Issue 69, April 2017, London

Have a good April

This past Sunday was a fine spring day - the blustery, invigorating kind we get by the river at Greenwich. As I watched the waves move gently along at high tide, it reminded me of the ebb and flow of qi and blood coursing through our bodies. When it's moving along as a river should, then it is a glorious sight. But sometimes when the tide is low and all you really see is the sediment with the seagulls picking their way through the silt, then it really is stagnation epitomised.

With the arrival of British summer time, it is time to stretch and shake ourselves, body and mind, awake. All laconic movement from the past few months should give way to a much livelier self. The gardeners among you will have already spent the last month hard at work preparing the ground and pots. If you're not a natural gardener, or don’t have the space, I still highly recommend getting a houseplant or two. I personally like perennials, those plants that keep on giving, coming back year after year. But that does mean I miss out on the gorgeous colours of annual blooms. You decide what you like and go get some, the green foliage is like a soothing balm for our eyes in this world of screens and technology.
Embrace the spring vegetables now: Asparagus, tender stem broccoli, cauliflower, gem lettuce. It's still too early for tomatoes so refrain, you'll only be disappointed. Take a break from lamb, you don’t need its heartiness now that we're done with winter, and go a little easier on the ginger. Enjoy fish if you like, although also give some attention to other seafood as well such as scallops and squid. The best way to have it is the simple way – lightly pan fried.
Enjoy fruit of all colours, although if you're pregnant avoid mango. As always don’t have anything ice cold. Carry on with the warm salads and herbal teas - the days are longer and brighter but the weather still isn't warm enough.
Some of you may have started the year with gusto, finding new hobbies or work in January but for the ones who were just holding something back, now is the time to do it when nature all around us is waking up too.

+ From the archives: Tips to a stress-free bank holiday


Smart things to do in the 30 minutes before bed

Getting prepped for bed can be a process. But why can't that process be a good one? Here are a few ideas to help you create a bedtime routine that's not only efficient but also beneficial. (Why do I find it odd to have cherries before bedtime?)



Chinese medicine boost for cocktails

A bar in Washington D.C. has enlisted the help of a Chinese medicine practitioner to design its cocktails. I'm not too sure about the flavours, but this is definitely an interesting concept. Very unlikely it will catch on over here, which may not be a bad thing!




If you have been kind enough to refer someone to me – I want to say a big THANK YOU. That is the highest compliment and it’s warmly appreciated every time.


Other news: Book your appointment for April

Book a treatment before the Easter break to help you adjust to spring. Contact me directly or call:
Tuesday: Neal's Yard Remedies, KING’S ROAD, 020 7225 2050
Wednesday: Neal's Yard Therapy Rooms, COVENT GARDEN, 020 7379 7662

And finally...

If you suffer from hayfever, take Quercetin to strengthen your system (I like the one from Viridian). And of course, acupuncture is beneficial, but you need to start now because it does take a while to take effect.

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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