Chocolate - it's tasty, makes you feel good, lovely as a gift and there are so many different types that there is definitely a chance that everyone will find one they enjoy!
However this valentines why not try DARK CHOCOLATE? I hear you say what is so good about it? Some of the important things include:
It is an anti oxidant powerhouse, similar to those found naturally in fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains.
Aids lowering blood pressure, improve blood circulation and preventing plaque formation in arteries.
Prevents cholesterol levels increasing.
Even though dark chocolate has the reputation of being sweet it has a LOW GI similar to that of oatmeal. AND those who are diabetic if you go in to your local health food shop they sell chocolates designed especially for diabetics.
Chocolate actually has some vital minerals that you need. - shocking I know!
New research for Acupuncture
Awareness Week shows sleep deprived Brits need to get to the point
Research out today has revealed that
we’re a nation of zombies with 1 in 5 of us
claiming to feel like one after a disturbed night’s sleep. Results show that over
two thirds of people in the UK are getting less than the recommended eight
hours of sleep a night with money worries (53%),
work (35%) and needing the toilet (30%) causing the most unrest.
Acupuncture Awareness Week (25th
February to 3rd March 2013) aims to educate people about how
traditional acupuncture can help improve sleep and aid relaxation. Among the
82% of us who admit to sleeping troubles or insomnia, many of us are missing
the point when it comes to this ancient Chinese medicine.
2.3 million acupuncture treatments carried out each year, traditional
acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary therapies practiced in the
UK today. Yet statistics show that 1 in 5 of us
would only consider acupuncture for sleep as a last resort. Almost a quarter of people admit they didn’t realize
acupuncture could benefit them despite its widely recognized health benefits.
Bright, a member of the British Acupuncture Council who works at Health and
Harmony Clinic in Stanmore, comments:
acupuncture is known to be enormously beneficial for helping to correct sleep
problems. Most people find treatment wonderfully relaxing, as acupuncture is
known to calm the nervous system and also increase endorphin production.”
acupuncture is a natural system of healing that has been practiced for over
2,500 years. It is a safe and effective treatment that involves inserting
sterile needles, no bigger than a human hair, painlessly at specific points on
addition, the research revealed that many people are still resorting to
medication with 1 in 10 admitting to taking
sleeping pills to help them sleep. Statistics also show that when having
trouble sleeping, many of us engage in activities that actually make it harder
for the brain to switch off. Nearly a third of
us admit to reading a book while almost 1 in 5
say they watch TV or a film.
“At some point in our
lives, we all experience periods of disturbed sleep and even insomnia. Many
patients find a course of traditional acupuncture can be extremely beneficial
to ease them through these times, helping to identify the root cause of the
sleeping problem. When looking for a practitioner, make sure you find a
qualified acupuncturist registered with the British Acupuncture Council to
ensure a high standard of care and safety.”
1,000 UK adults were questioned by
Research Runner November 2012
the British Acupuncture Council
The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC)
is the UK’s largest governing body of traditional acupuncture with over 3,000
members - each of whom is an accredited practitioner providing the highest
standard of professional care to patients. BAcC members practice a
traditional, holistic style of acupuncture diagnosis and treatment based on a
system developed and refined over 2,000 years.
achieve BAcC membership, practitioners must first undertake extensive
training in acupuncture (minimum three years full-time at BSc or BA degree
level) which includes physiology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences
appropriate to the practice of acupuncture and their expert practice skills are
maintained by following a mandatory individual programme of continuing
professional development (CPD). BAcC membership is also a mark of
assurance of high standards in professionalism, training and safety.
Acupuncture very effective states new research from Arthritis
new report into the effectiveness of the complementary therapies that are
commonly used for treating arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions was
recently undertaken by Arthritis Research UK.
therapies were considered in the report. Each therapy was scored according to
their effectiveness on a scale of one (little or no evidence that it was
effective) to five (good evidence that it was effective), based on published
data from clinical trials. Effectiveness was measured in terms of improvements
in pain, disability or quality of life. In addition the safety of each therapy
was graded either green, amber or red.
was found to be most effective for osteoarthritis, low back pain and
of the full reports are available from Arthritis Research UK on0300 790 0400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A PDF of the report can be downloaded from
the website atwww.arthritisresearchuk.org
Pahl, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) comments:
"Traditional acupuncture as practised by qualified members of the BAcC is
a safe and effective option for those suffering with osteoarthritis, low back
pain and fibromyalgia. In fact NICE (National Institute for Clinical
Excellence) already recommends acupuncture for the treatment of persistent
non-specific low back pain as well as migraines and tension type headaches.
When searching for a nearby qualified practitioner, patients should look out
for the BAcC membership stamp of approval to ensure they receive the highest
standard of care."
more information on acupuncture treatment contact Maura Bright at Health and
Harmony 020 3417 4636
Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a term that covers all sorts of digestive
problems. It’s the most common disorder seen by
gastro-enterologists and reports suggest that 10- 25% of the
population in UK suffer from IBS. It’s now widely accepted
amongst doctors that stress, emotional upset, traumatic life events
and difficult life situations are often expressed in the gut
(butterflies in the stomach for instance) via the brain-gut axis
which is a ‘surveillance network’ made up cells and sensory
fibres which react to stress messages from the brain and keep the
digestion in balance. Our ‘flight-or-flight’ stress mechanism is
one of the key messages that gets sent around this network and the
organs of the body , ‘knotting up’ energy pathways as we would
say in acupuncture, as do alcohol, very fatty diet, medication, poor
nutrition and lack of sleep. An upset brain-gut axis can cause
inflammation in the bowel and reactions to certain foods which create
treatment, I look at the person who has the problem not just the
symptom itself, as we all get unwell in our own unique ways.
Acupuncture smooths out the stress patterns in that person’s
system, regulates the digestion and intestines and helps mental and
emotional relaxation (acupuncturists have a great set of ‘urban
stress points’!). Diet, supplements and herbs are also considered
as part of the treatment plan.
research investigations have shown that acupuncture with moxibustion
(heated herbs) and Chinese Herbal Medicine is more effective for IBS
that conventional drug therapy.
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