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 →

Sports injury recovery

Treatment plan for Injury Recovery using Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory of TCM in relation to Musculoskeletal conditions: TCM regards pain caused by injury as a stagnation of Qi and Blood. Bio-medically, this relates conditions such as inflammation, bruising, swelling, scarring, fluid retention, adhesions and reduced movement. Treatment using TCM involves acupuncture, cupping, bleeding, massage, exercise, herbal soaks/liniments and herbs taken internally. Treatment via Western Medicine may include pharmaceutical drugs (anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, analgesic) and also possibly a cortisone injection. Acute Stage These are injuries directly following trauma/surgery. This stage may only last a few days or extend to a week. There will be swelling, pain, inflammation withRead More →

cortisone injection alternative

What if the Cortisone injection didn’t work? Cortisone Injection vs Acupuncture A Cortisone injection is given in circumstances where pain and inflammation persist. Injections of cortisone are used to treat inflammation and pain in joints including elbow, shoulder, knee and wrist. The cortisone injection does not cure the injury. It acts to reduce inflammation and pain while the body continues its natural healing process. Ideally this relief lasts long enough for the condition to heal. It is not uncommon for more than one injection to be prescribed. However, due to possible side effects, it is unlikely another injection would be prescribed if pain returns withinRead More →