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5 Ways to Deal with Rage

Some of us are raging internally at the moment. Mainly due to this prolonged lock down. I get it. But how can we constructively deal with our anger? It’s best to express it. Let it out. Check out these 5 tips:

  1. Do more vigorous exercise than usual. Pound the pavement. Pull out some tough weeds. Try not to hurt yourself of course! The endorphins can really help.

2. Punch a pillow, a punching bag or similar. Not the cat! Listen to some punk music first if you really want to get into it 🙂

3. Scream. So simple. Vocalising rage & anger (ideally not at someone else) can really help.  I’m thinking screaming whilst walking in the park alone might wake up some people – in a good way:)

4. Create. Depict your anger on canvas. Write to your local member of parliament. Write for yourself. Do some pottery. Create whatever you like. Expressing anger in any way is better than keeping it inside us.

5. Laugh.  Use humor to release tension. Watch some dark comedy. It can diffuse the anger. Help you realise that it’s temporary. Like all of our feelings..

Stay sane, if you can..

 

Written by Dr. Elaine Hickman

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 has particular expertise in Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Family Medicine and Wellness promotion.

Elaine is available

Mondays & Tuesdays
Call (03) 9486 5966

COVID Vax Prep Tips

Preparation tips for everyone who plans to get the COVID-19 Vaccine

  1. The night before your appointment, make sure to get a good night’s sleep—it will help your immune system work to its fullest potential. If you have a choice, get the vaccine on a day before you have time off from work so you can rest the following day also.  If your appointment is around a mealtime, you should also eat beforehand and drink water—don’t go to your appointment hungry or thirsty.

2.   Make sure your stools are moving regularly. If not, they can’t cleanse and detox the body.

3.   Eat a clean diet the days leading up to the vaccine. Try to avoid refined sugars and artificial sweeteners as these can cause inflammation.

4.  Do not take the vaccine if you are actively sick.

 

 

 

 

5. Take supplements:

Vit D

Vit C

Probiotics

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Glutathione or N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC)

Glutathione acts as an important antioxidant in your body by combating free radicals (molecules that can damage your body’s cells). Glutathione and NAC play an important role in many reactions in your body as they help you detox chemicals from drugs and pollutants as well as the ones your body creates naturally. Glutathione and NAC also help make DNA, support enzyme production and increase immune function. Although there is no thimerosal or other preservatives in the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the oxidative load of the replication of the COVID 19 virus itself is enough to warrant detoxification support. There are also many studies confirming that the use of glutathione and NAC decrease the harmful symptoms of COVID 19 making it in your best interest to take these as soon as possible up to four weeks after your final vaccination.

We have all of the above supplements at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne.

 

Written by:

Dr 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.

She runs a private practice in Ivanhoe and is the trusted family physician of many. Elaine is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She completed a Bachelor of Health Science – TCM, majoring in Acupuncture, and a hospital internship in China in 1998. 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’s passion for Chinese Medicine has her regularly furthering her education, Qi Gong training and sharing knowledge.

20 ways to improve your health for under $20

There are many simple yet powerful ways that we can improve our health and vitality. Ways in which we can avoid chronic fatigue or adrenal fatigue. What gives us energy and what takes it away? This question is worth asking ourselves.

I believe that health care & wellness should be accessible to everybody, regardless of their income.  That is why I founded our Community Acupuncture facility at Freedom Chinese Medicine. And that is part of the inspiration for this piece; 20 ways to improve your health for under $20.

1. Set yourself up for better sleep. A solid 4+ hour block of sleep is super important for our health. This is when we get into Delta wave brain activity. Many of us don’t wind down sufficiently before getting into bed. Then we wonder why we can’t fall asleep. I recently heard a good analogy. We should approach falling asleep like landing a plane, a slow and steady descent is ideal. Not a crash landing. This means winding down our nervous system activity 1-2 hours before going to sleep. Winding down could involve reading (not on a device with blue light though), having a bath or shower, meditating, stretching, listening to relaxing music. Whatever works for you.

2. Walk or ride to work. Even part of the way. You’ll benefit from being outdoors, yes even in Winter. And get the benefits of the exercise. You might even save on petrol money.

3. Buy an organic grocery item. Or two. Yes it’s worth it.

4. Drink at least 1-2 litres of water daily. Have a drink bottle nearby to remind you.

5. Use a heat pack for tight neck & shoulder muscles. Simple, but effective.

6. Learn some yoga, tai chi or qi gong exercises. The combination of movement, breath & meditation is a trifecta for health & healing. Yes there are still classes around for under $20.

