Acupressure for Natural Pain Relief in Labour DVD

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A DVD/download is now available which demonstrates acupressure techniques for labour. Perfect for pregnant women and their partners, as well as health professionals working with pregnant women.

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The videos from the "Pain Relief in Labour DVD" are also available from the Apple iTunes and Google Play store.

Qi Deficiency

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Qi is the term used in traditional Chinese medicine to describe your body’s energy. Qi flows around your body in a series of meridian pathways. These pathways are separate from your circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems and influence the way in which your body functions. The qi that is presently in your body is a combination of your genetic makeup at conception, how you have lived your life since birth, and your daily intake of food and air. Foods that build qi include;

Grains wheat bran
Vegetables Asparagus, button mushroom, cabbage, eggplant, peas, potato, pumpkin, shiitake mushroom, squash, sweet potato, tomato, yam
Fruit Apple, cherry, date, fig, grape,
Bean Products tofu
Nuts and seeds Almond, black sesame seeds, coconut (meat)
Fish Eel, herring, mackerel, mussel, octopus, oyster, sturgeon, tuna, trout
Meat Beef, chicken, chicken liver, duck, goose, ham, lamb, pheasant, quail,
Dairy Chicken egg
Herbs and spices Bay leaves, liquorice
Condiments Barley malt, honey, molasses, rice syrup
Supplements Algae, ginseng (American, Chinese, and Korean), pollen, royal jelly

Foods especially useful to tonify Spleen Qi Deficiency.

Grains Oats, rice, sweet rice
Vegetables Potato, squash, sweet potato, yam
Fruit Cherries, dates, figs, grapes, longan
Bean product Tofu
Meats Beef, chicken, goose, ham, lamb
Herbs/ spices Liquorice
Oils/ condiments molasses
Supplements Algae, pollen, American ginseng, Chinese ginseng, royal jelly

Examples of every day western foods that can be used to build qi

  • Oat porridge with dates and honey
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with pumpkin and yams
  • Chicken stir fry with shiitake mushrooms and rice
  • Shepherds pie with beef or lamb mince, mushrooms, carrots and mashed potato as a topping
  • Tuna fish pie made with hard-boiled eggs and served with mashed potatoes peas and corn.
  • Stir fired Tofu, eggplant and mushrooms with black sesame seeds on rice
  • Home made oat/muesli slice with honey and dates

Foods to avoid

People with Qi deficiency tend to seek out sweet foods. In traditional Chinese dietary therapy there are two categories for sweet foods; the first is termed empty sweet which in small amounts is considered cooling and eliminating. It contains simple sugars such as fruits, juices, honey and raw sugar.

The second category is termed full sweet, is considered warming and nourishing. It includes complex carbohydrates, protein and tonifying herbs and contains food such as rice, potatoes, meat and red dates.