June Beaton
MSc BSc (Hons) LicAc

For Appointments:
t: 020 3565 8400
m: 077 4078 6012


The Cove Spa
300-302 Chiswick High Rd
London W4 1NP
020 8995 2293

Stillpoint Centre for Wellbeing
18 Devonshire Row
London EC2M 4RH
(3 min walk from Liverpool Street Tube)

9 Spring Bridge Mews
Ealing Broadway
London W5 2AB

Home visits
By appointment

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Food as medicine – TCM approach

Both Hippocrates BCE 460 and Taoists medical practice considered nutrition therapy as their first line approach for optimum health and wellbeing.

The importance of good nutrition for optimum health should not be ignored. How true is the saying ‘we are what we eat? Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) once said that ‘one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well’.

Eating well will not only enhance our wellbeing, the essential nutrients found in food, such as antioxidants have been shown in clinical studies to help buffer the detrimental effects of environmental pollutants and diseases caused by genetic influences.

More often than not, changing one’s dietary needs to find a balance in what is the ‘right’ food to eat or diet to follow may not be as easy a task than expected and often, rather confusing, sometimes even unhealthy.

If we consider that each individual has a body constitution that is different to another, then eating in moderation a balanced diet of a wide variety of food would help to sustain a healthy body and mind. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), food therapy is known to nourish bodily substances such as blood, fluids and essence, which will in turn create qi as vital energy to circulate throughout the whole body reaching every organ including the mind, also known as the shen. The concept of yin yang balancing can be effectively practised by selecting food that have energetic principles for nourishing these vital substances and by restoring balance to the organs to promote good health. For instance, a well-nourished kidney would enhance fertility and sexual energy.

Whether hot or cold in temperature, sweet, salty, sour, or bitter, the flavour and temperature of food can have a subtle influence with distinct actions on the body and mind. For example, if you suffer from a ‘hot’ condition, you may choose to eat more cooling or neutral food rather than hot and spicy food. Similarly for a cold condition the way to help the body restore balance is to eat more warming food eg chicken soup cooked with garlic and ginger. The way food is prepared and cooked can also have a profound influence on the energy of the cooked food. For example, by grilling, baking or frying the energetic principle of the food would naturally alter to become warmer. For those whose digestive constitution is weak, cooked food is generally easier on the digestion for its absorption and assimilation.


acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition therapy have been found to be effective in the following areas of healthcare management:

pain relief
Migraine, headaches, arthritis, lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain …acupuncture releases endorphins and immune cells to control pain

male and female infertility & IVF
BMJ review suggests that acupuncture is supportive of IVF and that given with embryo transfer improves pregnancy rates and live birth. Increase sperm count, improve sperm mobility

pregnancy and childbirth
Nutrition, antenatal care, preparation for labour, breech presentation and induction. Acupuncture assisted labour and pain relief. Postnatal care.

PMS, Menopause, PCOS, Endometriosis, infertility

mental health
Stress, anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, Alzeheimer’s

immune system
Colds and flu - chicken soup for wellbeing and preventive medicine against infections

weight gain/loss
We are what we eat for weight and health management

Psoriasis, acne and eczema

Plump up your skin with a holistic alternative to Botox and plastic surgery with facial acupuncture

Peptic ulcers, colitis, IBS, candida, Crohn’s



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