Finding your balance

Posted on: 15th January, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

By Samira Branch, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

After the indulgence of Christmas we all want to shed a few pounds and feel lighter and more energised coming into Spring. But how do we choose from all of the different options?

As more and more people move away from the fad diet-quick fix, reward and punishment approach to their health, weight, and well being, what other options do we have?

The definition of health according to Chinese medicine is balance. It’s about taking into consideration where we are, good and bad, and making small adjustments to create gradual and lasting improvement to our overall balance.

Whereas Western medicine focuses on treating specific symptoms and diseases, Chinese Medicine will look at the picture of a person as a whole and how they fit into their world. It identifies ‘patterns’ of imbalance that can be adjusted and balanced creating a ripple effect that improves all aspects of our life. For example, by treating one system, you can reduce stress, which in turn relieves stomach pain and migraines, or dizziness and vertigo, or chronic cough. You can become more relaxed and optimistic, feel more at ease with yourself and enjoy trying a different approach to things you have been feeling stuck with.

An example from my own experience, and the reason I became an Acupuncturist myself, is when my mother was diagnosed with an advanced case of Hyperthyroidism. I came home from college one weekend, and was worried to see how sick she was. She had lost two stone in seven weeks, her eyes were bulging and she had a raging itch that bothered her so much at night that she couldn’t sleep. She was totally exhausted but couldn’t rest, as she was nervous and agitated all the time. She was told that she would have to take radioactive iodine or have her thyroid gland removed. Because she was a nurse herself, she knew the side-effects of all of the treatments and wanted to find a more gentle solution.

That’s when she tried Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. By treating the Heat pattern and building up her strength using Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Diet, the Acupuncturist was able to rebalance the body and restore my mother back to full health. She was able to come off the medication for her thyroid gradually and all of her thyroid tests for the next three years came back as normal. And all of that without a single side effect!

If you’re looking for a more gentle, natural way of feeling better in yourself, whatever your goal, you might be surprised to find how much difference you will feel after a series of Acupuncture sessions.

If you’d like an Acupuncturist trained in China and who offers a combination of Acupuncture, Moxa, Chinese Herbs and Cupping, please give me a call on 087 9024274. I work in Clonakilty and the surrounding area.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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