How much meat should we eat?

2 June 2015

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while and Michael Mosley’s documentary on meat on TV last night prompted me. If you haven’t seen it, it’s called “Should I eat meat?”, and you can find it here.

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Happy holidays

13 December 2014

Happy Christmas and New Year. We hope 2014 has been a good year for you. If not, the close of the year brings the opportunity for reflection and a fresh start.

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The importance of taking breaks

12 December 2014

It is so easy to get into the mindset that break time (I’m talking proper breaks/holidays of at least a week in duration) can be put off, or even worse, skipped.

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Scientific evidence for acupuncture points

10 November 2014

There has been some exciting research done recently into the anatomical structure of acupuncture points, adding to the pool of research confirming the existence of acupuncture points and expanding the bio-medical understanding of how acupuncture works.

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Enhance sporting performance with TCM

10 June 2014

Musculo-skeletal medicine in China has a long and rich history which today, encompassing sports medicine, has become one of the major specialty areas of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

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Treatment and Prevention of Headaches and Migraines with Acupuncture

27 May 2014

Headaches are one of the most common human symptoms. It is actually uncommon for people not to get an occasional headache. Treatment for these might be a glass of water, a lie down, or some over-the-counter pain relief. No further treatment is usually required.

If you suffer from frequent, or more severe, headaches or migraines you’ll know how debilitating they can be. They interfere with one’s ability to work and socialise, and can drastically reduce quality of life.

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Treating Chronic Fatigue – tracking progress through symptom scoring

21 May 2014

When your treating practitioner asks “How are you feeling? Any progress?”, it’s not always easy to recall exactly how you were feeling a couple of weeks ago, let alone 2 or 3 months ago. It’s a big question when there are so many things going on.

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About the Shang Han Za Bing Lun

10 March 2014

In this article, I want to give a bit of extra attention to the classical text Shang Han Za Bing Lun, because it is this style of herbal medicine practice that inspires me most about Chinese medicine.

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Chinese Medicine Theory – Yin Yang

10 February 2014

The concept of Yin-Yang is one of the most fundamental theories of Chinese medicine. It is a truly ancient Chinese philosophical concept that was in use in other fields of classical Chinese science before it was adopted in medicine.

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Chinese Medicine Theory – 5 Elements, Wu Xing

19 December 2013

Like Yin Yang theory, and Six Qi theory, Five Element theory is one of the very early, and still one of the very core, concepts of traditional Chinese medicine.

On the surface it is a beautifully simple system of generation and control. Underneath, the more one studies it and practises it, the deeper and deeper it goes. Enormous volumes of classical texts were devoted to applying this theory to medicine. It can become quite complex.

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The Danger of Food Additives

12 August 2013

The average person strolls down the supermarket isle casually placing their favourite items in the trolley. Most people select one brand over another based on things like colour, a nice label, a convenient style of packaging, price, expiry date, etc, but few spare a thought for what each of these processed products is actually made up of.

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Burn the Fire Bright

I’d like to share with you the analogy of a fire within the body, representing life, and the importance of taking care of that fire for health and longevity.

Where does this metaphor of a fire within come from? It has actually been used in Chinese medicine North Sydney for a very long time. Five element theory is one of the earliest, and still one of the foundation concepts of Chinese medicine.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Are You Always Tired?

4 April 2013

Tiredness can be an elusive health complaint. You know when you have it but understanding why and how to correct it isn’t always straight forward. Tiredness can be due to poor diet or lifestyle, a symptom of another health problem, or a standalone illness as in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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Home to Make Homemade Deodorant

Commercial deodorants make me cringe. So many of us go to great lengths to make our diets and lifestyles as clean and toxin free as possible. We seek out organic food, we purify our water, and we purchase natural body products, but we forget one regular source of toxicity – our deodorant.

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The Lingering Cough and What You Can Do About It

People with annoying coughs seem to be everywhere at the moment. Next to us at a work, travelling next to us on the bus, climbing over our kiddies at day care and sometimes lying next to us in bed at night! Maybe it’s you constantly trying to suppress a frustrating cough that just won’t go away.

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National Registration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Australia

1 May 2012

As you may know, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is currently an unregulated health profession in Australia. Sadly, what this means, is that anyone can hang a up a sign, call themselves an acupuncturist or herbalist and treat patients with no uniform minimum level of training or experience, no requirement for registration, and no formal avenue for customer complaints.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine vs Naturopathy

4 August 2011

When I talk to people about traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), people often create an association in their minds with other forms of ‘alternative medicine’, particularly naturopathy, and ask me what the difference is.

It’s a great question, so let me take a minute to explain the main differences between the two.

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Which has more caffeine? Coffee or Tea?

4 August 2011

You may have heard people throw around the following slightly startling piece of caffeine trivia ? that tea actually contains more caffeine than coffee. For many people, several cups of coffee a day could turn them into a jittery mess, but they could comfortably enjoy the same number of cups of tea and barely notice any effect. So, can it possibly be true? Does tea really have more caffeine than coffee?

The answer is YES. Well, sort of…

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