Easy Potato & Leek Soup

Easy Potato & Leek Soup

Serves 4

4 tbsp butter

2 cloves crushed garlic

2 leeks

4 potatoes (1/2kg)

8 cups chicken stock

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

450mls milk (or soymilk)

Method

  • 1. Clean & chop the leeks.
  • 2. Melt the butter in a pan and add the
  • 3. leeks and garlic. Fry them over a low heat until the leeks are soft, about 10mins, stir frequently.
  • 4. Peel the potatoes and chop them into cubes.
  • 5. Add all the remaining ingredients to the pan, except the milk.
  • 6. Bring the soup to a boil and then let simmer for 20minutes.
  • 7. Just before serving, pour the milk into the soup and stir well. Serve.

Roast Pumpkin & Potato Soup

Pumpkin Soup

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 butternut pumpkin (approx. 1 kg), seeds removed and cut into wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon dried chillies
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
500g Desiree potatoes
Sea salt and black pepper
3 sprigs of thyme, leaves only
1 tablespoon butter
1 brown onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, skin on
1.5 litres of vegetable stock
¼ cup thickened cream (see tip)

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the pumpkin in a baking dish and drizzle with a little of the olive oil. Sprinkle with dried chillies, fennel seeds and salt and pepper. Cut the potato into wedges and also place on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and scatter with thyme leaves. Bake pumpkin and potato for 35-40 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

2. Heat a large heavy based saucepan, add the remaining olive oil and butter and fry the onions and garlic until soft. Add the pumpkin and potato and mash. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 10- 12 minutes.

3. Blend until smooth with a hand held blender or food processor. Return to the pan and reheat if necessary. Stir through the cream and season to taste. Serve with cracked black pepper.

Elaine’s tip: This soup is chunky, delicious and low-fat unblended and without cream (just skip step number 3!).

Barley & Vegetable Soup

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Barley and Vegetable Soup

This nutritious, warming and slightly bitter soup is particularly helpful for promoting fluid and fat metabolism.

Elaine’s tip: If you’re short on time omit the barley, the soup can then simmer for 20 minutes only.

¼ cup barley

2 tablespoons oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 celery sticks, thinly sliced

3 carrots, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 turnip, chopped

1 cup green beans, cut into 2.5cm lengths

bouquet garni

6 cups water or vegetable stock

1 tablespoon shoyu/ soya sauce

salt and pepper

4 tomatoes, skinned and chopped

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Method

Soak the barley in cold water to cover for 1 hour. Drain well and set aside.

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and fry until softened. Add the celery, carrots, garlic and turnip. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

Add the soaked barley, green beans, bouquet garni, water/stock, shoyu, and salt & pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes, until tender.

Add the tomatoes and parsley and cook for a further 10 minutes. Remove the bouquet garni and serve.

Roast Vegetable & Chickpea Soup

Roast vegetable & chickpea soup

Serves 6

2 (500g) eggplant, cut into 2 cm pieces

2 small (500g) organge sweet potato, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces

4 (500g) zucchini, cut into 2 cm pieces

2 red onions, cut into wedges

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 garlic cloves, crushed

400g can diced Italian tomatoes

4 cups salt-reduced vegetable stock

2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed

¼ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

  • 1. Preheat oven to 230oC. Line 2 large roasting pans with non-stick baking paper. Place eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini and onions in a large bowl. Add oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss vegetables well to coat. Spread vegetables evenly over trays and roast, swapping trays after 30 minutes, for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden and tender. Sprinkle garlic on top for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  • 2. Place roast vegetables, tomatoes, stock and 2 cups water in a large saucepan. Simmer, partially covered, over medium heat for 20 minutes. Using a potato masher, roughly mash vegetables. Stir in chickpeas. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until warmed through.
  • 3. Remove soup from heat. Stir in parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
  • Tip: Soup can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Cost per serve $2.37

Treatment Options for Crohn’s & UC

Treatment Options for Crohn’s & UC

Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a unique, natural, effective and gentle approach to the treatment of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). It can be used as an alternative, or complimentary to standard Western medical intervention. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is very useful in the treatment of chronic problems, whilst Western Medicine is particularly useful in the treatment of acute conditions. There is much that needs to be done to improve outcomes for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Many people find that a complimentary medicine approach can do just that.

