How herbal medicine can help balance hormones

How herbal medicine can help balance hormones

Chinese herbal medicine can provide many invigorating effects, utilising powerful herbal formulas that have been used successfully for centuries… But did you know that Chinese herbal medicine can even help to balance out your hormones?

Hormone imbalances can occur for a variety of reasons, but typically occur due to lifestyle habits such as too much stress, a poor diet, ill health, excessive exercise, prescription medicines and a toxic overload that end up throwing us ‘out of whack’.

So, let’s delve a little deeper into why herbal medicine could be beneficial if you are experiencing the symptoms of hormonal imbalances. 

Safe and gentle
Herbal medicine is safe and gentle, using all-natural ingredients which are effective and promote a healthy equilibrium. There is no need to worry about the potentially harmful side effects of prescription medication, and our experienced practitioners will take into account any existing injury, ailments and prescribed medications to ensure maximum efficiency and the best results for you. 

Continual monitoring and adjustment
Rather than a one-size fits all approach to medicine, Chinese Herbal Medicine is tailored specifically to you, and the symptoms that you are experiencing. You will be given a formula and the effects of it will be closely monitored by your practitioner on a continual basis. If the formula isn’t working for you, it will likely be reviewed and adjusted at your next appointment – keeping your best interests in mind.  

For even better results, try herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture. Acupuncture is a regulator for the body, and herbs are hormonal balancing – both playing a vital role in regulating, balancing and healthy organ function. Luciferous Traditional Medicine Acupuncture Clinic in Ormond, Greater Melbourne can help you on this issue.

Why every athlete should invest in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Why every athlete should invest in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Athletes training regimes are renowned for being strenuous on the body, with little time for recovery between sessions more often than not leading to injury and mental stress.

While many athletes utilise western remedies like physiotherapy, some have begun to turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine for a different answer. Why? From cupping to acupuncture and Gua Sha, Traditional Chinese Medicine can help benefit athletes of all levels to maintain a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, ease pain and so much more. 

We go into more detail below.   

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient practice which is used to promote recovery, relieve pain and activate the body’s natural healing process. Involving the insertion of needles into specific muscles and joints – your practitioner can help pinpoint your pain and release it. On top of relieving pain, acupuncture can also provide relief for many other conditions such as digestive, musculoskeletal, psychological disorders and more… Perfect for the athlete in need of a little help!

Cupping

Cupping is ideal for athletes who are looking to soften painful, tense muscle tissue and reduce their recovery time. The process involves creating a vacuum-like suction through placing a cup on the body – gently withdrawing inflammation and toxins out from the specified area while also increasing the blood supply needed in stagnant areas to nourish and promote recovery. This means that athletes can be back on their A-game much faster than expected. 

Gua Sha

With pain being a major issue that athletes experience, Gua Sha is a natural, immediate and drug-free pain reliever which focuses on correcting soft tissue injuries and other medical ailments. Another plus? Gua Sha can also boost immunity and help prevent common illnesses, helping athletes stay in tip top shape for longer. 

Are you an athlete who’s incorporated Traditional Chinese Medicine into your lifestyle? Let us know your experiences in the comments! 

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.

 

Stay hydrated through winter

Stay hydrated through winter

Staying well hydrated is one of the most fundamental principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, but during the cooler months, it can become difficult to stay on top of.

Drink warm water

When winter rolls around, we tend to seek warmer foods and beverages to heat us up from the inside out – so why not do the same with water? A glass of lukewarm water will quench your thirst just as well as a cool cup

Sip throughout the day

Rather than consuming large quantities in one hit, it’s best to sip water steadily throughout the day, so try to make a habit of carrying a water bottle with you wherever you go.

Try herbal tea

If you’re after something with a little more flavour, try some different herbal teas and see if any take your fancy. As well as helping to get your water intake up, herbal teas can offer a wide range of other health benefits too.

Make you own infusions

If tea isn’t for you, consider making your own fruit infusions to add some extra flavour to water. A few slices of lemon or lime along with some sprigs of mint make for a refreshing beverage you’re going to love.

Avoid alcohol

If you’re struggling to meet your daily waiter intake, it’s best to avoid alcohol as this can only dehydrate you further. If you don’t want to give up the drink, make sure you add an extra glass of water between every beverage.

Go easy on the coffee

How dependent are you on your daily dose of java? While one cup won’t hurt, it’s worth noting that coffee is a diuretic and will have you needing to urinate much for frequently. Like with alcohol, it’s best to add an extra glass of water for every coffee you consume.

The many different benefits of drinking tea

The many different benefits of drinking tea

For thousands of years, drinking tea has been an important part of Chinese culture. While tea was often consumed during ceremonies or celebrations, the health benefits of drinking tea were also widely recognised and largely applauded.

Today, the benefits of drinking tea continue to play an important role in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modern research has allowed us to learn more about the benefits of drinking tea – with many studies serving to confirm what our ancestors have always believed.

While most teas are full of cell-protecting antioxidants, each unique blend offers it’s own set of additional health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of drinking different teas.

Green Tea

Most commonly known for its metabolism-boosting and fat-burning properties, green tea has also been found to offer protection from cancer and heart disease.

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is often prescribed for those suffering from insomnia, and is considered to be one of the most widely used natural sleep aids. However, it also features strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an excellent choice for anyone experiencing stomach cramps.

Peppermint Tea

One of the most popular tea varieties, peppermint tea has a cooling effect which has been shown to reduce fevers. It also helps to improve digestion and reduce bloating and stomach discomfort, making it a top choice to combat against irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is often praised for it’s ability to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with travel sickness. Impressively, it can also help to improve circulation, fight respiratory problems and strengthen immunity.

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea is a natural diuretic, which means it aids the liver in eliminating toxins from the body more quickly and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). Dandelion tea is also known to have a great cleansing effect, and is often used in detoxification practices.