Spring Cleanse for your Liver

Feeling sluggish from all that Winter stodge? Want to feel & look your best when Spring finally arrives? Then now is a perfect time for a spring clean. Of your self. Otherwise known as a liver detox. Which basically means giving your liver a break from toxins for a time.

Every person’s health and well-being is dependent on how their body removes and purges toxins from the body. With all the environmental pollution, toxic body care products and processed foods, most people are in desperate need of a serious detox! A liver cleanse is a great way to do this.

One of the main ways that the body rids itself of toxins is through the liver. In fact, the liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It works tirelessly to detoxify our blood, produce the bile needed to digest fat, break down hormones, and store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. And when the liver is not functioning optimally, we cannot digest our food properly, especially fats!

What are the toxins to avoid?

• Alcohol
• Coffee
• Refined cane sugar
• Artificial Sweeteners
• Artificial additives & preservatives (check for numbers on food labels)
• Hydrogenated oils, often added to snack foods.
• Avoiding processed food altogether can be an easy way to avoid the above 4 items.
• Non-organic meats & diary which may contain hormones, pesticides & antibiotics in their feed.
• Any foods you know that you have a sensitivity to

What can I have plenty of?

• Water
• Vegetables, especially the leafy greens, carrots and sweet potatoes.
• Fruit, especially potassium-rich bananas
• Wholegrains
• Organic/ Biodynamic diary & meat
• Nuts & Seeds
• Beans & Legumes
• Blackstrap Molasses, Organic Raw Honey (small amounts) or similar natural sweetener
• Olive oil or coconut oil
• Fresh herbs & spices

How long should I do a Liver cleanse for?

Ideally for two weeks, but even one day will help. Simply do what you can.

What can also help? Even if I don’t want to make the above food mods?

• Increase your water intake to 2 litres per day
• Drink Liver Cleansing Herbal Tea’s such as Dandelion Root

• Take Herbal Medicine such as Milk Thistle or Turmeric. Click here for a Turmeric Elixir Recipe.
• Take Chinese Herbal Medicine such as Liver Tonic capsules – currently on sale for 50% off
• Have a Massage. Can you think of a more pleasant way to detox?
• Have some Acupuncture. Yes, acupuncture can cleanse your liver too.
• Drink Lemon juice in warm water: Simply add ¼tsp to 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice to a cup of warm water. Drink it first thing in the morning; on an empty stomach. This will gently stimulate your Liver and Gall Bladder, helping them to work better.

Note that this is general advice. Nothing is better than advice from a health professional who knows your unique situation. If in doubt, ask your health professional, not google.

What are the potential benefits?
• Weight loss
• Improved digestion
• Improved complexion
• Improved sleep
• Increased energy
• A better functioning Liver which can reverse disease

Need a vegetable juice recipe to get you started?

The week of your cleanse try this liver detox drink. This recipe will help support your body while cleansing:

Dilute cranberry juice with a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part cranberry juice.
Add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon into a tea infuser and let steep in simmering water for 20 minutes.
Allow to cool to room temperature.
Add the juice of 3 oranges and 3 lemons and stir. If the mixture is too tart, sweeten with your favorite all-natural sweetener.
Sip throughout the day.
You should consume a minimum of 2 litres of this mixture and 2 litres of water. After 1 day of the cranberry juice blend, reintroduce the foods you ate in preparation for the cleanse.

Click here for another Super Detox Recipe to help you.

Cleansing and detoxing the liver and colon helps to clear pesticides, medications and heavy metals out of your system, resulting in a healthy liver. To keep your liver healthy through the years, periodically do a liver cleanse (even 24-hr) and maintain a healthy diet void of processed foods, and high in vegetables, legumes and whole grains.


Written by:

Dr. Elaine Hickman

B.H.Sc.TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac. (Beijing)

Elaine has trained and worked in various settings, both in Australia and China. She has over 20 years experience in treating many health problems. Elaine loves to provide a health care experience for people that is respectful, effective, empowering and enjoyable. Elaine has a particular interest in Gynaecology, Fertility, Obstetrics, Family Medicine, Wellness promotion and Mental Health.

