Complementary Health Care

More frequently than I would like, I’m greeted in the Chinese medicine clinic by patients who sheepishly admit to being on a course of predisnolone or penicillin. As much as I reassure them there’s no need to choose between conventional and natural medicines (in fact, modern Chinese medicine advocates [...]

Acupuncture for Sports Training

Whether you’re enjoying leisurely fun runs or training seriously for sprint or distance events, every runner is familiar with two major factors that interrupt training and performance: pain and fatigue.

Though there’s no substitute for adequate rest, good nutrition, and stretching pre- and post- training, acupuncture is widely recognised for [...]

Visiting a Chinese medicine practitioner

Traditional Chinese medicine is a form of complementary health care that may assist in the treatment of conditions ranging from hay fever to lower back pain. Practitioners administering acupuncture and herbal medicine in Australia joined the National Register and Accreditation Scheme for Health Professionals in mid-2012. This is the [...]

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a natural and holistic treatment modality, the first evidence of which can be traced back to ancient China. It involves the insertion of very fine, single-use, sterile needles into specific points to manipulate Qi or ‘life force.’ The aim is to tap into the body’s innate healing [...]

Natural alternatives to sugar

My advice on how to enjoy sweetness sans the sugar.

In Chinese dietary therapy, foods, beverages, herbs and spices are classified according to one of five flavours: spicy, salty, sour, bitter and sweet. The sweet flavour corresponds to the Earth element and governs digestion. Therapeutically, it is very nourishing and [...]

Finding the balance with sugar

Sugar: toxic poison or important energy source? It’s a contentious issue, dividing even the experts. One fact we agree on is that on the whole we’re consuming far too much. Here are some of the top reasons to review your sugar intake.

Empty calories

In its most processed and refined form [...]