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Nine benefits to know about… complementary medicine


Treatment: Acupuncture helps manage menopausal issues. Credit: Getty Images

Treatment: Acupuncture helps manage menopausal issues. Credit: Getty Images

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Acupuncturist Roisin Armstrong. Credit: Steve Missen

Acupuncturist Roisin Armstrong. Credit: Steve Missen


Treatment: Acupuncture helps manage menopausal issues. Credit: Getty Images

1. The therapies we use and the remedies suggested are evidence-based and often scientifically proven. Practitioners continuously upgrade their skills with courses and nutrition companies are always forging ahead with new products and training courses. Complementary medicine is all about working with and enhancing the benefits of allopathic or regular medicine.

2. The root of all good health is based in the gut. The beneficial bugs and bacteria that we have in our large intestines are more numerous than the cells in all of the rest of our body. Improving the health of these friendly little creatures is vital for creating and maintaining good health.

Many of these we can enhance by improving the amount of prebiotic foods we consume, such as onions, garlic, bananas, asparagus, leeks, oats and apples. Building up our own inherent microbiome can then be further improved by adding in probiotics such as live natural yoghurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, miso and pickles. Specific probiotics in tablet form can also really improve and resolve some issues.

3. Increasingly science is proving that what goes on in our gut is not just about digestive health. We now know that most of the health of our immune systems stem from the gut, vital in the current climate. As we move ahead out of the pandemic it is vital that we try to achieve optimum immune health as our greatest protector.

4. Gut health also controls our mental health. In fact, as we develop in the womb, the same cells in the gut also form our brain and there is a constant feedback system working from the gut to the brain and vice versa. Excitingly, this means that what we put in our gut has an immediate and important effect, firstly on our mood, but also on our mental health. This means that we can exert a lot of control by the choices we make.

5. Inflammation is now believed to be one of the biggest causes of disease. It is behind such commonplace issues as asthma, arthritis, bowel problems and major issues such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.

Kinesiologists can carry out simple food tests to identify trigger foods which may be causing allergy and inflammatory problems. These foods may be temporarily removed from the diet, to give the system a chance to heal, and then gradually reintroduced or alternatives sought, as we always aim to ensure the main food groups are represented in the diet. In most cases, foods are added into the diet with recommendations for better food choices and how to easily and cheaply improve eating habits.

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6. We can check if any form of nutritional supplementation is necessary to improve health. It has not actually been true that you can get everything that you need from your diet since the 1950s, as over-farming has led to soil depletion. Obviously, if the nutrients are not in the soil, they cannot then be in the vegetables and fruit that we eat, nor in the grass and grains that animals consume.

Most of us benefit from a good multivitamin on a regular basis, as well as specific individual nutrients. Kinesiologists can check and identify which nutrients are needed.

7. To be completely healthy there needs to be balance in all three realms of the body. That is the physical, chemical and emotional aspects. Physical is the health of the organs, skeleton, bones and muscles. Chemical refers to what we eat and drink, what toxins and chemicals we are exposed to and what medications we rely on. Emotional health is of vital importance too.

8. Long Covid is a very topical issue and it can be hard to find help to resolve many of the debilitating problems. Kinesiology has a long history of being helpful for post-viral syndromes. Physically, the body may still be harbouring remnants of the virus, preventing normal healing, along with a body which has been depleted trying to fight the virus. There is often an emotional situation unresolved within the system of long-Covid patients struggling with this debilitating problem. The sooner treatment begins for such an energy problem the better.

9. Acupuncture is one of the best available treatments for menopausal issues, particularly hot flushes, insomnia, joint pain and the and horrible mood swings. There is no need to suffer and as few as three sessions usually restore balance, sanity and sleep.

Roisin Armstrong is an acupuncturist, kinesiologist and EFT practitioner with clinics in Holywood and Portglenone. For appointments call 07770862637 or Bannside Pharmacy, Portglenone, on 028 2582 1333

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