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Traditional Chinese Medicine & the microbiome

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. In that time, TCM has observed the importance of the gut in relation to a person’s overall health, even so far as recognising the relationship between the gut and the mind. This relationship has become well known in the conventional medical world over the last few years as the gut-brain axis or the mind-gut connection or the gut as the second brain. As TCM has known the importance of gut health for so long, they have used a number of different tools to help with gut health including acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. The Research A number of different...

Questions & Answers – Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a stream of Chinese Medicine in which fine (disposable) needles are inserted into various acupuncture points along meridians. The treatment works by balancing the flow of Qi along the energy pathways known as meridians. This enables the body to return to a state of wellness over time. How can Acupuncture help me to get pregnant? Acupuncture may help to support reproductive health for women and men. Treatment is focused on improving blood supply to the ovaries, and to the uterus to improve endothelial lining, increase blood perfusion and receptivity. It can also support your nervous system focusing on stress and anxiety reduction, which can be...

Gut Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, digestive energy (spleen and stomach qi) is inextricably linked to mood – more specifically worry. Quite often if you are feeling worried or stressed, your digestive qi is most likely out of balance. And feeling worried and stressed can lead to an imbalance in digestive qi. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can also be beneficial in restoring your gut health. How can you boost your digestive energy according to TCM? Enjoy eating - eating should be pleasurable in that you enjoy giving your body the nourishment it needs to make you healthy. Eat mindfully - try to avoid distractions when eating and focus on purposefully...

Breastfeeding and hormones

1 – 7 August is World Breastfeeding Week. We have put together a 3 part series on breastfeeding and hormones, nutrition for breastfeeding, and weaning and hormones. Breastfeeding and Hormones Breastfeeding sounds simple enough right?!… That is until you actually have to do it! Breastfeeding can be difficult and stressful no matter if it’s your first of fourth baby. There are so many factors that come into play before breastfeeding works. There may be supply issues (too much or too little), pain and discomfort, mastitis, let down issues, hormonal issues, issues with latching, rooting, suckling and swallowing, tongue tie, mental health and lack of support/ education on breastfeeding techniques....

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Menopause: From the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), menopause is viewed as a time of new beginnings and celebration. At menopause, the woman has moved through the stage of carrying and birthing offspring, and the energy used to nurture the uterus can now be redirected to the heart which allows the women to nurture herself and become a ‘wise women’. For some women menopause is no cause for celebration due to a range of symptoms that can drastically affect their quality of life for 5 – 10 years. Approximately 57% of women experience symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats during menopause. Some women may experience the grief of...

Pregnancy Support

10 Fertility Tips

Sandra Sapio, Acupuncturist and Naturopath Healthy Diet Making the right food choices before you conceive can support fertility and your baby’s growth and development. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet which is rich in healthy fats, plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours, leafy greens rich in folate, nuts, good quality protein rich foods (organic free range meats and eggs, legumes, pulses) and whole grains is one of the first steps to support fertility. Blood Glucose & Insulin Resistance Avoid high sugar foods to help keep glucose and insulin balanced. Maintaining balanced Insulin and glucose levels helps the body send out the right messages to your endocrine system, which...