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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a natural, safe and effective therapy used to treat many common and complex ailments. As a natural form of healing, acupuncture provides drug free pain relief, treating the symptoms as well as the underlying cause of disease and illness. Linking the mind, body and spirit, acupuncture assists in the prevention of disease and illness and maintains general health and well being.

  • Provides drug-free pain relief
  • Assists prevention against disease
  • Treats the cause of the disease as well as the symptoms
  • Provides a holistic approach to illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • Is effectively used to treat many common acute and chronic ailments

The origins of acupuncture can be traced back as far as 5 000 years to China, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, safe, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

Chinese Medicine is a holistic health system that views the mind, body and spirit to be intimately connected. It is based on a coherent and substantial body of knowledge developed over thousands of years of clinical practice and intellectual endeavor. Modern clinical research adds to this traditional knowledge. Qualified practitioners draw on these traditional and modern sources to arrive at individually tailored acupuncture treatments.

This system was developed from the philosophy that restoring balance will both treat ailments and prevent further illnesses from developing. Treatments target not just the presenting signs and symptoms, however, the underlying conditions, other health problems and the general state of health and well- being of the patient are also considered. What is unique about Chinese medicine is that although most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognizable signs and symptoms, the actual presentation of that illness will vary from person to person and therefore, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different acupuncture treatments.

The goal of acupuncture therapy is to establish a healthier state of body function and to increase the capacity to cope with stress. The human body can be likened to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit, it must be kept in good working order if it is to function effectively. If the human circuit breaks down the result is illness.

Each person has an energy circulation. To maintain good health, it is essential that the body’s energy as well as the blood, circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner. The pathways through which the energy flows are called meridians and these circulate through the organs and tissues of the body. The energy which flows along the meridians is called Qi (pronounced chi). These meridians were mapped out by the ancient Chinese. Modern technology methods such as Kirlian photography, electronic and thermal readings are now being used to detect these meridians. There are hundreds of acupuncture points in the body and these lie along the meridians. By stimulating these points with needles, the quality and quantity of energy can be balanced.

Qualified practitioners are educated in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, diagnosis and assessment as well as the Western bio-medical sciences. They are professional trained in the use of acupuncture to treat a wide range of chronic and acute health problems. Many acupuncturists also use herbs, massage, counseling, and dietary and lifestyle advice.

The most common reply when someone is asked if they have ever had acupuncture is “no thanks I don’t like needles”. Most assume that acupuncture needles are like those of Doctor Jones down the street, huge massive syringes. In actual fact acupuncture pins (pins is a better description) are as thin as a hair and insertion into the skin is seldom felt or feels similar to a mosquito bite.

Most people after experiencing their first one reply ‘oh is that it?’ An acupuncture treatment consists of inserting these fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acu-points) along the body’s meridians. Stimulating these acu-points clears energy blockages and encourages the normal flow of qi through the body. When the needles enter, you usually do not feel much until it hits the meridian where the energy flows. This in turn creates various sensations in the body such as tingling, buzzing, throbbing, pulsating, electricity or radiating feelings etc, and then you know and can feel that the qi or energy has been stimulated. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, laser therapy, electro-stimulation and massage in order to re-establish the flow and balance of qi within the body.

At Bayside Acupuncture we often use an infra-red heat lamp instead of moxibustion to bring heat to a larger area of the body. Infrared lamps main functions include lessening inflammation, soothing pain, promoting proper metabolism and regulating physiological diseases. Infrared heat is very popular in treating muscle and joint pains. It feels wonderful on the lower back to warm the kidneys and relieve backache and on the abdomen for women’s conditions and digestive complaints.

Here is the scope of applications of infrared lamps:

  • Conditions our cardiovascular by increasing circulation
  • Effective for weight control and burning calories
  • For pain relief
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Helps in removing body wastes and toxins
  • Good for relaxing and managing stress
  • Can help in achieving youthful and beautiful skin
  • Can provide heat/warm during cold seasons especially for elders
Moxibustion treats and prevents diseases by applying heat to acupuncture points and meridians on the body. The material used is a herb, also known as mugwort, a species of chrysanthemum. Sometimes moxibustion can be more effective than acupuncture, whereas at other times the two have a synergistic effect.
The acrid odour of the leaf can travel through the meridians, regulate Qi and blood and expel cold from the meridians. Its bitter nature can resolve dampness. Burning the moxa wool produces a mild heat which is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles.

