Summer wellness with magical Maggie

We are excited to introduce you to Maggie Martin - acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor who Willow and many others describe as ‘Magical Maggie’. A favourite for the A-list, the Cotswolds-based Maggie is passionate about women's wellbeing and in her first column for The Seedling, she tells us about her passions for women's health and healing, her vast education and experience and generously shares the supplements we should be taking for the Summer and beyond, plus much more...

What drives your quest to help your clients reach well-being?  
Based on my work, I know very well that optimum health, vitality and wellbeing can be achieved and is within reach for most of us. I believe that being healthy and in balance with our own body and mind is one of the basic human rights and its only when we lose that balance we get sick. My quest has always been to help my patients find their balance, and if you know me, you know that I will never stop trying to help you find it!  

I believe that one's own personal experience always contributes to it. As a young woman at University I was affected by pain and illness. I know what its like to be unwell and this personal experience allows me to relate immediately to every single patient of mine. 

I believe that my own personal healing journey made me more receptive and has given me much greater understanding of pain and suffering. Through that, I have a better understanding of my patients. 

I know what pain feels like and I can relate to it. I also know that one can get better as I did if you are able to commit, listen to your body and activate and your own immunity response. The end result of it is healing. 

Don’t ever underestimate the incredible self-healing powers of human body!

You are a qualified acupuncturist and naturopath and your dedicated clients would describe you as 'Magical Maggie' - what drives your quest to help your clients reach wellbeing?
I look and listen first with blank open mind and with no pre-arranged protocol or therapy in my mind, as every condition and patient is unique as the problem they came to see me with. There is no one size fits all. One always has to decide on a course of therapy or approach that is bespoke to that particular individual. 

What are your clients looking for most? 
Being listened to and treated with care, discretion and a touch of magic!

What are the most exciting new treatments/therapies that you are starting to offer clients? 
Energised Activated Activated Oxygen is a safe and easy method of improving oxygen levels within the body, at a cellular level. It also provides detoxification, helps stabilise the autonomic nervous system and improves one's anti-oxidant status. 

Maggie shares the best supplements to keep energy high and skin glowing over the summer months...

Unfortunately, COVID cases are again on the rise, and as such, I will focus in on those supplements that predominately support the immune system and which should be taken in addition to eating nutritious foods.

  • Vitamin D3+K2 (K2 is an uptake blend of D3, meaning your D3 will be absorbed much better by your body if you pair it and take it together with K2), This would always be my Number 1 choice to go to as that is just a true super star between the supplements and one we need through the entire year. Vitamin D3 can modulate the immune responses in our body, and deficiency can be associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. I always like to pair it in my supplementation advice with Omega3, as we know from scientific studies that supplementation with vitamin D and Omega 3 combined with strength exercise program can result in a reduction in cancer risk. Omega 3 can also increase the volume of white matter microstructural integrity, as grey matter volume in the brain of older adults but also lower systolic blood pressure in people. It can also reduce depressive symptoms and posseses anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Vitamin C, is another super star between the vitamins. It can boost immunity by helping white blood cells function more effectively, but also strengthen our skin’s defence system and helping wounds heal faster, making it a great choice to take with us on summer holidays! Vitamin C can also help the body to combat physiologically stress created by heat and reduces the likelihood of developing heat-related illnesses such as heat rash and heat exhaustion, and it can also be used to treat heat rash that's already developed. In addition to this, Vitamin C supplementation can also speed up the length of time it takes the body to adjust to a new hotter environment, known as heat acclimatisation - it does this highly likely by helping to revive the body's sweat glands and keeping them from tiring out due to the heat. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, one that can help the body to protect itself from cell damage by encouraging the production of collagen (great for skin, hair and nails!) and the growth of new tissue as well as helping tissue repair itself. These antioxidant effects may help protect the skin from sun damage, including photo-aging!
  • Selenium plays an important role in the health of our immune system. Selenium is a very powerful antioxidant, one that helps lower oxidative stress in our body, which reduces inflammation and enhances immunity. Studies have demonstrated that increased levels of selenium in the blood are associated with an enhanced immune response.
  • Zinc, as it helps our immune system and metabolism function but also plays an important role in wound healing processes. 
  • Vitamin E, as it can help to protect the skin from damage during hot weather. Vitamin E can expel impurities from the body when it's exposed to excessive heat and sweating, and 
  • Vitamin A, as it can help our body repair sun-damaged skin and provides a way to combat the fine lines and hyper-pigmentation of photo-aging. We can get Vitamin A in a number of forms and it's the compound form “retinol” that helps the body make much needed repairs, including repairing sun-related cell damage and restoring collagen and elastin.
  • Viatmin B complex is particularly important for women, as women are often deficient in it. Vitamin B complex will give you more energy, help with digestion, brain and nerve function, and that is just to mention a few benefits.  

