The Ancient Medicine

[dropcap custom_class=”whbr”]Everyone has different opinions when it comes to health and nutrition. As an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner, my beliefs are strongly rooted in this ancient medicine. I believe the best way to be healthy is through nutrition. Eat fresh and healthy food. It’s natural.

Chinese medicine is all about balance. So many fad diets strongly promote only eating raw vegetables or cutting out specific foods, but it is important to remember health is dynamic. Our bodies are in a constant state of change. There is no one correct diet, obviously cutting down on sugar and salt and not eating junk food will always be positive, however based on our environment and what we put into our bodies we are in a constant state of change. I am also a strong believer that the biggest meal of the day should be breakfast and the smallest meal is dinner.

[blockquote custom_class=”” txt_color=”#222222″ size=”25″ line_height=”32″]Chinese Medicine teaches that we should have a balanced intake of the 5 flavours; sweet, sour, salty, pungent and bitter. Too much of one flavour will cause an imbalance in your body and affect the functioning of the organs.[/blockquote]

The zeitgeist of today’s society is if something is good for you, then a hell of a lot more is even better! Drinking litres of water a day is a common piece of information which I feel is misconstrued. This is not suitable for everyone. It really depends on how that water is expelled out of the body. If you sweat a lot then drink more. If you are not using up water by sweating, drink less. In summer drink more than in winter. Best of all let your body guide you by your thirst.

[dropcap custom_class=”bl”]In Chinese medicine, we have yin and yang. The 2 polar opposites, yet interweaving forces of the universe. Yin refers to the cooling contractive energy. Yang refers to the warm expanding energy. [/dropcap]
In Chinese medicine, excess fluid makes the body too yin. This causes the kidneys to overwork, and the heart which is the opposite, then also has to overwork to compensate in maintaining a balance. Healthy individuals who exercise frequently can get rid of their excess fluid by sweating it out, breathing, urination and defecation. However in highly stressed individuals, and under exercise people, there is a lot of you out there, the body cannot cope and symptoms arise, such as:


  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica and depression are common



If you experience any of these a good way to build up your kidney energy is to do a special massage which builds your kidney internal energy. This exercise is a qi gong practice. Keep your clothes on for this one

Start from a standing position with your feet together and palms of your hand representing fire.

Place your hands in a relaxed position at the area level of your kidneys (kidneys represent water)

From this position, the hips and waist are rotated in very tight small circles.

This will massage the lower back and stimulate the kidneys. The palms of the hands will warm up and heat up the lower back further stimulating the kidneys

Every morning 20 rotations to the right and 20 rotations to the left for a month will convince most people of its effectiveness.



Houng started her career in health in 1996, running a successful shiatsu and massage therapy practice. In 2004, Houng Lau graduated from the University of Western Sydney, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Science for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Houng has studied in China at Nanjing Hospital of Chinese Medicine.

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