New Treatment now availiable - Ear Candling...


Ear Candling is a natural way to clean out accumulated wax and white, flaky fungus from the ears. The accumulations withdrawn from your ears may be many months or even years old.

It is a painless, harmless and totally relaxing experience. If it weren't for the intermittent crackling and hissing sounds – due to the burning of the wax and fungus being drawn up the chimney of the candle – you would never know that anything was happening in your ear.

The function of earwax (cerumen) is to protect the surfaces of the ear canal. A waxy surface repels water – it will bead up and the water will not adhere. Another protective function of earwax is preventing infection. Earwax is acidic, and a bacterium does not thrive in an acid environment. Earwax normally just dries up and leaves the ear, but in some cases it can accumulate, causing a narrowing or blockage of the ear canal. Impacted earwax usually produces no symptoms until the canal becomes completely blocked.

Ear candling can benefit almost everyone, from infants to adults. Musicians can benefit – especially singers and horn blowers – who often have a lot more wax build up than other people. People who wear hearing aids can benefit. Also, those people who have had previous ear injuries can benefit from ear candling, as they tend to have a greater build up of wax and fungus.

Ear Candling should not be done to people who have ear tubes, perforated eardrums, or artificial eardrums.

This ancient remedy for cleansing and invigorating the ear has been around for centuries.

Ear candling may be beneficial in cases of: 

•   Excessive wax builds up

•   Impaired hearing

•   Fungal infections

•   Sinus pain & irritation

•   Toxic residue from medication

•   Tinnitus, Meniere ’s syndrome

•   Foggy head

•   Poor lymphatic circulation

•   Migraines

•   Poor balance, vertigo

•   Glue ear or swim ear

•   Children’s ear problems


Contact the team at Utopia Health Care today to discuss the best treatment for you or your loved ones.


Recipes for a more Healthier Lifestyle ....

What a wonderful sensation it is to feel the first hints of spring while walking in the garden, the smell of spring flowers, and the sight of green shoots budding. The anticipation of what spring holds, the warmer weather ahead, we can look forward to the shorter nights and longer days.

September marks the beginning of Spring in the southern Hemisphere and In Traditional Chinese Medicine this relates to the Wood element. The associated organs are the Gall bladder and Liver in the horary clock 11pm 1 am and 1- 3 am.

Wood Element

Waking early and being at your most creative in this phase of the day, means the wood aspect of you is healthy and your energy balanced. If you are the type of person that has difficulty waking up or getting motivated in the morning, Wood could be stressed and in need of some support. How is your appetite in the morning? Try starting the day with hot water and lemon to start cleansing the body, stretching before breakfast and get the body in motion.

The wood element governs muscles and tendons, which bring grace and flexibility, so if one is suffering from muscle, knee and elbow issues this may indicate poor wood circulation. Having a Massage is a great way to improve circulation

Wood reflects beginnings, birth and Spring. It is a bursting forth of new ideas, new vitality and new beginnings. Wood Qi is spontaneity, flexibility and activity.  Wood is strong and flexible like bamboo, and associated with warmth, generosity and co-operation.  Wood can be wide and outgoing, always seeking to grow and expand.

Emotions of Wood

Anger is the emotion related to Wood. When all is in balance, a person can move forward with plans even when there are bumps in the road they will, have the ability to deal with changes. When out of balance, anger results from being thwarted in planning and execution. This Anger can become the primary emotion, with a person interpreting that his way, the right way, is blocked. Shout is the sound associated with Wood, this can be heard in the tone of someone’s speech and not necessarily in anger try listen to friends when in conversation to guess their element type.. . If one has rested and stored their energy in the winter, one will have the strength to move forward with new plans and projects in the spring. As with plants bursting through the ground and growing up toward the sunlight, we will also feel the urge to be outside as the weather warms up, to garden or build or begin new activities

