Help with Quitting Smoking

Has your New Year’s resolution to quit smoking failed already? Feeling frustrated that you can’t seem to kick it on your own? Well, you’re not alone. And Dr. Daniel Gibbs can help you.

First of all, don’t give yourself a hard time. Most people find quitting smoking to be a difficult endeavour. It is common to resume smoking several times before the time is right. If you feel that 2017 is the right for you to quit, read on…’

Yes, you may have tried every method under the sun so far. You may have already tried acupuncture even. But have you had help from one of the most experienced acupuncturists in Australia for smoking cessation? Someone who also has a thorough understanding of psychology and neuro-chemistry?
Dr. Daniel Gibbs has this unique skill set and works here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. He talks about the fact that smoking can be a multifaceted and personalised habit often interwoven into various aspects of life such as socialisation, solitude, work breaks and stress/anxiety management. Although people can differ in regard to the reasons why they smoke, there are several principles and actions that usually provide for an easier quitting process. Here is one of them. Daniel says that:

Most people find that quitting is easier if they make a plan. Ideally it is best to choose a time that is not too stressful and that allows you to get away from your usual routines that involve smoking: If you don’t have this luxury then simply thinking of the typical times when you smoke and coming up with some strategies or alternative activities can go a long way.
An important thing to appreciate is that cigarettes and nicotine have key functions in people’s lives and these often need to be accounted for via some technique or replacement: For example brief periods of deep breathing or meditation can alter brain chemistry in a way that is similar to smoking when it is used to manage stress or anxiety, and similarly, any brief activity that you find pleasurable can be done routinely on your breaks from work or other key times.

How Acupuncture Can Help in Smoking Cessation

smokingAcupuncture assists people to quit by helping to regulate the actions of endorphin and other neurotransmitters that are thrown into disarray when one stops smoking; it is in this way that it can assist with lessening the frequency and duration of physical cravings; Generally acupuncture is given every 2-5 days, depending on the level of addiction, over the first 2 weeks after ceasing the consumption of nicotine. Dr. Daniel Gibbs has many years of experience in this arears and has helped hundreds of people to quit. Are you ready for some expert help to quit?

Flash special: Start a smoking cessation program by the 28th February 2017 for only $267*. Usual cost is $335.

*Includes 4 acupuncture sessions twice weekly and expert advice with Dr. Daniel Gibbs.

Can’t afford it? We also offer Open Room/ Community Acupuncture sessions for $40 (or $30 concession). You’d just need an initial session with Daniel first so he can make the best treatment plan for you. Please give us a call on 03 9486 5966. For private/ closed room sessions you can click the Book Now icon below:

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Written by Dr. Daniel Gibbs

References:
Carr, A. (1985) The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, London; Arcturus Publishing Limited
Deadman, P. et al (2007) A Manual of Acupuncture, 2nd ed., The Journal of Chinese Medicine, Hove;UK

18 Ways to Look & Feel Healthier

HappyAs the days begin to get warmer and longer we all want to look and feel our best for summer. Some of us may want to get lighter body too. At this time of year we naturally feel the need to swap our warm cosy clothing for lighter, brighter items. This is also the time to be swapping the warm comforting foods like thick soups, casseroles, bread and pasta for much lighter meals. Such as fresh salads with lightly cooked fish, chicken and meats. And to also enjoy the abundance of delicious summer fruits.

Here are 18 Tips on Looking and Feeling Healthy for the Summer Months:

1. Include fresh raw salad vegetables with every meal

2. Add nuts and seeds to salads for an extra protein boost

3. Add beans and legumes to salads to make them more hearty and healthy

4. Steam or poach fish and chicken and lightly cook red meats

5. Steam or lightly cook greens such as spinach and Asian greens with some garlic and drizzle with lemon juice

6. Eat your fill of fresh vegetables – they will not cause weight gain – in fact the additional fibre in vegetables will help you lose weight by increasing the excretion of built up toxins in your system and improve your gut health

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7. Enjoy the seasonal summer fruits – a wide variety of fruits are available throughout the summer months – make the most of them

8. If you are worried about the sugar content of fruit, include tart fruits such as lemons, limes, pineapple, grapefruits, kiwi, blueberries, raspberries and granny smith apples in your diet – these foods are naturally lower in sugars than the sweeter fruits

9. Tart fruits are also beneficial to the liver and gallbladder and the most detoxifying of fruits

10. Add fruit to natural yoghurt with some added chia or nuts and seeds for crunch as a yummy desert – the protein in the yoghurt will help balance the sugar from the fruit

11. Throw all kinds of fruits and vegetables into your smoothie – a mix of both will balance out the sugar and add many more nutrients to your diet

12. Remember that we don’t need to eat bread with every meal – or even every day

13. Limit the amount of alcohol you consume – enjoy a wine or beer if you like to – just not every day

Liquid Food14. Move more – aim for at least a 20-30 minute walk most days of the week – the more you move the better you will feel – both physically and emotionally

15. As the days get longer a 30 minute walk after dinner will help the digestion of your meal

16. Get some sunshine to increase your Vitamin D levels after winter – aim for 15-20 minutes sun exposure on your arms or chest every day if possible – avoid the hottest part of the day and be careful not to get burnt

17. Vitamin D will help you feel good emotionally and aids the absorption of nutrients such as calcium

18. Drink lots and lots of water to keep hydrated and help detoxify your system – your body will thank you for it and your skin will look great

At Freedom Chinese Medicine we don’t follow a one size fits all approach. We tailor an individualised health plan to you, in achievable steps so you can get more well and stay that way. And we will be honest with you, setting realistic health goals that you can achieve and maintain with your current state of health & lifestyle.

For those of you who would like to combine both our naturopathy and acupuncture service to achieve a new healthier you, we have a special offer below:

  1. One initial consultation with our naturopath and 3 follow ups fortnightly
  2. One initial open room acupuncture consultation and 4 weekly open room acupuncture sessions

If you take both services, you’ll get 2 open room acupuncture sessions for free ($80 savings – $465 vs $545).

Please give us a call on 03 9486 5966 to book in for a pre summer consult with Andrea Mallett – our Naturopath if you would like some additional help with feeling great this summer.

Yoga Classes

an 8 week course to support you to understand your body better through yoga

YOGA BASICS

By focusing on the basics of Yoga alignment, you have greater awareness of your body, & have the capacity to practice Yoga safely, working with YOUR body’s ability at any given moment.

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This course is suitable for the seasoned Yogi or a total beginner (including those of you who ‘think’ you are inflexible & can’t do yoga!).

Once you understand basic alignment, you can practice yoga anywhere & understand YOUR body’s ability.

Fiona has walked the yoga path for over 16 years, with yoga bestowing balance and flow in her life – physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Fiona’s yoga experience embraces the traditions of Ashtanga, Hatha, and Yin … and Fiona is ever constantly evolving with continual education and study. From this experience, Fiona creates classes to fit her students’ levels and needs – from babies, kids, special needs, pre and post natal to adults of all ages … & levels!

Fiona looks forward to meeting you in her class.

When:  Saturdays 10:00AM – 11:00AM – June 13th to August 1st, 2015

Where:  Freedom Chinese Medicine

 261 Waterdale Road Ivanhoe VIC 3079

Cost:  * Drop In – $20 / $18 concession

  * Prepay 4 classes – $72 / $65 concession

  * Prepay all 8 sessions – $135 / $120 concession (no make up class)

Bookings essential

Reserve your space by contacting

Fiona at flow@flowwellness.co