General Health

Preconception Care – The 10 Things I Love About It by Caz Butler

First things first. This is a long blog (sorry not sorry) and who even has an attention span anymore. There are 10 sections covered, so perhaps you might bookmark this page, email it to yourself and scroll through to the pertinent areas. Don’t feel pressure to read it all at once, but there are some cracking gems in here, so do

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Long Covid – Hospitals and Holisms by Robert Wilkie

LONG COVID Hospitals and Holisms – how can they meet in Australia? A perspective from a Chinese Medicine physician in Melbourne. I was fortunate to have a great chat with the one of the heads of the ICU at Royal Melbourne Hospital recently who is also a respiratory physician, about long covid, particularly in young people – a chat which yielded

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Acupressure for Calming Shen by Kerry Marshall

“When one applies medical treatment, one must keep in mind first of all, the patient’s spirits” (Ling Su, ancient CM text)   The Shen is the Chinese word for spirit and in Chinese Medicine it encompasses the heart, mind, emotions, and spiritual aspects of the patient. We have many acupuncture points to choose from when addressing ones Shen. I’m going to

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What I Would Tell My Teenage Self by Kerry Marshall

ACUPUNCTURE FOR TEENAGE GIRLS   When I was a teenage girl I had acute bouts of tonsillitis that would clear up with antibiotics but would then reoccur.  I was taken to a naturopath and with some herbs and small diet changes I was free of infections for years.  I felt pretty invincible at that age and didn’t take much to health

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Causes of Disease by Travis Clarke

When aiding people in overcoming illness and improving their health and wellbeing it’s important to the Chinese medicine practitioner to investigate and deduce the cause(s) of the ill-health.  Our role not only involves applying our diagnostic and therapeutic skills to resolve an issue, but we must also educate patients in understanding why illness has taken hold, and what they can do

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The Long Term Power of Tiny Choices by Caz Butler

The long term power of tiny little choices Chinese medicine is more than acupuncture and herbs. It is in the lifestyle choices you make everyday. It is in the simple health tales that parents and grandparents passed down to their children that we are lucky enough to have access to. Chinese medicine invites you to live as part of nature, as

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Acupuncture for Migraines – Ease your Miserable Migraine Mystery by Dr Christina Tolstrup

Acupuncture for migraines. A different approach to ease your miserable migraine mystery.   Migraine is one of the most common, miserable, misunderstood and debilitating conditions. Unfortunately, it is also very common for migraine sufferers to live with their migraine misery for years, maybe a lifetime, without finding suitable, effective and lasting treatment options and relief. In this blog I explore how

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The Importance of Digestion in Chinese Medicine by Travis Clarke

In Chinese medical theory and practice, the role of the digestive function has always been placed at the highest importance when it comes to understanding the healthy functioning of all of the physiology within the body.  The concept of the role of digestion in maintaining our overall health was first extensively detailed in the Chinese medical text called the “Nan Jing”,

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The Skin: aka The Third Lung by Andrea Murphy

Did you know that Chinese medicine calls the skin the 3rd lung? The lungs are responsible for more than just respiration in Chinese medicine, they also help to create a boundary between the inner and outer world, much like the skin. Together with the large intestine, the lungs and the skin set the stage for boundary breath and renewal.   The

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What, How and Why? By Scott Stephens

Irritable Bowel Syndrome. With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) being such a common condition and myself holding a keen interest in gut health I thought I would put together some information on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach to supporting gastrointestinal imbalance. There is no better time to do this than April which is International Irritable Bowel Syndrome awareness month. Irritable Bowel

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Preventative Health Measures:You Are Not A Passenger by Dr Travis Clarke

You are not a Passenger! My time practising Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine over the years has revealed many things to me about health, illness and the human condition. The wholistic philosophies and focus of Chinese Medicine is continually being illustrated to me in how many of my patients’ health concerns are exacerbated by factors such as lifestyle, emotional imbalance, weather, living

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Tarot Card 5 – The Emporer – by Simon Altman

In our last Tarot blog we looked at The Empress card, this is our mother archetype within the tarot allowing us to progress to the next card, which is the father archetype called The Emperor. The Emperor is the fifth card out of the 22 Major Arcana cards within the tarot, remember the first card is “0” with the fool, and

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