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Pearl Barley and Kale Soup

Pearl barley can really make a soup into a meal, it’s filling, low fat and brilliantly good for you!
Add to that some fresh herbs along kale and you have a real powerhouse of nutrients.


  1. Warm the oil in a large saucepan. Add the carrots and celery and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rosemary, thyme, chilli flakes, vegetable stock and pearl barley. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 45 minutes or until the pearl barley is soft.
  3. Add the kale and cook for 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Turmeric Latte

Turmeric lattes (also known as Golden Milk) are the drink of the moment and can easily be created at home. It is a great way to kick the day off, or as a snack when you get hungry mid afternoon, but don’t want anything too heavy.

The turmeric used in this recipe is a great anti-inflammatory and teaming it up with black pepper helps absorption.

Feel free to tweak the quantities of each ingredient to suit your taste.


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a small saucepan and gently heat for 10 minutes.
  2. After this time pour the mixture through a tea strainer, taste to see if more sweetness is needed, and then serve.

*jaggery is unrefined sugar which normally comes as a block, often found in Asian cookery. It is available in larger supermarkets and health food shops.

Raspberry and Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipe

A quick smoothie can be the perfect way to start off your day and a homemade version means you can tweak the recipe to suit you.
This recipe doesn’t include banana, these seem to be in almost every smoothie you buy, but not everyone likes the flavour. Instead this recipe uses oat bran to thicken the smoothie, plus it adds a good amount of fibre to the smoothie. We also use frozen raspberries which act to chill the smoothie, as well as making it a recipe which works all year around. Thanks to Emsworth Cookery School for creating this super easy and nutritious smoothie.


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor or blender and whizz until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutrition and Hydration Week 2018

It’s world Nutrition and Hydration Week! To celebrate, we are holding a one-off event for a limited number of guests.

Dr Philippa Oakley (Doctor of Chiropractic) has a specialist interest in chronic pain management, and will be leading a workshop on Saturday 17th March from 10-11.30am at our clinic in Emsworth. The focus of the workshop will be to discuss foods that influence pain, and how you can use your diet to manage chronic pain and inflammation. You will also benefit from a group health coaching session with Rhiannon Oakley, qualified Personal Performance Health Coach who will help you plan your next steps to a healthier lifestyle. The workshop is ideal for people who are working towards their ideal weight, managing chronic pain conditions or IBS symptoms.

Throughout the week,we will be providing advice on nutrition and hydration across social media and we’re excited to partner with Emsworth Cookery School who are producing exclusive healthy homemade recipes for you to cook at home. Don’t forget to follow our Facebook Acorn Health to receive updates.

We’re also excited to announce Acorn Health’s Big Beach Clean Competition, running alongside our Nutrition and Hydration week activities in support of The Final Straw Emsworth.

Places for the workshop (including coaching session) are just £15 pp and are strictly limited.

To book your place, please call 01243 379693 or email acorn(AT)acornhealth.org.uk

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Plastic means prizes

After witnessing first hand the amount of plastic strew over the beaches in Emsworth after the storm Eleanor in February Philippa and Rhiannon got to work organising the Acorn Health big beach clean competition where the community can go out all week and collect as much plastic as possible to commemorate Nutrition and Hydration week. Cleaning up our beaches is everyones responsibility and after the team posted about how much rubbish they collected a patient said they now take a bag with them on their daily dog walk and pick up anything they find. It’s compassionate community minded people like our patients that make Emsworth the beautiful place it is to live and work. The exercise is great for healthy joints and bones, and the beach clean is great for a healthy environment.

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To take part in our beach clean competition go out between 12-18th March take a walk to collect as much plastic from our coastlines as possible. Once you’ve finished take a picture of you and your bags and tell us how much you’ve collected including any remarkable objects. Send us the photos by either by uploading and tagging us on social media @Acorn Health or by emailing your pictures to acorn@acornhealth.org.uk. The winner will be announced on Friday 23rd March via social media and our email channels. 

