Corona lock-down stressing you out

Wherever you live in the world today, unless you are one of the 5 million people who live in New Zealand, you are feeling the effects of COVID-19.  I am not saying you are actually infected physically but you are likely to know somebody or someone who knows someone who has been ill or possibly even died recently as a result of COVID-19.  This knowledge alone has an impact on your mental state and your body’s physiology. 

We are living in unprecedented times through a pandemic which is the worst to hit the planet since the Spanish Flu of 1918.  During the influenza pandemic of 1918, which was caused by an H1N1 virus, about 500 million people were infected with roughly 50 million deaths.  Death rates were particularly high in children under the age of five and healthy adults between the ages of 20-40.  If this pandemic was to have happened in today’s times, we would have been better equipped to deal with the secondary effects of infections and would have had better control methods for isolation and personal hygiene.  (more…)

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IgG food intolerance testing

Many of the patients I treat have a number of strange and vague symptoms that can often be related or somehow connected to a food or meal they generally eat.  To distinguish the problem food or foods can sometimes be quite difficult – for reasons mentioned below.

Over the years in practice I have had to frequently clarify the general misunderstanding of the difference between food allergy and food intolerance.  ‘Food intolerance’ or non-allergic hypersensitivity is a body’s response after consuming certain foods.  Symptoms are varied and can appear within a few hours or even days after eating the problem food.  This makes it difficult for the healthcare professional and the patient to identify the food or foods responsible for the symptoms.  Symptoms can include but are not limited to bloating, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, headache, rashes etc. (more…)

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Quitting smoking with acupuncture makes it easier

Quit smoking with acupuncture – why you should consider acupuncture to help you quit smoking.

According to the U.S Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 17.8% of people in the US smoke, 3200 people under the age of 18 start smoking every day and 2100 people go from occasional smokers to daily smokers every day.  Annually in the US there are 42000 smoking related deaths.

Over many years, acupuncture has been clinically shown to be extremely effective in helping people quit smoking.  Acupuncture needles are inserted into different points on the body and outer ear.  You will also have special needles inserted on the outer ear, which will stay in place with a flesh colored plaster for about a week. The treatment is calming and cleansing for the body and makes the quitting process far more manageable.  When you do this treatment with us, we will give you some homeopathic and herbal medicines that assist to reduce cravings between acupuncture treatments. (more…)

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Avoid the winter blues

Even though we have passed the winter solstice, the nights are still long and in Joburg it feels like winter is only beginning to show us what it has to offer.

Along with our icy Johannesburg weather it is that time for cold and flu viruses to be rampant.  If you haven’t already been sick with either one of those this winter then you are one of the lucky ones.  They are caused by viruses and have limited duration of infection.

Flu will be more severe than the typical cold and often comes with fever and body aches.

Some of the favorite herbal medicines to assist with these infections include:


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Allergies / sinusitis and acupuncture

People, especially foreigners always rave about our South African weather – in fact according to many, Johannesburg probably has the most temperate weather in the country.  The down side of our moderate Johannesburg weather is our lack of humidity and high altitude which both contribute hugely to the way people who battle with allergies and sinus congestion.

With our seriously hot spring weather and our rains coming so late in the year, it is no wonder people struggle with this change of season.

Acupuncture and homeopathic treatment have both been shown to assist with the symptoms of allergies and sinusitis.

Below I have set out some information about sinusitis and how acupuncture can assist with its treatment and relieve the discomfort.


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Folic acid or folate for pregnancy prep

If you are in the process of trying to fall pregnant or are already pregnant, your doctors’ have most likely recommended that you take a folic acid or folate supplement. Why and which one is the best?

Folate is otherwise known as vitamin B9 and it is commonly found in eggs, legumes, fruit and vegetables.  Levels of folate are generally very low in meat with the exception of beef liver.

Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate and is added to many different processed foods. (more…)

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