Moxa may be applied direct to the skin, in the form of cones, indirectly on the top of slices of ginger, garlic or salt, or applied to the ends of acupuncture needles and burned. Most often moxa is rolled into a stick and the lit end held over the selected acupuncture points.

Some of the conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include:

Bayside Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic provides complementary medical modalities for a more wholistic approach to the treatment and prevention of asthma as well as lessening over-reliance and misuse of preventative and symptomatic medicines and reducing the frequency and severity of asthmatic attacks.

The common deficiencies often seen with asthma sufferers are of the lungs, spleen and kidneys. There is usually inefficient metabolism, digestion and elimination. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to ease bronchio-constriction, lessen anxiety, tonify digestion and reduce phlegm formation. Chinese Herbs can also dissolve/resolve excessive phlegm production, augment digestion, reduce inflammation and allergic reactions/inflammatory cascades. We also encourage patients to take up simple, helpful exercise regimens such as Taiji and Qi Gong breathing exercises.

It has been demonstrated in China that with long term tonification treatment and constitutional improvement, the frequency and severity of attacks will be considerably reduced. Food allergies and sensitivities to things such as milk, chocolate, peanuts and wheat products may contribute a large part to asthma attacks, as may food additives such as MSG, sulphites and histamines.

Evening primrose oil and other omega-3 essential fatty acid sources have anti-inflammatory effects. If you are taking cortisone medications, vitamins C, B5 and 6 can help counteract the negative effect on your adrenal glands. Vitamin C is also an excellent anti-histamine.

Lower back pain conservatively affects around 70 percent of the adult population in Australia. Backache is one of the major causes of human suffering and pain, and each year many valuable working hours are lost because of it. Your backache could be the result of any one or a combination of some of the following problems: physical trauma (accidents, lifting, incirrect bending and overwork), emotional overload and stress, structural changes (aging discs, arthritic conditions), female disorders (i.e. pelvic inflammatory disease can cause referred pain from the pelvic area to the lower back). Acupuncture provides a highly effective therapy in the treatment and relief of these widespread problems.

The great thing about acupuncture is that it offers you drug-free pain control while at the same time getting your whole system back on track by correcting all your body’s energy imbalances. Acupuncture also treats osteo-arthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, ‘frozen shoulder’, ‘tennis elbow’ and sporting injuries.

Cancer is a common disease seriously threatening the health of human beings. The prevention and treatment of cancer is a major topic of research in the international medical world. The causes of cancer, though not fully understood, are comprehensive and include factors of both external and internal origin, with the latter being the dominant cause.

Offensive therapies such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery, not only injure the body’s inherent Qi, but also lower the immune system functions and distort the internal balance of yin and yang organs and in the body overall. At Bayside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic we follow the Fu Zheng Pei Ben Principle when treating cancer. FZPB means supporting healthy energy and strengthening the body’s resistance, an essential Traditional Chinese Medicine principle of treatment.

In recent years, by linking TCM basic theories with modern scientific methods, including immunology, neuro-endocrinology, molecular biology, many institutions have engaged in the study of FZPB principles in oncological treatment and have improved its academic level. When Western medical interventive treatments are combined with FZPB therapy, the essence of TCM, side effects of such treatments will be reduced and the overall therapeutic benefit improved. We are able to assist the reduction of side affects such as insomnia, poor appetite and fatigue.

For cancer patients of advanced stage, who are unable to endure the offensive treatments, FZPB relieves the patients from severe discomfort, prolongs survival time and improves their quality of life with wondrous results for some. At Bayside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic, we take a comprehensive initial consultation with our patients, then recommend appropriate courses of action according to the presenting signs and symptoms and the type of cancer involved.

Acupuncture and massage are usually applied firstly, with courses of Chinese Herbal formulas to be taken regularly. These formulas are made up to balance each individuals presentation with additional herbs known to have anti-tumor effects and to enhance the immune system. Often there are blood stagnation and phlegm obstructions to be cleared, digestive harmony to be restored and there may be spiritual issues to be addressed. We also offer comprehensive advice on clinical nutrition, dietary modifications and lifestyle advice.
Herbs and supplements are used for detoxification, anti-tumor activity and to enhance the immune system and immune surveillance. Taiji and Qigong breathing exercises are recommended and taught.

