Starting and Finishing Well
“Starting strong is good, finishing strong is EPIC.” ~ Robin Sharma.
As I mentioned last month, February saw the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog: social, enthusiastic, and exuberant. The Dog loves starting things…finishing them – not so much. Here at Bing’s Natural Health(BnH) we are committed to not only starting this year with a bigger vision for serving our clients than ever before, but also to finishing the year with a long list of how we did that. And then an even bigger vision for how to keep improving in 2019.
What does that mean for our clients? First, you’ll notice our new-look reception and waiting area designed to be both restful and educational. We’ve moved the prescription herbs out into a staff-only area, and given you more interesting things to look at. Second, we’d really like you to provide feedback about your experience so we can keep making it better. Third, … well, we kind of hope you won’t notice the third thing because we always strive to deliver the best possible client experience and outcomes. But we want to make it great, even more outstanding.
Our Passion for Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM)
2018 is well and truly started and our passion for providing our clients with control over your own health, and choices about what you do has increased. We continue to see efforts to close down discussion on alternative health treatments and suppress your options for care. We oppose this suppression on principle because we believe that our clients are intelligent and aware enough to make informed decisions themselves…
TCM has a very long history of contributing to people’s health and well-being. Here at BnH we are a TCM only clinic. We absolutely recognise that there are other modalities of supporting your health, but we are not tempted to try and become a one-stop shop for all of these.
What makes Bing’s Natural Health so unique is our team of expert practitioners who are committed to increasing their own knowledge, documenting their experience and outcomes, and sharing that knowledge with others (both at our team education days, and outside the clinic). While we always maintain the highest degree of client confidentiality during our regular Team Days, we discuss outcomes, progress, and innovations that can improve your experience.
We can proudly say that there is no other TCM clinic in Melbourne that has the same level of passion, knowledge, and cumulative experience in the totality of TCM than BnH.
Reception at Bing’s Natural Health
Bing’s Natural Health
Farewell Alvin and Veronica
After many years as our part-time receptionist, Alvin has left to pursue a full-time career in computer programming. We will miss his cheerful smile and friendly voice, and wish him all of the very best because we know that he will do well.
Our lovely receptionist Veronica has also left to return to her studies in Sydney. She enjoyed Melbourne, but decided (understandably) that she wanted to live closer to her family.
We wish you both all of the very best in your future endeavours and thank you for taking the time to care and look after our appreciative clients.
“It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.” ~John Andrew Holmes, Jr.
Just in case you missed the Chinese New Year celebrations in the middle of February, we are now in the Year of the Dog, and this reminded me of an important aspect of life that can influence your happiness and satisfaction with life in very deep and real ways: being connected with others. When we feel connected with others: partners, family and friends, our sense of joy and vitality sky-rocket. We sleep better, laugh more, relax more easily, and even produce more at work, so this is a vital component of health and well-being.
Thanks to social media, in some ways we are now more connected to more people than ever before in history, so connectedness shouldn’t be a problem, but the truth is doctors, counsellors, and teachers see more people feeling more lonely and alienated than ever before. Why is this?
Unfortunately, our social media connections to others are often very superficial and consist of random ‘likes’ and the odd comment… not really the same as face-to-face meetings in the grocery store, or over coffee or a meal, let alone working together on a common task.
Good relationships are far better at stimulating our ‘pleasure sensors’ and releasing ‘happy hormones’ than chocolate, wine, beer, cake, coffee, or drugs, and they are far longer lasting and healthier in the long run, so here are a few things I do to keep connected with others that may give you some ideas for yourself.
- Reach out to others and make an effort to stay connected. It’s easy to let friendships slide, but eventually you pay a price. I make a point of catching up with at least 2 friends I haven’t seen in a while every month, and I schedule meetings with close friends regularly so the time doesn’t slip away.
- Family matters. We make a point of having family meals regularly. Weekly when we can, but sometimes that doesn’t work. When your family relationships start to slide often your mood slides with them. Chinese New Year is always a great excuse for an extended family party!
- Gardening for me is an expression of my connection with the earth, sun, and water: essential elements for nurturing life and happiness. And enjoying the fruits of my labour, with fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers. What do you love doing to put you in touch with nature?
- Environment: clutter in your closet, room, or office clutters your mind and your energy. If you feel disconnected and distracted try some serious decluttering.
- Fun is part of these suggestions, and it’s so important that I wanted to put it in its own slot as well. Spontaneity and plain, simple fun make you feel connected and nurture a sense of joyful anticipation for the future.
What do you do to promote your feeling of connectedness, and the happiness that comes from that?
A victory to Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) researcher Professor Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2015 for her role in creating a drug that helped slash malaria mortality rates in Africa and Asia, saving millions of lives. The remedy was created through her endless efforts in the research of a TCM herb called Qinghao. Her insight derived from her study of a TCM classic text that is hundreds of years old, The Manual of Clinical Practice and Emergency Remedies by Ge Hong of the East Jin Dynasty.
Professor Tu Youyou works for the China Academy of Chinese Medicine Science in Beijing. Professor Tu is the first and only person to receive the Nobel Prize in the TCM community and in the natural medicine industry as well. It is inspiring news for all natural medicine practitioners.
