Gut Health Seminar

abdominal painSomething not quite right with your gut? Are you experiencing gut symptoms that won’t seem to go away? Don’t know where to start? Come along to this seminar for some expert information & suggestions. Learn:

  • What is gut health?
  • How gut health affects our physical and emotional health
  • Stress and gut health – gut brain connection
  • What we can do to improve our gut health

When: Monday the 24th April, 6.30pm – 8pm

Where: Upstairs @ Freedom Chinese Medicine

261 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe

Cost: $30 or $15 if you bring a friend.

Spaces are limited. Give us a call on 9486 5966 or click below to book today.

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Tennis Elbow Relief

Lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow” as it is commonly know is a painful condition experienced by many people. In most instances the condition is caused by overuse or strain of the small muscles and or tendons that connect to the outside of the upper forearm (the lateral epicondyle). When injured pain tends to be further experienced when grasping objects and/or rotating the forearm. Neck pain and dysfunction can also be involved.

There are several approaches to correcting lateral epicondylitis. At Freedom Chinese Medicine in Melbourne, we apply some combination of acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbal medicine and mobility exercises depending upon the nature of the case. In a majority of cases the condition is vastly improved with between 3-6 acupuncture sessions over the course of 1-2 months. Usually gentle toning, stretching and mobility exercises are required to correct biomechanical imbalances and lessen the chance of re-injury through enhanced function. Some massage can also be useful; particularly in more muscular or tensile individuals, those with heightened inflammation or those with poor circulation.

Inflammation can be reduced by drinking at least 2L of water per day, taking anti-inflammatory Chinese herbs and/or prescribed supplements and if tolerated a topical anti-inflammatory cream can also be an effective adjunct to therapy; the shallow depth of the muscles, tendons and fascia in the region allow these creams to penetrate to an effective level easily.

When rehabilitating this condition it is important to ensure that it is not re-injured before it is fully healed; if care is not taken such can lead to pain becoming a nagging chronic problem. Placing a piece of tape on the elbow can act to alter your sensory awareness of the area and provide a reminder to prevent movements that aggravate the problem.

All the acupuncturists at Freedom Chinese Medicine have experience with this condition, but for initial consultations it is recommended that patients visit either Daniel Gibbs, Shiro Akiyama or Andrew Chambers so that massage can be performed if necessary.

Written by Dr. Daniel Gibbs

Acupuncturist & Remedial Massage Therapist @ Freedom Chinese Medicine

Mention this article for 20% off you initial consult with Daniel, Andrew or Shiro in March 2017 only.

Hair Loss Help

Hair thinning commonly happens in both men and women. It can happen gradually with age, but it can also occur more noticeably after a series of hormonal changes, medical procedures (surgery or chemotherapy) or some other trauma.

Patients who are looking for help often report that they have recovered from a significant health-deteriorating period. They have settled back into their routines and responsibilities. They feel comfortable in their bodies again. But for some reason, their hair thickness hasn’t returned. Sometimes, they are still experiencing excessive hair loss.

Looking more deeply into the details often shows that health and vitality may not have returned to the previous levels. While people are managing their day to day activities, they can report more subtle signs:

  • Being prone to viral infections that take longer to clear
  • Having lower energy levels than previously
  • Indulging in sweeter or “easier” foods more often (in this case, it’s a symptom)
  • More frequent skin problems, or consistently dry skin
  • More frequent digestive irregularities or bloating
  • More easy to bruise

These are all signs that a couple more steps need to be achieved before the
body is ready to allocated precious resources to growing a headful of shiny, luscious hair.

With Chinese Medicine, after looking at individual specifics, I usually treat hair thinning by:

  • Strengthening the digestive system – to get the most out of food and improve metabolism
  • Improving circulation – to get blood to the scalp
  • Strengthening the immune system – to better combat infections, but also to improve the quality of skin, scalp and hair
  • Ensuring sleep is restful and restorative – looking at internal temperature control, pain problems and relaxation.

When theses aspects are back in balance, it’s nice to see layers of “baby hairs” start growing back. (It’s frizzy at the start, but that gets better). This can take 3-4 months of treatment and herbal medicine. But patients seem happy to have their hair back. Not to mention resolving the other subtle problems holding them back.

Written by Dr. Christine Lee

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

At Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne.

Mention this article for 20% off your initial consult with Dr. Lee this March 2017 only.

Vegetable Pakoras


Serves 4


100g chickpea flour (besan) or rice flour

2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 egg

75g natural yoghurt

1 tbsp lemon juice

25g onion

25g red capsicum

50g cooked potatoes

50g cauliflower florets

50g corn kernels, thawed if frozen

corn oil, to deep fry


  1. Combine the flour and spices in a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Break the egg into the well. Add the yogurt and lemon juice, then whisk into a thick batter. Allow the batter to stand for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion. Deseed and finely chop the capsicum. Cut the potatoes and cauliflower into 1cm dice. Stir capsicum, potato, cauliflower and corn into the batter. Mix well. Allow to stand for another 10 minutes.
  3. Fill a deep pan with corn oil until 1/3 full. Heat until a cube of bread dropped in sizzles. Stir the batter.
  4. Drop 3-4 spoonfuls of batter into pan. Deep-fry for 8 minutes, or until golden. Remove and drain. Deep-fry remaining batter in same way, to make 12 pakoras. Garnish with coriander, if you like.


