From traumatic birth to healing

Have you ever marveled at your body’s ability to heal itself? I know I have. Especially recently with my recovery from traumatic child-birthing..

.. One week I was exhausted from a 41 hour labour (30hr latent phase, then posterior presentation), incontinent from forceps delivery (why didn’t anybody warn me?), sore from an episiotomy (oh to be able to sit & walk normally). Disappointed about my home birth gone awry. Scared about my recovery (when can I be free of this catheter?)..

Just a few weeks later I was feeling well & functioning normally. At 6 weeks post birth it astonished me to think how I felt 4 weeks prior. So different. The body is truly amazing. It can heal fast. Especially when given the right conditions:

.. Adequate rest, nutrition, fresh air and in my experience, Qi Gong makes a huge difference.

Did I practice Qi Gong to speed up my recovery? Sure did!

What is Qi Gong? Basically, it’s an exercise involving simple movement (or postures), breath and the mind. Similar to Yoga & Tai Chi. But easier to learn & do.

When I started practising Qi Gong intensely in 2005, it changed my life. I thought I was fairly calm & well. Regular Qi Gong practice took my health to a whole new level. I felt amazing. And I became a more powerful healer.

So I’ve maintained a daily practice since then. Sometimes hours, sometimes minutes. But I always feel the benefits.

What are the benefits of Qi Gong?

  • Builds energy
  • Promotes circulation
  • Calms the mind
  • Soothes nerves
  • Boost immunity
  • Improves sleep
  • Connects you with your self
  • Facilitates emotional stability
  • Promotes flexibility
  • Stimulates metabolism
  • Builds muscular strength

Qi Gong has been proven to benefit anxiety, fibromyalgia, weight loss and much more..

 

 

I’ve taught and shared the benefits of Qi Gong for many years. I’ve stopped teaching for a while with a busy clinic taking up most of my time.

However, my recent self-healing experience has reminded me how important Qi Gong teaching is. I’d like to share the benefits with you..

So I’m running 2 workshops this Summer:

Sunday the 16th December 9.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday the 13th January 9.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Upstairs at 261 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe

Would you like to learn how to boost your self-healing ability? Reach a deeper lever of calm & tranquility?  Then join me for the most relaxing Sunday your likely to spend.

Here is what participants have said about my workshops:

“I’ve meditated before, and I thought I knew how to relax, but never before have I been that relaxed! Never before has my mind been that empty!”

“I recently had the pleasure of attending a one day QiGong course with Elaine. It was a thoroughly relaxing and empowering way to spend the day. I was reminded of the power of the simple sequence. A couple of niggling issues disappeared over night. Thanks Elaine for your thorough teaching and sharing the wisdom.”

Click to reserve your place. Strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants so be quick!

More information about Qi Gong

FAQ

Written by: Dr Elaine Hickman

Elaine Hickman

 

Workshop FAQ

Qi Gong Workshop ~ Frequently Asked Questions

What is Qi Gong?

Qi Gong is an ancient art, which is thought to have given birth to many of the Chinese sciences, such as Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbalism.  The word Qi Gong simply translates as “Energy Work”.  Qi Gong is a way to cultivate and circulate internal energy.

 

Qi Gong is similar to Yoga and Tai Chi in that it involves postures, movements, breathing and meditation for healing and health promotion.  Qi Gong is unique in that it is more energy focused than most forms of Yoga, and does not involve holding difficult postures.  Qi Gong science is the foundation from which Tai Chi was developed, the focus is on fundamental wellbeing and self-healing.

 

At last count, there were over 450 forms of Qi Gong being taught in China.  It is generally said that it has five major schools, Medical, Martial arts, Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian. Another way Qi Gong is classified is into Active and Passive Qi Gong  – the latter being mainly still postures emphasising meditation.

 

What style of Qi Gong will be taught in this workshop?

Medical Qi Gong will be taught and practiced in this workshop.  It is a style of Qi Gong focused on self-healing, and is a Passive, stillness-orientated practice.

 

What will we be doing?

Learning and practising:

  • 4 stillness postures: sitting, standing, lying down
  • A gentle active, outdoor form
  • Loosing exercises to benefit your joints
  • An acupressure routine to follow sitting practice
  • How to implement practice in daily life
  • Relaxing & possibly sleeping at times 😊

 

Who is the teacher?

