Let’s Spice Things Up!

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,...

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What’s Making Us Sick?

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...

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Chinese Medicine Approach to Fertility

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...

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Balancing the Emotions with Chinese Medicine

Emotional 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. ...

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Make 2019 Your Happiest, Healthiest Year Yet.

Although some people view the new year as ‘just another day,’ it does signify the end of one chapter and the start of the next. A time to set goals, plan to reach milestones and put into action everything we wish to achieve in the coming year. In Chinese medicine,...

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Heathy Tips For The Festive Season

Christmas bells are ringing as we prepare for another festive season. This time of year always seems to be the busiest and can often be very stressful and demanding. Here are some tips to keep you energised this season. Rest: We need plenty of rest in order to...

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Living Well in the Modern Age

We are living in a time of rapidly evolving growth. As we become better educated we are learning to refine our lifestyles to live more harmoniously with each other and the planet that sustains us. Traditional Chinese medicine views the body as inseparable from the...

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Medicinal Cannabis – What’s the story?

This is a snapshot of the event on Medicinal Cannabis presented by Associate Professor Kylie O’Brien from the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne: Cannabis is a complex plant with over 400 chemical constituents. These include the cannabinoids,...

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New GP service at Newhaven, Phillip Island

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...

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Putting A Spring Back Into Your Step

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...

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Chinese Medicine For Arthritis

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...

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Living In Harmony With The Winter Season

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...

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The 5 Elemental Personality Types

The Wood element is prone to either weakness or stagnation in the Liver/Gallbladder meridians. The corresponding personality of a Wood type resonates with that of a tree growing in spring. Growth, and achievement are very important for the Wood element person. The...

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Mental Health & Chinese Medicine

Mental Health is as important as your Physical Health. This month at Safflower we are talking about mental health. We are taking the time to look after our own, check in with our patients about theirs, and reach out to everybody in the community about what it takes to...

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Injury, Strains and Sprains

Amongst the most common type of injuries to the body are sinew traumas such as sprains, strains and tears to musculature and surrounding tissues. This may be due to sports injuries but also repetitive tasks such as typing or gardening. A strain or sprain of a ligament...

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Summer and the Festive Season

Welcome to Summer!  The sun’s out, the days are longer, we can finally get Vitamin D from the sun again! However, whilst it may feel as though we should be relaxing, it’s likely we’re doing everything BUT sitting with our feet up in the garden, or lazing on the beach....

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