She runs a private practice in Ivanhoe and is the trusted family physician of many. Elaine is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She completed a Bachelor of Health Science – TCM, specialising in Acupuncture, and a hospital internship in China in 1998. Elaine is the Principal Practitioner at Freedom Chinese Medicine, managing a dedicated team of practitioners & staff, and supervises many TCM students in clinical training. Elaine’s passion for Chinese Medicine has her regularly furthering her education, Qi Gong training and sharing knowledge.



6-Step Liver Cleanse

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Liver Detox Herbal Capsules

Liver Tonic Formula – Gan Fu Kang: Bupleurum & Curcuma [CM109]

Actions: Soothes the Liver, nourishes the Liver Blood, tonifies the Spleen Qi, harmonises the middle Jiao, drains Damp-Heat, activates the Blood & dispels stasis.
Indications: Liver support.

High strength herbal capsules. 6:1 concentration. 2 weeks supply.

Usually $40.00 on sale now for $20 for a limited time only at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put a bottle aside for you or post it to you.

Practitioner dispensing only so ask your Chinese Medicine practitioner if this is suitable for you first..

Super Detox Drink Recipe

If you want to cleanse, lose body fat, boost energy and help reverse disease, then adding natural detox drinks to your diet can help you improve your quality of life … fast! Try this Secret Detox drink recipe below for fast results.

Apple Cider Vinegar is full of enzymes and good bacteria. It contains acetic acid, which has been shown to lower blood pressure up to 6 percent. It can also help eat up the starches if you do eat grains in your diet.

Lemon juice helps balance blood sugar and has an alkaline effect on your body helping to regulate PH. It also contains vitamin C.

Cinnamon is one of the best antioxidants on the planet. It’s the number one herb/spice for balancing blood sugar.

Cayenne pepper has been shown to drop blood pressure, increase metabolism.

Dr. Axe recommends consuming this drink three times daily 20 minutes before meals for two weeks, then consuming it one time a day before breakfast or lunch.

Super Detox Drink Recipe


1 glass of warm or hot water
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoon lemon juice
½-1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)


Warm the water.
Mix all ingredients together.
Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.


Source: https://draxe.com/recipe/secret-detox-drink/

Yoga Classes

Stretch, Strength, Stillness

We now have Yoga Classes at Freedom Chinese Medicine. Every Thursday morning at 9.30am – 10.45am.

Brought to you by Carolyn McDonald from Iyogarama

Essential Info

Beginners Class Thursday mornings at 9.30am – 10.45am

Upstairs at 261 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe (Cnr Banksia St)

All mats, props and equipment provided.

Essential – wear comfortable clothes that allow movement.

Classes $20 casual or $18 for 5 class pass

To book or enquire contact Carolyn on 0405385037 or

you can also book via her Facebook Page – Iyogarama


Carolyn doing Yoga

About the Instructor

I have been fully certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 2008. I have been dedicated to practicing yoga for well over 10 years having also completed a Diploma of Health – Yoga at CAE in 2004.

I am also a registered nurse currently working in mental health and health promotion. I have always had an interest in health and wellness, training as a Fitness Instructor and teaching classes in the 90s, I discovered Yoga as the ‘whole package’.

I believe yoga gives everyone who comes to practice regularly an opportunity to develop physical strength and flexibility. It also provides a space to practice being present and mindful essential to good mental health. The depth of practice allows one to discover and become the best version of oneself.

I hope to create a space that is nurturing, inclusive and focused on learning.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

The Iyengar approach to yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga expounded by Patanjali in his classic treatise, The Yoga Sutras, written over 2,500 years go. It is a disciplined and deeply research system developed over 75 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar who practiced daily during his 96 years – exploring, studying, writing and teaching about yoga.

 “Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood, so for our level of understanding I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”. – BKS Iyengar, Tree of Yoga.

What is unique about Iyengar Yoga? It is characterised in the practice of asana and pranayama with the innovative approach emphasising precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits, which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.

To book or enquire contact Carolyn on 0405385037 or

you can also book via her Facebook Page – Iyogarama

Therapeutic Essential Oils

We now stock a high quality range of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils instore here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe. What’s the difference? They are 100% Therapeutic Grade and most are edible. This means that if you want to use an essential oil for therapy rather than fragrance, therapeutic grade is the way to go. Our resident Aromatherapist & Massage Therapist, Sue Wellwood recommend’s this particular range as she finds they have more strength and “enhance my practice when I use them”.


