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  • Ben Heathcote

Clinic Newsletter, June 2024

Greetings from Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic!

As we embrace June, we continue our journey through the seasons, exploring the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In this edition of our newsletter, we navigate the seasonal change, delve into an enlightening TCM concept, address a significant health concern, and share a nourishing meal recipe and a soothing herbal tea. Each recipe features 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 June marks the transition to winter, a season of introspection and rest in TCM. During this time, we emphasize the Water element, closely connected with the Kidney and Bladder meridians. Nature withdraws its energy, and our bodies naturally seek warmth and nourishment. It's a season for nurturing the Kidney and Bladder meridians, vital for maintaining our foundational energy and overall well-being.

TCM Concept Highlight: The Harmony of Yin and Yang In TCM, the concept of Yin and Yang represents the dualistic and complementary nature of all phenomena. Yin embodies qualities of receptivity, stillness, and coolness, while Yang represents qualities of activity, warmth, and movement. The harmonious interplay of Yin and Yang within our bodies and in the external world is fundamental to our health. Balancing Yin and Yang helps us maintain equilibrium and optimal well-being. Understanding and nurturing this delicate harmony is essential in TCM.

Health Concern Spotlight: Managing Arthritis Arthritis is a common health concern that affects millions of individuals worldwide. In Western medicine, it is often managed with medications and therapies. From a TCM perspective, arthritis may be associated with imbalances in the Kidney and Liver meridians. These imbalances may lead to symptoms such as pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. TCM therapies like acupuncture and herbal remedies may help manage the discomfort associated with arthritis. TCM focuses on restoring balance and promoting overall health, which may offer relief for those dealing with arthritis symptoms. Consult with our practitioners to explore how TCM may support your specific situation.

Recipe for Seasonal Wellness: TCM Winter Warming Congee Healing Winter Warming Congee This comforting congee stars a key ingredient that resonates with specific organs and meridians: Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of white rice

  • 6 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup of shiitake mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 piece of dried seaweed (kelp)

  • 1 small knob of ginger, thinly sliced

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

  • A drizzle of sesame oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Key Ingredient Focus: Shiitake Mushrooms Shiitake mushrooms resonate with the Spleen and Stomach meridians. They are considered warming and nourishing, making them ideal for winter consumption. Shiitake mushrooms strengthen the Spleen, improve digestion, and support the body's Qi and Blood. Their warming nature also aids in dispelling coldness from the body, making them a valuable addition to winter dishes. Instructions:

  1. Rinse the rice and set it aside.

  2. In a pot, heat the sesame oil and sauté the garlic and ginger until fragrant.

  3. Add the rice and shiitake mushrooms, and continue to sauté for a few minutes.

  4. Pour in the broth and add the dried seaweed.

  5. Let the congee simmer until the rice is soft and the consistency is creamy.

  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Herbal Tea Recipe: TCM Vitality Elixir Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of dried astragalus root

  • 1 slice of dried licorice root

  • 1-2 cups of hot water


  1. Place the dried astragalus root and liquorice root slices in a cup.

  2. Pour hot water over the herbs.

  3. Allow the tea to steep for 5-10 minutes.

  4. Sip and enjoy the invigorating and Qi-nourishing qualities of this Vitality Elixir.

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 nurturing June, filled with vitality and well-being! Warm regards,

Ben Heathcote

Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic



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