Recipes for a more Healthier Lifestyle

  • Leafy green vegetables are extremely good for balancing Liver and Wood energy. Eat lots of greens: kale, spinach, mustard, dandelion and other leafy greens. The more greens the better! A balanced diet and chewing slowly help build Gall Bladder energy.
  • Don’t eat when you are distracted: watching TV, standing, walking, talking or reading.
  • To release stress, anger or impatience from Liver or Gall Bladder, try turning up the music, sing, and dance, have some FUN move the Qi!  Have a full belly laugh with friends!
  • Acupuncture can help move and restore balance. Acupuncture is great for can treating stress, anger, stress headaches and migraines, which can be caused by muscular tension.
  •  A person born under the Chinese Astrology element of Wood (Dragon Rabbit Tiger) will often be ambitious -shrugging off doubts as to their abilities and believing that the path they choose to take is the right one. Their enthusiasm may sometimes be perceived as over-confidence, but their productivity isn't achieved through ruthless arrogance and single-mindedness: rather, their achievements are enacted by a willingness to work with others and nurture their project and ideas, they seem to have a never-ending supply of energy. A person's enthusiasm shows itself in a number of ways - they develop their own ideas through a keen attitude to learning, and though it may not always show, they are essentially open-minded and always thinking of others.
  • Spring is a time to clean.
  • Lacking inspiration try a massage to get things physically moving.
  • Consider a reading with Di for some insight or support for a new direction with a coaching session
  • Click here for a full range of health treatments available from Utopia Health Care.

Wishing you good health,

Mychelle and the Team at Utopia Health Care 

Quit Smoking by Acupuncture

How Does Acupuncture Help Break the Cigarette Habit?

Acupuncture is successful with smoking cessation and has turned a growing number of cigarette smokers into permanent ex-smokers. Treatments take all of your symptoms into account and aim at balancing the energy within the body to optimize health.

The acupuncture treatments focus on jitters, cravings, irritability and restlessness; all symptoms that people commonly complain about when they quit. It also aids in relaxation and detoxification.

In one study conducted at the University of Oslo, Norway, acupuncture was found to significantly reduce the desire to smoke up to five years after the initial treatment. Subjects of the study also reported that cigarettes tasted worse than before treatment and that the treatments had effectively reduced their taste for tobacco.

Preventive Medicine. Volume 33, Issue 5, November 2001, Pages 364-372

The acupuncture needles used are hair-thin. They are superficially inserted into various points in the ears and body to assist with smoking cessation. In between treatments, small pellets are often taped to the acupuncture points on the ear. When a cigarette craving hits, gently pressing on the pellets stimulates the acupuncture points to calm the mind and eliminate the craving.

Acupuncture is not a panacea or a magic cure in the treatment of any addiction, including smoking. But, acupuncture is effective in making it easier to quit and remain smoke-free for good.

How treatment at Utopia differs from the rest? 

At Utopia, we will determine to identify your constitutional element, which will allow us to go beyond treating you on a physical level (cravings) and support your emotional and spiritual wellbeing. If you have the desire to quit, we can strengthen your resolve, help eliminate the negative thought patterns, and dramatically reduce stress levels.

Acupuncture 'releases natural painkiller'

Acupuncture 'releases natural painkiller'

31 May 2010 | 8:00

acupuncture_100531_ap_aap_B_2001362609Scientists say acupuncture stimulates the release of a natural molecule called adenosine (AP/AAP)

Acupuncture eases pain in the limbs because it releases a natural molecule called adenosine, neuroscientists in the United States have found.

Acupuncture eases pain in the limbs because it releases a natural molecule called adenosine, neuroscientists in the United States have found.

The mechanism was discovered through experiments in lab mice, which were given an injection of an inflammation-inducing chemical in their right paw.

The researchers inserted fine needles below the midline of the mice's knee, at a well-known acupuncture location called the Zusanli point.

They rotated the needle gently every five minutes for 30 minutes, mimicking a standard acupuncture treatment.

During and just after this operation, levels of adenosine in the tissues surrounding the needle surged 24-fold.

The mouse's discomfort - measurable by the rodents' response time to touch and heat - was reduced by two-thirds, they found.

The same test was carried out on mice that had been genetically engineered to lack adenosine. The acupuncture failed to have any effect, and the mice reacted in discomfort, as before.

The team then experimented with an adenosine booster. They gave mice a leukaemia drug called deoxycoformycin, which makes it harder for tissues to remove adenosine.

As a result, levels of adenosine accumulated in the muscles, nearly tripling the duration of the acupuncture's effectiveness.

"Acupuncture has been a mainstay of medical treatment in certain parts of the world for 4,000 years, but because it has not been understood completely, many people have remained skeptical," said Maiken Nedergaard of the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, who headed the research.

