Issue 63, October 2016, London

Refresh with a seasonal drink

Autumn has hardly begun but a lot of people coming for acupuncture seem to be feeling run down. A slight tickle in the throat, some sniffles, and just the sense that your body isn't running at 100%.

In Chinese medicine, autumn is characterised by wind, both literally and figuratively. This can be quite a drying season for us and now is a good time to substitute the light moisturiser you’ve been using for a more hydrating and nourishing one. Frankincense is a good one or just good old coconut oil. Add hydration to your diet with avocado and oily fish.

Outwardly, protect yourself from the chilly mornings and windy lunch breaks with a scarf. A silk, colourful one is great amongst the sea of dark coats.

Some people are more susceptible to the dryness of autumn and may experience a sore or scratchy throat. This is the beginning of flu season so it’s very important to keep your immune system up.

Here’s a simple recipe to help you do just that: I like to call it “Very Simple Autumn Soup Drink” - a clear and refreshing drink that is not quite juice, and not quite soup. Hydrating and nourishing, it's perfect for combating the dryness of autumn.


  • 2 corn on the cob, sliced in half
  • 3 carrots, cut in half
  • 2 large apples or 3 medium apples, de-cored and chopped in large pieces
  • 2 dried figs, cut in half
  • 10 goji berries (optional)

Put all the ingredients into a big pot and cover with cold water. Bring to boil and then simmer for one hour. Apples can really soak up the water so make sure you keep an eye on the pot and add water accordingly – otherwise you’ll find a very dried pot (as I did once). Then simply drink the clear “juice” which is sweet and refreshing. If you're feeling adventurous, throw in some goji berries five minutes before the end.




Find out how one acupuncturist beats cold and flu season

Acupuncturist Jacqueline Gabardy lists eight of her go-to methods for staying healthy during cold and flu season.


Why does organic milk last longer than regular milk?

I like a good, cold glass of goats milk but organic milk also holds a place in our fridge. I've never compared the expiration date on it compared to regular milk, but this question in The New York Times caught my eye: Why does organic milk have a longer shelf life, as signified by later expiration dates, than regular milk?




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

A reminder that I'm at:
King's Road every Tuesday | 020 7225 2050
Covent Garden on Wednesday | 020 7379 7662

Call the location to book your appointment or do contact me directly via email or mobile.

Have a lovely October!

And finally...

A few months ago I wrote about a little six year old girl called Kaleigh who has DIPG, a rare, aggressive, inoperable brain tumour, which has an average survival time of nine months from diagnosis. Her parents are doing everything they can to raise awareness of this condition and funding for research in this area.

Please spend one minute of your time to help support their cause and sign the petition. Thank you.

Read more about Kaleigh's story.

Ka Hang Leoungk
Managing Editor, Pointspace

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