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From the Editor's Desk

During the time of cooler weather and shorter days, our bodies enter the part of the annual cycle of storage, hibernation and contraction. Our bodies’ metabolic functions slow down, and it is wise to save our energy, rest more and keep warm, to be in tune with nature.

In this issue I will share some timely tips that are particularly relevant to the cold, windy season. Please read the article ‘Seasonal changes…’ which explains the inevitable rhythm of life, based on the principles of natural law and the movements of life - that lie behind the theory and philosophy of Chinese medicine.

I continuously commit myself to search for new, safe, noninvasive procedures to help you look and feel your best.

I have updated my training in Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal taught by Mary Elizabeth Wakefield. The powerful method of neuro-motor points needling technique has brought a fantastic result for my clients. Please visit the website www.chiakra.com to find an acupuncturist in your area on a practitioner referral list.

Recently I have introduced to my clients a fantastic alternative to anti-wrinkle injection- the Intraceuticals Hyperbaric Oxygen Technology®. That treatment is able to infuse the hyaluronic acid with blends of botanical intraceuticals, complex antioxidants including Vitamins A, C and E, Aloe Vera and Green Tea, super moisturisers and skin relaxants to visibly smooth the appearance of expression line and wrinkles with instant hydration, brightening and lift. Please read more about Joanna’s ultimate facial rejuvenation.

In the Herb (nutrients) corner you will come across the tremendous power of the body’s master antioxidant glutathione that decreases when we grow older, stressed, or become ill.

In Tips for the season you will find simple health hints that can help you balance the vital energy, so that you can enter the next season- spring, in a better state of your health.

I hope to see most of you in coming months.

Good health from the inside out


Seasonal Changes in the perspective of Oriental Medicine

With each seasonal change our bodies are subjected to different responses. During the winter the quantity of daylight diminishes and as the days become shorter some of us will notice difficulty getting out of bed, weight gain, tiredness, tight and painful muscles and seasonal depression. The cold weather affects us all in different ways, depending on our constitution and health condition.

If you dislike the cold winter weather you may represent the Cold Type that lacks the heating qualities of your system called Yang energy, and you may have a weakness in the lung and spleen energy. The outside cold can easily penetrate and cause respiratory and digestive problems.

If you prefer the cooler winter days and dislike the hot summer you are probably a Hot Type that lacks the cooling and calming yin energy. You may easily develop a weakness in the liver and kidney meridians and you should keep your feet warm as well as the lower back to avoid getting sick.

From the perspective of oriental medicine the winter is the time when the yin qi is highlighted and yang qi is subdued, it is the season of hibernation as the vital energy moves inwards and is associated with the kidney and bladder. It is the time to store- as in storing up for the winter, the time when everything is concealed, under cover. The kidneys work harder during the winter (and during the nighttime within a single day).

Essence or life comes from two sources- our genetic inheritance (Jing) and water and food intake, as well as the air we breathe. The unused essence we gather during the day is stored mainly in our kidneys and also in liver, spleen, lungs and heart.

The kidney rules the reproductive system, fluid distribution in the body, the glands, and bladder function. Bone marrow is linked to the kidneys, and it is not a coincidence that bone marrow is the place of abundance of the stem cells.

The fluids moisten the blood and are essential for the bones and bone marrow to properly function. The bones dry up and are easily fractured if there are insufficient fluids. Osteoporosis is said to be a result of a lack of calcium, but from the perspective of oriental medicine it is caused by kidney yin deficiency. Problems with the knee, lower back and teeth can be linked to kidneys.

As the kidneys affect body fluid, swollen ankles can be associated with the kidneys too.

Will is the power to continuously do something and complete goals. It is said that power to persist and persevere is found in the kidney essence. The emotion possessed by the kidney is fear. People who are easily scared and frightened tend to be kidney deficient. Constant fear can lead to alienation, the desire to be alone, and the belief the world is not safe. In the body it can manifest as arthritis, deafness and dementia.

Health of our kidneys can be signaled by the state of our hair, and can be experienced through our sense of hearing. Premature graying, hair loss, and split ends also ear infection and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) all are a manifestation of kidney deficiency.

The health of our kidneys directly impacts on reproduction and sex drive.

As kidneys are considered a gate of life and store our very essence, our longevity is directly related to the health of our kidneys. Supporting the kidneys becomes increasingly important as we grow older.

The famous classic of Chinese Medicine, the Nei Jing Books on Beauty (circa 200 BC) was written in question and answer form. The empress asked the physician how to maintain her beauty. The answer was - always tonify kidney yin and liver blood.

