Top tips from Stephanie

As we all enter the crazy part of the year, I am talking to all my patients about finishing the year feeling alive and NOT depleted. 
So many of us run ourselves into the ground so that by Christmas we barely have anything left to enjoy such a lovely time of the year. 
My top tips are:
1. Schedule a weekly time for a health-focused activity. This is non-negotaible, and something different to what you do most of the year. It’s in place to shake up your normal habits of putting your health last when you are short for time. For me it is weekly acupuncture with Tanya, for some of my patients it is sitting down to write up a meal plan for the week, for others it might be a massage, a yoga class, or a walk along the beach. Every week, at least once.
2. Hold back on nightly alcohol intake – minimise the burden on your liver, your nervous system, and your energy levels by keeping your alcohol intake to the weekends only (if at all!).
3. Don’t feel obligated to say yes to every event that you are invited to. Self-preservation is the goal for the coming weeks. Unless you are spending time with people that you adore and doing something that lights you up then really think about how important it is to go. Will your attendance nourish you or deplete you?
Finally, if feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and stress are common for you this time of year, consider extra nervous system support through certain herbal preparations and mineral like magnesium. Discuss what best suits you with your naturopath or herbalist. 
Here’s to finishing the last year of the decade feeling nourished, alive, and well! 
Wishing you a happy summer, Steph .⁠

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Spring Wind herbs

Why Leah likes to use Spring Wind Herbs.⁠ Spring Wind granulated Chinese herbal medicine is rigorously tested and of premium quality. Spring Wind herbs are not only TGA (therapeutic goods administration) and FDA (Food and drug administration) approved but they use the correct herb 🌿 as opposed to some other companies using different varieties of species or plant 🌱. The incorrect herb will obviously have different therapeutic effects which can be of concern when prescribing a formula. Spring Wind provides herbs to us straight from the farmers who use sustainable and organic farming practices. So despite Spring Wind being a little more expensive for our prescriptions, we feel that we absolutely owe it to all our patients to provide the best quality of Chinese herbal medicine in Australia.⁠
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Premium quality Spring Wind granulated Chinese herbal medicine is rigorously tested

History of Osteopathy

What is the history of osteopathy?⁠ Osteopathy was created by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. In the late 1800s none of today’s⁠ miracle drugs, such as antibiotics, were available. Out of necessity, Dr. Still looked first to⁠ nature’s own ability to heal and through deep study of anatomy sort ways to access this⁠ ability within the body via manual medicine. Still saw this self-correcting potential as a⁠ cornerstone of his osteopathic philosophy. He envisioned a totally new medical system that⁠ acknowledges the relationships of the body, mind, emotions and spirit. What we now call the⁠
biopsychosocial model.⁠

Still, a pioneer of his time, believed that the human body was to be treated as a whole, not as⁠ individual parts. He took into account his patients’ lifestyles, sleep, and diet before treating⁠ them. He believed in the inherent natural cycles of the body and that nurturing and⁠ supporting one’s function created changes on multiple levels.⁠ Dr. Still realised that optimal health is possible only when all of the tissues and cells of the⁠ body function together in harmonious motion.⁠

“To find health should be the objective of the doctor. Anyone can find disease”. – A.T. Still⁠
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Andrew Taylor Still

REFLECTION ON WINTER

By SATYO SULLIVAN

This post is a small meditation on the gifts we can gather from winter before it passes us by and we are caught up in the momentum of spring and then summer’s rich intensity. 

This post is a small meditation on the gifts we can gather from winter before it passes us by and we are caught up in the momentum of spring and then summer’s rich intensity. 

What gifts has the winter season been offering you? 

Personally, I want to make sure I am receiving what I see as one of winter’s prime messages….to slow down enough, to rest inwards, to be reflective.  To restore and take into myself the sense of ‘less is best’ before the resurgence of busyness, and possible pressure, that seems more prevalent in our lives from spring to Christmas.  

Here I am, taking a moment to pause with one of the few winter flowers in my Southern Highlands garden, where most plants relax back into the earth to hibernate before their push upwards and outwards to spring. This is the winter rose (or hellebore) a quiet, magical, late winter bloomer. 

What gifts are you gathering from winter, before it disappears, and spring brings it’s own unique mix of demands and delights?

This is the winter rose, or hellebore, a quiet, magical, late winter bloomer. 

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