Acupuncture

Migraines

Migraines are thought to have many causes, ranging from physiological causes to stress and anxiety. However, irrespective of the cause, the physiological changes in the brain are similar. Including enlargement of blood vessels which can cause inflammation and pain. Migraine attacks can also commonly activate the sympathetic nervous system, resulting in symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and sensitivity to light and sound. Western medicine’s response Most people who suffer with migraines have triedread more

Insomnia

  As an estimate, anywhere from 30-50% of the general population suffer from insomnia. It refers to the partial or complete loss of sleep. Whether it is difficulty in falling asleep, waking during the night, waking too early in the morning, sleeping restlessly or having dream disturbed sleep. As a result it can cause: daytime fatigue mood changes poor attention and concentration anxiety headaches In a systematic review of over 46 randomised controlled trials involvingread more

Acupuncture and Infertility

  Many things affect fertility including both psychological and physiological factors. Stress and anxiety play a part as do a range of physiological factors affecting both the male and female partners. It definitely takes two to make a baby and the sperm plays just as big a role as the egg and the environment in the uterus. However, there is a growing body of evidence that a combination of western medicine and traditional Chinese medicineread more

Weight Loss

 If you want to lose weight naturally and without drugs, why not try Acupuncture for your weight loss program? According to traditional Chinese acupuncture, excessive weight gain, are due to disturbances in qi, a type of energy that flows in meridian paths through the body. Acupuncture for weight loss aims to correct any energy disturbances that affect eating, digestion and weight maintenance. According to TCM, the root of excess weight is an imbalance within theread more

Acupuncture for Morning Sickness

Acupuncture for morning sickness can be an effective natural alternative treatment to reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Often it occurs first thing in the morning however the time of the symptoms can vary, such as lasting all day to waking with nausea at night. Around half of all pregnant women will experience morning sickness. It is most common between the sixth and sixteenth weeks however some women will have morning sickness symptomsread more

Asthma

  Asthma can cause episodes of wheezing, breathlessness and chest tightness due to airway constriction, inflammation and hyper-reactivity. Asthma is Australia’s most widespread chronic health problem, affecting over 2 million Australians (10% of the population) and is most prevalent in 14-24 year olds. The TCM understanding of the mechanisms behind asthma can be complex but at the root of most asthma cases, the sufferer usually has some kind of underlying deficiency or weakness. Sporadically (orread more

Bed-wetting, or Nocturnal Enuresis

  Bedwetting occurs when a person involuntarily urinates when they are sleeping. Primary Enuresis is when there has not yet been a lengthy period of being dry at night. Secondary Enuresis is when a person (child or adult) begins to wet the bed again after a prolonged period of being dry. Bladder complications, hormone irregularity, and even sleeping disorders can all lead to chronic bedwetting in children. Once consulted with a medical practitioner, and anyread more

Stress

Stress is something most of us suffer from at some point in our lives and it is becoming more and more apparent in today’s busy society. However we can only take so much before we begin to grow vulnerable to some serious health problems. What happens when you’re really stressed out? “fight or flight” response. When you’re stressed, the brain signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. Persistently high levels of these chemicalsread more

Smoking Cessation

Acupuncture is an alternative approach to smoking cessation and has a growing body of research suggesting positive outcomes. Acupuncture can help people overcome addictionbecause of its ability to reduce cravings and alleviate withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. The concept of acupuncture for smoking cessation is that when a person is addicted to nicotine they have higher endorphin levels, and when they give up, these levels of endorphins drop. Acupuncture helps maintainread more

Acupuncture for Relaxation

One of the most common “ailments” treated by acupuncturists is stress. Acupuncture has been shown conclusively to relieve stress in a variety of ways and promote relaxation. These include stimulating the release of endorphins and serotonin, the body’s natural “feel good” opiates that promote a feeling of general well-being. The acupuncture points chosen can also coincide with pressure points or trigger points which help release tension and aid relaxation. Endorphins and serotonin also stimulate theread more

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