Chinese Herbal medicine for high blood pressure

Chinese Herbal medicine for high blood pressure:HYPERTENSION high blood pressure

The herbal formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can sometimes be of assistance for regulating high blood pressure. The key to success in using TCM for high blood pressure is to make sure that the herbs you use, are unique for your combination of symptoms.

Don’t be surprised if your conventionally educated doctor is skeptical of using TCM as part of your plan to control hypertension. It’s not something they teach in medical school (at least not outside of China). However, both acupuncture and 17 different Chinese herbal medicines have been tested in 73 clinical trials involving 8,138 patients. In these studies, several findings stand out:

  • Chinese herbal formulas that are prepared by companies that use Good Manufacturing Practices are safe. None of the 73 clinical studies of professionally prepared Chinese herbal formulas reported any serious side effects.
  • Chinese herbal formulas do not make a huge difference in blood pressure numbers. The 13 herbal formulas found to be generally effective lowered systolic blood pressure (the higher number or first number) by 3.94 to 13.50 mm Hg. They lowered diastolic blood pressure (the lower number or second number) by 2.28 to 11.25 mm Hg. This means they  aren’t strong enough to reduce blood pressure for severe hypertension, but they may save you having to take prescription medication if you have “borderline” high blood pressure.
  • Chinese herbal formulas get results comparable to prescription medications. For example, one study compared a calcium channel blocker, nifedipine, with an over the counter Chinese herbal product Quan Tianma. There were no more incidents of heart attack, heart failure, stroke, transient ischemic attack, kidney failure, or retinopathy among hypertensives who were treated with Quan Tianma than with people who were treated with nifedipine. 

high blood pressure 2Your results depend on whether the formula you take matches your symptoms. Chinese herbal formulas that treat hypertension are never just about hypertension. They are for lowering your blood pressure while treating your other symptoms.  Of course, certain symptom patterns are more common than others so certain herbal formulas are more commonly prescribed.

  • A survey of doctors in Taiwan found that the most often used herbal formula for high blood pressure is a combination called Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin.  In English, this formula is usually called Gastrodia and Uncaria Decocotion. Clinical trials confirm that it lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of stroke. Researchers have confirmed that it acts as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor, in much the same way as the prescription drugs lisinopril or ramipril, but without their side effects. It usually gets results in about 10 days, but there is a major contraindication: Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin can increase insulin resistance. This means that it can aggravate prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. You should not take this product if you have problems with blood sugar control.
  • Xue Fu Zhu Yu Tang is not frequently prescribed, but it may be added to treatment with Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin when there are weak pulses in the hands or feet. Laboratory experiments have confirmed that it prevents the formation of blood clots. This well-known formula is sometimes called “Drive Out Stasis” in the Mansion of Blood Decoction, referring to its ability to reinvigorate the flow of blood throughout the body.
  • The second most frequently prescribed herbal product for hypertension in Taiwan is a single herb called Dan Shen. It is also known by its botanical name, Salvia miltiorrhiza. Even though Taiwanese physicians prescribe Dan Shen to about 17% of their hypertensive patients, over 500,000 times per year, there have been no reported side effects in over 50 years. Clinical trials have confirmed that it lowers blood pressure, prevents blood clots, and slows down the process of atherosclerosis. It is often used for people who have high blood pressure and already have heart disease or hardening of the arteries in the brain, because laboratory studies confirm that it improves microcirculation through the capillaries of the heart and brain. However, it should not be used with aspirin (which makes it less effective), warfarin/Coumadin (because the herb and the drug used together have an excessive anticoagulant effect), ginseng (because the two herbs have opposing effects), or the tranquilizer diazepam (because Dan Shen increases the activity of liver enzymes that break down diazepam).
  • Gou Teng San, which is also known as Uncaria Powder, is a headache remedy that is also prescribed for high blood pressure. It would be most often prescribed when a patient complains of headache, dizziness, and/or blurred vision, and the doctor notices that blood pressure is high. Clinical studies confirm that it lowers blood pressure. The formula is also used to treat dementia, but the fact that you are prescribed it does not mean you have dementia.
  • Jia Wei Xiao Yao San, which is also known as Augmented Rambling Powder, is primarily a treatment for problems associated with menopause, especially insomnia and hot flushes. This formula is most likely to be used to treat “borderline” high blood pressure in women going through menopause. The formula  is modification with the addition of herbs  “Rambling” Powder, so named because it allowed younger women to ramble freely during their painful periods. 
  • The single herb Gou Gen (Uncaria) is used to treat high blood pressure in those relatively rare people who are truly salt sensitive. It’s also used to treat “phlegm,” which roughly corresponds to health problems that result from years of misdirected energy. If you are overweight, and having problems with cholesterol and blood sugars, then this herb might be helpful for you.

