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Corona Virus 19

Update on Corona Virus 19

To all my valued clients

It has been a difficult and confusing time for everyone over the last few weeks with the onset of COVID19.  Up till this time I have kept the clinic open with modification to our daily hygiene routine.

Unfortunately, I feel that it is no longer possible to ensure the safety of my clients and have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily close the clinic.

Although closed, I am still happy to talk to you and assist in any way I can.  Please do not hesitate to call or email me for any assistance that I can give.  I will update when I re-open, hopefully in the near future.  I feel when we are able to be in contact again it will be imperative for people to undergo some form of treatment to assist their bodies in overcoming the stress of this period.  PTSD is a real thing and I believe it leaves an indelible imprint on our bodies.  If not treated, it can adversely affect our health for years to come.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have played a huge role in China in helping to treat many of the patients with COVID19 with great success.  Many front-line workers in China have been prescribed herbs to improve their immune system, also with great success.

According to Chinese Medicine, whether or not we contract a virus is largely dependent on our overall health and our immune system’s ability to fight off these pathogens.  With that in mind, here are some tips to keep healthy.

  1. Keep hydrated and eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods. Eat plenty of vegetables (cooked preferred over raw) and fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and good fats.  How about learning some new recipes?  There are some great healthy eating sites to learn new recipes from.
  2. Minimize the over-consumption of alcohol, greasy fatty foods, dairy, sugar and processed foods. These foods weaken our digestion and immune system.
  3. Take vitamins D, C, A and Zinc. These are essential to a healthy immune system.
  4. Take a fish oil supplement.  Fish oils reduce inflammation and most diseases are inflammatory.
  5. Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms.  Mushrooms have high medicinal properties, especially their ability to boost immunity and health. Add shiitakes and maitakes to your meals or take a daily supplement of cordyceps or reishi mushrooms.
  6. Exercise.  We are so lucky our bodies continue to breathe, digest, circulate and metabolize even if we are stationary all day long, but our bodies will function exponentially better if we get them physically moving.
  7. Sleep. Sleep is so essential to the proper functioning of our bodies. Try to get 8 hours. If you have trouble sleeping, try on the many sleep apps available.  Good sleep hygiene is important.  Do not have any devices in your bedroom, including digital clocks.  Turn off all devices (including TV) at least 1 hour before sleep.  Take a high dose of magnesium.  Read a real book.  Allow your body (and therefore your mind) to be calm.
  8. Meditate.  There are many meditation apps available.  As a meditation teacher, I have often had people tell me that they cannot meditate.  I have never met anyone that cannot meditate.  If you are attempting to meditate, you ARE meditating.  Just keep coming back to your breath as your mind wanders.  It’s that easy, you are now meditating.  There is no right way to meditate.  Just do it, you will reap the benefits no matter what.
  9. Practice Qigong daily to improve your health.  Please go on Youtube and find some Qigong exercises to improve your health.  Here is a link to one of our most respected teachers.  There are many more to choose from as well.
  10. Look for opportunities.  Have you lost your job or your job is suspended?  Take this time to learn something new.  Evaluate your life.  Enrol in an online course.  Write that book you always wanted to write.  Take up that creative pursuit that you haven’t had time for.
  11. Connect and take care of each other. Although it is advised to avoid large gatherings, spend time with loved ones, connect with family, friends, pets and neighbours, and keep that heart open and flowing. Due to technology today let’s get creative in the way that we connect with our loved ones during this social isolation period.   Facetime, video calls, zoom etc.  Grab a cuppa and talk.  Connection is the heart of our society.  Reach out to someone, you never know how much they may need someone to lean on.  Together as a community we can lift each other up and care for one another.

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