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Clinic Newsletter, February 2024

Warm Greetings from Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic!


As February begins, we continue to enjoy the vibrant summer season. In this edition of our newsletter, we'll explore how to maintain balance and optimal health during this dynamic time of the year.


Harmonising with the Fire Element

Summer, associated with the Fire element in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), represents the peak of Yang energy. It's a season of warmth, activity, and brightness. To stay healthy and in harmony with this season, it's essential to align your lifestyle and health practices with these principles.


Health Concern Spotlight: Boosting Energy and Managing Stress

While summer brings its vibrancy, it can also be a time when you may feel drained due to the heat and increased activity. It's essential to focus on boosting your energy levels and managing stress. The rising Yang energy of summer can sometimes lead to feelings of restlessness and anxiety.


In TCM, we can address these concerns through acupuncture, herbal therapies, and lifestyle adjustments. Acupuncture sessions can help rebalance your energy and alleviate stress, promoting a sense of calm and relaxation. We can also offer tailored herbal remedies that provide the necessary support to keep your energy steady and your stress levels in check.


Reach out to us if you've been feeling the effects of summer fatigue, and we'll work with you to develop a personalised plan to enhance your vitality and well-being.


Staying Balanced with TCM Herbal Teas

One effective way to stay balanced during summer is by incorporating herbal teas into your daily routine. Here's a TCM-inspired herbal tea to help you stay cool and hydrated:

TCM Herbal Tea: Chrysanthemum and Mint Cooler

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons of dried chrysanthemum flowers

  • A handful of fresh mint leaves

  • 1-2 cups of hot water

Instructions:

  1. Place the dried chrysanthemum flowers and fresh mint leaves in a cup.

  2. Pour hot water over the herbs.

  3. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes.

  4. Sip and enjoy the cooling and refreshing effects of this Chrysanthemum and Mint Cooler.

TCM Benefit: Chrysanthemum flowers are known for their cooling properties, while mint adds a refreshing twist. This tea can help you balance your internal climate and keep you hydrated during the summer.


Recipe for Summer Wellness: TCM-Style Grilled Vegetable Medley

Flavourful and Nourishing Grilled Vegetables

Stay cool and nourished with this TCM-inspired summer vegetable dish:

Ingredients:

  • A variety of seasonal vegetables (eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, and cherry tomatoes)

  • Your choice of protein (chicken, shrimp, or tofu)

  • Ginger and garlic, minced

  • Light soy sauce or a TCM-inspired marinade for flavor

  • A drizzle of sesame oil

  • Cooked brown rice

Instructions:

  1. Cut the seasonal vegetables into bite-sized pieces and marinate them in a mixture of light soy sauce or a TCM-inspired marinade, ginger, and garlic.

  2. Thread the marinated vegetables and your choice of protein onto skewers.

  3. Grill until the vegetables are tender and lightly charred, and the protein is cooked through.

  4. Serve over cooked brown rice for a satisfying and nourishing meal.

TCM Benefit: This grilled vegetable medley is a cooked option to support your health during the summer months. The choice of vegetables and protein can be customized to your preferences, and it's a delicious way to enjoy seasonal produce while maintaining balance in your body's internal climate.


Join Us on the Journey to Better Health

We're here to support your health journey throughout the dynamic summer season. Whether you're an existing patient or new to our clinic, we're committed to helping you achieve optimal health and balance through the wisdom of TCM.


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 harmonious and vibrant February, filled with vitality and well-being!


Warm regards,


Ben Heathcote

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic


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