Healing through Reiki

Reiki healing

By Sue Wellwood

Reiki is a spiritual healing art with its roots coming from Japan. First developed in 1922 by Mikao Usui. Coming from the Japanese word (Rei) which means “Universal” and (Ki) which means Energy. Therefore Reiki can be defined as the Higher Intelligence Life Force that guides the creation and functioning of the universe.

Reiki & Energetic Healing tap into the universal life force that we are surrounded by. This is a gentle and balancing way to restore harmony within the body. This hands on healing generates life force that we all have around us. We are abundant with energy; it comes to us in many ways, through light, the sun, the wind, the breath.

These energies nourish the organs and cells of the body and support them. When out of balance or when the life force flow is disrupted, it causes the organs and tissues to block, this can stop the flow of blood and energy, which can cause pain in the body.

This life force is also responsive to thoughts and feelings. When we have negative thoughts and feelings they can attach to the energy fields and cause disruption in energy flow. Reiki helps heal the flow of the affected areas and gives a positive charge to the fields. It raises the vibration of the energy body and can cause negative energy to break apart and fall away.

Reiki is a simple and safe way to help balance and bring awareness of how the body feels. With regular Reiki one can begin to feel the difference in the self and may then like to look at lifestyle habits and conditions to make changes that are beneficial to their health.

Reiki can help ease depression, stress and anxiety, muscle tension, adrenal glands, emotional trauma; it works on all levels – physical, mental and emotional.

If you’d like to try Reiki to ease depression, muscle tension and restore balance to your body, contact us on 9486 5966 or click here to book online. You will receive a $20 discount if you mention this offer and have your appointment by the 12th of October 2018.

Written by:

Sue Wellwood: Massage Therapist

Sue Wellwood specialises in a number of healing techniques that help bring balance and calmness to the body. Reiki

treats the whole person with “Universal life force energy” reducing stress and being relaxation that promotes healing.









1. Lee, W (2018): www.reiki.org

Qigong for Anxiety and Depression

How can qigong help anxiety and depression?

by David Shepherd

Qigong practice naturally conditions to heal not only the body, but your spirit as well. The gradual cultivation and circulatory of energy (qi) is an achievement or skill (gong). This ‘qigong’ teaches you to patience and unattached determination, , which in my professional opinion and personal experience as a long term qigong practitioner and teacher, will lead to a mastery over one’s psychological makeup through a spiritual state of surrender and acceptance.

Through gentle internal guiding of the breath or qi, you can develop the ability to breathe in a more profound way, deeply down to your center, the original essence point. This important area lies below the navel and inside the body, where the qi is collected, stored and used for beneficial effects for the health of your body and mind.

This action of deep controlled diaphragmatic breathing in unison with specific moving postural positions and twisting, holding and release techniques, you experience a palpable and profound sense of well being and happiness. Your spirit feels lifted up and unencumbered. There are many forms of qigong and l also employ moving and still self acupressure and sitting meditation practices with my students.

The combined health benefits of practicing qigong are many and well documented as well as scientifically tested. Recent studies have yielded important proof that anxiety and depression do indeed respond and improve with the intervention of qigong therapy, bringing back quality of life and feelings of self esteem to recipients.

Tuesday night classes 

Tuesday nights 7.30pm – 8.30pm – New Term starts 9th October 2018. Only 8 places left available.

$160 for a 8 week term (best way to learn)

Casual students are welcome ~ $22 per class

David Shepherd has over 35 years experience in these arts & will be teaching this class.

Call us on 9486 5966 to inquire or book online here.

Written by:

David Shepherd: Tai Chi & Qi Gong Instructor

David has been practicing and teaching the practices of Wu Dang Fu style Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Wu Shu, Hsingyi, Bagua and Meditation for more than 37 years. He is well equipped and passionate about the authentic teaching of these ancient arts. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you at Freedom Chinese Medicine. David teaches our Qi Gong/ Tai Chi class on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. We welcome beginners, term students & casual students. Click here to learn more about Qi Gong or simply come and check it out!



1. Wang, F., Man, J., Lee,E., Wu, T., Benson, H., Fricchione, G., Wang, W &Yeung, A. (2012). The effects of qigong on anxiety, depression, and psychological well-being: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Volume 2013, Article ID 152738.