Many common ailments stem from insufficient, incorrect or unbalanced digestion. Alternatively, a busy lifestyle full of stress, poor dietary choices and emotional turmoils can adversely affect harmonious digestion. Some ailments may be genetic or hereditary in nature. Without strong efficient digestion and proper elimination of waste, it doesn’t matter how much good food and vitamins you place into the body. The middle jiao (or heater, burner) energy must be strong in order to ward off all diseases.

Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbs can promote more efficient digestion by balancing the secretion of HCL by the parietal cells in the stomach walls, balance stomach and bowel gastricity, and mobility of peristalsis. It can help the pancreas to secrete more efficiently bicarbonate for carbohydrate digestion, trypsin, pepsin etc. for protein metabolism and the secretion of bile from the gall bladder for emulsification of ingested fats.

One of the most important areas of focus in Chinese Medicine, is the promotion of free flow of Liver Qi and Blood. In TCM, the liver rules the free flow of Qi in the whole body, the tendons and ligaments and the eyes. When the liver gets tight and congested, the whole body and mind can get (up)tight. From Western Medicine, we know that everything we eat and drink, after passing through the bowel wall, is filtered and detoxified by the liver first before it reaches the rest of the body.

Another very important aspect of health is bowel wall or mucosal integrity and efficient peristalsis. At Bayside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic, we combine Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional supplements, dietary modification, vitamins and minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids to achieve digestive harmony.

How many times have you heard someone say, ‘I’ve got a got a headache’? It’s one of the most common problems in society today, yet a headache, particularly the recurring kind, shouldn’t be taken lightly. It might well be the symptom of some underlying imbalance or deeper problem. It’s little wonder that the consumption of analgesics in Australia is so widespread. It’s a symptom of our modern lifestyle to ‘pop a pill’ for convenience and temporary relief without ever getting to the real root of the problem.

Unfortunately, prolonged use of these medications can cause long-term side effects.
If you’re suffering from headaches, it could be the result of any one or a combination of some of the following problems:

  • Emotional: created by emotional stress, anxiety and worry leading to an increase in tension in the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Occupational: from sitting in one position with yuor head bent over; also from poor posture and working conditions common with office workers and students; bad lighting; also physical overwork and tightening of neck and shoulder muscles
  • Poor eating habits: caused by eating foods you may have intolerance or allergy to; irregular eating habits; constipation
  • Hormonal imbalances: such as Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Physical trauma: causing damage to the structural or connective tissue of the neck; and/or arthritis; disc degeneration leading to pinching of the spinal nerves
  • Liver malfunction: where the liver is not able to purify or detoxify blood efficiently Genetic: problems such as inherited tendency towards migraine Weather conditions: high humidity; cold, windy days
  • Over-acidity of the stomache High blood pressure
  • Sinus complaints

If you describe a headache that occurs at your temple region, we understand that this is a different cause from one which may occur at the back of your head. Correspondingly, each type of headache will be treated according to its individual cause. Acupuncture treatment is effective for most common headaches including migraine, cluster, period-related, stress/tension and muscle/tension headaches. What’s more, acupuncture works in a preventative capacity as well.

How does it work? Acupuncture can work in a therapeutic and preventative manner by re-harmonising your body’s imbalances. Your treatment can actually begin without you even having a headache. After all, prevention is better than cure. What a relief!
A drug free alternative to the pain you’ve been experiencing. Yet it’s so simple, so effective and has been proven over thousands of years. Acupuncture works because it puts your system back on track by correcting your body’s energy imbalances.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine and philosophy (often intertwined), it is said that the Shen or spirit resides in the Heart when we go to sleep. If the heart is deficient of Qi, Blood or Yin, it is said that the Shen cannot reside in the heart, is disturbed and so the person cannot sleep. The orifices of the heart can also become obstructed by phlegm and/or damp usually with heat involved. There may be excessive heat signs which may be coming from Liver or Heart Fire. This can also manifest as disturbed behavior such as mania, manic depression, loss of control over emotions etc.

