Plantar Fasciitis

Ailments & Conditions | April 2017

Plantar Fasciitis: What a pain in the ……heel! Have you ever overdone it pounding the pavement, or been on your feet all day and noticed the bottoms of your feet are aching? Then in the morning instead of feeling better … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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: … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 diarrhea, rheumatism, or with problems swallowing. Serves 4 Ingredients: 3 leeks, sliced 1 tsp butter … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading


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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Tahini Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Recipes | December 2013

Ingredients: 1 cup of tahini (or any nut butter) 1/2 cup agave 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats or old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans (any nuts) chopped up bar of dark chocolate Method: Preheat … Continue reading

Berry Cobbler


This delicious recipe is grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan. Serves 6 – 8 Ingredients: Berry filling: 3 cups of organic berries – I used a pint of blueberries and 1 cup of fresh strawberries, sliced 2 … Continue reading

Gluten Free Pancakes


Here’s a ‘sweet’ idea for your weekend breakfast cook up Makes 24 pancakes Ingredients: 3 cups blanched almond flour ½ cup heavy cream 8 eggs ½ cup salted butter, melted ¼ cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon … Continue reading

Paleo Banana Bread


Ingredients: 3 bananas (about 1 ½ cups) mashed 3 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 cup vegan palm oil shortening 2 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Method: Place bananas, … Continue reading

Tranquil Soup


Try this fantastic soup to get your family through cold and wet weather. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 1 brown onion 5 celery stalks 1 whole leek 4 carrots 2 spring onions 1 bunch asparagus 4 silverbeet leaves, shredded 1/2 cup … Continue reading

Lingering Pathogen

Ailments & Conditions | November 2013

The concept of a ‘lingering pathogen’ has been around for a long time in Chinese Medicine. It applies when you haven’t been able to shake that cold or flu, or you haven’t fully recovered or simply not felt quite right … Continue reading

Warming Kale & Chicken Stir Fry

Recipes | November 2013

KALE seems to be flavour of the month at the moment. And why not? According to TCM the bitterness of Kale is great for the liver and it has stomach strengthening and pain reducing qualities also 500g diced organic chicken … Continue reading