Bath Bliss

A carefully selected blend to relax you mind, body and soul.

Bath Bliss has been carefully hand selected here at Freedom Chinese Medicine to get you to your blissful place. These ingredients will help you take the edge off by reducing your cortisol levels and increasing your serotonin levels, allowing you to relax and let go of all your troubles.

Contains

Epsom Salt also known as magnesium sulfate. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, a different compound to table salt. When introduced to water it dissolves and releases magnesium and sulfate ions, which allows the body to absorb magnesium and sulfates through the skin. Epsom salts aid in muscular pain and cramping, promotes sleep and reduces stress.

Rose buds which can reduce tension and increase skin tone.

Jasmine flower induces a mild sedative effects that helps reduce the effects of nervousness and insomnia. This flower also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that also aids in the protection against free radicals in your body.  

Lavender flower beautifully scented to complement its therapeutic effects of relieving anxiety. Helps induce sleep, relaxes muscles, alleviate headaches and reduces stress levels.

We use quality ingredients for you & packaging with the planet in mind. We package our Herbal Range in brown paper bags made in Australia from recycled paper and lined with 100% compostable corn based film.

Bath Bliss now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $13.90. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

Hay fever Relief Tea

Does hay fever affect you in Spring? Keep this Elderflower Tea in your pantry to relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion, sinus inflammation, runny nose, headache and itchy eyes. Ironic perhaps that this flower can help reactions to pollens..

Hayfever Relief Tea contains

Elderflower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for, sinus infections, respiratory disturbances and colds and flu. Elderflower has antibacterial and antiviral properties and may also help alleviate some allergies and boost the functioning of the immune system. Topically, elderflower might help reduce pain and swelling in joints due to some forms of arthritis and is used to stop bleeding. As an oral rinse, elderflower can be used for its antiseptic properties as a mouthwash and gargle. Elderflower also reduces blood sugar levels, very similar to the way insulin works.

We use quality ingredients for you & packaging with the planet in mind. We package our Medicinal Tea Range in brown paper bags made in Australia from recycled paper and lined with 100% compostable corn based film.

Hay fever Relief Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $11.50. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Spring Cleansing Tea

A gentle detox to spring clean your body from Winter to prepare for Spring!

This Spring Cleansinng Tea has minimal ingredients for maximal effect, allowing your body to recover from winter by supporting the liver to remove toxins, release bile (needing for digestion) and removing antioxidants. A tea to spring clean your body!

Ingredients

Lemon Balm is a powerful antioxidant that also supports the liver to detoxify the body. Lemon Balm is also calming encourages a restful sleep. More sleep allows a decrease in cortisol that uplifts a low mood.
Calendula flowers have a positive effect on the immune system by having anti inflammatory properties. Calendula is also detoxifying, used to promote functioning and detoxification of the liver and gallbladder, which is helpful for some digestive problems.
Dandelion leaf improves liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the release of bile. It is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. It is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A as beta-carotene and increases the liver’s production of superoxide dismutase.

We use quality ingredients for you & packaging with the planet in mind. We package our Medicinal Tea Range in brown paper bags made in Australia from recycled paper and lined with 100% compostable corn based film.

Spring Cleansing Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $9. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

Calming Tea

A Tea to calm the mind and promote relaxation by soothing the body, mind and spirit.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart and the mind are connected. The spleen and stomach’s role in digestion help aid the heart in calming the mind by providing it with qi and nourishment. This tea is the perfect blend to supplement the Heart, Spleen and Stomach Qi to resolve anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and irritability.

Ingredients

Rose Buds which boost circulation and flow in the body. Can relieve tight chest or flanks.

Black Dates (Hei Zao) is darker and sweeter than the Chinese Red Date as it is steamed, dried then smoked to give its characteristic smoky fragrant flavour. Black Dates boost energy, benefits digestion, relieves abdominal distention and nourishes blood.

Licorice (Gan Cao) is sweet tasting yet the small amount provided, doesn’t have an overpowering licorice taste. It can promote circulation, soothe irritability, alleviate pain and diarrhoea. Licorice is anti-diabetic, anti-diarrheal, antioxidant, anti-ulcer, antiviral, eliminates toxins, helps the endocrine system, protects the liver and is an immuno-stimulant.

Sprouted Wheat nourishes the heart to calm the mind and spirit. It can alleviate irritability, restlessness, insomnia and anxiety.

We use quality ingredients for you & packaging with the planet in mind. We package our Medicinal Tea Range in brown paper bags made in Australia from recycled paper and lined with 100% compostable corn based film.

Calming Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $9.30. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

Spring Balancing Porridge Mix

Add this nourishing fruit blend to your porridge to balance the body in spring and help digestion

Ingredients

Longan Fruit with its sweet taste, it eases heart palpitations, insomnia, dizziness and abdominal fullness. In Western Medicine it is believed to have antibacterial and immunostimulant properties.

Goji Berries benefits vision, fluid metabolism & hayfever.

Chinese Red Dates benefit digestion and nourish blood. This ingredient is used consistently in Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas as well as stocked regularly in homes for cooking. In Western Medicine it has anti-allergic and antioxidant properties.

We use quality ingredients for you & packaging with the planet in mind. We package our Medicinal Tea Range in brown paper bags made in Australia from recycled paper and lined with 100% compostable corn based film.

Spring Balancing Porridge Mix Packets & Recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $12.90. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Spring Balancing Tea

Spring Balancing Tea does just that. Balances your body as we transition to Spring and contend with the wind. This tea can alleviate dry eyes, runny nose, headaches, fatigue, irritability and anxiety.

