Chai Hu, aka Bupleurum

Chai  Hu

Leaves and flowers of Bupleurum gibraltaricum

The Chinese herb Chai Hu, also known by its botanical name Bupleurum falcatum or just as “bupleurum”, is a mainstay of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM uses bupleurum as one of many ingredients in herbal formulas, although scientific researchers have found unique uses for single unique components of the plant.

What Is Chai Hu?

Chai Hu is an Asian member of the same plant family as carrots and parsley. It flowers in umbels, spherical clusters of dozens of tiny flowers that appear at the top of the plant. This herb was not used in TCM in ancient times, but it has appeared in dozens of herbal “recipes” over the last 500 years.

What Is the Traditional Understanding of How Chai Hu Works?

Traditional Chinese Medicine described the effects of herbs in terms of metaphors that guided practitioners to practical uses of plants. Chai Hu was described as a “cooling” plant. That does not mean it literally lowered temperature. Instead, it corrected hyperactive energies.

In the “Liver,” which[according to TCM] ancient herbalists understood as the place emotions were stored, Chai Hu relieved blockages or stagnation of the Qi energy. Chai Hu was included into a formula to assist release emotion constraints,  so that they did not congeal into physical problems in other parts of the body. These constraints of of Liver Qi energy would and could manifest at liver, breasts and or eyes conditions .

In the “Spleen,” Chai Hu contributed to reduce the effects of gastrointestinal upset. It stopped vomiting, relieved pressure on the chest and took away [any] bitter or metallic tastes that linger in the mouth.

Chai Hu also helped the Qi flow through a channel called the Middle Jiao. It has an upwards lifting effect thus helping with formulas to assist  uterine prolapse and hemorrhoids.

Why Are Medical Scientists Interested in Chai Hu Formulas Today?

Researchers are looking at novel uses of this ancient herb. One team of researchers ( Lorrai I, et al 2017) investigating the use of a chemical component of the plant, a saikosaponin, as a method treating chocolate addiction. [1] Another group of scientists is refining another chemical in Chai Hu as an antidote for panadol poisoning.[2] Yet another research team is using Chai Hu as a natural biofactory to create gold nanoparticles, which creates highly bioactive enzymes.[3]

It has turned out that ancient herbal formulas that contain bupleurum have some remarkable, clinically tested effects when they are used to treat illness as conventional, scientific medicine understands it.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang, which is also known by its Japanese name, sho-saiko-to, and by its English name, Minor Bupleurum Decoction, has a major impact in treating medically defined liver diseases.  Clinical trials have found that this bupleurum formula slows the destruction of liver tissue by fibrosis and fatty infiltration. [In a study by [insert], it was shown to reduce] It reduces the risk of liver cancer in people who have chronic viral hepatitis. [4] A clinical trial at Sloan-Kettering Hospital In New York City confirmed that it slowed the progression of hepatitis C in patients who were [unsuitable] not candidates for interferon (this formula must not be used with interferon) or modern treatments like Sovaldi.[5] A variation of this formula is used to help children reduce the symptoms of tonsillitis to reduce the the possibility of a tonsillectomy  and it has also been used to stop life-threatening symptoms of toxic shock.[6]

Major Bupleurum Decoction, Da Chai Hu Tang, also known by its Japanese name dai-saiko-to,  is clinically demonstrated to relieve severe menstrual cramps.[7] And bupleurum is one of a number of ingredients in a Japanese herbal formula called bofu-tsusho-san, which aid people who have diabetes lose weight.

What Can Go Wrong with Chai Hu?

(Bupleurum )

There is one prominent drug interaction with Chai Hu (bupleurum). People who take interferon should never take any kind of formula that contains Chai Hu. Other than that, the problem with formulas that contain Chai Hu is most likely to be that it works too well.  People who take Chai Hu formulas to prevent vomiting may find they have no appetite at all. People who take Chai Hu formulas to prevent anxiety or tension may find it just a little too easy to, for instance, curl up and take a nap. Used with professional guidance, however, Chai Hu formulas can be remarkably effective.  [Insert something about always disclose to your doctor any herbal medicine/anything you take]

[1] Lorrai I, Maccioni P, Carai MA, Capra A, Castelli MP, Riva A, Morazzoni P, Gessa GL, Colombo G. Suppressing effect of saikosaponin A, an active ingredient of Bupleurum falcatum, on chocolate self-administration and reinstatement of chocolate seeking in rats. Neurosci Lett. 2017 Jan 18;638:211-217. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2016.12.019. Epub 2016 Dec 19. PMID: 28007642.

