Putting A Spring Back Into Your Step

Putting A Spring Back Into Your Step

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.

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.