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Chocolate Christmas Truffles

This super quick and easy raw, vegan chocolate truffle, are nourishing yet definitely satisfy the strongest chocolate craving. They make a delicious yet nourishing treat that’s perfect for Christmas.

Makes 30 truffles

200 gram of roasted hazelnut meal (hazelnuts roasted or dehydrated, skins rubbed off and then ground to a meal)
80 gram ( ¼ cup) sweetener either rice malt syrup or maple syrup (the more you use the sweeter they are)
160 gram (2 cup) desiccated coconut
100 gram ( ½ cup) raw extra virgin coconut oil, melted
2o gram (or 2 heaped tablespoons) of cacao powder (or more for a richer dark chocolate)
1 tablespoon vanilla bean powder or paste

In a food processor combine on low speed the hazelnut meal, sweetener, coconut, coconut oil, cocoa and vanilla until just combined. You can also mix by hand, just make sure the coconut oil is in its liquid form.
Roll into small balls.
In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of cacao powder with 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut and use this to coat each ball.
Pop into the freezer to set. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.


These must be kept chilled or they will melt on a warm day. I often double this recipe to make a bigger batch (trust me, you’ll be wanting more)!

Sourced from: Food Matters.com

Zucchini Slice

 A great low carb lunch or breakfast idea!

0:15 Prep • 0:30 Cook • 15 Servings

5 eggs
150g (1 cup) self-raising our,
375g zucchini, grated
1 large onion, finely
200g rindless bacon, chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil


Step 1 Preheat oven to 170C.
Step 2 Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the our
and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, cheese and oil and stir to combine.
Step 3 Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

669 kj
All nutrition values are per serve

Sourced from: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/zucchini-slice/

Super Cooling Tea

Xia Ku Cao (Selfheal Spike, Prunella)

This herb has long been used in Chinese Medicine to for it’s cooling properties.  It is often drank as a home remedy for headache, eye ache and liver inflammation.

It is also prepared in summer as a tea that has cooling affects on the body. So we’ve decided to call it our Super Cooling Tea. Who wants to be super cool?

In stronger doses, it is often included in Chinese medicinal formulas to treat hypertension, tuberculosis, mastitis and hepatitis. It contains many active components that have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, diuretic, anti-tumor, hepato-protective, and anti-HIV properties¹.

As it has a strong affect of cooling the digestive system, it should be avoided for people with weak digestion or chronic diarrhoea.

Super Cooling Tea ingredients & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $4.50 (3 serves per bag)

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.

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


1.  (*M.E. Alvarez, A.E. Rotelli, L.E. Pelzer, J.R. Saad, O. Giordano, Il. Farmaco 55 (2000) pp502.)

Roasted Barley Tea


Roasted Barley Tea (known as Mugicha in Japan) is delicious & good for you. Can relieve that hot & thirsty feeling! On top of being refreshingly delicious, it is naturally caffeine and calorie free and is said to be wonderful for indigestion and an overall system cleanser.

Roasted Barley Tea ingredients & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $4.50

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.

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




Silly Season Survival Tips

Dr. Elaine’s top tips for stress relief

It’s that time of year when life can seem to speed up, get much busier. Do you feel more stressed this time of year? Here’s 8 things that you can do to help.

First, accept it; there is no need to fight with stress. It can be used as a creative energy. Accept the feeling, it is perfectly okay. Stress is simply an indication that the body is getting ready to fight with the situation. Enjoy the challenge! There is no need to be worried. Work it out, use the energy that is coming up: walk up and down, go for a run, go for a long walk. Plan what you want to do, what the mind wants to do. Rather than trying to relax, which is sometimes not possible. In fact if you have worked through the stress totally you will come to relaxation automatically; you can go on only so far, then the body automatically relaxes.

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If you are overwhelmed, having trouble focusing on what you need to do to next to work through the stress, try these:

1. Stop & breathe, even for 30 seconds. Stop what you’re doing, focus on your breath, elongate your breath out, ideally make it twice as long as your breath in. Breathe through your nose if you can. This one of the quickest ways to decrease your sympathetic (excitatory) nervous system activity.

2. Be present. Focus on one thing at a time and give it your full focus. Let yourself be immersed in this one task, letting go of the feeling that you need to quickly rush through it, that you need to get on to the next task. There will always be a next task — the nature of task lists is that they’re neverending. So let those other tasks come later.

