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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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