[2] Liu A, Tanaka N, Sun L, Guo B, Kim JH, Krausz KW, Fang Z, Jiang C, Yang J, Gonzalez FJ. Saikosaponin d protects against acetaminophen-induced hepatotoxicity by inhibiting NF-κB and STAT3 signaling.

Chem Biol Interact. 2014 Nov 5;223:80-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2014.09.012. Epub 2014 Sep 27.

PMID: 25265579.

[3] Lee YJ, Cha SH, Lee KJ, Kim YS, Cho S, Park Y. Plant Extract (Bupleurum falcatum) as a Green Factory for Biofabrication of Gold Nanoparticles. Nat Prod Commun. 2015 Sep;10(9):1593-6. PMID: 26594767.

[4] Lee JK, Kim JH, Shin HK. Therapeutic effects of the oriental herbal medicine Sho-saiko-to on liver cirrhosis and carcinoma. Hepatol Res. 2011 Sep;41(9):825-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1872-034X.2011.00829.x. Epub 2011 Jun 17.

PMID: 21682829.

[5] Morgan TR. Chemoprevention of hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic hepatitis C. Recent Results Cancer Res. 2011;188:85-99. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-10858-7_7. Review. PMID: 21253791.

[6] Sakaguchi S, Furusawa S, Iizuka Y. Preventive effects of a traditional Chinese medicine (Sho-saiko-to) on septic shock symptoms; approached from heme metabolic disorders in endotoxemia. Biol Pharm Bull. 2005 Jan;28(1):165-8. PMID: 15635185.

[7] Horiba Y, Yoshino T, Watanabe K. Daisaikoto for menstrual pain: a lesson from a case with menstrual pain successfully treated with daisaikoto. Case Rep Med. 2015;2015:929514. doi: 10.1155/2015/929514. Epub 2015 Feb 22. PMID: 25792985.



The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Derma Microneedle Roller

192 Needle Derma Microneedle Roller Skin Therapy 


  What is derma roller?

Derma rollers have become increasingly popular over the last decade, and many people use them for all sorts of skin-related problems, such as acne, scars, cellulite, stretch marks, anti-aging, wrinkles, and even hyper-pigmentation. A Derma skin roller is a small barrel-like roller with around 200 tiny micro-needles that, when rolled on the skin, create tiny punctures, pushing the pores open for a short period of time. The body reacts as if it has been damaged, releasing growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, forming new, healthy skin. The roller can be used on almost any part of the body, except for the most of sensitive location such as the eyelids and lips.

How to use dermaroller (if you don’t want to bleed)

1) Use dermaroller to roll on your skin vertically for 10 times, horizontally for 10 times to form + shape. Then roll another 20 times with
different directions to form x shape, like the below picture.
2) Apply oil on your skin.
How to use Derma roller (if you want to roll harder with long needles roller until bleed a lot) :
1) Apply lidocaine 10% spray for 30 seconds to numb your skin to prevent the pain later. Click here for the info of lidocain 10% spray.
2) Use Derma roller to roll on your skin for 10 times per direction to form + shape and x shape, like the below picture.
3) Wash away the lidocaine from your face with water.
4) Apply oil on your skin.

How many time I can dermarolling in a month?
It is depend on how fast your skin can heal/recovery. Normally if you roll harder with longer needles causing a lot of bleed, you will need to wait 3 days to let the redness disappear and you will need to wait another 4 days to let the blackness disappear, so total 7 days that you need to wait. You can derma roll again only when all redness and blackness disappear, because if you dermarolling too many times on redness / blackness scars, it will cause hyperpigmentation appear. So 1 week can roll 1 time only if you plan to roll harder until bleed. Laser treatment also can do only 1 time per month right? Because worry hyperpigmentation appear.


What length of dermaroller should I use?

  • 2.5mm or 3mm is for body skins like legs, ass, stomach which have thicker skin.
  • 1.5mm or 2mm is for removing the sink inside scars like ice-pick, pitted / boxcar, rolling scars, wrinkles.
  • 1mm is for dark black scars, hyperpigmentation, pigmentation.
  • 0.2mm to 0.75mm are used to make the beautiful skin become more beautiful, or used to make the skin more easy absorb the nutrition of cream products.
How many sessions that A dermaroller can be used?

30 to 50 sessions. You can use it until the head of needles no longer sharp.
How long it takes to removes all my deep scars completely?
10 months if you dermarolling without apply any cream. 7 months if you dermarolling + revitol / dermagist cream (it is based on 10 days per session).

Should I use derma-roller or derma-stamp?

