A holistic approach to healthcare for the entire family, Chinese Medicine treats the full spectrum of health complaints, from hay fever and the common cold, to migraine, back pain, skin issues, autoimmune disease and infertility.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine single-use needles into specific points along the body, to manipulate Qi or ‘life force.’ The aim is to tap into the body’s innate healing ability, promoting a natural therapeutic process. Acupuncture is a clean, safe and effective treatment modality as it stimulates healing without introducing anything foreign in the way that drugs, herbs or vitamins do. It may be used alongside other treatments regardless of whether these are Western or complementary medical interventions. Based on over 5,000 years clinical experience, the acupuncture we practice today has evolved with modern medicine.
According to traditional Eastern medical philosophy, acupuncture points on the skin surface connect through energy systems to the internal organs. Stimulating points on the skin’s surface facilitates deep and systemic healing. The acupuncture points form channels or meridians which act like roads or expressways on the skin surface for Qi to flow through. Where there is a blockage or deficiency in Qi, the natural state of harmony in the body is disturbed and health problems arise. Acupuncture works to encourage free flow of Qi in order to restore a healthy balance, nourish the body and enhance its inherent healing capacity.
In modern practice, numerous scientific research projects have been carried out in order to explain the mechanisms of acupuncture. So far, these studies have found acupuncture to have a neurological influence, making it an effective and natural pain management tool; a hormonal influence, regulating mood and reproductive hormones; a local tissue influence, speeding up the healing process and recovery after surgery, radiotherapy and some disorders of the muscles, tendons and bones (for example, diabetic ulcerations).
When done properly acupuncture doesn’t hurt. It’s common to feel a dull, heavy, perhaps even slightly aching sensation around each needle. Most people find acupuncture treatment to be wonderfully relaxing and leave the clinic feeling calm, centred and focused.
Chinese herbal medicine
Herbal medicine, along with acupuncture represents the strongest form of treatment in Chinese medicine. Katie prescribes herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture treatment as required. Over 3,000 raw herbs comprise the Chinese materia medica (our herbal bible). These are mainly plant-based, including leaves, twigs, roots and flowers; as well as some mineral and animal products. Chinese medicinals available in Australia are regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and modern professional Chinese medicine practice no longer includes some traditionally used substances including those from endangered species or harvested unethically. You might recognise some of the herbs in our dispensary. Fresh ginger root, cinnamon, mandarin peel, goji berries, Chinese red dates, ginseng, peppermint and chrysanthemum are commonly used examples. Katie enjoys the health benefits of incorporating herbal ingredients in daily cooking, and is more than happy to provide advice on appropriate use for individuals and common ailments. It is important to note however that Chinese herbal medicine prescribed in the clinic is prescription-only. Although natural and mostly plant based, Chinese herbal medicine has very powerful effects. Prescriptions should be taken strictly according to the instructions of a registered practitioner.
What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?
Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the face to gently restore the muscles of facial expression, filling out fine lines and wrinkles. Treatment encourages the body’s ability to produce collagen and elastin, improving skin’s appearance and texture.
Katie also focuses on your overall well-being, using acupuncture points on the body to produce a glow and radiance from within.
This is a natural treatment, without introduction of harsh chemicals or surgical incisions. Results are generally long-lasting, as we are working on the body’s ability to restore and revitalise.
Each session includes a relaxing acupressure facial massage.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a natural treatment for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Inflammation and dark circles
- Acne and scarring
- Pigmentation and sun damage
- Tired, dry, dull skin
Women’s health and fertility support
Chinese medicine also treats other less severe (though often no less debilitating) conditions that women may otherwise ‘live with’ or pass off as ‘normal.’ These include:
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Painful or irregular periods
Katie believes there is no reason a woman should detest or avoid menstruation. A healthy menstrual flow is a sign of a well-functioning body.
Women and couples experiencing fertility issues can greatly benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, whether undergoing IVF or trying to conceive naturally. Acupuncture alone can increase pregnancy rates of people using IVF by up to 65% (British Medical Journal, 2008). Realising the potential benefits, more and more couples and individuals are seeking pre-conception support from Chinese medicine.