Qi Gong is such a powerful practice, it is important to learn from somebody who thoroughly understands Qi Gong.  Many claim to, but few actually do.  Dr Elaine Hickman will be teaching this Qi Gong workshop.  Elaine Hickman is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine who has specialised in Acupuncture for over 20 years.  Elaine has been studying Qi Gong since 1994 and learnt Medical Qi Gong from Qi Gong master Dr. Bisong Guo, author of “Listen to Your Body”.  Elaine practiced with Bisong intensely for five years, travelling to China on a Qi Gong study tour in 2006.   Elaine is passionate about bringing you an authentic, empowering and enjoyable workshop so you can experience the amazingly relaxing and healing benefits of Medical Qi Gong.

 

How many people will there be in the workshop?

The workshops will have a maximum number of 10 participants to ensure high quality teaching and practice.

 

What do I need to wear?

Loose fitting comfortable clothing and shoes with socks.

 

What level of ability is required?

The ability to lie down, stand, sit and be quiet is all that is essentially required.   The workshop is tailored to beginners, although the more experienced are welcome.

 

Are the workshops suitable for pregnant women?

Yes, the activities in the workshop are gentle. Please just advise your teacher.

 

What are the benefits of Qi Gong?

Regular Qi Gong practice:

Builds energy

Promotes circulation

Calms the mind

Soothes nerves

Boost immunity

Improves sleep

Connects you with your self

Facilitates emotional stability

Promotes flexibility

Stimulates metabolism

Builds muscular strength

Book your place in the next workshop

Stress Relief Naturally

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is the stress of work plus kids and family getting too much for you too?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are great for relaxation and being able to manage life, stress free. I see many mothers (and fathers) who have found relief from stress through acupuncture and herbs.

Research1 has shown that acupuncture reduces stress and pain, and potentially depression. Sometimes it just gets all too much. There are pressures at work and then when you get home it seems never ending.

Life can just be too overwhelming at times. Sometimes the act of coming in for an appointment, sharing your story (or grievances!) and lying down and being cared for makes the world of difference.

On top of this are the benefits of acupuncture on both mental and emotional well-being. These come about from Serotonin release, modulation of the autonomic nervous system and improvements in immune function2. So not only do you feel better, your immune system is also strengthened, and you don’t catch everything that comes along. That is a win win!

Do you also find at the end of the day that your neck and shoulders are tight and sore? Or is your jaw painful from teeth clenching? Chinese medicine is particularly effective at relieving these pains and calming the stress that caused them in the first place.

We treat the cause not just the symptoms. We follow this up with a preventative approach, so your problems don’t return. There are numerous studies3 on the positive effects of acupuncture on anxiety, including some that reported an enhancement of the effects of prescription anti-anxiety medication and a reduction in their side effects.

With Christmas fast approaching and work deadlines becoming more urgent, the stresses at home can feel exacerbated. I have had many a client comment on how much easier it is for them to cope since they have been having acupuncture. Come and see me and make your life easier. Make an appointment today and you can enjoy Christmas more.

Dr. Kate Howden

Dr. Kate Howden is an empathetic and caring practitioner, with over a decade of nursing experience, in both general and psychiatric nursing.

And now with 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.

Kate consults on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays.

Click here to book an appointment:  https://freedomchinesemedicine.com/booking/

 

References

1Eshkevari, L, Permaul, E & Mulroney, SE 2013, ‘Acupuncture blocks cold stress-induced increases in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in the rat’, Journal of Endocrinology, vol. 217, 1, pp. 95-104.

2Lake, J 2018, ‘Acupuncture for Anxiety’, Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers.

3Amorim et al. 2018, ‘’Acupuncture and electroacupuncture for anxiety disorders: A systematic review of the clinical research’, Complimentary Therapies Clinical Practice, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29705474

 

Lemon And Coconut Bliss Balls Recipe

Calling all mama and papa bears! This one’s for you. It makes 15 delicious balls and melt in your mouth with a zesty twist. Best of all, you don’t need a lot of ingredients or time to make it. Perfect.
Ingredients:
– 2 and a half cups desiccated coconut
– 1/2 cup raw almonds
– 2 tablespoons honey
– 80 ml coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
Method:
1. Place 2 cups of the desiccated coconut in a food processor, add the almonds, honey, coconut oil, lemon juice and lemon zest and blend for 1 minute. Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
2. Form the chilled mixture into 15 small balls and roll them in the remaining desiccated coconut. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or until firm. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a week or freeze for up to a month. One bliss ball is one serve.
Source: The Busy Mum’s guide to Weight Loss by Rhian Allen.

