Jacinta is one of our much loved practitioners here at The Pagoda Tree. You’ll find Jacinta in the clinic on weekends AND we are excited to announce she is adding more treatment days to her calendar as we sink into 2017. As a busy mum of two, we count ourselves lucky to have her. Here’s a little more about Jacinta and her love for Chinese Medicine. We know you’re going to love her too.
Most of us have had either a migraine or headache at some point, but if you are someone that suffers regularly from the dreaded head beast, then it’s time to get over it.
Headaches and migraines are usually classified as either primary or secondary. Primary headaches are generally caused by stress, tension, over exertion or hormonal imbalances, where as secondary are usually as a result of another condition, such as sinus infection, trauma, dental disease or tumour. Secondary headaches are of course a serious concern and if they are also followed by fever, severe dizziness, fainting, vomiting without nausea or are a follow on from a trauma then emergency protocols may be necessary.
Allergy season is just around the corner, but it doesn’t have to be a major disturbance to your everyday.
Over 15% of the Australian population suffers from hay fever or allergic rhinitis – that’s more than 3.1 million people who are affected by this chronic respiratory condition! Every year when the pollen and dust picks up with the wind and as the weather warms up going into spring, those affected begin to have symptoms such as itchy watery eyes, sniffling, runny nose, sneezing, blocked sinuses, headaches, itchy throats, itchy skin and excess mucous production (which the body builds up to try and protect the body against these irritants).
As the weather starts to warm up, we notice that the trees and plants are starting to wake up and produce their beautiful blooms, which we all enjoy seeing, as this is a sign that summer is on its way and the cold weather is behind us, until next year! But with these blooms we also have the fear of breathing in evil pollen and dust spores which cause our systems to go haywire and freak out – this is when hay fever comes into play and our immune system reacts to try and prevent the body from attack.
Rather than reaching for the anti-histamines, which just clear up the symptoms and wreck havoc on our digestive system (and immune health!), here are a few tips on how to build up the body so that we can prevent it from being an issue in the first place!
I know it sounds weird, and it’s become a bit of a trend, but it’s amazing! No joke, I am in love with this new little morning ritual.
The mouth is host to numerous bacteria and balance is essential to create a healthy microbiome in the gut. 45% of the bacteria in the mouth overlap the bacteria that are found in the gut and are important to ensure proper digestive, brain and immune functions, as well as boosting metabolism.
Over the weekend, the practitioners at The Pagoda Tree all went to a seminar together. It was fun spending more time outside of the clinic together, but more importantly, as all good seminars do, it motivated us to improve our own practices in clinic. This one happened to be on the biology of emotion and ways to improve energy, mood and stress.
Without going into it in too much detail, stress in particular has an effect on brain structure – literally shrinking parts of the brain (hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) and making other parts bigger (amygdala). This in turn has an effect on how much our moods are geared towards happiness and decision-making, or fear and worry.
So how can we enlarge those parts of the brain that make us happy and decisive and shrink the parts that make us worry and have fear?
Acne; those pesky bumps and lumps most women experience in response to their hormones becoming unbalanced, sweat, dry skin, poor diet and pollution. Whilst we are grateful for filters that help hide our imperfections, we decided it’s about time you lived in the skin you deserved. We’re here today to help you along and closer to this goal!
We are all scrambling around frantically trying to find something that will instantly clear them up and leave our skin looking flawless, or something that will at least ease and minimise the nasty little critters or when worst comes to worst, at least cover them up and stop anyone from noticing them (filter wins again!). However; pimples are a sign that something is a little out of whack internally and we need to dig deeper than just finding a topical solution.
I, myself experience the annoyance of pimples that pop up when I’ve eaten the wrong thing, or allowed myself get run down after filling up my calendar and not getting adequate sleep to allow my body heal itself over night. When this happens too often our bodies aren’t able effectively make the new cells to repair the damage that occurs from daily activities like exposure to pollution and chemicals. It puts extra strain on our systems and our skin and hormones tend to be the things that suffer.
Even though it is not always asked during your initial consultation, we know that at The Pagoda Tree, patients are so regularly curious love to know how Acupuncture can help you. So in the following article, I will attempt to condense 2,500 years of cumulative knowledge it to 10 simple points, on how Acupuncture can help your fertility.
Before I pull this off though, let me outline a couple of things. When talking to a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, we will often talk in two different languages. The first is in western medical terms, talking about hormone regulation or certain nutrients and vitamins that will benefit fertility. And the second is in TCM terms, talking about metaphysical things such as Qi or different stagnations that can make it difficult to conceive.
Here at The Pagoda Tree all the practitioners have a background in health science first and then specialize in Acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs, so we will always explain things to you in a clear manner in these two languages.
With the insertion of super fine needles into specific points of the body Acupuncturists have the ability to assist in healing and regulating a number of different medical conditions and help boost fertility.
Ok, got it? Then lets begin.
Nature teaches us that winter is the time of year for rest and respite. Animals eat densely nutritious foods and hibernate. Many trees lose their leaves and fruit, shedding the responsibility of these adornments and the nutrition they require. We can take a lesson from nature during this time of year. It’s colder, it’s darker, and the days are shorter. We aren’t meant to be expending much energy, and many of us don’t realize how much nourishment and Qi our thinking patterns tend to eat up.
The magical herbal tea that helps with so much!
It’s winter, so that means it is mandarin season!! I love all things citrus, but mandarins, in their perfect little natural packaging, are probably my most favourite. Not only do they taste amazing and refreshing, give us a good dose of much needed vitamin C and are nice and hydrating but the peel is packed full of the goods too!
By now, we all know that stress can have negative effects on our physical well-being, but did you know that all of our emotions can play a part in our physical functioning? Chinese medicine recognizes these connections, and can help explain why addressing emotional health is so vital to caring for our bodies. The following describes five primary emotions and how they relate to our internal organs.