At Bayside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic we aim to diagnose and treat the root cause of any problems as well as the presenting symptoms. Acupuncture and massage are great ways to firstly release the stresses of today’s modern society, while correcting any imbalances the practitioner may diagnose or discover. Chinese Herbs are also excellent for nourishing Heart Blood, Qi and Yin and for resolving any phlegm/damp manifestations.

Acupuncture and herbs can also free up the Liver, easing stress, emotional and hormonal imbalances and body aches and pains. After a course of treatments, not only will you sleep better, but your attitude to life will be brighter, you can say goodbye to depression and you will be a better person to live with!

Hippocrates advocated nutrition first, then drugs, then surgery. Unfortunately in our modern Western civilisation we have forgotten this and apply the reverse. As health care practitioners, we believe that medicine is based on a desire to help one’s fellow man, the humane application of scientific knowledge and the use of treatments that are safe and effective for the management and prevention of disease.

With continuing research and application, herbal and nutritional medicine will progress from being an ‘alternative’ to drug based medicine, to become the mainstay of both prevention and treatment of many modern diseases. Nutrition is the sum of the processes involved in taking in nutrients as well as optimal assimilation and utilisation of such nutrients. Essential nutrients are those substances necessary for growth, normal functioning and maintenance of life. They must be supplied by foods as they cannot be made by the body. The main nutrients known to be essential for humans are: amino acids (proteins), carbohydrates, essential fatty acids (fats), vitamins, minerals, fibre, oxygen, water and love. The main factors that influence nutritional status are the quality and quantity of the food we eat, the efficiency of digestion, absorption and utilisation of nutrients and each person’s biochemical individuality.

Nutrition is an involved and intricate study. It requires a good knowledge of biochemistry and physiology to appreciate its beauty and value in medicine. Biochemical individuality is influenced by age, sex, growth, pregnancy and breast-feeding, current illness(es), psychological and emotional stress, lifestyle and activity levels, genetics, toxic overloads and drug intake. Today’s Western diets often contain too much salt, fats, refined sugars and flours, too many processed foods, not enough fibre and excessive tea, coffee and alcohol.

We are also exposed externally to potentially harmful insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, radiations and microwaves of all sorts as well as internally by food additives, colourings and flavourings. Overuse of once rich farming pastures and chemical fertilisers, poor farm management and processing methods have left our foods with only miniscule fractions of essential nutrients that our ancestors used to enjoy from their organic produce. We have yet to see the ramifications of genetically modified and irradiated foods.

You should always consult your doctor or health care practitioner before taking any nutritional supplements, especially if you are on prescribed medications. At Bayside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic we offer all of our patients dietary, nutritional and lifestyle advice as well as acupuncture and herbal medicine for prevention and treatment of all dis-eases.

The disappointment and frustration of being sidelined through injury, the agony of hurting your back, twisting a knee or elbow just playing with the kids or simply bending in the garden… it doesn’t matter whether it comes from the sporting arena of rthe backyard stadium, the fact is, it hurts! And you want to know, ‘How can I get back to normal and back on the field or court, as quickly as possible?’

As a general rule, treatment of sporting type injuries relies on the R.I.C.E. principle; Rest Ice Compression and Elevation. This treatment will help reduce the swelling, inflammation and bruising associated with these injuries. However, acupuncture treatment ‘fast tracks’ your recovery time, and gets to the point of the problem quicker. If you happen to be sidelined by a sports injury, a fall, or injury to joints or muscles you’re likely to be suffering either one or a combination of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling or oedema
  • Restriction of movement Pain.

For sports-related and muscle and joint injuries, acupuncture works locally right at the site of the problem. Your body basically has the capacity to ‘manufacture’ its own natural pain killers, natural anti-inflammatory and anti-stress hormones. Acupuncture stimulates your body to get that production line moving, thus releasing those natural, in-built, body chemical healers, giving you a less pain/more gain sensation.

Once acupuncture treatment is commenced it will work in the following ways to help you bounce right back into action:

  • Lessening the effect of bruising Reducing the swelling, inflammation and pain
  • Increasing the range of movement of the affected joint, whether it’s fingers, feet, knees, hips, back, neck or shoulders Decreasing muscle spasm and dispersing the ‘caulking’ in muscles
  • Reducing pain quite substantially with each treatment by breaking the pain/spasm cycle
  • Cutting healing time dramatically by improving blood supply to the affected area and dispersing oedema or swelling
  • Acupuncture can also provide an extra aid in healing when used in conjunction with other therapies such as massage, moxibustion, cupping and Chinese herbs.

