Acupuncture and Chinese medicine may be helpful for:
- Pain management and Injuries - Back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, tennis elbow, knee pain, more....
- Circulatory Disorders - cold limbs, poor blood flow, calf cramps
- Digestive Problems - constipation, diarrhea, bloating, indigestion, nausea, vomiting
- Respiratory Health and restoration - asthma, cough, colds & flu, wheezing
- Allergies - Hayfever , Sinusitis
- Headaches and Migraines
- Emotional / Psycological disorders - stress, anxiety, irritability, feeling flat, panic attacks
- Gynaecological Disorders - PMS, irregular periods, period pain, endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, fibroids
- Womens Health - IVF assistance, fertility, recurrent miscarriages, menopause
- Pregnancy and postnatal care - breech presentation, labour induction, postnatal depression
- Men's Health - low libido, impotence, prostate enlargement, low sperm count and poor quality
- Skin conditions - eczema, psoriasis, acne
- Dizziness & Vertigo
- Urinary Tract Infections
Many of these conditions, especially in their chronic forms, create great difficulty for conventional medicine, whilst Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine has a great deal to offer. The results that can be expected and the length of treatment required will depend on the severity of the condition, its duration, and the general health of the patient.
Pain management and Injuries
Rotator Cuff Injury
A 2012 study showed results of nearly 18 000 patients in high-quality randomised controlled trails provided the most robust evidence to date that acupuncture is a reasonable referral option for patients with chronic pain. (Andrew J. Vickers, DPhil; Angel M. Cronin, MS; Alexandra C. Maschino, BS; et al, 2012)
Discover how you can recover, relieve pain and aid the bodies recovery from injuries with acupuncture!
This is a very common condition women come visit us in clinic, many women who have previously had a breech presentation as well as midwives recommend patients to visit us to try and help assist pregnant women in turning a breech baby.
Studies have shown that natural treatments can be successful in turning breech babies to their optimal position for birth, using a Chinese technique called 'moxibustion'. This can be helpful for those wishing for a natural birth, or a birth with as little intervention as possible.
The technique involves the burning of a Chinese herb to warm an acupuncture point on the outside of the little toe. It is carried out once-twice a day for up to 10 days, until the baby has turned into the optimal position. Many women report the baby beginning to kick and move after a few minutes of treatment. It can take several days of treatment for the baby to turn.
The optimal time to perform this treatment is at 33-35 weeks gestation, but babies have been known to turn in the later weeks, too, when this technique has been used.
This technique has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years. It is relaxing and safe for both you and your baby.
1. Neri, I., Airola, G., Contu, G., Allais, G., Facchinetti, F., & Benedetto, C. (2004). Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomised controlled study. Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 15, (4), 247-252.
2. Cardini, F. & Weixin, H. (1998). Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation. Journal of the American Medical Association, 280, 942-946. Labour and pre labour:
3. Rabl, M., Ahner, R., Bitschnau, M., Zeisler, H. & Husslein, P. (2001). Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labour at term, a randomised controlled trail. Wien Klin Wochenschr, 113, (23-24), 942-946.
4. Levett, K.M, Smith, C.A, Bensoussan, A., & Dahlan, H.G. (2016). Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. BMJ Open 2016;6:e010691. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010691
5. Tempfer, C., Zeisler, H., Mayerhofe, K.R., Barrada, M. & Husslein, P. (1998). Influence of acupuncture on duration of labour. Gynecologic & Obstetric Investigation, 46, 22-5
6. Coyle ME, Smith CA, Peats B. (2012). Cephalic version by moxibustion for breech presentation. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003928.pub3.
I understand the enormous emotional, physical and spiritual impact that presents as a result of conception difficulties. My mission is to help you achieve your goal of conception and full term pregnancy.
I provide a safe, warm and compassionate environment offering a personal and caring relationship for each and every one of my patients. I understand that caring and nurturing are just as important to your success as medicine and procedures.
Treatment usually involes both partners. For women, fortnightly acupuncture alongside a customised Chinese herbal medicine and supplement prescription is most commonly recommended to optimise reproductive health.
For men once a semen analysis results have been seen acupuncture can be done weekly to fortnightly, with ongoing herbal medicine and supplement program for a minimum of 3 months as this is the time it takes to improve the quality of sperm (Chen et al, 2011; Dieterie et al, 2009; Gerfinfkel et al, 2003; Pei et al, 2005)
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a long history related to fertility, as far back as 200 AD herbs were documented as being used to treat fertility and miscarriage. Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness of combining TCM and western medical treatments such as IVF procedures.
