Welcome to the Spring Winds @ Integrative Health...
Young birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the spring wind is blowing. After a restful winter hibernation, it's time to rise early for an invigorating morning walk to breathe in the fresh air. The sky looks brighter and bluer than ever as our vision improves and we start to see things in new and different ways.
Did you know Chinese Medicine relates nature's seasons with our body's organs? During Spring, the focus is the Wood element and it's organs, the Liver and Gall Bladder. The Wood element is reflected in nature
- imagine bamboo shoots rising forth from musty soil - it stimulates growth and the qualities of light Yang energy that naturally rises up. The Yang nature of Wood helps us to clear out excessive thoughts, desires, dissatisfaction and impatience and allows us to find deeper self-awareness and true self-expression.
However, be careful of the Spring Wind! Cover up, have a a scarf handy and protect yourself from the unpredictable and gusty wind (and rain) that will be around for a few more months to come!
TCM for Psoriasis:
At this time of year when the air around us is cool and dry, our skin suffers and needs extra special attention. While the symptoms of psoriasis are visible on the skin, it is an autoimmune condition that can affect the joints and internal tissues. Chinese Medicine is a whole-person approach and if you want support for psoriasis, here are some reasons to consider trying TCM:
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and acupuncture has been shown to help several other autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, Chron's disease and multiple sclerosis
Acupuncture is very safe and not likely to interfere with other conventional psoriasis treatments so it can be used as part of a treatment plan
Depending on the severity, other supportive practices to manage lesions include;
Working towards reduction of stress, alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking - Acupuncture can also help with these lifestyle changes
Wearing breathable and non-irritable clothing
A personalised herbal decoction, safe and steroid free
Protection from changes in season and climate to prevent skin dryness!
Please CALL us to find out more about our Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine treatment options for Psoriasis
CALL us9300 8410
Spring Time: Liver Renewal & Gall Bladder Cleanse
How do Liver and Gall Bladder imbalances play out in our lives? We may experience tight and sore muscles, headaches, mood swings, frustration, anger and tend towards emotional excess. If you feel sluggish in the morning, have cravings at night and just can’t seem to shake the desire for things on the “do not eat” list then it's likely your Liver and Gall Bladder are ready for some TLC.
In his seminal book, Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford tells us that Spring is the perfect time for inner renewal and regeneration by cleansing and cooling the Liver and Gall Bladder. In the segment below - Our Pick - we have condensed his suggestions into some simple food ideas. Try introducing three of these into your daily food intake and see how invigorated you feel after a couple of weeks.
Our Pick: Foods for SPRING
EAT foods that are light, including young plants, fresh greens,vegetables, fruits, sprouts, and sweet foods such like carrots, beetroot, parsnip, honey, barley malt, stevia
SNACK between meals on radishes, strawberries, mandarins, rye bread - all combine sweet & sour flavours!
COMBINE sweet & pungent flavours eg. mint tea with honey, vege curry with yoghurt raita
DRINK: In the morning juice 1/2 a lemon and mix with a cup of warm water, during the day enjoy Roasted Dandelion Coffee with a dash of milk and honey or Camomile tea
DRIZZLE cold pressed organic Flax Seed oil mixed with apple cider vinegar over your veges
ADD herbs like basil, peppermint, mustard seed, tumeric, radish, fennel, rosemary & bay leaf
NUTRIENT EXTRA: Start using a high quality aloe vera gel, spirulina, chlorella or supergreens
COOK faster and hotter eg. sauté and stirfry, steam the outside and leave the insides slightly crunchy!
AVOID too much rich food such as meat (proteins) and cut back on miso and soy for a while!
Qigong Yin-Yang Pole Workshops: Body Balance
Join a workshop in spinal health and body balance to open and initiate rejuvenation inside and out with Masters Susan Bickel & Rebecca Bau.
Thurs 24th Sept 6-9pm & Sat 26th Sept 1-4pm @ Choy Lee Fut Headquarters School, 15 Goulburn St, Sydney See the website for more information, http://choyleefut.org/
*Special offer of 10% discount for attendees of Qigong Yin-Yang Pole Workshops. This offer applies to existing clients of Integrative Health Chinese Medicine Centre.