2. Oh, B., Choi, S., Inamori, A., Rosenthal, D & Yeung, A. (2013). Effects of Qigong on Depression: A Systematic Review. Volume 2013, Article ID 134737.

Qigong for Weight Loss

How does qigong for weight loss work?

by David Shepherd

To begin with qigong practice ultimately involves bringing equilibrium and harmony to the systems of the body. Its aim is to bring an out of balance body back into balance. In regards to obesity, in its range of degrees, solutions usually require a multi faceted approach to yield successful results.

Looking back at the life styles of our primitive ancestors, it is clearly evident that they lived very physically active lives, in a natural unadulterated world. They existed without any of the sedentary luxuries, over processed foods and recreational distractions that we have at our finger tips today.

This lifestyle most certainly kept our primitive ancestors lean, whereas obesity today has become more of an epidemic. The roll on effects of obesity, leads to the potential of developing diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, coronary heart disease, stroke, depression and infertility. In children risks include, insulin resistance, pediatric diabetes, depression, hypertension or developmental problems.

Our emotional state also is a contributing factor in relation to weight gain. Our bodies naturally produce hormones that are released to help cope with stressful situations in our life, such as jumping out the way of a bus. These hormones are effective at slowing down the systems of the body so as to conserve energy and protect us from threat but the side effect is that they slow metabolism and in turn store fat.

Today, however, many people are exposed to an out of context  and overbearing relationship with stress and anxiety, and this becomes very confusing for our flight and flight response, which leads to imbalance in our metabolism and resulting weight gain.

Qigong, through a range of postural movement and breathing techniques, slowly cultivates and forges the qi (vital energy) inside the body. In turn this promotes more efficient blood circulation. When qi flows effectively, this encourages correct blood flow along the veins and arteries. Therefore Qigong is an important facet in a management plan for weight loss

From my professional observations and first hand personal experience, a qigong student begins to learn how to profoundly relax. Their spirit becomes imbued with calmness and they develop a happy demeanor. They begin to develop greater stamina and lust for life as well as sleeping more soundly. This improved health internally natural reflects also externally to the outer body in clear eyes, a smiley disposition, clear skin, shiny hair and improved muscle tone.

All these health improvements through qigong, along with keeping a close eye on correct nutrition most definitely have a positive outcome on weight loss. The body is invigorated which gives rise to a boosted metabolism and a natural healthy appetite. The body is moving positively toward a renewed state of balance and harmony.

Tuesday night classes 

Tuesday nights 7.30pm – 8.30pm – New Term starts 9th October 2018. Only 8 places left available.

$160 for a 8 week term (best way to learn)

Casual students are welcome ~ $22 per class

David Shepherd has over 35 years experience in these arts & will be teaching this class.

Call us on 9486 5966 to inquire or book online here.


1. Ni, Maoshing. (2008) Ancient Wisdom/Modern Medicine – Tao of Wellness: Natural treatments for weight loss.

This article written by:

David Shepherd

Tai Chi & Qi Gong Instructor

David has been practicing and teaching the practices of Wu Dang Fu style Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Wu Shu, Hsingyi, Bagua and Meditation for more than 37 years. He is well equipped and passionate about the authentic teaching of these ancient arts. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you at Freedom Chinese Medicine.

10 tips for PCOS


abdominal pain

1. Eat low Glycaemic Index (GI) carbohydrates such as vegetables and whole grains. It is very important for women with PCOS to completely avoid refined carbohydrates including sugar, white flour, whole wheat flour and products made from them eg. pasta, breads, desserts, soft drink and lollies).

2. Keep your blood sugar stable with a daily schedule of meals and snacks every three to five hours that includes some protein and good fats (for example some nuts or nut butter, seeds or seed butter, hardboiled egg, hummus dip). Protein foods take up to 5 hours to digest while carbohydrate foods digest within 30 minutes.

3. Eat at least five servings a day of vegetables including two of leafy greens

4. Have a daily serving of legumes like black beans or lentils.

5. Enjoy grass or pasture fed meat up to three times a week

6. Eat at least three daily servings of fruits like berries –which have a lower glycaemic impact

7. Limit or eliminate milk and dairy as these can aggravate the problem. If you do have dairy have only non-homogenized full fat milk

8. Pay careful attention to portion sizes in order to moderate glucose load and minimize insulin resistance

9. Add one or two tbsp of cinnamon on cereal each morning to help decrease insulin resistance.

10. Include prebiotic and probiotic foods which promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. Prebiotics are found in whole grains, onions, bananas, garlic, honey, leeks, artichokes and some fortified foods. Probiotic foods are found in fermented foods (sauerkraut, live culture yogurt, kim chi, miso).

