Acupuncture and High Blood Pressure

Acupuncture and High Blood Pressure Hypertension affects 25% of the adult population… worldwide! Medical treatment can include drugs such as blockers or inhibitors. However, these can cause side-effects that  impact your daily wellbeing. Common side effects include: fatigue, weight changes, cold limbs, dizziness, and developing other conditions. More research is being conducted on the use

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The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, nodes, and organs that work together to rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. Think of it as your body’s waste disposal system, constantly working behind the scenes to keep you healthy. One of the primary functions of the lymphatic system is to transport

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Dry needling vs Acupuncture

Dry needling vs Acupuncture: What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling? Dry needling is the practice of inserting needles into myofascial trigger points. This causes the muscle to twitch, contract and release, allowing for decreased muscle tightness, increased blood flow and the reduction of pain. It is mainly used for muscle pain, sports injuries,

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Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes — the bane of many people’s mornings. Whether it’s due to lack of sleep, allergies, or lifestyle factors, dealing with swollen, tired eyes is not the way we want to start our day. Fortunately, there are ways to start the day feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the morning. Stay Hydrated: Get Sufficient

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Jet Lag

Jet lag is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder that happens when your internal body clock is out of sync with the external environment. This commonly happens during travel between time zones, but can also happen to night shift workers. The disorientation, fatigue, and general sense of grogginess can take a toll on your body and

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Stress

Stress, stress, stress We hear it all the time, but what is it?  Why, unless we are being chased by a bear, stress is not so helpful for our longevity. I think we are all aware that through the evolution of our species we designed certain mechanisms to protect us in times of danger. So, if

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Acupuncture & Stress

Acupuncture….the best stress hack! If you have been keeping up to date on our insightful blogs, we recently talked about what stress is, and how it impacts our health. Some ways stress impacts us are good, like if you are being chased by a tiger. Some of them are bad if that tiger chases you

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Endometriosis

How does TCM approach endometriosis? Firstly, the symptoms of endometriosis. They can have a widespread impact on your daily wellbeing, including social, physical, and mental activities. Common symptoms of Endometriosis Because this condition is so multi-faceted and can present differently symptom-wise in each person, the treatment approach should also present differently for each person. In

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Neurological Conditions

Neurological conditions Acupuncture and neurological conditions – how can it help? Neurological conditions can stem from vascular, neuromuscular, infection, autoimmune, psychological, trauma, and neural development conditions. Depending on the condition, common symptoms can be: Although our intention is alleviating symptoms, our goal is to focus on your underlying pattern, treating the root imbalance. I find

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Liver Detox

The Liver Detox, is it a thing?  I know you may be thinking, why am I, as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, debunking the “Liver Detox”, one of the most common concepts in the alternative/complementary health field?  Well, it’s just that we have a sophisticated detoxifying organ on board already. It doesn’t really need any

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Bloating

A very common complaint in the clinic so let’s chat about it. Bloating has become one of those symptoms that we have all experienced at some point and for some, it has almost become a way of life. With all the new foods and drinks introduced to our diet alongside the weight of social/emotional/physical stressors

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Top Tips from a Cosmetic Acupuncturist

Let’s discuss some of my top skin care tips as a Cosmetic Acupuncturist… Achieving and maintaining healthy, radiant skin requires a holistic approach. There are a few things that we can do that can support our skin and help it glow as much as possible. If you are getting cosmetic acupuncture, these top tips will

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Breath-work and the Nervous System

How does our breath impact the nervous system? Let’s talk about it… In our fast-paced lives, stress can take a toll on our nervous systems. If only there was a way to take a break from the stress and the business of the mind. Enter breath-work – a simple yet powerful practice that is gaining

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Vulvodynia

Vulvodynia… ever heard of it? Vulvodynia is not a very well known condition and most people have never heard the word before. So, let’s talk it through a bit. Not a name known to many, vulvodynia is a chronic condition of the vagina involving pain and possibly burning sensations of the vulva. The pain is

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Feeling Phlegmy

Have you been feeling that extra bit phlegmy lately? For those of us who are feeling like our immune systems have been in over drive and are now dealing with all the lingering joys like phlegm and mucous. Let’s dive a bit deeper into why we sometimes feel especially phlegmy… Why are we still phlegmy?

