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Torquay, Geelong and Essendon Chinese medicine practitioner Shura Ford, acupuncturist & herbalist of Ford wellness group is also a health writer. Shura loves to talk and write about Chinese medicine principles, practice and philosophy. Shura is regularly called upon as a Chinese medicine contributor by online and print publications. Contributions have included SBS life, Ninemsn, Good Health magazine, Wellbeing magazine, Mens muscle and fitness magazine, Body and soul magazine, Nature & health magazine and Nourish magazine.
Nature & Health Magazine
Since 2014 Shura has written a regular East West article for each issue of the Australian publication Nature and health magazine.
Medicinal mushrooms – Nature & Health
Chinese medicine and medicinal mushrooms Medicinal mushrooms and Chinese medicine have a long history together. Mushrooms and other fungi are used as both a food in Shi Liao prescriptions and as an ingredient in Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions. While these fungi have been used for thousands of years because of their health benefits, now they
Winter with Chinese medicine – Nature & Health
Winter with Chinese medicine This article was written by Doctor of Chinese medicine Shura Ford for Nature and health magazine for their Winter wellness special issue. Seasons play a pivotal role in Chinese medicine philosophy so adapting to the energetics of the seasons is encouraged. The cooler weather of Winter makes for a dormant season.
Kidney Health – Nature & Health
Kidneys Chinese medicine. This article written by Doctor of Chinese medicine Shura Ford for Nature and health magazine explores the relationship between Traditional Chinese medicine and the Kidneys. In Chinese medicine the Kidneys are considered to be the origin of life, known as the palace of fire and water and the foundation of all Yin
Blood Sugar Balance – Nature & Health
Chinese medicine blood sugar balance, what is it? What causes blood sugar imbalance? What can you can do about it from a Chinese medicine perspective? Both the Chinese medicine and Western medicine approach to the management of blood sugar balance is to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Compliance to a new lifestyle can
Feng Shui – Nature & Health
Feng Shui tips using Chinese medicine. Some tips for fresh energy. This article written by Doctor of Chinese medicine Shura Ford for Nature and health magazine explores the relationship between traditional Chinese medicine and Feng Shui with 4 tips on how how to apply favourable Feng Shui to your home or workplace. This
Candidiasis – Nature & Health
October – November 2017 – By Shura Ford This article explains the traditional Chinese medicine interpretation of candida. This article appeared in the October – November 2017 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, www.natureandhealth.com.au
A cup of good health – Nature & Health Magazine
Chinese medicine cupping is a traditional technique now popularised by elite athletes and hollywood actresses. Nature and Health magazine Shura was invited by Nature and Health magazine to comment on it’s now mainstream popularity Shura Ford, registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, has seen a noticeable increase in the number of people seeking Chinese medicine cupping
Indigestion – Nature & Health Magazine
Chinese medicine digestive support begins with using food as medicine and extends to acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine treatment. Chinese medicine practitioners are always asking about your digestion. Have you wondered why? Nature and health magazine This article by Shura Ford on the interpretation of Chinese medicine digestive patterns appeared in the August – September
Winter wellness – Nature & Health Magazine
June – July 2017 – By Shura Ford Winter, do you love it or hate it? I share 5 ways to manage winter using Chinese medicine philosophies. This article appeared in the June-July 2017 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, www.natureandhealth.com.au SaveSave
Now Ear This – Nature & Health Magazine
April 2017 With Shura Ford as expert contributor This article appeared in the April 2017 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, www.natureandhealth.com.au Read more at http://www.natureandhealth.com.au/health/now-ear-this
Fertility – Nature & Health Magazine
Fertility Chinese medicine – In Western medicine and also from a Chinese medicine perspective, fertility follows when the body is healthy, vibrant and in balance. Healthy eggs, healthy sperm and a healthy environment are all needed for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Treating fertility Chinese medicine Epigenetics New research in to epigenetic’s (the study of changes in the
Nature & Health Magazine
February – March 2017– By Shura Ford This article appeared in the February 2017 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine, www.natureandhealth.com.au
Menopause – Nature & Health Magazine
December 2016 – January 2017 – By Shura Ford The ancient texts of Chinese medicine state that the body of a woman changes each 7 years. It is expected that around the age of 49 (the 7th of the 7 year cycles) the Tian Gui, (translated as Heavenly Water) along with the vitality of channels
Face Reading – Nature & Health Magazine
October – November 2016 – By Shura Ford – This issues East West column explores Chinese facial diagnosis and it’s use in Traditional Chinese medicine. You can read the full article on page 22 This article appeared in the October November 2016 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine. www.natureandhealth.com.au
