Seven ways to make a plane trip more comfortable

Travelling is exciting – but getting there isn’t always half the fun. If you’ve ever been on a long-haul flight, you know the feeling of arriving at your destination feeling tired, grumpy and unwell. With a few simple changes, you can make your trip much more comfortable, soothing and [...]

A Chinese Medicine Approach to Exercise

How to balance gentle movement and intense exercise for energy, flow and nourishment.

We all know keeping active is good for us. The rush of endorphins after exercise clears the mind, can lift our mood, makes us feel stronger and has numerous physical benefits. In the long term, regular physical [...]

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 [...]

Health on the inside

When it comes to restoring balance, digestive function is one of the keys to good health. Here’s how to use the principles of Chinese medicine to improve digestion.

Chinese medicine sees the digestive system as central to the production of usable energy in our systems. Food as medicine is not [...]

The art of living according to the four seasons – winter

The winter months are for conservation and cultivation of energy. As the weather cools and the days shorten, go to sleep earlier and get up later. Take the opportunity to slow down. Sleep in on weekends and nourish yourself with warm and wholesome foods. A little weight gain in [...]