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The Health and Wellness Magazine - Autumn 2023

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Chemotherapy Induced Nausea & Vomiting: A TCM Perspective

What is Chemotherapy Induced Nausea & Vomiting

The cause of nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy is not well understood, and the use of antiemetic drugs to treat CINV may lead to further unwanted side effects [1]. Chemotherapy can cause nausea and vomiting by two major ways – peripheral or central mechanisms. In response to chemotherapy, enterochromaffin cells in the gastrointestinal tract release serotonin which starts the syndrome of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Serotonin stimulates vagal afferent nerves which communicate with the brain. Through the dorsal vagal complex, the brain communicates back to stomach causing reverse peristalsis, which results in nausea and vomiting (NB: In Chinese medicine this is termed Rebellious Stomach Qi). Centrally, stimulation of the neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptors by substance P in the brain- stem can also lead to CINV.

Nausea and vomiting are the most common complications following chemotherapy treatment and usually lead to decreased quality of life. Acupuncture therapy is a safe and effective method for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) [1,2].

In China, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been extensively used for thousands of years and applied in various diseases. Acupuncture’s ability to stimulate the body to release natural endogenous opioids (endorphins) and neurotransmitters or neurohormones, can reduce the nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy treatment without the risk of further side effects [3].

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Chemotherapy Induced Nausea & Vomiting

How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view Chemotherapy Induced Nausea & Vomiting (CINV)

In Australia Chinese medicine practitioners are not permitted by law to treat cancer specifically. However, when treating a patient, a doctor of Chinese medicine must consider the patterns existing in the patient holistically. Therefore, while reducing nausea and vomiting is the primary focus, treatment for CINV will inevitably also affect the underlying factors of stagnant qi, blood and the accumulation of phlegm, as these are also part of the nausea and vomiting that results from chemotherapy drugs. During chemotherapy the attention is to strengthen the defensive energy (Zheng Qi) in the body [4].

What You Can Do to Help Yourself

Some therapies have been proven to be safe and effective in scientific studies. For example, therapies such as meditation, relaxation, massage and counselling can reduce anxiety, and acupuncture can reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and fatigue [5].

  1. Eat frequent, small, meals during the day. Vegetable Soup is particularly good, nourishing meal that can be consumed in small quantities.
  2. Apply strong pressure to PC.6 – an acupuncture point approx. 5cm from your wrist crease. Apply pressure and push finger along the middle of the forearm toward the wrist crease. Repeat this several times or until nausea is reduced/alleviated
  3. Consult a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner to provide you with acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs
  4. Use relaxation techniques to help relax your body and mind – Download a Guided Relaxation Here


Ma, T. T., Zhang, T., Zhang, G. L., Dai, C. F., Zhang, B. R., Wang, X. M., & Wang, L. P. (2020). Prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting with acupuncture: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 99(3), e18828. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000018828

Li, Qw., Yu, Mw., Yang, Gw. et al. Effect of acupuncture in prevention and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 18, 185 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-017-1927-2

Huang, Y., Zhang, R., Yao, Q., Liu, J., OuYang, X., Hui, X., Wang, H., He, R., & Zhao, B. (2020). Acupuncture treatment for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting: A protocol for systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine, 99(21), e20150. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000020150

Maciocia, G. The Treatment of Cancer with Chinese Medicine. URL: https://giovanni-maciocia.com/the-treatment-of-cancer-with-chinese-2/ last visited 7th July 2021

Cancer Council Victoria. Chemotherapy: Trying complimentary therapies. URL: https://www.cancervic.org.au/cancer-information/treatments/treatments-types/chemotherapy/side_effects_of_chemotherapy.html last visited 7th July 2021.

Awesome Herbs: Golden Seal​

by Susan & Danny Siegenthaler


Biological Name:
(Hydrastis canadensis L.)