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Signs of Heat

Signs of Heat As we move through Spring and into the early days of Summer, I am seeing plenty of signs of heat in the clinic. It’s the dormant seed in us wiggling out of the ground and sprouting, stretching its arms and getting things flowing inside. With that and the warmer weather comes Heat.

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The Luteal Phase

Phases of the Menstrual Cycle Part 3: The Luteal Phase We’ve been talking about the phases of the cycle on here. We’ve touched on menstruation, the follicular phase and ovulation, now last but not least, is the Luteal. Now this phase of our cycle can certainly be the cause of lots of anguish for everyone

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TMJ Syndrome

Let’s talk TMJ, the temporomandibular joint Let’s talk about TMJ, TMJ syndrome and what you can do to manage symptoms. TMJ syndrome can be a real hassle, but there are ways to manage it and find relief. It’s a common condition that affects the jaw joint and surrounding muscles and many can have it without

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Movement matters

Movement matters, but sometimes we feel too strapped for time to get in some exercise. Or sometimes, we just feel too low on energy to move. It is so easy to get caught up in our busy lives that we don’t set time aside for any movement whether its stretching, walking or exercise of another

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The Prostate Gland

The Prostate Gland In A Nutshell What’s it all about then? The prostate gland, a small but significant part of the male reproductive system. Even though we may hear about it, it’s common for us not to really know what it is and does and why it can be problematic. What does the prostate gland

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Scar and Wound Healing

Scar and Wound Healing We can learn a lot about our health through our skin, especially if we notice that we are easy to get little nicks and scrapes, or the healing process isn’t as neat or quick as we’d like it to be. So, let’s chat about scar and wound healing. It’s normal for

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Soba Noodle Salad

Soda Noodle Salad Recipe This delicious Soba Noodle Salad recipe, courtesy of the amazing Margo White, is a must-try! Ingredients Noodle Salad Peanut Sauce Method And lastly, enjoy your delicious Soba Noodle Salad! – Margo Click here to read more about Margo or book an appointment with her!

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Hormonal changes in teenage years

Hormonal changes in teenage years Teenage years are challenging enough as it is, but the hormonal changes that come with them can sometimes only add to the stress of navigating this period of life. The novel influx of hormones only adds to the angst of navigating the teenage years – mood swings, acne, body changes,

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Supporting Fertility with Foods

Supporting fertility with foods in TCM Chinese medicine believes in a holistic approach for every aspect of health. This means, not only keeping up with your herbs and treatments. But, also prioritising a healthy diet and lifestyle. What we eat can have a massive impact on not only our gut-health and digestion, but also can

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Protecting your Immunity in Winter

Protecting your Immunity in Winter It’s that time of year again where every day feels colder than the last and our heaters are working over-time. Everyone’s favourite season… Winter! So, I think it’s time we have a chat about protecting yourself and your immunity in the winter. Winter can pose unique challenges to the body

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Body Gua Sha

So, we’ve heard of Gua Sha for the face… but what about other places on the body? Recently, facial gua sha has become quite prevalent. Gua Sha uses a jade tool to lightly draw across the face, neck, and chest in certain patterns to move fluid retention, stimulate microcirculation, release tight face muscles, soften wrinkles,

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Supplements for Fertility

Do you need to be taking supplements for fertility? And if so, which ones? As anyone who has struggled to conceive knows, infertility can be a hard journey with many treatment possibilities. But, one factor that may boost your chances can be relatively simple: your diet. Micronutrients you get through food or supplements play a

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Acupuncture for IVF

How can acupuncture be used for IVF? Acupuncture is an exciting option for those undergoing IVF who are looking for some support. Acupuncture may help to improve the chances of conceiving from IVF and support a successful birth. Additionally, it’s an excellent choice for couples who want to avoid the side effects of medication. So,

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The Ideal Period…

So, what does the ideal period actually look like?  When it comes to periods, our information may be relative to our own experiences or what we hear from friends and family. I’m here to share with you my idea of the ideal period! First off, understand your bleed. Volume: A light period can require less

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Injuries in the winter

Have you noticed that you seem to get more injuries in the winter? Let’s discuss why that might be happening… Winter is here, with all the joys that come with it, including an influx of old injuries playing up (and new ones). Which begs to question… are we more susceptible to injuries in colder weather?