7. Turn your Wifi off at night. So simple. Do you really need the EMF exposure overnight?

8. Have a device curfew. So many of us have got into the habit of using our devices in the evening. The exposure to this bright light, especially blue wavelengths have serious implications for our health. At night, light throws the body’s biological clock – the circadian rhythm- out of whack. Sleep suffers. Worse, research shows that it may contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.¹

 

9. Stretch.

Do as the dogs & cats do.

Do a simple stretch when you wake up.

No special training needed.

Stop if it hurts.

10. Get an alarm clock so you don’t need to sleep next to your mobile phone or tablet.

11. Grow your own sprouts or micro greens. From the comfort of your own kitchen. Mung beans, Alfalfa, Broccoli and or Pea Shoots. Excellent to add to sandwiches and salads. Have you noticed how popular microgreens have become with chefs? Packed full of vitamins and minerals, sprouts are ready to eat in just a few days. You don’t need a garden to grow sprouts, just a window sill and a glass jar. Here’s a link for some simple instructions & supplies.

12. Don’t eat big, late dinners. Not good for your sleep or your waistline. Or your blood sugar levels. It can take some planning if you until work late. But you can do it. I did.

13. Laugh. Even if you don’t think it’s funny. Heard of laughter clubs? Laughing has lots of health benefits. Check out some comedy on Youtube if it helps.

14. Forgive. Not always easy, but so worth it. Do it for yourself. Your grudge won’t effect their life, but it will effect yours. In many ways. So set yourself free.

15. Count your blessings. So simple. Try it for 7 days. At the end of each day, pick 3 things that you are thankful for. It could be as simple as the ability to see, smell or hear. It could be that you have a roof over your head in Wintertime. Just pick 3 and try it for 7 days. See how you feel.

16. Drink lemon juice in warm water first thing in the morning. It will alkalise your gut, gently wake up your liver & gall bladder. The simplest detox regime. All you need is 1-2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice. Some cold water (filtered ideally). And some hot water (boiled ideally). Down the hatch on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. I suggest for 3 months max at any one time.

17. Grown your own leafy greens. It is cheap and easy. All you need is a sunny spot, a pot (with some organic potting mix) and some seeds or seedlings. Or a garden bed in a sunny spot, with some organic organic compost or manure. All do-able for under $20. In Melbourne, you can grow bok choy, lettuce or tatsoi all year round. Simply water it well twice per week (if it hasn’t rained) and enjoy watching it grow.

18. Cook at home. This could actually save you $20! Apart from the benefits of knowing what’s in your food and where it has come from (hopefully). Our digestive system also benefits if we smell our food before we ingest it.

19. Reduce your intake of refined sugar. Avoid the white stuff. Read the labels. Want some more evidence on the adverse health effects of refined sugar on obesity, tooth decay & diabetes? Here you go.

20. Have at least 5 minutes downtime per day. Every day. This is your time to relax. No phones, no demands, no interruptions. Even the busiest family or workplace can cope without you for 5 minutes. Just shut the door and have some ME time. You could listen to music, stretch, meditate or just be! It’s easier than you think. Give it a go.

References

1. Health.harvard.edu

 

Written by:

Dr 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.

She runs a private practice in Ivanhoe and is the trusted family physician of many. Elaine is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She completed a Bachelor of Health Science – TCM, majoring in Acupuncture, and a hospital internship in China in 1998. 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’s passion for Chinese Medicine has her regularly furthering her education, Qi Gong training and sharing knowledge.

9 ways to recover from a cold

Suffering with a sore throat? Dealing with a congested, heavy head? We understand that it’s not fun.  Here are some ways to help you recover quicker:

1. Get more sleep & rest – simple right? Not always I know, but you’ll get back to full functioning quicker if you rest well.

2. Drink 2 litres of water daily when you’re sick. Increased water intake can help reduce nasal symptoms by flushing/diluting mucous and histamine. Water is also needed for metabolic processes that can increase with fever.

3. Try to keep your temperature stable. Not easy with our heated buildings. But you can dress warmly for outside and take off layers when in a heated room. Avoid overdressing in bed.

4. Reach for the salt water. If you have a sore throat, a simple saline gargle can help. And if you have blocked sinuses, regular saline rinsing (ie. A saline nasal spray like Fess) can help.

5. Inhalation can also clear congestion. Whether it’s the head over a bucket of steam variety. Adding some Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil to a hot shower, or your pillow case. Inhaling Vicks, Tiger Balm, or Woodlock Liniment can also help.

6. For a dry, irritated cough, taking honey can help. Raw, Organic honey is best as it has more anti-bacterial potency.

7. Apply white Tiger Balm. The Vicks of the East – without the petroleum products. Apply to your temples for a headache, under your nose to clear your nasal passages. Apply to your chest for a cough.