In addition, get your heart rate up with at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise every day. Studies have shown that exercise can reverse diabetes and improve insulin sensitivity as well as help with weight control.

Just losing five to ten percent of your body weight, if you are overweight, can restore your menstrual periods and reduce symptoms like facial hair and acne. However, it is important not to exercise too hard. Over exercise can deplete you and raise your testosterone levels. This is not the time to start your marathon training. Balance is the key!

Supplements to ask your practitioner about..

• Chlorophyll: reduces symptoms of hypoglycaemia without raising blood glucose level

• B vitamins, magnesium, alpha lipoeic acid and conjugated linoleic acid: improve insulin resistance

• N-acetylcysteine (NAC) – Regulates blood sugar and is a strong anti-oxidant

• Saw Palmento – blocks the production of DHT. A building block of testosterone.

• Bitter Melon and fenugreek – Regulate blood glucose

In addition to dietary therapy, exercise and life style changes, your practitioner may prescribe acupuncture and herbal formulas. Some promising studies have shown Chinese herbs to be more effective than Western medicine in stimulating ovulation.

After 2-3 months of treatment you should begin to notice signs of ovulation like increased mid-month vaginal discharge and elevated Basal Body Temperature (BBT). You may notice, if you have very long cycles, that ovulation comes earlier in the cycle indicating healthier egg production. As well your skin should clear up and your excess hair should diminish.

In general, lifestyle changes which include weight loss. insulin control and TCM treatment with herbs and acupuncture have proven to be very effective in the treatment of PCOS.

Written by Dr. Elaine Hickman

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’s acupuncture treatments are gentle, powerful, amazingly relaxing and incorporate Japanese & Chinese techniques, as well as Medical Qi Gong if appropriate.  Elaine has a particular interest in Gynaecology, Fertility, Obstetrics, Family Medicine, Wellness promotion and Mental Health.

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 is confident that you are in excellent hands with her practitioner team while she is currently on maternity leave.



Sweet Potato Power Brownies

If you ever needed a reason to work out, this pre-workout snack is it! These brownies are light, fluffy and sweet. With the perfect combination of carbohydrates, fat and protein, as well as a little kick of energy from the cacao, this snack is not only great for your workout but will also help assist you in a quick recovery.



2 medium sweet potatoes

6 eggs

2/3 cup (53g) raw cacao powder

1/2 cup (170g) raw honey or maple syrup

1/2 cup (130g) almond butter

1/2 cup (56g) almond flour

1/4 cup (55g) plus 2 tablespoons (for greasing), butter, softened

1/4 cup (48g) coconut palm sugar

2 teaspoons (10ml) vanilla extract

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt



Preheat the oven to 200°C. Bake the sweet potatoes until soft, about 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, peel and mash.

Reduce the heat to 180°C and grease a 23 x 33 cm baking dish.

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend well. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Once they have cooled for a few minutes, cut into squares and refrigerate. They can be stored in the freezer as well.

Yield: about 24 brownies.

Source: Super Paleo Snacks, Landria Voigt


Easy Tasty Parsley Soup

I love a tasty, healthy recipe that’s simple & easy to prepare. This one ticks all those boxes, so I’m sharing it with you:)…

Serves: 4

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 large bunch (about 150g) fresh parsley, thoroughly washed and chopped
1 litre water
1 1/2 chicken or vegetable stock cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preparation: 5min › Cook: 15min › Ready in: 20min

Melt the butter in a saucepan and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the sliced potatoes and cook gently over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until they are slightly cooked and golden coloured.

Stir in the parsley then pour in the water and add the stock cubes.

Bring to the boil, the reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 to 10

Remove from heat. Use a hand held immersion blender to puree the soup.


Source: http://allrecipes.com.au


Spring Vegetable Risotto

8d03fd4c-2a9c-4988-bbf1-999f40319b95Serves 4


6 cups (1.5lt) reduced salt chicken stock

1 tbsp olive oil

1 leek, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1.5 cups (300g) Arborio rice

1 cup (120g) frozen peas

100g green beans, trimmed, blanched & halved

1 zucchini, sliced

½ cup chopped parsley leaves

2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Bunch of baby rocket


1. Heat stock in saucepan until simmering.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan on medium. Cook leek & garlic for 5 minutes, stirring, until soft. Stir in rice and cook for 1 minute until rice is translucent.

