General Health

Neck Pain – How, Why and What You Can Do – by Scott Stephens, Acupuncturist

I would hazard a guess that most readers of this blog have experienced neck pain. Neck pain is a common hindrance amongst the general population and a regular complaint that crops up time and time again in clinic. For most people the experience of neck pain is sudden and acute and resolves effectively with treatment over a fairly short period of

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Five Element Acupuncture. What is it? By Kerry Marshall, Licensed Acupucnturist

“Nothing on earth or within the universe is unrelated to the Five Elements and Man (Woman) is no exception.” – (Ling Shu, ancient text Han dynasty) I am a nature lover and was attracted to Five Element teachings as it sung to my tune of observing human emotions and health with the expressions of the natural world. The elements WOOD, FIRE,

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Managing Hay Fever in Australia. – Simon Altman BHSc

Hay Fever, or Seasonal Rhinitis, is a reoccurring nuisance that impacts so many of us in Australia and it can be particularly bad down here on the Mornington Peninsula. Traditional East Asian Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been handling the symptoms of Hay Fever for over a thousand years using a range of techniques. Some of these techniques you can

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No really, Chocolate is good for you! – Dr. Travis Clarke (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

No really, Chocolate is good for you! I’m sure you’ve heard it all before.  Media stories reporting on how science has confirmed that chocolate is good for our health.  Well my friends, I’m here to confirm that for you.  Yes, chocolate really is good for us.  Not commercially processed and produced chocolate, full of sugar and dairy, but proper dark chocolate. 

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How well do you sleep? – Scott Stephens, Acupuncturist

 How well do you sleep? Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory considers that good health is experienced when there is a balance of Yin and Yang. Yin and Yang is the complimentary nature of two aspects of the same object combining to create a whole. Sleep in both Western Medicine and TCM is viewed as a critical piece of the puzzle when

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A Teenage Girls Guide to Happy Hormones: Part 2 – Andrea Murphy, Licensed Acupuncturist

A Teenage Girls Guide to Happy Hormones Part II One of the many things I love about my job is connecting with young women about their health. I’m so happy to see many girls taking charge, asking questions and educating themselves about all the changes that come with womanhood. I’m also thankful to see mothers come with their daughters, sometimes their

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Pulse Diagnosis – Cath Brown, Doctor of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncturist

Pulse Diagnosis.   Did you know you have twelve (12) pulses, not just one! Well not actually 12 different pulses, but 12 positions to take the same pulse, six at each wrist.   Each pulse relates to a different body Organ. You have a different pulse position for each of your body Organs eg Stomach, Heart, Liver, Kidney.   There are

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Goji Berries – The Sage’s Choice: Dr. Travis Clark (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Hi Guys, Dr. Travis Clarke (TCM) here. Goji berries are one of my favourite superfood snacks.  The nutritional and medicinal power of goji’s is such that they are actually classed as a “Superior Tonic Herb” in the Chinese medical tradition.  According to this tradition, regular consumption of goji is said to lead to a long, vigorous, and happy life.  It is revered for

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Meniere’s Disease – Scott Stephens, Acupuncturist

Meniere’s disease is a disorder that affects the inner ear of an individual of approximately one in every 600 people, generally aged between 30 – 50.   From a Western medical perspective Meniere’s affects the inner ear resulting in a build-up of fluid in the compartments of the inner ear, called the labyrinth. Generally, it will affect only one ear. It

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What is Qi? – Scott Stephens, Acupuncturist

What is Qi? Hi, it’s Scott here! The term Qi will come up in 99% of the posts I write so I thought I would give you some more in depth information about Qi. Qi (pronounced chee) is probably best interpreted as the “life force” within us. Sometimes it is also described as our “vital energy” within our body. The existence

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Fighting Colds & Flu naturally – Anna McMullen BHS CM

  Stick it to colds and flu naturally, with Chinese medicine!     This recent changeable weather we are seeing can impact the immune system in a big way. In the clinic we have seen many coughs and colds doing the rounds. Luckily Chinese medicine has a lot to offer in the way of treatment of coughs and colds. Acupuncture and

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Getting to the real cause of Acne – Andrea Murphy, Licensed Acupuncturist

Most of us have experienced a break-out here and there. Men and women alike have looked in the mirror and noticed a little red volcano surfacing and poked its tender peak while wondering, should I squeeze it? Its location decides just how concerned you are about its existence. Right in the middle of your forehead vs tucked discreetly under your jawline

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