Chinese medicine

Chinese medicine glossary of terms

By |August 7th, 2018|

Chinese medicine can be very confusing if you have never encountered it before. You are placed inside a medical modality where none of the terms used may be familiar to you. Articles and blog posts are littered with strange words and terms to which you have no point of reference. This Chinese medicine glossary will hopefully come some part of the way to making things clearer for you. This page will continue […]

Using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to treat uterine fibroids

By |July 10th, 2018|

Uterine Fibroids in Chinese medicine.

By Dr. Ellen Lee, CMD

Below is a discussion on uterine fibroids in Chinese medicine, and how we may use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines to treat them. We will look at what they are, how Chinese medicine describes them, various treatment options and predicted outcomes.

What are uterine fibroids?
Uterine Fibroids (a.k.a. uterine myoma, leioma, fibroma) are benign (non- cancerous) growths of smooth muscle tissues within the uterine walls.

There are four types […]

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 […]

My journey through acupuncture for pregnancy

By |November 15th, 2016|

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 […]

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 […]

Acupuncture and Fertility

By |April 22nd, 2014|

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 […]

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 […]

Food stagnation – The post Christmas/New Year bloated stomach

By |January 2nd, 2013|

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 […]