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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Hay fever Relief with Chinese Medicine

Spring has finally sprung, and for most of us, warm spring weather signals a welcome change to the winter just gone. However, if you are one of the 18% of Australians who suffer from Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (Hay fever), the increased pollens in the air this time of...

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Embrace the (menstrual) flow

Chinese Medicine has long focused on the female reproductive cycle as measure of a woman’s good health. It’s important for all women to understand what is a good, normal cycle for them, and what may need attention. The start of the menstrual cycle begins on day 1: the...

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Combating the Anguish of Depression & Anxiety

Did you know that tapping into the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine is a great way to overcome the negative patterns and life altering effects of both depression and anxiety? There is no doubt about the crippling effects that mental health issues have on the lives...

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Treating Arthritis with Chinese Medicine

Arthritis most commonly occurs in two different forms. Osteoarthritis is the “wear and tear” type and is the slow degeneration of the cushioning cartilage in joints. The breakdown of this cartilage causes bones to rub against each other causing pain, stiffness and...

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Do you have the sniffles?

  The season of sneezing is upon us! Many people have been walking into the clinic this month with coughs, aches and pains, sore throats, headaches and stuffy sinuses. It’s typical to get these kind of symptoms when the weather turns cold and windy and you happen...

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