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Heiko Lade interviews Tim Haiselden- winner of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Tim Haiselden- winner of the NZ Order of Merit

Tim Haiselden was one of the early members of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists and first practised in Wellington in 1976. Tim first studied acupuncture in Thailand as an apprentice and then went on to the UK to get a formal qualification. He has been actively involved in lobbying for ... Continue Reading >>

Heiko Lade interviews Kate Roberts, Wellington based researcher in acupuncture and its role in mental health

Kate Roberts Wellington Acupuncturist

Kate Roberts first became interested in acupuncture after she had a motor vehicle accident as a teen and sought the treatment to help her hasten the recovery. She then went onto study acupuncture and has now been a lecturer at the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and TCM for over 13 years. Further ... Continue Reading >>

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs for Constipation during Pregnancy

Fresh fruit and Chinese herbs can help for constipation during pregnancy

Many women who never have had constipation can then experience it during the course of their pregnancy. The hormones progesterone and oestrogen have an effect on smooth muscle such as the intestines making the bowels sluggish. The common advice is to drink more water but some women may already be ... Continue Reading >>

Heiko Lade interviews Ivan Pivac- New Zealand’s only blind acupuncturist

Ivan Pivac- Auckland based blind acupuncturist

Ivan Pivac was born blind and has completed numerous degrees and also imports and exports various products that help people with disabilities. He studied his acupuncture in Hong Kong in the 1960’s and was one of the earliest members of the New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists Inc and still ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for desert

Stewed Pear with Fritillaria

In our continuing series of posts of using Chinese herbs in cooking, we ask Albert Zhang, a New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists member practicing  in Auckland, to provide us a nice tasting recipe for a Chinese herbal desert. The challenge of course for Albert  is not that it only tastes good but ... Continue Reading >>

Heiko Lade interviews Mike Armour – Auckland acupuncturist specialising in women’s problems

Mike Armour - Auckland Acupuncturist

Mike Armour started off his career in modern bio-medicine specialising in cardiovascular physiology after obtaining his Bachelor of Bio-medicine of which he completed with honors. After having had acupuncture himself which successfully helped his frozen shoulder, he became inspired and then went on ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for dinner

Sha Shen (glehnia root)- One of Albert Zhang's favorite Chinese herbs used in his cooking feats

In our continuing series of posts on Chinese herbs for food, we have one simple suggestion from Albert Zhang for a dish to accompany the evening meal. It is called Stew of Duck with Sha Shen. Sha shen is a Chinese herb known for its tradition to nourish the yin. In particular it promotes the ... Continue Reading >>

Heiko Lade interviews Selwyn Wong Doo, who operates the longest running acupuncture practice in New Zealand

Selwyn Wong Doo, well known Auckland acupuncturist

Selwyn Wong-Doo is the son of William Wong-Doo, who was taught acupuncture by monks in a Chinese monastery in the early twentieth century. William’s knowledge and experience of acupuncture was passed onto Selwyn and his sister Anne, who then carried on the tradition of running a practice in ... Continue Reading >>

Chinese herbs for lunch

Albert Zhang and Professor Gao Li Shan

The Acupuncture Clinic consulted with Albert Zhang of Auckland as to what is a nice tasting Chinese herb soup that could be eaten at lunch and something that is good for you too. Chinese herbs when taken as medicine do have the reputation of tasting bitter and people rarely like the taste of them ... Continue Reading >>

Heiko Lade interviews Thomas Lin

Thomas Lin

Thomas Lin migrated from China to New Zealand in 1994 and first started working as an acupuncturist in Palmerston North before moving to Christchurch in 1996. When he first went into practise he had a lot to learn about the differences in dealing with New Zealanders and Chinese. He will talk to ... Continue Reading >>