IBS Relief

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Western medicine categorises IBS as a functional disorder not a disease.  Chinese medicine is particularly effective at treating disorders of function in the body.

IBS Facts

  • Affects more females than males
  • About 15% of the adult population suffers from IBS.
  • Emotional stress and mental tension related
  • Allergies or allergic body constitution related.


Holistic Treatment

  • High fibre diet
  • Avoiding improper food
  • Acupuncture and moxibustion
  • Herbal medicine
  • Tai Chi, Qi Gong
  • Meditation
  • Psychological counselling
  • Stress management
  • Abdominal massage
  • Exercises, walk after meals
  • Social activities
  • Good sleep
  • Regulating menstruation


Keep a Diary

One month diary of food intake and bowel movements necessary to determine what affect (if any) food intake has on the bowel.



20/05/2004FoodBowel Action
6am Loose stool
8amBreakfast – weetbix, diary milk, sugar 
10amFruit & nut muesli bar 
12:30pm Abdominal pain & diarrhoea
1pmTake away – stir fried rice noodles & vegetables 
3:30pmBlack tea & choc biscuit 
6pmGreen salad & grilled chickenBloated
7pm Diarrhoea with mucus
11pm Burping

Foods not recommended


  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods
  • Diary products – milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, etc.
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated drinks – soft drink


Recommended TCM  treatment protocol


Initial 4 weeks:

Acupuncture & Moxibustion treatment twice per week for the first two weeks, then once a week in Week 3 & 4.

Daily intake of herbal medicines over 4 weeks.

Self Management


This program is simple, powerful and (if followed!) can replace the need for acupuncture and Moxibustion treatment.



6.30amAbdominal massage
7.00amWalk or exercises for 10 minutes
8.00amHigh fibre breakfast
8.20amAbdominal massage
8.30amWalk for 10 minutes
12.00pmHigh fibre lunch
12.20pmAbdominal massage
12.30pmWalk for 10 mins
6.30pmHigh fibre dinner
7.00pmAbdominal massage
7.10pmWalk for 20-30 minutes
10.00pmAbdominal massage


Abdominal massage involves 100 gentle circles in each direction.


What is Shiatsu?

The Japanese word ‘Shiatsu’ means ‘finger pressure’. Shiatsu is a form of hands-on bodywork that restores energy & balance throughout the body focusing on meridians and acupressure points. Shiatsu combines different techniques of pressures and assisted stretches designed to activate the body’s natural healing system.

Shiatsu is conducted with the client fully clothed lying on a futon mattress. So please wear loose comfortable clothing.

A comprehensive treatment usually lasts 1 to 1½ hours, and leaves you with a feeling of relief and relaxation.

Therapeutic exercises may be prescribed to assist you further. Simple dietary and lifestyle advice may also be given.

What to Expect

Each treatment is especially designed to meet your individual needs, taking into consideration your state of health, and any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Treatment will consist of a variety of shiatsu techniques using thumbs on acupressure points, palms of the hands, elbows and knees along with yoga-like stretches.  Moxa, cupping or spooning may also be used if required.

Benefits include:

Improved circulation
Sense of wellbeing
Increased energy
Improved sleep
Emotional stability
A profound effect on posture
Better digestive function

For Relief of:

Neck & shoulder tension
Back pain
Headaches and migraines
Tiredness & fatigue
Mental health issues
Women’s health
Menstrual irregularities
Digestive difficulties



By working on the meridians & acupuncture points using a variety of techniques, balance is restored to your body, mind & spirit, giving you a feeling of peace and relaxation.

Shiatsu is available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at Freedom Chinese Medicine. $20 off Shiatsu Massage sessions with Andrew or Sue in October 2017! Not available with any other offer.

Call 9486 5966 or click here to book online.

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

Has your attempt to quit smoking failed already? Feeling frustrated that you can’t seem to kick it on your own? Well, you’re not alone. And we can help you.

First of all, don’t give yourself a hard time. Most people find quitting smoking to be a difficult endeavour. It is common to resume smoking several times before the time is right. If you feel that now is the right time for you to quit, read on…

Many people have found quitting smoking to be easier when assisted by acupuncture.  Tiny points on the ears are often stimulated for their endorphin modulating effects that can ease the frequency and severity of cravings. Acupuncture has been used for many years to help stop smoking. In North America, acupuncture has been included in government initiatives such as the NADA protocol.

