Tuna, rice & spinach salad

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves 4

Ingredients

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

 

Method

  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.
INGREDIENTS:
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)
INSTRUCTIONS:
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

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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.

 

 

References

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.

Contains

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.

 

References:

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

 

Hay fever Relief Tea

Does hay fever affect you in Spring? Keep this Elderflower Tea in your pantry to relieve the symptoms of nasal congestion, sinus inflammation, runny nose, headache and itchy eyes. Ironic perhaps that this flower can help reactions to pollens..

Hayfever Relief Tea contains

Elderflower has been used in traditional medicine all over the world in many different cultures due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The most common uses are for, sinus infections, respiratory disturbances and colds and flu. Elderflower has antibacterial and antiviral properties and may also help alleviate some allergies and boost the functioning of the immune system. Topically, elderflower might help reduce pain and swelling in joints due to some forms of arthritis and is used to stop bleeding. As an oral rinse, elderflower can be used for its antiseptic properties as a mouthwash and gargle. Elderflower also reduces blood sugar levels, very similar to the way insulin works¹.

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.

Hay fever Relief Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $11.50. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

References:

1 RFI Media Ltd (2017) www.herbwisdom.com/herb-elderflower.html

Spring Cleansing Tea

A gentle detox to spring clean your body from Winter to prepare for Spring!

This Spring Cleansing Tea has minimal ingredients for maximal effect, allowing your body to recover from winter by supporting the liver to remove toxins, release bile (needed for digestion) and removing oxidants. A tea to spring clean your body!

Ingredients

Lemon Balm is a powerful antioxidant that also supports the liver to detoxify the body. Lemon Balm is also calming encourages a restful sleep. More sleep allows a decrease in cortisol that uplifts a low mood¹.

Calendula flowers have a positive effect on the immune system by having anti inflammatory properties. Calendula is also detoxifying, used to promote functioning and detoxification of the liver and gallbladder, which is helpful for some digestive problems².

Dandelion leaf improves liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the release of bile. It is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. It is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A as beta-carotene and increases the liver’s production of superoxide dismutase³.

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.

Spring Cleansing Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $9. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

References:

1 Group, E (2015) www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/9-benefits-of-lemon-balm/

2 Sturluson, T (2017) www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/calendula-herbs.html

3 Pulsipher, C ( 2015) https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-leaves-and-dandelion-root

 

Calming Tea

A Tea to calm the mind and promote relaxation by soothing the body, mind and spirit.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the heart and the mind are connected. The spleen and stomach’s role in digestion help aid the heart in calming the mind by providing it with qi and nourishment. This tea is the perfect blend to supplement the Heart, Spleen and Stomach Qi to resolve anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and irritability.

Ingredients

Rose Buds which boost circulation and flow in the body. Can relieve tight chest or flanks¹.

Black Dates (Hei Zao) is darker and sweeter than the Chinese Red Date as it is steamed, dried then smoked to give its characteristic smoky fragrant flavour. Black Dates boost energy, benefits digestion, relieves abdominal distention and nourishes blood².

Licorice (Gan Cao) is sweet tasting yet the small amount provided, doesn’t have an overpowering licorice taste. It can promote circulation, soothe irritability, alleviate pain and diarrhoea. Licorice is anti-diabetic, anti-diarrheal, antioxidant, anti-ulcer, antiviral, eliminates toxins, helps the endocrine system, protects the liver and is an immuno-stimulant³.

Sprouted Wheat nourishes the heart to calm the mind and spirit. It can alleviate irritability, restlessness, insomnia and anxiety.4

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.

Calming Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $9.30. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

References:

1 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 242

2 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 322

3 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 323

4 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 323

Spring Balancing Porridge Mix

Add this nourishing fruit blend to your porridge to balance the body in spring and help digestion

Ingredients

Longan Fruit with its sweet taste, it eases heart palpitations, insomnia, dizziness and abdominal fullness¹. In Western Medicine it is believed to have antibacterial and immunostimulant properties².

Goji Berries benefits vision, fluid metabolism & hayfever³.

Chinese Red Dates benefit digestion and nourish blood4. This ingredient is used consistently in Traditional Chinese Medicine formulas as well as stocked regularly in homes for cooking. In Western Medicine it has anti-allergic and antioxidant properties5.

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.

Spring Balancing Porridge Mix Packets & Recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $12.90. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

References:

1 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 335.

2 Mercola, J (2017) http://foodfacts.mercola.com/longan.html

3 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 333

4 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 322

5 Mercola, J (2017) http://foodfacts.mercola.com/jujubes.html

Spring Balancing Tea

Spring Balancing Tea does just that. Balances your body as we transition to Spring and contend with the wind. This tea can alleviate dry eyes, runny nose, headaches, fatigue, irritability and anxiety.

Spring Balancing Tea ingredients:

Rose Buds which boost circulation and flow in the body. Can relieve tight chest or flanks¹.
Peppermint which has cooling properties with an aromatic flavour. It can relieve sore throat, dry itchy eyes, irritability and headaches².

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.

Spring Balancing Tea now available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $12.30. Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

 

References:

1 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 242

2 Bensky & Gamble (1993) Materia Medica, pg 40