Lotus Root Stir-fry

Recipes | August 2018

This stir-fry is perfect for spring. For this time of year steaming, stir frying or sautéing vegetables rather then baking is preferable. This will ensure food maintains it’s spring vitality. Spring is the season of the liver. The sesame oil […]

Warming Vegie Chilli


This warming vegie chilli (meat option included) is perfect for winter. Warmer foods are easier to digest and  encourage your body to heal. Ingredients 2 medium onions (chopped) 2 cloves garlic (chopped) 2 medium carrots (chopped) 2 sticks celery (chopped) 2 red peppers (chopped) 250g […]

Acupressure For Labour Pain

All Things Chinese Medicine, Lifestyle, Videos | June 2018

  In addition to acupuncture, Chinese Medicine includes a range of treatment options including herbal medicine, diet therapy, cupping and acupressure. Acupressure involves the stimulation of acupuncture points by fingers, hands and elbows. Acupressure can be applied at home to […]

Warming Conjee

Recipes | May 2018

Barack Obama only wears grey or blue suits, Mark Zuckerberg wears the same grey t-shirt every day, and I eat the same breakfast every day. By doing this I beat what psychologist call “decision fatigue”. I pop my slow cooker […]

All about auricular acupuncture

Videos | May 2018

At Gardenvale Chinese Medicine, we sometimes use ear seeds as an adjunct to acupuncture .An adhesive plaster with a small bead can be placed over acupuncture points on the external surface of the ear. Ear seeds can also be great for […]

Acupuncture for lower back pain

Videos | March 2018

Acupuncture for lower back pain.  Demonstrated by an acupuncturist who gets it. Acupuncture does not always have to be local or the site of the pain. Points can be used distally or different areas of the body which often renders […]

Tenderized Greens for Spring

Recipes | September 2017

Living Food Chef & Educator Renee McCready from Raw Flow Food has created this beautifully balanced, vibrantly green and perfectly pungent spring recipe for us to enjoy.

Mindful in the Madness

Videos | June 2017

Nick explains the importance of taking some mental time out during the busy, stressful and ‘mad’ times in our lives!

Making Chinese Herbal Medicine

Videos | February 2017

Ever wondered how your herbs are made? This short time-lapse video shows Nick making up a unique herbal formula for one of his clients in the dispensary at Gardenvale Chinese Medicine. For more videos you can visit our YouTube channel […]

Superfood Salad

Recipes | January 2017

This vibrant salad is delicious, healthy and very easy to make. Ingredients such as lettuce, kale and spinach are rich in soluble fibre which is essential for good digestion. These greens also contain lots of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate, iron, […]

Rice-Paper Rolls

Recipes | December 2016

Rice-paper rolls are one of our favourite dinner and lunch box solutions. Wrapped in pliable rice-paper sheets you can make rockin’ rolls with any fillings you or your family fancy, and to suit any season. Here is a delicious Vietnamese inspired recipe […]

Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Recipes | September 2016

Ingredients: 1 large head of cauliflower 3 tbs coconut oil, melted 1 tsp sea salt 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp sweet paprika 2 tsp ground coriander 1/2C tahini, plus extra for drizzling 1 handful parsley, finely chopped A squeeze […]

Eat the Banana

Videos | September 2016

Nick discusses why cooked and warming food is often recommended over raw food. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine dietary advice, cold and raw food can often stress the gut, especially in cold and damp weather. For more videos you can visit […]

Chronic Pain

Ailments & Conditions, All Things Chinese Medicine | August 2016

Chronic pain in our body can present in many different areas and with varying intensity. It is common for chronic pain to be the result a specific injury such as a lower back disc trauma or arthritis, causing debilitating back and sciatic […]

Blue Eye Trevalla with Green Beans

Recipes | August 2016

To make this a more filling main meal, add this delicious sesame salad. Ingredients: 3tbs lemon juice 6tbs extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 1tbs lemon thyme leaves 300g green beans, trimmed 4 blue eye trevalla steaks 2tbs light olive oil […]

Sesame salad


This light and tasty salad is great on its own or when added to a main, such as our blue eye trevalla with green beans recipe! Ingredients: 4tbs olive oil 1tbs soy sauce 1tsp sesame oil 2tbs lime juice 1tsp sugar […]

Asian Infused Swordfish with Greens

Recipes | July 2016

Ingredients: 300g assorted Asian greens such as bok choy, choy sum, snow peas or bean shoots 4 swordfish steaks 4 stems coriander 8 kaffir lime leaves 4 stalks lemongrass, halved 4 green chillies, sliced Pepper and lime to serve Method: […]

Warming Winter Breakfast

Recipes | May 2016

We all know the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and it’s true! A good breakfast provides energy and improves concentration, learning and creativity. Eating a nutritious breakfast can even help with weight loss, as it kickstarts […]

Chilli Con Carne

Recipes | April 2016

The herbs in this dish clear the lungs and the digestive system. The beef and beans warm and build yin. Serves 4 Ingredients: 500g borlotti beans, soaked overnight and drained 300g steak, chopped into small cubes 2 onions, chopped 3 […]

Salmon and watercress salad

Recipes | March 2016

Watercress is perfect in autumn as it strengthens your lungs, Qi and Yin. It can help relieve a dry, sore throat, phlegmy coughs, restlessness and even grumpiness. Serves 4 Ingredients: 4 salmon fillets, skin off 600g potatoes 150g flat beans, […]

Popular Pad Thai – the healthy version

Recipes | February 2016

Pad Thai is popular because it tastes great! Here’s Michelle Bridges’ healthy homemade take on what’s often a rather greasy and fatty restaurant choice. Instead, this nutritious version can easily be converted into a vegetarian or allergy friendly meal, and a […]

