Hello September! Whats on this month at Safflower

Hello September! Whats on this month at Safflower


Yep it’s time to say thanks to all the amazing dads out there and what better way to say thank you then a gift voucher for a  acupuncture or massage treatment with one of our skilled therapists? Treatments are tailored toeach individual so you can be sure he will be getting just what he needs this fathers day! Call us on 03 5956 7011 to find out more!

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Spring has officially arrived!  For most of us the warmer months will be a welcome change to the Winter just passed, unless of course you are one of the 18% of Australians who suffer from Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever). The presence of increased pollen in the air this time of year can cause an overreaction of the immune system leading to symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, itchy nose, chills, sweating, asthma or malaise. This is due to immune cells releasing the irritating compound histamine in response to allergens in the environment. Apart from living on antihistamines, sufferers can take steps to improve their symptoms and gain a better understanding of their body processes.

Click to read more about what you can do to help reduce the severity of hay fever symptoms.


In Traditional Chinese medicine Spring is attributed to the wood element and the liver and gallbladder organs. The Liver plays a major role in your body system. It works to remove toxins from the body, produces bile and preforms essential metabolic functions. In TCM the Liver is said to regulate the Qi of the entire body, it also stores the Blood and thus plays a big part in overall health and well-being. Signs of bad liver health may include a yellow or pale complexion, acne, eye problems (such as bloodshot eyes or blurry vision), muscular weakness, insomnia, migraines, vertigo and menstrual irregularities. The liver also helps to regulate emotions, so unexplained irritability and anger can also indicate a liver problem. It’s important to note that many liver detoxifying methods use cold and draining herbs and while this may work for some, many people will damage their digestive fire if too many cold herbs are consumed. For this reason, we recommend seeing one of our dedicated practitioners to delve deeper into your unique constitution and discover the best ways to promote your health.

Click here to learn about some foods that may help promote healthy Liver function.

Let’s Spice Things Up!

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, stir-fries and sweets. Ginger is frequently used in Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments and this time of year is the perfect time to start adding it into your daily food regime.

Chinese medicine defines ginger as warming and tonifying, it enters the Lung, Spleen and Stomach meridians, induces perspiration and expels cold from the body. Placed in the herbal category of ‘Releasing the Exterior” ginger is traditionally used to push disease out from the superficial layer of the body making it perfect for colds and flus. It warms the lungs and stops coughing and its spicy nature helps to break up phlegm.

It is also said to warm the digestion and stop vomiting and is often used to aid in the relief of digestive complaints such as nausea, morning sickness, diarrhea, constipation and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Compounds found in ginger are known to help relieve GI (Gastro Intestinal) irritation and stimulate saliva and bile production. It also seems to have positive effects on the enzyme trypsin and pancreatic lipase, increasing motility through the digestive tract.

The spicy warm nature of ginger makes it ideal for those who are easily affected by the cold. If you feel your energy levels dropping coming into the cold months or notice that your hands and feet are always cold, then ginger is a great start to help build your internal fire and get your circulation moving.

Modern research has shown that high doses of ginger powder could be beneficial in the treatment of menstrual pain and osteo arthritis and further research is being conducted to uncover the mechanisms and potential health benefits of this widely used spice. To find out how best to nurture your body through these cold months book your appointment with us today or simply call 5956 7011.

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.