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.


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...

It feels like hay fever is really bad this year.

Everyone I know is complaining about the signs and symptoms of hay fever, and want a quick fix on how to treat it.

But the answer isn't that simple. 

Yes, you can reach for the anti-histamines and pop a pill every day to temporarily relieve the symptoms of hay fever, but would you not rather fix the root cause of the problem and get it resolved so it doesn't take over your life. 

From a Chinese medicine view, it tells me that there is a disharmony in your body. When your body is not working as efficiently as it should, these small signs and symptoms are ways to tell us that there are bigger issues going on...

With the warmer weather on its way, longer days of sunshine, flowers blossoming, and the winds are starting to blow in from  the north, this heralds the beginning of spring.

For some this is a time to celebrate coming out of a cold, wet, and dark winter, however others are dredging it as it means hay fever season.

Hay fever is a chronic inflammation of the nose, throat, eyes, and sinuses. It is an allergic reaction to specific pollens, being released in the air by flowers and plants beginning to pollinate, usually in spring and summer.  For hay fever sufferers, the symptoms can range from itchy eyes, blocked or runny nose, sinusitis, sneezing or trouble wit...

With fewer hours of daylight, colder weather, rain, snow, and grey clouds above, winter forces us to slow down, stay indoors, and rest. 

Physically - From a Chinese medicine point of view winter is associated with the water element, and its corresponding organs are the Kidneys and Bladder. Their role in our bodies is to store our essence, govern birth, growth, and reproduction. They are also responsible for distributing water throughout the body, housing our will power, and maintaining our energy levels. Therefore, when our Kidneys are in disharmony and depleted, we may experience fatigue, burn out, suffer lower back or knee pain, feel the cold easily (esp...

Also known as Indian summer, late summer traditionally starts around the 3rd week in February and lasts around 4-6 weeks in the southern hemisphere. Late summer is when the earth is starting to cool down, and there are occasional hot days mixed with cooler days or nights.

This season transitions from yang (outward, hot, extraverted energy) seasons of spring and summer, moving into yin (internal, cooling, introverted energies) seasons of autumn and winter.  In late summer, nature is ripening and nurturing itself before traditional harvest time of autumn, so too we need to do this with our bodies. It is vital that now is the time to nourish and nurture your...

Struggling to fall asleep?

Or is your problem struggling to stay asleep?

Are you feeling constantly tired and sleep deprived?

Insomnia is reported to occur in 30-50% of the population in any one year, and is more common amongst the elderly and in women. Some causes of short-term insomnia can be: anxiety, stress, stimulants like coffee or loud noises, alcohol, some medications and many others.

Insomnia according to Chinese medicine

In Chinese medicine sleeping problems are not seen as a disease, but a symptom. Primarily sleep issues or insomnia manifests from the heart channel where the spirit resides, this then affects other organs. At night the...

Most people are afraid of needles for the one reason is that it hurts. For anyone who has had a blood test or been to the dentist, yes it can hurt as the needle is penetrating the skin which is protecting our bodies. Some will even avoid going for a blood test or the dentist for this reason.

Now should you avoid going to an acupuncturist because of the same reasons? Let's talk about some facts if you have not tried acupuncture before:

Is it Painful?

Modern technology has created super smooth and fine acupuncture needles. In most cases there is no pain or it only lasts for a second. Other patient’s report experiencing a dull sensation, however this disappears...

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