Previous work has focussed on acupuncture's effectiveness on the central nervous system - the trunk of nerves in the spinal cord and brain - rather than the peripheral nervous system.

In the central nervous system, acupuncture creates signals that cause the brain to produce powerful anti-pain chemicals called endorphins.

The paper is published by the journal Nature Neuroscience.


The Water Element

The element Water is represented by the Kidney and Bladder Zang fu, the Kidney is considered to be like the body’s trust fund and is very hard to nourish and keep balanced.  Of the three sources of Qi production in the body (Lungs, Spleen and Kidney), our Kidney energy is strongly influenced by the constitution of our parents and is meant to support us throughout our lifetime.  The Kidneys depend on the healthy production of Lung and Spleen Qi to prevent premature depletion, therefore attention to the breath and proper nutrition are essential.  Our lifestyle also has an enormous impact on our Kidney Qi, and Winter is definitely the time to be conservative. With shorter days and longer nights, it is more conducive to spend nights at home, nourishing the body and soul with warm food and meditative practices. This builds the physical reserves in preparation for spring.  - Listen to your body

The time for the bladder is 3 to 5pm, and kidney is 5 to 7.  Many people who have an imbalance in these organs will either have increased energy at this time or feel extremely tired.  The lowest time of the bladder is 3 to 5 am and those that are weak in the water element, will often wake to urinate at this time.

The Emotions of Water

The emotion associated with water is fear.  It is the most hidden and ranges from agitation to paralysis.  Continual agitation can result in sudden bursts of activity and energy depleting the adrenal glands and leading to exhaustion.  When people feel agitated they find it difficult to sit still and this affects their ability to concentrate.  At the other end of the spectrum people can become paralysed when afraid.  On the surface they may pretend that everything is alright and appear calm but internally the ability to respond is frozen and they have difficulty in knowing how to respond in certain situations.  This can create an inability to make changes.  People may consider fear to be a weakness but it is essential to our existence and drives us forward towards a higher standard of health and lifestyle.  Without fear there is no excitement or sense of adventure.

The Sense Organs of Water

The sense organs of the water are the ears.  Notice how the ear is shaped like a kidney.  Strong water element means strong bones and teeth and less likelihood of osteoporosis.  Head hair problems can indicate a kidney problem and can be benefitted with kidney nourishing foods or with Chinese herbs.  Feel free to discuss with Mychelle.  Salty is the taste so if you’re craving salt, your kidneys are out of balance.  Add seaweed into the diet to temper the salt cravings.  Salt (not table salt) has a yin cooling effect, moves energy downwards, moistens dryness and softens lumps.  It can detoxify the body and purge the bowels.  It is good for a sore throat so is useful to gargle.  Use more so in winter than summer.

Because of the time of year it is easy for cold to come into the body and contract our muscles and reduce blood circulation, possibly leading to more aching joints and arthritis. This is the time of year one benefits most from keeping up a good stretching routine, yoga at the end of the day, even 10 cycles of solute to the sun morning and night can warm up the body.

As the Kidneys rule the lower part of the body, from the waist down, it is extremely important to keep your feet warm to conserve energy.  Try a foot soak with Epsom salts and essential oil to warm the body; these are available from Utopia Health Care.

Food eaten in winter should be warming and nutritious, like slow cooked stews, casseroles and soups. Legumes and pulses, especially black beans, also know as turtle beans are warming in nature sweet, benefits the Kidneys and builds the Yin, fluid and blood., can help with lower back pain, knee pain and infertility)*, are considered excellent in building Yin for this time of year.  At this point, it is important to expand on what is meant by warming.  Many people consider chilli to be a warming food and while this may be true in the short term, it actually causes the pores to open, induces a sweat thereby allowing the heat to escape.   More appropriate spices would be cinnamon, ginger, anise, and cloves.


Recipe Ideas

The following are a couple of my recommended recipes to help promote for good health.

Try roasting or dry frying some nuts and seeds to sprinkle on steamed veggies. Cook foods longer at lower temp for longer.

Make a barley soup with turnip, celery, carrot, and add miso for flavouring if desired.

Foods which nourish the kidney’s  are millet, barley, tofu, black beans, kidney beans, black berries, mulberries, blue berries, wheat germ, water chestnut, potatoes, seaweed, black sesame seeds, eggs, walnuts, and pork. 