3. Make space between appointments. Rushing is a common stress trigger so minimise rushing by allowing space between appointments. Allow time for the unexpected to come up, as it often does. Be a master of your time, not a slave to it.

4. Laugh. It’s one of the quickest ways to get those happy chemicals flowing. And it’s fun. Take 5 mins to watch a funny video. Ask the person next to you to tell you a joke. Try laughing at yourself or the ridiculously busy day you have planned. It can be liberating:)

5. Rest if you’re tired. Ah so simple but we often find this one challenging. “But I’ve got so much to do” says our programming. The simple truth is that you’ll be able to complete any task much more efficiently after you’ve had even a 5 minute rest.

6. Take a brief walk. When things are getting stressful, take two-three minutes to take a walk and clear your mind. A short walk does wonders.

7. Let go. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with tasks, work out What you can delegate or simply drop it for now. Ask yourself~does it really matter right now?

8. Drop the sugar. Seriously. Sugar is a stimulant, will send your blood sugar high which will soon come back down, this can affect our mood and stress response.

You can also come in for a relaxing Acupuncture, Massage or Qi Gong Class 🙂 Don’t have time? Even calling into our clinic is a relaxing experience, come for 5 minutes, sit down & enjoy a cup of tea. Pick up some calming herbal remedies. Do your Christmas shopping at the same time! Yes, we have gift vouchers, lovely herbal teas, bath salts, organic skin care products and detox patches which make wonderful gifts.

Tuna, rice & spinach salad

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 4


1 1/2 cups brown rice

2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut crossways into thirds

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce

425g can tuna in springwater, drained, flaked

1/2 cup semi-dried tomatoes (not in oil), chopped

50g baby spinach

2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, sliced



  1. Bring a saucepan of water to the boil over high heat. Add rice. Return to the boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for 25- 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Drain. Transfer to a large bowl. Set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, wash asparagus. Blanch it in a pot of boiling water.
  3. Combine soy sauce and sweet chili in a jug. Pour over rice. Add asparagus, tuna, semi-dried tomato, spinach and salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Spoon salad into shallow bowls. Top with egg & serve.


Healthier Hot Chocolate

With the cooler nights lately, I found myself craving a hot chocolate. But I know what’s in the hot chocolate mixes and they give me a tummy ache. So what did I do? Got online & found this recipe for homemade hot chocolate. And it was fabulous! Hope you like it.

Learn how to make a decadent & healthy hot cocoa recipe on your stove-top in minutes using cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder), cinnamon powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and your favorite sweetener + milk (dairy or dairy-free). Once you go homemade you’ll never want to use the store mixes again.
2 tablespoons of organic raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons of sweetener (like honey, maple syrup, cane sugar, vanilla infused
sugar, coconut sugar, maple sugar, etc.)
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
2-3 pinches of cayenne pepper
1 pinch of sea salt
1 cup + 1/4 cup full-fat milk (dairy or dairy-free like homemade coconut milk and
homemade almond milk)
Homemade whipped cream or homemade marshmallows (for topping – optional)
1. Measure the cacao powder, preferred sweetener, cinnamon powder, sea salt, and cayenne
pepper into a small saucepan. Turn the heat to medium and slowly pour 1/4 cup of the milk
into the spices, stirring constantly until the sweetener has dissolved and all the spices are
mixed together, making sure to press out any lumps with the back of your spoon.
2. When the mixture is smooth, stir in the rest of the milk and heat the cocoa until it’s warm
enough to drink (don’t let it boil over). Pour into your favorite mug and drink right away, or
dollop some whipped cream or sliced marshmallows on top sprinkled with extra cinnamon
and cayenne. Enjoy!
Sourced from: http://www.therisingspoon.com/2012/12/how-to-make-hot-cocoa-with-cacao-powder.html

Mushroom & Asparagus Stir-fry


Serves 2


1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 spring onions, thinly sliced

5cm piece ginger, peeled, finely grated

Pinch of salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, extra

70g each grey oyster, white oyster, shiitake & brown chestnut mushrooms, chopped coarsely

Small bunch very thin asparagus, chopped coarsely

½ cup snow peas, trimmed

Pinch salt and white pepper

2 tsp sesame oil

1 tbs kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)

½ cup watercress sprigs or baby spinach leaves

Steamed rice to serve (if you like)


Heat oil in a small saucepan, add spring onions, ginger and salt then sauté briefly until fragrant. Set aside.