Spring Balancing Tea ingredients:

Rose Buds which boost circulation and flow in the body. Can relieve tight chest or flanks.
Peppermint which has cooling properties with an aromatic flavour. It can relieve sore throat, dry itchy eyes, irritability and headaches.

We use quality ingredients for you & packaging with the planet in mind. We package our Medicinal Tea Range in brown paper bags made in Australia from recycled paper and lined with 100% compostable corn based film.

Spring Balancing Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $12.30. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

 

Neck Pain Relief

Neck pain is something we see increasingly more of in the clinic. Of course, with many jobs requiring long periods of sitting in front of a computer and our smart phone habits, it’s not mystery why a lot people are experiencing it. What you may not know is the neck’s critical role of innervating and supplying blood and nerve vessels to the head, shoulder and arm. So you will find that neck pain tends to be involved with shoulder, wrist, elbow pain, and headaches.

There are a variety of causes for neck pain. The most common I see are poor posture. Whether it’s from prolonged sitting or standing in an awkward position, or sleeping posture. Other causes may be from trauma, injury or arthritic degeneration of the spine.

If neck pain is something you suffer from, acupuncture has been shown to be an effective method of treatment¹. In fact it has been shown that it can be even more effective than painkillers².

Acupuncture works in various ways to help reduce pain and increase mobility in the neck.
It causes the release of endorphins that have natural pain relieving and relaxing effect³. It increases the blood flow to muscles which can increase healing of micro tears within the muscle fibres and decrease inflammation4. It also has been shown to aid muscle loss and atrophy which can happy when there is a lack of blood flow certain muscles5.

Neck pain can be unassuming at first starting with just a small ache. However, if left untreated for a period of time it can grow and affect surrounding structures that can cause greater dysfunction. Most of the time it is simply about correcting your posture, breaking bad habits and learning to move your body in the correct way. Whether it’s acute or chronic pain, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be effective in relieving your pain, and regaining your mobility.

Flash special: Come in for your initial Neck Pain Relief appointment in October 2017 to receive a $20 discount!* Contact us on 9486 5966 or book online via: http://freedomchinesemedicine.com/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.

 

References

1 Chen XP, Liang Q & Zhou SM. (2014). Controlled Clinical Studies on Treating Neck Cervical Spondylosis with Combination of Point-to-point Auricular Acupuncture along the Skin and Body Acupuncture. Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine. 6(36).

2 Zeng R & Huang HF. (2015). Clinical observation on treating cervical spondylotic radiculopathy by floating-acupuncture, electro-acupuncture plus TCM medicine. Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine. 7(29).

3 Han JS (2004) Acupuncture and endorphins. Neuroscience Letter 6;361(1-3):258-61.

Yun-Kyoung Yim et al (2006) Electro-Acupuncture at Acupoint ST36 Reduces Inflammation and Regulates Immune Activity in Collagen-Induced Arthritic Mice, 4, no. 1 (August 18, 2006)

5 Onda A et al (2011) Acupuncture ameliorated skeletal muscle atrophy induced by hindlimb suspension in mice. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 24 May 2011

 

Weight Loss Help

Do you lack a sense of general fitness and overall well-being?

Do you easily fatigue or experience shortness of breath upon physical exertion?

Would you like to shed some additional weight, toward living a richer, fuller and healthier life?

Traditional Chinese medicine can help you…

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary adjustments and lifestyle advice may be the answers that you seek.

Ask us how we can help support you along your journey of rediscovery, toward the restoration of your physical health…

There are a few considerations that need to be addressed when undertaking a weight loss regimen. Namely, the underlying cause/s of why the additional weight has been able to accumulate, and the mechanisms associated with preventing the body from metabolising and shifting this additional weight.

Commonly weight gain is associated with one or a combination of the following factors; Poor dietary habits (over consumption and irregular eating habits), leading a sedentary lifestyle (energy intake vs. expenditure), being an emotional eater (commonly a stress response), and the link with a deeper and more complex hormonal imbalance within the body.

 

Addressing weight gain can have a variety of positive effects upon reducing any associated health risks. Namely, protecting the body’s internal organs from strain, over-use and decline in function, reducing the likelihood of developing weight associated diseases such as Hypertension and Diabetes, and reducing pain in individuals with weight associated joint dysfunction.

Excess weight may also hamper ones ability to lead a normal and active existence, due to weight becoming an inhibiting factor in daily life. Perpetuating the likelihood of many associated mood disorders.

Healthy Weight-loss is the result of ones efforts to improve their daily lives by addressing their inner-health through the shedding of any unwanted additional weight.

Weight loss treatment involves undertaking regular Chinese medicine treatments (weekly/fortnightly), with the addition of concurrent herbal medicines; specifically tailored to suit the individual and to aid and bolster the treatment regimen. Lastly dietary and lifestyle changes will be addressed and a nutrition plan will be undertaken to help aid the individual’s specific requirements, to compliment their unique constitution.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle changes are the leading ways to attain this change. If you would like further information on what this involves, please contact us here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe

Flash special: Come in for your initial Weight Loss appointment by 11th October 2017 to receive a $20 discount!* Contact us on 9486 5966 or book online via: http://freedomchinesemedicine.com/booking/

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.

Andrew is an advocate for the holistic approach toward health and well-being. As well as being the Chief instructor of Qigong, Taiji and Kungfu at the LiuHe-ZiRanMen Kungfu Academy. Andrew presents weekly Qigong classes here at Freedom Chinese Medicine.

* Not available with any other offer and you must mentioned this special to receive the $20 credit

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.

 

References

6-Step Liver Cleanse

Can Acupuncture Help Detoxification?

 

 

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..