Cooking Days

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It's cooking time again, and time to take stock - literally! Stocks are an amazing way to nourish ourselves, especially as the weather moves towards winter. On October 25th we will be cooking food to nourish the yin or fluid aspect of the body, and on December 6th to nourish the yang or warming and moving aspect of the body. 

Fish stocks are a wonderful way to nourish the yin, especially if you add seaweed and Chinese herbs. And for the yang, of course beef marrow bones are the business, unless you are vegetarian. Wallingford Butchers assure me that they will soon be getting in the cuts of meat that produce good marrow bones, so I am waiting for a chance to make a stock-pot full of winter warmer that I can freeze in portions to use in soups, stews and casseroles. They are happy to give us bones for a donation to their favourite charity. 

Cholsey Clinic

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The biggest change for me in practice this year has been the opening of the Cholsey Complementary Health Centre. I moved with Mark to Cholsey 2 years ago for its proximity to Reading and the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine. What we hadn't realised was that for the past several years, the community here had been rebuilding the Cholsey Pavilion, which burnt down 8 years ago.

Finally in May 2013 the Pavilion opened to great local acclaim. The original plans contained a doctor's surgery, but because of the political situation for doctors today, it is not practical for them to run a small practice with only 2 rooms. The Pavilion Trust were therefore open to the suggestion that a Complementary Health Centre might work, and in July, we opened CCHC.

We are just at the start, but really look forward to creating a bustling community clinic in the heart of our village. Have a look at the before and after photos.

Pulses in Norway!

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This autumn I am much preoccupied by my Norwegian pulse diagnosis tour, organised by the Norwegian Akupunkturforeningen. So far, we have been blessed with the crystal clear light of a gorgeous Norwegian autumn, with blue skies and flaming autumn colours.

At the first seminar in Trondheim I was beautifully and serenely looked after by Vigdis Blindheim, who took me up the mountain to see views of this lovely town on the coast half way up Norway. The seminar was packed, and I was surprised to meet a whole roomful of deep pulses! I would like to know if all pulses so far North tend to be deep.

In Oslo, the pulses showed much more of the cross section of qualities we are used to in the south of England. Zen House gave us a home for the weekend, in a lovely space - with chandelier - and the seminar was lively and good humoured. I was very lucky to have Amanda Ody assisting me, and Anja Gravdal wined and dined us in style.

I really look forward to the next two visits - Stavanger at the end of this week, then Bergen in December. After so many Stage 1 Seminars, I hope to be able in the future to teach Stage 2, Silent Diagnosis.