Yes, you may have tried every method under the sun so far. You may have already tried acupuncture even. But have you had help from one of the most experienced acupuncturists in Australia for smoking cessation? Someone who also has a thorough understanding of psychology and neuro-chemistry?

Dr. Daniel Gibbs has this unique skill set and works here at Freedom Chinese Medicine in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. He talks about the fact that smoking can be a multifaceted and personalised habit often interwoven into various aspects of life such as socialisation, solitude, work breaks and stress/anxiety management. Although people can differ in regard to the reasons why they smoke, there are several principles and actions that usually provide for an easier quitting process. Here is one of them. Daniel says that:

Most people find that quitting is easier if they make a plan. Ideally it is best to choose a time that is not too stressful and that allows you to get away from your usual routines that involve smoking: If you don’t have this luxury then simply thinking of the typical times when you smoke and coming up with some strategies or alternative activities can go a long way.

An important thing to appreciate is that cigarettes and nicotine have key functions in people’s lives and these often need to be accounted for via some technique or replacement: For example brief periods of deep breathing or meditation can alter brain chemistry in a way that is similar to smoking when it is used to manage stress or anxiety, and similarly, any brief activity that you find pleasurable can be done routinely on your breaks from work or other key times.

How Acupuncture Can Help in Smoking Cessation

smokingAcupuncture assists people to quit by helping to regulate the actions of endorphin and other neurotransmitters that are thrown into disarray when one stops smoking; it is in this way that it can assist with lessening the frequency and duration of physical cravings; Generally acupuncture is given every 2-5 days, depending on the level of addiction, over the first 2 weeks after ceasing the consumption of nicotine. Dr. Daniel Gibbs has many years of experience in this area and has helped hundreds of people to quit. Are you ready for some expert help to quit?

Flash special: Start a smoking cessation program by the 31st December 2018 for only $267*. Usual cost is $335.

*Includes 4 acupuncture sessions twice weekly and expert advice with Dr. Daniel Gibbs.

Give us a call on 03 9486 5966 or you can click here to Book Now.

Written 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 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.


Click on Daniel’s image to watch his intro video!

Carr, A. (1985) The Easy Way to Stop Smoking, London; Arcturus Publishing Limited
Deadman, P. et al (2007) A Manual of Acupuncture, 2nd ed., The Journal of Chinese Medicine, Hove;UK

Acupressure Help for a Hangover

Excellent Acupressure points to Ease the Excesses of the Xmas period

The abundance of food and/or alcohol during Christmas and New Year festivities can leave one feeling a little less than celebratory. However, there is no need to wishfully request that Santa grants you pain free indulgences..

..as self massage of several acupuncture points can be used to relieve headaches, nausea, bloating and indigestion; usually within 10 minutes.

The point location descriptions below may not be absolutely clear if you aren’t familiar with anatomical terms. But the diagrams below should help. All of the following points have an active area of at least a few millimeters so they can be found with minimal searching and confirmed by the presence of a tender sensation when pressure is applied: When pressing these points it is customary to use the thumb, index or ring finger, and to apply fairly firm pressure to the point for a minimum of 3 minutes so that the tender sensation is felt through this time.

Bladder 2. Located on the medial extremity of the eyebrow; in the supra-orbital notch. This point has an almost immediate effect for the relief of headaches. Use both points with an index finger on each.



. Located between the first and second metacarpals, in the high point of the muscle; at the midpoint of the second metacarpal. This point is one of the most commonly used by acupuncturists in the treatment of headaches and facial conditions: It has a relaxing effect and is especially useful in cases of frontal headaches.

Stomach 36. Located approximately one finger breadth lateral to the lower border of the tibial tuberosity in the superior portion of tibialis anterior. This is a very useful point for sluggish digestion, bloating and stomach ache.


. Located one sixth of the distance from the anterior wrist crease to the cubital crease between the tendons of palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis. This point is frequently used to treat nausea and stomach pain.


Located half way between the umbilicus and the bottom of the sternum. Use this point to ease stomach pain and indigestion.