Foods that warm the kidneys are cloves, fenugreek, aniseed, ginger, cinnamon, the onion family, and quinoa.  Parsley, raspberry, and rosehip all make nice teas.

Check out a range of great health & wholefoods recipe and cookbooks from

Essential Winter Remedies

The following are a couple of prudent remedies and recommendations for the common winter cold:

Yin Qiao Wan and Gan Mao Ling are two Chinese medicine formulas to be taken at the first signs of a cold.  We also have very effective cough syrups, great for kids available.

Why not try ginger lemon and garlic for the early stages of a cold add either honey of sugar to taste.

Miso soup with spring onion is also a great remedy for early stage colds.

Mychelle Whitewood is a Doctor in Traditional Chinese Medicine and at Utopia Health Care we stock a range of Chinese Medicines, Herbs and Teas which Mychelle will provide the right solution for you.  Ask at reception.

See this link for further details.

To celebrate our 1st Birthday we have some great packages…

To celebrate our 1st Birthday we have some great packages…

Utopia is celebrating it’s 1 st birthday and would like to thank you all for your support over the last 12 mths. A great deal has happened and the clinic is still evolving. As some of you are aware, I have great interest in supporting woman in labour and in the last month have been privileged to help 4 mothers, with the birth of their babies.

All of you know both Rhonda and Michelle have come on board and are doing well in their areas of specialty, feedback is positive and we always appreciate your comments. Wanting to keep up with our skills and knowledge, I have been studying Five Element Acupuncture and Michelle has been studying Esoteric Acupuncture. If you are interested in these styles of treatment for your emotional wellbeing, we are both happy to discuss any queries.

Autumn is upon us and this was made very evident to me on a recent trip to Sydney which was sunny and warm, and within an hour’s return flight to Melbourne, the drop of 10 degrees and rain made me very aware that winter is on our door step.

To celebrate we have some great packages on offer as well as our other wonderful treatments. These are all on Utopia’s recently updated website so if you haven’t had a look, please click here

Remember - a great way to say thank you to mum is a gift voucher that makes her feel good. We offer 3 different types of massages or consider one of our packages.

Click here for Packages…

Keep in mind that autumn is a drying time of the year and so keep up the fluids.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement look forward to seeing you soon.

Warm regards Mychelle and the team at Utopia for a full list of our services and other information that you or your friends (please feel free to forward) may find of interest.

New Year Edition Newsletter

Happy Chinese New Year and welcome to your Utopia Health Care Newsletter. I hope you had a wonderful festive season and that you were able to re-enter your work/school/study routine feeling rested and rejuvenated.

I would like to take the opportunity of wishing you the 5 traditional Chinese New Year blessings: May you and your loved ones be blessed with longevity, wealth, love, health, and a natural ending. 

On Chinese New Year, at the new moon that falls on February 14th 2010, we welcome the Year of the White Tiger. You can read below to learn more about the characteristics of a Tiger Year and how it will impact your Chinese astrological sign by checking out this link:  

We are also now in the season of the Earth element. This newsletter is full of practical information to assist you make the most of this season in order to create optimum health and wellbeing for yourself and your family.

Earth Elements.0208 by Carrie McGee of New York

Earth Season/Earth Element

The Earth element is concerned with our physical existence and so naturally the season of the Earth is a great time to look at our eating patterns.  This is the time of year we will have more personal strength in implementing healthy eating plans as the Earth energy is at its strongest.

Taking the first step

Most of us know what we should be eating – the food pyramid hasn’t changed that much, but for some, it’s a huge challenge to listen to one’s inner voice.  It can be a little overwhelming with the bombardment of weight loss ads, dietary supplements and the different kinds of diets on offer, especially this time of year when many people have made a new year’s resolution to lose weight.  At Utopia, we promote a healthy, sensible, whole food eating practice that will become a way of life and eliminates the cravings for sugar and other processed foods (See Rhonda’s article on foods and ageing). Regardless of where you are in your dietary challenges, we are happy to discuss your goals and will support you through these challenges and educate you about the Chinese system of food therapy.