Zucchini Rissoles

Serves 4


275 lean beef mince

1/2 small brown onion, grated

1 zucchini, gated, excess liquid squeezed out

2 tbs cottage cheese

1/2 tsp mild curry powder

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/2 cups dried breadcrumbs

olive oil spray


  1. Combine mice, onion, zucchini, cottage cheese, curry powder, egg, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and salt & pepper in a bowl. Mix until well combined. Divide mixture into 4 equal portions and shape into rissoles. Coat rissoles in remaining breadcrumbs and place on a plate. Refrigerate for 1 hour, if time permits.
  2. Preheat oven and a baking tray to 200º C. Spray both sides of patties with oil. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Cook rissoles for 2 minutes each side or until golden. Transfer to hot baking tray. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cooked through.


Bite-Sized Caprese Appetizers

So this recipe is hardly reinventing the wheel–if you haven’t eaten it, you’ve almost certainly seen it. But sometimes some things are so good and so seasonally perfect that you just need a little reminder.

24 grape tomatoes
24 fresh mini mozzarella balls
24 fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove minced garlic
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
24 toothpicks

Place a tomato, basil leaf, and mozzarella ball on each toothpick. Place on a serving plate or tray.
Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, and garlic and drizzle over the appetizers. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
To eat, bite everything off the toothpick all at once.

Lamb Meatballs with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt

Fresh mint and cilantro pair with the classic Mediterranean spices of cinnamon, cumin, and coriander to liven up ground lamb and plain yogurt. To prepare these as a main course, form larger meatballs and serve with pita and couscous.


For the meatballs:

1 pound ground lamb
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the yogurt:

7 ounces whole-milk Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Zest of 1 medium lemon, minced


  1. Heat the oven to 375°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly with your hands.
  3. Form into 30 balls (about 2 teaspoons each) and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake until meatballs are no longer pink in the middle, about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, combine all yogurt ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix well. Serve with the meatballs.


A classic energy ball recipe for you all! This is an easy, simplified version of my favourite snack – this time with just five ingredients. These little beauties are my go to when I need a pick me up and my fridge/freezer is always piled high them. You can add extra hemp powder if you want to boost the protein kick.



200g almonds (1 cup)

400g medjool dates (2 cups)

4 tablespoons raw cacao powder

2 ½ tablespoons almond butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil


Begin by placing the almonds in the food processor and pulsing until they are nicely crushed.

Add the medjool dates and coconut oil and pulse until it’s fully mixed

Add the almond butter and cacao and then mix again in the food processor.

Take a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue doing this until the mixture has finished.

Place the rolled balls into the freezer for around 1 hour, then remove and store in an airtight container in the fridge.


6 things to look for in an Acupuncturist

japanese acupuncture

Not all Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine practitioners are the same. Just like not all GP’s are the same. Some are much better than others. And with something as mysterious as Chinese Medicine, it’s not easy to know what to look out for. Here is a list to help you find the best Acupuncturist/ Chinese Medicine practitioner for you.


1. Qualifications

In Australia, a person can advertise themselves an an Acupuncturist only if they’ve completed a 4-5 year degree. Beware of Dry Needling! Practitioners use this term because they are underqualified to stick needles in you. Click here for more information.

2. You feel cared for and put at ease.

Actually this could be said for any health practitioner. From specialists to Reiki Healers. If they don’t demonstrate care, thoroughness and leave you feeling at ease or confident in their care, see someone else.

3. They get results.

You should feel a positive change in your health within 4 acupuncture sessions. No matter what your having treatment for. Sometimes it’s an improvement that you don’t expect like better sleep, digestion, periods or feeling more calm. Note: 4 sessions need to be no more than 2 weeks apart to be effective initially.

4. They teach you something

Your Acupuncturist/ Chinese Medicine Practitioner gives you advice or you learn something. Every great Chinese Med practitioner knows that prevention is better than cure. It’s their job to help you get better and stay better. Whether if be stretches, nutritional advice or stress management tips. You should be learning something from your Acupuncturist. Even if you don’t want to 🙂

5. They do’t use the same points in every session.

A great acupuncturist know that there are subtle changes happening in your body all the time, and how to work with these changes. Hence, they’ll use different acupuncture points accordingly.

6. They are healthy!

Your practitioner appears well and calm. Yes, we all have bad days but a great Chinese Medicine practitioner will have better health than most.


If the person sticking needles in you doesn’t tick all these boxes. I suggest you consider seeing a different practitioner. Don’t know where to look? Here is a directory of qualified Acupuncturists by locality. . And yes, I run a clinic in Ivanhoe, Inner North East Melbourne which has 5 excellent Acupuncture/ Chinese Medicine Practitioners. Click here to read more about us.

Flower Essences for Emotional Balance

AUSTRALIAN BUSH OR BACH FLOWER ESSENCES – restore the balance between the mind and body

The Indigenous people of Australia have been using flower essences to heal emotional imbalances and physical injuries for thousands of years while the earliest recorded European use of flower essences was in the 12th century.  We now know that cultures on all continents around the world have used this traditional method of healing for centuries.

Dr. Bach rediscovered and popularised the use of flower essences in UK in the 1900’s, while the use of Bush flower essences in Australian has never been forgotten by the indigenous people, it is only relatively recent that they have become used for health treatment by non-indigenous people.

Both Bach and Bush flower essences can be used to cast out negative emotions and help restore peace and wellbeing.

Our Naturopath Andrea Mallett is now offering 30 minute consults that will focus on providing you with a specialized blend of ‘Herbal Tea’ or a ‘Bush or Bach Flower’ remedy that is specific to your individual needs.


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