All of these herbal products are readily available from Chinese herbal practitioners. You should always seek the advice of a registered practitioner for the most safe and accurate diagnosis. For your health safety and peace of mind, your Chinese Medicine Practitioner should be registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Remember, a treatment for high blood pressure has to lower your blood pressure. Take your blood pressure readings regularly and any medications your doctor prescribes. Use Chinese herbal medicine to make that critical difference that keeps your cardiovascular system healthy.


Any new changes should be consulted with your medical practitioner 

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 

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Weight Loss

Traditional Chinese Medicine for Weight Loss

You maybe familiar with auricular acupuncture for weight loss. An acupuncturist puts studs/ear seeds at specific locations on your outer ear (there aren’t any needles in your ear canal), 

One clinical trial found that people who had a single stud at the “hunger point” in the ear lost, on average, 5.7% of their body weight in eight weeks.  People who had acupuncture at all five traditional points in the ear lost, on average, 6.1% of their body weight in eight weeks.[1] Scientists running another clinical trial of ear acupuncture for weight loss reported that all of the participants in the study lost weight in the very first week. Participants in the study lost from 0.7% to 3.0% of their weight in just seven days.[2] Also in a clinical trial of placing the studs in both ears, every participant lost weight, and lost body fat, and lost inches.[3]

Not all of us, of course, want to have acupuncture in our ears. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get the benefits of acupuncture from a pill or an herbal tea? Traditional Chinese Medicine understands both herbs and acupuncture in terms of changes to energy flows, and either method—or both—can help you lose weight.

Yin Fat and Yang Fat

Traditional Chinese Medicine conceives of excess weight in terms of Yin and Yang, containing and moving.

Sometimes overweight is the result of a Yin condition. The body has been so worn down by stress, by disease, or by age, that it just can’t contain its energies in their proper channels. These energies materialize as “flab,” or soft fat. These people tend to be sedentary, and don’t lose weight by dieting.

Sometimes overweight it the result of a Yang condition. The body has more energy than it knows how to channel. That energy also materializes as fat, but it’s a hard fat. These are people who have lots of visceral fat coating their inner organs. They are active, but they still are overweight. These are people who usually lose weight by dieting if they can just stick to the plan.

Herbs can help, but different herbs help with the different kinds of obesity. Two formulas are so well known to work that they’re even covered by health insurance in Japan. If you choose the right formula, it might work for you, too. Let’s look at the two main options

Ledebouriella Decoction (Fang Feng Tong Sheng)  That Sagely Unblocks

Ledebouriella Decoction That Sagely Unblocks is the herbal combination Traditional Chinese Medicine knows as (防風通聖散) and Japanese herbal medicine knows as bofu-tsusho-san. This oddly named formula’s main herb is ledebouriella. It “sagely unblocks” by redirecting excessive energies without causing new health problems. The formula is used to treat obesity in people who are active, tend to overeat but not quite burn off all the calories, and who tend to get headaches, high blood pressure, and constipation. It’s meant for people who get thick abdominal fat and overall are sturdy, just overweight. Because their bodies generate a lot of heat, they tend to be sensitive to heat.  Their skin tends to remain tight even if it is poked or probed. These are people who gravitate to the air conditioner during hot weather.

Doctors in China and Japan do not need proof that this formula works when it is given to the right people. However, Japanese scientists have studied how the formula works. It seems to deactivate white fat, the kind of fat that most stores fat, and activate brown fat, the kind of fat that burns fat to make heat. [4]

Dai-saiko-to (Da-Chai-Hu-Tang)

Dai-saiko-to (大柴胡湯) (Da-Chai-Hu-Tang)  is the Japanese adaptation of a Traditional Chinese Medicine for a very “Yang” obesity. The people who get this formula eat a lot because they work and play hard, and aren’t happy when they aren’t active.

