The Easiest and Healthiest Breakfast ever

Easter was originally considered an ancient pagan festival. The word Easter originates from Eastra, which is Saxon for the goddess of spring who was honoured at this turn of seasons. Though we now are surrounded by bountiful chocolate bunnies and eggs, Easter reminds me to once again embrace the humble goodness of the chicken egg. … Continue reading The Easiest and Healthiest Breakfast ever

Treating sinusitis naturally with herbs and acupuncture

Learn about treating sinusitis with acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Butter is a superfood hero💫

I seriously can't believe how many people still think butter is bad for you!!! They say it is fattening or unhealthy. Butter is SO delicious and nutritious it should be in everyone's fridge for good health. My favourite butter and the best I believe available in Melbourne is made by the biodynamic cows of Paris … Continue reading Butter is a superfood hero💫

Gut health & immunity: kefir, curd & benefits

The weather is often hot then cold in Melbourne and many people are consequently suffering from cold, flu and poor immunity at the moment as I'm sure you're aware! Enter kefir or fermented milk as super probiotic to replenish your gut bacteria and restore immunity. The theory is that if you are getting sick all … Continue reading Gut health & immunity: kefir, curd & benefits

Hickeys? No it’s gua sha – benefits & action

Gua sha (Chinese: 刮痧; pinyin: guā shā) translates to "scraping sha-bruises", is a key treatment in traditional Chinese medicine where a clay spoon or tool is used to scrape the skin which brings out toxic heat from the body. The sha or toxic heat that is brought out from gua sha. Yes, it certainly looks … Continue reading Hickeys? No it’s gua sha – benefits & action

Anxiety: understanding and managing it with acupuncture

Anxiety is a common experience we all go through. If you have never had it before it can be quite a shocking ordeal; feeling like you are trapped within your body and know that something is wrong but are unaware of what it is. I really remember the first time I ever felt anxious. I … Continue reading Anxiety: understanding and managing it with acupuncture

Dairy: is it good or bad for you during pregnancy and fertility?

Health conscious people these days often avoid dairy products. Is dairy bad for you? Ideally the best dairy will be obtained from happy, grass-fed cows that is raw and unpasteurised. Legislation in Australia prevents the selling of raw dairy. However you can sometimes source select, raw European cheeses from specialist Melbourne delis, and let me … Continue reading Dairy: is it good or bad for you during pregnancy and fertility?

Let them eat cake: enjoying sugar in moderation

Sugar! Ah so addictive! Tastes so good but creates havoc so bad. My mum had my sister and I on a sugar-free diet as kids so we were very robust and healthy kids. However this meant we had no idea how to eat sweets in moderation. Being so extreme as to never eat some sweet food … Continue reading Let them eat cake: enjoying sugar in moderation

Black ginger tea: for phlegm & cough

Yesterday I had a terribly phlegmy cough and during a busy day in clinic was struggling to get my words out. A patient kindly reminded me of an Ayurvedic home remedy for cough: black ginger tea. Black tea is beneficial for the body as it has phytochemicals and poly phenols. It also contains small amounts … Continue reading Black ginger tea: for phlegm & cough

Chinese Medicine for Babies & Children with Peter Gigante

Traditional Chinese Medicine for babies and children.