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Clinic Newsletter, July 2024

Greetings from Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic!

As July graces us with its presence, we journey deeper into the heart of winter. In this extensive edition of our newsletter, we immerse ourselves in the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), exploring the seasonal transition, introducing a TCM concept, addressing a significant health concern, and sharing a nourishing meal recipe and a comforting herbal tea. Each recipe spotlights a key ingredient with its associated organs and meridians, its influence on Qi, Blood, Yin, or Yang, and its warming or cooling properties.

Seasonal Change from a TCM Perspective In the heart of winter, our focus remains on the Water element, closely linked with the Kidney and Bladder meridians. Nature's energy retreats, and our bodies crave warmth and nourishment. Nurturing our Kidney and Bladder meridians during this introspective season is paramount for maintaining our foundational energy and overall well-being.

TCM Concept Highlight: The Meridian Theory The Meridian Theory is a fundamental concept in TCM, explaining the pathways through which Qi (vital energy) flows throughout the body. Meridians are like energy highways, connecting various organs and systems, ensuring harmonious Qi circulation. Understanding the meridian system allows us to identify and address imbalances and blockages, contributing to overall well-being.

Health Concern Spotlight: Nourishing Heart Health Cardiovascular health is a critical concern worldwide. In Western medicine, heart health management often includes lifestyle changes and medications. From a TCM perspective, a robust heart depends on the balance of the Heart and Small Intestine meridians. Imbalances can manifest as symptoms such as palpitations, anxiety, or insomnia. TCM therapies, like acupuncture and herbal remedies, focus on restoring harmony within the Heart and Small Intestine meridians, promoting overall cardiovascular well-being. While TCM may not replace conventional medical treatments, it may offer supportive benefits. Consult with our practitioners to explore how TCM may support your specific situation.

Recipe for Seasonal Wellness: TCM Heart-Nourishing Chicken Soup Heart-Nourishing Chicken Soup This comforting chicken soup features a key ingredient with its associated organs and meridians, and insights into its effects on Qi, Blood, Yin, and warming properties: Ingredients:

  • 500g of chicken thighs, bone-in

  • 1 cup of goji berries

  • 2-3 slices of dried tangerine peel

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • A drizzle of sesame oil

  • 1 litre of chicken broth

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Key Ingredient Focus: Goji Berries Goji berries resonate with the Liver and Kidney meridians, known for nourishing both Yin and Blood. They are considered warming and are rich in antioxidants. Goji berries are beneficial for promoting vitality, supporting eye health, and tonifying Yin and Blood, making them an excellent choice for heart health.


  1. In a pot, heat the sesame oil and sauté the onion and garlic until fragrant.

  2. Add the chicken thighs and brown them on both sides.

  3. Pour in the chicken broth and add the goji berries and dried tangerine peel.

  4. Cover and simmer until the chicken is cooked through.

  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Herbal Tea Recipe: TCM Heart-Healthy Hawthorn Tea Ingredients:

  • 2-3 slices of dried hawthorn berries

  • 1-2 cups of hot water

TCM Benefit: Hawthorn berries target the Heart and Spleen meridians, supporting cardiovascular health and digestion. This tea can assist in managing cholesterol levels and promoting healthy blood circulation.

Join Us on the Journey to Better Health As we enter winter, we're here to support your health journey during this introspective season. Whether you're a returning patient or new to our clinic, we're committed to helping you achieve optimal health through the wisdom of TCM.

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 heart-nourishing July, filled with vitality and well-being!

Warm regards,

Ben Heathcote

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic

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