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By Marianne Kornaat. Acupuncture and everything that falls under the umbrella of Chinese medicine, including herbs, cupping and moxibustion, is designed as a medicine of prevention of disease. Instead of waiting until you get sick, the acupuncturist’s task in the ancient times was to help balance people’s systems so one was better equipped to fight off disease and stay healthy.

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Fight or Flight

by Jen Taylor. The Autonomic Nervous System has two divisions, the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic.  It is the sympathetic which is responsible for the ‘fight and flight’ response of the body to excitement and stress, and an actual or perceived harmful event such as injury or danger.  In this state hormones & insulin increase, blood pressure and blood sugar is raised.  Psychological responses include fear, guilt, sadness, increased heat, anger & wilfulness.  Stress, fear, worry, too much exercise & even excessive thinking stimulates...

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Adrenal Fatigue

by Karen Chin. Many of us these days are constantly on the go.  We might feel stressed from financial or relationship issues. We may feel panic, or anxiety.  Or we might be finding school difficult or coming up to exam time.  All of these issues can impact our body and mind.  It can leave us feeling fearful or living in a fight or flight response.

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The Adrenals

by Dr Jenna The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys like little hats, these glands are in charge of our fight or flight response but they also have other functions.  In fact they are divided into two parts, the outer cortex, which is the part that is responsible for steroid production and the medulla or inner aspect, which is directly linked to the sympathetic nervous system. The cortex is responsible for making corticosteroids, there are three different corticosteroids.  Mineral corticoids are responsible for blood...

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Driving with the Handbrake On

by Jenny Parker. Have you ever had the inspiration to do something, got really enthusiastic about it, only to find that somewhere along the way, perhaps even directly after your light bulb moment, you lost your momentum?  You have perhaps succumbed to resistance, which can easily prevent you moving ahead and grounding your wonderful ideas. Resistance is that push-pull experience that we manifest when our heart is guiding us to take the next step towards our growth and then our mind kicks in...

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