How Chinese Medicine looks at Fertility
Regulates menstrual cycles
Regulate hormones by reducing stress
Improves ovarian function; encourages production of follicles; enhances their quality
Improves blood flow to ovaries and uterus
Enhances immune system
Lessens uterine contractions after embryo transfer
Improves thickness of uterine wall lining
Advantages of TCM
1. Minimal side effects.
2, Treatment aims at balancing the menstrual cycle, not over riding it.
3. Treats the underlying condition, overall health is improved.
4. Response to western medical treatments such as IVF improved.
Do your headaches start during the day or evening?
Are your headaches located at the back of your head?
Forehead? Temples/ eyes? Top of your head? or whole head?
Is the type of pain throbbing or dull or a heavy feeling or sharp?
Is your headache aggravated by wind or cold/ hot weather or fatigue?
These are some of the questions asked to form a diagnosis which helps select the acupuncture points and herbal medicine formula.
Chinese medicine distinguishes headaches according to the onset, time, location, character of pain and condition.
Once a diagnosis has been made acupuncture points are selected to help with the headache. The available evidence suggests that a course of acupuncture consisting of at least six treatment sessions can be a valuable option for people with frequent tension-type headache and migraines (Linde et al, 2016)
Herbal medicine is also very effective form of treatment, a unique herbal formula can be made to reduce and stop the headaches occurring. Many women also suffer from headaches prior to or during their period, this can also be treated with herbs to help control the hormones around that time of the month.
Pre Menstrual Syndrome
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, refers to the range of physical and emotional symptoms that many women experience in the lead-up to their period. PMS symptoms usually start between 5 - 12 days before the start menstruation. Some women have only mild symptoms while others can suffer greatly, symptoms vary from women to women and from cycle to cycle.
PMS is due to unbalanced hormonal fluctuations. A mixture of correct diet, adequate exercise, and emotional clarity, along with acupuncture and Chinese herbs can correct imbalances and bring long-term relief.
The most common emotional symptoms of PMS include:
- Nervous tension
- Mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lower libido
- Wanting to be alone
- Reduced interest in work and social life
The most common physical symptoms of PMS include:
- Aches and pains, particularly abdomen and legs
- Back ache
- Bloating around the abdomen
- Breast swelling and tenderness
- Fluid retention (swollen fingers or ankles)
- Headaches ranging from mild to a severe migraine
- Increase in weight
- Food cravings, especially sweet foods
- Constipation or Diarrhea
Chinese medicine offers relief of premenstrual syndrome with Acupuncture and Herbal medicine.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine offer a natural approach to PMS, together they remove energy blockages and in turn stabilizes hormonal fluctuations and stimulate the body's natural functions and encourage it to establish optimum balance. It also provides deep relaxation that helps to calm the mind. Acupuncture also has virtually no side effects.
A November 2002 study in the medical journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics showed that the success rate of acupuncture in treating PMS symptoms was 77.8% whereas it was 5.9% in the placebo control group (Habek at al, 2002). Studies show promising data that acupuncture affects the menstrual cycle by having a neuroendocrine affect on the body. This means that the different combinations of acupuncture points play a role in the release of hormones responsible for regulating the cycle. By establishing a regular cycle and balancing the many hormones involved, the PMS symptoms decline. The symptoms that are caused by high levels of estrogen in the luteal phase of the cycle will disappear as the progesterone and estrogen levels become more balanced and regular with each cycle.
Exercise plays an important role in the treatment of PMS. 30 - 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least 3 times per week improves blood circulation and significantly helps reduce symptoms.
Balanced nutrition is crucial for overcoming PMS. Certain foods such as alcohol, caffeine, cold temperature foods, salt, and animal fats exacerbate symptoms of PMS and should be avoided. Food necessary for a harmonious menstrual cycle include: plenty of organic vegetables, small amount of fruit, whole grains, legumes, seaweed, small amount of lean hormone-free meats, and fish (espicially salmon, tuna and trout)
Women do not have to accept and live with premenstrual syndrome. When the symptoms of PMS are reduced or eliminated, women feel more energetic - physically, mentally and emotionally.
Andrew J. Vickers, DPhil; Angel M. Cronin, MS; Alexandra C. Maschino, BS; et al (2012) Acupuncture for Chronic pain. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(19):1444-1453.
Chen, A., et al. (2011). Effect of acupuncture-moxibustion therapy on sperm quality in infertility patients with sperm abnormality. Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science, 9 (4), 219-222
Habek D, Habek JC, Barbir A. (2002) Using acucpuncture to treat premenstrual syndrome. Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics Nov;267 (1), 23-6.
Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Fei Y, Mehring M, Shin B, Vickers A, White AR (2016) Acupuncture for the prevention of tension-type headache. Cochrane database of systemic reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD007587.