Amanda Cox | Acupuncture Melbourne

Seasonal Advice

Surviving Christmas with Traditional Chinese Medicine
While Christmas can be a magical time, it can also be a very stressful and hectic period. Here are some ancient Chinese remedies and self-help tips to see you through.

Chinese Herbal Help in your Kitchen
Often a cold can strike when you least need it - if you have the beginnings of a cold, why not try the ancient Chinese herb Sheng Jian. Sheng Jian is Ginger Root, and can be taken as a tea to ward off colds and clear phlegm. Cut off a piece of ginger around the size of a thumb nail and crush or chop it into boiling water. You can combine it with Green Tea, or sliced lemon and honey. The tea will warm you, and open your pores to enable you to sweat out the cold before if fully takes hold, and clear the sinuses and chest. Take several mugs in the early stages. (Ginger is also good for an upset stomach if you have overindulged.) Another Chinese herb that can fight a cold is Cong Bai also known as Scallion or Spring Onion. Chop some into a bowl of Miso soup and sip away.

Nei Guan is an acupuncture point that is extremely useful for an upset stomach, or overstretched digestive system. It is also a very calming point. Locate this point on the lower arm, three finger-breadths up from the wrist and between the two central tendons. Press for 5-10 minutes to stimulate the point.

Tai Chong is a point on the top of the foot that is good for an over-stressed Liver. If you have overindulged give yourself a massage between the first and second toes to help your Liver move out those toxins.

Headache from screaming children? Yintang is located between the eyebrows. It is useful in clearing headaches, and in calming the spirit - ideal for stressful situations.

Of course if you can find time, do book an appointment for an acupuncture or tuina massage treatment to keep your immunity strong, your digestion working, and your spirit calm.