Issue 57, April 2016, London

Bring nature indoors

The last part of March was a delight, culminating into this past weekend with the wonderful warmth and sunshine - it really is a fantastic feeling wearing sunglasses when it's warm and not just for the glare. London comes alive when people fill the parks and South Bank, everyone well fed on ice cream and relaxation stretching through every muscle.

The bright mornings and the longer days fill the rooms, and hopefully a little bit of it enter our minds. I've spent the warmer days at Greenwich Park, it's a great sight overlooking the green from the top of the hill and scanning the view all the way to Canary Wharf and the City. Being in the great outdoors even if it's urban is something that should be appreciated and cherished. So the next thing I did after work the following day was buy two pots of hyacinths to put in the living room.

It may seem bizarre now that nature is blooming all around us to bring some inside. I don't miss the scent of blossoms during winter but come April, I want to be surrounded by the fragrance and hyacinths are my particular weakness, followed by jasmine. I want that smell from the parks and gardens to follow me home and I want that headiness to hit me when I walk through my own front door.

This time of year, don't just tend to your outside space and neglect the indoors. Bring nature into your home: put them in your bathroom, on a sunny windowsill, in the kitchen, amongst your books. Anywhere can be a welcoming space if you select the suitable plant. Get advice from your garden center, and choose some greenery to soothe your eyes and senses. 

Spending half hour a week looking after your houseplant(s) is a rewarding experience, it allows your mind to relax and wander with the gentle focus that watering and picking off some dried leaves requires. Waking up in the morning to be greeted by your green "friend" can set your mood for the day. Give it a try.

Have a happy April!

+ Did you know that plants are capable of solving problems and learning from past experiences? This author believes they should be given the same ethical status as animals.



Acupuncture and low back pain

Acupuncture used to be one of the treatments recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) for those suffering with low back pain. However NICE recently reviewed their guidelines and the revised guidelines mean that the only treatments now recommended for low back pain is medication, rest, exercise and physiotherapy.

You can sign the petition on change.org to keep acupuncture on the NICE guidelines for low back pain and sciatica. Last I looked, they were close to getting 3000 signatures and the more the merrier!



Eight probiotic foods that aren't yogurt

The importance of a healthy gut is becoming more and more apparent with studies linking it to various aspects of health such as immune system and depression. But it doesn't have to be all about supplements and yogurt, here are 8 probiotic foods you can try.

+ Mindful eating and Chinese medicine


Other news: Booking your appointment easily

Life can be busy (sometimes too busy) and the less effort something takes the better. With that in mind, feel free to contact me directly (text, email or reply to this newsletter) to book your appointment. It saves time on calling and being put on hold or sent to voicemail - more time to do what you enjoy!

And finally...

If you have three minutes to spare, watch this short, animated video about four animal characters trying to cross a bridge, but ending up as obstacles to one another in the process. It will make your day.

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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