Author: Olivia Baugh-Brown

Why acupuncture is great for digestion and gut health. 

Importance of gut health.

When we think of health, we often think of physical health or mental health, but our gut health is vitally important. A healthy gut, (also known as the second brain), has been demonstrated to contribute to a stronger immune system, improved heart functioning, lighter mood, better sleep and much more. Effective absorption and metabolism of the digestion system is well researched, documented and proven to have an impact on whole-body health.

Causes of digestive issues.

Acid reflux, bloating, constipation, and diarrhoea are symptoms commonly reported in clinic.  Often a GP diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is made.  A good physician will want to get to the root cause of the irritability.

It’s recognised that lifestyle choices may play a part in poor gut health but there are other factors to consider as well, such parasites, bacteria overgrowth, toxins, environmental pollutions and of course your body’s ability to metabolise food and excrete toxins.

If your symptoms are persistent, take control of your health. Knowing your gut health is important and tests can be taken to understand your health better.

 How an Acupuncturist can help.

An acupuncturist can make a GP referral for tests if it is deemed necessary, can discuss lifestyle choices and adaptations to contribute to improved health.

Acupuncture as a healing model is often explained as neuroscience, acupuncture points stimulate central nervous system, to reduce hyperactivity and stress as well as releasing your natural chemicals that will trigger the body’s unique healing abilities that in turn has a positive effect of the functioning of your organs. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in the ability to make a traditional diagnosis of your body’s disharmony in reference to Traditional Chinese Medicine theory to bring your body back into balance.

Receiving acupuncture treatments will improve organ function and restore balance to the gut, as well as eradicate acid reflux, improve metabolism, regulate bowel movement, reduce bloating, heart burn, pain, inflammation and brain fog, making you feel more energetic and like your old self.

Get in touch.

As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I have trained at degree level to hone the skills of an excellent and busy practitioner.

If you’re struggling with aspects of your health and are not feeling well right now, I’d love to hear from you. It costs nothing to chat, so get in touch with me today and book your FREE discovery call.

There is nothing more satisfying than watching someone’s health improve.

My 6 top tips for relieving leg pain.

Leg pain occurs for many reasons whether from sport injuries, stress from exercising, pulled muscles or even weight bearing, symptoms of which can vary from pins & needles, tingling, numbness, cramping, dull-ache to sharp stabbing pain.

Symptoms can affect many aspects of life, from not being able to work, partake in daily exercise, emotions and even sleep.

Painkillers may provide some short-term relief but the reality is that remedial work is often needed in order to get to restore the mechanical structure and get you functioning again.

We have a responsibility to maintain good health and that responsibility means that we should take good care of ourselves to enable us to live a long and happy life, free from pain killers that our digestive systems must process.

Listen to your body

Rest your legs when your body tells you too but movement is also required to prevent stiffness, the trick is not to over do it and find the right balance for yourself.

Elevating your legs may help release pressure but movement encourages blood flow preventing you from stiffening up.

Consider when to use ice

Ice is great in the short term, it helps bring out bruising and inflammation, it may also numb the area, providing some short-term relief.

….heat on the other hand.

Will move your blood, this helps at a cellular level which encourages repair to your tissues, so do consider taking a warm bath or applying a heat pad or hot water bottle to the affected area.

Stretching

Gentle movement in the form of exercises provided by your healthcare physician may help relieve tension within the muscular system. 

Exercise

Tai Chi, Qi Gong and yoga are some suggestions that move your energy, nourish blood and help stretch and ease muscle tension.

What pain killers can do for you…

When taking pain killers, one of three things may occur, either nothing and the pain doesn’t resolve, we get some relief but need to keep taking the tablets, or the pain seems to disappear completely (although generally it manifests elsewhere in the body).  The fact is that pain killers are designed to provide some relief, what the doctors don’t tell you is that remedial is often still required.  On top of that painkillers have to be processed through the digestive system often causing dysbiosis, worry not a good probiotic will help restore your gut PH balance.

Why should I consider acupuncture over any other remedial work?

Acupuncture is designed to consider the whole body, it get’s to the route of the problem and takes the whole body into consideration.  It is medicine-free approach and there are no unwarranted side effects. Pain relief is an area I have in-depth knowledge and experience in.