Heat wok over high heat until smoking. Add extra oil. Add mushrooms, asparagus & snow peas all at once. Stir-fry until just tender. Season with salt, pepper and sesame oil. Toss briefly to combine.

Transfer to a serving plate (with or without steamed rice). Drizzle with reserved spring onion & ginger mixture and kecap manis. Poke watercress sprigs in and around stir-fry to serve. Enjoy!


Natural tips for hayfever relief

Spring is disliked by many as the season brings allergies and hay-fever that makes noses run much like, you guessed it; a spring. Pollen are about amid the full blooms and the general movement of things in the often windy spring can see other allergens such as molds, dust and animal dander travel effortlessly to new homes in reluctantly hospitable upper respiratory tracts. Irrespective of allergen there are many ways to lessen the severity of symptoms and regulate your bodies allergic response; in this article the causes will be explained along with several proven drug free techniques that help you to smell the flowers.

Pollens, mold, dust and animal dander can all provoke an immune reaction. If your immune system isn’t functioning appropriately it may respond by producing histamine and cytokines that can in turn lead to a runny nose, facial pain, itchy eyes and other symptoms. Antihistamines are a temporary fix but can cause fatigue, inhibit the immune system and increase the likelihood of further hay fever episodes as well as other conditions. This coupled with the fact that people are often run down and a little immune-compromised after winter can lead to a very unsatisfactory state of affairs in the spring.

Improving your general immune function can be achieved by keeping your stress levels as low as possible, insuring that your dietary requirements are met and that you get adequate sleep. Reducing stress can be achieved with the taking of an oral B-vitamin complex and with active relaxation such as mediation, tai chi, qi gong and yoga. For immune support and symptomatic relief take grape seed extract, vitamin C, aloe vera and eat honey and garlic. Additionally, drinking several glasses of water when hay-fever strikes can help to flush histamine out of your system and ease symptoms.

The Traditional Chinese medical approach to hay-fever generally involves a course of acupuncture (usually for one to several months; and a variable herbal prescription to be taken daily for a portion of the period) The primary goals are to boost general health, reduce stress, aid sleep and support immune function. Various styles of acupuncture can be used that range in their degree of bodily sensation. All of the practitioners at Freedom Chinese Medicine are very familiar with the treatment of hay fever and we also run regular Qi Gong classes to assist with stress management and general health.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL: FREE hay fever herbs or Hayfever Relief Tea for any new patients who mention this article in an initial appointment in November 2017.

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Dr. Daniel Gibbs

Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage

Dr. Daniel Gibbs has been practicing Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage since 2005. He has experience in treating a wide range of conditions and has specialised in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, working both as a independent therapist and adjunctively alongside physiotherapists.

Daniel is one of the most experienced Acupuncturists in Australia for smoking cessation treatments; assisting hundreds of people to quit cigarettes. Daniel also has a thorough understanding of psychology and neuro-chemistry. And extra skills in Cosmetic Acupuncture.

Daniel is a very relaxed person with excellent skills, so is able to help you on many levels.  He is also a veteran skateboarder & an enthusiastic snowboarder.




Braunwald et al, 1987, Principles of Internal Medicine 2 (eleventh edn.), McGraw Hill Book Company; New York, pp.1412-1414

Anshen, Shi, 2003, Internal Medicine, Bridge Publishing Group,Walnut California, pp.3-19

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.


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 stress¹.

Rose buds which can reduce tension and increase skin tone².

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 body³.  

Lavender flower beautifully scented to complement its therapeutic effects of relieving anxiety. Helps induce sleep, relaxes muscles, alleviate headaches and reduces stress levels.4

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.



1 Lixandru, M (2016) www.natureword.com/tag/jasmine-side-effects/

2 RFI Media Ltd (2017) www.herbwisdom.com/herb-lavender.html

3 Grant, A (2017) www.rosemagazine.com/pages/therapeutic.asp

4 Elliot, B (2016) www.healthline.com/nutrition/epsom-salt-benefits-uses#section4