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Whilst I was making a seed biscuit stack (homemade seed biscuit topped with avocado, tomato and sauerkraut) I began to ponder about our up and coming Fermented Foods Workshop (Saturday 3rd October at RISE Wellness) my inner history buff mind began to wander about the origins and benefits of Sauerkraut.

As a Chinese Doctor I like to think that most amazing theories, food concepts and of course fermenting would come from Asia! Ok don’t get too up in arms, I’m not that narrow minded I know that Pavola originated in Australia……


In fact Sauerkraut did originate in Asia over 2,000 years ago, made with Rice Wine. It is thought most likely that as Gengis Kahn raped and pillaged all the way to Europe he brought this delicious gut healing fermented food with him, 1,000 years after it’s recorded inception.


As each culture adapts concepts to make them their own the German people use water and salt to make the brine instead of the Rice wine. Sauerkraut was also widely used by the Dutch at Sea to prevent scurvy.

Enough about history what are the health benefits you may be asking. Well as a fermented food sauerkraut holds inside the jar the ability to heal the gut as it contains lactobacillus bacteria, boost circulation and immune system, strengthen your bones, reduce cholesterol levels, protect heart health, decrease to eliminating inflammation, improve vision and skin health, lift energy and protect against certain cancers. It is also packed with essential minerals, nutrients and vitamins in each jar.


So at this point your probably asking yourself why aren’t you eating this amazing food, or if you are already eating sauerkraut you must be sitting pretty and pleased with all the health benefits you are providing yourself with! Sauerkraut is just one of the Fermented Foods we will be making in our up and coming Fermented Foods Workshop, Saturday 3rd October, click her to find out more.

Book a tix online here


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A little more about Affordable Healthcare

With the cost of healthcare on the seemingly endless rise, we decided to offer some services in addition to our private practice treatments that can be accessed by anyone.  We provide affordable cupping:

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What is Cupping?  What you might know about cupping: it leaves plunger type marks on your back and if your glamourous you might be able pull them off in public with style:images

What you might not know is that cupping can relive muscle pain, help with disc misalignment, increase blood circulation, help vent out colds and virus’, assist lymphatic flow, reduce fluid build-up, reduce cellulite and help to move Qi resulting in a balance mental health outlook.

Acupuncture and Moxibustion:


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How can sticking fine needles into random points into my body help?  Well for starters all acupuncture points were carefully researched some few thousands years ago in Eastern culture and many other modalities utilise the same energetic system that acupuncture follows such as Pranic healing, Reiki, Shiatsu, Chakra healing and to a lesser extent myotherapy, Kinesology, Lifeline technique and probably some newer modalities even I haven’t heard of!

The theory of energy is based from the concept of Yin and Yang where all things start and end.  Energy or Qi is a form of Yang and if you don’t have enough well you can top up with acupuncture to give vitality, if you have too much and your a little manic, well you can just sedate that Qi for mental balance, if your Qi is stuck and your grumpy, stuck or in pain well Acupuncture and can just get that Qi on the move again to restore your balance.

Blood is a form of Yin, if your Blood is deficient  than you might be light headed, twanging tight muscle, stressed, have a Vitamin B or Iron shortage or just be plain tired.

Regular Acupuncture can help create inner balance and help you shine out with vitality.



And Chinese Herbal Medicine:



Which you probably think of as bark, flowers and leaves which can be boiled up into a medicinal tea.  We use this method when the you have the time to soak,boil and drink as it is the strongest and most effective way to use Chinese herbal medicine.  But for those who are a little time poor we have a range of pills to slam down fast, which might not be as impressive, but very effective for the peeps on the go go go!

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Session Times:

Wednesday 2-6pm

Saturday 9-Noon


Rear 15 Mooltan Ave, St Kilda East, 3183.

Affordable Investment:

$20 Herbal Consultation for Raw Herbs

$30 Acupuncture (may include moxibustion and/or Chinese Medicine herbal recommendations)

$30 Cupping

$50 Acupuncture & Cupping

$8 per bag for Raw Herbal Medicine

$15 – $45 Chinese Medicine Herbal Pills


0417 573 316  Jemima  (Call or Message for Affordable and Private Consultations)


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Tantalise your morning Tastebuds

Our amazing Nutritionist EMMA PARK has inspired me with another delis recipe, I know this will also tantalise your taste buds and you will be making a bee line to the kitchen to whip up this alternative to the breakfast norm!  A great way to start the day.

CHIA Pudding

3 Tablespoons of Organic Chia Seeds

3/4 Tin of Coconut Milk

1 Tsp of Cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a container (with a lid), with love, making sure there aren’t any chia lumps left.  For the sweet tooth add some honey or maple syrup to taste.  Leave overnight in the Fridge.

Grain-free granola

1 cup mixed nuts
1 cup mixed seeds 1/2 cup cranberries 1/2 cup buckwheat 1 cup coconut flakes 1 tsp vanilla powder 1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp raw honey
2 tblsp coconut oil
1 tsp Himylayan salt

Add all dry ingredients to a blender and pulse a couple of times, transfer to a bowl & add honey and coconut oil & mix well (hands work best!).

Spread on baking tray and toast for 30-40 mins at 120 degrees, stir around every 10-15mins. Ready when it starts to brown. It will crunch up as it cools. Store in an airtight container… Use as a topping for your Chia Pudding, yoghurt or smoothies… So YUM xx