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The holistic nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine makes it suitable for a wide range of individuals seeking personalized, integrative healthcare solutions.

Dr. Marina provides a customized approach, that is holistic, effective, and sustainable, that focuses on the root cause of disease.

Who would benefit from a bespoke Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment?

The holistic nature of Traditional Chinese Medicine makes it suitable for a wide range of individuals seeking personalized, integrative healthcare solutions.

  • Individuals with chronic conditions: Those suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, or autoimmune disorders may find relief through TCM therapies, which aim to address underlying imbalances in the body.
  • People managing stress and anxiety: TCM modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, and qigong can help reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve overall mental well-being.
  • Women’s health concerns: Women experiencing menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, fertility issues, or pregnancy-related discomfort may benefit from TCM treatments tailored to address hormonal imbalances and reproductive health.
  • Digestive disorders: TCM offers holistic approaches to digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and gastritis, focusing on improving gut health and restoring balance to the digestive system.
  • Athletes and active individuals: TCM techniques like acupuncture and herbal remedies can aid in injury prevention, recovery, and enhancing athletic performance by promoting optimal circulation, reducing inflammation, and supporting musculoskeletal health.
  • Seniors: TCM can be particularly beneficial for older adults in managing age-related ailments such as arthritis, cognitive decline, insomnia, and weakened immune function, promoting longevity and overall vitality.
  • Those seeking preventive care: TCM emphasizes the importance of preventive healthcare and maintaining balance within the body to prevent illness. Individuals interested in proactive approaches to health and wellness may incorporate TCM modalities into their routine to support overall well-being and prevent future health issues.

Why is a bespoke Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment essential for achieving your health goals?

Dr. Marina provides a customized approach, that is holistic, effective, and sustainable, that focuses on the root cause of disease.

Here is why a personalized treatment is important:

  • YOU ARE UNIQUE: A bespoke treatment considers your individual factors, such as lifestyle, diet, stress levels, and medical history, to create an in depth personalized treatment plan.
  • YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST YOUR SYMPTOMS: Dr. Marina looks at the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and spirit. A personalized treatment plan will consider not only physical symptoms but also emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of health, leading to a more comprehensive approach to healing.
  • YOU ARE WORK IN PROGRESS: Customized treatments empower individuals to take an active role in their health and well-being. By providing personalized recommendations tailored to their specific needs and preferences, individuals are more likely to actively participate in their healing journey and make sustainable lifestyle changes. Addressing the root cause of a condition may also reduce the need for long-term medication use or invasive interventions. This can minimize potential side effects and complications associated with medication and promote a more natural and sustainable approach to health management.
  • PREVENTION IS BETTER THEN CURE: A bespoke TCM treatment focuses on not only alleviating symptoms but also promoting long-term health and wellness. Dr. Marina’s goal is to support the body’s natural healing processes and prevent future health issues.
  • I’VE GOT YOUR BACK: In addition to addressing existing health concerns, Dr. Marina’ bespoke treatments focus on supporting individuals to reach their highest potential. As a holistic therapist, she provides compassionate presence and unconditional positive regard for the individual. By offering empathy, acceptance, and nonjudgmental support, she creates a healing container where the individual feels seen, heard, and valued, facilitating deep healing and transformation.

One of the best things about receiving acupuncture treatment is its ability to promote deep relaxation and relieve stress.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body, which stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being and relaxation.

Dr. Marina’s acupuncture sessions are a deeply calming and rejuvenating experience, providing the much-needed support as we navigate the stresses of life.

With a focus in mental health, here are some of the ways Dr. Marina Christov’s acupuncture treatments can benefit you.

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis plays a key role in the body’s stress response system. Acupuncture has been shown to regulate the activity of the HPA axis, leading to reduced levels of stress hormones such as cortisol. Balancing the HPA axis can help mitigate the physiological effects of chronic stress and improve overall mental health.

