general health

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 […]

We now offer affordable acupuncture through medicare

By |June 27th, 2014|

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 […]

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”. […]

Damp in Chinese medicine

By |February 13th, 2013|

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?

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 […]

The magical acupressure period pain point

By |January 16th, 2013|

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 […]