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Hay Fever? Try Acupuncture!

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

Julia Biggs, Vinings’ Acupuncturist sees several new patients every summer who are suffering from hay fever.
Acupuncture is well known as an alternative treatment for this seasonal misery. sneezing screen shot
Thousands of people use it every year for help with the symptoms that make life so miserable – red, itchy eyes; sneezing; runny nose; a general feeling of agitation. Some of these report relief after just one session!

Acupuncturists focus on the imbalance of energy flow through the body: by restoring balance, symptoms are relieved and underlying causes are addressed. Treatment is safe, gentle and effective: it has no side effects and can be long-lasting. Whey not try the natural alternative?

Julia Biggs

Problems sleeping? See what our practitioners recommend!

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

We are launching a regular new series of articles where we look at one health issues and ask our experienced practitioners for their input. Sleeping problems seem to crop up on everyone’s agenda, so it’s a good one to start with.

sleep 1 screen shotSleep is vitally important for our overall wellbeing. Interrupted sleep or lack of sleep can have a serious, long-term effect on our health, and may lead to issues such as irritability, depression, reduced mental alertness, headaches and physical fatigue.

Many factors may affect the amount and quality of sleep you achieve on a regular basis, for instance:

  • stress
  • depression, anxiety and / or worry
  • hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms
  • medication
  • diet – quality of food, timing of meals
  • outside factors eg noisy neighbours, uncomfortable bed, partner who snores, very young children waking in the night
  • variable shift work prevents the body from establishing a regular routine
  • certain illnesses and pain will hinder deep, restful sleep.

When looking to resolve your sleeping problems, it is important to establish the real cause – it could well be a combination of various factors. Take an holistic approach – in other words, look at your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being rather than just one of these in isolation.
It t is always recommended that you consult a qualified practitioner before self-diagnosing!

At Vinings Natural Health Centre our experienced practitioners can help uncover the root cause and deal with it.

BAD FOODS, GOOD FOODS                            (from Yaso Shan, Herbalist at Vinings)

BAD FOODSGOOD FOODS
Biscuits, cakes, chocolates and other foods that are high in refined sugarsGreen vegetables except spinach
Coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate drinks and fizzy drinks (too much caffeine and / or sugar)Lettuce (a natural sedative)
Red meats, rich creamy dishes and cheese (high in protein and difficult to digest, especially late at night)Porridge (slow-release carbs will regulate sugar and energy levels)
Spicy dishes, curry or oriental foods (can cause heartburn, which will disturb sleep)Sunflower and pumpkin seeds (high in magnesium to relax muscles, relieve stress and promote sleep)
Alcohol and tobacco (disrupt body processes and are generally bad for health)Wholegrain foods and other low glycemic index (GI) foods (eg wholewheat foods, brown rice, oats). These regulate blood sugar levels, calm and soothe the gut and nervous system.
Bacon, ham, sausages, sauerkraut, spinach and tomatoes, all of which increase adrenaline which will keep the body alert at night, not conducive to getting to sleepIncreased complex carbs in wholefoods (eg pasta) boosts serotonin levels which promotes sleep. Serotonin is regarded as the body’s natural relaxant and anti-depressant.
 Cottage cheese, turkey, yoghurt, bananas and avocado are all high in tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin, promoting good sleep

Let’s look now at some ideas from our practitioners. First, Vinings’ herbalist, Yaso Shan:Take steps to lower your stress levels. Apart from yoga, meditation (or mindfulness), aerobic exercise, a hobby or just socialising with friends can help you relax.

Herbal remedies can help to calm, soothe and relax the mind and the body. Recommended herbs include chamomile tea, hops, valerian, passion flower, lemon balm, Californian poppy, lettuce and St John’s Wort. Natural remedies such as these avoid the unwanted side-effects of grogginess that some prescription drugs may cause.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/yaso-shan/

Julia Biggs, Vinings’ Acupuncturist, emphasises the importance of quality sleep for good health. Acupuncture has a long history of treating all types of sleep disorder. Unlike conventional therapies, it addresses the underlying causes of disturbed sleep, providing safe and effective relief for many conditions including difficulty dropping off; night sweats; snoring; early waking; restless legs; and dream disturbed sleep. Treatment is customised to a client’s individual needs and restores balance on the physical level as well as helping to relax and quieten the mind.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/julia-biggs/

Carole Thornton, Aromatherapist, Massage Therapist and Healer at Vinings, suggests creating a new bedtime regime. She advises leaving 2 – 3 hours after your last meal so that your digestive system can do its work before you go to bed – and, of course, ensure that you eat the right sort of foods especially late at night!

Modern gadgets stimulate the brain and are not good for encouraging sleep. Remove computers, tablets and mobile phones from the bedroom – not only are they highly distracting, the blue screens are very disruptive to the brain.

A warm, relaxing lavender bath will soothe, and massaging two drops of neat lavender oil into the soles of your feet will act as a natural sedative. Put a drop of lavender oil on a tissue under your pillow in the morning, then turn the pillow over when you go to bed and you will have the beautifully relaxing scent of lavender as you drift off to sleep. Sandalwood is a good alternative is lavender is not for you.

Read something uplifting before you sleep, and keep a gratitude diary, noting good things that you experienced during the day. And, of course – relax. Just sit quietly and say the word “relax” over and over. Ensure your whole body is relaxed – no clenched fists or teeth – and let thoughts drift out as easily as they drift in. In time, this will become much easier and will certainly help you to have a good night’s sleep.
http://www.viningsnaturalhealthcentre.co.uk/practitioners/carole-thornton/

Lindfield Village Day Saturday 4th June – Vinings will be there!

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog

It has become a tradition for Vinings Natural Health Centre to set up a stall at Lindfield’s equally traditional Village Day on the Green, and this year is no exception.

We shall be there with various members of the Vinings therapy team to talk to you about the range of complementary and natural therapies and treatments available and how we can help you and your family towards optimal health and overall well-being.

If tradition is anything to go by, you will be able to get a taster head, neck and shoulder massage for the price of a donation to the charity we support, St Peter & St James Hospice, so it is certainly well worth coming to say hello!

Burgess Hill Mind, Body, Spirit Show – what an interesting day!

Written by Caroline Burton. Posted in Blog, Uncategorized

We were delighted to spend the day at the Burgess Hill Mind, Body, Spirit Show held at the Martlets Hall on Saturday 27th February. 

Our Aromatherapist Carole Thornton was busy all day doing head, neck and shoulder massages, for which we asked only a donation to St Peter & St James Hospice. Big thanks to Carole for doing such great work and big thanks to all those who had a treatment and were do generous in their donations.

It’s always nice to meet new people and to talk about the therapies we offer – lots of visitors went away with out new 2016 brochure, and we look forward to seeing them sometime soon!

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