• Gail's first blog post...

    I have been practicing acupuncture here in South East London for 30 years, and have decided to share my musings with the interweb!

    So, as I look out at Sydenham through my window on the damp, windy autumn weather, several thoughts come to mind.

    We westerners seem to think that it's a good idea in freezing weather to breakfast on cereal with fridge-cold milk, and drink our drinks with ice. From a chinese medicine point of view - cold raw food on a cold raw day does not make sense!

    In autumn, the chinese approach would be to prepare warm cooked foods such as root vegetable soups. These can be made more interesting - and beneficial - by including ginger, cinnamon, garlic, or members of the curcumin family - onions, leeks etc.

    This helps the body beyond purely providing warmth in terms of temperature, and actually works in a similar way to eating a curry and having your nose run. i.e. aiding the release of any congestion you may have, and keeping you cold free!

    So stay warm and healthy!

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