Are restless legs driving you crazy?


What is RLS restless leg syndrome? Restless legs syndrome (RLS) has not a know cause, however, recent findings link it go genetic predisposition. This means that if you have relatives with restless legs, you are more likely to experience it as well. As a secondary symptom, restless legs are associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s […]

The Zang Fu (organs): Heart & Sm...

Safflower Clinic Zang Fu

The analysis of disease in oriental medicine is based on a concept called ‘zangfu’. The zang are solid and the fu are hollow organs. The focus of Chinese medicine on the different organs reflects the increased reliance on concepts therein. Other major concepts are ‘yin yang’ and the ‘5 elements’. The Heart The heart is […]

The Zang Fu (organs): Stomach & ...

Safflower Clinic Zang Fu

The analysis of disease in oriental medicine is based on a concept called ‘zangfu’. The zang are solid and the fu are hollow organs. The focus of Chinese medicine on the different organs reflects the increased reliance on concepts therein. Other major concepts are ‘yin yang’ and the ‘5 elements’. The Stomach The stomach is […]

Happy Monkey Magic 2016

Happy Monkey Magic 2016

The Lunar New Year is coming up with the new moon February 9th, ushering in a year of the (male) Fire Monkey.[1] According to Tibetan Astrology a Monkey year is “extremely rich and holds many surprises—anything can happen. This is a year in which one must be cunning and seize new initiatives. All opportunities are […]

The Zang Fu (organs): Lung & Lar...

Safflower Clinic Zang Fu

The analysis of disease in oriental medicine is based on a concept called ‘zangfu’. The zang are solid and the fu are hollow organs. The focus of Chinese medicine on the different organs reflects the increased reliance on concepts therein. Ideally, every organ has a specific meaning, and this has a direct impact on how […]

Chinese medicine (TCM) is safe!

An Chinese scientific researcher holding at a liquid solution in a lab.

Unfortunately, Chinese herbal medicine has enticed negative attention when an article revealed that a multidisciplinary approach to assess the molecular content of 26 patents described found that 92% of their samples have some form of contamination and/or substitution. The research was funded through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship awarded to MB and a National […]

The 24 hour body clock – which ...


Ever noticed considerable fluctuations in your energy levels? Experiencing frequent mood swings? The explanation for these behaviors is tied to what one eat, as well as chemical hormonal chemical fluctuations. The body energy clock has been discovered by early scholars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It illustrates the energy flow and the cyclical ebb across […]

PCOS – Dietary changes are essential!

PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome SM

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (or polycystic ovary syndrome – PCOS) is a complex condition in which a woman’s ovaries are generally bigger than average. Polycystic means the ovaries have many cysts or follicles that rarely grow to maturity or produce eggs capable of being fertilised. Despite the fact that these cysts are not harmful, they are […]

IBS – Sensitive to food and stress!

Male digestive system aanatomy anterior view

Around one in five Australians suffers symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) at some point in their life. People with IBS have sensitive large intestines that are easily aggravated. The factors causing aggravation of the bowels are not easily understood, but it appears that they come from 1) genetic disposition, 2) diet and 3) emotional […]

Sick of being affected by Hay fever?

Hay fever

What is hay fever? Also known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever is mainly characterized by nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, nasal itching and sneezing. These symptoms result from inflamed nasal membranes. The quality of life can be greatly impaired once the condition sets in; this is obviously something no one wants to experience. How about a remedy […]

Treating Headache using Chinese Medic...

man desperate

The discomfort that comes about as a result of a headache is almost unmatched. There has been a constant search for remedies for migraines and other forms of headache in a bid to bring the much-required relief. Over the years, Chinese medicine has been used to cure a wide variety of diseases, headache notwithstanding. Regardless […]

Candida – a yeasty problem


Candidiasis is a fungal infection due to any types of Candida (a type of yeast).  When it affects the mouth, it is commonly called thrush. Signs and symptoms include white patches on the tongue or other areas of the mouth and throat. Other symptoms may include soreness and problems swallowing. When it affects the vagina, […]

Insomnia – Why am I not sleeping?


Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulties falling or staying asleep. Most people have experienced insomnia symptoms at some time of their lives. At any given time around 10% of people have at least mild insomnia[1]. Anxiety and depression are the two most common causes of chronic insomnia. What’s more, the sleep deprivation can […]

5 Things to avoid Painful Periods

Menstrual Cycle Fertility Chart

As a female we menstruate for 35 years (between 14 and 49 years of age) give or take a few years. Bleeding is a natural physiological occurrence and usually comes about once a month (in a perfect world, every 28 days). According to Chinese medicine, it is necessary not only for a healthy cycle and […]

Dry Needling vs Acupuncture


What is dry needling? The practice of dry needling involves inserting an Acupuncture needle into a trigger point (tender spot). It is generally used to treat pain associated with injuries. Dry needling is often conducted by Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors, or Remedial Masseurs to complement their treatment modality. Dry needling can be effective in relieving […]

Cinnamon (Gui Zhi) and its formulas f...


Diabetes mellitus, or simply diabetes, is a serious and potentially deadly disease with a characteristic of high blood glucose. Its classical symptoms are increased eating, increased drinking, increased urine and decreased body weight. There are mainly two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes is the form of diabetes that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing […]

Skin diseases and their treatments

Tissue structure of skin

The skin is considered as the largest organ of human beings, with a total area of about 20 square feet (1.86 m2). It contains two layers, each with its own important parts (Fig.1): Epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin, provides a waterproof barrier, prevents pathogens, regulates body temperature and creates our skin tone. Dermis, […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) on...

Brain regions

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, is the rapid loss of brain function (electrical/chemical communications between neurons and target cells) due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain [[1]]. This can be due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) caused by blockage (thrombosis, arterial embolism), or a hemorrhage (broken blood vessel due to high […]

From Mona Lisa to Multiple Sclerosis

Mona Lisa to MS

When we stand in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa in The Louvre museum, the optical image will be translated into electric pulses in the retina cells in the our eye. Those electric signals will move along the optic nerves, relay neurons, thalamus, to the visual cortex in the occipital lobe that is located […]

Common childhood conditions part I of...


From a newborn baby to an adult, all systems are developing, not only in size or weight, but their function also matures and modifies at different life stages, until the end of adolescence. This ongoing development of organs and systems is reflected in the amount of common diseases that children get, especially for the immune […]

Common childhood conditions part II o...


In addition to the weakness of child immune defense to the microorganisms during the development, the whole body is facing the challenges in the interactions of material metabolism to the outside world.   Allergies The medical term of allergy is defined as the Type I hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system [[i]]. The rapid inflammatory […]

The Wu Xing – 5 Phases


The Wu Xing or 5 elements are an ancient mnemonic device. It was and is used to describe interactions and relationships between phenomena. According to Wu Xing theory, the structure of the cosmos mirrors the five phases. Any action, any incident, any occurrence or any event can be related to one of these phases. This […]



Dysmenorrhea (Greek term, meaning “painful menstruation”, is a medical condition of excessive menstrual pain during menstruation that interferes with daily activities (Fig. 1, [[1]]). It does not include the common situation of mild discomfort or pain during normal menstruation. The menstrual pain of dysmenorrhea is often described as menstrual cramps, also including sharp, throbbing, dull, […]



Infertility is fundamentally the inability to conceive a baby, including the inability of a male to provide normal sperms and the state of a female who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term [[1]]. The causes of infertility include specific male causes, specific female causes, combined and unexplained infertility (Fig. 2, [1]). On […]

Breast cancer and the role of Chinese...

Breast cancer

Statistics of breast cancer: Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue [[1]]. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (12.38%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, while 5.72% of women will develop cancer of the breast between their 50th and 70th birthdays [[2]]. The indidence rate is […]



Menopause literally means the “end of monthly cycles” (the end of monthly periods aka menstruation), from the Greek word pausis (cessation) and the root men- (month). A woman’s period, once every 28 days on average, starting from around 14 years (menarche) and ending at around 50 years old (menopause), is a series physiological changes for […]

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