8. If you have a fever below 38ºC, don’t suppress it by taking Panadol or similar. A fever is your body’s way of fighting any invading microorganisms. A fever stimulates your immune system into producing more white blood cells, antibodies, and a protein called interferon, all of which work to protect your body against harmful microorganisms. By raising your body’s temperature a few degrees, a fever makes it harder for invading bacteria and viruses to survive and flourish. The higher your core body temperature is, the harder it is for harmful microorganisms to survive in your body. Click here for more info.

9. For Sinusitis or a headache with a cold, press on Acupoints Colon 20, Colon 4 (Li4) & Gall Bladder 20.

Col 20

GB 20

 

 

Haven’t got sick? Great. Here‘s some tips on how to keep your immune system robust. Prevention is better than cure right?

Written by Dr. Elaine Hickman

B.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing)
Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

@ Freedom Chinese Medicine
Email: Elaine@freedomchinesemedicine.com
https://www.facebook.com/freedomchinesemedicine

 

 

 

11 ways to boost immunity

immunity

Now is the time to boost your immune system, before the cold weather really hits.  There are plenty of respiratory infections in circulation and your best defence is a robust immune system.

Here are 12 simple things you can do to boost your immunity:

  • Get sufficient exercise; which is minimum 150 minutes weekly for most adults. Find something you enjoy and do it regularly, starting with 15 minutes can help.
  • Reduce your stress levels; even taking 5 minutes each day to do something that relaxes you will help. It could be listening to music, reading a book, having a bath, playing a guided meditation, stretching, watching the world go by.. whatever works for you. It’s best during this time to disengage from the phone, screen and any demands. It’s only 5 minutes remember.. 
  • Do breathing exercises; simple breathing awareness for 5 minutes daily will do. Qi Gong or Yoga exercises are even better.
  • Avoid eating refined sugar; use natural sweeteners like stevia if it helps.
  • Don’t smoke. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  • Take liquid Panax Ginseng
  • Take a high potency Vitamin C supplement
  • Take our Defence Plus or Resistance Formula

(The above products are available at Freedom Chinese Medicine)

 

Written by:

Dr. Elaine Hickman

B.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing)
Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Freedom Chinese Medicine
27 Ivanhoe Pde
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Ph. 03) 9486 5966

Email: reception@freedomchinesemedicine.com
https://www.facebook.com/freedomchinesemedicine

 

 

Reference

Published online 2015 Aug 5. doi:  10.1155/2015/260620

 

 

 

15 Ways to stay sane & well during lockdown

It can  be challenging to be in lock down. To be isolated. We understand why it’s important, but how can we do it without losing our minds or our physical health? Whether you’re working from home or not. It’s all too easy and tempting to hit the sugar-rich comfort food. Or the alcohol. Whatever your pleasure.

.. But staying well can be done. And that’s exactly what you need to do during this time. Stay as well as you possibly can. We all know now how to avoid our exposure to COVID-19. But what about the bigger picture? How do we not gain weight? How do we avoid being consumed by COVID news & memes..? How can we boost our immune system? Here’s some ideas:

  1. Swap your commute time (if you don’t do it anymore) for a health promoting activity that you enjoy. ie. meditation/ yoga/ exercise / stretch.
  2. Wake up early at sunrise or soon after & get exposure to sunlight. Your melatonin and cortisol levels will thank you for it.
  3. Have a siesta if possible in your household. 20 minutes has been shown to be the optimal time for ultimate refreshment:)
  4. Limit screen time. This is a big one. Most of us know that screen time has a negative impact on our mental health. But there’s so much to read right now hey? I suggest you set limits. Schedule yourself non-screen time doing something else pleasurable. The phone screen time reminders are all too easy to discard. Try an alarm on your phone that is more annoying perhaps. Or simply decide your going to put the screen down 1-2 hours before bedtime. And stick to it.
  5. Then choose your screen time wisely. Excluding any work, I suggest that other screen time is best focused on giving you a sense of community. Connecting with groups of like-minded people. Chatting to friends and family. Rising above the physical barriers of isolation.

  1. 6. Avoid increasing your food intake or bad food intake. It’s all too easy and can be a slippery slope. Before you know it you’ve gained 2 kg, then might feel depressed about it, emotional eat and gain more. It’s a common scenario. Understandable in these times. But, in these times we need to be as well as possible. Gaining weight or eating poorly is going to hinder your health. Most of us have a unique opportunity at the moment to give more time to our health. More time to food planning, trying new recipes, exercising. Embrace that as much as you can.

7. Plan at least a few meals per week. It reduces fresh food waste and gives you some structure. Try at least 1 new recipe a week.

8. Find a new daily rhythm as soon as you can. Including waking time, meal times, work & play. The new rhythm will shorten the period of transitional stress that most of us are facing right now. The stress of adapting to a big change.

