Women’s Health

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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Orgasms… Let’s Talk About Them by Andrea Murphy

Inspiration for this blog came while watching an episode of Goop Lab on Netflix, aptly titled “The Pleasure is Ours” about the many health benefits of an orgasm. In this episode infamous feminist, Betty Dodson and actress Gwyneth Paltrow showcase the many health benefits of an orgasm while also touching on important topics like body image and a helpful female anatomy

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Is Stress Harming Your Fertility and Causing PCOS symptoms?

Is stressing about your diet and exercise routine ruining your fertility and causing PCOS symptoms? Believing that PCOS is solely genetic, due to excess weight, or simply caused by cystic ovaries, that can be treated using hormone replacement is a dangerous assumption that prevents many women from getting the help they need. While weight loss in women who are overweight may

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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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The PMS Rollercoaster… YOU CAN GET OFF

Hormone Literacy and PMS. Here’s the down-low on PMS, beautiful ones. PMS is common but its not inevitable, in fact PMS is curable. Just read that again. Before we get into the physiological understanding of PMS, let me just add that I feel the term PMS has been used to trivialise and undermine women’s emotions, generally because they make others uncomfortable.

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Acupressure for Birth – When to Step in and When to Knit – by Kerry Marshall Registered Acupuncturist

I was living in London and newly trained as an acupuncturist. A colleague asked me to attend the birth of her twins and to bring my needles.  I had already been a support person for a couple of friends first babies and loved the experience.  With a combination of pins and acupressure I was able to help with pain relief and

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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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Thyroid Disease – The Functional Approach

Thyroid disease can be incredibly confusing and frustrating, especially when you're trying to figure out the best step-by-step action plan that will work best for you. -Should you eat Paleo, Keto, or AIP? -Is intermittent fasting a good idea? -Where do I start? -How do I know what's best for my body and will get me the results I'm looking for?

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Alcohol around conception and pregnancy – Simon Altman

Alcohol around conception and pregnancy At Mornington Chinese Medicine we have numerous lifestyle recommendations for the time when you are trying to conceive and also maintain optimal health.  One of those recommendations for men or women is to totally cut out alcohol.  This can sometimes be the most difficult step for some individuals, but the reasons behind this little piece of

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Reasons for a Late Period that don’t mean you’re Pregnant – by Andrea Murphy, Licensed Acupuncturist

Nearly every woman has had a time in her life where she’s been waiting on the edge of her seat for her period to show up. Occasionally this delay causes a gal to pee on a few sticks, while she wonders if her life is about to change forever, only to very anti-climactically get her period a few days later. Late

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The lie most, if not all of my fertility patients have been sold….

The egg timer test, as its commonly touted & even promoted by IVF clinics & Fertility specialists to my dismay is accurately named the Anti-Mullerian Hormone test or AMH. To understand this test further lets understand your ovarian function first. An ovarian follicle is a fluid-filled sac that contains an immature egg, or oocyte. During ovulation a mature egg is released

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