Like bofu-tsusho-san, dai-saiko-to is a formula Chinese and Japanese doctors use with confidence when people present the symptoms that call for it. After all, it has been used successfully for 1800 years. Researchers have found that it works by modifying liver function. It limits the inflammation caused by a high-fat diet.  It also limits weight gain when the diet is high in fat.[5]

Boi-ogi-to (Fang Ji Huang Qi Tang)

Boi-ogi-to is the Japanese patent medicine version of the Traditional Chinese Medicine formula .It’s a formula for obese people who have more of a problem with cold than with heat. These are people who might have profuse sweating from the head and groin, but not the rest of the body.  Their overweight tends to be “all over,” not just belly fat. Their skin tends to dimple when it is depressed. Constipation is not a part of there symptom patterns. Women of reproductive age who have this symptom pattern usually have irregular periods. People for whom this formula is a good fit tend to be “couch potatoes,” often because they have swelling and joint pain.

Scientists have ascertained that boi-ogi-to may prevent the progression of metabolic syndrome and obesity to type 2 diabetes.[6] It also prevents the destruction of joints by a laboratory model of arthritis.[7]

Can These Formulas Help You?

Chinese herbal formulas for treating obesity in patent medicine form are most widely available as under their Japanese trade names, even though they are made in China. It doesn’t hurt to get a quick confirmation from a knowledgeable dispensing herbalist that you are using the formula most likely to match your symptom pattern. But as long as you don’t have hepatitis B—which is a contraindication for sai-saiko-to—these formulas are safe to use as directed and give you just a little added help in losing weight.


[1] Yeo S, Kim KS, Lim S. Randomised clinical trial of five ear acupuncture points for the treatment of overweight people. Acupunct Med. 2014 Apr;32(2):132-8. doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2013-010435. Epub 2013 Dec 16.

PMID: 24342715.

[2] Ito H, Yamada O, Kira Y, Tanaka T, Matsuoka R.  BMJ Open Gastroenterol. 2015 Feb 9;2(1):e000013. doi: 10.1136/bmjgast-2014-000013. eCollection 2015. PMID: 26462269.

[3] Shiraishi T, Onoe M, Kojima TA, Kageyama T, Sawatsugawa S, Sakurai K, Yoshimatsu H, Sakata T. Effects of bilateral auricular acupuncture stimulation on body weight in healthy volunteers and mildly obese patients.

Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2003 Nov;228(10):1201-7. PMID: 14610261.

[4] Satomi Akagiri, Yuji Naito, Hiroshi Ichikawa, Katsura Mizushima, Tomohisa Takagi, Osamu Handa, Satoshi Kokura, Toshikazu Yoshikawa Bofutsushosan, an Oriental Herbal Medicine, Attenuates the Weight Gain of White Adipose Tissue and the Increased Size of Adipocytes Associated with the Increase in Their Expression of Uncoupling Protein 1 in High-Fat Diet-Fed Male KK/Ta miceJ Clin Biochem Nutr. 2008 Mar; 42(2): 158–166. Published online 2008 Mar 1. doi: 10.3164/jcbn.2008023 PMCID: PMC2266052.

[5] Weibin Qian, Xinrui Cai, Xinying Zhang, Yingying Wang, Qiuhai Qian, Junichi Hasegawa. Effect of Daisaikoto on Expressions of SIRT1 and NF-kappaB of Diabetic Fatty Liver Rats Induced by High-Fat Diet and Streptozotocin

Yonago Acta Med. 2016 Jun; 59(2): 149–158. Published online 2016 Jun 29. PMCID: PMC4973021.

[6] Tsutomu Shimada, Tomoko Akase, Mitsutaka Kosugi, Masaki Aburada. Preventive Effect of Boiogito on Metabolic Disorders in the TSOD Mouse, a Model of Spontaneous Obese Type II Diabetes Mellitus.  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 931073. Published online 2011 Jun 5. doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep012


[7] Xinwen Zhang, Zhou Wu, Yicong Liu, Junjun Ni, Chunfu Deng, Baohong Zhao, Hiroshi Nakanishi, Jing He, Xu Yan. Boi-ogi-to (TJ-20), a Kampo Formula, Suppresses the Inflammatory Bone Destruction and the Expression of Cytokines in the Synovia of Ankle Joints of Adjuvant Arthritic Rats. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017; 2017: 3679295. Published online 2017 May 7. doi: 10.1155/2017/3679295. PMCID: PMC5438844.



