Anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It’s safe to say all of us have or do from time to time suffer some level of anxiety. If it becomes excessive it can be completely debilitating. Continue reading

Arthritis.

Arthritis is a broad term for many different musculoskeletal disorders. It is related to damage or degeneration of joint cartilage and bone. Continue reading

Asthma.

Good quality breathing is necessary for efficient oxygenation of the body and for good levels of energy and health. Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide and in Australia prevalence of asthma symptoms is very high with … Continue reading

Auto Immune Disorders.

We are seeing an increasing rate of clients with auto immune disorders in the clinic. The most common is rheumatoid arthritis, which is associated with very painful joints and acute degenerative changes in the skeletal structure. Other common auto immune … Continue reading

Bowel Movements

How often do you poop? And why do we give a crap? Having just received a box of our favourite recycled toilet paper from Who Gives A Crap, we’re on a bit of a roll (pun intended) to write a … Continue reading

Cancer.

Can Chinese medicine treat cancer? Nearly all of us are affected by cancer at some stage of our lives. Whether it be someone close to home or an extended family member or friend, we are never far away from someone … Continue reading

Chronic Pain.

Chronic pain in our body can present in many different areas and with varying intensity. It is common for chronic pain to be the result a specific injury such as a lower back disc trauma or arthritis, causing debilitating back and sciatic … Continue reading

Depression.

With its unique view of the mind-body connection, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can play an important and useful part in the treatment of mental disorders such as depression. In Chinese Medicine the activities and functionality of the physical body is … Continue reading

Endometriosis.

Endometriosis is believed to affect around 1 in 10 women during their menstruating years. It is commonly associated with infertility, painful, heavy or irregular periods, premenstrual spot bleeding and painful intercourse. Western Medicine Diagnosis & Treatment Endometriosis describes a condition … Continue reading

Hay Hay Hay Fever.

Traditional Chinese medicine pays close attention to the yearly seasonal changes and the effects they have on your health. Spring represents a time of growth, movement and change. Moving from the harsh features of winter into spring can be a … Continue reading

Infertility.

What is infertility? A couple is considered infertile if they have not achieved pregnancy after having intercourse at least weekly (without contraception) after one year. As we get older physiological changes occur, which make conception more difficult. These days it … Continue reading

Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an ever increasing problem suffered by many people. It represents a group of digestive symptoms such as; abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhoea. Continue reading

IVF and Chinese Medicine.

If a couple is diagnosed as infertile, In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) has proven to be a successful method of achieving pregnancy. IVF is a fantastic solution if either the male or the female has anatomical or structural damage within the reproductive organs and tissues. Continue reading

Lingering Pathogen.

The concept of a ‘lingering pathogen’ has been around for a long time in Chinese Medicine. It applies when you haven’t been able to shake that cold or flu, or you haven’t fully recovered or simply not felt quite right … Continue reading

Lower Back Ache.

Lower back ache is a common complaint which many of us experience at some point. Lowerback ache can vary from general stiffness and discomfort to sharp debilitating pain. Continue reading

Menopause.

Menopause represents a hormonal change in the female physiological process. Certain levels of hormones such as oestrogen will not be released as much as prior, which will cause the process of ovulation to cease. Continue reading

Migraines.

Why do I suffer from this nasty pain? Juggling work, rest and play can place our bodies under stress. This stress can lead to some very debilitating symptoms; one being the dreaded migraine. Continue reading

Neck Pain.

Neck pain can be caused by factors such as muscular strain, nerve impingement or poor posture. This article
focuses on the condition torticollis, or more commonly known as, wry neck. Continue reading

Period Pain.

Do periods have to be painful? No! Periods do not have to be a pain, or painful. The female period is a natural fact of life and a necessity for reproduction and the survival of our human species. Then why … Continue reading

Periods.

Do periods have to be a pain? The quick answer is, NO! The ideal female period comes regularly (every 26-31 days) and lasts 4-7 days. It is pain free, and with minimum discomfort or symptoms both pre-menstrually and during the … Continue reading

Plantar Fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis: What a pain in the ……heel! Have you ever overdone it pounding the pavement, or been on your feet all day and noticed the bottoms of your feet are aching? Then in the morning instead of feeling better … Continue reading

Premenstrual Depression.

Do you know about premenstrual dysphoric disorder? Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD or PMDD) is a condition where not only common pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) such as pain and breast swelling are experienced but also depression and/or anxiety. This change in mood … Continue reading

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.

The following blog post is an academic article I wrote for my Masters of Health Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) degree. It explains the TCM approach to treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Provide Primary Treatment for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder? … Continue reading

Prostate Cancer.

The following blog post is an academic article I wrote for my Masters of Health Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine) degree. It explains the TCM approach to treating prostate cancer. Traditional Chinese Medicine playing an active supportive care role for prostate … Continue reading

Reflux.

Reflux: Written by an acupuncturist who gets it! Reflux occurs when stomach acid works its way into the oesophagus and often travels as far up as the throat. A minor form of reflux might be considered indigestion, perhaps causing bloating … Continue reading

Shingles.

Shingles and Traditional Chinese Medicine Shingles is a viral infection called herpes zoster. It occurs after someone has contracted the chicken pox virus. This will not happen straight away but often a number of years later. Shingles will originate in … Continue reading

Sinusitis.

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucus membranes in the sinus cavities and is caused by infections of either a bacterial, viral or fungal nature, from a physical obstruction such as a deviated septum or nasal polyps, from allergies or … Continue reading

Soft Tissue Injuries.

Can acupuncture help with acute sprains and strains? Acupuncture is based on the concept of energy or Qi that flows through the body. Qi is a holistic concept nourishing all structures and functions in the body from the nails and … Continue reading

Teenage Health.

Teenagers Adolescence can be a tumultuous time and a whole range of health concerns and issues may arise with the onset of puberty. The hormones go ‘crazy’, there are increased pressures and influences from schools, sports, peers and parents, and … Continue reading

Women’s Health.

Women’s Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a comprehensive system of treatment for gynecological issues or disorders.  Due to complex hormonal processes in a women’s body, it is common for imbalances to occur internally which can … Continue reading