Kidney yin reaches the chin and forms the foundation of the facial bone structure (Jing). Liver blood is nourished by the kidney yin and fills the flesh, manifesting in facial plumpness, lustre and colour.

As the kidney is an organ of abundant yin ki, it is best for us to slow down in winter and remain resting quietly in order to prevent the depletion of the body fluids. In winter it is good to have a richer diet because the cold and wind is very drying. Winter is the season of regeneration and repair, so it is a perfect time to tone the yin.

You can build up the kidney yin by eating easily digested animal products such as eggs, duck, oysters, sardine , pork and cheese, but only in small amounts so that yin can build up slowly, rather than create mucus (damp) and blockages in the body, that will deplete the yin further. Rice is wonderful to build up yin more gradually. Congees, soups and stews naturally support yin.

The blood building and yin nourishing foods in winter include barley, beef, beans, beetroot, black sesame seeds, seaweed, sweet potato, wheat germ, millet, pumpkin, lotus root, coconut milk and chestnuts.

In order to promote full ingestion of the healing property of your winter stew use root vegetables that will only need a few tablespoon of water or oil to moisten your slow cooker, before vegetables start to release their own juices. You can add beef or lamb as they have the most warming properties and at the end of cooking add some flavor by using organic barley miso paste. For people who are weak and cold choose miso that is darker and has been fermented for a long time. Leave the food unstirred during the process to achieve a calming effect when eaten.

Avoid lying or sitting too long with a full stomach as this can lead to sluggish digestion. After a big meal, it is advisable to take a walk.

In Queensland, because of our climate you may pretend that winter doesn’t exist, but don’t be unwise, respond to the season by rugging up and eating nourishing soups and stews.

Acupuncture treatment can tune-up your yin and yang energy, balance the meridians- organs function, thus increasing your immunity, so you can cherish next season with better health.

Joanna’s ultimate facial rejuvenation

Introducing Intraceuticals Hyperbaric Oxygen Technology

As we grow older, the natural volume of our skin decreases and folds and lines begin to form, resulting in an aged appearance. While ageing is an inevitable process, we can slow its progression with a number of anti-ageing treatments. Mass media attention is mainly concentrated around plastic surgical procedures and so called ‘non- invasive’ dermal fillers like Botox (botulinum toxins) or Restylane (hyaluronic acid) etc.

More and more people today seeking a natural or preventative option, prefer to stimulate the change within their own system rather than relying on an injectable substance.

Chinese Medicine is a holistic health care system that provides natural balance at a physical, mental and emotional level by incorporating its unique ancient principles according to each individual's constitution and need. Priority is given to treating the underlining cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. Our skin is considered as the reflection of inner health, and as an indicator of physical and mental wellbeing. Healthy and radiant skin promotes increased self- confidence.

Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal is an alternative treatment and opportunity for those who wish to prevent ageing in their younger years. Recently I attended the advanced annual training in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal, and now often use the neuro-motor points needling technique with outstanding results.

Treatment using the motor points strengthens the weakened muscles and rebalances muscles that have been over-contracted; together with correct wrinkle assessment and treatment it is the healthiest way to achieve a youthful appearance. A course of Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal should have long-lasting effects because it addresses the imbalances in the body that cause the ageing process to accelerate. Some of my patients combine facial acupuncture with Dermatherapy and Lymphatic Drainage Air Pressomassage. I find a multiple approach provides faster and lasting results. I employ other professional treatments to achieve the desired results.

Intraceuticals hyperbaric oxygen technology offers a very different way to combat the effects of ageing. Skin is plumped with Hyaluronic Acid in the infusion serums which are delivered to the skin with hyperbaric pressure oxygen. Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in skin care products, widely used as injectable fillers to restore dermal elasticity and minimise wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin, synovial fluid and other tissues, and decreases when we grow older.

Intraceuticals hyperbaric oxygen technology uses the non-polymerised Hyaluronic Acid that has been proven for its outstanding ability to carry the ingredients of the infusion serums.

One of the four available infusion serums is the unique Intraceuticals Rejuvenation Infusion® that contains lightweight Hyaluronic Acid and a powerful combination of vitamins A, C, E, Aloe Vera and Japanese Green Tea. Calming, pressurised oxygen increases absorption of the serum and naturally improves your skin’s vitality and moisture levels, while vitamins and antioxidants protect and defend. The Hyaluronic Acid helps to instantly hydrate the skin, resulting in better volume and increased firmness, reduced fine lines and wrinkles; it improves facial contours with overall radiance and glow.

The varieties of Intraceutical Infusion Serums can address different needs:

An Intraceuticals Opulence Infusion® is recommended for uneven skin pigmentation problems.

An Intraceuticals Clarity Infusion® effectively combats acne problems.

