Natural Cough Remedy: white radish + honey

People have used honey white radish to relieve cough and phlegm for centuries. Anyone can make it at home as long as you have honey and white radish. It’s a very simple recipe.

White radish is rich in vitamin C, vitamin B, minerals, crude fiber. It can help synthesize both red and white blood cells in bone marrow. It also has anti-bacterial properties.

Honey is a popular health food. It has a sterilizing effect and can inhibit the growth of bacteria. In Asian countries, people believe that drinking a teaspoon of honey before going to bed can reduce coughing, and the effect is as good as cough suppressant.

Honey White Radish Syrup Recipe

1) Peel and dice white radish.
2) Put the diced white radish into a glass jar and pour honey, covering half of the white radish.
3) Leave it at room temperature overnight, and wait until the white radish is syrupy.
4) Mix one teaspoon of the honey white radish syrup with warm water, and drink it 4 to 5 times a day. The cough should get better the next day. If you don’t like water, you can also use hot water or black tea.

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.


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.

10 ways to relieve a Migraine


Acupuncture can be effective at reducing migraine symptoms immediately, and also for treating the cause of the migraines in the first place. Research has shown that Acupuncture is effective as medication in relieving episodic migraines¹ Migraines often have multiple triggers, whether it be hormonal, fatigue, stress, dietary, sinus, or muscle tension related. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can alleviate these triggers, and the migraine pain, at the same time!

Depending on the individual case, a course of treatment can be as short as 4 sessions to more like 6 if hormones are involved. Once you’re experiencing less migraines, then you need to maintain the balance. A great Acupuncturist will advise you about how you can best maintain your health and prevent a migraine, in your particular case.

10 more ways to relieve a migraine naturally:

1. Increase the room temperature slightly

2. Take a break from light and noise

3. Sleep

4. Do Acupressure here:migraine-pressure-points-C4press

5. Do Acupressure here:

Acupressure for migraine
Liver 3

6. Do Acupressure here:

Acupressure for migraine
Gall Bladder 41

7. Inhale Peppermint oil

8. Inhale Woodlock Liniment (Available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine)

9. Take the Chinese Herbal Medicine Tian Ma Gou Teng Wan (contact us for more information or to buy).

10. Take the Chinese Herbal capsules Headache Relief. (contact us for more information or to buy) (No unpleasant taste and all plant-based herbs)

Yours in great health,

Dr. Elaine Hickman

B.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing)

Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

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1 Manual acupuncture versus sham acupuncture and usual care for prophylaxis of episodic migraine without aura: multicentre, randomised clinical trial
BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m697 (Published 25 March 2020)
Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m697



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