Other Names:
Eyebalm, Eyeroot, Goldenroot, Goldenseal, Ground raspberry, Indian turmeric, Jaundice root, Orangeroot, Radix Hydrastis, Sceau d’or, Yellow puccoon, Yellowroot

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)


It is a small perennial herb, with a horizontal, irregularly knotted, bright yellow root-stock, from 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch thick, giving off slender roots below and marked with scars of the flower-stems of previous years. The flowering stem, which is pushed up early in the spring, is from 6 to 12 inches high, erect, cylindrical, hairy, with downward-pointing hairs, especially above, surrounded at the base with a few short, brown scales. It bears two prominently-veined and wrinkled, dark green, hairy leaves, placed high up, the lower one stalked, the upper stalkless, roundish in outline, but palmately cut into 5 to 7 lobes, the margins irregularly and finely toothed. There is one solitary radical leaf on a long foot-stalk, similar in form to the stem leaves, but larger, when full-grown being about 9 inches across.

The flower, which is produced in April, is solitary, terminal, erect, small, with three small greenish-white sepals, falling away immediately after expansion, no petals and numerous stamens. The fruit is a head of small, fleshy, oblong, crimson berries, tipped with the persistent styles and containing one or two hard black, shining seeds. It is ripe in July and has much the appearance of a Raspberry (whence the name ‘Ground Raspberry’), but is not edible.

Traditional Indications in Herbal Medicine: 

The American aborigines valued the root highly as a tonic, stomachic and application for sore eyes and general ulceration, as well as a yellow dye for their clothing and weapons.

According to Mandal et al (2020), Goldenseal extract (containing berberine) has numerous therapeutic effects such as antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, neuroprotective (anti-Alzheimer’s disease), cardioprotective, and gastrointestinal protective.

The action is tonic, laxative, alterative and detergent, opthalmicum, antiperiodic, aperient, diuretic, antiseptic, deobstruent. 

It is a valuable remedy in the disordered conditions of the digestion and has a special action on the mucous membrane, making it of value as a local remedy in various forms of catarrh. In chronic inflammation of the colon and rectum, injections of Golden Seal are often of great service, and it has been used in haemorrhoids with excellent results, the alkaloid Hydrastine having an astringent action. The powder has proved useful as a snuff for nasal catarrh.

It is employed in dyspepsia, gastric catarrh, loss of appetite and liver troubles. As a tonic, it is of extreme value in cases of habitual constipation, given as a powder, combined with any aromatic. It is an efficient remedy for sickness and vomiting.
Useful for:

  • Common cold/sore throat
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Recurrent ear infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Blood purifier; good digestive tonic for those with normal digestion; central nervous system stimulent; antiseptic (wounds); powerful antibiotic and immune system stimulant; used as a spring tonic.
  • Used for liver disorders.
  • Used for ulcerations of mucosal surfaces (as external wash): gums, gum diseases, as eyewash for conjunctivitis, wounds, eczema, ringworm
  • Used for colds (reduces mucous discharge); sinus infection; hay fever; cystitis.

Active Compounds:

The two primary alkaloids are hydrastine and berberine, along with smaller amounts of canadine. Berberine, which ranges from 0.5-6.0% of the alkaloids present in goldenseal root and rhizome, has been the most extensively researched. It appears to have a wide spectrum of antibiotic activity against pathogens, such as Chlamydia species, E. coli, Salmonella typhi, and Entomeba histolytica.


Taken as recommended, Golden Seal is generally safe. However, as with all alkaloid-containing plants, high amounts may lead to gastrointestinal problems. Golden seal is contra indicated in pregnancy.


https://www.drugs.com/npp/goldenseal.html (accessed 23/12/2022)

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/goldenseal (accessed 23/12/2022)

Mandal SK, Maji AK, Mishra SK, Ishfaq PM, Devkota HP, Silva AS, Das N. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis L.) and its active constituents: A critical review of their efficacy and toxicological issues. Pharmacol Res. 2020 Oct;160:105085. doi: 10.1016/j.phrs.2020.105085. Epub 2020 Jul 16. PMID: 32683037.


What is Remedial Massage and What are its Benefits

by Susan and Danny Siegenthaler

Remedial massage is a type of therapeutic massage that focuses on treating specific musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. It involves the assessment and treatment of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. The primary goal of remedial massage is to identify and address the underlying causes of pain, discomfort, or dysfunction, and to promote the body’s natural healing processes.