Acupuncture can provide relief from pain as well as reduce inflammation, move blood stagnation that are often causing blockages as well as improve stiffness making you more mobile and active again. Acupuncture helps by releasing the body’s own natural endorphins to activate the body’s opiate receptors creating an analgesic effect.

Whilst acupuncture treatment is focused on your immediate concern, other issues may resolve as well and you may experience an increase in your energy or improved sleep, a reduction in headaches and better bowel movements.

There is no, one size fits all, at Gaynor Grozier Clinic, every client receives a highly individualised treatment plan, which may also include TuiNa massage, Cupping or Gua Sha.

Get in touch.

If you’re looking to resolve your problem and you’re suffering from leg pain or any other type of pain for that matter and would like to get back to work or doing the things you enjoy most then please get in touch for a free confidential consultation by clicking the link here.

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone’s health journey improve through my therapies and treatments, I can’t wait to help you find the freedom you’re looking for. 

HOW ACUPUNCTURE CAN IMPROVE MEN’S HEALTH DURING MOVEMBER

Gentlemen, put down your razors” 

Movember is an annual event during the month of November in which men across the country grow moustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues such as, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide/mental health. It is known globally that on average, men die six years earlier than women and for health reasons that can often be prevented.  

Acupuncture can be an effective treatment in helping relieve the symptoms that comes with both prostate and testicular cancer as well as stimulating your emotional well-being by bringing harmony to your body and mind.  

The aim of acupuncture is to restore that balance and bring the body back to equilibrium. Physical, mental, and emotional aspects of a person are interdependent, and a typical treatment will take the whole person into consideration. This means that two people with the same diagnosis received from their GP are likely to receive different acupuncture treatments. 

Prostate Cancer 

When it comes to cancer, though acupuncture cannot cure it, it can play a huge part in relieving some of the symptoms. According to The Forge Clinic, it was found in a clinical trial of 100 patients that acupuncture improved their “conditions significantly for patients with moderate or severe benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate becomes enlarged.” The results concluded that acupuncture improves the quality of the patient’s life and is therefore an effective treatment.  

Testicular Cancer 

Testicular cancer is 1 of the less common cancers and tends to mostly affect men between 15 and 49 years of age. It is a highly curable form of cancer with a 95% success rate in cases.  

It can impact male fertility as it both the treatment and cancer can affect the quality of sperm. It is proven that acupuncture treatments can reduce the number of structural abnormalities found in sperm and can improve sperm motility, morphology, and count. 

Acupuncture can also be a great support for men undergoing treatment for testicular cancer. Some side effects from cancer treatment, such as nausea, vomiting, pain, and fatigue can be eased by regular acupuncture visits, as well as modifications to diet and lifestyle. 

Mental Health 

More often than not, we forget to take care of ourselves and our wellbeing. Mental health, especially in men, is hugely important, and should be discussed more often, disregarding the stigma surrounding it.  

An analogy that I frequently use is that each week you wash and refuel your car and every so often you will service, tax and MOT it too. If we don’t refuel our cars, we don’t get very far.  

The same goes for us and our bodies too! 

Acupuncture is used an effective form of treatment for stress, anxiety and depression and is highly individualised. It restores balance, stimulates emotional wellbeing, and brings harmony to your mind by removing any blockages and restoring energy flow.  

To conclude 

I understand that for men to reach out for help can be difficult due to social constructs, fear of being seen as “less” masculine and the stigma that comes with asking for help. However, I encourage you to reach out if you are struggling.  

At Gaynor Grozier Acupuncture, you’re sure of a very warm welcome as well as a tranquil and relaxing environment with which to explore your health and wellbeing therapies and treatments. I am a degree trained acupuncturist with a wealth of knowledge and experience to support her passion in restoring health and balance to the human body.   

If you are considering acupuncture to support, you on your healing journey – do get in touch for a confidential consultation. A private and confidential setting provides the basis for a treatment when receiving acupuncture to support you when things feel unmanageable. 

For you FREE 15-minute discovery call, click here and let me help you find the freedom you’re looking for.  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WITH THE WONDERS OF NATURAL REMEDIES

At Gaynor Grozier Clinic, my vision is to create a world where nature is at the forefront of everyone’s mind and people live a balanced and harmonious life. I love to educate, inspire, and motivate people to improve, promote and maintain all aspects of health and prevent future disease.  

