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October 23, 2018

After a wonderfully long time practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine it’s time for me to go on holiday….for all of 2019.

As much as I love Chinese Medicine, I love adventures more so I will be taking next year off to ride my bike around Australia and the world. 

I will be returning to practice in 2020. 

I will finish up at Sydney Health Professionals on the 30th of October. If you’d like a treatment before this time or would like to keep in touch please email info@rebeccamarks.com.au

Otherwise I will see you all in 2020.

Take care!

Rebecca xxx

September 13, 2018

September kicked off with WOMENS HEALTH WEEK so what better time to chat about how Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can help with women's health issues then now?

Working with women’s health, I see and treat a lot of hormonal, fertility and general womens health issues. This can range from PMS to dysmenorrhea (period pain), menstrual issues like amenorrhoea (lack of menstruation), heavy bleeding, infertility and more. Did you know that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be extremely helpful for women’s health issues? From evening out cycles and regulating hormones all the way through to preparing for pregnancy and labour. It really is amazing!  

Let’s have a look at a few of the conditions that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help treat. 

MENSTRUAL ISSUES : Many women experience some sort of dysfunction menstruation - either cramping, bloating, irregular periods or PMS. Even though we are taught from early on that this is normal, Chinese Medicine has taught me that any kind of...

August 7, 2018

So...you're growing a tiny human. Congratulations! That is fantastic news. Pregnancy is such an exciting time, but it can also be a time fraught with exhaustion, nausea, aches, pains and a wide range of health issues. Did you know that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are fantastic tools to help expectant mothers navigate their health issues? Even though your body is undergoing many changes (and growing a tiny human) it is possible to maintain a high level of health from conception to birth and beyond! Read on to find out more.

The health issues that Acupuncture can treat varies depending on how far along your pregnancy is.

In the first trimester of pregnancy (up to week 12) your Acupuncturist will focus on setting your pregnancy up to have a stable foundation. This means helping your body to nourish yourself and your baby as well as supporting the rapid growth of the baby, uterus and lining. Treatments are focused around preventing miscarriage as well a mitigating the intense early...

May 21, 2018

Okay people, it’s official - the flu season is here! If you’re someone that’s prone to colds/flus, or you know that you generally get a bit run down at this time of year then this is the blog for you.

If you wake up one morning and start feeling a bit scratchy in the throat, or your nose is starting to get clogged DON’T WAIT! If you hop on that cold you can get rid of it super quick.

STEP ONE: drink some honey, lemon and fresh ginger tea. Perhaps make a big thermos of it and take it to work? All you need to do is finely slice some fresh lemon and ginger and add a spoon of Manuka honey. Not only will the warm liquid calm your sore throat but the ingredients will help to boost your immune system. 

STEP TWO: start swollowing some Vitamin C and Zinc. Lots of it. If you’re not sure which supplements are the best, go and see your local Chinese Medicine practitioner. They will have access to practitioner-only brands and will be able to point you in the right direction. 

STEP THREE: make some chic...

April 23, 2018

Did you know that Chinese Medicine is more than just Acupuncture, Massage and Cupping? No? Well, it totally is! Chinese Medicine also encompasses a whole lot of herbal medicine. In fact, practitioners have been using herbs, teas, decoctions and pills for several thousand years. Ancient Chinese Medicine practitioners discovered hundreds of formulas made up of between 2-20 traditional herbs, all for a range of different disorders. There are formulas for digestion, insomnia, headaches, stress, period pain, and arthritis…. honestly, the list goes on. But that doesn’t mean that it’s complicated. Actually, it’s quite simple and many of the herbs that we use in our formulas can be found in your kitchen. If I do give a herbal remedy to a client, I like to keep it super simple. This means that many of the remedies can be made at home from everyday ingredients. So, if you fancied getting to know your ginger from your galangal or if you think it would be useful to find out how to use cinnamon qui...

January 12, 2018

The New Year is such a glorious time. Everyone is still in holiday mode (or actually just on holiday), Sydney is super quiet and everyone is planning the year to come. 

Do you like to start the year with resolutions? Or a plan? Or any idea of what you’d like to achieve this year? Or a picture of where you’d like to see yourself in 12 months time? 