To do all this, acupuncture treatment recreates and maintains the natural free flow of energy through all the muscles, blood vessels and vital organs of the body.

Stress! It’s what you feel when your peaceful country road of life turns into a raging super highway. You get cross, irritable and snap at people when you don’t really mean to. You feel worried that you can’t cope with modern demands. You experience periods of depression for no apparent reason. Your sleeping and eating habits change. You even question your own sanity and feel your life is out of control. Frustration sets in. If you push yourself too hard or are pushed beyond your tolerance level, you’re suffering stress.

Stress could be the result of any one or a combination of the following problems: emotional loads and expectations, physical overwork and training, hormonal imbalances, low blood sugar (poor diet, inadequate exercise or stress related digestive disorders) or poor immune function from poor diet, lifestyle, recuring allergies and/or chronic infections. Your body rebels. Its internal harmony gets right out of tune with reality.

Organs may begin to malfunction; your memory may fail; you make poor judgements and get short-tempered, quickly and easily. For stress-related problems, acupuncture works by stimulating the body to basically ‘heal itself’. It can balance the harmony in your body, putting everything back in tune and restoring the natural balance of your mental, physical and emotional functions.

Generally, after a treatment, you’ll feel much calmer, more relaxed and aware of the improvement in your sense of well being. This is part of the “making your Mondays feel like Fridays” experience. Acupuncture provides a drug free alternative to help you manage the stress of modern society. It is so simple and effective, and has been proven over thousands of years.

Obesity is a condition where a male’s fat percentage is over 22 percent, and a female’s is over 35 percent. Obesity contributes to the mortality of numerous conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, fertility and arthritis. The major causes of obesity include excessive consumption of simple carbohydrates, decreased physical activity, excessive caloric intake relative to energy output, poor digestion with insufficient enzyme secretions, excessive stress (increased cortisol levels), hormonal imbalances (i.e. high insulin levels) and certain medications. Genetic and age maturity also can play an important part.

Weight control programs should include all of the following:

  • Dietary modifications to reduce carbohydrates and saturated fats and increase protein (from beans, not bacon, salami, eggs and butter) to reduce serum insulin levels. Then the patient can access their fat stores for energy as well as reduce the amount of carbohydrates stored as fat.
  • Reduce stress and the resultant impact of elevated cortisol levels.
  • Enhance thermogenesis by improving thyroid function, improving muscle growth and function, addition of clinical nutritional supplements and Chinese herbs to diet.
  • A suitable detoxification program to rid the body of waste, combined with massage to increase circulation and promote lymphatic drainage.
  • A suitable exercise program that includes both resistance training and aerobic regimens for not only fat loss, but the maintenance of muscle tissue.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can reduce stress levels, improve circulation, digestion, detoxification and elimination of wastes. Ear points are often used to help suppress the appetite. Many of today’s mass produced weight loss products contain an inexpensive Chinese herb, citrus aurantium. This herb will increase the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), the rate at which the resting body consumes calories.

Our staff are also well trained in the Metagenics Ketogenic Fat Loss Program which is a safe controlled program in which urinary ketone sticks are used to gauge and maintain appropriate levels of ketone production. When the body burns fat, increased levels of ketones are found in the urine. Additional vitamins (esp. B-complex), minerals (esp. zinc, potassium, magnesium, chromium), carnitine, essential fatty acids (omega 3 oils), micronutrients and supplements are also recommended. Deficiencies of these nutrients can also predispose you to, or aggravate diabetes.

A form of carbohydrate, called resistant starch can boost your body’s fat burning capability by 25% and less peaking of blood sugar levels. It should make up at least 5% of the total carbohydrates that you are eating. Resistant starch is found in such foods as legumes (beans, peas and lentils), baked beans, unripe bananas and cold, cooked potatoes, rice and pasta. Glycemic Index (GI) is a measure of carbohydrate quality and the extent to which carbohydrates in different foods will raise blood glucose levels. Foods are ranked against pure glucose which is 100 on the index. A food has a high GI if it is valued 70 or more, medium at 56-69 and low when below 55. Several studies have shown a link between a low GI diet with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary disease, helps prevent cardiovascular disease, obesity and reduce the risk of developing colon, breast and pancreatic cancer.

