Tips to achieve balance in the home

Tips to achieve balance in the home

Here at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine, we believe that your treatment shouldn’t stop when you leave the clinic. For many of our patients, their overall goal is to achieve balance in their life, and given that our homes are the place where we spend most of our spare time, it’s important that our residences reflect these intentions.

To help you create a space that will support your journey towards a more balanced lifestyle, we’ve put together a list of simple Traditional Chinese Medicine tips to help you achieve balance in your home.

Remove unnecessary clutter

The first step is to do a total sweep of your home and remove all unnecessary clutter from your living spaces to create a calm and peaceful environment. Too much clutter can cloud your mental state, and some people even report that it can make it difficult to focus on certain tasks.

Embrace fresh air

Next, open your windows wide and embrace the fresh air. The air we breathe can have a notable effect on our overall health and wellbeing, so it’s important to ensure that your air is clean and has as few pollutants as possible. If the air from outside is not ideal, you may want to consider investing in an air purifying device, or even purchasing some house plants known for their air purifying properties.

Use natural light

Finally, try to utilise as much natural light as possible. Make sure your curtains or blinds allow plenty of natural light, and minimise your use of artificial lighting. Not only will it lower your electricity bill, but it will also ensure your circadian rhythm remains stable and significantly improve your overall wellbeing.

Have you implemented any of these strategies into your home? We’d love to hear from you, let us know in the comments what has worked for you! For further advice, visit the online booking portal to schedule an appointment at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Why acupuncture can benefit people of all ages

Why acupuncture can benefit people of all ages

Each year, acupuncture attracts thousands of new patients seeking treatment for a diverse range of injuries and ailments. From young children through to elderly adults, acupuncture is popular with patients of all ages, and the benefits of this ancient Chinese treatment method are highly regarded by health professionals all over the world.

Here are some of the reasons why acupuncture can benefit people of all ages and why it remains a preferred treatment option after more than 2000 years.

Provides effective relief from pain

One of the most common reasons why people turn to acupuncture is to seek relief from acute or chronic pain. For many people, acupuncture provides far more effective relief from pain, and in some patients even report that it is the only treatment that allows them to live comfortably.

Treats a wide range of symptoms

As well as pain relief, acupuncture can also be highly effective in treating an extensive list of physical, emotional and mental conditions that can affect adults and children. Respectively, these conditions can allergies, infertility, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, stress, anxiety and many more.

No harmful side effects

In most instances, patients turn to acupuncture over western medicine treatments in favour of a more natural approach. One of the most highly praised traits of acupuncture is the fact that treatment causes no harmful side effects and in many cases can limit the need for further medication.

To find out more about whether acupuncture is the right treatment option for you or your loved one, contact Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine today on (03) 9576 8538.

Could Chinese medicine help clear up your acne?

Could Chinese medicine help clear up your acne?

Acne is something that most of us will experience in our lives at one point or another, but for some, it’s a condition can be particularly challenging to overcome. While most western remedies advocate for a variety of medicated ointments and washes, Traditional Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach, and aims to treat acne from within.

Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all solution, Chinese medicine practitioners understand that each case is unique, and that the symptoms should be treated accordingly. While for some, the answer could be as simple as a change in diet, other patients’ conditions may require further investigation and a more thorough treatment plan.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, acne is one of the many different effects that can occur when the body’s internal system falls out of balance. This can occur for a variety of reasons, but in terms of acne, it is like to be owing to things that cause excess heat to rise up through the body, such as stress, agitation, hot foods and poor circulation.

As well as this, excess dampness can have an undesirable effect on the skin, and things such as damp environments, raw foods, insufficient sweating and poor digestion could all contribute to the overall condition.

With so many possible causes, it’s important to talk to an experience Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner who can uncover the root of your condition and create a customised treatment plan to get you back on your way to clear and healthy skin.

To book a consultation with Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine, contact us today on (03) 9576 8538 or make an appointment online now.