Ulcerative Colitis Patients Find Better Relief With Acupuncture Than With Drugs

“While some doctors prescribe medications to reduce the swelling associated with ulcerative colitis, there is no known cure for the condition, which has led scientists to study other possible remedies, including acupuncture. In fact, the results of a recent study suggest that acupuncture is superior to drugs in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, with more acupuncture patients reporting complete relief of symptoms and a higher overall effectiveness rate compared to patients taking anti-inflammatory agents”.1

Research extract: One packet of the Chinese herbs were taken orally two times per day. In addition, a retention enema was used consisting of Chinese herbs. Results were assessed after three successive courses. Based on certain criteria, the cure rate was 61.45% and the total effectiveness rate was 90.36%.2

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views and treats inflammatory bowel disease somewhat differently to current orthodox Western Medical practice. TCM holds that each patient is to be viewed as an individual, with a strong connection between mind and body, and to his/her environment. This approach can be a great strength and help to patients suffering with Crohn’s and UC since we all know that chronic conditions do affect our state of mind, our families, and our ability to function in life. TCM sees no other way to address and resolve a health problem.

To introduce you to how TCM perceives, prevents and treats Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, it is first necessary to explain some of the fundamentals of TCM theory. An effective way to do this is to look at nature. Our planet spins around its geographical axis, having a geometric field with a North and South pole. The same magnetic force field is present in every living cell, each with its positive and negative pole. The human body as a whole similarly has its own force field. In China it is called qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi is made up of energy that is in constant motion.3

Qi flows through pathways in the body called meridians, which connect to our internal organs. In order to have a healthy body and mind, qi needs to be in abundance and circulating freely. Balance is also required. The Chinese use the terms yin and yang to measure balance in health and life. Yin and yang refer to relative polarities in nature. Yin pertains to night, rest, passivity and femininity. While Yang pertains to assertiveness, activity, day and the masculine.

Essentially, a TCM practitioner assesses the state of Qi, Yin & Yang in a presenting patient. This is mainly done by asking questions, looking at the tongue, feeling the radial pulse and the abdomen. For cases of Crohn’s and UC, the internal organ systems are paid particular attention. For chronic non-malignant inflammatory bowel disease, I usually see a presentation that TCM identifies as a ‘Spleen deficiency’. Common symptoms of this are frequent and severe diarrhea, watery stool with undigested food, dull abdominal pain, poor appetite, poor digestion and gastric discomfort after food intake, fatigue and lethargy due to chronic malabsorption and malnutrition. Common signs are a pale face, pale tongue with a white coat.

Both Western and Chinese medicines recognize the importance of diet and its role in prevention and treatment of IBD. Western medicine acknowledges that dietary intake of certain factors (such as excessive chemicals or lack of fibre) may be linked to increased incidence of bowel inflammation, while Chinese medicine recognizes that dietary intake with excessive cold or raw food may injure the spleen and stomach.4

TCM also recognises and addresses the effect that emotions, lifestyle and eating habits have on the bowel. In addition to avoiding the wrong food, I also advise my patients to have adequate calorie and fluid intake as malnutrition and dehydration are common problems associated with IBD.

Not all presentations of Crohn’s and UC are treated in the same way. TCM treatment could incorporate herbal medicine, acupuncture, laser acupuncture, acupressure, or electro-acupuncture to activate the homoeostatic mechanisms of the body. Literally hundreds of different herbs can be used for the treatment and prevention of Crohn’s and UC. To optimise safety, effectiveness and compatibility with other herbs, supplements and or pharmaceuticals, I strongly advise you to have Chinese herbs prescribed by a Chinese Medicine practitioner.

I help my patients to develop a lifestyle that supports and maintains the benefits of the treatment. I approach this using a fusion of Eastern and Western theory, ancient and modern techniques. Some of the general key points are:

  • Minimise the intake of dairy products
  • Eat at regular times
  • Avoiding over-eating
  • Avoid worrying
  • Practice abdominal massage

A more detailed general dietary guide is available here (insert link to dietary page). A holistic and individualised approach is best taken, so see a TCM practitioner for specific advice.

There is much that needs to be done to improve outcomes for people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. An integrated approach of Western and Chinese Medicine may be a great help to you.

