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...

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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Simple tips to weight management

Does it feel like you are on the same vicious weight loss regime? You work hard to lose the excess weight until you reach your goal, then fast forward a couple of months later and you are either back where you started or even worse added some additional sneaky kilos.

Here are some simple to follow tricks to for long lasting weight management.

Stop calling it a diet

The moment you all it a diet it changes the way you view your eating habits and how you will structure your meals for the short term. Diet has such negative connotations attach to it. What you are doing is making a permanent lifestyle change, and with that how you c...

When I tell people what I do for a living, people are usually quite surprised and curious about acupuncture. They have heard about it, but are either too scared of the needles, or do not know if it can assist in their health problems.

Although acupuncture has been around for over 2000 years, it is relatively new in Australia. Due to this there are plenty of myths about acupuncture, here are the top 10 I have heard, which I want to debunk right now.

Acupuncture needles hurt

No, not in the way people think. When I talk about needles, people always think about hypodermic needles (the needles a nurse uses to take blood). The needles I use in acupuncture are very...

Chinese medicine works best as a preventative medicine. How we live our lives on a daily basis, contributes to how well our health is years later. The ancient Chinese follow a number of rules; from what type of foods we should eat and avoid, when we should go to bed, and what time is best to do our daily exercise.

Here are 10 simple tips that the ancient Chinese follow for good health, that you can follow too.

1. Eat a hearty breakfast between 7-9am

In Chinese medicine the stomach is most active and functional between the times of 7-9am. This is when it is most optimal to eat a big hearty breakfast to set the day right.

2. In bed and asleep by 11pm.

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Food is medicine!

Ancient Chinese medicine looks at food and drinks in a different way than western medicine. They follow different principles to ensure better health.

Here are some food tips from the ancient Chinese.

  • Sit down to eat

  • Eat when you are calm. If you try eating while angry or upset by something, it is believed the food stagnates in stomach or spleen and causes stomach upsets and bloating.

  • Don’t drink any fluids, before, during, or immediately after foods. This impacts the stomach’s natural acids to assist in breaking down the food.

  • Also eat as many different flavours (sweet, sour, bitter, pungent, and salty) in each serving. T...

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