Chronic pain research

Sticky

The Science of Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Relief. Modern science not only confirms that acupuncture is an effective therapeutic method, but also reveals molecular, neuro-endocrine mechanisms of its efficiency. The mechanisms underlying how acupuncture is so effective for treating chronic pain have been researched extensively for over 60 years. While there is still much to learn, the neural pathways from acupuncture point stimulation, to the spinal cord, to the deactivation of the pain centres in the brain have been mapped.(1,2)  Acupuncture has been demonstrated to activate a number of the body’s own opioids (compounds like endorphins which suppress the transmission of pain signals to theRead More →

Chinese tongue diagnosis

I might ask to look at your tongue…  What is Tongue Diagnosis? Probably one of the strangest questions you may be asked in clinic is: “can I see your tongue?”. I understand it’s a little strange. Don’t be shy! It has so much value. Observing the tongue is one of the main diagnostic tools of TCM. There has been some scientific exploration into this subject. In TCM, it clearly reflects the health of certain organs and disharmonies in the body. For one thing, it’s the only muscle you can visually investigate. It’s not covered by skin! Plus it is directly connected to your digestive andRead More →

private health insurance

Private Health Insurance covers Acupuncture. Yes! You will continue to claim for my TCM services: Acupuncture and Herbal Consults!  The new changes to private health insurance come into effect in April 2019 and may effect you. There have been some natural therapies removed from “Extras”, so you will no longer be able to claim for services such as Naturopathy. You can still use their services. And certainly if you get benefit from them you should. But you won’t be able to claim from your private health insurance. This decision was was based on a review from 2014-15, leading the Government to believe that there was not enoughRead More →

emotional awareness

Mental and Emotional Awareness There’s a lot going on in your head. And most of the time you’re completely unaware of it. Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream or realised you’ve been driving on ‘auto-pilot’?  Your unconscious mind does a lot for you. It makes a lot of your decisions, without you ever having to think. Sometimes that’s not so good. Awareness of your thoughts leads to emotional awareness. If you’ve ever tried to meditate (which I HIGHLY recommend) you will have noticed your busy mind throwing around ideas, thoughts and memories, pictures, sounds and movies. You concentrate for a while and thenRead More →

physical and emotional health

What is your relationship with your physical body? Do you listen to your body? And what do you tell it? Does your body limit you or allow you to expand? Is there any pain in your body? Are you experiencing some kind of physical pain that has just developed for no reason? Are you doing your best to ignore it? Or perhaps you’ve had it for so long, its now just who you are? Take a minute to think about what story your body could be relating. When did it begin? What does it mean to you? What is your physical health? Did you knowRead More →

digestion for wellbeing

Digestion and diet is a complicated and broad subject that I’m going to keep simple and focused. Digestion is important because it is how we get energy! It delivers the components we need for metabolism in each and every cell. It is vital for life. You might think you’re eating well, but if your digestion isn’t functioning well, you won’t profit from it. Let’s begin with my definitions… A good Appetite is to have a desire for food, the ability to know when you’re full and to be satisfied by that meal without getting tired or having to follow up with snacks soon after. DigestionRead More →