To find a qualified TCM practitioner in your area, call the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association on 1300 725 334.

Alternatively, contact my practice in Melbourne on (03) 9486 5966 or via reception@freedomchinesemedicine.com

 

Dr. Elaine Hickman

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

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

Endnotes

1 Ma X. Acupuncture treatment for 76 cases of ulcerative colitis. Journal

of Traditional Chinese Medicine December 2005;25(4):264-265.

2 An article published by Zhang Bei-qin, et al.,

in Xin Zhong Yi (New Chinese Medicine) issue no. 4, 2003. Titled “A Study of the Therapeutic Efficacy of 38 Cases of Chronic, Nonmalignant

Ulcerative Colitis Treated by Jian Pi, Wen Shen Qing Chang Tang,” this

article appeared on pages 27-28 of that journal.

3 Listen to Your Body. B. Guo & A. Powell, 2001, p.3-4

4 John K. Chen, PhD, PharmD, OMD, LAc

Crohn’s Disease: Western and Oriental Perspectives, Part II

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Herbal Medicine for Crohn’s or UC

Herbal Medicine for people living with Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

Most cultures, including the West, have a continuous history of the use of substances from nature to treat illness. Until recently, most Western medicines were based on plants and other natural substances. Herbal Medicine is becoming increasingly popular and accepted as, if used properly, it is safe, natural and very effective. Herbal Medicine can be used to assist people living with Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis by boosting the immune system, improving general wellbeing, and decreasing inflammation in the bowel. Many drugs commonly prescribed for these conditions have potential adverse side effects. It is therefore important to identify well tolerated medicines that can help induce and maintain remission.

Note: Herbal Medicine can be used safely in conjunction with pharmaceutical drugs. All you need is accurate information and advice. The best source of this information is your treating gastroenterologist, GP, or herbalist. Self-administration without professional advice can be ineffective or dangerous. Even though most specialists and GP’s have no training in herbal medicine, they will receive information about any reactions and contraindications between medicines. A qualified herbalist, either Chinese Medicine Practitioner or Naturopath, will be able to prescribe herbs which could help you.

Herbal Medicine is the use of mostly plant parts (leaves, twigs, bark, roots and seeds) to treat illness. There are specific herbs and supplements which can be used to decrease inflammation in the gut, protect the lining of the bowel and boost immunity:

  • 1. Turmeric
  • Turmeric may have a protective role in ulcerative colitis through regulation of oxidant/anti-oxidant balance and modulation of the release of some inflammatory agents.1
  • 2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Some studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, may reduce inflammation in people with Crohn’s Disease. More research on omega-3 fatty acids is needed, especially at differing doses, because not all studies have found a positive effect. There were no serious side effects in any of the studies.2
  • 3. Glutamine
  • Glutamine is an essential amino acid is known to play a key role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucosa (lining). Glutamine supplementation has been shown to reduce intestinal permeability (Hond 1999), prevent mucosal atrophy and maintain gut integrity (Van der Hurst 1993).3
  • 4. Probiotics
  • Probiotics are living microorganisms that are thought to benefit health by altering the growth of bacteria in the intestines thereby reducing inflammation. Probiotics have been found to be effective in managing inflammatory bowel disease. They help control the number of potentially harmful bacteria, reduce inflammation, and improve the protective mucus lining of the gut.4
  • 5. Oral Aloe Vera Gelhas been found in studies to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the bowel.5
  • 6. Boswelliahas been found to block chemical reactions involved in inflammation. Unlike anti-inflammatory medication, Boswellia doesn’t seem to cause gut irritation that can occur with many conventional pain relievers. Boswellia should not be taken for more than 8 to 12 weeks unless under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.5
  • 7. Folic Acid

People with chronic ulcerative colitis are at greater risk of colon cancer. A study found that dietary Folic Acid supplementation significantly suppressed ulcerative colitis-associated colon cancer.5

  • 8. Chinese Medicinal Herbs

Different Chinese Medicinal Herbs are used according to the nature and severity of the inflammatory bowel disease. These herbs include: rhizoma zedoaria, caulis fibraureae, cortex moutan radicis (moutan bark), semen presicae (peach seed), radix notoginseng, radix achyranthis bidentatae, rhizoma atractylodis, cortex cinnamomi (cinnamon bark), poria, radix ledebouriellae, radix aucklandiae, radix paeoniae rubra (red peony), rhizoma atractylodis macrocephalae (Fan 1999).6

