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SPORTS INJURIES – Better Results with INTEGRATIVE Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) THERAPY

Sport injuries are common with both hobby and professional sports enthusiasts. The worst case scenario is that they will prevent a career in sports. To ensure a fast recovery without much suffering of pain or loss of athletic performance is therefore the highest priority. Acute knee and ankle injuries (Fig. 1) are most common and […]

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Holistic Thinking vs Rational Thinking – What is Your Style?

As I am currently a student of a classical medicine with the Institute of Classical East Asian Medicine (ICEAM), I am confronted with many paradigms. Following the classical approach means that most what I have learnt in a Western Chinese medicine course has to go out the window! This is tough, as in clinic, it […]

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Is the Art of Preparation of Chinese Herbs lost in Translation?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history in Australia. The first Chinese migrants searching for gold in the middle of the nineteenth century brought their culture and medicine with them. In the 1980’s many complementary medicine modalities developed and since around 1990, Australian universities offer degrees in Traditional Chinese medicine. Many Western subjects are […]

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Natural Treatments for Haemorrhoids

Haemorrhoids are formed from the venous plexuses in the anal canal which help with stool control. In the physiological state, these vascular structures act as a cushion that aid the passage of stool. They become pathological when swollen or inflamed under higher and persistent local pressure. This higher pressure could be due to the continuous […]

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Scar Treatment – What Works Best for You?

Scars are areas of fibrous tissue (fibrosis) that replace normal skin after injury. A scar results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin and other tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process. With the exception of very minor lesions, every wound (e.g. after accident, disease, […]

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The Flu Season is Here – What’s Your Choice of Medicine?

There are lots of antibiotics to target individual bacteria available but only a few anti viral agents. Antibiotics were first discovered in the early 30’s (Pyocyanase and Lysozyme) and successfully applied in the laboratory but were too toxic for humans. In 1928, Alexander Flemming made the observation that one of his Petri dishes, already discarded, […]

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Qing Dai San – Topical Application to Suit Many Commonly Encountered Skin Conditions

It’s a popular, modern formula and with its variations is widely used among practitioner in China (and some in Australia). Qing Dai San returns 230’00 search results with Google which shows that there might not be enough information or complementary products available to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Different compositions of Qing […]

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Bo Ying Compound – Keep It or Loose It?

Most practitioners who treat children (including their own) would be familiar with a product called Bo Ying Compound. It’s readily available and is manufactured in Hong Kong by a GMP accredited company. You can buy this product from various places, because these days, everyone wants to sell Chinese patents. But that’s an entirely different topic. […]

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Top Five (5) herbs – Fu Ling wins Bronze

Fu Ling returns around 2,120,000 results in Google. The commonly used specie is (Bai) Fu Ling (white Poriae Cocos, Sclerotium) which is a compact mass of hardened fungal mycelium containing food reserves.  At least 30 formulas come to mind immediately that contain this herb and so it comes without a surprise that it takes position […]

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Top Five (5) herbs – Bai Shao is second!

"There are 120 medium class medicinals which are used as ministers. They mainly nurture personality and correspond to humanity. They may or may not be toxic, and [therefore] one should weigh and ponder before putting them to their appropriate use. If one intends to control disease, supplement deficiency, and replenish exhaustion, one should base [one's […]

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