If you’re like me, you might like to set some intentions for what you want to achieve in the coming year. Or are you new to the whole ‘intention’ thingo? I know that it can be a bit daunting at first. All of the #newyearnewyou pullava seems to require a few too many dieting/gym-going/world-domination vibes to seem like a long-term viable thing. Instead, I like to check-in with my inside people and figure out what I INTEND to do and what my VALUES and GOALS are. And perhaps visualise what I would like to achieve in the year. But really it’s as easy as popping on the kettle, having a brainstorm and drawing some mind maps or dotting out some...

September 30, 2017

Did you know that Chinese Medicine is more than just Acupuncture, Massage and Cupping? No? Well, it totally is! Chinese Medicine also encompasses a whole lot of herbal medicine. In fact, practitioners have been using herbs, teas, decoctions and pills for several thousand years. Ancient Chinese Medicine practitioners discovered hundreds of formulas made up of between 2-20 traditional herbs, all for a range of different disorders. There are formulas for digestion, insomnia, headaches, stress, period pain, arthritis….honestly, the list goes on! But that doesn’t mean that it’s complicated. Actually, it’s quite simple and many of the herbs that we use in our formulas can be found in your kitchen. If I do give a herbal remedy to a client, I like to keep it super simple. This means that many of the remedies are able to be made at home from everyday ingredients. So, if you fancied getting to know your ginger from your galangal or if you think it would be useful to find out how to use cinnamon...

September 2, 2017

It’s spring! The days are beginning to get longer and the flowers are blooming. I’m starting to see people frolicking in the sun, lounging in parks and generally getting happy that the end of winter has finally arrived. I’ve definitely been kicking off my shoes and digging my toes into grass during lunchtime jaunts to the park. Isn’t it fabulous?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we think of the body as a small version of the universe around us  - a microcosm of the macrocosm. As the seasons change, so should we. Humans should be adaptable; to flow with the seasons is to live in harmony. By doing this, we can avoid illness.

What happens to our Qi in spring?

Spring is the season of the WOOD element. The corresponding organ is the LIVER; the flavor is SOUR; the energetic movement is UP and OUT. This is a time of expansion, growth, and change. Think of the new growth that happens at this time – gardens are full of new shoots that are growing upwards and outwards. If we are moving in harm...

August 22, 2017

So, since I’ve started posting regular pictures of my lunches a funny thing has happened….at least 3 people came up to me last week and said ‘dude, you inspired me. Check out my lunch - it’s just like yours’ This is both a humbling thing, (yay! people are packing their lunches) and slightly terrifying thing (oh my god people actually read what I write here). Now people have been telling me that my lunches look fantastic for years - between workmates at jobs, study mates at uni and lazy housemates who want to steal my lunches, people have been asking me how I put these things together. 

And yanno what…it’s really not hard. Honestly, those lunches that I pop together take about 90 seconds of planning (while at the fruit n’ veg market), 10 minutes of prepping/chopping, 1 episode of Offspring/3 chapters of my book/40 mins of knitting while everything cooks and then 10 mins to pack everything up and do the washing up. That’s not very long, amiright? 

So the process goes a little somethin...

August 5, 2017

So, a couple of weeks ago I got sick. Not just like a cold/flu sick. In hospital sick. For a couple of days. And I made them let me leave early because the lady next to me kept yelling at 3am and I couldn’t get any sleep. Let’s not go into details, but it wasn’t a fantastic situation. After a 40 degree fever, at least 2 (or was it 3? I can’t remember) kinds of IV antibiotics, lots of very strong painkillers and many, many hugs later I made it home with several prescriptions for more antibiotics, 2 boxes of panadol, and the promise to sit very still for a little while and let myself get better. In fact, here’s a picture of me at 11pm in my ward bed, listening to yoga podcasts, wearing my favourite wolf sweater and about to wash my late night painkillers n’ panadol combo down with hospital pudding (the only food I could keep down except for vegemite toast), The moral of the story? Even health practitioners get sick sometimes. And truly, it’s best to make sure you’re really super ready t...

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