Chinese medicine and acupuncture blog

Damp in Chinese medicine

What is damp?

Too much damp in the body is one of the most common pathologies seen in the modern Chinese medicine clinic. Pathogenic damp manifests itself in a plethora of ways. They can range from gastrointestinal complaints and oedema to aching bones and chronic cough plus many in between.

Normal physiological fluids of the body include tears, sweat, normal nasal mucous, intestinal fluids as well as the fluids that […]

The Chinese medicine spleen: How is it different?

What and where is the spleen

The spleen sits in the upper left quadrant of your abdomen between your stomach and your diaphragm. The spleen in Chinese medicine bears little resemblance to it’s Western medicine counterpart. It’s function has little to do with digestion and more to do with immunity and cleansing of the blood. It filters the blood and removes any old or damaged blood cells and platelets. It supports […]

The magical acupressure period pain point

Acupressure point for period pain

Today I am going to speak of what I like to call the magical period pain point. Many women are attracted to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to look after their gynaecological health. One of the more common afflictions is period pain. Often a woman will come into the clinic when she begins to experience the pain. I will always include one acupuncture point in all treatments, and sometimes it […]

Using acupuncture to give up smoking

Decided to give up the cigarettes?
Smoking cigarettes is considered to be one of the most addictive things a person can undertake. There is not just the physical addiction of the nicotine but also the habitual movement of hand to mouth and the satisfaction it provides.

The negative impacts of cigarettes on our health is well published. It is easy to choose from a plethora of health reasons to give up cigarettes. For some it is easy, […]

By |January 9th, 2013|Categories: Health preservation|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Food stagnation – The post Christmas/New Year bloated stomach

At last – the food gluttony season has passed! If you are like many others and feeling it in your tummy ie a bloated abdomen that seems not able to go down, then join the crew. During the Christmas season we tend to eat a-lot more than we are used to, as well as often eating types of food that we are not used to eating. Our poor digestion starts feeling the strain and begins […]

By |January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Digestive complaints, Food|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Surviving the Christmas chaos

It’s the Silly Season again!

It’s Christmas time again. In Australia this means that it is the end of the year and the start of Summer. It is colloquially known as the “silly season”. For many though it is a time of great stress. Many people go on leave over the Christmas/New Year break, and must rush to finish […]

By |December 12th, 2012|Categories: Health preservation|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Spring – The season of change.

Spring glorious Spring! 

Spring is well and truly here. Chinese medicine sees Spring as the time for growth and rejuvenation. Spring comes after Winter as we all know. During Winter we withdrew inwards and conserved our energy as well as reduced activity. In Spring we start to come back out. We start to become more active again. It is a time for regeneration, starting anew and renewing our souls.

The qi (energy) of the body starts to […]

By |October 24th, 2012|Categories: Health preservation|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Let acupuncture help rid you of your headache.

A common complaint with some un-common causes!*
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve got a headache”? It’s one of the most common problems in society today yet a headache, particularly the recurring kind shouldn’t be taken lightly. It might well be the symptom of some underlying imbalance or deeper problem.

It’s little wonder that the consumption of analgesics in the Australia is so widespread. It’s a symptom of our modern lifestyle to ‘pop a […]

By |September 12th, 2012|Categories: Common health complaints, Pain|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Chicken and quineoa soup recipe


A bowl of chicken and quinoa soup
This is one of mine and my husbands favourite soups. It is so adaptable. You can add or subtract any kind of vegetable you want in it (I usually just throw in what ever is in the fridge). You can add more stock to make it more of a broth or less stock to make […]

Acupuncture in the relief of Celiac disease

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune digestive disease. Villi of the small intestine are damaged disrupting the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from foods. When a sufferer eats foods with gluten in it such as is found in grains like wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats the body responds by attacking the villi of the small intestine (Flaws & Sionneau, 2001, p. 111). The villi become inflamed, shrivel up, flatten out and sometimes disappear. This results […]