Common health complaints

Maintaining a healthy heart in Chinese medicine

A healthy heart for a healthy mind

Article by Dr Helen Bourke, CMD

The heart in Chinese medicine
The heart’s physical function is controlling blood circulation and the blood vessels. In Chinese medicine it is also believed to control consciousness, intelligence, thinking, memory and sleep, as well as providing a haven for a person’s spirit, or shen. People with healthy Hearts are aware of the world around them without being overwhelmed by it. They are able to come up with […]

We now offer affordable acupuncture through medicare

edit: 1st December 2016

All acupuncture appointments are now covered by Medicare. You no longer need to specify when you call up that you need a Medicare appointment. If you are registered with Medicare, then your acupuncture appointment is covered and will only cost you $30 out of pocket regardless of whether it is an extended or normal length appointment. Your rebate will pay for the rest.

*Please note: Saturday morning appointments are Private only.
There is no […]

What can acupuncture treat?

As an acupuncturist I so very often hear this one question – what can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture can treat very many things. The World Health Organisation website has a review and analysis page of it. This is where I have gleaned my data for you in my first ever little infograph. I hope you enjoy!

And the source of this infographic is: WHO – Acupuncture: Review and Analysis […]

Foods to help with qi and blood stagnation

What is qi and blood stagnation
Qi and blood stagnation can occur anywhere in the body. We are going to concentrate on the liver because that is the most common organ affected. The liver is very sensitive to emotions. Even mild arguments can upset it. Over time all the the everyday upsets and stresses build up and become deep rooted within the body. The liver becomes less able to cope and bounce back. It becomes “stagnated”. […]

Damp in Chinese medicine

What is damp?

Too much damp in the body is one of the most common pathologies seen in the modern Chinese medicine clinic. Pathogenic damp manifests itself in a plethora of ways. They can range from gastrointestinal complaints and oedema to aching bones and chronic cough plus many in between.

Normal physiological fluids of the body include tears, sweat, normal nasal mucous, intestinal fluids as well as the fluids that […]

The Chinese medicine spleen: How is it different?

What and where is the spleen

The spleen sits in the upper left quadrant of your abdomen between your stomach and your diaphragm. The spleen in Chinese medicine bears little resemblance to it’s Western medicine counterpart. It’s function has little to do with digestion and more to do with immunity and cleansing of the blood. It filters the blood and removes any old or damaged blood cells and platelets. It supports […]

The magical acupressure period pain point

Acupressure point for period pain

Today I am going to speak of what I like to call the magical period pain point. Many women are attracted to acupuncture and Chinese medicine to look after their gynaecological health. One of the more common afflictions is period pain. Often a woman will come into the clinic when she begins to experience the pain. I will always include one acupuncture point in all treatments, and sometimes it […]

Let acupuncture help rid you of your headache.

A common complaint with some un-common causes!*
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve 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 the Australia is so widespread. It’s a symptom of our modern lifestyle to ‘pop a […]

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Acupuncture in the relief of Celiac disease

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune digestive disease. Villi of the small intestine are damaged disrupting the body’s ability to absorb nutrients from foods. When a sufferer eats foods with gluten in it such as is found in grains like wheat, barley, rye and sometimes oats the body responds by attacking the villi of the small intestine (Flaws & Sionneau, 2001, p. 111). The villi become inflamed, shrivel up, flatten out and sometimes disappear. This results […]

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 […]