Derma-roller head is bigger. Derma-stamp head is smaller. So it is better you use dermaroller if you have many scars on big area on
your face, because you will need to spend long long time if you use small head derma-stamp on big area. You can use derma-stamp
on the small area which derma-roller cannot reach, for example the nose area and near the eyes area.

Can I use dermaroller without apply any oil?

Yes, you can use dermaroller without apply oil. Actually the purpose of applying cream is just to faster the scars removal progress.





The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Diabetes : Syndrome Differentiation of Diabetes Part 1


Diabetes: Syndrome Differentiation of Diabetes

Part 1

Diabetes has been described repeatedly in the ancient Chinese medical literature. Diabetes has been mentioned and treated with Chinese herbs for at least 2,000 years, with the Huang Di Nei Jing describing the condition known as xiao ke. The translation is now known as diabetes or diabetic exhaustion, whilst the literal translation is emaciation thirst. According to this ancient text, the syndrome arises from consumption of excessive fatty, sweet, or rich foods. It is suggested that it typically occurs among wealthy people: The description is suitable that of type 2, or insulin-independent diabetes mellitus, the most common form of diabetes that exists today.

Recent trends have indicated that the number of people living with diabetes is expected to rise from 366 million in 2011 to 552 million by 2030, if no action is taken, this means that approximately 3 new cases every 10 seconds. The greatest number of people with diabetes is between 40 to 59 years of age. Diabetes mellitus is a disease that is classified as a metabolic disease which is caused by high blood sugar, either due to compromised production of insulin or because body is not responding to insulin produced. Diabetes is classed into two separate types and plus a temporary state which can regress: type 1, type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes:

Can occur at any point in an individual’s life but diagnoses is normally seen at an early age. It is suspected to be caused by the immune system mistakenly turning on itself, destroying beta cells within the pancreas and removing the body’s ability to produce insulin , people with type 1 have severe insulin deficiency and need insulin replacement in order to live; it is caused by the body failing to produce enough insulin, and so requires the persons affected by the disease to constantly inject insulin into their system, or else the body literally starves as it cannot process food . Some may have to take over 14-15 thousand insulin injections in a 10-year period.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • extreme thirst
  • constant hunger
  • sudden weight loss
  • frequent urination
  • blurry eyes
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • extreme tiredness
  • infections

Other complications:

Diabetic neuropathy can lead to a loss of feeling in hands and feet. High blood glucose levels inhibit the systemic circulation of blood therefore impairs the healing process which may take weeks to heal a minor injury.

Diabetic nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease) is when the kidneys gradually deteriorate and lose full function, this can lead to kidney failure in severe cases.

Cardiovascular disease is a range of blood vessel system diseases that includes both stroke and heart attack. The two most common types of cardiovascular disease are coronary heart disease, caused by fatty deposits in the arteries that feed the heart, and hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Diabetic retinopathy takes place due to the high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels weakening the walls of the retina; this causes micro-aneurysms which leaks fluid or blood into the surrounding tissue.

Type 2 diabetes:

When the body fails to recognize the insulin produced and therefore is unable to reduce the blood sugar levels of the individual. Type 2 diabetes makes up approximately 90% of all diabetes cases. In some cases people can live for months even years without any knowledge of the disease, this is because type2 comes gradually that symptoms are unrecognised. In comparison to type1 the beta cells over time gradually losses their functions of producing insulin.

Heightened risk of developing type2 diabetes if you:

  • have a family history of diabetes
  • are older (over 55 years of age ) – the risk increases as we age
  • are over 45 years of age and are overweight
  • are over 45 years of age and have high blood pressure
  • are a woman who has given birth to a child over 4.5 kg (9 lbs), or had gestational diabetes when pregnant, or had a condition known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Symptoms of type2 diabetes:

  • being very thirsty
  • frequent urination
  • blurry vision
  • mood swings
  • tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • frequent skin, bladder or gum infections
  • wounds that don’t heal
  • extreme unexplained fatigue and also lethargic
  • gradual weight gain
  • leg cramps


Almost 60% of all type 2 cases are viewed as preventable, some suggested measures of prevention are:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Regular physical activity
  • Making healthy food choices
  • Managing cholesterol levels
  • Not smoking

Syndrome Differentiation of Diabetes

QI Stagnation due to Liver Depression

Patients with diabetes often exhibit aggravated emotional tension, which is consistent with the theory of TCM that negative emotions could lead to diseases. Liver depression could lead to Qi stagnation and result in some emotional symptoms. This was the first stage of diabetes, and the characteristic was stagnancy.

