What’s Making Us Sick?

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 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.

Chinese Medicine Approach to Fertility

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 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 functional problems.

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.  

The Significance of Checking Pulse & Tongue

The Significance of Checking Pulse & Tongue

Those of you that are familiar with Chinese medicine know that we always check the tongue and pulse, but do you know why? Tongue and pulse are two of the most important diagnostic tools used in Chinese medicine. Whereas in western medicine the heart rate is checked through the pulse, in Chinese medicine pulse taking is an advanced art form that is used to assess the health of all the major organs in the body. We not only check heart rate, but also the quality of the pulse including its strength and width.

Variances in these qualities allow us to determine whether the patient is in a state of excess or deficiency and which organ systems may be compromised. Pulse taking is far more intricate and specific than looking at the tongue. The tongue will show the body’s overall condition and is less changeable then the pulse. We assess the shape, colour, coat and any veins or cracks that may be present on the tongue. Different parts of the tongue relate to the different organs in the body, for example the tip is associated with the heart, and because the heart houses the mind in Chinese medicine, we will often find the tip of the tongue to be red and inflamed in someone experiencing emotional stress.

Have a look for yourself and see just how different your tongue is compared to your family and friends. Or better yet come in to have you tongue and pulse assessed by one of our qualified practitioners and discover how Chinese herbs and acupuncture could help improve your health and wellbeing. We can also recommend ideal diet and lifestyle choices for you based on your specific body type or constitution.

We are currently offering FREE pulse and tongue diagnosis sessions so make the most of this opportunity! You can book your free assessment online or simply call us on 5956 7011 and one of our team members will be able to assist you.

Balancing the Emotions with Chinese Medicine

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.  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 aspirations.

Chinese 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.

Make 2019 Your Happiest, Healthiest Year Yet.

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, vision, planning and tactical execution are part of the wood element. The wood element encompasses the organs of the liver and gallbladder. This element thrives the most when ‘things’ move throughout our bodies. This includes energy, fluids, blood and emotions.

The liver also represents the ‘general in the army’ or the CEO of a business. It sees (the liver organ opens into the eyes) the bigger picture and has the capacity to plan strategically. Due to the strong impact of stress in our busy life’s, we have lost our calm to exactly do that: stop & think. The result is frustration and sometimes repressed anger which can cause pain, discomfort and unease.

In partnership with the liver, the gallbladder works out the details and is responsible for tactical decisions. The gallbladder carries the ‘fire’ of the emperor with the vision of the liver to all parts of our bodies. It is said that if the gallbladder is weak, we are unable to make even the simplest decisions.

Allowing all our other goals and plans for the year ahead to fall into place, we need to create space and calm, allowing time for ourselves daily to tap into our vision and aspirations so we can plan to achieve it.

Listen to your body & mind, if something feels off do something about it. Stop and think before you rush anywhere.

If you need a New Year ‘tune up’ or a ‘tune in’, we are more than happy to help you in any way we can.

May your 2019 be rich in love, laughter, success and HEALTH.

Heathy Tips For The Festive Season

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 recharge our body battery, it is just not sustainable or healthy to be constantly on the go. Take time out whenever you can, switch off from the TV and internet, go for a walk in nature, breathe deep and tune into your body. We also recommend getting to sleep by 10.30pm, if you struggle with this or your waking throughout the night, acupuncture and herbs are very beneficial for promoting a peaceful sleep and a restful mind.

Water: We can’t live without it! Fresh, filtered water is the best and will boost your energy levels as your cells are nourished by this essential life source. Dehydration can be linked to many diseases so swap that sugary drink for a glass of water and see the benefits for yourself.

Diet: This is challenging at the best of times, but especially during celebrations. Its ok to enjoy yourself but not at the expense of your internal balance. Listen to your body and learn what foods are right for you. A healthy digestion is the cornerstone to a healthy life. If you experience digestive upset acupuncture and herbs can help.

Presents!: Or should we say Presence – Being present with family and friends and fully enjoying these moments together brings much fulfillment to our lives. Maybe you know someone who is having a hard time, don’t be afraid to reach out and offer support or a shoulder to lean on, sometimes this is the greatest gift we can give. Avoid falling into the consumer trap and buying more unnecessary things, we recommend investing in experiences instead of things this year, perhaps treating a loved one to a session of acupuncture or a rejuvenating massage from one of our dedicated therapists could be the ideal gift this Christmas.

Call 5956 7011, or book online at www.safflowerclinic.com.au