For years, people have turned to natural remedies to fight common colds, upset stomachs, headaches and more and the majority of these remedies use ingredients commonly already found in modern households. The majority of these natural remedies presented today are based on ancient remedies and practices rooted from thousands of years. They are ideal for a quick little at-home treatment, and alongside my acupuncture therapies, will keep your body and immune system healthy 

After the past two years, it is more vital than ever to keep your immune system strong and as winter fast approaches, I thought I would share some natural healing remedies to boost and support your immune system.  

TO KEEP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTED, I RECOMMEND THESE HERBS: 

  • Garlic – a warming herb and powerful immune booster. If you’re brave enough – the best way to benefit from its healing properties is to take it raw. 
  • Ginger – Add a couple of slices to boiling water for a tea. 
  • Honey – To soothe a cough or sore throat. 

HERE’S A QUICK RECIPE FOR COLD & FLU 

This recipe is your first defence when you feel symptoms starting or as soon as you have that scratchy throat feeling; drinking this immune boosting natural healing remedy will serve you well. 

  • 1x piece of ginger as big as your thumb 
  • 1x cinnamon stick 
  • 2x cloves of garlic 
  • A bunch of spring onions (white head only) 
  • 2x cups water 

Boil all the ingredients and reduce it down to one cup, then blend and drink. Wrap yourself up and take to your bed. If you wait even one day, it will be too late. Remember that in rare circumstances, flu like symptoms can lead to more severe infections such as pneumonia, so make sure you drink lots of fluids and rest. 

HAVE A GREAT ANTIVIRAL SOUP 

Soups are a quick and easy way to ensure that you are consuming rich ingredients to help support a healthy immune system. 

Take the below ingredients and cook together to create a simple and delicious soup for the whole family: 

  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Two cloves of garlic 
  • A bunch of spring onions 
  • A handful of rosemary 
  • A handful of parsley 

Other ingredients that have a tonification action and contribute to a strong immune function are: 

Basil, Chestnut, Chia seed, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Dill Seed, Dried ginger, Nutmeg, Kidney, Lamb, Quinoa, Rosemary, sage, Star anise, Thyme, Trout, Venison, Walnut 

Acupuncture is great to boost the immune system and those attending clinic are receiving treatments that are doing just that. 

BLOOD BUILDING BONE BROTH 

Homemade bone broth is incredibly healthy, inexpensive and tastes delicious. The broth is full of nutrients I recommend everyone adds bone broth to their diet. 

It’s great for: 

  • Maintaining healthy skin 
  • Supporting your immune system 
  • Boosting detoxification and nutrients absorption 

Ingredients:  

  • 6 x pieces of bone marrow (I purchase mine from Fordhall Farm as their animals are left to pasture (grass-fed))  
  • 1 x chicken carcus 
  • 2 x onions 
  • 1 x bay leaf 
  • A pinch of salt 

I use a slow cooker but a large pot on the cooker will also work well. Roughly chop onions place in the pot with all other ingredients and pour over filtered water. Allow to simmer for 12 hours, pour into jug and there you have your bone broth. Once decanted I add more water to the bones and again simmer for a further 12 hours, I repeat the process until the broth is very weak.  

Think about how you want to use your broth – I’ll be freezing mine into small container and using it as a stock for gravy, sauces, or soups. 

All these natural healing recipes will keep your immune boosted all throughout winter and will compliment your acupuncture treatments wonderfully! So, make sure you’re wrapping up warm, drinking lots of warm fluids, washing your hands regularly and trying all these natural remedies, to keep any pesky bugs at bay.  

Don’t hesitate to get in touch here to book your acupuncture treatment for the winter, so that I can help you support and keep your immune system strong.  

THE WONDERS OF ACUPUNCTURE

Many people ask me what acupuncture can treat and the simple and short answer is that it can help any symptom or condition that you might visit the doctor for. Do you think that ancient Chinese medicine, which is thousands of years old, would still be around today if it didn’t work?

There are many wonders and benefits to acupuncture as it is an effective therapy in restoring balance and harmony to your body, stimulating your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Acupuncture can help with:

Fertility

One of my areas of specialisation is in acupuncture for fertility, a treatment where I have invested and dedicated many hours honing my skills and expanding my knowledge significantly overtime to support assisted or natural conception.

Acupuncture helps the regulating of fertility hormones and can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs. Acupuncture regulates ovulation and menstrual cycles in female fertility and helps male fertility by improving the health of sperm, count and motility. As documented by the British Acupuncture Council, Acupuncture has been found to improve the motility of sperm by improving its zinc: cadmium ratio.

