I am going to be on Maternity Leave starting on Thursday 21st May 2015. But as the Pic says Keep Calm and while I am on leave these two fantastic ladies will take wonderful care of you until I return in September!
Sharon McGinty Acupuncture
It is that time of the year again folks, Hay-fever season can lead to irritation of the sinus cavities. It can cause havoc and disruption to our lives so I thought I would share some handy tips on how to manage these conditions and also boost your immune system at the same time.
So of course the first on the list has to be…..
In most cases, very fine needles will be placed in the back of the head, around the sinuses and a couple of points on the forearms and lower legs. I have seen great results, in clinic and personally, from acupuncture to clear congested sinuses and provide relief from pressure pain. In fact this is how I ended up changing career to become an acupuncturist! Moxibustion is also used and is great at drying up the sinuses.
These are a great option for something you can do at home. I myself use Neil Med sinus rinse that is available in most chemists, you can get a starter kit that comes with 15 sachets. There is also Sterimer which comes premixed and in a pressurised container. They are used to wash the nasal passages using mild salt water solution.
This needs to be done daily but the results can be fantastic. I can show you how to do this and the massage takes about 10 minutes only and it is a great way to start the day and also to help you just before you go to sleep. Areas massaged are usually around the sinuses, the forehead, scalp and hands.
Essential oil steam inhalation
Eucalyptus, Thyme or Rosemary can all be used as they are pungent and clearing oils. You can place a couple of drops of oil into hot water, then cover your head with a towel to create a ‘tent’ around the bowl, close your eyes and breathe deeply.
Diet & Nutrition:
Foods to avoid: Limit dairy intake as this can add to phlegm and by limiting/avoiding dairy it can often provide relief for hay-fever, sinusitis, post-nasal drip and even cough or asthma. Inflammatory and acidic foods like red meat, refined wheat, e.g. white breads and pasta, sugar, salt, fatty & processed foods and also reduce citrus fruit.
Foods to include:
Anti-inflammatory foods like flaxseed, olive oil, goat’s milk, green vegetables, parsley, macadamia nuts, green tea, oily fish such as cod, salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Spices like Turmeric & soya products
An interesting little fact:
Did you know that Green Tea, which is rich in catechins can exert anti-allergy effects?
If you would like any more information then please feel free to contact Niamh at Anam Mai Acupuncture to discuss how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine could help you and your family.
Its spring time, the sun is shining, the daffodils are in bloom and there are baby lambs in the fields. The evenings are getting brighter and the trees are all budding. It is a lovely time of the year full of new beginnings and new life no matter where you look.
In clinic this time of year I do tend to see an increase in couples coming for treatment to help them conceive, be that naturally or if they are going down the assisted route.
Did you know that acupuncture can improve reproductive health, both in men and women?
Acupuncture is ideal for women who want to boost their fertility naturally, prepare themselves in the best way possible before IVF or try to conceive again after experiencing a miscarriage.
Treatments work alongside the menstrual cycle and aim to improve egg quality, promote ovulation, and improve the quality and thickness of the uterine lining to promote implantation, address PMT symptoms and promote efficient regular cycles.
AAcupuncture therefore addresses underlying conditions such as PCOS and endometriosis.
The great strength of acupuncture lies in restoring physical, hormonal and emotional balance to allow conception to happen.
Male factor infertility accounts for 45% of all fertility.
Couples diagnosed with male factor infertility are quickly referred for ICSI when there is a lot men can do to improve their fertility naturally.
Considering the cost of ICSI, it makes sense for men to do everything they can to let their sperm improve with acupuncture, nutritional supplements and diet.
12 acupuncture treatments coupled with a few lifestyle changes can significantly improve the count, motility and morphology, allowing for natural conception to happen.
Embarking on IVF/ICSI treatment after having been TTCing for a while can be a hopeful and joyous time, but it is also a very stressful time. The procedures are invasive and also very costly.
Having regular acupuncture treatments in the lead up to IVF will ensure that you are in the best shape possible and could increase your chances of success by as much as 40% to 60%. Ideally preparation for IVF/ICSI should begin 2 to 3 months before starting the cycle.
Acupuncture during an IVF/ICSI cycle improves pelvic blood flow, improves egg quality and quantity, creates a thicker uterine lining and therefore increases the chances of implantation and prevents the uterus from contracting after transfer. It will also keep you calm and relaxed and reduce the side effects from the medication.
It is important to mention that acupuncture does not hurt and is in fact a relaxing and enjoyable experience and that patients look forward to their treatment.
No matter where you are on your conception journey, if you or someone you know would like any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Niamh
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture