3 easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine

3 easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine

For many of us, it seems our lives are becoming busier and busier – so much so that it can often be difficult to find time to take a break and switch off from the world. However, insufficient rest can lead to increased stress levels as well as a whole host of other ailments.

Thankfully, mindfulness can help. Defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, mindfulness is a highly effective therapeutic technique used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Want to try it for yourself? Follow our three easy ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine and start experiencing the magic of mindfulness today.

Spend time with your thoughts

Start by setting a few minutes aside each day in which to simply sit with your thoughts, and focus your awareness on the emotions that follow. While it may seem simple, many first-timers are likely to be surprised at how challenging it can be to avoid distraction!

Switch off your autopilot

Do you ever feel like you’re just going through the motions? An important part of mindfulness is learning how to switch off your autopilot and making a conscious effort to bring your awareness back to the task at hand. 

Engage your senses

One of the key elements of mindfulness is to stay in the present moment. Rather than allowing your mind to wander, try to think about your surroundings. Brining your awareness to things like the sun on your face or the scent in the air is a great way to train yourself to do this is by engaging your senses.

Do you practice mindfulness as part of your regular routine? Let us know what works for you in the comments below.

How to stick to your routine throughout the holidays

How to stick to your routine throughout the holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching, it can be difficult to stay on track with your regular health and wellness routine. From Christmas parties to family gatherings and end of year celebrations, we can often find ourselves eating and drinking far more than we usually would, and losing track of our regular fitness regime.

While we all deserve to treat ourselves from time to time, it’s important to be aware of our excess consumption and make a conscious effort to move our bodies a little more and do our best to stick to a good routine throughout the holiday period. Here are our top tips to help you enjoy the holidays without compromising your health!

Plan ahead

One of the best ways to ensure you stay on top of your health regime is to be aware of all of your upcoming events and plan ahead. If you have a get together where you expect there might be a lot of tasty treats on offer, try to fit in an extra workout earlier on in the week. If you’re likely to be eating a large meal for dinner, enjoy a lighter meal for lunch and ensure you stay well hydrated.

Stay accountable

December can be one of the most chaotic times of the year, and with so much else on our minds it’s all too easy to skip a few workouts here and indulge in a few treats there – but in time, these things can really add up without us even realising! Try to stay accountable by recording your workouts in a schedule, or you may even want to recruit a friend to workout with. If you’re having trouble with all the extra treats, you might even consider tracking your food intake in a diary. For some, seeing it all in black and white can really help put things into perspective and give you the willpower to say no!

Don’t overdo it

At the end of the day, the holidays are here to be enjoyed – and it’s important to remember that you don’t need to deprive yourself, as long as you don’t overdo it! Like most things in life, the key is to find a happy balance between enjoying yourself and not undoing your hard work from throughout the year.

For further support on staying healthy throughout the holiday period and bringing balance back into your life, contact Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine today. What helps you stick to your routine throughout the holidays? What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for Bell’s Palsy

Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s Palsy is a serious condition in which patients experience a sudden onset weakness or paralysis in one side of the face. While the condition is in most cases only temporary, the effects can be highly distressing as it can often result in a ‘droopy’ or ‘lopsided’ appearance and even lead to difficulty in eating, drinking and blinking. Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help.

According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, Bells Palsy is the result of a deficiency within a person’s underlying qi, in which external wind and cold are attacking the channels of the face. As such, Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for Bell’s Palsy involves expelling the wind and removing dampness while stimulating blood circulation in order to restore balance within the face.

To achieve this, your Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner may prescribe a number of different methods to help you overcome Bell’s Palsy and regain control of your facial nerves.

Acupuncture

In most cases, acupuncture is likely to be the first step in your Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment plan. To reap to full rewards that acupuncture can offer, you will most likely be required to attend a minimum of one to two sessions per week to enhance your facial mobility and overcome Bell’s Palsy.

Herbal Medicine

For a truly holistic approach, patients may wish to add herbal medicine options to their treatment regime. A customised prescription of herbal medicine may help to target underlying symptoms and restore a greater sense of overall balance within the body, which can really help speed up the Bell’s Palsy recovery period.

Relaxation

Often, Bell’s Palsy can lead cause patients to experience a great deal of stress – which is actually counterintuitive to your recovery. Higher stress levels make it more difficult to overcome the condition, and can even extend your recovery period. Your practitioner will likely recommend you try to find a way to relax, whether it be by meditation, regular massages or taking some time away from your normal responsibilities, finding a way to relax is highly important.

Here at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine, we’ve had great success in helping patients overcome Bell’s Palsy. For more information on how we can help you, please get in touch with us today via the contact page.

Have you or one of your loved ones experienced Bell’s Palsy before? What has worked for you? Let us know in the comments section below!

How to start the day with a spring in your step

How to start the day with a spring in your step

Do you often find yourself repeatedly hitting the snooze button and struggling to get out of bed? If so, you’re far from alone, but there are actually a few very simple Traditional Chinese Medicine inspired solutions that can help you start every day with a positive outlook and wake up with a spring in your step.

  1. Plan ahead

According to TCM principles, too much stress can wreak havoc on our internal systems and cause a variety of undesirable effects. Avoid the morning rush and any unnecessary stress by planning for your day the night before, whether it be laying out your clothes, packing your bag, or preparing a simple breakfast to eat before you head out the door.

  1. Avoid screens

For many of us, our entire day can revolve around screens, so it’s best to avoid them for as long as possible when we wake up. Rather than reaching for your phone or turning on the TV, consider reading a book, listening to some music or tuning into a podcast, and save your screen time for later in the day.

  1. Hydrate

After going hours without water, it’s best to start hydrating as soon as you wake up to start clearing away any toxins that may have built up in your digestive tract overnight. For an extra boost of vitamin C that kickstarts your metabolism, try adding a splash of fresh lemon juice!

  1. Stretch

For a great burst of energy without relying on caffeine, consider adding some simple stretches into your daily morning ritual. Remember to be gentle, and don’t expect your body to be at its peak flexibility first thing! Add in some deep breaths and you’ll soon be feeling revitalised and ready to take on whatever the day throws your way.

Can Chinese medicine help to heal the gallbladder?

Can Chinese medicine help to heal the gallbladder?

As anyone who has experienced them will attest to, gallstones can be highly uncomfortable and in some cases can even lead to intense pain. While 70% of those with gallstones won’t feel any symptoms at all, those who do may experience nausea, vomiting, dark urine, stomach pain, burping, diarrhea and indigestion.

What are gallstones?

Gallstones are stone-like deposits of digestive fluid and calcium salts that form when there is too much cholesterol or bilirubin in the bile stored in the gallbladder. Depending on the cause, the gallstones can either be a yellow or dark brown colour.

What causes gallstones?

While the root cause of gallstones remains unconfirmed, it is widely believed that a number of lifestyle factors contribute to the bile imbalances that can lead to gallstones. These factors include being overweight, consuming a high fat diet, rapid weight loss and having diabetes mellitus.

How can Chinese medicine help?

While many who suffer from gallstones turn to invasive surgeries for treatment, there are actually quite a number of simple Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment options that can greatly reduce the effects of gallstones.

According to TCM principles, the gallbladder is closely linked with the liver, and is regulated by the liver qi. By supporting the liver with a healthy diet and eliminating greasy, fatty, rich or spicy foods, the liver is able to operate much more efficiently, and thereby so can the gallbladder.

Further to this, your TCM practitioner can prescribe you with a personalised combination of Chinese herbs and a tailored acupuncture treatment plan to help minimise the effects of gallstones and restore your overall sense of health and wellbeing.

Say no to surgery and opt for a more natural gallstones treatment method that people all over the world have followed with success for thousands of years. Contact Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic in Melbourne today.

How to keep your allergies under control this spring

How to keep your allergies under control this spring

While many of us have been eagerly awaiting the warmer weather, spring can also signal the beginning of hayfever season and make those with seasonal allergies truly miserable!

Clinically known as Allergic Rhinitis, hayfever is one of the most chronic respiratory conditions in the country and can cause symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, a runny nose as well as having a whole host of other unpleasant effects.

While seasonal allergy sufferers often tend to turn towards pharmaceutical medication for relief first, there are actually a variety of natural options that can have a tremendous effect on reducing the symptoms of hayfever.

Herbal medicines

When it comes to beating hayfever, Chinese herbal medicine can have an incredibly useful as they work to treat the underlying cause rather than managing the symptoms alone. Depending on the symptoms you personally experience, an experienced practitioner will determine the best possible combination of herbs for your treatment. Common options include

Goldenrod, rosemary, sage, nettles, eyebright, jing jie and quercetin.

Acupuncture

Depending on the symptoms you experience, acupuncture may be even more effective than some over the counter medications in providing immediate. Acupuncture aids in clearing nasal passages congestion, eliminating a post-nasal drip, reducing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages and soothing itchy noses and eyes.

Holistic diet

Something many fail to realise is that your diet can play an important role in the way your body reacts to seasonal allergies. When excessive mucus accumulates in the system, allergens stimulate a much stronger allergic reaction, which is why it is recommended that hayfever sufferers avoid sweets, dairy products, and cold foods which can actually increase mucus buildup.

For further support in overcoming your allergies this spring, book a consultation at Luciferous Traditional Chinese Medicine today.