Demystifying Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Have you considered trying Chinese medicine but just haven’t been able to get your head around the concepts and mechanisms of this traditional practice? Chinese medicine is over 5000 years old, but only in the last 30 years, with the increase in scientific evidence, has it began building in popularity in the West.

  • What is acupuncture?
  • How does it differ from so called ‘dry needling’?
  • What conditions can it help treat?
  • What are Chinese herbs?
  • How do they work?
  • Do they work with Western medication?

All this and more will be answered at our upcoming workshop this June where we will introduce the concepts behind acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and give live demonstrations of the various modalities used in a typical session, including acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping and gua-sha.

You will learn about the effects different herb flavors have on your body and how we incorporate this knowledge into Chinese herbalism and diet therapy.

Come and join us to learn more about this age-old practice and how it may benefit you. Bring a friend along who might have been reluctant to explore acupuncture and Chinese medicine. We will answer all your questions and make sure that you consider it as a major modality on your path to health and wellbeing.

Book your seat now and experience it for yourself, we can’t wait to see you there.

Living In Harmony With The Winter Season

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 this season call for? Winters climate urges us to stay indoors, keep warm and above all else, and sometimes with great difficulty, to give ourselves permission to rest.

Winter is associated with the element of water and the kidney and bladder organs. In Traditional Chinese medicine these organs play a big role in reproduction, birth and development. The spirit of these organs is translated as willpower, ambition, drive or motivation. It gives the ability to stand firm and not be defected from one’s goals. An imbalance in this system can lead to over exertion, straining to meet the demands of the time and not allowing ones-self time for recuperation. Over time this drive to succeed leads to exhaustion, burnout and in severe cases, depression.

This time of year allows us to rejuvenate our stores, so that we can keep forging ahead and fulfilling our dreams with plenty of energy and vitality. We are reminded that there must be balance between work and rest for us to continue to be inspired on our path. To consider that we cannot give from an empty cup and must first nourish ourselves before we have enough for everyone else. In winter we focus on warming the body and revitalizing its systems, so we have plenty of energy for the times ahead.

Diet is one way you can help your body along this season, eating foods of warming nature like ginger, garlic and cinnamon, also hot bone broths are especially beneficial and nourishing for the body.

Chinese medicine techniques help sustain the body, boost immunity, decrease stress and enhance energy and vitality.

At Safflower we are driven to see our patients achieve their goals and realize their dreams. Call us today on 5956 7011 or go online and book your appointment today!

Chinese Herbal Medicine And Their Role In The Treatment Of Mental And Emotional Illness

One in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. 54% do not access any treatment and the proportion of with mental illness accessing treatment is half that of people with physical disorders. This means, that there are a lot of individuals with mental anguish not receiving any treatment, perhaps not even disclosing of their problems.

In this public talk, we will be exploring Chinese medicine modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and their role in the treatment of mental and emotional illness. Acupuncture is particularly effective in re-establishing harmony and balance when it comes to emotional upsets.

We are lucky to also have Alicia Moltzen (Mind Your Health Hypnotherapy) joining us. “There is research to suggest the two modalities work extremely well together to strengthen the patient’s response to whatever issue they are experiencing”, says Alicia.

You will experience a live demonstration of Hypnotherapy (in a safe group setting). And if you are up for it, we would like to show you how one simple needle (of acupuncture) can make a big difference to how you feel.

We can’t wait to explore this very important topic with you, book your seat now. It’s free!

Mental Health & Chinese Medicine

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 be “mentally healthy”.

The World Health Organisation states: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to contribute to her or his community.”

Is this not simply a statement of health? In Chinese medicine, the mind and the body are one and the same. The body must create a safe comfortable place for the mind to rest and relax; and in return, the mind cares for the body through good conscious and unconscious choices, and the positive emotional states – peace, joy and power. When we can just ‘be’, there is no fear of the future, and we can let go of the past. The body is happy and relaxed, whilst the mind is free to explore, dream, and create positive vision for the future.

In Chinese Medicine, we use the body to help the mind. Functional MRI studies have shown that acupuncture can regulate the limbic system and reduce the impact of the stress areas of the brain. Acupuncture also helps you release endorphins to make you feel relaxed and happier. Our herbal medicine formulas target different areas of body and mind to both harmonise, clear and relax.

Please come to our free Mental Health talk on Thursday May 3rd. The Safflower team will be exploring mental health through the eyes of Chinese Medicine, and Alicia Moltzen of Mind Your Health Hypnotherapy, will introduce you to the benefits of hypnotherapy to maintain optimum mental health.

Please visit the Event page here, call 03 5956 7011 or email us at to book your place. It’s free!


The Health And Well Being Of Our Children

In this information session, the Safflower team collaborates with the highly experienced maternal child nurse Margery Barter from the South Gippsland Maternal Child Health Services to talk about children’s health and well being.

What’s so great is that you will hear both the allopathic and Eastern medical point of view! Chinese medicine considers children very different to adults in their physiology and how they deal with illness. One big difference is that phase of a child is very yang (growing, expanding) and any illness that might manifest can be fast and furious. This requires a treatment strategy.

As children are very “Spleen” dependent, the organ providing the postnatal energy, it is essential that diet is according to your child’s constitution and not to what supermarkets want to sell you. Conditions related to the digestive system in children are asthma, eczema, diarrhea, vomiting, insomnia and abdominal pain. We also see more and more stress related disorders in children.

Margery Barter will bring her expertise in maternal child health (0 – 6 years) and will talk about what she sees mostly in young children and how certain conditions can be avoided. She will also give you all her tips that come from a lifelong passion working with children and their health.

In a nutshell, we will educate you about Children’s physiology and development and treatment approaches from both the Western medical point of view as well as the Chinese medicine philosophies. It’s a jam-packed session. If your children are quiet, we don’t mind you bringing them along.

Your take home message will be understanding some childhood conditions from a different perspective and tips from both Western and oriental medicine to apply in your everyday lives.