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Clinic Newsletter, December 2023

Warm Greetings from Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic!

As we enter December, the Southern hemisphere welcomes the vibrant summer season. It's an exciting time of the year, and we're delighted to share more insights from the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help you stay balanced and healthy in the midst of the summer's energy.

Balancing the Fire Element in Summer Summer is linked to the Fire element in TCM, representing warmth, activity, and brightness. This season symbolizes the peak of Yang energy, and it's essential to adapt our lifestyles to harmonize with it.

Protecting Your Heart and Mind In TCM, the Heart is closely associated with the Fire element. During summer, it's crucial to care for your Heart and spirit. Excessive heat or stress can impact your Heart, leading to symptoms like anxiety, restlessness, or sleep disturbances. TCM therapies, including acupuncture and herbal remedies, can help maintain your heart's health.

Recipe for Summer Wellness: TCM-Inspired Cooling Herbal Tea Chrysanthemum and Goji Berry Tea Stay cool and refreshed with this TCM-inspired summer herbal tea: Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of dried chrysanthemum flowers

  • 1 tablespoon of dried goji berries

  • 1-2 cups of hot water


  1. Place the dried chrysanthemum flowers and goji berries in a cup.

  2. Pour hot water over the herbs.

  3. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes.

  4. Enjoy this soothing herbal tea to calm your spirit and cool your body.

TCM Benefit: Chrysanthemum and goji berries have cooling properties and are known in TCM for their ability to clear heat and nourish the body, helping to keep you cool and balanced during the summer.

Join Us on the Journey to Better Health Whether you're an existing patient or new to our clinic, we're dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and balance throughout the dynamic summer season. We'll continue to provide guidance and support tailored to the season in our upcoming newsletters.

Don't forget to explore our website for more information, resources, and to schedule your next appointment. We're here to address your questions and discuss your health concerns.

Wishing you a joyful and harmonious December, filled with vitality and well-being!

Warm regards,

Ben Heathcote

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic

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