Cedarwood has a woody, rich & masculine aroma.  It helps warm the joints, easing stiffness and swelling and can provide relief for arthritic pain. It also helps ease bronchial congestion. Great for winter  colds.  Blends well with Bergamot, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Rose, and Rosemary.  


 Lavender has a light, floral and refreshing aroma.  It can help relief menstrual   symptoms and also generally calms and sooth a mood. It is great for headaches and improves sleeplessness. Another great oil for congestion, colds & flu. Useful for easing symptoms associated with nausea, colic, & flatulence. Can be used for sunburn and is a hand insect repellent.  Blends well with Bergamot, chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lemon, Orange, Patchouli, Thyme and Rosemary.  


Lemongrass has a strong, sweet and lemony aroma. This oil helps relieve muscular aches and pains. It is great for coughs due to bronchial irritation. Helps antifungal infections like tinea and can also be used as an insect repellent. Blends well with Basil, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rosemary and Tea Tree.  


Eucalyptus has a clear, sharp and piercing aroma. It is a very calming and refreshing oil, that may bring temporary relief from headaches and migraines. It is an excellent soothing decongestant, helping to ease symptoms associated with colds and flu, sinusitis and hayfever. It can also help relieve muscular tension and cramps and also good for arthritic pain. Blends well with Cedarwood, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass. 


Peppermint has a piercingly sharp and menthol aroma. This powerful aroma that refreshes and uplifting oil, great for cold and flu symptoms it is warming to help muscular tension, stiff and swollen joints, improving circulation in the limbs and can ease the discomfort of varicose veins.  Blends well with Cypress, Lavender, Marjoram and Rosemary. 


Acupuncture for Back Pain

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used to treat a wide variety of the underlying causes of back pain over the centuries to great success. Back pain (BP) can consist of pain, aching, discomfort or weakness anywhere in the region of the back; including the neck, shoulders, posterior pelvis, sacrum or gluteal region/s of the body.

What is the prevalence of Back Pain?

Neck pain (NP) and lower back pain (LBP) are common symptoms experienced by many in their daily lives today. Statistically to date, around 70% of the general population will experience LBP, whereas around two-thirds of the general population will experience NP in their lifetime.

What is the cause of Back Pain?

BP may be due to any number of different causes and/or life events. Too numerous to mention here.

How does Acupuncture treat Back Pain?

Acupuncture has been shown to effectively alleviate the signs and symptoms commonly associated with BP.

Firstly, a clear and concise diagnosis is made, addressing any underlying cause/s, followed by a course of Acupuncture intervention; aimed at reducing inflammation, alleviating discomfort, and rectifying any weakness associated with the local area.

How many acupuncture sessions I need for my back pain?

Treatments are wholly dependent upon the severity, duration and nature of the underlying condition, in a case-by-case scenario.

Sudden onset BP may disappear after a singular treatment, whilst longer standing BP may require anywhere from one to four consecutive treatments to resolve the condition completely.

Does Acupuncture have any side effects?

When carried out by a qualified professional, acupuncture is a very safe form of treatment, with little to no side effects.

Minor adverse reactions may include soreness or bruising. Both of which will dissipate in the following day/s proceeding treatment.

Serious complications, such as an infection, or damage to the tissue or organs are extremely rare, and usually only occur as a result of improper intervention. It is advised to always seek professional care, with a qualified Acupuncturist.

Do you or someone you know suffer from Back Pain?

Would you like to know more about how we can help you?

Want to try Acupuncture for your back pain? $20 off your initial acupuncture session with Dr. Andrew Chambers (until the 22nd September 2017 only). You must mention this special when booking. It’s easy to  book online here. Or simply call us on 9486 5966.

Written by:

Dr Andrew Chambers

Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, Shiatsu & Oriental Therapist and Qigong Instructor

Andrew was mentored by Dr. Elaine Hickman (amongst others) in 2014. Andrew is a skilled & passionate practitioner of his craft; holding both a health science degree in Chinese Medicine & an Advanced Diploma in Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies.

Andrew describes his approach to health and well-being as that of a holistic General Physician. Achieving and maintaining good health by way of a holistic balance between both the body and the mind.  Andrew has a long-standing interest in the areas of: Musculoskeletal and pain associated conditions, respiratory health concerns, autoimmune conditions, psychological health & cancer support.