An Intraceuticals Atoxelene Infusion® is a unique experience providing instant results you can see. It smoothes the expression lines and wrinkles. It is a topical alternative to anti-wrinkle injections.

Intraceuticals Infusions® are used by Celebrities, Dermatologists, Plastic Surgeons and high profile spas all over the world.

To find more information please visit the main website: www.intraceuticals.com

Some of my patients choose to combine Intraceutical Infusions with the Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Renewal- the only aesthetic therapy that improves your health.

These aesthetic treatments can counteract skin ageing and enhance your health and beauty, without the need for surgery, or painful injections.

Herbs (Nutrients) corner

A major cause of ageing is the deterioration of the mitochondria, the energy-producing components of the cell. This results in reduced cellular metabolic activity, the accumulation of cellular debris, and eventual death of the cell. A significant cause of this deterioration is the accumulation of destructive free radicals causing oxidative stress that disables enzymes and other chemicals. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons on their outer ring. In attempting to become balanced they constantly steal electrons from the molecules that make up the cells in our bodies, destroying or damaging tissues and organs. Once this occurs, they weaken physical vitality and can damage body systems, including the cardiovascular, neurological, and immune systems, and rapidly accelerate the ageing process.

Collagen is a protein our body uses to create skin, scar tissue, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels. Collagen makes up 75 percent of our skin. When it begins to deteriorate, lines and wrinkles form. Maintaining a healthy collagen is of major importance in keeping a youthful face and body, because more than a third of the body's protein is collagen.

Vitamin C performs many different important functions in the body and is essential in the production of collagen. Vitamin C (Calcium Ascorbate) together with glutathione, alpha lipoic acid and other ingredients, functions via several mechanisms to protect cells from the effects of ageing. They help protect the fat-soluble vitamins A and E and the fatty acids in cell membranes, saving the cell from oxidative stress, increasing mitochondrial ATP activity and reducing harmful cellular inflammation throughout the body.

Latest scientific evidence shows that free radicals contribute to cellular inflammation causing almost all diseases or health-related symptoms, ranging from ageing of the skin, to chronic fatigue, to deterioration of cell membranes, leading to cell destruction and damage to DNA, which may cause precancerous conditions. Antioxidant therapy is crucial for prevention of cellular inflammation. One of the most effective nutrients to maintain youthful cellular energy metabolism is glutathione, the body’s own antioxidant and antitoxin. Glutathione degrades when we grow older, stressed, or become ill. The breakthrough nutritional supplement called MaxGXL was recently developed by Dr Keller; please visit the website www.maxgxl.com to learn more.

Increasing our glutathione level will naturally increase our energy, detoxify and strengthen our immune system. Personally I have been taking this supplement for over one year and now I’m able to do things that I was unable to do 10 years ago.

This product comes in easy to swallow capsules that contain the necessary components of glutathione that when absorbed into the body, stimulate the body’s own production of glutathione in every cell.

Tips for the Season

The common cold is often caused by an external invasion of cold wind. Cold wind usually enters the body when you get cold. When we sleep the protective energy of our lungs doesn’t guard the skin surface any more, it penetrates deep inside to protect our organs. This means the cold chills can easily enter the body while we sleep. Prime targets are exposed necks and lower backs.

At the onset of a common cold, try fresh ginger boiled for 10 minutes in water with white parts of two spring onion stalks. Drink this warming broth to give you energy and dispel cold and wind
Fever is a normal and natural immune system response to a viral infection, and is our own first line of defense against any viral infection. When our body temperature rises to 38.3 degrees Celsius it's our defense system's reaction to a viral infection. That is a normal immune response - and that will stop viral DNA replication. The easy way to prevent or cure a very early stage of viral infection in the human body is to raise the body temperature above normal e.g. by having a Scandinavian sauna
A cold with a runny nose may be treated with lemon in warm water; Lemon’s astringent qualities help easy the runny nose.
If your nose and sinuses are blocked and your tongue is pale, try to sip warm water with cinnamon and honey, as the cinnamon will warm you and the honey should loosen the blockages.
If you lead a sedentary lifestyle then it is likely that you have a quite stagnant lymphatic system. The condition of your lymphatics has a huge influence on your immune system. People who receive regular lymphatic drainage massage tend to have less flu and colds. Lymphatic drainage air pressomassage assists the body in moving lymph fluid into the functioning lymphatic system.
Additionally, the prescription of Chinese medicinal herbs and Acupuncture can help to balance and strengthen the energy flow in relating meridians and could be a good option for improving your immune system to offset flu and colds this year.

If I may be of assistance, I would be pleased to arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience.

Please take care of yourself because if you don't have your health, then what do you have?

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