Some of the benefits of remedial massage include:

  1. Pain relief: Remedial massage can help to alleviate pain caused by muscle tension, injuries, or other musculoskeletal conditions.

  2. Improved flexibility: By releasing tension in the muscles, remedial massage can help to increase range of motion and flexibility.

  3. Enhanced circulation: Massage can improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage, which can help to reduce swelling and inflammation.

  4. Reduced stress and anxiety: Massage can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, which can have a positive impact on both physical and mental health.

  5. Improved posture: By addressing muscle imbalances and tension, remedial massage can help to improve posture and prevent future injuries.
Overall, remedial massage can be a highly effective form of therapy for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, and can help to promote both physical and mental wellbeing. It is important to note that remedial massage should only be performed by a qualified and experienced therapist, as incorrect techniques or application can cause harm.
In addition, remedial massage can have a range of physiological and neurological effects on the body, which include:
    1. Increased circulation: Massage can stimulate blood flow and lymphatic circulation, which can help to deliver nutrients and oxygen to tissues, as well as remove waste products and toxins.

    2. Decreased muscle tension: Massage can help to release muscle tension and stiffness, which can improve flexibility, range of motion, and reduce the risk of injury.

    3. Reduced pain: By promoting relaxation and reducing muscle tension, massage can help to alleviate pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions or injuries.

    4. Improved immune function: Massage can stimulate the production of white blood cells and antibodies, which can help to boost the body’s immune function.

    5. Reduced stress and anxiety: Massage can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which can help to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

    6. Improved sleep: Massage can help to promote relaxation and reduce stress, which can improve the quality of sleep.

    7. Improved mood: Massage can stimulate the release of endorphins and other “feel-good” hormones, which can help to improve mood and reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Musculo-skeletal issues treated at Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre
    Kurrajong Natural Medicine Centre provides Remedial massage and Body realignment therapy for North Richmond, Richmond, Windsor, Wilberforce, Glossodia, East Kurrajong, Blaxlands Ridge, Freemans Reach, Bowen Mountain, Kurrajong Heights and the wider Hawkesbury.

    Remedial massage can have a range of physiological and neurological effects that can promote physical and mental wellbeing. However, it’s important to note that the effects of massage can vary depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated. It’s also important to seek the advice of a qualified and experienced remedial massage therapist to ensure that massage is appropriate and safe for your individual needs.

    There have also been numerous scientific studies conducted to investigate the benefits of remedial massage. Here are a few examples:

    1. A 2015 study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork found that remedial massage was effective in reducing pain and improving range of motion in patients with chronic low back pain.

    2. A 2014 study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science found that remedial massage was effective in reducing muscle soreness and fatigue in athletes.

    3. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that remedial massage was effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in patients with cancer.

    4. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that remedial massage was effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with chronic neck pain.

    5. A 2009 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that remedial massage was effective in reducing pain and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

    These studies and others suggest that remedial massage can be an effective form of therapy for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and can also have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

    However, more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind these effects and to identify the most effective approaches to remedial massage.

    Healthier Skin = A Healthier You

    by Susan and Danny Siegenthaler

    Natural skin care products are increasingly more popular as people are becoming more conscious about what they put on their skin and the effects of harmful ingredients not only on their health, but also on the environment. Here are some benefits of using natural skin care products:

    1. Gentle on the skin: Natural skin care products are typically made with ingredients that are gentle and nourishing to the skin. They are less likely to contain harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances that can irritate or damage the skin.

    2. Free of harmful chemicals: Natural skin care products are often free of harmful chemicals, such as parabens, phthalates, and sulfates amongst others, that can be absorbed into the body and have negative health effects.

    3. Environmentally friendly: Many natural skin care products are made with sustainably sourced ingredients and are packaged in eco-friendly materials that are biodegradable or recyclable.

    4. Promote healthy skin: Natural skin care products are often rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that can help to nourish and protect the skin, promoting a healthy and radiant complexion.

