According to traditional Chinese medicine, foods can be categorised according to whether they are warming, cooling or neutral. Those with a high water content such as cucumber and lettuce tend to be cooling. Warming foods include pungent spices such as cloves and cinammon, as well as slow growing root vegetables such as parsnips and carrots and fatty meats such as lamb. As the weather cools we are advised to eat less cooling and more warming foods – eat to keep warm.
When trying for a baby, we recommend a five point fertility plan to optimise your ‘match fitness’. This includes general health and fitness, stress, reproductive health, psychological and emotional health and nutrition.
- Why not invest in a pedometer and see if you are doing the recommended 10,000 steps a day.
- What proportion of your diet is composed of freshly cooked food?
- Does your main meal have a fair representation of the five colours, red (eg tomatoes), yellow (eg grains, potatoes), white (eg onions garlic), blue (eg fish) and green (eg spinach, broccoli).
Ear acupuncture is a method where points on the ear correspond to a specific part of the body, in a similar fashion to the reflexology points of the feet. Ear points may be stimulated during the treatment session or you may be sent home with an ear seed taped to the points to give additional benefit. To illustrate, inserting a needle into the ear’s sciatic point may provide temporary relief from sciatic pain. The point named Shen Men is often used to calm people presenting with anxiety.