Taking a single herb or supplement can be helpful. Taking a combination of herbs can increase the effect exponentially. In fact, the most effective way to use Herbal Medicine is to take a specific combination or mixture. This can be in liquid, powder, granule, pill or raw (cook it yourself!) form. Pill form is the most popular way to take herbs because they are easy to take and don’t taste unpleasant! Over centuries (or thousands of years in Chinese Medicine’s case), herbalists have worked out how to best combine groups of herbs to maximise effectiveness and minimise (or eradicate) side effects. Just like people, some herbs will work well together, some wont. Some herbs, when mixed together will work much better than when used separately. This use of synergy, and individualisation to your particular case, is where Herbal Medicine becomes very effective. Herbal Medicine is an exact science, so dosage and ratios are crucial. One herbal remedy or supplement will not work for all cases of Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. Having a Chinese Medicine practitioner or Naturopath tailor a prescription specifically for you will give you the best results.

Herbal Medicine can be used to boost the immune system, improve general wellbeing, and decrease inflammation in the bowel. Seeing a qualified herbalist who has the skills and experience to help you can be life changing. Since I was asked to write an article for ACCA in 2006, I’ve treated many people with Crohn’s and UC. 95% of those patients had very positive changes in their symptoms, most within 4 weeks. I’ve helped people significantly reduce their medication needs. Treatment is relatively low cost, and in some cases, after an initial consultation and prescription, herbal pills can be posted to you, with only a brief follow-up consultation needed to assess your response and review the prescription. The best practitioner will give you herbal medicine that works, that can be easy and convenient to take.

By Dr. Elaine HickmanB.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing)

Freedom Chinese Medicine

261 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria 3079

Ph. 03) 9486 5966

Email: elaine@freedomchinesemedicine.com

ENDNOTES

  • 1. Kumar S, Ahuja V, Vishnubhatla S, Prasad K, Kumar A. Curcumin for maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 3.
  • 2. Turner D, Zlotkin SH, Shah PS, Griffiths AM. Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) for maintenance of remission in Crohn’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2009, Issue 1.
  • 3. Srinivasan R, Akobeng AK. Glutamine for induction of remission in Crohn’s disease (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 4.
  • 4. Butterworth AD, Thomas AG, Akobeng AK. Probiotics for induction of remission in Crohn’s disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 3
  • 5. Ulcerative Colitis Remedies By Cathy Wong, About.com Guide Updated February 14, 2008
  • 6. Gan T, Wang Y, Jin SJ, Tian L. Traditional Chinese medicinal herbs for induction of remission in ulcerative colitis (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2002, Issue 4.

REFERENCES

Turner D, Steinhart AH, Griffiths AM. Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) for maintenance of remission in ulcerative colitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 3

De Ley M, de Vos R, Hommes DW, Stokkers PC. Fish oil for induction of remission in ulcerative colitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 4. 

Acupuncture is Effective for Migraine

The other day in the clinic, a patient and I were discussing the recent ground-breaking hospital trial media release about how acupuncture is as effective as drugs for relieving pain in people’s lower backs and from sprained ankles and migraines.1And I was telling her that in my 15 years of clinical practice, I’ve always been able to help a migraine sufferer. I realised what a statement that was, but the truth of it struck me. I have never seen a migraine sufferer that I couldn’t help. The latest case being a woman with chronic migraines who now has been migraine-free and drug-free for 3 weeks, a record for her. I got to thinking that if more migraine sufferers knew that Acupuncture was an effective treatment option for them, there would be more happy people in the world, and that’s gotta be a great thing right?

