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Fight the painful periods with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

What is dysmenorrhoea?

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) is a common condition seen often in an acupuncture and Chinese medicine clinic. It involves pain in the lower abdomen around the time of menstruation. (Flaws, 2005, p. 269) Onset may be recent or life long. Pain can also occur in lower back, hips, sacrum and thighs. (Liu, 2009, p. 270) It can occur before, during, after or in a combination of times around the period. The pain may be […]

Frustrated with your lower back pain? Try acupuncture – you may be surprised.

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain is pain that originates in the area between L1 and L3 of the spine. It can be felt on one side, both sides or the entire back. It is usually felt on one side. Lower back pain is a common health complaint and most people experience it at least once in a lifetime.

What are some of the causes of lower back pain?
There is a variety of causes including […]

By |November 10th, 2011|Categories: Pain|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Suffering from seasonal sneezles? Chinese medicine may help.

What is Rhinitis?

Rhinitis is a seasonal or a perennial disorder involving nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge, sneezing, irritation of the conjunctiva, the throat & the ala nasi (the wing of the nose). The cause is hypersensitivity of the nasal mucosa to pollen, dust mites, fungal spores, animal dander and saliva, fumes and certain food stuffs.

What is Hay fever?
Seasonal rhinitis is more commonly known as hay fever. It is an increased response to grasses and pollens […]

By |September 16th, 2011|Categories: Common health complaints|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you regain your sleep.

What is Insomnia?

When was the last time you had a sleepless night? Are you having constant sleepless nights now? Chances are that if you are over 18 then you have suffered or are currently suffering from sleeplessness. Around 1/3 of adults experience occasional or persistent sleep problems. Insomnia is defined by the Oxford dictionary as “habitual sleeplessness; inability to sleep”. Insomnia can effect many aspects of your health. Physically you can feel tired and lethargic. […]

By |July 1st, 2011|Categories: Common health complaints|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Beat stress with acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Today I am going to speak of the use of acupuncture in helping to manage stress related disorders. Hans Selye claimed in his book “Stress without Distress” that ‘stress is the non-specific response of the organism to every demand’.(Selye, 1974) Although it is not a pathological condition in itself, longer term exposure to it may produce pathologies. In todays world our lives can be very high pressure. There are many pulls on the individual – […]

By |April 19th, 2011|Categories: Common health complaints, Health preservation|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the treatment of Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Alopecia is the unexpected experience of hair loss leaving the skin bald. There is generally no antecedent of associated inflammation or symptoms. It is a chronic condition which may occur at any age. Sometimes the condition may spontaneous resolve. Often there are relapses. It can be of great concern to patients for cosmetic and psychological reasons.

Common forms of alopecia

The three most common forms of alopecia are:

Hair growth cycles

To understand alopecia we must familiarise ourselves with […]

By |February 22nd, 2011|Categories: Chronic conditions|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chinese medicine dietary advice – Foods to nourish our kidneys

Sun Si Miao, a famous physician from the Tang dynasty maintained that “Doctors should first understand the cause of disease, then treat it with diet. Medicine should only be used if diet fails”. Our everyday diet can go a long way in preventing and aiding in-balances within the body.

Possible signs & symptoms of kidney yin deficiency

It is commonly known that to maintain our vitality we must supplement and boost our kidney yang. This […]

By |February 14th, 2011|Categories: Food, Health preservation|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – what is it?

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (FRA) is an alternative to Botox, micro-dermabrasion, photo rejuvenation, chemical peels, or other processes that are designed to reduce the signs of ageing. It is a less invasive procedure with little to no down time. FRA has been used in China for thousands of years. Initially it was only used by the imperial family for looking and staying young. In recent times FRA has been re-discovered. It has become increasingly popular in […]

Chinese medicine dietary advice for tiredness and lethargy.

In todays fast paced society it isn’t hard to become run down. Most of us work far more than we play (or relax), we eat on the run, we don’t sleep enough, our jobs are high pressure, and we just have too much on our plate.

Before long we begin to feel we don’t have enough energy to make it through the day, our skin becomes pale, our digestion becomes problematic, we lose the desire to […]

Beating the common cold and flu with Chinese medicine

The common cold is an acute viral infection generally affecting the upper respiratory tract. It is the most common disease in humans, and is the highest cause for time away from school or work. Symptoms include fever and/or chills, muscle aches and pains, stiff neck, headache, nasal discharge and fever. It is generally of short duration but can cause complications in the very young, very old and the very weak. People are most vulnerable to […]

By |June 19th, 2010|Categories: Common health complaints|Tags: , , |0 Comments