Acupuncture for your pregnancy journey

Complementary and alternative therapies became popular for the pregnancy journey because they include natural ingredients but are less invasive. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine combined with acupuncture treatment can be a pampering experience for women who are planning to have a baby and also for health restoration after having a baby. A healthy pregnancy journey can […]

Acupuncture and conception– natural and assisted (IVF)

If you are having difficulty conceiving, Traditional Chinese Medicine – acupuncture and Chinese Herbs – may be the answer. Acupuncture can regulate the menstrual cycle, and helps to lessen the effects of stress on the body, which can otherwise cause problems with ovulation and thus be detrimental to conception. Ideally treatments are carried out for […]

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Birth – and Beyond – with Clare Donnelley

I have been helping women during pregnancy through acupuncture, acupressure and Chinese herbs for over 20 years. Even though we know pregnancy is a natural state of being, not an illness, we do know that many pregnant women experience some physical discomfort and emotional changes during this time.  Because Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based […]

Chronic lifestyle disease a Naturopathic approach

Chronic lifestyle disease is a broad term that covers a number of preventable diseases/conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, arthritis, eczema, back pain, osteoporosis, kidney disease and several cancers. Sadly 3 in 5 (60%) Australians over 65 years of age have more than 1 of the above […]

Five dietary swaps to help you reduce the risk of chronic lifestyle disease

What are chronic lifestyle diseases? Chronic diseases are long-term diseases, which are largely preventable. Chronic diseases are the leading cause of illness, disability and death in Australia. To simplify, chronic disease is often discussed in terms of 4 major disease groups—cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and diabetes. An unhealthy lifestyle, characterized by […]

How does Acupuncture Work (Part 2)

Following up on my previous blog on the local mechanisms of acupuncture, here we will discuss how acupuncture affects the bio-chemistry in the brain. What does this mean? Think of the acupuncture needle as the nail in Frankinstein’s head (but less painful or scary). Let out the happiness For most of us, what do we […]

How does Acupuncture work?

What is the first thing you think of when someone says they had acupuncture? Its probably either 1. It sounds like chocolate? Or 2. Needles! Scary! Acupuncture is a relatively new modality in Australia and unfortunately not many people are familiar with the concept. Etymology (what the word means) To start with, what does the […]

Fatty Liver Disease

The occurrence of many so-called lifestyle diseases appears to be increasing, and all are troubling. One such disease is Fatty Liver Disease which occurs in both older and young adults, and it is unfortunately now being diagnosed in children. What does the liver do? The liver’s main functions are removing toxins and processing food nutrients. […]

Acupuncture for the relief of pain, inflammation, and anxiety

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the mind and body as a whole system – not separate parts. Conventional Medicine has come to accept that the mind affects the body. Stress is a perfect example of the interrelated connection between the body and mind – any perceived threat triggers a fight or flight response in your […]

Calm down inflammation with food

Have you ever sprained your ankle, cut yourself or stung by a bee? The pain, redness, swelling, and heat that it produces are the body’s defence mechanism to fight the acute inflammation and to repair tissue damage. Acute inflammation typically resolves quickly, within a period of hours to days. Have you ever heard of chronic […]

Festive Season Eating – are your food combinations making you feel sick?

With the festive season approaching it is important to remember when catching up with friends and family that while making healthy meal choices is a key factor in feeling well, your food combinations also play a big role. The delicious food available at these events can lead to overindulgence, and even though you may try […]

Healthy gingerbread men for the kids this Christmas! 

Makes 8 Ingredients For the biscuits: 275g (3 cups) ground almonds 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ½ tsp baking powder 6 dates, pitted 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted 40g (5 tbsp) rice syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg white For the icing: 80ml (⅓ cup) coconut milk […]

Injury Prevention 101

Exercise helps and brings together people of all ages. There is truly nothing better than the adrenaline pumping through your body with the eagerness in pursuing your goals whether it be in sports, for health or personal well-being. It doesn’t matter whether you are a professional athlete, a gym-goer or an average joe, we all […]

The role of Nutrition in sports injury & recovery

Injuries are a common but unfortunate part of sports and exercise participation. The nature and severity of an injury will dictate the recovery and rehabilitation time, and protocols followed. Muscle mass, strength and function are lost quickly when injuries result in reduced movement or immobilisation, and this can also lead to unwanted weight gain. While […]

Hamstring injuries

Hamstring strains happen when any of the large muscles or its tendons at the back of your leg is stretched beyond what it can withstand. Strains of your hamstring can be very painful and are fairly common in sports activities requiring the athlete to forcefully accelerate, such as running, football, rugby and basketball. As I […]

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