Choosing low GI foods not only promotes weight control, but reduces post-prandial (after ingestion) glycemia and increases satiety (you feel full, satisfied). Those who eat three or four serves of fruit a day (apples and oranges have low GI values) have a low overall GI and good blood glucose control.

The New Glucose Revolution: The Glycemic Index Solution for Optimal Health by Brand-Miller lists the GI values of almost 600 foods.

You should always consult your doctor or health care practitioner before taking any nutritional supplements or embarking on a dietary program, especially if you are on prescribed medications or pregnant.

The causes of childhood illness
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognises several different groups of causes for the disorders of childhood:

  • External factors from the environment
  • Chronic conditions due to incomplete recovery from an illness
  • Emotional factors Food, e.g. feeding too little, too much, irregular feeding, unsuitable milk, too early weaning, weaning on unsuitable foods or food allergies -“Children’s Spleen often insufficient”
  • Miscellaneous factors, including overexertion, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, over-stimulation, poisons, toxins (including food additives), birth trauma and heredity.

The special features of children’s disorders
According to TCM, there are several major differences between adults and children:

  • Tendency to overheat and develop a fever – “Children’s Yin often insufficient”
  • Undeveloped immune system that puts them more at risk of developing infections – “Organs are fragile and soft, Qi easily leaves its path”
  • Children become ill easily, and their illnesses quickly become serious Quick response to treatment and rapid recovery from illnesses – “Yin and Yang organs are clear and spirited. They easily and quickly regain their health”
  • Weak digestive system that can be easily overstrained -“Children’s Spleen often insufficient”
  • Easily affected by strong emotions Strongly affected by the mother, so that the child may manifest the mother’s disorders – “Treat the mother to treat the child”

Pediatrics developed as a specialised branch of TCM during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The texts that were written during this period were the product of many generations of Chinese physicians skilfully adapting their methods to the diagnosis and treatment of children. Over the centuries that followed, there has been continuing growth and refinement in this area, as modern scientific methods of diagnosis and research have been applied.

Chinese Herbal formulas for children have been designed for the relief of respiratory disorders, digestive problems, failure to thrive and general weakness, skin eruptions and infections, disorders of behaviour and sleeping, urination disorders and teething.

Fast, non-retention methods of acupuncture are often used with children, as well as Laser acupuncture and moxibustion which is very popular.
At Bayside Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clinic, we also apply the Japanese methods of Shonishin pediatric acupuncture and massage techniques.

Women’s Health If you’ve always believed that period cramps, irregular or painful periods are all quite normal, forget it. Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), breakthrough bleeding and headaches associated with your period don’t have to be something you’ve got to suffer in silence, either. Taking medication to simply ease the pain and discomfort doesn’t get to the real cause of the problem. However, acupuncture is a natural, drug-free, effective way of restoring mental, physical and emotional balance. If you’re experiencing any kind of gynaecological problem, acupuncture can be effectively used to treat the following conditions:

  • Heavy periods
  • Painful periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Absence of periods
  • Uterine bleeding (mid-cycle)
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Endometriosis *Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases (PID)
  • Vaginal discharge or itching
  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, nervousness, anxiety, palpitations, sleeping problems.

For more on fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and beyond go to our Fertility section.

Men often neglect their health because they are just too busy to do anything about it, the local GP can’t do anything about it and ‘real’ men just don’t complain or whinge about pain. It doesn’t have to be this way.

A man who is regularly massaged and balanced with acupuncture will be far more effective and productive in the workforce, be much more pleasant to work and live with, less moody and more positive in his outlook on life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine can balance his digestion, elimination, sleeping patterns, emotions, enhance clearer thinking and creativity and remove nagging aches and pains. Male-specific problems often treated with Acupuncture, massage and/or Chinese Herbs include prostate hyperplasia, urinary difficulty, urgency, frequency or incontinence, under or over-active libido, impotence, premature ejaculation, spontaneous seminal emissions. Low sperm count, motility and mobility can be enhanced to increase fertility success.

If you would like to request an appointment for your Acupuncture requirements, or make a further enquiry about how Chinese medicine can help your condition. Please call us on 02 6685 1088.