Professor Tu said in her speech at the ceremony, ‘Chinese medicine and pharmacology are a great treasure house, which should be explored and raised to a higher level… Since Tasting a Hundred Herbs, by Shen Nong, China has accumulated substantial experience in clinical practice, integrated and summarised medical application of most nature resources over the last thousands of years through Chinese medicine.’ Shen Nong was a legendary pioneering TCM doctor in ancient Chinese times. ‘Adopting, exploring, developing and advancing these practices would allow us to discover more novel medicines beneficial to the world healthcare,’ Tu stressed.
Tu quoted a poem from China’s Tang Dynasty in her speech: ‘The sun along the mountain bows; the Yellow River seaward flows; you will enjoy a grander sight; by climbing to a greater height!’ ‘Let’s reach to a greater height to appreciate Chinese culture and find the beauty and treasure in the territory of traditional Chinese medicine’, she said.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practised in China for over 3,000 years and has proven to be highly effective in treating a great range of conditions. As western medicine emerged in China some 150 years ago, people in China started to doubt the efficacy of TCM. However, in the last few decades , as western medicine has sometimes been associated with adverse effects, more and more people have started to understand and experience the benefits of TCM, and its clientele has expanded considerably. Professor Tu Youyou’s winning the Nobel Prize is a reflection of the standing and contribution of TCM to global health. Chinese medicine is still something of a hidden treasure that has been relatively little used by the health professions. Tu Youyou’s recognition has inspired TCM and acupuncture practitioners around the world and highlighted its contribution to both natural and mainstream medicine.
CREDITS and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Adapted from a 2016 article by Daniel Zhang, Director, Australian Traditional Medicine Society
Chinese Year of the Brown Dog
The Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival or Lunar New Year) is a celebration of the start of a new moon and is the most important festival in the Chinese traditional calendar.
2018 is the year of the Male Earth Dog which only comes around once every sixty(60) years and is a very strong Earth year dominated by its Yang masculine form. The good thing about the Yang energy is that most issues and conflicts will be resolved quickly because with Yang energy things are usually quick to rise and quick to fall when it comes to conflicts.
The Year of the Dog is about finding balance and getting organised. On one hand you may feel called to act, to change and to make headway, but on the other hand, you may feel the need to rest, reflect and go within. Think of the energy of this year as being similar to how a dog behaves. You may be full of energy and raring to go, but then you also need your sleep!
The Chinese horoscope predicts that this is going to be a good year in all respects, but it will also be an exhausting year. The word for this year is ACTION because the Dog will accelerate the initiation of all things, which will also bring pressure and stress into everyday life.
2018 is an important year for laying foundations and taking some of the biggest steps in your life. Even if it doesn’t feel like you are doing much, the work laid down in 2018 is going to set you up for many years to come.
The abundant energy of the “Earth” Dog is also going to make this a perfect year for becoming more “grounded”. Many people will be attracted to stability, religion, meditation and spiritual study. Strengthening your relationships or your career, spending time with family and connecting to your inner self are all relevant.
This “Earth” year will also bring a greater focus to Mother Earth and environmental matters, such as recycling and renewable energy.
Globally however things are still going to be up and down and chaotic this year, particularly for government structures and international interactions. Even though things may feel all over the place, there is also the potential for many positive changes to be put into action too.
Lifestyle and Health.
This is a good year to make lifestyle changes such as eating healthy, doing sports, moving house, quitting smoking and getting rid of bad habits.
Money, Career and Fortune
2018 is a very good year for the financial aspects. Just be a bit careful in business and sensitive situations, because the Dog energy can also have a tendency to lash out, become overly attached, or stubborn. Be honest and fair in your dealings.
Overall, the Chinese Year of the Yang Earth Dog is a positive and harmonious year. It is a year where we will really have to honour the cycles of action and rest, create stability and find that fun loving approach to life, no matter where it is leading us.
In Chinese culture it is fortuitous to give your house a good clean. Getting rid of clutter and throwing away unwanted items gets rid of stagnant energy. This helps to invoke good luck and prosperity for the year ahead.
Special thanks to FOREVER CONSCIOUS and the content of their Chinese Year of the Yang Earth Dog post which was used extensively.
Holidays With My ‘Doggy Nephew’!
As the only practitioner with no pet at home I sometimes feel a bit left out, so this month I thought I’d share my sister-in-law’s very cute dog with you. In October I went to the US to visit my family and we had a fantastic time together with lots of laughter, cooking and talk time. My mother lives with my brother and his family so we manage to keep very busy and entertained without even leaving the house.
Improving Digestion while Traveling
Much as I love holidays and travel, I do recognise the impact on my digestion. It’s not that I get ill or anything, but it’s the subtle lack of energy and slight sense of discomfort that bothers me. Actually, I believe that what we call jet-lag and attribute to a change of time zone is more complex than that, so I have been working on ways to minimise the discomfort and reduce the impact. Most of them are common knowledge… but do you actually do them?
- Stay hydrated. This is very important especially in a pressurised cabin and getting up to go to the bathroom is actually a good thing, too.
- Eat well. Airline food is often rich in carbohydrates, sugar and fats. Meals are often offered at frequent intervals, particularly on international flights. Let your hunger dictate how often you eat, not boredom. Favour items like fresh fruit if offered.
- Walk in airports. It can be difficult to keep moving on the plane, but make sure you take advantage of stop-overs to move around and get your blood circulating. This may ease any digestive issues you may be suffering from due to hours of inactivity on the plane.
As you know, your digestive system is delicately balanced and easily affected. Take care of it while travelling and you’ll feel better during and after your holiday.