  • Stress Reduction: Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood enhancers. This can help reduce stress levels and promote relaxation, helping individuals better cope with daily stressors.
  • Anxiety and Depression: Acupuncture has been shown to have positive effects on anxiety and depression by regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. It can help alleviate symptoms such as low mood, irritability, and sleep disturbances.
  • Insomnia: Many people with mental health issues also struggle with sleep disturbances. Acupuncture can help improve sleep quality & any underlying imbalances that may contribute to insomnia.
  • Emotional Balance: Acupuncture aims to restore balance within the body, including the balance of emotions. By addressing imbalances in the body’s energy flow, it can help promote emotional stability and resilience.
  • Stress Management: Acupuncture treatments can help individuals manage stress by promoting relaxation and reducing  muscle tension, headaches, and irritability.
  • Trauma, PTSD and Panic Attacks: Acupuncture may be beneficial for individuals with trauma-related disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can help regulate the nervous system, reduce hyperarousal, and alleviate symptoms such as anxiety, hypervigilance,intrusive thoughts. palpitations, muscle tension, and shortness of breath, as well as psychological symptoms such as excessive worry and nervousness.
  • Mood Regulation: Acupuncture aims to balance the flow of energy, or Qi, throughout the body. By addressing imbalances in the body’s energy channels, it can help regulate mood fluctuations and promote emotional stability.
  • Addiction Recovery: Acupuncture has been used as part of addiction recovery programs to support individuals in overcoming substance abuse and addictive behaviours. It can help reduce cravings, alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and support detoxification processes.
  • Enhanced Well-Being: Beyond specific mental health conditions, acupuncture treatments can contribute to overall well-being by promoting a sense of calm, balance, and vitality. Many people report feeling more grounded, centered, and emotionally resilient afterDr. Marina’s acupuncture sessions.
  • Improved Cognitive Function: Acupuncture treatments have been associated with improved cognitive function, including enhanced focus, clarity, and memory. Acupuncture promotes circulation and blood flow to the brain, which can enhance oxygenation and nutrient delivery to brain cells. Improved blood flow may help alleviate symptoms of cognitive impairment, brain fog, and mood disorders.
  • Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal imbalances that may contribute to mood swings, anxiety, or depression. By targeting specific acupuncture points related to hormonal regulation, acupuncture treatments may support overall emotional well-being.
  • Depression: Acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms of depression by increasing the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in mood regulation. It can also reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, which are thought to contribute to depressive symptoms. Dr. Marina’s Acupuncture treatments may improve energy levels, sleep quality, and overall mood in individuals with depression.
  • Self-awareness and Mindfulness: Acupuncture sessions provide an opportunity for individuals to cultivate self-awareness and mindfulness as they tune into their body’s sensations during treatment. This heightened awareness can contribute to greater emotional resilience and a deeper understanding of one’s mental and emotional state.
  • Eating Disorders: Acupuncture can be helpful for individuals with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. It can help regulate appetite, reduce anxiety related to food and body image, and address underlying emotional issues contributing to disordered eating behaviours.
  • Overall Well-Being and Resilience: Even in the absence of a diagnosed mental health disorder, acupuncture can promote overall well-being, resilience, and stress management skills. Regular acupuncture treatments can help individuals cultivate a sense of balance, harmony, and emotional resilience, supporting their mental health and coping abilities in the face of life’s challenges.
  • Empowerment and Self-care: Engaging in acupuncture treatments can foster a sense of empowerment and self-care. Taking proactive steps to address mental health concerns through acupuncture can help individuals feel more in control of their well-being and invested in their own healing journey.

Why are we so stressed?

  • Fast-paced Lifestyle: Modern Western societies often prioritize productivity, efficiency, and success, leading to a fast-paced lifestyle with little time for relaxation and self-care. The pressure to constantly achieve and excel can result in chronic stress and burnout.
  • Work Demands: Many of our jobs in involve long hours, tight deadlines, and high expectations, leading to work-related stress. The “always-on” culture, further exacerbates stress levels.
  • Financial Pressures: Economic uncertainty, rising living costs, and debt can contribute to financial stress for many individuals and families Concerns about job security, and providing for oneself and one’s family can be sources of significant anxiety.
  • Technology and Information Overload: While technology has brought many benefits, such as increased connectivity and convenience, it has also led to information overload and constant stimulation. Excessive use of smartphones, social media, and digital devices can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and mental fatigue.
  • Social Pressures: Western societies often place a strong emphasis on individual achievement, appearance, and status. Social comparison on social media platforms can exacerbate feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, and pressure to measure up to unrealistic standards.
  • Health Challenges: Chronic health conditions, poor lifestyle habits, and inadequate access to healthcare can contribute to stress and anxiety..
  • Environmental Factors: Urbanization, pollution, traffic congestion, and noise pollution can create environmental stressors that impact mental and physical well-being.

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During your consultation at The House of Life, Dr Marina will develop an intimate understanding of individual health concerns and devise a bespoke approach to help you maximise your potential: physically,
mentally, emotionally and spiritually.