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Acupuncture can be effective at reducing migraine symptoms immediately, and also for treating the cause of the migraines in the first place. It is this holistic effect that makes acupuncture wonderfully effective, even more so than drugs in my experience. Migraines often have multiple triggers, whether it be hormonal, fatigue, stress, dietary, sinus, or muscle tension related. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can alleviate these triggers, and the migraine pain, at the same time! One of the best things about seeing a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine that specialises in Acupuncture, like myself, is that you get the best outcomes. Holistic treatment AND drug-free rapid symptom relief. An experienced practitioner can treat 2-3 problems effectively in the one session, so you get significant value for your spend. Ofcourse, it usually takes more than one session to alleviate the migraines, and their triggers for the long term. Depending on the individual case, a course of treatment can be as short as 4 sessions to more like 6 if hormones are a problem. Then you need to maintain the balance. A great Acupuncturist will advise you about how you can best maintain your health and prevent a migraine, in your particular case.

If you’re in the Ivanhoe, Melbourne area, come and see me. I’ve helped lots of people over the last 15 years, and I can help you. I love to provide a health care experience for people that is respectful, effective, empowering and enjoyable! My acupuncture treatments are gentle, powerful, amazingly relaxing and incorporate Japanese & Chinese techniques, as well as Medical Qi Gong if appropriate. I run a private practice in Ivanhoe and am honoured to be the trusted family physician of many. We have friendly receptionists to answer your questions and HICAPS facilities so if you have private health insurance with acupuncture extras, your benefit is claimed on the spot. Click here for more information about me or simply click here to contact us.

If you are not in the Melbourne area, find a great Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine specialising in Acupuncture near you. Ask your friends and family if they can recommend someone. To find well qualified practitioners, you can do a locality search here: http://www.acupuncture.org.au/Practitioner_Search.aspx. And if you’re worried that acupuncture might be painful, don’t be! A good practitioner can control how much sensation you feel, and it is usually nothing unpleasant! Most of my patients don’t feel the acupuncture needles go in.. new patients often ask “is that it?! That was nothing to worry about at all!” So don’t let the fear stop you. And if you don’t feel comfortable with the Acupuncturist you chose to see, chose another one! Just like finding the right GP for you, it can take some searching to find the perfect fit..

Nothing can replace the help of a great practitioner, while you are waiting to be able to see one, here are some general, natural, drug-free tips for migraine relief:

1. Increase the room temperature slightly

2. Take a break from light and noise

3. Sleep

4. Do Acupressure here:migraine-pressure-points-C4press

5. Do Acupressure here:

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6. Do Acupressure here:

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7. Inhale Peppermint oil

8. Inhale Woodlock Liniment (contact us for more information or to buy)

9. Take the Chinese Herbal pills Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (contact us for more information or to buy).

10. Take the Chinese Herbal pills Pian Tou Tong Wan if you also have fatigue and eye strain. (contact us for more information or to buy) (No unpleasant taste and all plant-based herbs)

If the above suggestions don’t help you, don’t despair, you just need more specific treatment and relief. Every migraine sufferer knows how debilitating a migraine can be, how it can be impossible to function, let alone work during a migraine and its recovery phase. Don’t resign yourself to suffering from migraines. Try Acupuncture!

At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we address the symptoms as well as the cause. We can help relieve your migraine quickly, reduce the severity and frequency of your migraines and remedy your triggers.

We understand that migraines can be very unpleasant. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the practitioner who is helping you. That is why I’m offering a FREE initial health assessment this month, in which I do a brief assessment of your health and advise a treatment strategy for you. It gives you the opportunity to see if my team and I are the right people to help you. Contact us today to book or enquire.

Yours in great health,

Dr. Elaine Hickman
Dr. Elaine Hickman

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

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

References

1.: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/acupuncture-as-good-as-drugs-say-researchers-20140329-35q0v.html#ixzz2yQi5nh3FInclude recipe written content and any URL links to videos

Hot Flushes? You’re not alone..

Menopause can be some women’s biggest hormonal challenge. For other women, the change can be a breeze. Menopausal symptoms can arrive when our oestrogen levels naturally decline. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can significantly reduce menopausal symptoms, not by replacing lost oestrogen, which Western Medicine attempts to do, but by stabilising the body’s temperature controls1. This can be done safely, effectively and quickly! In my clinic, I regularly see women obtain significant rapid relief of menopausal symptoms, without unpleasant side effects.

Menopausal symptoms can include hot flushes, sweats, mood swings, dryness, weight gain, and many others. I see many women who put up with long term sleep disturbance due to hot flushes which can then result in fatigue and depression. Don’t resign yourself to poor sleep! There are many ways to get relief.

menopause relief

How can I make my menopause easier?