For single women who are planning and wish to freeze their eggs; acupuncture will help stimulate the ovaries to produce as many follicles as possible.

Wellbeing

Stress and anxiety are hugely prevalent today, especially with the impact of the recent Coronavirus pandemic and the detrimental affect it has shown on our mental health and wellbeing. 

With my acupuncture and supportive therapies, I can help you reduce the effects of stress and anxiety, build balance, and find harmony.

Acupuncture proactively reduces stress, by:

  • Providing relaxation time
  • Bringing hormonal balance
  • Promoting health and well-being
  • Increasing energy

Pain Relief.

Acupuncture is designed to consider the whole body, so, for example, if you are experiencing back pain, it could be that it stems from the leg or the shoulder. Equally if you are experiencing migraines, it might be that you also have stomach problems such as irritable bowel syndrome IBS.  Whilst acupuncture treatment is focused on your immediate concern other issues may resolve as well and you may experience improvements in energy or sleep, bowel movements and abdominal cramps, achy joints.

There is nothing more satisfying than watching someone’s health improve through my acupuncture therapies, so get in touch with me today, to see how I can help you find the freedom you are looking for.

I have a fantastic clinic more than capable of looking after all your needs; get in touch with me today and book your free discovery call, I can’t wait to hear from you!

POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS) AWARENESS MONTH

September is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, also known as PCOS, awareness month. I thought I would take this time to share some information on PCOS including what it exactly is, symptoms, and how acupuncture can help.

PCOS is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work. It interrupts the normal menstrual cycle and makes it harder to get pregnant. Every 1 in 10 women in the UK are affected by PCOS.

Though PCOS doesn’t have a cure, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can be made to help your chances of getting pregnant.

The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but studies have shown that it often runs in families as well as it being likely that many genes — not just one — contribute to the condition.

Having PCOS does not mean you can’t get pregnant. PCOS is one of the most common, but treatable, causes of infertility in women. The hormonal imbalance interferes with the growth and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation).

However, not every woman with PCOS is the same. Although some people may need the assistance of fertility treatments, others are able to conceive naturally.

If you have signs and symptoms of PCOS, they’ll usually become apparent during your late teens or early 20s.

They can include:

  • Irregular periods or no periods at all – lack of ovulation prevents the uterine lining from shedding every month. Some women with PCOS get fewer than eight periods a year or none at all.
  • Difficulty getting pregnant as a result of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate
  • Excessive hair growth – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks
  • Weight gain
  • Thinning hair and hair loss from the head
  • Oily skin or acne

Acupuncture can help balance hormones and stimulate the ovaries to produce as many follicles as possible.

Here at Gaynor Grozier Clinic, I work with each client individually to identify the course of treatments that will help them on their fertility journey and in most cases result in a pregnancy. There are several focus areas for acupuncture to assist during natural conception or your assisted fertility journey, all the options, tests and reasons are discussed during our initial consultation.

Fertility is an area that I am well practiced and extremely dedicated to, I have many success stories that bring joy and gratitude to me each day and keep me compelled to do more in this area to help people find answers and bring solutions.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to start your healing journey, I would love to support you.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is rooted in thousands of years of history that originated in China, backed by evidenced based research it is favoured to treat a wide range of conditions.  

The Chinese discovered that there are pathways (known as meridians) that run throughout the body and carry a vital energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). For several lifestyle and environmental reasons, Qi can become disturbed, drained or obstructed. Consequently, this can lead to an imbalance resulting in pain or illness.  

Acupuncture can be an effective therapy in restoring balance and stimulating physical and emotional wellbeing. The skill of an acupuncturist lies in the ability to make a traditional diagnosis of your body’s disharmony in reference to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles. 

As a member of the British Acupuncture Council, I have undertaken 3,500 hours of learning these skills and many thousands more in honing them to gain a wealth of experience so that I am able to support you in restoring balance, harmony and relieve you of pain.  

I am excited to help you on your journey to better health and wellbeing, but don’t just take my word for the benefits you will see; see some of our testimonials, here.

For your free consultation and confidential advice, get in touch with me today so I can help you find the freedom you are looking for. 

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Newcastle under Lyme:
4 The Avenue
Basford, Newcastle under Lyme
ST5 0LY