Dietary Advice 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is closely linked to diet and nutrition. What we put into our bodies, we get out. When we listen to our body and eat the right combination of food, it could help restore and/or strengthen our immune system, prevent inflammation and other digestive problems, and so on. 

Traditional Chinese medicine uses the classical system of the Five Element theory. Each element are categorized by season, flavour and colour. The five elements serve different functions in the body and correspond to the five major organ systems.

For example:

  1. Spring-Liver & Gallbladder (green colour/sour flavour): apples, grapes, apple cider vinegar, broccoli, dandelion,  fermented food (i.e. sauerkraut, kimchi), olives
  2. Summer-Heart & Small Intestine (red colour/bitter flavour): kale, bitter melon, watermelon, cherries, strawberries, red cabbage, red grapes, red beans, chocolate & coffee
  3. Summer-Stomach & Spleen (yellow colour/sweet/starchy flavour): sweet potato, radish, golden beets,  chinese red dates, rice or oats. Spices: cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, and garlic can aid digestion in the summer heat.  
  4. Fall-Lung & Large Intestine (white color/acrid/spicy flavour): leaks, almonds, pears, egg white, white sesame seeds, garlic, and ginger. Ginger tea, garlic with garlic and scallions can alleviate colds & sinuses due to weather changes. 
  5. Winter-Kidney & Urinary Bladder(black colour/salty flavour):  seaweed, seafood, blackberries, blueberries, black beans, bone broth, bone marrow, black walnuts, goji berries, black sesame seeds. Lamb, chicken, and beef help the kidney during colder months. 

* Dietary Recommendations will be based on the needs and concern(s) of each individual patient. 

The five major organ systems is a useful guideline that can be beneficial and positive on your health. 


Stillness and action are relative, not absolute principles. It is important to find a balance of yin and yang, not just in qigong, but everyday life. In rest, be mindful and attentive.
— Ken Cohen

Physical Movement and Breathing as part of the healing process

QiGong and Daoyin involves various gentle mind-body movements  which we often integrate for better treatment outcomes. If appropriate, we would guide you to continue these simple exercises as part of your self-care between treatments. They predominantly focus on specific body positions/exercises that are both fluid and synchronised with breathing to induce improved circulation, mental cultivation, and a greater sense of well-being. 

Benefits of QiGong and Daoyin:

  1. loosens muscles
  2. builds power
  3. strengthens organs 
  4. sleep respiration
  5. strengthens nerves
  6. builds bone density
  7. prevents joint injury
  8. strengthens ligaments
  9. improves circulation
  10. prevents muscle spasms 
  11. reduces pain
  12. lowers heart rate
  13. lowers blood pressure
  14. improves asthma
  15. relieves bronchitis
  16. relieves migraines 
  17. decreases stroke 
  18. improves skin elasticity 
  19. improves posture
  20. improves flexibility
  21. increases balance
  22. improves memory
  23. aides in digestion
  24. improves kidney function