Online prescriptions, for influenza type symptoms + stress and anxiety.

No doubt you will have heard of the success of Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating the influenza like virus in Wuhan – China.  Although we love our Western Medicine colleagues – especially for severe cases, there isn’t much they can offer for mild to moderately affected cases.

Unfortunately, we can’t see you in person for Acupuncture at the moment due to current social distancing guidelines.  However, we can definitely do an online video or phone consultation and put some herbal prescriptions in the mail for you.

Your practitioner and herbalist Dr Mark Davis (TCM) is able to prescribe herbs to improve immunity prior to getting any symptoms, or herbs which have been studied and shown to disrupt the duplication of viruses to aid in your recovery such as Andrographis Paniculata, Taraxacum Officinalis and Lonerica Japonica.

One of the main concerns we have at the moment is not only for people who might be experiencing cold and flu symptoms; but the underlying stress and anxiety that many of us are experiencing during this disruption to our daily lives.

Mark is an experienced Herbalist who is able to prescribe you with a rounded formula encompassing several of the ideas discussed above.

References:
  1. Dai Y, et al. Overview of pharmacological activities of Andrographis paniculata and its major compound andrographolide. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 2018: 59(1); 17- 29.
  2. Gupta S, Mishra KP, Ganju L. Broad-spectrum antiviral properties of andrographolide. Arch Virol. 2017: 162; 611–623.
  3. Wu et al. Analysis of therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2 and discovery of potential drugs by computational methods, Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B. 2020.
  4. Grauso L, et al. Common dandelion: a review of its botanical, phytochemical and pharmacological profiles. Phytochem Rev. 2019: 1-18.
  5. He et al. Anti-influenza virus effect of aqueous extracts from dandelion. Virol J. 2011; 8: 538.
  6. Li, Y., Li, W., Fu, C. et al. Lonicerae japonicae flos and Lonicerae flos: a systematic review of ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and pharmacology. Phytochem Rev. 2019.
  7. Tand et al. Lonicerae Flos: A Review of Chemical Constituents and Biological Activities. Digital Chinese Medicine.2018: 1; 173-188.

‘SICK’ of hearing about Coronavirus? Chinese Medicine boosts immunity.

It feels like the world is going crazy at the moment with the Coronavirus.

So, what do in Chinese Medicine to proactively maintain good health and prevent you getting sick?

Rather than waiting to treat flu like symptoms once we are already sick, we prefer to build immunity in advance!

Pathogenic factors in Chinese Medicine is often something which is delivered by the ‘wind.’ We always talk about human factors in terms of the earthly forces.  So, things that are carried by the wind include pollen, AKA ‘Hay fever,’ Colds, Flu and other airborne viruses fit into that same pattern.

Oriental Therapies are all great to balance and support the immune system, even on the most basic level, stress relief compliments our body’s ability to manage damaging free radicals.

The mix of four herbal powders in the photo are a modified version of a famous formula called ‘Jade Windscreen powder;’ the name conjures up images of a windscreen protecting us from the wind just as it does in a car, but the windscreen is made of jade for extra protection!

The herbs in this formula have been studied and scientifically shown to increase white blood cells which fight infection internally, and close pores and disperse wind to protect us externally, these actions combined improve immunity.

There are other herbs which we can remotely dispatch to help people with cold and flu symptoms, but the main aim of Chinese Medicine is to proactively encourage good health and immunity to prevent illness.

Would you prefer the customised approach to menopausal symptoms naturally?

TICK THE BOXES WHICH APPLY TO YOU.  Let us do the rest…

Would you prefer a natural approach to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Peri-Menopause or Menopausal symptoms?  One standard pill for EVERY woman is probably not the best approach!?

Chinese Medicine can assist with symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause naturally with acupuncture or with herbs and for best results with both modalities.

Your practitioner Dr Mark (TCM) will ask you to fill out a check list of symptoms which he will use to make a tailor-made treatment plan designed specifically for YOU!  Dr Mark will evaluate each symptom and add or remove herbs or acupuncture points which naturally address your symptomatology.

Of course this list is not all-inclusive, other symptoms such as headaches etc. can be included with your personal interview before treatment.

Feel free to contact us for more details or book using the green link on the right…

Do you suffer from an Overactive Bladder or Urinary Incontinence?

Acupuncture has some very effective treatments for this complicated condition which can often be treated naturally without pharmaceutical or surgical intervention.

In fact, one of the techniques employed using electrical stimulation on two needles close to the ankle has been patented and actually used by Drs in Urology clinics.

The acupuncture points used lie on the Kidney and the Spleen ‘pathways’.  These points are located close to the Percutaneous Tibial Nerve which innervates the same nerve plexus which controls the bladder.  Interestingly the ancient sages of Chinese Medicine described the Spleen as controlling muscles and sphincters and the kidney overseeing water metabolism; just another way of looking at the same pathology.

