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Nutritional and nutrient considerations when trying to fall pregnant

Planning for pregnancy or ‘preconception care’ refers to the period where couples will actively engage in optimising their health before conceiving. Ideally, couples will start at least 3-4 months before conception as sperm and ova (a female’s eggs) take around 100 days to form and mature. Optimising our preconception nutrition not only increases our chances […]

Prepping for Pregnancy

Are you planning a pregnancy? Achieving a healthy pregnancy starts well before you fall pregnant. The time leading up to conception is an opportunity to make good choices and aim for optimal health for both parents, as the father’s health is equally important as the mother’s during this period.  Research shows that nutritional deficiencies, stress, […]

How Present Periods affect Future Fertility

In TCM, when treating women, we always take and keep records of the menstrual cycle as a guide to their general health, as well as their reproductive health. This enables the practitioner to be aware of the possibility of different disorders occurring in the future. So, of course, observing these patterns – from adolescence – […]

Mental Health in Lockdown: Can Acupuncture Help?

How are Australians managing: Lifeline Australia is a non-profit organisation that provides 24 hour telephone crisis support service in Australia. Reportedly, the phones have never been busier than August 2021 (this month) in its 57 years of history. Calls to Lifeline have skyrocketed with calls approximately 40% higher than before the lockdowns in 2020. One […]

Post natal support for you and your baby

What are some post-natal support remedies for you and your baby? Most women preparing to birth these days have heard of placenta encapsulation, some are keen to jump on board whilst others hold some reservation. As a Doula and Placenta Specialist I always encourage women to make informed choices and to listen to what feels […]

Take a Swing at Golf!

Who doesn’t love a good game of golf? The feeling of being outdoors at a beautiful golf course, having a chin wag with your mates and then finally hearing that glorious “klonk” sound as you hit the perfect swing with your driver before watching the ball beautifully soar away into the distance. But can we […]

A-Z of Immune Support

Your immune system is a network of organs, tissues, and cells that work together to keep you healthy by fighting off harmful bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Your immune system acts as an interface between your body and the things you encounter (germs, bacteria’s etc) that can make you sick. When your immune system is compromised, it’s […]

An Acupuncturist’s Take on Acupuncture and Immunity

This paragraph from this article* by Liang et al. summarises my understanding of acupuncture and it’s possible effect on immunity. “The characteristic that acupuncture enhances resistance is closely related with the immune system, which functions in defense, homeostasis, and surveillance. More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can regulate immunity, for example, to enhance […]

Take control of your Brain Health with Acupuncture

For many Australians, Dementia is an encroaching fear in our senior years. Australians are self-confident, self-sufficient and highly educated. Hence, the notion of losing control of our own actions and thoughts is widely dreaded. This is why it is critical for us to start taking care of our health in antecessum for healthier and fuller […]

How acupressure can be used at home or work for managing anxiety and depression

Eyes darting left and right. Your neck sore from constantly looking over your shoulders, chasing the shadow of pedestrians going about their business. Agitated. Sensitive. Wanting to hole up in a secluded dark corner at your workplace. Maybe its not as bad as the description above. Maybe it is. If it is, I recommend that […]

Acupuncture for cancer rehabilitation

Cancer is one of the leading health burdens in Australia (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2020). For most people, the news of cancer diagnosis is quite devastating, and few things can prepare them for the arduous journey that is to follow. Fortunately, with awareness for early screening and advances in medical technology, the survival […]

Blood sugar – the foundation to good health

Energy levels during the day, the way you think, how likely you are to develop chronic disease, sexual dysfunction and even excess belly fat all trace back to one core subject; metabolic dysfunction. Literature shows that living longer and living better all really starts with decreasing chronic inflammation in our lives. A great place to […]

Recovery for Performance

Most athletes know that getting enough rest after exercise is essential to high-level performance, but many still feel guilty when they take a day off. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes. Why Do I Need to Incorporate Recovery? After an intense […]

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