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Spring is breaking out!

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Hi all, 

Another spring breaking out and another virus settling in. There have been an abundance of patients coming in after being sick for 3-4 weeks. The usual remark is: 'I've hardly been sick in the last few years and now I have been sick for 3 weeks on and off. What's going on?!'

This is generally the case if people push it a bit too much with work and don't give themselves enough time to rest. It's been a very cold and wet beginning of Spring, so if you start to get sick, please see us for an acupuncture treatment and keep up with your herbs. That way we can avoid a long illness. 

Spring and allergies are, of course, best friends. Melbourne has been announced as the allergy capital of the world! If you're experiencing allergy related symptoms, please come to the clinic as soon as possible to help curb this sneezy season with treatments and herbs. 

On a positive note, the colours, scents and flowers are all around us. The sun is still shy but here more and more. 

Have a lovely Spring.

Living with the Seasons – Spring

According to Chinese medicine, humans are microcosms of the natural universe and we are subject to the same cycles that occur in nature. Spring is a time of rebirth, growth, and expansion. All the resources stored during the hibernation of Winter are now ready for us to tap into. We now find the will to initiate and execute projects that have been contemplated, but not yet begun. Spring is creative, volatile, and powerful and so are we as we enter this phase in our annual cycle.

Liver is the organ of Spring and while we need to harness its creative force and expansive energy, we must also nourish it. The liver is a complex organ. It oversees the order of the body, governing the smooth flow of Qi throughout the body-mind, releasing energy and nourishment when needed. The liver gives us power to go forward in life and allow our purpose to unfold- to realise our potential.

To nourish the liver energy we must attend to the suppleness of the body through exercise and stretching. Walking is especially helpful, as are practices such as Yoga and Qi Gong. Sideways bending and twisting is very helpful to keep the liver free from stagnation. Creative expression will also nourish the liver- gardening, painting, dancing, even juggling! But remember that the liver also needs good quality rest and relaxation.

To nourish the liver with food we need to include the sour flavour and we need to nourish the blood. Include moderate amounts of sour foods such as lemons, limes, pickles and vinegar to strengthen tendons. Nourish your blood with green vegetables and include bitter greens as well such as spinach, kale, watercress and rocket. Eat small portions of red meat and liver, if you are not vegetarian. Keep your liver blood healthy to stop such problems as memory loss, weak tendons, muscle spasms, unclear vision and depression.  

Rainbow Cauliflower Rice Bowl

You'll have plenty of chive oil leftover. It's great over eggs, swirled into salted yogurt, on just about any salad, and on and on. To make this vegan, use olive oil, or coconut oil in place of the ghee, and swap out the egg.

1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
cayenne pepper, to taste
fine grain sea salt, to taste
1 teaspoon ghee, coconut oil, or olive oil
1 bunch of chives
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 medium head of cauliflower, cut into eights
Some or all of the following: little lettuces or micro greens, sliced chard stems, sliced avocado, toasted seeds, hard-boiled egg.
Fresh lemon juice

Combine the turmeric, cumin, generous pinch of cayenne and salt, with the ghee in a large bowl. Set aside. Puree the chives with the olive oil and another pinch of salt in a blender. Blend well, and set aside.
Either steam the cauliflower until tender, about 7 minutes. Alternately, cook in a pot of lightly salted water until tender, just 2 minutes or so. Drain and proceed. I also cook chard stems along with the cauliflower at this point, if using - just until tender. When cool enough to handle, transfer the cauliflower to a cutting board, and chop into small, rice-sized pieces. Transfer to the bowl containing the spices, and stir, stir, stir. Until everything is equally coated. Taste, and add more salt if needed.
To serve, toss any lettuces with a bit of the chive oil and arrange in individual bowls (or on a family-style platter). Add the cauliflower rice, as well as any avocado, egg, seeds, and/or chard stems. Drizzle with more of the chive oil, and finish with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
Serves 4.
Prep time: 10 min - Cook time: 15 min
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Cancer Support, Infertility and IVF, Auto-Immune support

“Look, and it can't be seen.

Listen, and it can't be heard.

Reach, and it can't be grasped.


Above, it isn't bright.

Below, it isn't dark.

Seamless, unnamable,

it returns to the realm of nothing.

Form that includes all forms,

image without an image,

subtle, beyond all conception.


Approach it and there is no beginning;

follow it and there is no end.

You can't know it, but you can be it,

at ease in your own life.

Just realize where you come from:

this is the essence of wisdom.” 

― Lao Tzu

Congratulations Francesca, Welcome Carmen!!
In the last few months, most of you would have noticed the pregnant belly on our clinical assistant Francesca Sculli, well it is with more than delight that she has announced the arrival of Carmen Ninox Franklin Sculli. He was born on 10th September 2016. Mumma and babe are doing well and they both look forward to taking out your needles again soon. 
Patient’s Corner

Poem by Diana Richardson, Melbourne based poet

 As I walk, barefoot,
            under gnarled primeval tea tree
       my fine-tuned soles trace our limestone path,
               milk the supple backbone of my childhood
                                                when you were still here.  
In my search for answers
       Braille-like, on this coastal path,
                                      I track my early years
             when our cliff-top conversations drifted over the sea.
Through blood and water
      I listen to the mute receding tide:       
            the answers
                     sono nascoste nel mare. 
If you have been in to the clinic, or come in sometime soon, you'll see the work of artist Peter Webb, which was commended with the second prize in the Victorian Cancer Council Art Award in 2012.
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