Stress and rich food – a rash result

Too much stress can affect people in different ways. Some people get headaches or  muscular spasms or insomnia or digestive upsets etc. Combine excessive stress with some delicious pre-Christmas goodies and yours truly broke out in a rash, two days before everyone came to lunch. I woke with the sensation that my skin was on fire and I desparately wanted to scratch it off. I gave myself some acupuncture which eased the itch enough for me to gather my senses. I had a busy day in the Maleny clinic (on Coral St) to get through and I had no fever, no sore thoat, in fact nothing that would indicate it was contagious. It looked like hives. Most importantly was its location – along the Liver and Gall Bladder channels (armpits to outside knees and groin to ankle) and on the abdomen above the liver. I got to work and took some patent Chinese herbs that were good for rash and some for Liver stagnation. They gave me the relief for about 2 hours but were not exactly the right formula. I needed the herbal granules but they were far away in Brisbane. What to do? I needed to get through the Christmas celebrations. In desperation, I went to the chemist. They gave me Telfast tablets. One tablet in 24 hours was all that was required. Sounded good, bought them, took them and got about 3 hours relief! But I couldn’t take another on the same day! The itch was progressing down the arms but specifically along the Small Intestine and Colon channels – those yummy chocolates, a week ago,had done me in. So I stopped at the Organic shop and picked up some chlorophyll as well. I needed to detox big time! Back to taking the patents until I could get back to Brisbane. On the 26th, I took my mother back home to Brisbane and was able to mix up some herbs in the clinic. Relief at last! I took a large dose 3 times a day for the next week and the itch and sensations of heat subsided and the lumpy rash flattened and faded. I will continue to take the granulated herbs and the chlorophyll until the rash is completely gone.

Rash is dispersing and fading

The other beauty about the herbs is that I used some to make a cream to apply topically as well. Try that with a Telfast tablet!

HRT Alternatives

So you’re a woman at a change over point in your life and instead of celebrating the liberation from the monthly bleed; you are suffering hot flushes, sweating, sleeplessness, anxiety and a host of other symptoms you weren’t expecting or wanting. You’re not too enthused about the prospect of HRT and you’ve tried all the off-the-shelf products and have had little or no relief.

Thchinese-herbsen its time for a herbal prescription tailored to your needs. We (at Alba Therapies) don’t use Black Cohosh in any of our successful individualised herbal prescriptions. Why? There is a herb called Black Cohosh in Chinese herbal medicine but is a different species to those used in pre-packaged preparations. It too reduces heat, but it is recommended not to be used long term in cases of Yin deficiency, which is the main syndrome in menopause. Notice I said “main” not only.  Perhaps once or twice in over ten years of practice has anyone walked into the clinic with only one syndrome. Menopause is hardly ever only one syndrome but a complex interactions of various systems in the body. It all depends on how you have treated your body in the last 20-30 years on how many syndromes present themselves. Our herbs are in a convenient granule format, no boiling required. Add acupuncture to your treatment plan and speed up the whole process.  Herb preparations equate to the cost of your daily capuccino. So you can be free of your symptoms and truly celebrating this part of your life.

Benefits of Not Smoking

The media and the powers-that-be like to focus on the negative effects of smoking, but rarely mention the benefits of not smoking? The positive aspects of doing something always motivate me more that the negative. So what are the benefits of quitting:

• Within the first few hours after quitting, nicotine and carbon monoxide leave the body, halving in 8 hours.

• Within 2 days, taste and sense of smell improves.

• In 3 days, breathing is easier and energy levels increase.

• Within 1 month, blood pressure returns to the normal level and lung function improves.

• Within 2 months, circulation improves.

• One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease decreases by almost 50%.

• Ten years after quitting, lung cancer risk is halved.

• Ten to 14 years after quitting, the risk of dying from cancer decreases to nearly that of non-smokers.

• After 15 years the risk of heart disease is almost the same as for a non-smoker.

• People who quit live longer than those who continue to smoke eg a smoker less than 50 years of age who quits now has half the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared to someone who continues to smoke.

(Sourced www.cancercouncil.com.au)

The other benefit is Cost. In one year, a non-smoker saves $4,745.00 (based on one packet per day, average cost of $13 per packet of 25). That beats a stimulus package any day!

I have observed that people have a lot of reasons for quitting e.g. “for the kids”, “for my parents”, “for my partner”, “for my job”. Noble as all these reasons are they should never be the real reason. I have found that if the reason is external to you then you will tend to fall back into the habit. The best reason is “YOU”. If you believe you are worth it then you will succeed.  The acupuncture treatment methodology used at Alba Therapies has seen people quit within 1 to 4 treatments. We don’t charge extra for these treatments and you don’t have to wear things in your ears. Call 1300 253 669 if you want to know more or want an appointment.

May 31st is “World No Tobacco Day”.Are you worth it?

Are you worth it?

Tree Change

Conondale ViewToday just started in Maleny at 26 Coral Street. I will be working there on Tuesday mornings and in the near future on Wednesdays all day. Why Maleny you may ask? Well my husband, Mark and I are building a straw bale house in Conondale, 20 mins from Maleny. See www.budafoods.com.au/strawbalehouse if you want more info on that. We are owner builders, so I have no illusions about the time it will take to complete. The structure should be up by the end of the year because we’ll get some professional help with that, but the finishing will take a while.  This way I can devote an hour or two every week to home building and practice my TCM which is my greatest passion. It’s a great little clinic, a house renovated into 2 practice rooms and 2 administrative rooms. I share this practice with Anthony Brown, Caitlin Kinnear, and Paula West, all TCM practitioners. We share some days and work on our own on other days, so it all works well. The address is 26 Coral St, Maleny. Ph 1300 253 669 or 0401 134 655 for an appointment. Ask for “Rosalba in Maleny”.