Beginning of Autumn – Li Qiu 立秋

Beginning of Autumn – Liqiu 立秋

On August 7th, we entered the period of Liqiu 立秋, also known as the 'Beginning of Autumn'. Liqiu is the thirteenth solar term and the first node of autumn. It occurs annually on August 7th and marks a polarity change from yang to yin.

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Great Heat – Dà Shǔ 大暑

Great Heat – Dà Shǔ 大暑

On July 22nd, we entered the period of Dàshǔ 大暑, also known as 'Great or Major Heat'. Dàshǔ is the twelfth solar term and the last node of summer. It occurs annually on July 22nd and marks the hottest time of the year in most parts of China.

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Grain Rain – Gǔyǔ 谷雨

Grain Rain – Gǔyǔ 谷雨

Today (April 21st) is Gǔyǔ 谷雨, also known as 'Grain Rain'. Gǔyǔ is the sixth solar term, which occurs annually c. April 21st. According to an old Chinese saying, "Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) signals the end of snow while 'Grain Rain' signals the...

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Covid-19 Clinic Guidelines

Covid-19 Clinic Guidelines

In line with guidance received from Public Health England and The British Acupuncture Council, we continue to implement stringent hygiene protocols for your safety and wellbeing. Read more about our Covid-19 clinic guidelines here.

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Beginning of Spring

The Beginning of Spring – Lì Chūn 立春

The Beginning of Spring – Lì Chūn 立春 In ancient China, 24 solar terms existed as a means to guide farmers in agricultural affairs and farming activities. They are based on the sun’s position in the zodiac and reflect changes in climate, agricultural production,...

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The Beginning of Winter

The Beginning of Winter – Lìdōng 立冬

On November 8th 2021, we enter the period of lìdōng 立冬, also known as 'The Beginning Of Winter'. Lìdōng is the nineteenth solar term, which occurs annually around November 7th. It indicates the true beginning of winter.

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The 13 Ghost Points

The 13 Ghost Points

The ancient Chinese frequently spoke of possession by demons and ghosts. Ghosts (or gui/ guei 鬼 ) were often attributed to the onset of conditions such as mania, paranoia, addiction, seizures, paralysis, lockjaw, headaches, nightmares, epilepsy and mental illness (Dian Cong).

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episodes 2 & 3

Acupuncture West London – The Podcast (Episodes 2 & 3)

Today, Deborah Woolf takes us on a fascinating journey through numerology, space and time, and Wu Yun Liu Qi (Stems and Branches) – the root of five element acupuncture.

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The Podcast Blog Post

Acupuncture West London – The Podcast (An Introduction)

'Acupuncture West London – The Podcast' is a resource primarily for students, practitioners and enthusiasts of classical Chinese philosophy, Chinese medicine and acupuncture – for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the concepts that inform our practice.

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Building The Immune System

Building The Immune System (Part 2)

Building The Immune System (PART 2): The Maintenance of Life According to Classical Chinese Philosophy Welcome to Part 2 of our brand new video series. The series focuses on some of the concepts behind building and supporting the immune system within Chinese medicine. In...

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Building The Immune System

Building The Immune System (Part 1)

Building The Immune System (PART 1): Life According to Classical Chinese Philosophy Welcome to Part 1 of our brand new video series. The series focuses on some of the concepts behind building and supporting the immune system within Chinese medicine. In response to some...

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which acupuncturist to choose

How do I know which acupuncturist to choose?

How do I know which acupuncturist to choose? There are many styles of acupuncture, and it can be difficult for a patient to understand where best to seek treatment. It is important to ask the right questions: How do I know which acupuncturist to...

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moxibustion for breech position pregnancy

Moxibustion for Breech Position Pregnancy

Acupuncture West London is a fully certified member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN). Membership to the AFN indicates a particular interest in the treatment of fertility with traditional acupuncture. All AFN practitioners have completed postgraduate-level training in gynaecology with a specific emphasis on...

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acupuncture for fertility

Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture West London is a fully certified member of the Acupuncture Fertility Network (AFN). Membership to the AFN indicates a particular interest in the treatment of fertility with traditional acupuncture. All AFN practitioners have completed postgraduate-level training in gynaecology with a specific emphasis on...

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Year of The Rat

Chinese New Year 2020 – Year of the Metal Rat

NEW BEGINNINGS – CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020!! Chinese New Year 2020 is upon us. However, there are many new beginnings outlined within Chinese philosophy and therefore within classical Chinese medicine; all are contextual and attempt to facilitate a dynamic relationship between Heaven, Earth and...

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Seasonal Energies

SEASONAL ENERGIES – Chou 丑

Seasonal Energies – Chou 丑: Within the Chinese lunar-solar calendar, we are now in the ‘Earth’ phase (Chou) – an 18-day transitional phase that facilitates the movement from Winter to Spring. Within the stillness of Winter (the peak of Yin energy represented by the...

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