a single variety - camelia sinensis. So in order for us to enjoy the ‘liquid amber’ another kind of alchemy is needed. Man must use his ingenuity to cultivate the trees and to process the leaves in harmony with Nature to bring out the tea’s potential. Each process gives us a different tea  - green, white, yellow, red, black, oolong or puerh - all with distinct ‘cha qi’ and medicinal properties.

When it comes to making tea, like herbs, the method of preparation affects the energetic quality of our tea. This is where as Chinese Medicine practitioners we get to perform our own act of alchemy - preparing tea to affect the qi of ourselves and our patients.

Elixir Living Teas - organic, biodynamic and wild-harvested teas selected for their health benefits

Elixir Living Teas - organic, biodynamic and wild-harvested teas selected for their health benefits

Some Green teas like Jade Stream prepared with cooler water have the rising Yang Qi of Wood, brightening the eyes and the mind; whereas others can be cooling and disperse downwards. Certain White teas, like Cloud Pass, brewed cold have a tonifying effect on Lung Yin; prepare them hot and they change nature to dry and disperse excess fluids. My personal favourite after lunch is an endless pot of raw or ‘sheng’ Puerh, like Yunnan Peak,  which keeps me bright and energised all afternoon as it clears the turbid Damp of overindulgence allowing the clear Qi to rise.

When we start to uncover the tangible ways in which this ‘quiet medicine’ can be used to help our patients and ourselves it is no wonder that this ‘magnificent tree growing in the South’ inspires such devotion amongst the ‘initiate’. Lao Tzu, Confucius and Sakyamuni? What a tea party that would be.

James Thirlwall is an acupuncturist and tea teacher. He works in Oxford and London and leads tea and medicine workshops for Chinese Medicine practitioners.

Acupuncture and Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a major cause of painful menstrual cycles and female infertility in about 1.5 million women in the UK.

It is caused by endometrial cells that line the womb (endometrium) migrating outside the womb to areas where they become ‘trapped’ - often around the ovaries and fallopian tubes. These cells build up, bleed and then shed as part of the normal menstrual cycle but because they cannot leave the body easily they can cause localised inflammation, pain and scarring.

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, this build up is viewed as stagnation of blood in the uterus. In a normal cycle when pregnancy doesn’t happen the lining of the womb should break down and be shed fully as the period. If this doesn’t happen fully each time then blood and cells begins to build up in the womb (stagnate) leading to painful periods, clotting and mid-cycle bleeding or spotting, increasing the likelihood of endometriosis developing.

Treatment with acupuncture and herbal medicine aims to re-establish this normal cycle of shedding the lining of the womb fully to resolve the endometriosis.

Support, guidance and information for endometriosis sufferers is offered by a number of UK charities including Endometriosis UK and She Trust. 

These charities also offer guidance on the use of alternative and complementary medicines for women with endometriosis.

A Chinese Medicine Cure-All - How to make Pu-Er Tea

My good friend and tea expert - Ming Ming Poon - lives in Scotland and keeps her heating off in winter - she just drinks Pu-Er tea to keep warm!

I recommend it for improved digestion, circulation and as a digestive after fatty foods.

Pu-er tea is a Chinese tea that can be sold loose but usually is pressed into flat discs, nests or bricks . It is delicious and renowned in China as a great digestive aid and cure all.

It has a distinctive smell - quite earthy, musky and fermented - but it’s taste is very rich, moreish and warming for the body.

Where to buy

You can pick it up from speciality tea shops online. Look for SHOU or COOKED Pu-Er rather than Sheng or 'Raw' Pu-erh. I recommend Canton Tea - you can get a 10% discount by using the code 'CHAYOU'

You will need:

Freshly boiled water

2 cups or mugs the same size and a tea strainer.

One cup - cup A - for brewing the tea, the second cup - cup B - for drinking the tea.

Method

1. First you need to wash the tea.Boil the kettle and allow it to rest while you break off a piece of Puerh (about 5g) and add it to cup A. Pour on the water and then immediately strain it off into cup B. Return any leaves caught in the strainer to cup A and repeat the process. This helps to wash the tea leaves twice and to moisten them for brewing.

2. Now to brew.

Pour water onto the tea leaves - filling cup A. Leave to brew for 1-2 minutes. Then strain the tea into cup B making sure that only leaves are left in cup A. All the liquid should be in cup B.Put cup A to one side and enjoy your delicious tea from cup B.

You can use the same tea leaves left in cup A from 5-10 times. When the flavour has gone throw away the leaves and start again.