Each woman will experience menopause differently and there is no one treatment that will suit everyone. Here are some of them:

  • Understand that this is a normal part of life and allowing yourself time to adjust, and pamper yourself.
  • Relax and do anything which helps reduce stress. Reduce your activity levels if possible and avoid rushing.
  • Exercise regularly and keep fit. Weight-bearing exercise is particularly helpful for your bones.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Talk to a counsellor if you feel it would help.

Some women find that hot weather, confined spaces, hot drinks, spicy foods or alcohol make them worse, so avoiding these things can help. Wearing layers of clothing that can easily be removed or replaced, learning meditation and relaxation techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy techniques can also help.

Still suffering?

If you are not getting significant relief from your menopausal symptoms, it’s time to step up the intervention. Chinese Medicine has proven to be effective at reducing menopausal symptoms, give it a try! I have seen hundreds of women feel so much better after trying the following Chinese Medicine therapies:

  • Tai Chi or Qi Gong exercises
  • Take all natural herbal medicines, such as Er Xian Wan or Two Immortals
  • Two Immortals herbs have been the subject of many clinical studies.1,2 Women taking a Chinese herbal formula experienced less than half the number of menopausal hot flashes they had before the treatment, according to a new study from Hong Kong. Whole blood counts, renal function, and liver function were all within the normal range before and after treatment. Er Xian Tang is well tolerated with no serious adverse events noted.2
  • Contact us for more information and to buy
  • Better still, you can have a consultation with a Chinese Medicine practitioner to get high potency herbal medicine. Many of my patients swear by these all natural medicines.
  • Try a course of Acupuncture! 1 to 4 sessions can make a world of difference. At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we even offer Laser Acupuncture if you want a needle-free option.
  • Best of all, with Chinese Medicine, you can get better and stay better. If you are suffering through menopause, I strongly suggest you don’t put up with it, seek some help. I see menopausal symptoms alleviated every day in the clinic.

You may well find, as many women do, that you discover a new sense of freedom and enthusiasm at this time. It can be smooth sailing through to a new chapter of your life!

We understand that menopausal symptoms can be very unpleasant. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the practitioner who is helping you. That is why I’m offering a FREE initial health assessment this month, in which I do a brief assessment of your health and advise a treatment strategy for you. It gives you the opportunity to see if my team and I are the right people to help you. Contact us today to book or enquire.

Dr. Elaine Hickman
Dr. Elaine Hickman

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

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

 

References

1. http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/natural+health/acupuncture+for+menopause,11089

2. Zhong LL et al., A randomized, double-blind, controlled trial of a Chinese herbal formula (Er-Xian decoction) for menopausal symptoms in Hong Kong perimenopausal women. Menopause. 2013 Jul;20(7):767-76.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/us-chinese-herbs-idUSBRE92S0CQ20130329

http://www.mydr.com.au/womens-health/menopause-what-you-can-expect

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Hormones: Subtle is Powerful

Ever wondered if Mercury in retrograde will affect your week? Well, try seeing how a hormonal fluctuation will affect your whole day! Have you ever tried on your favourite bra for that perfect dress only to discover that your breast size has changed overnight? Ever suffered with premenstrual acne, period pain, excessive facial hair, hot flushes? Have you ever had inexplicable weight gain? Or have you been intensely angry with your partner one day, only to discover in the very next day or two, that it was due to a premenstrual mood swing? We often underestimate the power of our hormones. Even when they’re in balance, they can run or ruin our day, imagine what it’s like when they’re out of balance!

hormone imbalance

Hormones basically act as chemical messengers in our body, transporting a signal from one cell to another. And it is a subtle signal. For example, only a small amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. We have many different types of hormones; estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, adrenaline & cortisol, thyroid hormones and many more. Hormone signals control the internal environment of the body through homeostasis.

Now, homeostasis is a process that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knows a lot about. TCM Doctors simply call it – balance. TCM, especially acupuncture, is very effective at sending chemical and electrical messages in the body. Subtle and often powerful messages. Just like our bodies hormonal signals, acupuncture has proven to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters in our body such as endorphin and enkephalin2. All of these complex messages can keep us functioning at our optimum. We can utilise acupuncture to help the body self-regulate hormonal balance; Yes, we can do something to ease those troubling symptoms!

balance

Different language is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to describe balance, namely Yin and Yang. But we are essentially talking about the same thing: a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant. TCM has an advantage in addressing hormonal problems as it takes a holistic view. Meaning that it views your body, mind and it’s functions as a whole unit, complete with all it’s complex interactions.