There have been several studies in which it was found to be just as effective as other Western Medical interventions, however with fewer side effects (de Wall LL, Heesakkers JP, 2017, p145–157).

Why wait on a list to drive to a specialist outpatient clinic, pay for exorbitant parking fees and get charge through the nose for a technique which we can provide for possibly half the price?

Click on the green button check out Dr Mark’s (TCM) availability.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

References: de Wall LL, Heesakkers JP. Effectiveness of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in the treatment of overactive bladder syndrome. Res Rep Urol. 2017;9:145–157. Published 2017 Aug 14. doi:10.2147/RRU.S124981

 

Book Online from anywhere, anytime for your convenience…

Did you know that the easiest way to make an appointment for your next Shiatsu Therapy or Chinese Medicine is to book online?

It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a practitioner late at night before bed, or even if you have insomnia and decide to book at 5am! You can easily access our availability with the online booking tool. If you are thinking about coming in to see us the same day there is a short blackout window, so some times for the same day will not show even if they are available. So, don’t hesitate to send us a text to request a specific time if you can’t find it online, we are always open to finding a way to get you in so that you can feel better, more alive and more relaxed as soon as possible!

Click on the green button to see available times for your practitioner. Otherwise you can SMS:

Masa (Japanese Shiatsu Therapy): 0425 737 896.

Mark (Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine): 0425 722 217.

Looking forward to seeing you ZEN!

Heel pain in the morning? Its probably plantar fasciitis…

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition which affects the heel and the arch of the foot. Typically, people who have the condition may experience pain all day, but especially experience heel pain when first getting out of bed in the mornings.
This condition constantly generates ‘foot traffic’ for Acupuncture at the clinic. The key to treatment is between 4-8 appointments over a 2-3-week period, which may sound a little excessive however we have treatment packages to make that more affordable.
Mark is our Acupuncturist, his approach is to treat the calf, the plantar fascia and distal points to target this stubborn condition, in conjunction with herbal products and exercises to use at home to further drive healing momentum between appointments.
Anecdotally Mark’s clients report excellent clinical outcomes getting them back to walking and running pain free.
Mark is also able to prescribe Herbal Medications which can resolve bone spurs which are often a complicating factor to the plantar fasciitis diagnosis.

You are what you eat!

So, one of the things we do in Chinese Medicine is talk about dietary sources of medicinal foods & herbs.  Today many of us have heard the phase “You are what you eat,” originating from a book written by a French Author in the early 1800’s.  As far back as thousands of years before there was a phrase coined “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” by the classical age Greek physician Hippocrates.  In the Far East too, the Chinese discerned how to relieve illness by managing the food we eat.  The Chinese physicians mapped out the thermodynamics of food and considered that if a person was ill with a cold disease for example (something such as chills to the bone) that foods and herbs warming or hot would help return the person to homeostasis and foods that are cold would cause further harm…

I have recently been reading a superb book by a current US physician named Dr Michael Gregor, M.D.  I use my Chinese Medicine dietary knowledge on a daily basis; I know some practitioners who insist that whatever was said in the Chinese Medicine ‘bible’ is fact, however I look at these things differently and consider that we can build on and compliment ancient knowledge with new understanding; so long as the source isn’t tainted!

Dr Gregor’s book is extremely well sourced and adds another level of insight to nutrition from the aspect of modern research.  Unlike research from some of the large drug companies, there is no Big Carrot or Big Broccoli, so the research seems to be mostly untainted.  Dr Gregor’s passion is derived from his own grandma’s journey, she was given 3 weeks to live with heart failure before she found her own nutritional expert, who within the space of several months turned her life around, and extended her lifespan by 30 years+!

Dr Gregor is a Western Medical physician who writes for other Western Medical DRs who he says are given substandard schooling in nutrition in the current medical school model.  A visit to see him at his clinic often results in a prescription for nutrition rather than something you will get from the chemist; how refreshing is that!

I wanted to share this video with you on a simple hack Dr Gregor has for getting the maximum nutrition from Broccoli.  I hope I’m not spoiling the ending, but if you are cooking broccoli the trick is to add mustard powder for a strong anti-cancer effect!  Don’t take my word for it, watch the video linked below from Dr Gregor’s own NutritionFacts.org.

Sometimes the simple things can make a HUGE difference!

Here is the video blog on Broccoli:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/second-strategy-to-cooking-broccoli/

Traditional Tibetian Formula for Longevity

Several years ago, I was suffering from some ongoing dental issues; although it was against my better judgement I had already had one molar root canal, and the Dentist was recommending that I might need to have another in the near future, however at this stage that tooth would be on a ‘watch list;’ while also being advised that I needed to do some work on my receding gums.