Basil and tomato salad

Recipes | December 2015

Basil is a wonderful herb to eat in summer as it is cooling and drying. The combination of tomatoes, olives and vinegar in this recipe encourages energy down and enhances the cooling effect. Ingredients: 3 cups basil leaves, torn in half […]

Parsley Salad

Recipes | December 2015

Parsley is a wonderful herb to eat in summer because of its detoxifying qualities. Eating parsley is a fantastic way to naturally fight the germs that thrive in the warmth of summer. Parsley is also useful in removing damp heat, […]

Tasty Tabouli

Recipes | November 2015

Tabouli is one of our favourite salads and a delicious accompaniment to almost any meat or meal. Tabouli is traditionally made from cracked wheat in the form of cous cous or bulghur, but can just as easily be made with wheat and […]

Watermelon and feta salad

Recipes | November 2015

Watermelon is a great treat on a hot summer’s day. Sweet and cooling, watermelon benefits the bladder and spleen, encourages urination and eases sore throats. Mint has aromatic and cool properties. Eating mint can help with diarrhea, painful menstruation and […]

Spring Has Sprung!

Lifestyle | August 2015

Finally we can wake and shake off the dregs of the cold damp winter. The arrival of spring brings warmer temperatures and less frost, the trees begin to bud and flower and the grass starts to grow. In Chinese medicine […]

Simple Spring Stir-fry

Recipes | August 2015

Seasonal vegetables with rice or noodles are a healthy food option in any season. With spring on the way, it’s a great time to try this delicious and easy recipe with fresh spring vegetables. Sesame oil is strengthening and calming […]

What to Eat for Winter and Warmth?

Recipes | July 2015

Living in a temperate climate, as we do in Melbourne, means we have four relatively distinct seasons. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) living in sync with the seasons and your external environment is important for optimal health and wellbeing. […]

Lamb Rogan Josh

Recipes | June 2015

This is a perfect winter dish! With its simple mix of meat and spices it’s not only delectable but will nourish and warm you (and Josh, whoever he is..?) deep from the inside. Lamb warms your digestive system and directs […]

Common Sense To Beat The Common Cold

Lifestyle | May 2015

Did you know you have ‘wind points’ at the back of your neck and at the base of your skull? This is usually not common knowledge. However, according to Traditional Chinese medicine these ‘wind points’ are commonly affected by over-exposure […]

Mushroom and barley pilaf

Recipes | April 2015

Mushrooms are terrific in autumn as they remove phlegm and toxins. They also relieve fatigue and boost energy. Barley is also an energy booster and improves physical strength. It can also help with indigestion and diarrhea. Thyme can ease the […]

Leek and Potato Soup

Recipes | March 2015

This warming and calming soup improves digestion, builds energy and strengthens key organs such as the liver, lungs and kidneys. It may also help people with diarrhoea, rheumatism, or with problems swallowing. Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 leeks, sliced 1 tsp butter […]

Feb Fast could turn to Miserable March!

Lifestyle | January 2015

Detox is certainly the buzz word for the beginning of the year. Throughout the summer we put our body through its paces with more rich food, alcohol and often less exercise. Come February we feel bloated, sluggish and foggy in […]

Asparagus Fever!

Recipes | October 2014

Asparagus are cold, sweet and bitter. They help counterbalance heat caused by the environment. Asparagus are now in season so here is a great soup that can cool you down when summer eventually arrives. Serves 4 Ingredients: 50g butter or […]

Root Vegetable Soup

Recipes | August 2014

– A root or two is mighty good for you! This soup recipe is jam-packed not just with one or two roots, but with multiple delectable and very colourful root vegetables. It is so easy to make and so full of goodness that […]

Winter warmer vegetarian curry

Recipes | July 2014

Cauliflower, pea and fried tofu curry This is a delicious and warming vegetarian curry stuffed with protein and goodness. Cauliflower is from the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kohlrabi and shares many of their health benefits. Both peas and […]


Recipes | July 2014

This traditional spinach pie is not only delicious, but also high in protein. Protein is essential for strengthening and nourishing our bodies. Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 bunch shallots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed […]

Hanza Pie

Recipes | July 2014

Here is a delicious, high protein vegetarian recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked brown rice Shredded, wilted chard Crushed garlic Chives 250g ricotta 2 tbs yoghurt 1 egg Crumbed fetta (small piece) Handful of grated cheese Method: Mix 1 cup of […]

Quinoa Porridge

Recipes | April 2014

Kick-start your day and your metabolism with this easy and delicious porridge Ingredients: ¾ Cup Quinoa, rinsed & drained 375 ml low-fat milk 1/3 cup cranberries 2 tbsp raisins ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped Method: Combine quinoa with 500ml water […]

Baba Ganoush For Your Blood & Tastebuds

Recipes | March 2014

Eggplant is in season now (summer and autumn) and is a great food for your blood. It both moves and cools the blood. It can also help reduce imbalanced flow, reduce stagnation and relieve problems caused by overeating meat. Enjoy […]

Pressed Cucumber Salad

Recipes | January 2014

Here is a cooling, cleansing salad using dill and cucumber. Dill is good at detoxifying the gastrointestinal tract and soothing for a sensitive stomach. Cucumber clears heat and cools the body, which is perfect for either during or after a hot […]

Keep Cool With Cooling Foods & Herbs

Recipes | December 2013

Here is a list of foods, drinks and herbs that are cooling: Cooling Foods Apples Asparagus Avocado Banana (not eaten excessively) Basil Broccoli/Cauliflower Cabbage Melons/Papaya Celery Chrysanthemum (tea) Crab (not eaten excessively) Cucumber Duck Eggplant Grapefruit Lettuce Mung Beans Pears […]