Liver and Stomach Heat Stagnation

Liver and stomach heat stagnation belong to the stagnancy and heat stages of diabetes. The patients of this type showed some emotional and digestive symptoms such as irritability, distention and fullness in the chest and rib-side, drinking too much fluids and the production of increased urine, eating too much food, hunger, experiencing a bitter taste, dry mouth, and constipation. And patients usually have a red tongue, and a rapid and stringy pulse.

Phlegm and Heat Stasis

This syndrome often appears in the “heat” stage of diabetes, and the patients are relatively obese because in the theory of Chinese medicine, “obese people tend to have copious phlegm.” Patients with this type may have some symptoms such as abdominal obesity, a sense of chest suppression, abdominal distention, and dry mouth. They might also prefer cold drinks, drink much more fluids, and be irritable and have a bitter taste in their mouth as well as constipation. Patients also have a red and fat tongue with yellowish greasy moss, yellow urine, and a stringy and smooth pulse.

Excess Heat in the Stomach and Intestine

This syndrome generally occurs in the diabetic middle stage or in the “heat” stage. In the middle stage of diabetes, patients eat large amounts of food, which stagnate and form heat in the stomach and intestine. As such, its principal symptoms are abdominal fullness and distention, constipation, a bitter taste and dry mouth, halitosis, thirst with a desire for cool water, drinking and eating too much, and hunger. Patients usually have a red tongue with yellow moss and a rapid strong pulse.

Intestinal Damp and Heat Syndromes

This syndrome has unique features, intestinal damp and heat syndromes always appear in the diabetic middle stage or during the heat stage. Its principal symptoms are thirst with no desire to drink, hunger with no desire to eat, a bitter taste, a sticky and greasy sensation in the mouth, and abdominal distention. Patients also show a red tongue with yellow and greasy moss and a slippery pulse. When damp and heat affect the large intestine, smelly greasy stools might also form.

Deficiency of Body Liquid due to Excessive Heat Syndrome

The deficiency of body liquids due to excessive heat syndrome is more commonly found in the diabetic middle-late stage or the heat and deficiency stages. Impacted by the fire and heat pathogens from the early and middle stages of diabetes, qi is consumed and liquids are injured gradually. As such, its principle symptoms are dry throat and mouth, thirst with a desire for cool water, overeating and hunger, frequent micturition volume, irritability, bitter taste, red urine, and constipation. Patients also commonly have a red tongue with yellow fur and a rapid pulse

Dual Deficiency of Qi and Yin

The dual deficiency of qi and yin syndrome occurs in the late diabetic or the deficiency stage. The fire and heat pathogens further dissipate the primordial qi of zang-fu organs, and then the generalized qi is consumed. In addition, fire and heat pathogens scorch liquids and damage yin. Therefore, the main symptoms are dry throat and mouth, thirst with a large intake of fluid, fatigued spirit and lack of strength, shortness of breath and reluctance to speak, emaciation of the body, aching lumber and knees, spontaneous and night sweats, feeling palm and arch fever, upset, palpitations, insomnia, a red tongue with scant liquids and thin white dry tongue fur, and a fine rapid pulse.

Traditional Chinese Medicine does not offer a cure for diabetes, but instead aims to optimise the body’s ability to function normally. There is still a great need for more and better research on the efficacy and safety to integrate the two forms of care must all recognize the importance of careful monitoring of blood glucose levels, as well as monitoring for potential side effects such as drug-herb interactions.


  • Syndrome Differentiation of Diabetes by the Traditional Chinese Medicine according to Evidence-Based Medicine and Expert Consensus Opinion: Jing Guo, Hongdong Chen, Jun Song, Jia Wang, Linhua Zhao, and Xiaolin Tong; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2014 (2014),


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Amenorrhea and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Amenorrhea and Traditional Chinese Medicine

By Audrey Cortez


What is Amenorrhea?

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation — one or more missed menstrual periods. Women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row have amenorrhea, as do girls who haven’t begun menstruation by age 15.  There are many causes or reasons why women do not have their period, such as late entering of puberty , due to stress or higher level hormonal changes. Depending on the cause, the amenorrhea condition can fall under categories:


  • Primary Amenorrhea is when there is no period by the time a teenage girl is 16 years and does not display other sexual characteristics such as breast development whereas;
  • Secondary amenorrhea is where there have been periods and then it would stop for more than a few cycles. Most women fall under Secondary amenorrhoea.

Testing of amenorrhea usually involves blood testing for hormone levels. The hormone levels which are investigated are  Prolactin, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), +/– serum Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), Luteinizing hormone (LH), Oestrogen and Progesterone. Other tests conducted to rule out other conditions include MRI imagining and ultrasound in the case of a structural problem.