3 Ways to Help Relieve Acid Reflux

GORD, GERD, or acid reflux. However you like to identify that uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest, know that you’re not alone, with up to 20% of the western population suffering with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. [1]  In addition if you’re a soon to be mum, up to 50% of ladies will experience it during the 3rd trimester. So the next time you reach for the gaviscon or your PPI, here’s 3 other ways that can help relieve and treat your symptoms.

 

  1. Mindful eating

Being overweight, eating erratically and eating late have all been linked to increasing acid reflux symptoms [2] [3].  Make sure you are eating regular meals (4-6 meals per day) in small portions, ensure you are taking the time to sit down, chew thoroughly and enjoy your food. Additionally, according to the Chinese medicine body clock the best time to have dinner is between 5-7pm so that you have ample time to digest before bed.

 

  1. Identifying common triggers and avoiding them

Coffee, alcohol, spicy foods, raw onions, and carbonated drinks [4] [5] [6] have all been shown to increase symptoms. So you know what to do! A simple way to help cut out these triggers is to have a substitute and of course to do so gradually. It will always be a process so don’t be hard on yourself if you fail.

  1. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Finally if you’re at your wits and have tried all of the above tips or if you’ve just started and need some guidance and support come, in for a treatment. Acupuncture has been shown to decrease symptoms as well as benefiting the whole body[7]. More importantly, Chinese medicine is a holistic modality that will focus on addressing all aspects of your health. So you can expect to have lifestyle and diet advice as well as leaving the session feeling relaxed, and less symptomatic.

If you’d like to try acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to ease acid reflux, contact us on 03 9486 5966 or click here to book online. You will receive a $20 discount if you mention this offer. For a limited time only.

Written by:

Dr. Rebekah Loh

Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Rebekah Loh

Rebekah 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.

Referneces

[1] Harrison C, Britt H, Miller G, Henderson J. Prevalence of chronic conditions in Australia. PLoS ONE 2013;8:e67494

[2] El-Serag HB, Ergun GA, Pandolfino J, et al Obesity increases oesophageal acid exposure Gut 2007;56:749-755.

[3] Michael Piesman MD, Inku Hwang MD, Corinne Maydonovitch BS & Roy KH Wong MD “Nocturnal Reflux Episodes Following the Administration of a Standardized Meal. Does Timing Matter?”The American Journal of Gastroenterology volume 102, pages 2128–2134 (2007)

[4] P. J. Boekema, M. Samsom, G. P. van Berge Henegouwen, A. J. P. M. Smout “Coffee and Gastrointestinal Function: Facts and Fiction: A Review” Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, Volume 34, 1999 – Issue 230

[5] Allen, Melvin L.; Mellow, Mark H.; Robinson, Malcolm G.; Orr, William C. “The Effect of Raw Onions on Acid Reflux and Reflux Symptoms.” American Journal of Gastroenterology . Apr1990, Vol. 85 Issue 4, p377-380. 4p. 4 Graphs

[6] Sutep G” Are Rice and Spicy Diet Good for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders?”

J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2010 Apr; 16(2): 131–138. Published online 2010 Apr 27.

[7] Dickman. R et al, “Clinical trial: acupuncture vs. doubling the proton pump inhibitor dose in refractory heartburn” 17 September 2007

Images taken from

https://www.iwantings.com/natural-remedies-to-treat-acid-reflux-and-heartburm

https://www.123rf.com/photo_77083150_stock-vector-cute-cartoon-happy-healthy-stomach-with-vegetables-and-fruits-vector-concept-illustration.html 23/10/18

Neck Pain Relief

Neck pain is something we see increasingly more of in the clinic. Of course, with many jobs requiring long periods of sitting in front of a computer and our smart phone habits, it’s not mystery why a lot people are experiencing it. What you may not know is the neck’s critical role of innervating and supplying blood and nerve vessels to the head, shoulder and arm. So you will find that neck pain tends to be involved with shoulder, wrist, elbow pain, and headaches.

There are a variety of causes for neck pain. The most common I see are poor posture. Whether it’s from prolonged sitting or standing in an awkward position, or sleeping posture. Other causes may be from trauma, injury or arthritic degeneration of the spine.