Our body is often well equipped to regulate itself, but sometimes it needs a helping hand. Take menopause for example, most women’s biggest hormonal challenge. Menopausal symptoms can arrive when our estrogen levels naturally decline. Acupuncture can significantly reduce menopausal symptoms, not by replacing lost estrogen, which Western Medicine attempts to do, but by stimulating endorphins to stabilise the body’s temperature controls1.In my clinic, I regularly see women obtain significant rapid relief of menopausal symptoms, without unpleasant side effects.

menopause relief

PMS, or Premenstrual Syndrome can also be alleviated by some hormonal fine tuning with TCM. Whether it’s premenstrual mood changes and irritability that ail you or the more physical symptoms of headache, breast tenderness, bloating or fatigue. It is very easy for a qualified Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture practitioner to reduce these symptoms within three months.

Hormonal problems which can contribute to weight, sleep and fertility issues can also be helped with TCM. As can Thyroid Disease and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. These more complex hormonal balance issues can take 3 to 6 months to be balanced by Chinese Medicine and/or Acupuncture, but it definitely works. A good practitioner will also teach you ways in which your diet and lifestyle can add or subtract from your hormonal balance.

If your hormones are making you suffer, I strongly suggest you don’t put up with it, seek some help. I see hormonal problems alleviated every day in the clinic.

At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we  understand that hormonal problems can be very unpleasant. You want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the practitioner who is helping you. That is why I’m offering a FREE initial health assessment this month, in which I do a brief assessment of your health and advise a treatment strategy for you. It gives you the opportunity to see if my team and I are the right people to help you. Contact us today to book or enquire.

Dr. Elaine Hickman
Dr. Elaine Hickman

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

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

 

References

1. http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/natural+health/acupuncture+for+menopause,11089

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Optimal Health

What is optimal health? It is just the absence of disease and symptoms? Could it be to achieve and maintain an immense sense of wellbeing? Feeling vibrant, free and happy! Do you remember what it was like to feel at your optimum health? To have the energy to do whatever it is that you want to. Do you sleep well, breathe well, look well, move well, digest well, whilst feeling calm and centred? You can feel this good! You deserve to feel this good! Yes there may be some ill health to remedy first but it is possible. At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we are happy to be part of the wellness profession, happy to have helped thousands of people reach their optimal health for over 15 years.

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We use whatever tools necessary to help people work through their health issues. Whether it be an Eastern or Western approach, or a combination, what matters is what works for you. At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we offer natural, effective, holistic and practical solutions for your health problems using the ancient and powerful methods of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Laser Acupuncture, Acupressure, Chinese Remedial Massage, Cupping, Moxibustion, Dietary Therapy, Medical Qi Gong, Health Counselling and Coaching. If you need another approach, we will happily point you in the right direction. What matters is helping you have the best health possible. We will help you deal with your specific issue, but also look forward to see what more can be done to help them feel better and prevent those problems from recurring.

What if you are not sick, but not well? Do you feel sluggish, stressed out, run down, tired or frustrated? Do you want to feel lighter, freer, relaxed, happier, and more vibrant? Well that’s great! Chinese medicine works wonders at boosting wellbeing on many levels. And it doesn’t usually take many visits to get you there! And once you’re feeling and looking your best, maintenance is simple!

How often do you see your dentist? Most people see their dentist once every six months. That’s maintenance care. How often do you take your car in for a lube-oil-filter? Every 5,000 kilometres. That’s maintenance care! Ongoing, maintenance care has a clear value. Keeping your teeth clean prevents cavities and saves a lot of pain and expense on dental work. A tune-up every so often is a lot cheaper than waiting until the transmission falls out and you need a new engine. One of the best things about seeing a Chinese Medicine practitioner is their ability to detect an imbalance in your body system, before it becomes a bigger problem. When was your last tune up?

Yours in optimal health,

Dr. Elaine Hickman
Dr. Elaine Hickman

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

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine