Tips to support your immunity this winter

Tips to support your immune system this winter!

1 Living in Harmony with the Seasons

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) states that people should live in harmony with their environment. During winter, this means slowing down in the colder months, deeply nourishing yourself, and keeping warm and well rested, take the opportunity to slow down.

Nourish yourself with warm and wholesome foods!

2 Eat warm nourishing Food

In the Winter our body needs warm foods like soups made from vegetables and rich stocks with animal bones are very nourishing these specific foods nourish and warm the Kidneys. Winter is a time when many people tend to reduce and slow down their activity.

The foods to eat during winter are the ones that grow during the season usually root vegetables like: turnips and carrots, winter greens, mushrooms, apples, pears, citrus fruits, nuts, beans and grains, are also good. 

3 Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine

Come in for a preventative Acupuncture treatment you don’t have to be sick to receive a treatment or a few weekly regular treatment to strengthen your immune system.

Winter is cold and flu season in Chinese medicine is very much concerned with preventative measures like strengthening up the Wei Qi or defensive energies (in the Chinese medicine an understanding of the immune system) in order to naturally fight off virus, colds and flu.

So stay warm, hydrated and nourished, and try to give yourself the extra time and space to slow down, rest and meditate in this profound season of stillness.

This entry was posted on June 2, 2017, in Acupuncture.

Treat scar tissue with acupuncture and get real results!

Why is it important to treat Scar tissue?

In Chinese medicine, significant scars are considered to block the flow of the qi to the meridians, (similar to the nerve and blood vessel damage pointed to by Western medicine) causing not only pain and decreased circulation, but also potentially impaired internal organ function depending on the meridian affected.

Scars may not only be cosmetically undesirable, but may also have an impact on the health of the individual.

Large scars with abnormal coloration, painful, lumpiness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, heat or cold sensations, achiness or pain, tenderness to touch, and muscle restriction should be treated.

We treat all Scar with Acupuncture and Moxa

We can treat all scar from Keloid to surgical scars that are more then 1 month or even older,  over 5 years old with acupuncture and Moxa. In combination with these two treatment methods they reduce scar tissue and help to reduce pain and tingling sensation.

Moxa (Is a gentle warming treatment achieved by burning dried mugwort), . Small amounts of moxa may be burned directly on the skin -with paw paw oinment as a medium to prevent burns- around the scar, or a stick of rolled moxa may be burned above the site to warm the area. Both methods are pleasant and very effective.

How many treat will you need?

Everyone is different in the way they heal it depends of the age of the scar. I have treated a client recently who got results with a 3 month old scars and faded after 3 weekly treatments. Usually we suggest 5 weekly treatments then review how many further treatments you will need.


A 2014 Study used UK acupuncturist (“surrounding the dragon“) using needles directly around and through the scar) with distal points . After eight treatments in 5 weeks the scar pain had reduced from a 7/10 to a 1-2/10. Such treatments can not only reduce scar pain, but also help to break up scar tissue and adhesions, increase local circulation, and aid healing. This leads to flatter, smaller, less noticeable scars and a reduction of keloiding.


We suggest to use a topical spray at home?

Zheng Gu Shui is a lineament that contains Dang gui and other Chinese Herbal medicine it’s beneficial for deep scars that may have adhesions to underlying tissues (for example surgical scars). They can improve local circulation, healing of the scar and the area that was injured, and reduce associated pain. It is better for healing and restoring health to the area than for cosmetic scar reduction.

              Book in today to remove your scars!

Turning Point Acupuncture

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Winter is the season for cultivation of energy, rest and a time for going inward

The winter months are for cultivation of energy. As the weather cools and the days shorten, go to sleep earlier and get up later. Take the opportunity to slow down. Sleep in on weekends and nourish yourself with warm and wholesome foods.

Chinese medicine is very much concerned with preventative measures strengthening  the Wei Qi or defensive energies (crucial in the Chinese medical understanding of the immune system) in order to naturally fight off colds and flu and other viruses.

The more balanced your system is, the better your defences are against contracting whatever you may be exposed to in your workplace or elsewhere. For a healthy seasonal change and to strengthen your Wei Qi, rest more but stay active enough to keep yang energy flowing by doing gentle exercise like walking, tai chi or yoga.

Protect yourself from rain, wind and cold with warm clothing, a scarf, beanie and gloves. Eat fresh and balanced meals and snacks, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, tune into your body and don’t forget to book in for an acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment to support your immune system.

Foods for Winter

 Winter is a time when many people tend to reduce and slow down their activity.

Avoid eating raw cold foods during the winter as much as possible, as these tend too cold for the body.

Foods for winter eat more warming foods:

  • Soups and stews
  • Root vegetables
  • Beans and legumes
  • Garlic and ginger

warm hearty soups, baked foods, whole grains, and roasted nuts help to warm the body’s core and to keep us nourished.  Sleep early, rest well, stay warm, and expend a minimum quantity of energy.

Adzuki Bean and Pumpkin Stew


Adzuki Bean and Pumpkin Stew (vegan, gluten free, nut free)


Filtered water

1 cup dry adzuki beans

1 strip dry strip of chopped kombu (Is a type of seaweed. Full of iron & softens the outside coating of the beans so helps cook the beans quicker)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small brown onion, sliced thin

1 garlic, diced

1 medium carrot, sliced thin in half moons

1 leek, white parts only, sliced thin in half moons

1 celery, sliced thin

1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon himalayan sea salt

4 cups pumpkin, remove skin (optional) and chopped into large chunks (I used kent, but you can or butternut pumpkin if you prefer)

1 tablespoon tamari or shoyu


  1. Soak the adzuki beans overnight with filtered water and kombu.
  2. Drain the beans and place the adzuki beans and kombu in a pot with some fresh filtered water. Bring to the boil, then cover on a low heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until the beans are cooked. Then strain and leave to the side.
  3. Heat olive oil in pot or large pan. Then add onion and garlic. Cook on a medium to low heat for 4-5 minutes until they have browned.
  4. Add the carrot, leek and celery and cook for a further few minutes, until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the ground cumin, ground sweet paprika, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and himalayan sea salt. Stir through the vegetables and cook for another minute or until the spices are fragrant.
  6. Add pumpkin and a cup of water. Bring to the boil, then leave on a simmer for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is cooked.
  7. Add the aduki beans and tamari. Cook for a further 5 minutes and then serve.


*Serve with organic steam brown rice.

Turning Point Acupuncture 

887 Ann Street

Fortitude Valley

PHONE:3852 1688   Mobile: 0438 984290
















 After serving the Ashgrove and Alderley area for the past 4 years we are pleased to say over that time we have grown and expanded.

Turning Point Acupuncture is moving to Fortitude Valley-only 12 minutes drive from Alderley.

We will be operating from  Acupuncture & Natural Therapies Clinic on Ann Street.

Our new premises has 5 consultation rooms: a warm and relaxed feel with access parking at the rear of the building. Only 10 minutes walk from Fortitude Valley Train Station and a City Bus stop at the front door.

We will be available for appointments at the our new location from Tuesday 2nd of June 2015.

Appointments are available online, by phone or email.

For online bookings go to:


We look forward to continuing to provide our services and to support your health and wellbeing.


887 Ann Street

Free parking available at the rear of the building enter car park on the corner of Ann and Wandoo Street Fortitude Valley

please park in the signed designated space.

PHONE: 3852 1688

MOBILE: 04389 842929

Ann street Valley

The benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken

 The benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken 

When you’re sick as a kid your mother would make you chicken soup to boost your immune system.

The nutrients from chicken noodle soup can support your immune system. Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms.

Chicken noodle soup are great for those cold winter days because of all it’s wonderful nutrients. The ingredients included are soothing to the throat, easy-to-digest and also has a great taste.

  • It contains vitamins, minerals and some fat.
  • It can help to improve upper respiratory tract symptoms by providing hydration and stimulating nasal clearance.
  • Carrots, Celery, Onion – These vegetables contain vitamin A, C and other antioxidants that have been known to help build a strong immune system and fight off viruses.
  • They may help the body recover from illness more quickly.
  • Chicken – The main ingredient of the dish is packed with protein, which supports the immune system.
  • Noodles – High in carbohydrates, they will help you to feel full and satisfied.

Chicken Noodle Soup   

chicken soup


2 Teaspoon of butter

1 cup carrots

1 cup of celery

1 chopped Onions

1 small potato diced

1 teaspoon Thyme

4 litres of Chicken stock

Rice noodles

2 cups of BBQ Chicken

1/3 Gojji Berries

3 Bay leaves


  • Melt butter in large pot.
  • Sauté the celery, carrot and onion for 2 minutes.
  • Add potato, thyme, poultry seasoning, chicken broth add gojji berries
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add noodles and chicken and cook on low for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.

Turning Point Acupuncture

Mobile 043898 4290

Achieve your 2015 health goals with Acupuncture.

Start achieving your 2015 health goals today!









Now that Christmas is over and the kids are back at school we hope you are all back in the swing of things and on the path to achieving your 2015 health goals!

For those of you who always wanted to try acupuncture or have been meaning to make appointment there is no time like the present.

How can acupuncture help achieve your health goals?

Acupuncture can treat a whole range of health aliments both Acute an Chronic. It can also can be used to maintain good health and balance the body so you don’t to be unwell to receive Acupuncture.

Acupuncture can assist with common ailments:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Women’s health care like hot flushes, menstrual irregularities
  • Infertility
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Stress and Tension
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Back & Neck pain
  • Sciatica

  Acupuncture Can treat general wellbeing and  relaxation..

Whatever your health goals are for 2015 we would be happy to make those goals come true.


Phone for an appointment today

PHONE: 3856 4087

Turning Point Acupuncture

126 Banks Street Alderely QLD



Improve your health in 2015 with Acupuncture

 Improve your health in 2015 with Acupuncture


Welcome to 2015 with a new healthier approach to changing your mind, revitialise your energy and supporting your digestion to better health.

Happy New Year!

The beginning of the year is a time to reflect and redirect, we look forward to making plans and goals for the year ahead.

If one of your goals is to be healthier then at Turning Point Acupuncture we can support you through this process!


  • It can help with stress by calming the mind and body
  • It can assist pain and can be used as a preventative for pain for those who suffer from pain constantly. Acupuncture can treat back pain to period pain
  • Resolve to restore and revitialise your energy.
  • Supports your digestion. Most people overeat at Christmas and put a lot of stress on digestive system which causes bloating, constipation, gas and pain to name a few symptoms.
  • Calm your anxiety and depression
  • Assist with quitting smoking
  • Improves your sleep


Phone for an appointment and I will be happy to assist you in your 2015 health goal.

We support your health naturally.

PHONE: 385 4087

126 Banks Street

Alderely QLD 4051