Acupuncture is really Nice. (Really!)

By Matthew Fellows

Acupuncture is really Nice!   At the start of August the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a clinical guidance stating that a number of commonly used drug treatments for chronic pain don’t actually work and shouldn’t be prescribed. These include over the counter drugs such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well …

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Con-spiritual Theories

By Matthew Fellows

Con-spiritual Theories I recently read a piece in The Guardian by the journalist Brigit Delaney entitled, ‘Evil Forces. How Covid-19 paranoia united the wellness industry and right-wing conspiracy theorists.’  In it she puts forward the idea that there is an increasing trend within alternative and complimentary health practitioners to adhere to the same ‘conspiracy’ theories …

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To Touch or Not to touch. That is the Question

By Matthew Fellows

To Touch or Not to Touch? That is the Question   I usually enjoy writing my monthly articles for the Glastonbury Oracle, not only as it gives me a chance to put across some of the complicated theories of Chinese medicine, but also as it gives me a chance to put my mind in order…and …

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Aye Corona

By Matthew Fellows

Aye Corona!   As I write this no one really knows what is going on with the corona virus. So far only two cases have been confirmed in Somerset but things can seemingly change rapidly. By the time this goes to print we could be in full panic lockdown and the only reason you are …

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Chinese Medicine and the Aura

By Matthew Fellows

Chinese Medicine and the Aura   The ‘aura’ is a term that is bandied around in new age communities though few are in agreement to what it actually is or how best to define it. The ancient Chinese however were expert anatomists of the energetic world and described the aura in great detail and divided …

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The Moon and Chinese Medicine

By Matthew Fellows

Chinese Medicine and the Moon What with the Goddesses, Witches and probable Werewolves of this town, it feels a bit like preaching to the converted but the recent moon rise over Glastonbury Tor in January was so spectacular I felt compelled to write about its importance from a Chinese medical and Daoist perspective. It is …

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The Bladders of Winter

By Matthew Fellows

The Bladders of Winter   Well we find ourselves here in the depths of winter and our tour of the internal organ systems of Chinese medicine brings us fittingly to the Bladder. The Bladder along with the Kidneys is part of the Water element cycle, which itself is associated with the season of winter. This …

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Chinese Medicine and Cancer

By Matthew Fellows

Chinese Medicine and Cancer Statistically, either you or I will develop cancer. That’s quite a statement but a study in the British Journal of Cancer states that 1 in 2 of us will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in our lives. Cancer has clearly reached epidemic proportions and the causes of it …

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The Gallbladder

By Matthew Fellows

You’ve got a lot of Gall (bladder)   The Gallbladder in Chinese Medicine is a relatively unimportant organ, so much so that many people can live quite happily without one. However it is probably the case that most of us have experienced pain somewhere along its meridian. It is in fact, the longest meridian of …

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Cannabis and Chinese Medicine

By Matthew Fellows

There is a lot of talk around at the moment both locally, nationally, and internationally about the benefits of cannabis as a form of medicine. This idea however is nothing new. Cannabis has been used in China for at least 10,000 years and has been part of the medical canon since records began. One of …

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