We are thrilled to announce that we have arranged a new Positive Nights Zoom event with Amandha Dawn Vollmer, who is an acclaimed Herbalist, Reiki Master, and a Naturopathic Medicine and Holistic Health Practitioner. This event takes place via Zoom at 7.30 p.m. IST on Thursday May 28th. All ticket holders will be emailed a day before the event with login details.
We are huge fans of CNM (The College of Naturopathic Medicine), who provide expert, science-based training and education in a variety of holistic health disciplines, including Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbalism, Homeopathy, Biomedicine and so much more. They are holding an online Open Event on Saturday June 20th, which will be perfect for prospective students, or anyone curious about what CNM offers. Read on to learn more!
Cathleen Beerkens is a renowned entrepreneur and Holistic Health Coach, based in the Netherlands. We were excited to speak to her for our Spring 2020 issue, about her coaching initiative, A Wellness Revolution. Read on to learn more!
Chlorella is a substance found in green algae, which may contain some surprising beauty benefits. In our Spring 2020 issue, we explored why that is…
Hempful is the leading Irish producer of hemp foods, CBD oils and CBD food supplements. Their products are all derived from high-quality, European-grown hemp. For Hempful, quality is paramount, as director Eamon Canning stated during a recent conversation we had with him.
Shane McMunn is the founder of Sligo Acupuncture and Tuina (a massage therapy which assists people in releasing physical blockages). He is also chairperson of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA), the longest established independent professional register of acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM in Ireland. We interviewed him in our Spring 2020 issue to learn more!
All Things Acupuncture
We talk to acupuncturist Shane McMunn
by Aisling Cronin
Shane McMunn is the founder of Sligo Acupuncture and Tuina. He specialises in the ancient Chinese healing practices of acupuncture – a therapy that aims to brings about balance and healing by stimulating certain points on the body with the use of needles – and Tuina – a massage therapy which assists people in releasing physical blockages. His clinic is located in the heart of Sligo town. He also teaches Tai Chi Chuan and Hung Kuen Kung Fu: both traditional Chinese martial arts.
He is also the chairperson of the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA). The AFPA is the longest established independent professional register of acupuncturists and practitioners of TCM in Ireland. Since it was established in 1987, it has been responsible for the regulation and maintenance of a register of acupuncturists who work within the guidelines set out in 2006 by the Department of Health and Children. Their members are all bound by a Code of Ethics and Practice which is strictly enforced by the AFPA.
I had the opportunity to learn more about Shane’s work and what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) means to him during a recent conversation we had.
‘I became interested in acupuncture quite young, and quite unexpectedly,’ he explains. ‘I was 23 years old, I was doing Tai Chi – which I was very interested in – and I opened up the phone book one day and saw a listing for an acupuncture school in Dublin. It was strange, because I had never known anything about that practice before, but I just had a strong feeling that I needed to do it. I lived in Sligo, so I started commuting to Dublin to learn all about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine!’
From there, his experience and comfort level with acupuncture and other TCM practices grew ever stronger. He traveled to China, where he spent a month working in a hospital to learn more about the Chinese approach to medicine. He then went to the effort of learning Chinese, and spent some time in London learning about Tuina and Chinese herbal medicine.
Shane has now been a qualified acupuncturist for eleven years. During that time, he has noticed a great increase in public awareness and understanding about the benefits of complementary therapies. ‘When I first qualified, there was very little decent medical literature on the benefits of acupuncture,’ he explains, ‘whereas nowadays, I have seen, in my own practice, that more and more doctors will send people on to me to receive an acupuncture treatment. Many clients come to me because they want to offset the side effects of necessary medication that they may be taking. Acupuncture can also be helpful with pain relief, stress, insomnia or fertility issues.’
Shane is very keen to stress that when people seek out an acupuncture treatment, they do so via a reputable organisation. ‘Acupuncture is not regulated in this country,’ he explains, ‘but it is self-regulated by the organisation. I would recommend that people go to a registered acupuncturist. In our association, the AFPA, we insist on at least three years’ training and we insist that the practitioner is insured.’
Dr. Gabor Maté was the cover star of our Spring 2020 issue, and we were excited to have the chance to learn more about his work. We previously published a sneak peek of the article to our website, and today, we are sharing the full piece! Read on and enjoy.
While we await the day when we can confirm a new date for our Fantastic Fungi screening, we wanted to share this eye-opening article from our Spring 2020 issue. Read on to learn how the humble mushroom could be more powerful than you ever imagined…
In this extract from our Spring 2020 issue, our co-editor Alison McEvoy discusses how we can maximise our brain health naturally, using principles from the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda. Read on to learn more!
We were enthralled by a beautifully simple, yet deeply profound concept that our gardening expert Hans Wieland put forward in our Spring 2020 issue: there should be a garden in every school. Hans passionately expressed what an empowering initiative this would be for children all over the country, helping them to learn more about where their food comes from, whilst cultivating a deeper connection with the Earth. Read his amazing article below!