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Clinic Newsletter, October 2023

Greetings from Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic!

As we step into October, spring is in full swing, and we're excited to share some insights from the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to help you make the most of this vibrant season.

Understanding Spring According to TCM In TCM, each season has unique characteristics that influence our health. Spring is associated with the Wood element, which represents growth, renewal, and vitality. Just like the new buds on the trees, we too, can experience a fresh start and rejuvenation during this season.

Health Concern Spotlight: Allergies Springtime in Melbourne is beautiful, but it can also be challenging for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. TCM offers a holistic approach to managing allergy symptoms by addressing the underlying imbalances in your body. Acupuncture and herbal remedies can help you find relief and improve your overall well-being.

Herbal Tea Recipe: TCM Allergy Relief Tea Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves

  • 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves

  • 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers

  • 1-2 cups of hot water


  1. Place the dried nettle leaves, peppermint leaves, and chamomile flowers in a cup.

  2. Pour hot water over the herbs.

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

  4. Sip and enjoy this Allergy Relief Tea, which may help alleviate allergy symptoms by supporting the Lung and Spleen meridians, reducing inflammation, and promoting respiratory health.

TCM Benefit: This tea is crafted to provide relief from allergy symptoms from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. It combines three key ingredients known for their effectiveness in addressing allergies:

  1. Nettle Leaves: In TCM, nettle leaves are believed to clear heat and reduce inflammation, making them particularly beneficial for addressing symptoms of allergies. They are associated with the Lung and Spleen meridians, helping to promote healthy respiratory function and alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, congestion, and itchy or watery eyes.

  2. Peppermint Leaves: Peppermint leaves have a cooling nature and are known to clear heat and soothe the Liver and Spleen meridians. In TCM, they are traditionally used to relieve sinus congestion, headaches, and allergic reactions, helping to calm the body's response to allergens.

  3. Chamomile Flowers: Chamomile has a gentle, soothing quality and is associated with the Heart and Lung meridians. In TCM, it is used to alleviate stress-related symptoms and support the immune system. Chamomile can help reduce allergic reactions and soothe respiratory discomfort, promoting overall well-being.

By combining these TCM-principled ingredients, the "Allergy Relief Tea" provides a holistic approach to managing allergies. It aims to balance the body's energy, reduce inflammation, and promote respiratory health, ultimately helping to alleviate the discomfort associated with allergies.

Please note that while TCM remedies like this tea may offer relief from allergy symptoms, they should not replace medical advice or treatment when dealing with severe or life-threatening allergic reactions. Consult with a healthcare professional for severe allergies.

Clinic Updates

The clinic will be operating normal hours throughout October.

Join Us on the Journey to Better Health We're here to support you on your wellness journey. Whether you're an existing patient or new to our clinic, we're dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and balance through the wisdom of TCM.

Stay tuned for next month's newsletter, where we'll explore how to align your health with the energy of the Metal element in preparation for the cooler months.

In the meantime, feel free to explore our website for more information, resources, and to schedule your next appointment. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your health concerns, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Wishing you a vibrant and healthy October!

Warm regards,

Ben Heathcote

Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Melbourne Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic



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