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.

Chinese Medicine For Arthritis

Chinese Medicine For Arthritis

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
more energy.

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.