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How to avoid cold and flu season

How to avoid cold and flu season

  How to avoid cold and flu season In some respects, Chinese medicine’s fundamental understanding is no different than Western medicine. For example, both systems agree that colds and flus occur from an external pathogen entering the body. However within a Chinese medicine paradigm, this etiology must be understood within the context of the individual’s constitution. Fundamentally, there must be some weakness (e.g. immune deficiency) for a pathogen to invade. Anything that weakens one’s resistance (overwork, not sleeping, eating poorly, etc.) can weaken one’s immune system and allow a pathogen to attack and enter, causing disease. Self-treatment for the Common Cold:   Of course for optimal treatment it is best to consult your Chinese medical practitioner at the first signs of a cold. If this is not possible, and you are a generally healthy individual, getting the initial stages of a common cold, there are a couple things you can do. Signs and Symptoms include: Mild headache, aversion to wind, mild chills, scratchy throat, and slight runny nose. Self-treatment Miso soup with lots of spring onions Ginger tea – bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add three slices of fresh ginger, and simmer for 15 minutes. After drinking either one of these, one should bundle up, creating a mild sweat, and rest. Take Chinese herbal tables such as “Gan Mao Ling” from the clinic:  3 tablets on exposure, for example your partner has a nasty cold you do not want to catch. Keep in handbag or work to avoid colds. Rest Rest Rest; avoid taking too many showers and baths. Do not go into work and give...

Hay fever

  Each year many people suffer sneezing, running nose, congestion, sinus pressure, red itching eyes and headache. People have to take some sort of medication as antihistamine, nasal decongestant spray or even cortisone based inhalers. These drugs help relieve the symptoms, however they cannot solve the root of the disease. Drugs may have some side effects as drowsiness, dryness, dizziness, and digestive discomfort. Therefore many people look for some alternative way to help treat the alloy disease. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine appear to have every good effect.   Chinese medicine view of Hay Fever In Chinese medicine theory, hay fever is due to Wei Qi deficiency (defensive energy deficiency) and external Wind-pathogen invasion. Hay fever is a seasonal disease. It often affects people in spring and early summer. Spring is a Wind rich season. This Wind in Chinese medicine can be interpreted as pollen, bacteria and viruses, etc. When wind attacks human, it often causes sneeze, itchy eyes nose and throat, running nose, tearing, and other Hay fever symptoms and signs. However only wind attacks body does not necessary cause hay fever. Wei Qi deficiency (low defensive energy, low immune function) is another key factor why people may have recurrent hay fever each year.   How do we treat Hay fever with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines   In our clinic, we often use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to: Firstly, balance, unblock the energy to relieve the symptoms; Secondly, treat the root of the disease: strengthen the Wei Qi (strengthen the immune function) with acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine. At the same time, patients have...

Cold and Flu

Sick of getting cold and flu in this winter? Can’t get rid of that tough cough? Found out how Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help you – Naturally   Each year, more than 100,000 people are hospitalised due to complications from the flu virus. Unfortunately, most of us get the “flu” or “influenza” virus at least once in our lifetime. The associated symptoms and sings are all-too-common fever, sore throats, congestion, fatigue, muscle and body aches, runny nose, dry cough, sweating and watery eyes.   Colds are much less severe than the flu, but like the flu, virus and germs cause colds. Colds cause less severe symptoms such as nasal congestion, sweating, coughing, sore throat, and light headaches. Though it may make you feel lousy, getting cold is not always a bad thing. Instead, it’s a sign that the body’s resistance are strong and vital, working to rescue you to a state of good health. However, if your immune system is already compromised, a cold could further weaken your body, leaving you open to more serious illness.   Can Acupuncture Chinese medicine help Cold and Flu?   Clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventive approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work by rebalancing the body’s system, regulating the body’s healing ability, and enhancing the immune system. Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere- in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink – according to Chinese medial theory, they...