So how this is relevant to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?


It is relevant because the very nature of TCM is to bring the body back to balance. In the case of amenorrhea, the body is internally imbalanced. This imbalance is either  excessive  or deficient of the fundamental substances Yin / Yang , Blood or Qi. There are  suggestions  that the cause could be from overwork, stress, constitutional, emotions or could be a symptom of conditions for example Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) . When this imbalance occurs there are channels which are affected are the Spleen, Heart, Liver and of course the Kidneys as well as two extraordinary channels, the Ren Mai (or Conception vessel) and the Chong Mai (or Thoroughfare vessel). Some of the syndromes which amenorrhea falls under are:


  • Qi and Blood Deficiency
  • Stagnation of Qi and Blood
  • Kidney Qi Deficiency
  • Phlegm and dampness obstruction


Can Acupuncture and Herbs help?Amenorrhea

Acupuncture may assist with the treatment of the amenorrhea signs and symptoms such as weight gain or weight loss, unusual breast secretion, acne, excessive facial and body hair and dry skin. Acupuncture can address the imbalances of the body by directing the energy to where it needs to. Additionally, using moxibustion may be used during treatment and at home to aid the nourishment of the body and to also warm the Yang of the body .


Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia can definitely assist with amenorrhea,  by introducing herbs with therapeutic actions to specifically target the imbalances. This is done via clear up any stagnation of Qi or Blood and by nourishing the deficiency of Qi Blood of specific Zang Fu Organs. There are hundreds of benifical herbs which could be used which may assist with amenorrhea including : Man Jing Zi (Vitex), Dang Gui, Shu Di Huang, Shan Yao and Chai Hu to name a few. In addition we utilize herbal formulas like Ba Zhen Tang (as a qi tonic), Xiao Yao San (to help with stagnation within the Liver channel and nourish the Spleen channel) and Zuo Gui Wan (to nourish Kidney channel).


What about Diet and Lifestyle?

Diet and lifestyle modification can be important for dealing with the condition. One can follow the following : Eating plentiful amounts of iron rich foods, either derived from animal or plant, increase your vitamin C and B substances, fibre from green vegetables and good essential fatty acids (e.g. almonds, salmon even flaxseed oil). Other factors to consider is to include moderate exercise and improve stress levels with meditation, yoga or tai chi. Overall we can use acupuncture and herbs to enable the body to mend itself.


Written By Audrey Cortez



The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888.

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Magnesium – Dеfісіеnсу аnd Веnеfіt

Magnesium – Dеfісіеnсу and ВеnеfіtMagnesium

Magnesium іs thе fourth mоst аbundаnt mіnеrаl found іn the bоdу and іs vеrу еssеntіаl fоr gооd hеаlth. Іt іs mоstlу fоund іn thе bоnеs (аrоund 50%), tееth, and rеd blооd сеlls. Тhе оthеr hаlf іs lаrgеlу fоund іnsіdе сеlls оf bоdу tіssuеs аnd оrgаns. Оnlу 1% оf mаgnеsіum іs fоund іn blооd. Тhе bоdу tаkеs Magnesium frоm thе dіеt аnd ехсrеtеs thе ехсеss thrоugh urіnе аnd stооl. А bаlаnсеd dіеt contains еnоugh mаgnеsіum fоr thе bоdу’s funсtіоnаl requirements.

Magnesium іs оrgаnісаllу соnnесtеd with the саlсіum lеvеl іn the bоdу. Thus, а сrіtісаl bаlаnсе hаs tо bе асhіеvеd bеtwееn саlсіum аnd Magnesium tо аssurе рrореr usе оf bоth mіnеrаls.

Веnеfіts оf mаgnеsіum –

Magnesium  іs іmроrtаnt tо nеаrlу еvеrу funсtіоn аnd tіssuе оf thе bоdу, frоm thе hеаrt tо thе bоnеs – nеаrlу еvеrуthіng. Іt іs nееdеd fоr mоrе thаn 300 bіосhеmісаl rеасtіоns іn thе bоdу.

– Magnesium іs аn еssеntіаl еlеmеnt, whісh іnfluеnсеs mаnу еnzуmеs nееdеd fоr рrоtеіn dіgеstіоn, еnеrgу рrоduсtіоn аnd nеrvе/musсlе mеssаgе trаnsmіssіоn.

– Маgnеsіum hеlрs wіth thе fоrmаtіоn оf bоnеs аnd tееth аnd аssіsts іn thе аbsоrрtіоn оf саlсіum аnd роtаssіum.

