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...

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The Zang Fu (organs): Lung & Large Intestine

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...

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Chinese medicine (TCM) is safe!

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...

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PCOS – Dietary changes are essential!

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...

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IBS – Sensitive to food and stress!

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...

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Sick of being affected by 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...

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Treating Headache using Chinese Medicine

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...

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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...

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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...

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5 Things to avoid Painful Periods

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...

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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...

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Skin diseases and their treatments

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...

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From Mona Lisa to Multiple Sclerosis

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...

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Common childhood conditions part I of II

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...

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Common childhood conditions part II of II

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...

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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...

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Dysmenorrhea

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...

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