If neck pain is something you suffer from, acupuncture has been shown to be an effective method of treatment¹. In fact it has been shown that it can be even more effective than painkillers².

Acupuncture works in various ways to help reduce pain and increase mobility in the neck.

It causes the release of endorphins that have natural pain relieving and relaxing effect³. It increases the blood flow to muscles which can increase healing of micro tears within the muscle fibres and decrease inflammation4. It also has been shown to aid muscle loss and atrophy which can happen when there is a lack of blood flow certain muscles5.

Neck pain can be unassuming at first starting with just a small ache. However, if left untreated for a period of time it can grow and affect surrounding structures that can cause greater dysfunction. Most of the time it is simply about correcting your posture, breaking bad habits and learning to move your body in the correct way. Whether it’s acute or chronic pain, acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be effective in relieving your pain, and regaining your mobility.

Flash special: Come in for your initial Neck Pain Relief appointment and mention this article to receive a $20 discount!* For a limited time only. Contact us on 9486 5966 or book online via: http://freedomchinesemedicine.com/booking/

Written by:

Dr. Rebekah Loh
Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

Rebekah 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.

 

References

1 Chen XP, Liang Q & Zhou SM. (2014). Controlled Clinical Studies on Treating Neck Cervical Spondylosis with Combination of Point-to-point Auricular Acupuncture along the Skin and Body Acupuncture. Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine. 6(36).

2 Zeng R & Huang HF. (2015). Clinical observation on treating cervical spondylotic radiculopathy by floating-acupuncture, electro-acupuncture plus TCM medicine. Clinical Journal of Chinese Medicine. 7(29).

3 Han JS (2004) Acupuncture and endorphins. Neuroscience Letter 6;361(1-3):258-61.

Yun-Kyoung Yim et al (2006) Electro-Acupuncture at Acupoint ST36 Reduces Inflammation and Regulates Immune Activity in Collagen-Induced Arthritic Mice, 4, no. 1 (August 18, 2006)

5 Onda A et al (2011) Acupuncture ameliorated skeletal muscle atrophy induced by hindlimb suspension in mice. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 24 May 2011

 

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 03 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!

 

References:

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.

6 Ways to Ease Sinusitis

Sinusitis, a term that Melbournians love/hate to use particularly in the spring & summer seasons when the pollen count is off the charts and hay fever is wreaking havoc. For those who are unaware of sinusitis, it is very simply the inflammation of the sinuses which lead to symptoms like congestion, mucous build up, headaches and facial pain.

Sinusitis may be a secondary symptom of hay fever, or the common cold. For some sinusitis may be a chronic condition which is extremely debilitating causing constant fogginess in the head, congestion, and breathing difficulties. Conventional treatments offered are nasal decongestants, antibiotics and surgery.

Here are 5 ways in which you can help or decrease your sinusitis symptoms naturally:

1. Acupressure 
Try massaging these points 4-5 times a day, applying gentle pressure lasting 30 secs on each point:

2. Cut out or decrease dairy in your diet.

In Chinese medicine theory, dairy foods generate phlegm in the body and can lead to excessive mucous production. I always get my patients struggling with sinusitis to cut out or decrease their cheese, yoghurt, milk intake which helps to improve their symptoms.

3. Decrease foods that increase inflammation

Foods like sugar, saturated fats, refined flour can increase inflammation in the body and exacerbate your symptoms.

4. Increase foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.

Foods like ginger, turmeric, blueberries, and green tea have been shown to have fantastic anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties so next time you’re planning what to eat don’t forget about these!

5. Steam

This is an easy and relaxing way to ease your sinus symptoms. Add a few drops of peppermint and rosemary oil to a bowl of hot water. With a towel draped over your head position your face over the bowl and take nice deep breaths.

6. Try Acupuncture!

If you’ve tried conventional treatments and home remedies haven’t helped, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be a great option. Studies have showed its effectiveness in treating the symptoms such as nasal congestion and providing long term relief.

I’ve seen many patients who have tried conventional treatments and yet received very little relief but responded positively with a course of acupuncture treatment.

With our treatments we use a combination of acupuncture, herbal formula, cupping, moxibustion and dietary advice. The number of treatments an individual needs will depend on the duration and severity of their sinusitis. However in my experience some people can receive immediate relief and most people will notice positive changes within 4-6 treatments.

Regardless of how long you’ve had sinusitis you can come in and have a chat to us to see how we can help!