The winner will receive a fantastic prize of a hamper of nutritious, healthy food donated from local businesses including:
– An HH Treagust & Sons Family Butchers shopping bag with voucher to spend in the butchery
– Organic vegetables and a jar of homemade marmalade from Tuppenny Barn Organics
– Dairy, gluten and refined sugar free energy bites from Frog Hollow Catering
– 2 x 750 ml glass bottles of locally sourced natural mineral water from South Downs Water (One sparkling, one still)

Terms and Conditions:
No cash alternative
Practitioners or staff members of Acorn Health are not eligble for the prize draw but may (of course!) take part in the beach clean
The winner must be available to attend Acorn Health, Emsworth to collect their prize the week beginning Monday 26th March.

Don’t forget to pop over and reserve your place for our Exclusive Workshop: Nutrition & Hydration Week, where you can learn how to manage pain and inflammation using your diet, and take part in a group coaching session to plan your steps to a healthier you!

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Traditional Chinese Medicine: Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy has been used in China and some African countries for several thousand years. Our acupuncturist Gill is cupping therapy chinese acupuncture treatment cupping acupuncturist emsworth havant chichester back pain neck pain qi chinese gillian lebbon carpenter pin lady dry needling tcm medicine healthcare chiropractic chiropractor philippa oakleyseen here using pressure and fire cupping to help alleviate mid-back and neck stiffness and pain.

The skin is the largest organ in our body, containing fluid, blood, blood vessels, connective tissue, muscle and nerve supplies. Cupping works to manipulate the skin and influence blood and other functions of the body, improving circulation, lymphatic drainage and alleviating muscle tension. It is thought to influence the lymphatic system and lymph nodes that form a vital part of our immune system.


Cupping Therapy: How does it work?

The vacuum created by the cup creates a negative pressure. This creates a gentle suction on the skin which may encourage cells to move towards the cup, and open cupping therapy chinese acupuncture treatment cupping acupuncturist emsworth havant chichester back pain neck pain qi chinese gillian lebbon carpenter pin lady dry needling tcm medicine healthcare chiropractic chiropractor philippa oakleypores in the skin. When the cup is removed, the skin and cells move back to their original state. The addition of heat helps to accelerate your metabolic rate (the amount of energy your body is using to function), increasing the benefits of the treatment.

1. Physical stimulation of the skin through cupping is thought to increase blood circulation, skin temperature and metabolism in the skin tissues. It may also improve the function of sweat and sebaceous glands (the glands that secrete oils onto the skin).
2. Cupping may stimulate the nerves within our skin and may help to stimulate the central nervous system in the same way acupuncture can, decreasing the release of cortisol (a stress hormone which contributes to a number of conditions).
3. Cupping on muscles is thought to cause the blood vessels in our body to expand, increasing blood flow and lymphatic flow, which can have a powerful effect on chronically tight muscles.
4. Cupping on inflamed joints may again improve function through better flow of blood within the joint, and through influence synovial fluids (which help lubricate our joints).

Frequently asked cupping questions

  1. Is it safe? Yes- when performed by an experienced, qualified practitioner.
  2. Does it hurt? No- it just feels like a pulling sensation and may feel slightly warm.
  3. What about those weird marks? The cups cause the marks on your skin. How long they last depends on how strong the suction was.
  4. Does it damage the skin? No- as blood flow to the skin increases, it causes the redness to occur.
  5. How long does a session take? Sessions can take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on your treatment requirements.

This patient is co-managed by Gill and our chiropractor Philippa, so after the muscles in his back have been relaxed using the cupping therapy, Philippa delivers a gentle adjustment to the mid-thoracic spine to get a restricted joint moving properly. This two-practitioner-approach allows our patients to really maximise the benefit of their treatment with us. This demonstrates how so many of the health services we have available to you can complement each other.

If you’d like to book an appointment with our acupuncturist to receive cupping therapy, please call us on 01243 379693.

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