Add ½ cup of stock, stirring until absorbed. Repeat with remaining stock, ½ a cup at a time, stirring, for 15-20 minutes, until stock is absorbed. Fold through peas, beans & zucchini and cook for another 5 minutes until rice is tender & creamy.

3. Remove from heat and stir through parsley and parmesan. Stand covered for 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve with baby rocket (or similar).

4 Ways to Help Ease Psoriasis

This common skin condition is an autoimmune disease characterised by abnormal patches of skin over the body. 85-90% of sufferers present with silvery plaques with red lesions typically found on the forearms, navel, shins and scalp. [1]


Due to it’s complex nature there is no known cure for psoriasis but there are many treatment options available. This includes aspects of your life that you can change to ease the symptoms..

  1. Look at your diet.

So commonly overlooked in many sufferers. In my experience I have seen people who have been adding fuel to the fire just by eating the wrong foods.

Since it is an autoimmune disease, it is important that you are not increasing the immune response by consuming inflammatory foods.

These foods include sugar, high fructose corn syrup,[2] vegetable oils (peanut, corn, sunflower etc)[3], refined carbohydrates (white flour, white bread, white rice, pasta) [4] and excessive alcohol (daily recommended intake is 2 standard drinks for males and 1 standard drink for female) [5]

  1. Get enough sleep

Sleep! Making sure you are getting enough quality sleep can be a game changer. Research has shown that sleep deprivation leads to an increased inflammatory state in the body. [6] One should aim to be in bed at 10pm to facilitate deep sleep by 11 and 7-9 hours of quality uninterrupted sleep time is optimum.

  1. Target stress

Whether it be psychological or environmental stress, it plays a big role in inflammation.[7] Try implementing stress management techniques whether it’s via meditation, going for walks, or simple breathing exercises. Also, you can reduce environmental stress by identifying whether there are elements at work or home that your body may be reacting to, such as excessive dust, chemical cleaners or air pollutants.

  1. Have acupuncture and herbs

You can book yourself a session to get Acupuncture and/or a herbal prescription. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in decreasing inflammation as well as initiating the body’s ability to heal itself.[1] Having acupuncture can also cause the release of the feel good hormone serotonin which gives you an opportunity to de-stress.[2]

In addition, herbal formulas can be taken orally or topically to help ease the symptoms and work in conjunction with acupuncture.[3]  Finally, as Chinese Medicine is a holistic modality, your practitioner will also make sure to address the many facets of your lifestyle to facilitate better relief of your symptoms.

Written by:

Dr. Rebekah Loh

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

rebekah lohRebekah 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.

Click here to make an appointment with Dr. Rebekah Loh.



[1]Boehncke, WH; Schön, MP (26 May 2015). “Psoriasis”. Lancet. 386: 983–94.

[2] Schultz A, et al  (May 2015) “ Differences and similarities in hepatic lipogenesis, gluconeogenesis and oxidative imbalance in mice fed diets rich in fructose or sucrose”  Food func May;6(5):1684-91

[3] Okręglicka K (2015) “Health effects of changes in the structure of dietary macronutrients intake in western societies.” Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2015;66(2):97-105

[4] Spreadbury I “Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity.” Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2012;5:175-89

[5] Oliveira A1, Rodríguez-Artalejo F, Lopes C “Alcohol intake and systemic markers of inflammation–shape of the association according to sex and body mass index.”Alcohol Alcohol. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):119-25.

[6] Mullington J (2010) “Sleep loss and inflammation” Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Oct; 24(5): 775–784.

[7] Yun-Zi Liu, Yun-Xia Wang, and Chun-Lei Jiang (2017) “Inflammation: The Common Pathway of Stress-Related Diseases” Front Hum Neurosci. 2017; 11: 316.

8 Freek JZ et al (2003) “Anti-inflammatory actions of acupuncture” Mediators Inflamm. 2003 Apr; 12(2): 59–69.

9 Yoshimoto K et al (2006) “Acupuncture stimulates the release of serotonin, but not dopamine, in the rat nucleus accumbens. Tohoku J Exp Med. 2006 Apr;208(4):321-6.