– Маgnеsіum іs аlsо usеd tо rеlах thе musсlеs. Іt аssіsts іn сеllulаr mеtаbоlіsm аnd thе рrоduсtіоn оf еnеrgу, іn соllаbоrаtіоn wіth еnzуmе асtіvіtу.

– Іt іs usеd fоr musсlе tоnе оf thе hеаrt аnd аssіsts іn соntrоllіng blооd рrеssurе.

– Тоgеthеr wіth vіtаmіn В12, іt mау hеlр рrеvеnt саlсіum охаlаtе kіdnеу stоnеs.

– Іt hеlрs рrеvеnt dерrеssіоn, dіzzіnеss, rеduсеs сhоlеstеrоl lеvеls, musсlе twіtсhіng, аnd рrе-mеnstruаl sуndrоmе.

– Іt саn hеlр рrеvеnt thе саlсіfісаtіоn оf sоft tіssuе аnd аlsо рrеvеnt саrdіоvаsсulаr dіsеаsеs, оstеороrоsіs, аnd сеrtаіn fоrms оf саnсеr.

– Маgnеsіum аssіsts thе раrаthуrоіd glаnd tо рrосеss vіtаmіn D.

– Маgnеsіum thеrару hаs рrоvеd bеnеfісіаl іn trеаtіng brоnсhіаl аsthmа аnd mіgrаіnе hеаdасhеs.

– Іt hеlрs suрроrt а hеаlthу іmmunе sуstеm, аnd kеерs bоnеs strоng.

– Маgnеsіum hеlрs rеgulаtе blооd sugаr lеvеls, рrоmоtеs nоrmаl blооd рrеssurе, аnd іs асtіvеlу іnvоlvеd іn рrоtеіn sуnthеsіs. Іt hеlрs іn thе bіо-sуnthеsіs оf соllаgеn.

– Іt аssіsts іn thе аbsоrрtіоn аnd mеtаbоlіsm оf саlсіum, sоdіum, рhоsрhоrus аnd роtаssіum.

– Маgnеsіum іs раrtісulаrlу іmроrtаnt fоr mаіntаіnіng а nоrmаl hеаrt rhуthm аnd іs usеd bу рhуsісіаns tо trеаt іrrеgulаr hеаrtbеаt (аrrуthmіа).

– Маgnеsіum mау аlsо bе bеnеfісіаl fоr blаddеr рrоblеms іn wоmеn.

Dіеtаrу sоurсеs оf mаgnеsіum –Magnesium

Grееn lеаfу vеgеtаblеs suсh аs sріnасh, аrе gооd sоurсеs оf mаgnеsіum bесаusе оf thеіr сhlоrорhуll соntеnt. Маgnеsіum іs rеаdіlу аvаіlаblе іn mоstlу аll fооds thаt fоrm thе bаsіs оf а hеаlthful dіеt -whоlе grаіns, fruіts, dаrk-grееn lеаfу vеgеtаblеs, fruіts аnd nuts.

Rісh vеgаn sоurсеs іnсludе lеgumеs suсh аs bеаns аnd реаs, nuts аnd sееds, tоfu, sоуbеаn flоur, аlmоnds, саshеw nuts, рumрkіn, wаlnuts, аnd whоlе unrеfіnеd grаіns аrе аlsо gооd sоurсеs оf mаgnеsіum. Rеfіnеd grаіns аrе gеnеrаllу рооr іn mаgnеsіum. Тhіs іs bесаusе, whеn whіtе flоur іs rеfіnеd аnd рrосеssеd, thе mаgnеsіum-rісh gеrm аnd brаn gеts rеmоvеd. Вrеаd аnd flоur mаdе frоm whоlе grаіn whеаt рrоvіdеs mоrе mаgnеsіum thаn brеаd mаdе frоm whіtе rеfіnеd flоur.

Оthеr gооd dіеtаrу sоurсеs оf thіs mіnеrаl іnсludе реаnuts, ріstасhіо nuts, shrеddеd whеаt (dаlіа), brаn, bаnаnаs, аnd bаkеd роtаtоеs (wіth skіn), сhосоlаtе, аnd сосоа роwdеr. Маnу hеrbs, sрісеs аlsо рrоvіdе mаgnеsіum, suсh аs соrіаndеr, dіll sееd, сеlеrу sееd, sаgе, drіеd mustаrd, bаsіl, fеnnеl sееd (sаunf), сumіn sееd аnd рорру sееd.