Best skincare treatments for summer vitality?
Of course,it has to be acupuncture! As this is a whole body treatment. One which will mobilise your immunity, keep inflammation levels low and work a true magic on the health and beauty of your skin.

Tell us a little about Facial Cosmetic Accunpucnture and why some people are opting for this over Botox? 
It is very simple - Botox doesn’t do anything to slow down the ageing processes of your skin or gives you any prevention. In contrast, it accelerates the ageing process of your skin. Botox is a neurotoxin that paralyzes the muscle. After people use it, they start losing volume in their face and that accelerates the appearance of aging, and that is sadly an irreversible process. Botox keeps the skin smooth for a few weeks only by literally paralyzing underlying musculature.

Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture actually improves complexion by triggering micro-trauma to the skin, resulting in firmer skin, reduction in wrinkles and tightening of jowls due to an increase in blood flow and production of collagen and elastin. All of which Botox will never be able to do! It’s a cruel illusion … 

Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture can also help with scars, acne and so many other skin conditions, by naturally mobilising your own body’s abilities to heal.

It is a very natural, organic, nontoxic modern approach to ageing skin and general health and wellbeing. 

Wonder, one-injection solutions don’t exist! And we all know this very well…

No one can stop the ageing process of our skin but what we can do is age well, slower and healthy! And that is the profound difference between Botox and Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture, which is a whole body treatment, one that will not only work magic on your skin but also affect in a very positive way the rest of your body and mind.

How do you unwind?
I just need to stop and breathe for a moment! and as long as I can get into the nature to walk or swim outdoors I can recharge and regenerate super quickly. 

Your skincare favourite?
If I could only chose two it would be the Skin Food from Weleda, a product that I have been using basically for everything in regards to skin care and always carry it with me in my handbag. This would be followed by the Japanfusion Bio-Ceramide Moisture Mask from Beauty Pie, one that is just a coat of magic in your skin routine.

Anything else?
Don’t ever forget your own body ability to heal and let your body listen to the positive thoughts that you are thinking as this will influence it all! Remember that thoughts are like magnets! If you want to give your body a chance to heal, you need to truly believe that you can and let your body listen to it! Your body wants you to get better! Believe it! 

About Maggie:

After studying The Science and Art of Education, Psychology and Sociology in her primary studies Maggie finished her University Degree in 2001 at the Free University Berlin in Germany.

The same year she started her second Degree in Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has received her Diploma in Naturopathy in Salzgitter, Germany and qualified as an Acupuncturist in Berlin, Germany.

Later she started her own practice in Munich, Germany and successfully completed further professional studies in Classical Natural Medicine that included:

  • Classical Naturopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Biological Cancer Therapy
  • Own Blood and Own Urine Therapy
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Colon Therapy
  • Connective Tissue Massage
  • Healing Through Regeneration
  • Pain and Migraine Management/Prevention/Treatment
  • Metabolism disease
  • Menopause Management
  • Female health
  • Physical examination and Injection
  • First Aid and Emergency

Maggie has also completed additional higher-level training courses, where she has successfully received qualifications in:

  • Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture ​Ear Acupuncture
  • Electro Acupuncture
  • Clinical Acupuncture Training
  • Myofascial Cupping Therapy & Massage

Maggie is also a fully accredited Celluma Low Light Level Therapy practitioner.

Find Maggie's practice at MC Martin Acupuncture & Naturopathy 
Follow Maggie at @m.c.martinacu