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How does Acupuncture Work (Part 2)

Following up on my previous blog on the local mechanisms of acupuncture, here we will discuss how acupuncture affects the bio-chemistry in the brain. What does this mean? Think of the acupuncture needle as the nail in Frankinstein’s head (but less painful or scary). Let out the happiness For most of us, what do we […]

Goal Setting post Lockdown

With gyms set to re-open after four gruelling months of lockdown, it’s natural to want to return in an absolute blaze of glory and pick up right where you left off. As tempting as it is, it’s something I would be strongly recommending to resist against. Not only is it going to increase your risk […]

Do You Need To Stretch or Roll Out Your ITB?

With NSW about to enter its fourth month of lockdown, I’m not surprised that many people have taken up running as a means to get moving and exercising (and have an excuse to get out of the house!). A common presentation that we’ve had in the clinic over the last few months is pain on […]

How Present Periods affect Future Fertility

In TCM, when treating women, we always take and keep records of the menstrual cycle as a guide to their general health, as well as their reproductive health. This enables the practitioner to be aware of the possibility of different disorders occurring in the future. So, of course, observing these patterns – from adolescence – […]

Mental Health in Lockdown: Can Acupuncture Help?

How are Australians managing: Lifeline Australia is a non-profit organisation that provides 24 hour telephone crisis support service in Australia. Reportedly, the phones have never been busier than August 2021 (this month) in its 57 years of history. Calls to Lifeline have skyrocketed with calls approximately 40% higher than before the lockdowns in 2020. One […]

Cauliflower and Leek Soup

A gluten/dairy free soup, perfect for cold days and easy to prepare, brought to you by Nutritionist, Naturopath and Herbalist, Pamela Nelson. Ingredients: I head of cauliflower 1 large or 2 small leeks sliced 2 cloves of garlic 2 TBS of extra virgin olive oil Pinch of Himalayan salt and black pepper 1 litre of […]

An Acupuncturist’s Take on Acupuncture and Immunity

This paragraph from this article* by Liang et al. summarises my understanding of acupuncture and it’s possible effect on immunity. “The characteristic that acupuncture enhances resistance is closely related with the immune system, which functions in defense, homeostasis, and surveillance. More and more research has revealed that acupuncture can regulate immunity, for example, to enhance […]

Manage Anxiety with Activity

State of Mind Last year was a rollercoaster ride to put it lightly! Unfortunately for many of us, that rollercoaster is still going full speed as 2021 gets well underway. All the uncertainty, isolation, and external pressures on our lives are having a real impact on the mental health of many of us. Nearly 1 […]

How acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may help PMT and period pain.

Research – and millennia of use — has shown that acupuncture has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, that it improves blood flow, relaxes the muscles, and stops pain. One of the reasons for pain at period time, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, is constraint of liver* energy, as its role is to […]

Acupuncture for Mental Health

This past year has perhaps been the most chaotic period of our generation. Despite our best efforts, the virus has proven itself to be very, very resilient. Unfortunately, this has proven to be fatal to us bi-pedal vertebrates. In addition to the obvious physical and social toll, COVID has demanded a prolific mental health toll. […]

Acupuncture and Inflammation

Inflammation is commonly a response to some form of injury or trauma. The idea behind inflammation is to flood the injury site with white blood cells, natural killer cells, etc to help clear the site from foreign debris or pathogens, in order to promote healing. But with all these extra cells in a location where […]

Out of the Woods

This year I had the most wonderful opportunity to experience Thanksgiving with some beautiful friends. Whilst Thanksgiving is not necessarily an Australian tradition, I just loved the opportunity to sit with beautiful friends and reflect on what we were grateful for this year. My friend who hosted also prepared handouts (yes she is a teacher!) […]

Nutritionist’s tips for the Christmas holidays

Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and that means parties, celebrations, big lunches and dinners. Even the most “diet-conscious” can over indulge and binge, especially during holidays and celebrations. What to do the next day? Panic and take expensive detox products? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Here’s some Nutritionist tips on what to do after a big […]

Healthy Living from the Perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Improving your Sleep Sleep is indispensable and a way for the body to rest and recover. As one of the pillars of health, quality sleep can become more and more difficult due to aging or disturbances in one’s personal or work life. Unfortunately this often leads to a vicious cycle of poor sleep and poor […]

Reiki and a Healthy Menstrual Cycle

Reiki is a natural, nurturing form of hands-on energy healing that brings balance to the body, mind and soul. Originating from Japan, Reiki (pronounced rey – kee) has shown great results for supporting women’s holistic health and wellness. A 2011 study showed that Reiki application reduced the intensity of pain, the value of anxiety, the […]

5 tips to help you return to training post COVID

The gyms will be open soon and many people are jumping for joy that they can now train. For some, the last few months has seen training take a new shape, with online classes and walks outdoors. For others the last few months, a trip to the fridge may have been the largest energy expenditure […]

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