Chinese medicine and acupuncture blog

Acupuncture Saturday mornings

We are excited to announce that Kura will be offering acupuncture Saturday mornings from June 10, 2017. You will have the honour of being seen by Dr. Ashley Gordon, CMD who is joining our team in the coming weeks.

Saturday mornings have been vacant for a long while now, and we have been wanting to rectify this but were unable to do this. Now with our newest team member, we can.

*Please note: Saturday morning appointments are Private only.
There […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Categories: Miscelaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Acupuncture job oppurtunity

Update 13 May, 2017

Thank-you to all who applied. Wow, what a treat it was meeting and greeting some wonderful practitioners. The position is now filled, and we look forward to welcoming our two new practitioners!

Position available for a Chinese medicine doctor

An opportunity has arisen to join a growing multi-disciplinary clinic in the heart of South Yarra in busy Chapel street. The position is for a part-time registered Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist. The applicant must be:
tertiary qualified;
experienced (5 years […]

By |March 7th, 2017|Categories: Miscelaneous|Tags: |0 Comments

Tomato and basil soup | A summer recipe

2 tbsp cup olive oil
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
800 kg of very ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/3 cup water
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, rinsed and patted dry
Salt and freshly ground black or white pepper

In a medium saucepan, heat 1tbsp olive oil over medium heat.
Add the chopped onions, 2/3 of the minced garlic, the chopped celery and chopped carrot and saute until tender, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring […]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Food, Health preservation|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Maintaining a healthy heart in Chinese medicine

A healthy heart for a healthy mind

Article by Dr Helen Bourke, CMD

The heart in Chinese medicine
The heart’s physical function is controlling blood circulation and the blood vessels. In Chinese medicine it is also believed to control consciousness, intelligence, thinking, memory and sleep, as well as providing a haven for a person’s spirit, or shen. People with healthy Hearts are aware of the world around them without being overwhelmed by it. They are able to come up with […]

My journey through acupuncture for pregnancy

A lot of the work that I do in my clinic is dispensing acupuncture for pregnancy, so naturally when I found out I myself was pregnant I did not hesitate to book my first appointment with a colleague to begin supporting the pregnancy. I was also an older first time mother, that is I was over 35 years of age. This is known in the industry as Advanced Maternal Age (AMA). This meant that I would […]

By |November 15th, 2016|Categories: Fertility|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Healthy ageing with Chinese medicine

Common health complaints we see as we grow older

It is well known and predicted that disease & disability can rise with age. Nevertheless, poor health need not be a consequence of ageing.

Generally signs and symptoms of ageing include graying and thinning of hair, tinnitus, hearing loss, infertility, diminished sexual function, menopause, memory loss, urinary and/or bowel incontinence, reduced bone density as well as pain in lower back, knees, hips and other joints.

The difference between Western […]

We now offer affordable acupuncture through medicare

edit: 1st December 2016

All acupuncture appointments are now covered by Medicare. You no longer need to specify when you call up that you need a Medicare appointment. If you are registered with Medicare, then your acupuncture appointment is covered and will only cost you $30 out of pocket regardless of whether it is an extended or normal length appointment. Your rebate will pay for the rest.

*Please note: Saturday morning appointments are Private only.
There is no […]

Acupuncture and Fertility

Going through the process of having a child should be a joyous and exciting period for a couple. For many it is, but for  others it may a become long, laborious and highly stressful process. Doing the rounds of medical professional after medical professional can become very wearing on both the couple as a unit, as well as the couple as individuals. This is where acupuncture can step in.


Growing amounts of research claim that acupuncture […]

What can acupuncture treat?

As an acupuncturist I so very often hear this one question – what can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture can treat very many things. The World Health Organisation website has a review and analysis page of it. This is where I have gleaned my data for you in my first ever little infograph. I hope you enjoy!

And the source of this infographic is: WHO – Acupuncture: Review and Analysis […]

Foods to help with qi and blood stagnation

What is qi and blood stagnation
Qi and blood stagnation can occur anywhere in the body. We are going to concentrate on the liver because that is the most common organ affected. The liver is very sensitive to emotions. Even mild arguments can upset it. Over time all the the everyday upsets and stresses build up and become deep rooted within the body. The liver becomes less able to cope and bounce back. It becomes “stagnated”. […]