UK Tui Na Massage Register launched

I’m very pleased to announce that the UK Register of Tui Na Chinese Massage has now launched, and the website is live. The register is an independent, professional organisation dedicated to promoting high standards of training and practice in Tui na, to supporting its trainee and qualified practitioners, and to developing the profile and fostering […]

Jujube (Chinese Dates)

The Chinese date or ‘jujube’ is so important to the Chinese that it has worked its way into folklore – a traditional Chinese story tells of a woman who lived 2000 years ago who ate nothing but jujube and when she married at the age of 50 she had the appearance of a 20 year […]

Longan Fruit

The longan (literally ‘dragon eye’) is a close relative of the lychee, and is one of the most well known and well used of the medicinal fruits in Chinese Medicine. It’s forte is in treating Blood Deficiency, especially in the realm of calming the spirit. The longan fruits strengthen both the digestive system and also […]

Recipe: Nettle Soup

½ collander nettles, tops or young leaves 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 celery stick, chopped 1 medium potato, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed (optional) Chicken, or vegetable stock (fresh is best, but stock cubes/powder are ok too) 1 tbsp thick cream or crème fraîche (optional) Put the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and potato […]

Recipe: Malty Flapjacks

By popular request, here is the recipe for my Malty Flapjacks. I’ve spent some time gradually refining this recipe – the finished result used honey and malt instead of white sugar, and also much less fat than most flapjack recipes. It’s very easy to cook, and about as healthy as a sweet treat can be! […]

Qi Gong

Qi Gong (or ‘Chi Kung’) is one of the branches of Chinese Medicine, and is closely related to T’ai Chi (taiji). It literally means ‘energy work’ and is considered by many both the most important and the most profound method of health maintenance and spiritual development. Qi Gong is typically divided into 5 types: Taoist, […]

Recipe: Easy Red Lentil Soup

I’m a big fan of beans and pulses, and I think they’re under-used by most of us. Someone was saying to me recently that they didn’t know any ways to cook them, and I promised to come up with a simple recipe that can’t go wrong, and here it is – Easy Lentil Soup (serves […]