Welcome to the spring 2005 edition of the paddington clinic news!
Welcome to the Spring 2005 Edition of the Paddington Clinic News!
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Welcome to the Spring 2005 edition of the Paddington Clinic
Welcome to Spring
September has come and we are moving into spring. It's a time
when we hope to see the end of winter colds and flu and to feel
revitalized in ourselves. This year has seen a late onset of colds
and flu so some people are still fighting off the remnants of the
winter viruses. Don't forget it is always advantageous to keep your
immune system in peak condition and on a general level this
means a good diet full of fresh foods, regular exercise, dealing
with stress issues and treating colds and flu's with as much
natural medicine as needed.
If you are uncertain about what sort of exercise you need to be
doing, talk to your practitioner who will be more than happy to
assist you in what type of exercise is most beneficial or
manageable for you as an individual. One way of looking at your muscle and fat ratio is by
booking in for a cellular health analysis (BIA) which will give a very clear indication of whether
weight loss is needed, or whether there is purely a need to change a few extra kilos of fat
into muscle. This test will also give a clear indication of whether you are drinking enough
water, and even more significantly, whether you are assimilating the water into your cells at
an adequate amount. Do your cells look like plump round grapes or dried out sultanas? The
BIA will also gives us a reading of "biological age" which can either be daunting or inspiring!
Spring time hopefully sees less viruses around but it can be a difficult time for those with
allergies. Supporting your immune system at the beginning of spring can be highly beneficial
in lessoning the impact of allergies. Once again don't forget to mention any of these
problems to your practitioner so that they can suggest the most appropriate treatment for
the prevention as well as treatment of allergies.
Spring is always a chance for new beginnings whether it is diet modification, a new exercise
program, or looking at emotional patterns that infringe in a negative way on our health. One
thing we sometimes notice, as practitioners, is that some people feel awkward about
mentioning that they are seeing a counsellor, or feel concerned if we make a suggestion that
they could benefit from counselling.
Although herbs, acupuncture, FSM, massage and supplements are all effective in dealing
with stressful times and crises in our lives, counselling can be a powerful and sometimes
necessary additional tool. We have a list of counsellors we refer to so should the need arise
for you please feel free to discuss this with your practitioner.
On a final note, we always pride ourselves on the quality of services and products that you
receive here. For ethical reasons we will never sell products that we do not think are highly
beneficial and of the top quality available. This is illustrated in the article about Echinacea
(see below). The products we sell are selected from thousands of potential products and we
use them because we are confident of their strength, effectiveness and relevant research.
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Did you know?
Our clinic has been established in Paddington for nearly 23 years! After calling the clinic
Paddington Acupuncture and Natural Therapies Clinic for all this time we have now decided
to call it Paddington Clinic.
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Qld 4064 Australia
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Echinacea study critique
A much publicized article recently featured in the New England Journal of Medicine claims to
establish that Echinacea has no effect in the prevention and treatment of the common cold.
In the study, the authors compared the effect of different preparations of Echinacea
angustifolia root on rhinovirus infection. The dose of Echinacea root used was 900 mg per
day for 7 days before the virus challenge and then 5 days after. The study evaluated both
preventative and treatment effects of the various Echinacea preparations on the rhinovirus
infection and found no significant results for either.
An important consideration was that the dose was not adjusted for the acute infection phase
of the study.
The study has been widely condemned, especially in terms of the low dose of Echinacea
used. To put this in perspective, the daily amount of Echinacea used in the trial was the
equivalent of around one half of a MediHerb Echinacea Premium tablet. In contrast, MediHerb
recommends 2 tablets per day as a preventative dose for immune support and 3 to 4 times
this amount (6 to 8 tablets) during acute infections. No wonder the study found no benefit
from the low dose of Echinacea used.
In 1992, a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 180 patients with upper
respiratory tract infections received the equivalent of 1800 mg per day or 900 mg per day of
Echinacea purpurea root as a tincture, or placebo. Patients receiving the high dose
experienced significant relief of symptoms. However patients receiving the lower dose (900
mg) were not significantly different from the placebo control. Also the doses recommended in
professional herb texts are clearly higher than 900 mg per day.
Unfortunately, the recent trial reported in the England Journal of Medicine represents a
waste of money and a missed opportunity to better understand the real clinical value of
Echinacea. If only someone had asked an herbalist!
Source: K Bone, Ass. Prof. Mediherb Monitor August 2005
Embracing Spring with
Australian Bush Flower Essences
Welcome to Spring! Did you know that many of our native flowers have healing properties
that the Aborigines were aware of and that are now being made available to us in the form of
Bush Flower Essences
There are 64 Australian bush flower essences documented so far by Naturopath, Ian White,
who continues to research and discover new essences. Their range of applications
encompasses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our selves so you can start
with anything from improving digestion or mental focus to reducing stress or even finding
your purpose in life at a spiritual level. Essence combinations can be taken for a general
effect or you can work through specific issues with a practitioner who can prescribe
essences for you and your current situation.
The Flower Essences are safe and without side effects, they are easy to take and work on
the subtle body to enhance positive qualities and dissolve negative patterns. They are self
adjusting and are effective by gently helping us work through our 'stuff' layer by layer until
we uncover our core issues where healing at a deep level can take place. At times their
effects can be quite profound.
Modalities such as Massage, Acupuncture and Counselling combine well with Flower
Essences, and as regular treatments these modalities help facilitate the changes necessary
for our journey towards better health and happiness. You don't need to have a problem of
any nature to benefit from these treatments. They will always help to improve our health and
well being and the healthier and happier we are the less we get sick or upset!
Spring brings new growth and energy not only to our garden but to ourselves as well, making
it a great time to enjoy being active, start an exercise program or any new venture. If you are
interested in the bush flowers, starting anything new or just need a boost you could try the
combination essence called 'Dynamis' which promotes abundant energy, vitality, enthusiasm
and joy for life.
1½ kg pumpkin (Japanese or Butternut) peeled and chopped in very small portions
½ kg feta crumbled or squashed with hands
200 grams fresh parmesan grated
4 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Line a pie dish with pastry (gluten free or spelt based pastry if desired).
Place the mixed ingredients into the pie shell and cover with pastry.
Bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes.
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