You can click here to book, call us on 9486 5966 or email us at reception@freedomchinesemedicine.com

 

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 Rebekah’s image to watch her video interview!

You can click here to book, call us on 9486 5966 or email us at reception@freedomchinesemedicine.com

 

10 Ways to Relieve Hay Fever Naturally

sneezeDo you feel like an itchy, sneezy, snotty mess? Hay fever can be debilitating. Whether it’s the sneezing fits whilst you’re trying to drive. The incredibly itchy eyes, or congestion making it difficult to breathe. Or the sleepy, vague feeling that the allergic reaction can bring.

Hayfever can be unpleasant. I totally understand. Seriously, I’ve suffered all those symptoms. I had severe hay fever for decades. It’s only in the last few years that it doesn’t get me anymore. Why? Because I did what I’m about to share with you. Do you find anti-histamines not effective enough or prefer not to take them? Then you may benefit from these 10 tips:

1. Rinse Your Nose and Eyes Before Going to Sleep

Using a saline nasal spray such as Fess or a Neti pot to rinse the pollen particles out of your nasal passages can help. Those little hairs in our nostrils are there for a reason. Truly. They trap foreign particles like pollens. If you’re allergic to pollens, and they stay in your nose for hours on end, your immune system will start fighting them. Firstly by producing more mucous to flush them out. So give your immune system a helping hand and flush them out without having to go to the mucous party.

2. Reduce Your Exposure to Pollens.

13586829673_1e1c558164_mYes I know, most of the time it’s not possible, unless you want to live in a bubble. But simple measures like not hanging your bed linen to dry outside can help. If you’re hanging your bed linen out to dry, you’ll be capturing heaps on pollen particles on those sheets then going to bed with them. Sleeping with your bedroom window closed can also help.

3. Reduce Your Stress

Yes, excessive stress can affect our allergic response too. A strong allergic response is like a stress response. We need to calm it. Slow down. Take a breath, exhale slowly. Do something which relaxes you every day; meditate, listen to music, go for a walk, whatever works for you.. Even if it’s for only 5 minutes each time, it will calm your nervous system & immune system. You need to be disciplined with this to make progress. But it’s worth it.

Meditation & Qi Gong

4. Try Inhalation.

If you’re congested, inhale Peppermint or Eucalyptus oil. Try putting a drop of these oils on your pillow case. You can also inhale Vicks, Tiger Balm, or Woodlock Liniment.

5. Try Acupressure

Use your fingers to press on Acupoints Colon 20, Colon 4, Yu Yao & Gall Bladder 20. Click here for images to help you find these acupoints.

6. Drink Elderflower Tea

3203256457_0b7870d2e1_mThis herbal tea can minimise excessive mucous production from your nose. You need to drink 2-3 cups per day.

 7. Avoid Dairy Products

If you have even a mild allergy to milk protein or lactose, like many of us do, this extra allergen load can tip your hay fever response over the edge. Try avoiding dairy products for 2 weeks and see if it makes a difference for you. You can obtain adequate calcium from food such as dark green leafy vegetable, sesame seeds and sardines.

8. Take Vitamin C

This vitamin can help your immune system cope with the hay fever challenge. Go for a high potency, powdered formula to maximise effectiveness.

9. Take Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbsThere are several tried and tested herbs that can alleviate hayfever. It is best to consult a herbalist to find which would be best for you. Anything else is just hit and miss. And a potential waste of money. And don’t forget that herbs can cause harm, especially when mixed with other herbs or medications. We have 5 excellent herbalists here at Freedom Chinese Medicine. They could help you, especially if you’ve tried the above steps and are still suffering.

10. Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture can settle your allergic response.  In recent years reviews have consistently found acupuncture to be effective for allergic rhinitis, both the seasonal and perennial types, and to compare favourably with anti-histamines (Taw 2015)¹

Four sessions is the most it would take to know if acupuncture would significantly relieve your hay fever. We also have a low cost acupuncture option to make treatment more affordable. Please give us a call on 03 9486 5966 to arrange a consultation with one of our practitioners if you’d like help with your hay fever problem.

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

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/acupuncture-may-reduce-sneezing-runny-noses-and-itchiness-of-hay-fever-victorian-trial-finds/news-story/837339387e74090a5354acbf14d14ca0

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.

 

Ingredients

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

 

Method

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

 

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