Any new diet change should be consulted with a medical practitioner 

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 



Water in Traditional Chinese Medicine

waterWater in Traditional Chinese Medicine

What is the one ingredient that is found in absolutely every part of traditional Chinese herbal medicine? It’s water, of course. Water is essential to life, but the ancient understanding of water can inform our own lives.

Water as an “Element”

Water is one of the five “elements” in Traditional Chinese Medici ne, along with wood, fire, earth, and metal. Water is the winter element that feeds the new growth, the “wood,” of spring. Not surprisingly, it is associated with the kidneys.

However, the “kidney’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine is not just a physical organ. It is a set of energies that become emotions that in turn become physical objects, all associated with human reproduction and development. The kidneys are the governing organ of the sex organs. Their energies create vaginal fluids and semen, as well as, of course, urine. But they are also the governing organ of “development,” including bones and hair, and the govern the body’s ability to make and detect sound.

Surely this quaint ancient theory does not have any bearing on the modern understanding of health, does it? We invite you to judge for yourself.

The Surprising Importance of Hydration from Head to Toe

Keeping adequately hydrated by drinking enough water with electrolytes is essential to life, but it is also essential to some unexpected aspects of healthy living. Here are just a few reasons we need water in ways that are predicted by Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • The hair on your head and the skin on your scalp are regenerated by stem cells. Some of these stem cells differentiate into melanocytes, the cells that make the natural color in your hair. Some of these cells differentiate into hair follicles, which generate the hair itself. The two groups of stem cells communicate by hormones and chemical messengers that they send through the tiny capillaries and intercellular fluid in the scalp. If the color-making cells can’t communicate to the hair-making cells, guess what happens? Gray hair. Regular hydration is important to maintain your natural hair colour.[1]
  • The voice In older adults, in particular, tends to shimmer and jitter when the body is dehydrated. Dehydrated people cannot hold a sound so that it blends into other syllables. Their voices have a reduced resonance and a higher frequency (but not in a good way). Drinking water helps to restore the voice. Steam inhalation is useful, too. Voice problems may be prevented by using a nebulizer that provides pure water in tiny droplets.[2]
  • The human body ordinarily keeps almost all of its calcium in the bones and just a tiny amount of calcium in the bloodstream to power muscles and nerves. Dehydration can be a cause of hypercalcemia, too much calcium in the bloodstream.[3]
  • In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the “kidney” (which is a concept more than a physical organ) also governs the knees. You won’t find dehydration listed as a trigger for attacks of knee arthritis (or gout in the ankles and toes), but that is the experience of many people who have to manage these diseases.[4]

How Much Water Is Enough?

Some health-minded people are so intent on staying hydrated that they walk around making sloshing sounds. The best amount of water isn’t more, more, more.  Healthy hydration keeps water consumption in balance with the amount of water that the body uses, no more and no less.

Infants and disabled people are especially susceptible to dehydration because they can’t get their own fluids to drink. Older children are especially susceptible to dehydration because their bodies keep less water in the interstitial fluid around their tissues. The most common precipitating event that leads to death from dehydration is diarrhea. If you get diarrhea, keep hydrated!

It takes as little as 1.2 liters (5 cups) of water a day to keep hydrated. Drinking 3 or more liters of water a day is actually associated with poorer health outcomes, not better.[5] (If you happen to live in the Australian Outback or some other desert, of course, you may actually need more water—but you probably won’t have a longer lifespan as a result of drinking it).

The key is what else is in the water. Water that contains just a little sodium, the ion found in table salt, can keep your body hydrated up to twice as long as water that does not.[6] Almost any natural beverage contains at least a little sodium, even orange juice, whole (full-fat) milk, and tea.  Caffeinated and carbonated beverages are not dehydrating.[7] Tea, in particular, including tea with milk, does not dehydrate.[8]

Hydration Isn’t All About What You Drink

Traditional Chinese Medicine tells us that mastering the “water” element, however, is not just about drinking water and other beverages. The kidney is a yin vessel that stores a property called jing, or essence. This is the set of instructions that the body follows to make its densest structures, such as bone.

The “energy kidney” also consolidates the mysterious energy called chi that governs over our lives from birth to death. It is specifically related to our ability to pro-create, physical growth through childhood, and transition in to old age. Someone with a compromised water element will not have the vitality and endurance necessary throughout our lives to endure, especially during stressful times of change.

