food, health, herbal medicine, motivational, nature

Discovering the traditional medicine of Sri Lanka

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Year of the Rooster: this cocky fellow is a Chinese incense burner crafted in the Qing Dynasty.

Hello! Happy new year! And happy Chinese new year too! May the Rooster be good to you all.

It seems like it has been such a long time since I have written a blog. The good news is that I’m excited to get back into it and share so many interesting regarding acupuncture, Chinese medicine, traditional medicines, good food (and recipes) and all things wellness related.

Some of my patients will know that in December I closed the clinic for a month and headed to Sri Lanka for a study tour of traditional medicine, yoga and learning about that fabulous medicinal drink, tea.

I’m going to walk you through what I’ve learnt about traditional Sri Lankan medicines and what one might have to gain by visiting an ayurvedic retreat. We’ll visit herb gardens and farms, discover some delicious traditional Sri Lankan recipes, several different types of tea plantations and factories (so that we can understand the process of making tea and how that process changes the flavour and qualities of the tea), visit some stunning natural scenery to remind us of the power of green spaces and finally visit an acupuncture college where students treat patients in desperate need of good care.

I’m looking forward to sharing this with you all over the next few weeks and months. But until then you can find me at my Broadbeach clinic every Friday.

Also if there is a topic you think I should write about this year feel free to leave it in the comments.

To book an appointment at the clinic or further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health.

 

motivational, Traditional Chinese Medicine

Happy New Year of the Fire Monkey!

Today is the first day of the lunar new year, this year being the Fire Monkey.

The energy of this year is fast, fun and showy, it’s passionate and adventurous, and will favour those  with ambition. It might be a good year to take up some meditation to balance all of that Yang energy!

Red and gold chrysanthemums (ju hua) are good luck charms. I whipped up an origami one for this post. Origami is an excellent mindfulness activity and is another good activity to balance the Yang.

Here’s some more on how to live well during the Fire Monkey year.

And lastly here are some funny horoscopes by SBS’s Lee Lin Chin. We should be laughing during the Fire Monkey year too.

Wishing you good luck, great adventures and plenty of opportunities to shine this year.

To book an appointment at the clinic or further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health.

 

health, Traditional Chinese Medicine

May the Year of the Goat be kind to you. Plus tips for the year.

Chinese new year goatHappy Chinese New Year to you!

I do love to celebrate Chinese New Year! I love that it’s all about good company, tasty food and wishing abundance upon everyone around you (not to mention saving a little for yourself too).

There are great rituals around preparing for the new year such as cleaning out the old and making sure we are well prepared for the new year. You can check out the tips here.

I also love this piece of advice for living well in this lunar new year of the goat, sheep or ram (the Chinese word for them all is the same).

“It is important to believe in happiness, to do good deeds and to have more faith. Be receptive, contemplate and rest. Cultivate your intuition and instinct and it will increase and help you make the right decisions. Get more grounded and look inward. Heal your past wounds and let go. Take time to be quiet. Use your heart to make important decisions. Be generous. Practice patience. Care for yourself and others more. Slow down and enjoy life….”

Bring on kindness, peace and creativity! Ekka 2013Read more about this topic from this author here.

I’m a Year of the Goat person so I feel like it’s a special one for me. A big cheers to all of my fellow ‘goat people’ out there.

May all of my readers and your families experience abundance of health, wealth and happiness.

For further information on Chinese Medicine contact Dr Sarah George (Acupuncture).  Sarah is a practitioner of acupuncture (AHPRA registered), massage therapy and natural health at her Broadbeach clinic and is the Chinese Medicine Senior Lecturer at the Endeavour College of Natural Health Gold Coast campus.