Bell’s palsy

Bell’s palsy acupuncture Chinese medicine treatment Call to make an appointment now! 03 93789479 Coburg 03 8802 1519 Ringwood General introduction Bell’s palsy is a paralysis of the facial nerve resulting in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. It is a peripheral facial paralysis rather than the central nervous system. Several conditions can cause a facial paralysis, However, if no specific cause can be identified (such as brain tumor, stroke, or Lyme disease), the condition is called as Bell’s palsy. The onset of Bell’s palsy generally come on quickly, often in a matter of hours or overnight, and there may be pain behind/below the ear. Main symptom: Paralysis or weakness on one side of the face, along with a sagging eyebrow and difficulty closing the eye. Other possible symptoms:  Numbness of the face;  Difficulty in speaking;  Loss of taste in the front portion of the tongue;  Dryness or watering of the affected eye, and a turned out lower eyelid;  Dribbling when drinking or after cleaning teeth; Ear pain, especially below the ear; Tearing at the affected eye; Intolerance to loud noises on the affected side. Rarely, new nerve fibres that grow back after paralysis connect to the wrong facial muscle. This can result in lasting damage, and cause one or several of the following: Blinking when attempting to smile; Involuntary movement of the corners of the mouth when closing the eyes; Twitching; Facial spasms; Traditional Chinese medicine view of Bell’s palsy In traditional Chinese medicine, this condition is due to “Qi” deficiency allows pathogenic wind-cold attacking the channels. This can occur when a patient is exposed to...

Insomnia

  Acupuncture and insomnia -Get a great night’s sleep naturally.   You settle into a warm comfortable bed, close your eyes and nothing happens, you just can’t fall asleep. Hours go by and still you’re awake. The next day you feel tired, grouchy, and are unable to focus. Does this sound familiar? Sleepless nights happen to almost everyone at some time, but ongoing insomnia can indicate a deeper issue and could lead to further health concerns. Unfortunately, a common approach to treating insomnia including prescription sleeping medications can cause side effects or even dependence. That’s one of the many reasons to consider an all natural approach to treating your sleep problems. Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep quality without side effects.   One bad night, or an ongoing issue? Occasional insomnia is a very common problem, affecting about one in four person. It can happen to anyone, but is more common in older adults. Symptoms include: Difficulty falling asleep Waking up during the night Waking up too early Frustration and moodiness Insomnia can be very frustrating but it’s more than an annoyance. When insomnia becomes onging, or chronic, your body is unable to get the rest and renewal it needs so that you can feel your best. In fact, a lack of quality sleep can cause problems such as difficulty concentrating, diminished energy, low mood, and trouble performing everyday tasks. Since sleep strengthens the immune system, insomnia can leave you susceptible to many other health concerns. Luckily, you don’t have to just “put up with” chronic insomnia.   How can acupuncture help insomnia?  ...

Depression

  Depression can be debilitating for those who experience it. Prolonged feeling of sadness, discouragement and hopelessness greatly affects the quality of life.     At one time or another, most of us have experienced some form of depression. It’s a healthy response to events in our lives that seem overwhelming. When we are balanced, physically and emotionally, we can easily become back from a depressed state and move on with our lives. But when negative feelings and emotions become persistent and consistent, depression may set in.   Today, more than 28 million Americans are taking antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. In 1998, doctors wrote more than 130 million prescriptions for antidepressants. According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference, the top antidepressant drugs only address signs and symptoms associated with depression, and can cause a variety of side effects, including insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, body rash, tremor, facial tics, diarrhea, loss of appetite and sexual dysfunction. Depression alone is stressful enough on the body – and while medications may provide temporary relief, they can further compromise our health.   How can acupuncture help depression?   Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) incorporate thousands of years of experience in treating the “Yu” Syndrome which manifested similar as depression, e.g. feeling low in mood, low motivation and fatigue. Acupuncture and TCM traditionally are used to alleviate the above signs and symptoms accompanying depression. TCM  are trying to address the root causes and underlying imbalances that have contributed to the problem safely and naturally.   Acupuncturists are aware of the powerful interplay between our body and emotions, the two are inseparable. When we experience...