Are Chinese herbs performance enhancing?

I recently had an email exchange with Dr Subhuti Dharmananda from the Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Portland Oregon about the topic of ‘performance enhancing’ herbs. The conversation was inspired by one of our practitioners who is treating athletes in her clinic. I did some research and found the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority:  https://www.asada.gov.au/substances […]


Summer heat & bush fire formulas

Bushfires are a natural occurrence in Australia and assist regeneration. Fires are an essential and integral part of the Australian ecology. In recent years, weather patterns have changed significantly and this year, the fire season has started prematurely and even before the official start of summer. This is very discerning and severe and extreme weather […]


Post-partum conditions and classical formulas

As Chinese medicine practitioners we support fertility and pregnancy with a lot of time, dedication and attention. After the baby has been born, the focus shifts to the infant and the mother tends to be overlooked. Chapter 21 of the Jin Gui Yao Lue (Essential prescriptions of the Golden Cabinet – 金 匱要略) is dedicated […]


Classical formulas for menopausal hot flushes

Hot flushes are experienced by about 70% of women undergoing menopause. Fluctuating amounts of estrogen upset the temperature thermostat and the brain signals that the body is too hot which results in opening of pores and, hence sweating. Hot flushes are often the most bothersome symptom of the ‘change of life’. There are many factors […]


Explaining how Chinese herbs work to consumers

As Chinese medicine practitioners, we have experienced a unique calling to be working in our outstanding modality. First and foremost, we want to assist people feeling better, more vibrant, more fertile, more connected, more energetic and else. We really want them to experience optimal health in the most natural way. As part of using acupuncture, […]


Can I order products from Safflower as a registered Acupuncturist in Australia or New Zealand?

Yes, you can. As registered acupuncturists in Australia or New Zealand, we can provide you with our premium products. If you are currently using patents and know the name of the formula that you prescribe and give to your patients, you can tap into our dispensary service too. Our online ordering platform stores around 350 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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