 

Being a herbalist I was sure that there must be something around that would work for my teeth and gums; and there were a few options available but nothing I was 100% happy with.  As with anything once I get an idea into my head I spent hour upon hour searching the internet for any viable ideas….

 

Eventually I did find a product named Padma Basic; the story of Padma Basic is that is based on an ancient Tibetan Formula which was saved from the Communist Chinese Invasion around 1950.  Several years later and a Swiss pharmaceutical researcher named Karl Lutz had heard of the power of the formula and has been researching it.  His company later patented the formula and began production of the original formula under the name of Padma Basic.  The formula is sold through regular pharmacies throughout Europe and is apparently a household name.

 

In the research by the swiss they found that Padma was effective for treating memory issues, tinnitus, visual problems, arthritic joint pain, dizziness, fatigue, promoting health and longevity.

 

So, getting back to my own experiment after reading anecdotal experiments online of people using it for success with the microcirculation of the teeth and gums; I purchased Padma from overseas and over the course of around 3 months successfully managed to avoid the 2ndroot canal procedure, my dentist was intrigued at just how well the infection had cleared!

 

Another Researcher in the United states by the name of Nan Kathryn Fuchs PH. D published her own research in 2004.

 

Fuchs (2004), says that in her own research she found the formula to be effective for atherosclerosis with cholesterol buildup, controlling bacteria in the lungs which may leads to allergies and asthma; and also, highly effective for ‘heat related’ conditions such as dermatitis, hepatitis, arthritis, thyroiditis, colitis and even Multiple Sclerosis due to the heat -clearing nature of the formula.

 

As a Registered Herbalist, I can see many similarities in the original formula with those of Chinese medicine.  I have created a similar Traditional Tibetan formula for Longevity which embraces the same principals of clearing heat, promoting circulation and supporting the immune function to produce my own formula in Tincture form (alcohol extract) which is both easy to take, and highly effective.

 

Some of the all-natural ingredients include:

Iceland Moss, Costus root, Cardamon, Sandalwood, Allspice, Bael Fruit, Licorice, knotgrass, galangal, valerian root, lettuce leaf etc.

 

Fuchs, N.K. (2004) Padma An Ancient Tibetian Herbal Formula.  NJ, USA: Basic Health Publications.

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We find that people are often time poor, shy, not ready to make the commitment or simply not sure of the effectiveness of alternative medicine.

A gift voucher is a great way to allow those people to take the next step at their own pace, and allow them to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment themselves.  We find that most people respond well and many of them make the decision to continue care.

Contact us to purchase or for further detail.

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Kvass & other lacto-fermented foods.

By Mark Davis, BHSc (TCM).

I have been making Kvass this week, it is basically lacto-fermented raw beetroot cubes with added water, the resulting deep red liquid is taken in small doses internally for its health benefits.

Beetroot is  a powerhouse of nutrition packed full of vitamins and minerals, however it is higher in natural sugars than any other root vegetable, when fermented, enzymes and beneficial bacteria consume the sugars to make the nutrients more bioavailable.  Beetroot is particularly good for heart health, blood production and it is even said to lower blood pressure;  anecdotal evidence suggests that is especially beneficial for the Liver.

Taste-wise, the Kvass is a little sour, sweet and salty all at the same time.  In Chinese Medicine, the sour taste directs foods to the Liver, the sweet taste to the Spleen and salty to the Kidneys.  So you can see already that it is quite a well balanced tonic for all three organs.

Although it’s origins are not Chinese, as an integrated health practitioner, I prefer to mix the best from all traditional health concepts regardless of where they originate.

We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat,” and the famous quote by Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine.”

Asian countries have a long history of using fermented foods including miso, tempeh, kimchi, natto etc.  In the West also, particularly Eastern European countries have traditions such as Sourdough, Kefir, Sauerkraut and Kvass.

Before refrigeration was available these processes were used to preserve staple foods so that they were available during the colder seasons when there was less produce, however  as they have been shown to be a valuable resource nutritionally, the tradition continues today and the consumption seems to be gaining popularity.

Regular intake of fermented vegetables will improve digestion, resolve bloating and compliment intestinal health.  Important research is currently exploring the associations between gut health and cognitive function.

In Chinese Medicine dietary guidelines, over-indulgence of fermented foods can result in ‘dampness,’  typically noticed as excess mucous, a heavy feeling, diarrhoea and sluggishness.

So these foods should be enjoyed in small doses, as an accompaniment to meals, on a daily basis.

Other similar blog posts:

Nukazuke  (糠漬け)

IT DOESN’T GET MUCH HEALTHIER THAN BEETROOT SOUP WITH BONE BROTH!

My own private Miso