How are you managing your mental health?

How are you managing your mental health?

Mental health issues within our community are constantly on the rise with 1 in 5 Australians aged 16-85 experiencing mental illness each year and over half never accessing any treatment. We know it is imperative that we address this situation by educating the public and sharing some techniques that can help manage these ever-growing conditions such as anxiety and depression.

During this free event, we will be discussing why mental health rates are on the rise and what we can do to maintain a balanced and healthy mind. We will explore both Chinese (Vicki Iliopoulos, Jahanara Monaf & Brigitte Linder) and Western medicine (Dr Carol Head) approaches to mental health and share a range of methods and tools to help manage stress. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties you are not alone, please join us for this event and find out how you can better help yourself and others during times of emotional hardship.

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.

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!