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Natural tips for hayfever relief

Spring is disliked by many as the season brings allergies and hay-fever.  Making noses run much like, you guessed it; a spring. Pollens are about amid the full blooms. And as 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.

Antihistamine tablets 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, ensuring 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.  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. We’d be happy to help you..

NOVEMBER SPECIAL: FREE Hayfever Herbs or Hayfever Relief Tea for any new patients who mention this article in an initial appointment in November 2018.

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Click on the photo to watch a Video Interview with Daniel

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

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

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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

 

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

 

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:)…

Ingredients
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

 

Directions
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

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

Enjoy:)

Source: http://allrecipes.com.au

 

Spring Vegetable Risotto

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

Ingredients

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

Method

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).