Geelong Chinese Medicine Clinic Blog

Strengthen and protect yourself this Winter

As the season changes, from summer to autumn, then autumn to winter, your body changes too. Some might feel tired, experience pain, have sleep disturbance or suffer from Seasonable Affective Disorder. From Chinese medicine point of view, the Yin and Yang balance is shifting during this transition, making our body in a vulnerable state to... Read more

Transiting in autumn: How to look after ourselves and strengthen our immunity in autumn

Autumn is upon us. The beautiful golden leaves of elms, orange displays of maples, red flushes of oaks … paint a beautiful picture of the autumn landscape. Almost everyone loves the beauty of autumn and the freshness in the air. Do you know that the colour changes in plants signify a transition to the coming... Read more

Postnatal care

In the previous blog, we provided some pre-conception advice. Today, we would like to talk about postnatal care.   In China, the postnatal care that involves dietary rules for 30 days after childbirth is called “Zuo Yue Zi” (sitting the month). “Zuo Yue Zi” was first recorded in the medical texts during the period of... Read more

Preconception health advice-fertility support

In Geelong Chinese Medicine Clinic, many patients have consulted us about what kind of things they can do to get ready before pregnancy. ​In​ today’s blog, we would like to give some general advice.    Folic acid intake ​has been suggested to decrease the risks of neural tube defect in the newborn. Females are advised... Read more

My life is upside down: insomnia, depression, anxiety and hot flushes during perimenopause: Part 2 Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

In part 1, we explained the complex factors contributing to menopausal related insomnia, hot flushes and mood changes.  This part 2 explains how Chinese medicine understands the complex interaction, and how acupuncture might provide a promising approach to comorbid depression and insomnia in perimenopause. For detailed information, please read a recent review by researchers from... Read more

My life is turned upside down: insomnia, depression, anxiety and hot flushes during perimenopause (Part 1)

You are a mid-age lady, approaching 50 years old. Life is suddenly turned upside down. You were energetic, had great memory and was switch on, then one day you suddenly find yourself being tired a lot, having poor memory, feeling not motivated or feeling anxious for no reason. The worst of it all is not... Read more

Treatment principles used to support fertility in Chinese medicine

In the previous blog Fertility support in Chinese medicine, we talked about the importance of taking basal body temperature (BBT). Today I would like to briefly introduce the treatment principles used by practitioners in the Geelong Chinese medicine clinic to support fertility.  In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), regulating menstruation is very important in treating infertility... Read more

Qi Gong: relaxation or regulation?

At Geelong Chinese Medicine Clinic, we encourage most of our patients to take up Qi Gong exercise for its broad benefits on mental and physical well-being. A 2021 news report from ABC narrates a few stories, ranging from how Qi Gong helps an Australian para-olympian back to racing to how it facilitates the recovery of... Read more

Fertility support in Chinese medicine

What is infertility? WHO (2020) defines infertility as a disease of the male or female reproductive system by the failure to conceive after 12 months or more regular unprotected sexual intercourse.    Globally, infertility affects millions of people. Infertility can be caused by abnormalities of ovaries, uterus or fallopian tubes etc. for females,  while by... Read more

Mental health among small business owners: what, why and how to improve

Do you know 97% of the Australian business are either operated by sole traders or by micro to small business owners, who experience more mental health issues than those working for large organisations or the average Australians. COVID-19 lock-downs have made this matter worse. Recent national surveys find that half to two thirds of small business... Read more