Beat the bloat with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Beat the bloat with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Abdominal bloating is something that affects thousands of Australians each and every day. While most cases are mild, others can cause intense discomfort as well as a slew of other symptoms.

According to the ancient principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, bloating occurs when there is no smooth flow from the spleen and stomach, or the qi or energy becomes stuck.

Fortunately, Traditional Chinese Medicine offers a range of effective natural treatment options to reduce bloating. Here are some simple tips to have you feeling better in no time.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of the most effective treatment options for bloating as it can regulate the digestive system, aid metabolism and support the stomach to move the stuck energy or qi – and in some cases the effects are almost instantaneous.

Herbal medicine

Another highly effective option to help reduce bloating is Chinese herbal medicine. An experienced practitioner will be able to prescribe you with a customised concoction of concentrated herbs to regulate the stomach and spleen to move the energy downwards rather than having it remain in the abdomen.

Monitor your diet

An important component of maintaining a balanced lifestyle is to ensure that you are closely monitoring your diet. Be aware of what you are consuming and take note of any certain goods that may exacerbate your symptoms, as well as any that have a relieving effect.

Consume warm beverages

If bloating is becoming a common concern, Traditional Chinese Medicine principles advocate the consumption of warm beverages over cold ones. Warm beverages like tea or warm water are notably gentler on the stomach whereas cold drinks can worsen existing symptoms.

Can acupuncture help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy?

Can acupuncture help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy?

As we all know, acupuncture offers a vast number of benefits – but exciting new research suggests it could also help reduce the side effects of chemotherapy treatment in cancer patients.

According to Cancer Australia, it is estimated that up to 138,321 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia in this year alone and many will be required to undergo chemotherapy treatment.

While symptoms vary from person to person, chemotherapy treatment is generally considered to be an unpleasant experience. Side effects can often include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, hair loss, muscle soreness, reduced concentration, mood changes and many more.

However, acupuncture can offer some much-needed relief and improve cancer patients overall health and wellness as they undergo their rigorous treatment.

Reduce nausea

One of the most notable changes which chemotherapy patients may experience after an acupuncture session is a reduction in nausea and improved sense of wellbeing.

Reduce muscle soreness

Another great way that acupuncture treatment can also help chemotherapy patients is by reducing muscle soreness and nerve tingling, allowing patients to continue on with their daily lives and exercise routines.

Reduce anxiety

A diagnosis of cancer can be incredibly confronting and it’s common for patients to experience feelings of anxiety. Regular acupuncture treatments can help lower patients anxiety levels and allow them to focus on their recovery.

Recent studies indicate that for the best results, a regular acupuncture plan should be followed with sessions up to twice per week.

An experienced practitioner will be able to customise an individual plan for their patient’s own specific needs to support them to get the most out of their acupuncture treatment and support them through the recovery process.

 

Boost your immune system

Boost your immune system

With the colder weather well and truly here, now is an important time to take some extra measures to ensure you don’t fall ill throughout the winter. Follow these top Traditional Chinese Medicine tips to keep your immune system strong and fight off the dreaded symptoms of cold and flu.

Herbal medicine

The immune-boosting benefits of Chinese herbal medicine are widely acknowledged, so much so that many Western practitioners are also advocating them to their patients too. Some of the top choices to stock up on as we head into winter are echinacea (antiviral and antibacterial herb), ginger (a powerful antihistamine and decongestant) and yin chiao (a nine-herb formula, which soothes the lungs and stomach and clears the nasal passages).

Acupuncture

We all know that our bodies can have an adverse reaction to changes in the weather, but did you know that acupuncture can help? Among its many benefits, acupuncture can help your body find balance after experiencing changes in the environment, so with every changing of the seasons, it’s a good idea to book a session with a trusted acupuncturist.

Cupping

A large part of the reason we fall ill in the first place is due to our body’s inability to fight off the germs and toxins we encounter in our external environment. Cupping therapy promotes healing and can help draw out toxins. In turn, this allows us to recover much faster and can dramatically shorten the length of time we spend feeling unwell.