Many of us are familiar with our spicy
friend called ginger, but do you know just how potent this little rhizome is?
Rhizoma Zingiberis Recens, commonly
known as fresh ginger, is native to the warm parts of Asia and is often added
as pungent flavouring for soups, stir-fries and sweets. Ginger is frequently
used in Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments and this time of year is the
perfect time to start adding it into your daily food regime.
Chinese medicine defines ginger as
warming and tonifying, it enters the Lung, Spleen and Stomach meridians, induces
perspiration and expels cold from the body. Placed in the herbal category of
‘Releasing the Exterior” ginger is traditionally used to push disease out from
the superficial layer of the body making it perfect for colds and flus. It
warms the lungs and stops coughing and its spicy nature helps to break up
It is also said to warm the digestion and stop vomiting and is often used to aid in the relief of digestive complaints such as nausea, morning sickness, diarrhea, constipation and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Compounds found in ginger are known to help relieve GI (Gastro Intestinal) irritation and stimulate saliva and bile production. It also seems to have positive effects on the enzyme trypsin and pancreatic lipase, increasing motility through the digestive tract.
The spicy warm nature of ginger makes
it ideal for those who are easily affected by the cold. If you feel your energy
levels dropping coming into the cold months or notice that your hands and feet
are always cold, then ginger is a great start to help build your internal fire
and get your circulation moving.
Modern research has shown that high doses of ginger powder could be beneficial in the treatment of menstrual pain and osteo arthritis and further research is being conducted to uncover the mechanisms and potential health benefits of this widely used spice. To find out how best to nurture your body through these cold months book your appointment with us today or simply call 5956 7011.
Chinese medicine theory was developed around 2000 years ago and is based on the understanding that the human body is not separate from the environment. By observing nature, the ancient Chinese were able to gain insight into the workings of the human body and how one may better their health and longevity. Although this basic theory has evolved, it is still very much applicable today. Right now, we experience the effects of the change of seasons and the connection of yin and yang.
In Chinese medicine, disease may by caused by external or internal factors. Internal factors can pertain to a person’s genetic makeup, their lifestyle and the state of their emotions. It can be associated with hormonal imbalances or hereditary conditions. Lifestyle factors include a person’s diet and their activity levels as well as their emotional state.
The external causes of illness are thought to be external pathogenic factors which include wind, heat, cold, damp and dryness. We will often see this manifest as a cold or flu in which varying degrees of these factors may be present for example a congested sinus with phlegmy cough will be seen as a damp or phlegm condition or a high fever with a red rash will be seen as a heat condition.
The internal causes of disease are said to develop from a disharmony in the emotions, although healthy expression of emotions is encouraged, holding on or suppressing our emotions is believed to be the cause of some illnesses in the body.
We are now familiar with the link between stress and many health conditions such as high blood pressure or digestive upset. We will be exploring this concept further at our upcoming free event on Mental Health (15th May) We will discuss both Chinese and Western medicine approaches to mental health and share a range of methods and tools to help manage conditions such as anxiety and depression. Register your spot or book your full consultation today. Of course you can call us on on 5956 7011.
Fertility is described as the quality of being fertile and having the ability to conceive children. In Australia the rate of infertility seems to be on the rise with around one in six Australian couples of reproductive ages having difficulty conceiving.
The causes of infertility vary and may include issues with sperm and egg production, structural or functional issues and hormonal or immune disturbances.
In some cases, conception can be achieved but there is difficulty in holding the pregnancy to full term. Chinese Medicine has a history of working with gynecological and obstetric issues for over 2000 years. Using acupuncture and herbs and giving guidance on lifestyle and emotional care we help create the fertile ground needed to support a growing foetus.
Just as soil needs to be properly prepared for the sowing of seeds, so too do our bodies need preparation to create the ideal environment for the foetus grow. Our practitioners will consider both partners overall health and can assist couples in enhancing their health prior to conception to increase their likelihood of conceiving.
In cases where a western medical diagnosis has been made,
combining both conventional and traditional methods can yield better results.
In some cases, no medical diagnosis can be made, and these patients respond
well with Chinese medicine which focuses on improving health and regulating
Acupuncture has demonstrated promising results when used in
conjunction with assisted reproductive technologies like IVF. It improves blood
flow to reproductive and pelvic regions and can aid in balancing hormonal function
and reducing the stress and anxiety that can often develop around this time.
Support doesn’t stop at conception, Chinese medicine may
assist couples through pregnancy and beyond including aiding in the relief of
morning sickness, pelvic and back pain, promoting a smooth birth and supporting
the body back to health after birth.
If you and your partner are considering children, come in and speak to one of our dedicated practitioners and discover how we can help you on your journey to parenthood. Contact our clinic on 5956 7011, or book your online appointment today.
and mental wellbeing is an essential aspect of overall health. Stress can be
considered one of the main causes of illness in the west, as our means of
dealing with stressful situations is often to avoid and repress these seemingly
negative emotions. Unfortunately, this
functions to bury the stress deeper in the body and can lead to manifestations
of disease. On the other hand, disease can cause stress, and this then becomes
a cycle which is difficult to overcome. With the use of herbs and acupuncture
we can help reduce stress and the psychosomatic causes of illness.
There are 5
key emotions in Chinese medicine – Joy, Anger, Grief, Pensiveness and Fear.
These emotions are necessary for healthy mental processing, the problem arises
when emotions are held on to, not expressed or are over exaggerated. For
example, fear, most of us wish to avoid this feeling, but fear in its proper
expression functions to protect us from pending danger – unfortunately we
commonly have deep seeded fears which no longer serve to protect us, but
instead hold us back from living a life in alignment with our inner
medicine uses different techniques to help our patients acknowledge and release
pent up emotions which are damaging to the body. The World Health Organisation
(WHO) declared Chinese medicine to be more effective than conventional medicine in
the treatment of anxiety and depression given that it is safe, non-toxic,
non-addictive, cost effective and having only minor side effects.
Other common conditions which often result from underlying stress include: Insomnia, headaches, PMS, digestive issues, muscle tension, fatigue and many more. If you or someone you know are currently suffering from anxiety, depression or another form of emotional or mental strain it may be time to explore a natural treatment option. Don’t hold your self back any longer! If you require immediate assistance, please contact Lifeline.