9. Open your windows to let fresh air circulate through the house every day.

10. Consider buying an air purifier. One with a HEPA filter which eliminates bacteria and viruses from the air.

11. Gargle with salt water. Coronavirus cells have been found to accumulate in the throat before causing an infection. Wash those nasties out! Gargling every night before bed is simple and inexpensive.

 

12. Maybe set a health goal for the next 4 weeks. Only if it doesn’t cause major stress. Make it a SMART goal. An achievable one. It might be as simple as flossing your teeth every day. Eating dark leafy greens every day. Or doing some muscle building exercises. Or meditating for 5 mins daily.

13. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but never found the time. Painting on canvas? Growing some herbs or vegetables? Learning a language maybe. Knitting? Whatever your heart desires..

14. Laugh it up. Can laughter really boost your immune system? Results of some studies suggest it can. In a study of healthy males, watching a funny movie boosted natural killer cell activity while watching an emotionally neutral movie did not. Belly laughs feel great. They can’t hurt and they might help boost your immune system and reduce the likelihood of illness.

15. Focus on what you can do rather than what you cannot. Remember that it’s only temporary. Try to see the opportunity to live differently.

 

 

Written by Dr. Elaine Hickman

 

 

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 has particular expertise in Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Family Medicine and Wellness promotion.

Elaine is available

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Call (03) 9486 5966

Health and Detoxing in the New Year

Overindulging in the Festive season left you feeling a bit sluggish? Had enough of the sugary treats? Have you gained a few kilo’s? Are you ready to get moving?

Well here are 5 tips for detoxing and maybe losing a bit of weight:

1. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day; water is essential for the driving of detoxification processes and can act as an appetite suppressant if taken intermittently throughout the day.

2. Sleep!..for around 8 hours if possible, and don’t be afraid to do more if you are tired; your body is likely to need it whilst processing toxins.

3. Ease back off the meat and eat an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables; make sure to include fibrous greens and whole grains if possible. Juices are useful; celery and beetroot make a doozy if not the usual smoothie.

4. Do some light but regular exercise to keep things moving and encourage some sweating; but it’s best not to make yourself too tired as there is an increased risk of falling ill when detoxing.

5. Have some fun! Reward systems can gravitate towards ham and chocolate a bit during this time so some sort of compensation is necessary midst the cajoling of your brain’s dopamine response… Do what you will for a bit!

*Oh yeah; and come for a treatment if you need a bit of help!

by 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, especially for pain relief. Working both as an independent therapist and adjunctively alongside physiotherapists.

Daniel is also experienced in smoking cessation treatments. He 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.

Healthy Chocolate Christmas Balls

I love this recipe, it is a great snack for when I am craving something sweet and since it is sugar free it is great for my health. I also find that they fill me up, so I don’t have to eat heaps of them to satisfy that craving.

I make these for family and friends as Christmas gifts and after all the indulgent food they have eaten, they are thankful for something healthy and yummy at the same time. They look fantastic inside a small colourful bowl, wrapped in cellophane and tied with Christmas ribbon. I usually double the recipe so there is enough for everyone. Makes about 30 small balls.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups (225g) Whole Almonds (and or Walnuts, Cashews – whatever nuts you have handy!)
  • 15 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Cacao Powder/Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Zest of 1 Orange

Method:

  1. Place the nuts into a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.
  2. Add the dates, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and orange zest and blend until the mixture is completely combined and holds together when you press a chunk together.
  3. Roll into large teaspoon sized balls using your hands, then place in the fridge to cool for 30 mins-1 hour.

I store these in the fridge in an airtight container and they last for a week or so.

Walnuts are great for the kidneys and if you are trying to conceive, they are especially beneficial for men!

 

Written by:

Dr Kate Howden

Acupuncturist

Dr. Kate Howden is an empathetic and caring practitioner, with over a decade of nursing experience, in both general and psychiatric nursing. And now years of experience as a Chinese Medicine practitioner. She takes a holistic approach to client care and loves seeing people feel better about themselves.

Kate has a particular passion for women’s health. She is a mother with her own children and stepchildren and understands the many challenges women face. Kate also has experience in treating withdrawal from drug and alcohol addiction.

She enjoys regular games of netball and long walks with her partner.

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* that avoids serious acute consequences or acute deterioration
* that avoids a potential hospital admission or emergency department presentation
* that prevents/delays the need for further specialist medical or surgical intervention
* that prevents an increase in care needs that would necessitate additional carer supports or change in accommodation needs
* that limits secondary complications post surgery
* where deferral would lead to long term adverse consequences
If you feel you qualify, please call (94865966) or email us (reception@freedomchinesemedicine.com) to book. Contact us if need to discuss.
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