10 Shikang M et al (2018) “Psoriasis therapy by Chinese medicine and modern agents” Chin Med. 2018; 13: 16.

Chinese Medicine for Cough Relief

Having a cough can really change your day, or night! And sometimes the standard remedies don’t help. We see many people in our clinic with shortness of breath, sore muscles, and tiredness from being woken by a coughing fit during the night. The most common causes of cough are smoking, asthma, acid reflux, post-nasal drip, and a common cold or flu that just won’t go away. In my clinical experience, many people present to the clinic with a cough after a recent personal loss too. Thankfully, we can often help cough, no matter what the cause.

Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture can help. Regardless of whether the cough is ongoing or recent. Dry or productive (phlegmy).  Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture addresses the underlying cause (or “root”) of the condition. Coughing is often considered a symptom (or “branch”) of a deeper condition in the body. The root and the branch conditions are what your Acupuncturist is assessing when they take your pulse and look at your tongue.

Your Chinese medicine appointment for cough

The use of acupuncture alone to moderate asthma in adult patients is supported by the recent findings of the Acupuncture Evidence Project. And the treatment of cough has a long history in Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture can help you with your cough by:
– Relieving the cough
– Opening your airways more
– Loosening phlegm
– Relieving muscle pains that can follow a bout of coughing.

Your practitioner may also choose to use cupping therapy to relieve your cough by increasing blood circulation and encouraging phlegm to leave the lung. They may also prescribe Chinese herbal medicine, give you dietary advice, or provide you with herbal teas to treat the underlying cause of the cough.

It is important to really understand the reason that you are coughing. Without understanding the ‘why‘ it is difficult to treat the ‘what‘, and this is where you can really benefit from a practitioner assessing you.

We have 5 excellent Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture practitioners here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Mention this article to receive $20 off your first session. To book, click here or call us on 03 9486 5966.

Written by Dr. Heather Dowall

Dr Heather Dowall


Dr  Heather Dowall is a warm, intuitive and enthusiastic practitioner. Heather graduated from Endeavour College of Natural Health with a Health Science degree majoring in Acupuncture.

Heather is passionate about fertility and pregnancy support, pain relief, cancer support, and providing relief for anyone experiencing anxiety, depression, emotional trauma or PTSD.

Mention this article to receive $20 off your first session. To book, click here or call us on 03 9486 5966.



Acupuncture Evidence Project (McDonald J, and Janz S, 2017). The full document (81 pages) is available from the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) http://www.acupuncture.org.au.

Orange & Passion fruit Buckwheat Protein Pancakes


6 each Eggs
3 each Egg yolks
1/4 cup/30g/1oz Buckwheat flour
1/2 each Banana
1 tsp Natvia/ Stevia
1/4 tsp Baking soda
1 tbsp/20g/0.7 oz Greek yogurt
1 tbsp/7g/0.2oz Milled flaxseed
1 scoop Vanilla whey protein

Orange & Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt
1 small tub Total Fage Greek Yogurt
1 each Orange, Juiced and zested
1 tsp Natvia
2 each Passion fruit
Servings: 10 mini pancakes


Preheat Oven 180°.

Pancake batter – in a large mixing bowl add eggs, buckwheat flour, banana, Natvia, baking soda, greek yogurt, flaxseed and whey protein. Use an electric mixer to blend the pancake batter to a smooth, runny consistency.

Cooking – in a large frying pan add some coconut oil (1/4 tsp.) place egg rings on the pan, leave some space between them. Pour pancake batter into egg rings using ¼ cup measurement, don’t fill to the top, half fill the egg rings. Once you see bubbles forming remove from pan. Finish cooking in the oven. See next step.

Oven- on a lined, greased baking tray, place the egg ring on the tray and gently remove the pancake by gently pushing it out. Give it a quick wipe to remove the excess batter and repeat the process until pancake batter is completely gone.Regularly flip pancakes over in the oven to ensure they are cooked evenly.

Orange and Passion Fruit Greek Yogurt- in a mixing bowl add greek yogurt, juice of an orange, orange zest, natvia and passion fruit- stir until combined.

Viola – plate up and enjoy.

– See more at: http://www.sweeterlifeclub.com/recipes/orange-passion-fruit-buckwheat-protein-pancakes/#sthash.TDTQTOJ5.dpuf