If you feel you need a little extra help to remedy these holiday induced ailments drop in to Freedom Chinese Medicine for some acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs. Increasing water intake and B vitamins can also help you recover.

Been meaning to have an Acupuncture session? Click here to book.

Written by Dr. Daniel Gibbs


Anshen, Shi, 2003, Internal Medicine, Bridge Publishing Group,Walnut California

Xinnong, C. et al. 2009, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Foreign Language Press, Beijing China

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.

How does your Gut Garden Grow?


gut issuesDid you know you have a garden growing inside your digestive system?
You may have heard the word ‘Microbiome’ being used in relation to our health lately.
Microbiome is the collective name for the many trillions of bacteria that live on our bodies and inside our gut – essentially our gut garden.

For a garden to be at its best it needs to be tended, fed, watered and cared for. Without loving care the plants and flowers die and the weeds and pests take over.
It is the same for our microbiome garden when we don’t care for it – the good bacteria suffer while the bad flourish.
This imbalance can contribute to a multitude of health issues including:
• Digestive system – IBS, IBD, weight gain abdominal pain
• Immune system – colds, viruses, allergies
• Emotional – moods and sleep
• Vitality – fatigue
• Skin conditions – acne, eczema, rosacea

There are many factors in our modern lifestyles that upset the balance of our good gut bacteria by affecting their growth and diversity and thus allowing the bad bacteria to thrive.
Some of these factors include:
• Poor diet – processed and refined foods
• Additives and chemicals in our food
• Medications especially antibioticsabdominal pain
• Chemicals in cleaners, skin and hair products
• Environmental toxins and pollution
• Antibacterial cleaners
• Lack of contact with dirt and nature
• Lack of exercise

If you would like to learn how to improve your health by restoring the balance and nourishing your precious microbiome, our Naturopath Andrea Mallett can help.
Andrea will thoroughly asses you diet and lifestyle to identify factors affecting your bacteria imbalance and create a plan specific to your needs.

Andrea is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Freedom Chinese Medicine. Call 039486 5966 or click below:

Acupuncture for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is a condition that can occur after a traumatic event (or a series of events) when a person hasn’t completely processed the experience. Events generally include serious accidents, disasters, abuse or warfare.
Over time, the person may be able to rationally understand the series of events. However, they haven’t been able to holistically process the trauma – in the mind, body and spirit. As a consequence, symptoms can continue:
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  • flashbacks, memories, bad dreams
  • extreme feelings like anger, shame, fear or guilt
  • anxiety, depression, panic attacks
  • nausea, diarrhoea, recurring pain
Ear acupuncture (or auriculotherapy) can be used to help the person process these events, put the past behind them and move on with life.
Auriculotherapy is based on ancient Chinese maps of acupuncture points in the ears. It has been further developed by European physicians and neurologists.  The current map of ear points have been mapped out by observing effects ear acupuncture points on the brain via MRI scans. It is successfully used by American military for treatment of PTSD.
Treatment with Ear Acupuncture generally doesn’t involve counselling or discussion of the trauma. We feel the person’s pulse, and focus on lifting physical and emotional symptoms.
Christine Lee
Ear acupuncture is available at Freedom Chinese Medicine with our 4 excellent Acupuncturists. Dr. Christine Lee has extra skills and experience using Ear Acupuncture for PTSD and is available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Contact us on 9486 5966 for more information or to book.

Raindrop & Vita Flex therapy with Sue


Do you feel physically, emotionally and mentally challenged at the moment?

The Raindrop & Vita Flex Technique can help heal and support your body and mind and bring it back into balance. Vita Flex is a therapy which means “vitality through the reflexes”. Combined with 9 therapeutic-grade essential oils and you can take your healing to a whole other level:

  • Kill viral and bacterial pathogens
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support the immune system
  • Ease respiratory discomfort
  • Relax stressed muscles
  • Relieve bone and joint discomfort

Back Massage

The Vita Flex is a specialised form of hand, foot and back massage that originated in Tibet thousands of years ago and was perfected in the 1960’s by Stanley Burroughs. Yup it’s ancient & powerful. It is based on a complete network of reflex points that stimulate all your internal body systems similar to Reflexology but different.

Click here for the groovy Vita Flex foot chart.

The Raindrop Technique is one of the most safe & gentle ways you can improve your spinal health.