If you have cravings for foods such as sugar or highly refined foods, it is quite likely that your body reacts to these substances the same way it would if they were drugs.  Do you become an emotional wreck when you eliminate these foods and then find yourself bingeing on them?  Is your need for these particular foods stronger than your will power?  It is quite likely you have an addiction to that food (commonly sugar) but there are ways to overcome this.  At Utopia, we are able to change the way your body responds to the trigger foods through positive conditioning and strengthening the stomach and spleen, creating a more balanced approach with these foods. 

Making positive changes

Once you have addressed the food addictions, we recommend making small, positive changes that are easy to implement and won’t upset the family too much.  Start by having breakfast every day and encourage your family to do the same.  The stomach and spleen are governed by the Earth element. Optimal wellbeing can be maintained by eating breakfast between 7-9am, when the stomach is strongest and can integrate the food for maximum benefit. Then between 9-11am, the spleen is strongest and can effectively distribute the nourishment taken in at breakfast. This is one of the best eating habits you can introduce although, if you regularly skip breakfast, your body may take some training to get into the habit. 

Some tips...

Eat with a ‘happy heart’. Think about what you’re eating and eat healthy foods you enjoy, there’s no point eating porridge if you really don’t like it.  Get your friends involved and share healthy recipes.

Be kind to yourself.  If you have metabolic or hormonal imbalances, your weight loss may be slow and gradual so forget weighing yourself every day.  Know that you are doing the best you can.

Maintain variety.  This is the time of year where there’s plenty of fruit and vegetables to choose from and try different methods of cooking – steam, char grill/barbeque, stir-fry. 

If possible, keep out of the supermarket.  You’ll be less tempted to buy junk and processed food.   If you don’t have those biscuits in the pantry, you want have them in the back of your consciousness.

Have nuts and seeds on hand for when you do need a snack.

Find what works for you.  Some people really respond well to the blood type diet whereas others may prefer a ‘zone’ type or low GI eating plan.  We can help you decide by taking your constitution and state of health into consideration. 

Change your thinking.  Make it your eating plan, a way of life, not a diet.  Strive to be healthy, not just to be lean.  You’ll look younger, feel better and have more energy.  You deserve it!

If you are interested in deeper knowledge and more practical advice about maximising self-care during the season of the Earth. Please click here.


The Ageing Process and how to Slow it Down Naturally

The ageing process is inevitable but we can take action to slow it down with various things that we do.  Eat a healthy diet, exercise, breathe deeply at least once per day and have a healthy attitude towards life.

Gravity is working against us all the time to drag our muscles in a downward direction. (If you want to see how much you will age in the next 5 years hold a mirror under your chin and look down into it. This will show you the affects of gravity on your face.  The sun damages our skin causing uneven pigmentation and wrinkles to appear. Central heating and fluorescent lighting dehydrates our skin as does not drinking enough filtered water. Heredity also plays a strong part in the ageing process.

So what can we do to slow it down and look younger for as long as possible?  Facial exercises is one way of keeping the facial muscles firm, increasing the oxygen to the cells and helping the blood to flow freely around the body.  Exercising the underlying muscles will firm your skin and help reduce wrinkles (a wrinkle will only follow where a muscle has fallen). Exercise nourishes your skin, increasing the blood supply and restores a healthy colour to your skin. 

The face has 85 muscles which supports the entire facial skin.  Every one of these muscles requires exercise.  If these muscles are not given regular exercise, they cannot support your facial skin and sagging will occur.

Skin is nourished by your bloodstream.  Exercise not only helps purify your blood, but it also brings a fresh supply of blood to the area, nourishing your tissues resulting in a fresher, healthier look.

The firmness and quality of your skin is determined by the underlying muscles which support it.   You do not want a face that is devoid of expression (this often happens as a result of Botox).

Many people do not wish to have the risk, expense or inconvenience of plastic surgery to improve their appearance. Also many people find it hard to be committed to daily exercise of the face and body due to an already busy life.


Modern dietary foods contribute to the acceleration of the ageing process. You are what you eat.


1.         Sugar
2.         Fried bacon
3.         Potato chips
4.         White bread
5.         White potatoes
6.         Corn oil
7.         Sugary processed cereals
8.         Sugary processed snacks
9.         Red meats and hot dogs
10.       Doughnuts


Fresh fruit and vegetables are high in anti-oxidants. High anti-oxidants levels in your body shield us from damage inflicted by free radicals which in turn help prevent wrinkles. These lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin which are the protein structures that give the skin youthful elasticity.

