Health preservation

The seven emotions in traditional Chinese medicine

By |August 31st, 2018|

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) sees a close relationship between the internal organs and emotions. There are considered to be seven emotions in TCM. These are joy, anger, worry (pensiveness), anxiety, sadness (grief), fear and fright. Emotional activity is the normal response to external or environmental stimuli. Within normal limits it is not seen as harmful, and can actually be beneficial for the body and mind. However, if emotions are too abrupt, too powerful and overwhelming, or […]

Tomato and basil soup | A summer recipe

By |December 2nd, 2016|

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 […]

Maintaining a healthy heart in Chinese medicine

By |December 2nd, 2016|

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 […]

Healthy ageing with Chinese medicine

By |June 2nd, 2016|

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 […]

What can acupuncture treat?

By |June 7th, 2013|

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

By |March 17th, 2013|

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”. […]

The Chinese medicine spleen: How is it different?

By |February 6th, 2013|

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 […]

Using acupuncture to give up smoking

By |January 9th, 2013|

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, […]

Surviving the Christmas chaos

By |December 12th, 2012|

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 […]

Spring – The season of change.

By |October 24th, 2012|

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 […]