NAJOM 18/03/2000 – PG.3


Low Back Pain: Care & Prevention with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Douglas Frank

Acne relief with Acupuncture

Tired of dealing with acne? Tried everything and it’s not improving? Chinese Medicine can help. 

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been shown to be effective in reducing the symptoms of acne (1,2). In my professional experience the powerful combination of herbal formula and a course of acupuncture sessions can be successful in minimising breakouts, clearer skin and a general improvement in wellbeing.

What to expect?

During our first consult I will determine what the root of the cause is as every individual case of acne is different. This will then allow me to form a treatment plan and method tailored specifically for you, in which I can target the symptoms and the root of the acne. In Chinese medicine some of the common causes of acne are hormone imbalances, digestive issues, excessive heat and toxins in the body. (3) A selection of acupuncture points will then be needled and an individualised herbal formula will be prepared. I will also be going through various dietary and lifestyle tips on how you can facilitate the recovery of your skin and also decrease breakouts. That way, your skin can get better and stay better.

How long will it take?

As acne differs from case to case, the time needed for results will vary. Chronic cases will require more time in comparison to acute cases. However from my observations in the clinic most experience improvements for their acne within 1-3 months of receiving continuous acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Unlike many forms of treatment for acne, acupuncture has very minimal side effects and can be combined with other forms of therapy without any negative interactions. Acupuncture can be safely used alongside prescription medication for treatment of acne. It can decrease the harsh side effects of the body, reduce the toxicity on the body as well as accelerating recovery of lesions (3).

Want to try Acupuncture for your Acne? $20 off your initial acupuncture session with Dr. Rebekah Loh (in September 2017 only). You must mention this special when booking.

Written by:

Dr. Rebekah Loh

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Rebekah is a super qualified and enthusiastic practitioner. She has a double degree in Health Science and Chinese Medicine she also has a degree in Biomedical Science. Rebekah completed further study in hospital internships in Nanjing, China and Taichung, Taiwan. She speaks English (fluent), Mandarin Chinese (intermediate) & Cantonese (beginner).

Rebekah can help with a whole range of conditions, and she is particularly passionate about women’s health, obstetrics, gynaecology and fertility.

In her spare time, Rebekah likes to play Futsal, Badminton and Viola.



1. Wang Xiugang. Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment of Acne. Asia-Pacific Traditional Medicine. 2011, 07(5):41-42.
2. Cao, Hui-juan, Guo-yan Yang, Yu-yi Wang, and Jian-ping Liu. “Acupoint Stimulation for Acne: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Medical Acupuncture (2013).
3. Gao Yang, Qin Qingguang, Jin Yujing. Professor Liu Huisheng in Treating Acne with Acupunc-ture. China Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2010, 25(4):663-664.


Warming Herbal Tea

Does winter chill you to the bone? Warm yourself with ginger and cinnamon,
or make a Chai (instructions in packet available at Freedom Chinese Medicine)

Ginger and cinnamon are very warming. They can be added (in small portions) to slow cooked stews, soups and broths.  According to Chinese medicine, fresh ginger brings the body’s heat to the
skin’s surface. It invigorates the immune system and helps us feel protected from the winter’s chill. Dried ginger produces a much stronger, more intense
heat. Cinnamon warms from within, and is especially helpful for people who suffer from pain in the lower back and cold arms and legs during winter.

Winter Warming Tea packets & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $11.50.

Clearance Sale (to make way for our Spring range)

$5 off from 27/9/17 while stocks last

Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Goji & Chrysanthemum tea

Light and golden taste, the Goji & Chrysanthemum tea is served as a fragrant
herbal tea. It is traditionally taken in Chinese homes to soothe hot or dry eyes.

This tea is now available at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $13.

Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Cough Relief Tea

Luo Han Guo (Monk fruit, siraitia grosvenorii) is commonly used in south Chinese homes. It is a sweet fruit that has properties to soothe coughing, reduce lung inflammation and dissolve phlegm. It features heavily in natural Chinese cough syrups – due to these abilities and also it’s lovely taste. Recently it has also been used as a natural, low-calorie sweetener.

Cough Relief Tea ingredients & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $11.40.

Clearance Sale (to make way for our Spring range)

$5 off from 27/9/17 while stocks last

Contact on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.