Research has shown that antioxidants found in golden yellows, deep purple, dark emeralds and fiery reds fruit and vegetables neutralize the effects of free radicals and help preserve the skins youthful colour, fullness and firmness.


1          Seaweed
2          Fish
3          Beans
4          Lentils
5          Chickpeas
6          Legumes
7          Walnuts
8          Avocado
9          Berries (especially goji/wolfberries)
10        Water (filtered)
11        Fruit
12        Vegetables
13        Flaxseed oil
14        Pomegranates

The body is 70% water, so if you are not constantly hydrating and delivering fresh, clean water to your cells, you have the equivalent of murky, polluted still water in your body.

Warm regards

Mychelle and the team at Utopia Health Care.

Summer Edition Newsletter

Welcome to Utopia Health Care’s first seasonal newsletter.


It has been an incredible year filled with great success and plenty of challenges, as I took a deep breath and established my own wholistic health care clinic in South Yarra. I’ve had great feedback from many of you on the location and range of services on offer. Your comments and suggestions are most welcome- please keep them coming and if you haven’t already done so, make sure that you drop by soon.  

In this first newsletter, I would like share a little bit about the attributes of summer from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. I am also delighted to introduce you to two new practitioners now working at Utopia Health Care and the wonderful services.


My unreserved gratitude to all of you for your wonderful support over the years. Blessings of the festive season and happy holidays to you and your loved ones.  

Warm regards, Mychelle

Summer- Fire Element

Energetically, we all have aspects of the five elements (fire, metal, earth, water, wood) in various combinations and intensity. In Chinese medicine, fire element is considered the most yang in nature. This translates in practical ways such as feeling lighter, more expansive, playful and sociable.

Notice how much easier it is to connect with other people in summer?

The effect of the sun brings out our ‘sunny’ nature.  This could be as simple as smiling at someone on the street to wanting to be around friends or family in a fun and festive way.  We have more energy, vitality, enthusiasm and warmth and when your fire is healthy, it’s only natural to share this with people.  

Aligning with the Fire element for Maximum Health and Wellbeing

As the weather warms up, your exercise program will naturally start to include more yang energy (think cardio) running, cycling, swimming, sailing, rollerblading etc.  Your muscles will be warm so less stretching is required – less yoga, less tai chi and less meditation.  It’s time to get active and be involved!

Too Much Fire

There are many fantastic things about summer, but as we face another summer of heightened bushfire threat, Australians are all too aware of the extremes of the fire element.   Even though our bodies can cope with later nights, drinking more and overindulgence of foods, we have to be mindful of problems related to excessive heat build-up in our body.   Signs and symptoms to look out for may include insomnia, persistent headaches, excessive emotional states, red face and eyes, reflux, and vertigo.  Just as we need to keep our gardens shaded and watered, our bodies also need to be protected from the excesses of heat through adequate hydration and appropriate dietary considerations.  Beware of extremes: a healthy person is a balanced one.

What to Eat in the Summer Months

The hot weather in summer can make more work for your digestive system so choose foods that are easy to digest. In any season always remember to think about the ingredients in a meal and how it relates to your health. For example red meats are generally heating to the body, so only eat in small amounts. Rather than cooking red meats on the BBQ, try seafood kebabs or a mix of vegetables and tofu. Skewer a prawn lengthways and thread calamari that has been marinated in lemon, olive oil and chili and turn a few times on a hot grill-delicious and very healthy!

In summer when you are doing lots more physical activity and the body is warmer, it is good to eat fresh salads and increase the amount of vegetables, grains and fruits. When you have had a few too many late nights, foods that can help clear heat are alfalfa, barley, millet, wheat, tofu, mung beans, radish, tomato, watercress, celery, cucumber, lettuce, and avocado.

Some summer fruits that can clear heat within the body mulberry strawberry, watermelon, pineapple, peach, and banana. Blueberries are not only a great anti oxidant but also strengthen the yin of the kidneys which is great bonus in summer. Blueberries are great in a salad with cabbage, green apple, dill parsley and mint. Cherries are good for building blood and improve the digestion-obviously eat in moderation. Cherries can be poached with a little sugar and lemon.