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winter is here

annelies espeel

Winter is here and the holidays are over. We all ate too much or more than we are used to, are out of our regular rhythm. But 2019 resolutions make amends to the previous two weeks and we want our body to get back on track as work/school/regularity starts to flow back into our lives.

From a TCM point of view we are in WINTER, which means we should cherish our KIDNEY energy. we can do so by drinking warm water, ginger tea, cinnamon tea, liquorice tea and eating warm foods such as boiled or mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, carrots, kale. Winter is the season where we can eat meat- in moderation. Meat gives you heat or otherwise Yang. Meat choice: lamb, chicken, beef

Lots of people feel more tired and less happy during the cold and the lack of sunlight, for this you can add an orange with cloves in your home, or use the zests of bergamot/mandarine/lemon in essential oil to diffuse at home or your office. It will make you feel less heavy in the mind. In TCM peel/zest of citrus fruits support your spleen and dry damp, make liver qi flow. Which therefore gives less thoracic oppression, sighing, difficult digestion, less stiffness in the morning. Citrus also hold lots of Vitamine C, which enhances immune system, gives you energy, gets rid of mouth sores

essential is taking a good therapeutic massage (tuina, shiatsu, thai massage, fascia massage) and a warm steaming bath/shower to let those pores open up and get rid of toxins.

if you feel like lack of sunlight you can always take Vitamine D or use a light therapy device to put near your workspace.

have fun in the winter, still hoping for more snow to come!

trends in global acupuncture publications 1988-2015

annelies espeel

In a study published in Journal of the Chinese Medical Association 80 (2017) and online in, written by Yen-Ying Kung , Shinn-Jang Hwang , et all in 2016 gives us a major analysis of the web of science database 1988-2015 for acupuncture publications.

This analysis shows that acupuncture is being published and that you can publicly view its results. There might not be as many publications as in western medicine, but we are increasing our data output and input as more of us are doing field research.


A total of 7450 articles were published in the field of acupuncture during the period of 1988 to 2015. Annual article publications increased from 109 in 1988 to 670 in 2015.

The People's Republic of China (published 2076 articles, 27.9%), USA (published 1638 articles,22.0%) and South Korea (published 707 articles, 9.5%) were the most abundantly prolific countries. Followed by England (published 630 articles, 8,5%) and Germany (published 480 articles, 6,4%).

According to the WoS subject categories,2591 articles (34.8%) were published in the category of Integrative and Complementary Medicine, followed by Neurosciences (1147 articles,15.4%), and General Internal Medicine (918 articles, 12.3%).

top ten journals worldwide that published acupuncture related articles (1988-2015) : Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative medicine, Acupuncture in Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Electrotherapeutics Research, Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Neural Regeneration Research.

if you would like to have the full article,%20680.pdf

in the meantime a similar article was published on PubMed by Yan Ma And Ming Dong : a 20 year (1995-2015) bibliometric analysis based of acupuncture publications. Read the full article below.