The weather maybe cold outside but I want to give you a very warm welcome to the new Shen Holistics Blog. Due to the adverse weather conditions I had to cancel my clinic, but I still have my practitioner hat on no matter what the circumstances are.  Whilst making some delicious carrot and coriander soup (see recipe below) which is great for the digestive system in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I was chatting and giving some advice to an osteopath on the phone regarding acupuncture and Meniere's disease. As an acupuncturist and hypnotherapist I come across lots of issues people really do suffer with, and February has been no exception. Using hypnosis I've dealt with exam anxiety, PTSD, food cravings, addictions, IBS, and sleep issues. Whereas, using acupuncture a lot of muscular skeletal issues have presented themselves as well as IBS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, infertility, stress and headaches. I've also written an article on the dangers of fizzy drinks and processed foods as well as infertility so one month is never the same as another but I enjoy the variety.

Lifestyle is a big part of someone's wellbeing and my clients often ask me what I do to relax and have fun, well Mr Shen Holistics (Mr SH) and I like to go walking with our dog Sophie, the United Kingdom has some spectacular scenery and its great to get some gentle exercise and fresh air.  We have some favourite walks and we are working our way along the Cinder Track which is the old railway route from Whitby to Scarborough....the views are breath taking and its a fairly easy walk. I can thoroughly recommend this.

I'll round off this blog entry by giving a few tips on keeping warm;

Have some soup or ginger tea, both is very good for the digestion and warming.

Avoid cold or raw foods.

Dress in layers, this traps the air and provides good insulation. If you get too warm you can simply remove layers until you feel comfortable.

Take a warm bath or shower, even steeping your feet will help warm you up. But please do be careful that its not too hot or too cold, make sure its the right temperature for you. Try adding some Himalayan or Epsom Salts to the bath or foot steeping as this creates a rejuvenating, detoxing, and relaxing at-home spa. Keep safe and warm everyone!

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Carrot and coriander soup


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 450g/1lb carrots, sliced
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1.2 litres / 2 pints vegetable stock
  • large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Carrot and coriander soup