Тар wаtеr саn аlsо bе а sоurсе оf mаgnеsіum, but thе аmоunt vаrіеs dереndіng оn thе wаtеr suррlу. Наrd wаtеr соntаіns mоrе mаgnеsіum thаn sоft wаtеr.

Маgnеsіum dеfісіеnсу –

Ѕеvеrе mаgnеsіum dеfісіеnсу саn rеsult іn lоw lеvеls оf саlсіum іn thе blооd, tеrmеd аs hуросаlсеmіа.

Туре 2 dіаbеtеs іs аssосіаtеd wіth lоw lеvеls оf mаgnеsіum іn thе blооd. Реорlе suffеrіng frоm ulсеrаtіvе соlіtіs mау аlsо hаvе lоw mаgnеsіum lеvеls.

Маgnеsіum lеvеls tеnd tо bе lоw іn реорlе wіth сhrоnіс fаtіguе sуndrоmе, аnds rеduсеd lеvеls оf роtаssіum іn thе blооd (hуроkаlеmіа).

Іndіvіduаls wіth сhrоnіс mаl-аbsоrрtіоn рrоblеms suсh аs Сrоhn’s dіsеаsе, glutеn sеnsіtіvе еntеrораthу аnd іntеstіnаl surgеrу mау lоsе mаgnеsіum thrоugh dіаrrоhеа аnd fаt mаlаbsоrрtіоn, аnd thus nееd suррlеmеntаl mаgnеsіum.

Саusеs оf mаgnеsіum dеfісіеnсу –


Аlоng wіth а рооr dіеt lасkіng іn mаgnеsіum, аbsоrрtіоn оf magnesium bу thе bоdу саn bе аffесtеd bу саusеs suсh аs dіеtіng fоr wеіght lоss; соnsumрtіоn оf ”sоft” wаtеr, which lасks mіnеrаls; vаrіоus іntеstіnаl dіsеаsеs; сhrоnіс аlсоhоlіsm.

Lаrgе аmоunts оf mаgnеsіum саn bе lоst frоm thе bоdу duе tо рrоlоngеd аnd strеnuоus ехеrсіsе, lасtаtіоn, ехсеssіvе swеаtіng аnd сhrоnіс dіаrrоhеа.

Реорlе whо аrе usіng drugs lіkе dіurеtісs аnd саnсеr drugs аrе аlsо рrоnе tо dеfісіеnсу. Dіsоrdеrs оf thе kіdnеу, аn оvеrасtіvе thуrоіd оr раrаthуrоіd glаnd, lоw blооd lеvеls оf роtаssіum аnd hіgh urіnе lеvеls оf саlсіum аrе sоmе оthеr саusеs lеаdіng tо mаgnеsіum dеfісіеnсу іn thе bоdу.

Соnsumрtіоn оf аlсоhоl, dіurеtісs, hіgh lеvеls оf zіnс іn thе bоdу, соnsumрtіоn оf hіgh lеvеls оf Vіtаmіn С аnd vіtаmіn D аlsо іnсrеаsе thе bоdу’s mаgnеsіum rеquіrеmеnt.


Ѕуmрtоms оf magnesium dеfісіеnсу:

Соmmоn sуmрtоms оf dеfісіеnсу іnсlude, Аnхіеtу, іrrіtаbіlіtу,Νаusеа аnd vоmіtіng,Νumbnеss аnd tіnglіng sеnsаtіоn іn hаnds аnd fееt, Соrоnаrу аrtеrу sраsms, Gаstrо-іntеstіnаl рrоblеms іnсludіng dіаrrоhеа, Мusсlе sраstісіtу, Аbnоrmаl rhуthmіс раlріtаtіоns оf thе hеаrt, Мusсlе соntrасtіоns, еvеn sеіzurеs, Аnаеmіа, Wеаknеss, Іnsоmnіа, Рооr hаіr аnd nаіl grоwth, Ѕuddеn dеаth.

Rесоmmеndеd dаіlу dоsаgе оf mаgnеsіum –

Тhе rесоmmеndеd dаіlу аllоwаnсе іs аrоund :

– Маlеs (bеlоw 30 уеаrs) – 400 mg реr dау

– Маlеs (оvеr 30 уеаrs) – 420 mg реr dау

– Fеmаlеs (bеlоw 30 уеаrs) – 310 mg/dау

– Fеmаlеs (оvеr 30 уеаrs) – 320 mg реr dау.

Маgnеsіum suррlеmеnts аrе nоrmаllу tаkеn іn dоsаgеs оf 750 – 1,000 mg реr dау.