    5. Suitable for all skin types: Natural skin care products are often formulated with ingredients that are suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

    6. Ethical: Many natural skin care products are produced by companies that prioritise ethical and sustainable business practices, such as fair trade, cruelty-free, and vegan options.

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    Wildcrafted Herbal Products also makes highly effective, safe and 100% natural therapeutic creams. Click below to see our range of therapeutic creams.

    Wildcrafted's Comfrey Plus Cream
    Analgeze Cream

    Using natural skin care products can be a great way to support healthy skin and a healthier planet. However, it’s important to note that not all natural skin care products are created equal, and it’s important to choose products that are proven to be safe and effective for your individual skin type and needs.

    Our company, Wildcrafted Herbal Products, specialises in creating natural and organic skin care products designed and formulated by Susan O’Neill-Siegenthaler.

    Our products are formulated using high-quality, natural and organic ingredients that are carefully selected for their healing and nourishing properties, based on the principles of herbal medicine.

    Some of the benefits of using skin care products for your skin care needs include:

    1. Natural ingredients: Wildcrafted Herbal Products uses only natural and organic ingredients in their skin care products, without the use of harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances that can irritate or damage the skin.

    2. Environmentally conscious: Wildcrafted Herbal Products is committed to using sustainable and eco-friendly practices in their business operations, including recyclable packaging and ethical sourcing of ingredients.

    3. Suitable for all skin types: Our skin care products are formulated to be gentle and nourishing for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

    4. Effective results: Many of our customers have reported positive results after using our products, including smoother, brighter, and healthier-looking skin.

    Affirmations - How to make them work for you

    Our minds accept as truth the critical statements we tell ourselves, but it can also accept our positive affirmations.

    The words we speak and think hold great sway over the kind of life that we create for ourselves. Many people live their lives plagued by negative thoughts and never even realize this. They tell themselves and others that they are doomed to fail, not good enough, or not worthy of love, yet they are amazed when their reality starts reflecting these words. Just as the subconscious mind accepts as truth the critical statements we tell ourselves, however, it is also equipped to instantly accept the veracity of our affirmations.

    Affirmations are statements chosen and spoken consciously. Once they enter our realm of consciousness, they also enter our subconscious mind where they have the power to change our lives.

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    The affirmations you create should be specific, not too long, worded positively, formed in complete sentences, and spoken in the present tense as if what you are affirming is already true. It is a good idea to repeat your affirmations daily. You may want to tell yourself that you deserve to be happy or that you are in control of your destiny. Or, you may want to focus on a particular goal, such as attracting new friends.

    Rather than telling yourself you want to be well-liked, say, “I am well-liked.” Your subconscious mind will pick up on these positive messages, and you will begin to live your life as if what you are affirming already has happened. Soon, your reality will begin to reflect your affirmations. If you find that you are thwarting yourself with negative thinking, try repeating your affirmations several times a day. Write your affirmations down and say them aloud or in your mind. Allow your conviction to grow stronger each time you say your affirmations, and your negativity will be overridden by your motivation and positive thoughts.

    Affirmations are a powerful tool for creating our desired reality. We consciously and subconsciously invite opportunity into our lives when we say affirmations. Trust in the power of your affirmations, and you will very quickly create what you have already stated to be true.

    Did You Know?

    Did You Know?

    Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can't taste it
    Did you know lemons contain more sugar than strawberries
    Did you know rabbits like licorice
    Did you know reindeer like bananas
    Did you know Switzerland eats the most chocolate equating to 10 kilos per person per year
    Did you know macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs
    Did you know honey is the only natural food which never spoils

    Did You Know?

    Did you know that you burn more calories eating celery than it contains (the more you eat the thinner you become)
    Did you know Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine
    Did you know the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco
    Did you know the croissant was invented in Austria
    Did you know In eastern Africa you can buy beer brewed from bananas
    Did you know pop corn was invented by the Aztec Indians
    Did you know french fries are originally from Belgium

    We hope you enjoy The Health and Wellness Magazine – Autumn 2023. We are always open to constructive feedback and ideas for future articles. If you have a particular topic you would like us to cover relating to yoga, alternative medicine, meditation, etc., please let us know and we will include it in an up coming Magazine.


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