Which specialist for gut problems? – Ninemsn Coach
September 2016 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor If you’re suffering bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, knowing which expert to turn to can be an absolute minefield. Everyone you know will have an opinion about whether Western or traditional medicine is best and pretty soon you’ll be tempted to throw your hands in the air because
Who’s the best expert? – Ninemsn Coach
September 2016 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor. If it’s taking a bit longer than expected to conceive, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Coach speaks to experts in a variety of fields including acupuncturist and herbalist Shura Ford to find out how they go about treating couples wanting to start a
Ways to rev up your fitness – Nature & Health Magazine
August September 2016 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor. Chinese medicine has it’s foundations in preventative medicine and it can help enhance fitness in a number of ways. I use acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies with clients for goal setting and to improve their motivation and will power as well as increasing energy and
Acupuncture secrets – Nature & Health Magazine
August September 2016 – By Shura Ford – This issues East West column is all about the many unknown benefits of acupuncture. This article appeared in the August 2016 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and best natural health magazine. www.natureandhealth.com.au You can read the full article on page 26
Winter refresh – Good Health Magazine
August 2016 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor Winter refresh ‘Exercise Gently’ When the temperature drops we are less inclined to want to go outdoors. But even though it’s tempting to snuggle up on the sofa, it’s important to keep your body moving. “Cold temperature cause contraction in the body so you need to stay
The everyday foods nutrition experts want you to start eating – Ninemsn Coach
July 2016 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor The everyday foods nutrition experts want you to start eating We have long known that beetroots themselves are excellent sources of antioxidants, but Shura Ford, registered acupuncturist and herbalist, says we shouldn’t throw out the stems and leaves. “They’re able to be grown locally and sustainably with
Brain food: what you should be eating for good mental health – SBS Life
May 2016 – with Shura Ford as an expert Contributor. What is the traditional Chinese medicine wisdom/understanding around fermented foods? From a Chinese medicine perspective fermentation (‘Fa Jiao Fa’) is a method of preparation (‘Pao Zhi’) to transform foods and herbs to create new herbal properties. “In some cases this is to have more affinity with
Damp Solutions – Nature & Health Magazine
April May 2016 – By Shura Ford – This months East West column is all about damp. ‘One of the significant pathologies that influences health from the Chinese medicine perspective is dampness. Dampness can be the origin or the consequence of illness’. This article appeared in the April 2016 issue of Nature & Health, Australia’s original and
Free your Qi – Nature & Health Magazine
February March 2016 – By Shura Ford – Qi is known as one of the vital substances in Chinese medicine, but what is Qi? It can be a difficult concept to grasp from a Western perspective, though it occupies an important position in Chinese medicine philosophy, having been a source of philosophical discussions for thousands of
Food Intolerances – Nature & Health Magazine
January 2016 – By Shura Ford – The Chinese medicine interpretation of food intolerance’s and how Chinese herbs, acupressure and acupuncture can be used to treat and manage them . You can read the full article on page 26 of the December- January issue of Nature & Health Magazine, Australia’s leading natural health and lifestyle magazine.
Finish 2015 on a high – Fernwood Fitness Magazine
November 2015 – with Shura Ford as an expert Contributor . Balance your Yang with your Yin
Depression – Nature & Health Magazine
October 2015 – By Shura Ford – How Chinese herbs, acupressure and acupuncture can be used to treat and manage depression. Chinese medicine can play a fantastic role in supporting people with depression. You can read the full article on page 16 of the October – November issue of Nature & Health Magazine, Australia’s leading natural health and lifestyle
Chinese medicine supporting sufferers of addiction – Nature & Health Magazine
Chinese medicine can be used as a adjunct treatment for suffers of addictions by supporting Western medicine interventions and by helping patients manage their stress. There is continuing research about how acupuncture influences the brain. This feature article explains the Chinese medicine interpretation of addiction and gives 4 ways Chinese medicine including herbal medicine, acupressure and acupuncture
Top tips to improve sleep – Wellspring Magazine
July 2015 – with Shura Ford as an expert Contributor ‘Sleep is a key component of restoring our physical and mental health, yet it is something so many people struggle to achieve. The Medical Journal of Australia reported up to 35 per cent of Australians experience disrupted sleep, inadequate amounts of sleep, excessive sleepiness and irritability, with half these
Liver cleansing – Nature & Health Magazine
June 2015 – By Shura Ford – How Chinese herbs, acupuncture and food remedies can help support your liver. This feature article explains the Chinese medicine interpretation of cleansing the Liver. You can read the full article on page 18.
Good Health Magazine – Mantras to transform your life
Jun 2015 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor – Mantras to transform your life ‘I feel calm and in control’ Use this if you frequently feel angry “Chinese medicine sees anger issues as a sign that your body is out of balance and there is underlying disharmony in your energy system,” says Shura Ford, doctor of Chinese medicine
Moving into Autumn – Nature & Health Magazine
April 2015 – By Shura Ford – How Chinese herbs, acupuncture and food remedies can help support your health this Autumn and prepare the body for Winter. As we move into Autumn learn how becoming mindful of your environment can prevent illness. This feature article explains the Chinese medicine interpretation of Autumn and the effects a cold environment can
Alternative medicine – is it time for a crackdown – SHE SAID website
March 2015 – Unless you’ve been on digital hiatus lately, you would have seen the torrent of articles about health stars in the news. From allegations against The Whole Pantry app founder and alternative medicine advocate Belle Gibson to Paleo pin-up Pete Evans, there’s been no escaping these explosive stories. As a registered natural health
5 Traditional Chinese foods that heal – Body + Soul Magazine (Herald Sun)
March 2015 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor – 5 Traditional Chinese foods that heal
21 ways to get your zen on – Nature & Health Magazine
February 2015 – with Shura Ford expert contributor – A few of the ways that I like to reboot my soul and spirit. My tips feature as number 1 on page 58. Acupuncture gives me clarity, it’s very calming and nurturing Gardening also helps me find balance. I have flower gardens and a veggie patch and love to
Acupuncture to improve your sporting performance – Mens muscle & health Magazine
February 2015 – By Shura Ford – Acupuncture to improve your sporting performance. A 3 page feature article in men’s muscle and health magazine exploring five ways you can incorporate acupuncture into your training regime.
Lowering high blood pressure – Nature & Health Magazine
February 2015 – By Shura Ford – This feature article explains the Chinese medicine interpretation of high blood pressure. You can read the full article on page 24.
Calming tip – Body + soul magazine
January 2015 – with Shura Ford expert contributor – A practical tip for relieving stress using acupressure.
100 Ways to be happy – Body + Soul Magazine (Herald Sun)
January 2015 – with Shura Ford as contributor We share our top tip in the 100 ways to be happy feature in today’s Herald Sun magazine. Happiness and joy are the emotions of the heart in Chinese medicine, to achieve true happiness keep your heart open, share your life and form real connections with others.
5 Natural beauty fixes – Wellbeing Magazine
January 2015 – with Shura Ford expert contributor – Why do we get dark patches under the eyes? Facial diagnosis is one of the assessment tools used in Chinese medicine, the area under the eyes relates to the kidneys. Dark patches under the eyes can signify an imbalance of the kidneys, this could be constitutional, or may suggest
How to heal grief – Nature and Health Magazine
December 2014 – by Shura Ford – Grief is a very strong emotion. This feature article looks at the Chinese medicine philosophy and understanding of grief and how acupuncture and herbal medicine can assist.
How Asian therapies can help you – Good Health Magazine
November 2014 – with Shura Ford expert contributor – Asian therapies such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are entirely about balance. Disease and illness are viewed as an disharmony of the bodies energies. For true wellness to exist there needs to be a balance between the various energies of the body – a balance of movement,
Calming Tip – Body + Soul Magazine (Herald Sun)
October 2014 – by Shura Ford – Set Aside time for a tea ritual. Tea ceremonies are a beautiful tradition of East Asia where an appreciation of tea is an art form. A tea ritual is a calming exercise not only because of the therapeutic effects of the herbs but also because you set the intention of creating
Adrenal Fatigue – Nature & Health Magazine
October 2014 – by Shura Ford – How Chinese medicine can help prevent adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue or burnout is a common scenario in modern times. We all get busy and stressed but it’s important to take time out to slow down and allow our body time to rest and restore. In Chinese medicine we may refer
Can natural remedies help your allergies – ninemsn.com.au
October 2014 – with Shura Ford as expert contributor – Discussing how acupuncture, herbal medicine and foods can be used to manage allergies including hay-fever on ninemsn coach ‘Registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Shura Ford says while acupuncture does not ‘cure’ hay fever, it substantially benefits sufferers while reducing their reliance on antihistamines and steroids. “Each
Top 10 paleo superfoods – Paleo Foodies
July 2014 – by Shura Ford – Top 10 Paleo superfoods. The paleo diet is a food lifestyle that we often recommend to our clients. The principle is to eat like our ancestors did in the paleolithic era. It focuses on eating fresh food that you could hunt and gather yourself such as fruit, vegetables, meat, nuts and seeds.
Soup for the soul – Nourish magazine
June 2014 – with Shura Ford expert contributor – Soup for the soul. Soups are a great medium for taking food and nutrients, especially in the cooler months. There are so many different kinds of soups. In Chinese medicine herbs are often added to the cooking process to boost the therapeutic quality.
Your favourite smoothies – White Zebra
May 2014 – by Shura Ford – Your Favourite Smoothies.. Good or Bad? There is a smoothie revolution happening right now – they are everywhere and people are having them every day. Sure I like smoothies too but my motto is all things in moderation. Sometimes a smoothie isn’t such a good thing. Green smoothies, shakes and
Aligning with Autumn – The Foodlife Blog
April 2014 – by Shura Ford – Aligning with Autumn. I love to meet like minded souls and Danielle Norman is one I recently connected with. Dani is a beauty expert on the NSW central coast with a passion for fitness and nutrition. She has created a great blog and asked me to contribute a piece for her readers.