I use an integrated Chinese Medicine approach to treatments, combining Traditional Chinese acupuncture and 5-Element acupuncture. Both styles date back some 2500 years and can often help tremendously with physical, mental and emotional health problems. Treatments are tailored to your specific needs because our approach to medicine is not only holistic, but unlike Western medicine where everything is measured against a set of statistical norms, Chinese Medicine is based on a PATTERN OF DISHARMONY which means that during your initial consultation I will be looking at the pattern of events (physical, psychological, emotional, even climatic) that has led you to where you are now. Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that aims to rebalance to Qi (also known as Ki in Japan, Prana in India, life force etc) so that your body can heal itself.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is often used to complement your acupuncture treatment, or as a stand-alone treatment for those who cannot attend clinic. It is a highly effective way of using your food as your medicine. I hope it goes without saying that at Barefoot Medicine Simone will never use any herbs that are endangered or that pose a threat to any wildlife! All suppliers are GMP certified.
HEALTHY STARTS FOR FAMILIES: I like to partner with companies who offer health benefits to children and families and the best one I have found so far is Juice Plus. Did you know that children between 4-21 years of age are allowed to participate in the Children’s Health Study and receive free fruit and veg in a capsule (or gummiesfor the little ones). This will give your child or grandchild, nephew or niece up to 17 varieties of fruit and vegetables every day. To be eligible, one adult must purchase the same for themselves and they can then nominate a child to receive theirs for free!
CUPPING is an extremely powerful way to alleviate many conditions. Although most people assume it is used for muscle pains, it is also used for fertility problems, menstrual cramps, improve cellular repair, tightness in the shoulders and hips, reduce cellulite and to generally improve circulation. Adverse side effects are minimal, but it does often cause bruising as most people saw in the Olympic swimming competitions! Listen to my BBC Wales interviews for the 2012 Olympics in London about the benefits of cupping.
K-taping is used to support joints either for athletic performance or for rheumatic or arthritic conditions. It is made from breathable cotton which can be worn in the shower and patted dry. It will typically stay in place for 3-5 days.
Moxa (artemesia vulgaris) is an herb that is burned close to or on the skin to help warm the body, stimulate circulation and ‘course the Qi’ in many health conditions from fertility to arthritis, period pains to frozen shoulder. it is very common to use moxa alongside acupuncture and its distinctive aroma is very warming and comforting (… but not to be confused with the aroma in many cafes in Amsterdam!!!)