You can’t tackle life’s challenges if you aren’t physically hydrated. But you become “spiritually hydrated” by conquering fear, anxiety, and specific phobias. When we master the fluid challenges of our daily lives, we overcome fear. And when we overcome fear, we master the energies of water, unleashing vital energy to make us healthier from head to toe.

Drinking water, tea, and other healthy beverages won’t automatically result in mastery of the watery aspects of human vitality. A great deal of healthy hydration really stems from emotional health, not just diet. But getting at least those 5 cups, 1.2 liters, of water every day is a healthy start to hydration. If you drink water, you have some of the physical sustenance you need to master your life energies. And if you master your life energies, you will keep your water intake and use in healthy balance.


[1] Hsu YC, Li L, Fuchs E. Emerging interactions between skin stem cells and their niches. Nat Med. 2014 Aug;20(8):847-56. doi: 10.1038/nm.3643. Review. PMID: 25100530.

[2] Alves M, Krüger E, Pillay B, van Lierde K, van der Linde J. The Effect of Hydration on Voice Quality in Adults: A Systematic Review.J Voice. 2017 Nov 6. pii: S0892-1997(17)30389-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2017.10.001. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 29122414.

[3] Fernandes LG, Ferreira NR, Cardiga R, Póvoa P. Severe hypercalcaemia and colon ischaemia: dehydration as an unusual cause? BMJ Case Rep. 2015 Mar 25;2015. pii: bcr2014208809. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-208809.

PMID: 25809432.

[4] Abhishek A, Valdes AM, Jenkins W, Zhang W, Doherty M. Triggers of acute attacks of gout, does age of gout onset matter? A primary care based cross-sectional study. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 12;12(10):e0186096. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0186096. eCollection 2017. PMID: 29023487.

[5] Kant AK, Graubard BI. A prospective study of water intake and subsequent risk of all-cause mortality in a national cohort.Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Jan;105(1):212-220. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.143826. Epub 2016 Nov 30.

PMID: 27903521.

[6] Sims ST, van Vliet L, Cotter JD, Rehrer NJ. Sodium loading aids fluid balance and reduces physiological strain of trained men exercising in the heat. Med Sci Sports Exerc 2007;39:123–30.

[7] Grandjean AC, Reimers KJ, Bannick KE, Haven MC. The effect of caffeinated, non-caffeinated, caloric and non-caloric beverages on hydration. J Am Coll Nutr. 2000 Oct;19(5):591-600. PMID: 11022872.

[8] Ruxton CH, Hart VA. Black tea is not significantly different from water in the maintenance of normal hydration in human subjects: results from a randomised controlled trial.Br J Nutr. 2011 Aug;106(4):588-95. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511000456. Epub 2011 Mar 30. PMID: 21450118.



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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 

Tibetan Foot Soak

foot soak 1The idea of a foot soak in a basin of healing herbal infusion is more than relaxing, it is powerful medicine. There are masses of tiny capillary endings on your feet that can aid in the transportation of goodness to the rest of the body. It is a simple technique which only uses a few tools, which include a comfy chair, warm water, bucket, herbs in which to enjoy the treatment.

For most a foot soak are seen as a lesser somewhat superficial treatment, but technically is actually very powerful medicine. It is medicine for the masses which is so simple yet effective for serious conditions like edema, cold feet, neuropathy, high blood pressure respond rapidly to herbal foot bath. The key is to treat the condition properly with the correct herb.

Chronic conditions need to be kept to a schedule. One single foot soak treatment will not fix the problem. Regular foot soaks in conjunction with acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and exercise work best.

This is a basic procedure, not a recipe. I haven’t included specific measurements but have instead described the process and what to look for as you’re working. You can use either fresh or dry herbs. The trick is to know your herbs and know your condition.

We happy to be able to bring a special blend of Tibetan foot soak herbal mix. At present we only have the herbal soaks for in house application but we shall have lots more soon

Herbal ingredients:

Du Yi Wei

Actions: Activate blood and stop bleeding, dispel wind and alleviate pain.

Zang Chang Pu

Actions: Warm the stomach, diminish inflammation and relieve pain

Hong Hua

Actions: Activate blood and dredge meridians, dispel stasis and alleviate pain.

Hong Jing Tian

Actions: Activate blood and stop bleeding

Qiang Huo

Actions: Release exterior and disperse cold, expel wind-damp and alleviate pain

Ai Ye,

Actions: Warm meridians and stop bleeding, dispel cold

Sheng Jiang

Actions: Disperse wind-cold, warm the middle Jiao

Ku Shen

Actions: Clear heat and dry dampness, purge fire and remove toxicity

External use only


place 1-3 teabags into a foot basin and add 5-8 cups of boiling water. Steep and wait until it cools down to 40 Celsius. Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. Keep adding hot water during soaking.


