General Health

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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Insomnia – Gift Yourself a Full Nights Sleep Again – by Scott Stephens

A sleepless night is something we have all experienced. Often, they occur when our routine is thrown out of whack. Perhaps we are sleeping somewhere unfamiliar or we have eaten a particularly rich meal or overindulged too much. Most commonly the sleepless nights are a result of the mind racing from over-excitement or stress. Even these one-off occasional restless evenings can

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5 Ways to Preserve your Fertility by Kerry Marshall

Women are delaying starting a family for various reasons… focusing on careers, building finances or waiting for the right person. The average age in Australia for women having their first baby is 31 and many now starting in their late 30’s and 40’s.  Knowing that egg freezing or IVF are options at a cost if needed can be reassuring but they

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Preserving Your Vitality: Lessons Learnt from Adrenal Fatigue – by Andrea Murphy

We’ve all heard the term “adrenal fatigue” thrown around a lot in the health world. It’s not exactly an accurate all-encompassing label for what it’s referring to, but the expression has stuck, and it seems here to stay. Simply put, it’s a way to describe when your battery has run out and you’re running on little blips and bloops of whatever

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Intermittent Fasting for Clear and Abundant Qi by Travis Clarke

There is currently a lot of attention being directed towards the practice of Intermittent Fasting.  Both medical/scientific investigation, and the health and longevity community are finding many positive outcomes from this lifestyle choice. A recent review article in the “New England Journal of Medicine”, titled “Effects of Intermittent Fasting on Health, Aging and Disease”1 reviews the scientific research currently available on

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Summer – Understanding a TCM perspective. By Scott Stephens, Acupuncturist

Summer is on its way. The lengthening of the late afternoon sunlight and the warmth in the morning air signalling it’s approach. The days are full of the pre-Christmas hustle. The buzz of social activities and a sense of celebration gives fuel to the upbeat Yang dynamic that marks this next change of season. It’s easy at this time of year

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Chinese Face Reading by Andrea Murphy, Registered Acpuncturist

Chinese Face Reading: An Ancient Guide to Your Skin   Face reading is an ancient Chinese technique that goes back thousands of years. Originally a Taoist practice that involved assessing a person’s Qi flow (life force), Jing (inherited constitution/DNA) and Shen (spirit), known as the Three Treasures. Along with palpation, pulse, tongue and smell ancient practitioners were able to ascertain the

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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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