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Improve Your Energy With A Congee

Looking for an energy boost? Try a Congee

A Congee is a nutritious thick rice soup eaten throughout China that is easy to make and only needs a few ingredients. The amazing benefits of eating this rice soup are increased energy, better digestion, reduced bloating and helps with the absorption of nutrients.

How to make a simple delicious Congee:

Take 1 cup of rice per 5 cups of water. It is better to have too much water rather than too little, so you can add 6 or 7 cups of water. Rinse the rice or grain. On a side note – although rice is the most common grain used other grains can also be used like millet, quinoa or add all the grains together. Also you may use any type of rice including white, brown, red or wild or a mix of all of them. You can also use a stock cube to flavour.

Then add any vegetables that you like. Good choices include onions, garlic carrots, squash, peas, cabbage, celery and beans. However only one or two vegetables are necessary.

Now cook the rice and veg for a minimum of 30 minutes or until the rice has become soft. Chinese culture indicates the longer you cook a Congee the more powerful it becomes, so it can be cooked for up to six hours on a low heat. Just make sure that all the water has not evaporated.

Once it has cooked season with salt and pepper and serve. Do not drain the water as this is the important part of the Congee.


A congee can help increase your energy

Other variations include adding meat or fish to the pot. A piece of cod or other fish can be easily added for flavour and nutrition.  This meal is so easy to prepare and yet has some great benefits.

I always make a Congee when I need a quick pick me up or feel below par, as it instantly increases my energy and focus.

To find out how you can improve your energy and health then please contact me.

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How Does Acupuncture Work

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Patients often ask exactly how does acupuncture work?

One of the most common questions i hear when conducting a consultation is “How does Acupuncture Work?”. The idea behind Acupuncture can be very technical, but in this blog post i will attempt to explain in a manner that will not give you a headache!  But if it does we can help you with that also.

Acupuncture practitioners look at the body like a series of pipes circulating blood, nerves and energy throughout the body. When one of these pipes (known as a channel) becomes blocked or impeded, then pain, numbness or tingling can be felt. By inserting tiny needles into the correct channel, we can unblock the problem or stagnant pipe and allow a smooth pathway to flow again. Once this happens the pain or sensation will cease and the area will function correctly again.


How Does Acupuncture Work

The sciatic nerve can become impinged and cause sciatica

Is one of your channels blocked?

A great example of this working is when I treat sciatica. The sciatic nerve becomes impeded from passing through its normal pathway. This blockage causes tightness in the muscle and pain. I often have to target two channels to cure this problem and once these two pipes are unblocked, the pain disappears and the muscle relaxes and functions like normal.

This is explaining how acupuncture works in the simplest form. However, this simple approach can be so effective when treating pain.

Read more about treating Sciatica Here

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acupuncture for headaches

How Effective Is Acupuncture For Headaches And Stress?

Tension-type headaches are the most common form of headache. Doctors can often recommend acupuncture for headaches as it is listed as being effective by the WHO (World Health Organisation. The symptoms are normally tension or pain felt around the temples, behind the eyes, and/or on the sides of the head. There may also be neck tension which can lead to discomfort in the base of the skull.

Stress is considered one of the leading causes of tension-type headaches. It is also a leading cause for many health concerns and so reducing it can only be a good thing.

acupuncture for headaches

Acupuncture can relieve stress

Acupuncture is fast becoming a well known treatment for headaches and stress, it is normally the headache relief that it is sorted out first by the patient and then whilst having acupuncture they realise it can help stress as well.. Acupuncture will take the tension out of your head and in turn take the tension out of your mind. You will also feel very relaxed whilst having acupuncture and this can give you a much better mental state to help you in your daily life.

There can be a lot of uncertainty as to how acupuncture for headaches is applied. In most cases the treatment involves placing tiny micro needles to the lower leg and not into the head directly. Headache relief is also normally experienced instantaneously.

Bournemouth Acupuncture specialises in the treatment of all types of headaches and tension-type headaches is just one that we see in clinic.
Stress however, can be seen in every health concern, so by combating it through acupuncture can lead to a much happier and healthier life.

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