15/11/2019

In the east, tea is seen as a way to good and long health. It is drank daily for its health benefits that  have been celebrated for many generations. However not all teas are the same, from white tea, green tea, chamomile to rosehip tea, they all have their own health benefits and act on the body in different ways. In traditional Chinese medicine, food is seen as medicine, and tea has been used in this way for centuries. 

So which tea is best for you? Originally green tea was the used to treat heat issues, as it was seen to have a cooling effect on the body. However, as the different blends of teas have been created, there are a variety of t...

13/11/2019

Menopause is a word that most women fear, as we hear so many things from other women about how bad the symptoms can be. 

Menopause is a natural ageing process and in China, women report fewer menopausal symptoms than women in the Western world such as Australia and the UK. This is due to a number of reasons such as the way menopause is viewed and the way they treat the symptoms. 

What is menopause?

Menopause is defined a women who has not had a period for at least one year, as this signifies the end of her ovaries producing hormones to ovulate and have a period, and is therefore no longer fertile. Currently the average age of menopause in Australia is 51.

How...

13/11/2019

What is basal body temperature (BBT)?

Your BBT is the temperature you take when your body is at a complete rest. Throughout the month your BBT will change depending on a number of factors, including your hormones. It is the lowest measurement of the body’s temperature and used as a baseline. Day one of your cycle, your temperature should drop with a period and remains lower in the first half of your cycle. Just before you ovulate, your temperature will drop slightly and then rise once ovulation occurs, this is because the hormone progesterone takes over for the second half of your cycle and causes your temperature to rise. If you are pregnant then your tem...

Yes trying to be healthy can be expensive, when you add up supplements, herbs, water filers, appointments it can get very overwhelming, but as the saying goes ;the best things in life are free.' The following 'free wellness' advice tips are ones I give to my patients over and over again. They are simple and practical things that anyone can do, and can easily be incorporated into your daily wellness routine. These top 10 easy changes can make a huge difference to how you feel without costing you too much.

1. Sleep. You cannot expect to feel great and look well if you are either not getting enough sleep, or not having great quality sleep. Lack of sleep has b...

08/07/2019

Recently I have been seeing more and more women come into my clinic being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases (AID). Research is showing that the diagnosis of AID is on the increase in our society, however we do not really know why. It is assumed that dietary, lifestyle, our environment, stress, and lack of sleep are some of the reasons why. AID causes damage to tissues and organs throughout the body. It can impact hormones, digestion, skin, immunity, fertility, energy levels, and mood.

So what is AID? AID are a range of diseases where the body's immune system mistakenly attacks its own body. Normally our body's immune system helps us identify and fight aga...

In Chinese medicine there are a number of different patterns we see in regards to acne, eczema and other skin issues, some of the common ones are; blood stagnation, too much internal heat, lung heat, stomach heat, damp, or a combination of patterns. Depending on what the root cause is for you, depends on what type of treatment will work best.

The types of pimples/acne you have on your face vary depending on what is causing your skin issues, but you always need to look at the internal aspect not just the external, this means finding the root cause within the body and treating that. For example red, hot and raw acne which is more of an internal heat con...

Bloating, stomach or digestion issues usually occurs when there is a disturbance to normal digestion process. In Chinese medicine, it is related to an imbalance of the organs of Stomach, Spleen (Earth organs), or the Liver qi. There are a range of questions we ask to make a proper diagnosis these include; how often do you have bloating, is it before, during, or after you eat, does your stomach feel cold to touch, do you experience any heartburn or reflux with your bloating, what are your bowel movements like?

Emotionally the earth energy becomes imbalanced when we over-worry, over-thinking, study, overworking, or feelings of excess anxiety, and t...

It’s the end of the long hot summer days, as autumn is signalled by the visual representation of trees beginning to lose their leaves as they slowly change from a vibrant green to yellow, orange, and red. The cold mornings start to tell us to pack away summer clothes and get out the warmer thicker winter clothes.

Energetically we begin to move from the yang expansive energies of summer when the nights we long, we were out socialising more, and had more outdoor, active and carefree attitudes, to yin introspective energy. The shorter, cooler days signify that it’s time to stay indoors more, go to bed earlier, and focus more on rest and quiet energy.

The yin/y...

What is dry needling?

It was developed in the 1940’s by Janet Travell and David Simons. It uses needles to stimulate trigger points or myofascial trigger points, sometimes with substances such as corticosteroids or saline. The term dry needling then eventually involved no injection of substances but still worked on trigger points. Trigger points are areas of pain or sensitivity, may be irritated, knotted, or there may be tightness. 

What’s the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

There isn’t any. In western medicine the terms ‘dry needling’ or ‘myofascial trigger point stimulation’, are techniques that have been used for thousands of years in Chi...

Chinese astrology was originally used in ancient times, and was used as a traditional fortune telling system. It refers to reading a person’s destiny based on their birth details (day, month, year, and even the time of day you were born). When you were born there were certain elements that were more present at that time, either fire, earth, metal, water or wood.

The way the elements interacted with each other, then determines different aspects of your health, personality, relationships, and future predictions. Understanding what your strengths and weaknesses that are in your constitution, allows you to be more aware of what is coming up for the year ahead.

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