Safflower Chinese medicine clinic is pleased to now have a GP working alongside their Chinese Medicine practitioners. Dr Carol Head started in August and is loving working on Phillip island. Carol has been a GP for over thirty years and worked in a variety of practices both in Melbourne and rural Victoria, including in San Remo. Carol is excited to join Safflower Clinic because it gives her the opportunity to spend longer with patients and take a much more holistic approach than in conventional general practice.
New patients can enjoy a relaxed first appointment with plenty of time to discuss their issues. Follow up appointments can also be longer when necessary so patients won’t feel rushed.
Carol treats a wide range of issues using both conventional and complementary therapies and is especially interested in laser acupuncture which is a form of acupuncture where low energy laser is used instead of needles. It is useful to treat all sorts of ailments including musculoskeletal problems, pain, arthritis, depression and anxiety.
Carol has an interest in chronic health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel as well as a mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. She is happy to see patients with any general practice issues, but Safflower clinic is not equipped for emergencies or trauma.
Carol is happy to bulkbill pension and HCC holders. Private patients will pay between $75-170 depending upon the length of consultation, with Medicare rebates available. More details are available on the Safflower website and appointments can be booked online – www.safflowerclinic.com.au or ring 59567011.
While we haven’t seen the end of winter, spring is certainly on its way. The warmth of the sun is breathing life into us once again, birds are nesting, flowers are blooming, and we are beginning to awaken from the deep slumber brought on by the cold winter days – it’s time to get moving again!
In Chinese medicine springtime is attributed to the wood element and the liver and gallbladder systems. The nature of wood is to spread, grow and reach new heights. Once the seed is planted it is destined to become a tree and although it may encounter obstacles on its path, it does not stop pushing and it never considers giving up. This is the wood energy and as such the liver and gallbladder system is responsible for this smooth spread and flow of Qi within the body. Any congestion or restriction can cause the wood energy to stagnate and backfire which can lead to symptoms like pain, PMS, menstrual irregularities, emotional outbursts or digestive problems. The spirit of the liver is said to be the planner and the gallbladder is the general who executes those plans. Therefore, issues concerning lack of direction, setting goals for the future and the inability to focus and complete tasks to reach those goals, can be seen as a disruption in this system.
With acupuncture and herbs as well as implementing a healthy diet and lifestyle we can promote the smooth flow of Qi and bring a sense of wellbeing and balance back into the body and mind. Foods that help to encourage the healthy functioning of the liver and gallbladder include dark leafy greens, sprouts, herbs like parsley, basil and rosemary, fennel and citrus fruits as well as whole grains like rye. Avoid eating too much refined and processed foods, sugars, fats as well as dairy as these tend to weigh heavy and are congesting to the body.
Book your consultation today at safflowerclinic.com.au or call us on 5956 7011 to learn more about how Chinese medicine can help you stay in your flow this spring.
Have you always wanted to speak to a GP who also embraces complementary medicine? Have you
had laser acupuncture provided by a local GP before? And are you longing for a conventional doctor
to have plenty of time for you to discuss all your health issues and incorporate mind, body and
Wait not much longer as we are thrilled to announce that Dr Carol Head is joining our team and will
start consulting on Monday, 20 th August 2018. She will be working three days a week (whilst
completing her Master’s degree in Chinese herbal medicine at RMIT). Dr Head will be available for
consultations on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Safflower clinic in Newhaven.
We see it as a great opportunity to integrate conventional medicine with the ancient principles of
Chinese medicine. Acupuncture, which is one of the modalities of Chinese medicine is a powerful
treatment to tackle many issues such as: pain, neurological conditions, pregnancy and labor support,
digestive disorders, gynecological problems and much more.
Carol offers laser acupuncture which is a modern form of acupuncture (without the needles) but
with a low-energy laser beam. It’s for all of those who have not ventured into acupuncture
treatments due to their fear of needles. Mind you, acupuncture needles are only as thick as a hair…
Dr Head has a special interest in chronic health issues – diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic
fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome as well as mental health issues (like stress, anxiety and
depression). She will be offering conventional medicine appointments (long and routine),
but our practice is not equipped for emergencies or trauma.
The Safflower team: Brigitte Linder, Eryn Morgan, Vicki Iliopoulos, Dr Carol Head and our
new medical receptionist Sharon Edwards is thrilled to be offering you years of combined
expertise in health and wellbeing.
We can’t wait to meet to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals.
Call us on (03) 5956 7011 or book online
Rheumatological conditions like arthritis are commonly encountered in a Chinese medical clinic. This
time of year many people experience a worsening of their condition and seek help from alternative
therapies like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Research has shown acupuncture to be
promising in relieving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and may be able to slow
the progression of these diseases.
Arthritis is traditionally viewed as an invasion from external pathogenic factors like wind, cold, heat and
dampness. Due to an already existing weakness, these pathogens easily enter the body causing disease.
Once inside they block the channels preventing the smooth flow of Qi and blood and lead to symptoms
such as pain, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, and deformity. It can be debilitating to live with arthritis
and difficult to manage at times.
Acupuncture and herbs are traditionally used to free the blocked channels, move Qi and blood, warm or
cool down the body and strengthen the immunity. Utilising holistic methods which include diet therapy,
exercise and mindfulness we can help bring our patients back to a state of balance with less pain and
Adding fresh ginger, a variety of berries and high doses of vitamin C to the diet has been shown to aid in
the reduction of symptoms in some people suffering with osteoarthritis. Essential fatty acids like fish
oils, selenium and zinc supplements and chicken bone broth have an anti-inflammatory effect within the
body which may assist in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is always recommended to consult your health care practitioner before beginning any new
supplements or medications.
Book your consultation today at safflowerclinic.com.au or call us on 5956 7011 to learn more about
how Chinese medicine can help you be healthier, happier and pain free.
The frost has arrived as winter descends upon us once again. Cold winds blow over the ocean, rain is plentiful, and firewood is stacked high. In Chinese medicine we know living in harmony with the seasons is paramount for a balanced and healthy life. So, what does this season call for? Winters climate urges us to stay indoors, keep warm and above all else, and sometimes with great difficulty, to give ourselves permission to rest.
Winter is associated with the element of water and the kidney and bladder organs. In Traditional Chinese medicine these organs play a big role in reproduction, birth and development. The spirit of these organs is translated as willpower, ambition, drive or motivation. It gives the ability to stand firm and not be defected from one’s goals. An imbalance in this system can lead to over exertion, straining to meet the demands of the time and not allowing ones-self time for recuperation. Over time this drive to succeed leads to exhaustion, burnout and in severe cases, depression.
This time of year allows us to rejuvenate our stores, so that we can keep forging ahead and fulfilling our dreams with plenty of energy and vitality. We are reminded that there must be balance between work and rest for us to continue to be inspired on our path. To consider that we cannot give from an empty cup and must first nourish ourselves before we have enough for everyone else. In winter we focus on warming the body and revitalizing its systems, so we have plenty of energy for the times ahead.
Diet is one way you can help your body along this season, eating foods of warming nature like ginger, garlic and cinnamon, also hot bone broths are especially beneficial and nourishing for the body.
Chinese medicine techniques help sustain the body, boost immunity, decrease stress and enhance energy and vitality.
At Safflower we are driven to see our patients achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Call us today on 5956 7011 or go online www.safflowerclinic.com.au and book your appointment today!