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!
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.
SPRING TIME AND NOURISHING THE LIVER
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.
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.
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 time to get moving again!
In Chinese medicine springtime is attributed to the wood element and the liver and gallbladder systems. The nature of wood is to spread, grow and reach new heights. Once the seed is planted it is destined to become a tree and although it may encounter obstacles on its path, it does not stop pushing and it never considers giving up. This is the wood energy and as such the liver and gallbladder system is responsible for this smooth spread and flow of Qi within the body. Any congestion or restriction can cause the wood energy to stagnate and backfire which can lead to symptoms like pain, PMS, menstrual irregularities, emotional outbursts or digestive problems. The spirit of the liver is said to be the planner and the gallbladder is the general who executes those plans. Therefore, issues concerning lack of direction, setting goals for the future and the inability to focus and complete tasks to reach those goals, can be seen as a disruption in this system.
With acupuncture and herbs as well as implementing a healthy diet and lifestyle we can promote the smooth flow of Qi and bring a sense of wellbeing and balance back into the body and mind. Foods that help to encourage the healthy functioning of the liver and gallbladder include dark leafy greens, sprouts, herbs like parsley, basil and rosemary, fennel and citrus fruits as well as whole grains like rye. Avoid eating too much refined and processed foods, sugars, fats as well as dairy as these tend to weigh heavy and are congesting to the body.
Book your consultation today at safflowerclinic.com.au or call us on 5956 7011 to learn more about how Chinese medicine can help you stay in your flow this spring.
Have you always wanted to speak to a GP who also embraces complementary medicine? Have you
had laser acupuncture provided by a local GP before? And are you longing for a conventional doctor
to have plenty of time for you to discuss all your health issues and incorporate mind, body and
Wait not much longer as we are thrilled to announce that Dr Carol Head is joining our team and will
start consulting on Monday, 20 th August 2018. She will be working three days a week (whilst
completing her Master’s degree in Chinese herbal medicine at RMIT). Dr Head will be available for
consultations on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Safflower clinic in Newhaven.
We see it as a great opportunity to integrate conventional medicine with the ancient principles of
Chinese medicine. Acupuncture, which is one of the modalities of Chinese medicine is a powerful
treatment to tackle many issues such as: pain, neurological conditions, pregnancy and labor support,
digestive disorders, gynecological problems and much more.
Carol offers laser acupuncture which is a modern form of acupuncture (without the needles) but
with a low-energy laser beam. It’s for all of those who have not ventured into acupuncture
treatments due to their fear of needles. Mind you, acupuncture needles are only as thick as a hair…
Dr Head has a special interest in chronic health issues – diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic
fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome as well as mental health issues (like stress, anxiety and
depression). She will be offering conventional medicine appointments (long and routine),
but our practice is not equipped for emergencies or trauma.
The Safflower team: Brigitte Linder, Eryn Morgan, Vicki Iliopoulos, Dr Carol Head and our
new medical receptionist Sharon Edwards is thrilled to be offering you years of combined
expertise in health and wellbeing.
We can’t wait to meet to help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals.
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 shown acupuncture to be
promising in relieving symptoms of both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and may be able to slow
the progression of these diseases.
Arthritis is traditionally viewed as an invasion from external pathogenic factors like wind, cold, heat and
dampness. Due to an already existing weakness, these pathogens easily enter the body causing disease.
Once inside they block the channels preventing the smooth flow of Qi and blood and lead to symptoms
such as pain, stiffness, swelling, inflammation, and deformity. It can be debilitating to live with arthritis
and difficult to manage at times.
Acupuncture and herbs are traditionally used to free the blocked channels, move Qi and blood, warm or
cool down the body and strengthen the immunity. Utilising holistic methods which include diet therapy,
exercise and mindfulness we can help bring our patients back to a state of balance with less pain and
Adding fresh ginger, a variety of berries and high doses of vitamin C to the diet has been shown to aid in
the reduction of symptoms in some people suffering with osteoarthritis. Essential fatty acids like fish
oils, selenium and zinc supplements and chicken bone broth have an anti-inflammatory effect within the
body which may assist in relieving the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is always recommended to consult your health care practitioner before beginning any new
supplements or medications.
Book your consultation today at safflowerclinic.com.au or call us on 5956 7011 to learn more about how Chinese medicine can help you be healthier, happier and pain free.