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Acupuncture for Stiff Joints

Tired of waking up with stiff, achy joints that make simple movements a challenge? Acupuncture might hold the key to unlocking improved joint mobility and relieving discomfort. Let’s explore how acupuncture can help alleviate stiff joints and improve overall joint health. Understanding Stiff Joints: Stiff joints can result from various factors: age, injury, overuse, inflammation,

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Let’s talk about Libido

Let’s talk about Libido… I think the time has come, so let’s talk about Libido. Low libido essentially means low sex drive, but it can also be associated with no sex drive or not being able to get or sustain an erection. However, that issue could also be referred to as erectile dysfunction. They have different terms,

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Men’s Health & Circulation

How are you doing?No, how are you really doing?  Did anyone know during the month of June we had Men’s Health week? No? Well, I’m not surprised. We don’t really like to talk about it. But that’s the problem right there. So I thought I’d have a little rant about health in a way the chaps might find

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Low Back Pain

Low back pain…. truly a pain in the backside! Careers where you spend a long time bent over at a desk, poor posture, and stress can all contribute to back stiffness, tension, and aching. However, acupuncture is here to help. Our main goals through treatment are to: and Within one session, you should feel immediate

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Benefits of Belly Breathing

What are the benefits of Belly Breathing, and why do we suggest it to most of our patients? What exactly are the benefits of Belly Breathing? Why do we need to do it, and how do we ensure we breathe deeply into our bellies? Keep reading… Diaphragmatic breathing Deep belly breathing, also known as diaphragmatic

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Acupuncture for Headaches

Headaches can be a pain in the…… The reasons why we get headaches seems like a never ending list: The good news is, acupuncture is an excellent thing to do to help with your headaches. Interestingly a number of acupuncture points will can reduce headaches even if the cause of them is unclear. Some points are so

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Dill and Cucumber Salad

This Dill and Cucumber Salad is the perfect summer side salad! This Dill and Cucumber Salad is the perfect summer side dish. Not only is it delicious, but it also has medicinal properties as well! In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the cucumber is known for its cool nature, giving it the ability to

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What to expect in a Cosmetic Acupuncture appointment

What actually happens in a Cosmetic acupuncture appointment? What should you expect? Are you wondering what exactly happens in a Cosmetic Acupuncture appointment? Liah runs us through what to expect during an appointment and shows us what a cosmetic acupuncture treatment actually looks like.  What is Cosmetic Acupuncture? As the title implies, Cosmetic Acupuncture is

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Stir Fried Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is a gourd that originated from India and was introduced in China in the 14th century. Although bitter melon is not a common fruit, it has a lot of health benefits, especially in the warmer seasons. It is rich in fibre, iron, calcium, vitamin c and is great for overall well-being. From a

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason! It is a celebrity-approved facial treatment that can transform ageing, acne-prone, scarred, and uneven skin tone. As a painless alternative to the injection of chemicals, laser and other invasive procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is relaxing and 100% natural. You may be asking, what

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Perimenopause, Menopause and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Are you experiencing irregular periods, hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping at night, mood swings and approaching your forties? You may be approaching perimenopause or menopause. Menopause is a natural process that occurs when a woman stops having periods permanently and cannot become pregnant naturally. Perimenopause means ‘around menopause’ and indicates the time in which

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Get To Know Our New Practitioner, Michelle!

We are delighted to introduce you to you one of the newest members of the Gardenvale TCM team, Michelle! Michelle is an extremely passionate and knowledgeable practitioner that and we are thrilled to have join our team. Michelle is a registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. Michelle’s commitment to incorporating both traditional and modern knowledge encouraged

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Moxa: What Is It And How Does It Work?

That persistent Melbourne cold loves to make its way into our bodies and lodge deep into our muscles and channels. Feeling creaky and stiff in the morning? Cold fingers and toes? Slow digestion? You may have Cold in your channels.  Cold can also make its way into our bodies through diet: raw, cold, and energetically cold foods (such

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Meet The Newest Member of Gardenvale TCM, Liah!

We are so please to introduce you to the newest member of the Gardenvale TCM team, Liah! Liah brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to our community and we are excited to have her join the team this month. Liah is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner and Dispenser. Liah’s commitment to fusing the

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TCM Tips To Survive In Winter

We tend to be more susceptible to colds during winter, as the wind and cold can force our immune system to work harder than it is used to. The nature of cold is slow and constricting and this can occur on a physiological level as it constricts our blood vessels and impacts circulation, leading to

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