Avoid foot soak if you have open wounds, bleeding disorder, infection, burns, or if you are hungry or within 30 minutes of a meal.

Avoid using this foot soak herbal formula if you are pregnant, have metastatic cancer or other situations that you should not move blood.

Be cautious on children.



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 Foot Soak

Lumbar Spine & Disc Forces during Exercise: Rian Kenny

Lumbar Spine & Disc Forces during Exercise

When we hear about ‘Disc Herniation’ we usually associate such a thing with the lower back or lumbar spine, a common mechanism has been shown in clinical studies to be flexion of the lumbar spine (repeated or prolonged) and also some degree of twisting although this alone is not thought to be as damaging as flexion. Stuart McGill, Ph.D., author of the book “Low Back Disorders,” concluded that repeated or prolonged spine flexion is the primary mechanism leading to lumbar disc herniation.

The disc on the left is healthy with no damage to the outer fibres allowing the centre (nucleus pulposis) to stay central and provide good support to the vertebra above and below the joint. The centre disc is showing early signs of outer fibre damage and as we can see this allows the nucleus to ‘bulge’ outward toward the spinal cord and nerve roots. The disc on the right is showing a complete herniation or prolapse of the nucleus through the annulus fibres which have been catastrophically damaged, this results in spinal nerve root and central cord stenosis which can present with extreme pain locally and radiation or referral, most commonly down the legs.

The Discs themselves act as ‘shock absorbers’ between the vertebrae and are made up of outer fibres (annulus fibrosis) which is dense tough connective tissue almost ligament like in its make up and a jelly like centre which provides some spring (nucleus pulposis) which is well hydrated and allows shock absorption throughout the spine. A herniation of the discs usually results from damage to the outer fibres of the disc and subsequent ‘bulging’ of the nucleus pulposis, which is referred to by many names; slipped disc, bulging disc, herniation, prolapse all depending on the degree of damage (As seen Above)

Now that we have an understanding of the disc and what it does we can look at how the damage seen above can and usually does occur. Physics determines that when we move our spine the disc (due to its spongy make up) moves in between the vertebra and for the sake of this article we are going to have a look at the effect flexion of the spine has upon the disc.

We can see that when the spine is placed into flexion the nucleus of the disc if forced backward, toward the spinal cord, if we look back it was concluded that repeated or prolonged spine flexion is the primary mechanism leading to lumbar disc herniation. So if we apply this to exercises such as the squat and the deadlift we are placing an even greater load upon the spine and the discs with the added resistance, which results in a greater force upon the nucleus and a more detrimental effect on the outer fibres of the disc, which can result in a failure of these structures leading to possible herniation or protrusion of the disc.

It is fairly common to see people perform a squat (at the base of the squat) or deadlift (during the initial phase of the lift) with some degree of lumbar flexion or reverse of the normal courve, if this is occurring every time the exercise is performed we are exposing our lumbar spine and discs to an extremely forceful and repetitive damaging stimulus, which can and most likely will result in either the centre disc as seen above or even worse the disc on the right.

It is extremely important to note that when we are squatting or deadlifting that to reduce injuries, proper form should be stressed before increasing weight loads!! Physical restrictions whether it be joint restriction, muscular restriction or a biomechanical issue may affect the way in which you can perform a squat/deadlift or any other exercise for that matter, need to be addressed before you can squat as deep as you want to or perform a perfect deadlift.

If you find that you flex your lower back when you squat or deadlift firstly; lower the weight and see if there is any improvement and secondly; get assessed by your chiro or physio to check for any physical limitations your body may need addressed before you are able to progress with the exercise!

Take Home Tips:

  • When performing any exercise aim to maintain the normal curve in your spine
  • Stress proper form over increase in weight to reduce risk of injury
  • Get checked out to make sure you aren’t putting yourself at risk of injury and possibly address some of the reasons why your are flexing the lower back (of which there are many!!)
  • Following these tips you will probably find your lower back isn’t aching after a workout and in the long run you wont run into any more serious injuries!


Rian Kenny20160127_123651

Principal Chiropractor (Tuesday & Thursday )

Natural Health Practice