Sue is one of the best massage therapists around. She is available for sessions in Ivanhoe on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Call 9486 5966 to book. Sue Wellwood

Sleeping Through the Night

SleepIs deep, solid sleep starting to feel like an illusion for you? We all know that good sleep is essential for good health. But what do you do if you just can’t seem to get sufficient sleep? And what is adequate sleep anyways? It is about quantity and quality. Extensive research has shown that most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to perform at our optimum¹.  When it comes to quality, we need blocks of uninterrupted sleep. Frequent sleep disruption causes you to transition to the lightest sleep stage which detracts from  recuperative sleep. Quality sleep is the amount of time which is set aside for sleep spent in the recuperative stages.

Here are 15 tips for better sleep:

  1. Create a relaxing wind down routine before going to sleep (read a relaxing book, listen to music, practice relaxation techniques, take a warm bath)
  2. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day (keeping a regular sleep pattern, even on weekends, helps to develop a sleep-wake rhythm that encourages better sleep)
  3. Create a comfortable sleep environment. You can try to control a number of the elements in your bedroom that will promote a good sleep, such as:
    • Temperature – for most people, cool is better than hot.
    • Light- keep your bedroom as dark as possible. You can also try wearing an eye mask
    • Noise- Less noise means more sleep. You can reduce noise levels with rugs & drapes, earplugs, background “white” noise) eg. Fan, or soothing music.
    • Comfort – A good mattress can improve the quality of sleep
    • Function- Try not to use your bedroom for work activities or studying. Make your bedroom a stress-free zone.
  4. Have a midday rest if possible (any time between 11am – 2pm)
  5. Avoid eating or drinking anything 2-3 hours before bedtime
  6. Avoid stimulants in your diet (refined sugar, caffeine, nicotine, artificial sweeteners)
  7. Avoid watching the clock
  8. Exercise regularly
  9. Drink Camomile Tea
  10. Try taking Valerian

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

If these steps don’t help or if your sleeping trouble is severe ie. disturbs your ability to function during the day, then you need help tailored specifically to you. The cause of your sleeping trouble needs to be determined and what the best solution will be. Chinese Medicine excels when it comes to individualised care. And at Freedom Chinese Medicine, we excel in Chinese Medicine.

We have a combined experience of over 70 years, so we more than enough skill and experienced to help you. And we pride ourselves on providing a professional, relaxing experience. To help you with your sleep, we may suggest Acupuncture, Herbal medicine, Qi Gong, Meditation, Massage or a combination of these therapies.

Best of all, with Chinese Medicine, you can get better and stay better. If you are suffering with sleep trouble, I strongly suggest you don’t put up with it, seek some help.


1. http://sleepfoundation.org/how-sleep-works/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need and http://www.macses.ucsf.edu/research/allostatic/sleep.php

Freedom From Pain Services

Freedom101At Freedom Chinese Medicine, we offer a combined experience of over 70 years. With 5 Acupuncturists, 3 Remedial Massage Therapists & a Myotherapist, you’re bound to find what you need.

We also offer low cost, Open Room Acupuncture to help make freedom from pain more achievable.

If you suffer from one of the annoying pains below, we can help you!

Back PainHeadachesSports Injuries
Neck PainMigrainesArthritis
Tennis ElbowMuscle TensionJoint Pain
SciaticaShoulder PainNerve Pain

How Can We Help You?

1. By providing drug-free pain relief.

2. Effective treatment and free from unpleasant side effects.

3. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, gentle, professional, confidential and wonderfully relaxing treatment.

4. Experience – We have a combined experience of over 70 years, in Australia and China. We have special interest and knowledge in many areas, check our website for details.

5. We listen to you – We are practitioners who listen carefully to your needs, and are open to all forms of health care.

6. Value for money – We provide quality care at a fair and reasonable price. We offer low cost, Open Room Acupuncture for $30/$40.

7. Convenience location– The Centre is open extended hours, we have a carpark and public transport is nearby.

We expertly & passionately provide care which is:

  • Safe and Gentle
  • Natural and Caring
  • Amazingly relaxing
  • Confidential and Informative

Please call us on 03 9486 5966 to find out how we can provide the best solution for your pain with our range of services.

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