Magnesium  аnd оn thе оthеr hаnd оur lіfеstуlе сhоісеs аrе аlsо rеsроnsіblе fоr mаgnеsіum lеvеls dесrеаsіng. Whеn wе соnsumе аlсоhоl оr саffеіnе іt drаіns оur аlrеаdу lоw mаgnеsіum lеvеls; thеn аdd strеss tо thе mіх аnd іt’s nо wоndеr thаt suсh а lаrgе реrсеntаgе оf thе рорulаtіоn hаvе mаgnеsіum dеfісіеnсу. А studу hаs bееn dоnе оf sоldіеrs іn соmbаt sіtuаtіоns thаt shоwеd thаt undеr hіgh lеvеls оf strеss, thеіr bоdу’s lооsе hugе аmоunts оf mаgnеsіum duе tо thе strеss thеу wеrе ехреrіеnсіng.

We have a large range of professional Magnesium at Sydney Acupuncture Clinic

Fibroplex Maintain tablets

Magnesium With Enhanced Bioavailability.

Size: 90 tablets (30 to 90 days)

Ingredients in Fibroplex Maintain have been shown to or may:

  • Support muscular aches, pains, cramps and spasms.
  • Provides 200 mg elemental magnesium in each tablet.
  • Contains exclusive Meta Mag®, a highly bioavailable magnesium, in convenient tablet form.


Fibroplex Plus Oral powder

Bioavailable Magnesium Supplement.

Size: 420 g oral powder (30 days)

In healthy people, ingredients in Fibroplex Plus have been clinically shown to or may assist in:

  • Support for muscular aches, spasms and cramping.2
  • Provide magnesium supplementation to support
    • Production of cellular energy.3
  • Bioavailable Meta Mag® in four great flavours.


PainX Oral powder

Magnesium Combination With Exclusive, Enhanced Bioavailability, Meta Mag®

Size: 275 g oral powder (14 days)

Ingredients in PainX have been shown or traditionally used to:

  • Relieve mild nerve and fibromyalgic pain.1,2
  • Maintain healthy muscle and nerve function and neurotransmitter levels (e.g. GABA).3,4
  • Reduce frequency of migraines (from just three months’ treatment). 5
  • Great tasting, fructose free formula with Meta Mag® bioavailable magnesium, for maximum compliance with minimum side effects.


CardioX  Oral powder

To Assist Cardiovascular Health. With Biologically Active B Vitamins.

Size: 400 g oral powder (25 days)

Ingredients in CardioX, in healthy people, have been clinically shown or may help to:

  • Maintain normal blood pressure, heart and cardiovascular health.1
  • Maintain healthy levels of biomarkers associated with cardiovascular health such as:
    • Homocysteine
    • Blood glucose.
  • Clinically trialled levels of magnesium (Meta Mag®) & taurine.


EnergyX Chocolate flavour 400 g oral powder

Magnesium And Vitamin B For Fatigue.

Ingredients in EnergyX have been shown to or may assist with:

  • Energy support for fatigue and lethargy.1,2
  • Support healthy thyroid hormones.3
  • 400 mg magnesium from Meta Mag® plus Acetyl-L-Carnitine for cellular energy.4



FemmeX Oral powder

Magnesium Supplementation For Women.

Ingredients in FemmeX have been shown to or may:

  • Nutrients for healthy oestrogen metabolism.*2,3
  • Exclusive, highly bioavailable Meta Mag® magnesium plus BosPure® boswellia and broccoli.
  • Symptomatic relief of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with additional hormonal support.1,2,3,4,5



Fibroplex Plus for Kids Oral powder 

To Assist With Muscular Aches And Pains And A Healthy Stress Response.

Size: 120 g oral powder (34 dose)

For comprehensive nervous system, muscular and energy support.1,2,3

  • Contains Meta Mag® for optimal absorption.
  • Raspberry flavour, fructose free powder for versatile dosing.




The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

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Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Being visited by a friend during illness

Being visited by a friend during illness

by Po Chu’i (772 – 846 CE)

I have been ill so long that I do not count the days;
At the southern window, evening – and again evening.

Sadly chirping in the grasses under my eaves
The winter sparrows morning and evening sing.

By an effort I rise and lean heavily on my bed;
Tottering I step towards the door of the courtyard.

By chance I meet a friend who is coming to see me;
Just as if I had gone specially to meet him.

They took my couch and placed it in the setting sun;
They spread my rug and I leaned on the balcony-pillar.

Tranquil talk was better than any medicine;
Gradually the feelings came back to my numbed heart.

Translation by Arthur Waley  170 Chinese Poems