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Defining Cosmetic Acupuncture And Its Uses

Defining Cosmetic Acupuncture And Its Uses
10 Oct 2017

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy where thin, hair-like needles are pierced in certain body points to stimulate natural healing power. Acupuncture’s popularity in Northern Beaches has been on the rise for over decades, and it is now considered to be safe and effective for treating a multitude of conditions. And because acupuncture stimulates the production of elastin and collagen fibers, relaxes muscles and improves blood circulation, it has been used to enhance beauty and preserve a youthful look in China ever since the ancient times. Acupuncture has recently become a recognised method for facial rejuvenation and skin restoration, a practice which is known as cosmetic acupuncture.   The treatment uses super-fine needles to target underlying issues that sta ...Read More

Reducing Menopausal Symptoms Through Acupuncture

Reducing Menopausal Symptoms Through Acupuncture
03 Oct 2017

Acupuncture is a practice coming down right from the ancient medicinal era. It offers various therapeutic benefits and thus, is safe for most women. Acupuncture not only controls pain, but it can also increase the flow of blood while balancing the energy. This can be very effective in alleviating symptoms of menopause.   Vasomotor symptoms   Three quarters of women experience vasomotor symptoms (VMS) during their menopause, which are generally hot flushes and night sweats. VMS lasts for an average of 5.2 years but persists in 10% of women for more than 15 years. This can cause social embarrassment, physical discomfort and sleep deprivation. Risk factors for VMS include gaining body mass index, Caucasian ethnicity, being a smoker, financial impoverishment, feeli ...Read More

Perks Of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Perks Of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
18 Sep 2017

For centuries, women prefer using acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a part of their pregnancy treatment. The treatments are safe when applied by experienced therapists. Pregnancy often causes nausea and discomforts, and women experiencing such ailments can benefit greatly when they opt for acupuncture.    Experienced therapists observe pregnant women as part of their daily practice and use intricate but simple methods of piercing to support healthy pregnancy. Sometimes, both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are used to support and prepare the body for labour, birth and mothering.   After your pregnancy is confirmed   It is recommended to pay weekly visits to an acupuncturist, particularly if one has a history of miscarriage, difficult ...Read More

How Can You Reduce The Symptoms Of Menopause Through Acupuncture Treatment?

How Can You Reduce The Symptoms Of Menopause Through Acupuncture Treatment?
31 Aug 2017

Hot flushes, night sweats, aches and pain are all common menopausal symptoms. These symptoms can be seen when hormonal changes take place in your body. This can have an effect on your work and life. Treating them with the help of pharmaceutical drugs can result in one or more acute to severe side effects. Fortunately, the discomforts can also be cured through a traditional method of treatment called acupuncture. When you choose to undergo the treatment of acupuncture, these symptoms can be relieved with ease.   Acupuncture treatment is safe for women and, in fact, studies have proven that it is very fruitful in treating menopausal symptoms in women.   The effectiveness acupuncture   The origin of acupuncture is China. An acupuncturist inserts thin ...Read More

The Amelioration Theory Of Acupuncture

The Amelioration Theory Of Acupuncture
16 Aug 2017

Acupuncture is known for its several benefits over health disorders as well as in the promotion of overall well-being. This form of alternative treatment is not new to the modern world but acupuncture has been consistent in holding the position for millenniums. It treats numerous ailments and offers the ultimate solution to stay fit and healthy. If you want to reap full advantages of acupuncture for treating any kind of health disorder, you must seek advice from a qualified acupuncture practitioner.   Consult your treatment history (if any) along with the current ailment that you are suffering from. You must also tell the therapist if you are allergic to any substance, food or situation. Based on this information, the practitioner can come up with a proper treatment program ...Read More

Conditions Triggered By Prolonged Computer Use

Conditions Triggered By Prolonged Computer Use
08 Aug 2017

Computers have become an important essential of human lives in the modern times. There are individuals who have to stay glued to their desktop or laptop for 6-8 hours on a regular basis. Despite of the fact that these devices have simplified a lot of tasks for us, they are also responsible for a spectrum of conditions which include irritation in the eyes, neck pain, back ache, mouse hand, and so on. If you are one of those people who spend hour upon hour in front of a computer, these are the things that you should know about:   Back Pain   Back pain is quite chronic among office workers who sit at computers for extended hours. Apart from long sitting, there are several other reasons for the pain, including inappropriate body mechanics. For instance, when a pers ...Read More

Obesity & Dampness: Treatment With Chinese Medicine

Obesity & Dampness: Treatment With Chinese Medicine
14 Jul 2017

The body of every human being relies upon outside sources in order to the obtain the necessary nourishment. Those sources include air, water and proper food, without which our existence is impossible. Now, each one of us is also significantly affected by climate as well as change in seasons. We tend to spend more time outdoors in the summer, and stay indoors during winter. Besides all these things, our body can also become damp. And when that happens, it can lead to a variety of issues such as diarrhoea, shingles, aching joints, yeast infections, swelling and edema. What concerns us here the most is that dampness occurs more in people who are obese.   So what is it all about?   Every obese individual has unnecessary fat, which is the primary damp tissue. The mo ...Read More

Useful Tips For Effective Postpartum Care

Useful Tips For Effective Postpartum Care
05 Jul 2017

Every pregnant woman, after her delivery, generally tends to feel depleted of her energy stores significantly, irrespective of how lengthy or short the delivery process was. And soon after, she also has to breastfeed her child, which takes its own share of toll on the mother’s stamina. In addition to that, simply having a baby for the first time can be stressful on its own, due to emotional vulnerability and hormonal changes.   As such, the following 4-5 weeks after birth should be all about focusing on the recuperation and replenishment of the mother. Here are a handful of tips from women’s health experts in Northern Beaches for effective postpartum care:   A Healthy Diet It is very important to make sure that a new mother eats ri ...Read More

Best Acupoints For Shedding Extra Weight

Best Acupoints For Shedding Extra Weight
20 Jun 2017

In the modern times, obesity seems to have become a common problem for people belonging to different age groups. Many individuals feel stressed and depressed because of their excessive body weight. They try various things like dieting, intense workout sessions, fat reducing medicines, etc. out of frustration. While some of these solutions are decent, others can do more harm than good. If you are an overweight person and would like to lose excess fat through natural means, then you ought to know about the efficacy of acupuncture.   Acupuncture is one of the several modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been proven in treating various physical as well as mental health problems. When it comes to obesity, acupuncture bears excellent result by assisting in controlli ...Read More

Effects Of Hypothyroidism On Conception & Treatment With Acupuncture

Effects Of Hypothyroidism On Conception & Treatment With Acupuncture
01 Jun 2017

Hypothyroidism is medically defined as a condition characterised by failure of the thyroid gland to produce hormones in adequate quantity, which causes different body systems to slow down. The most common and recognisable symptoms of hypothyroidism include: Feeling cold Depression Constipation Sluggishness Weight gain Dry skin Irregular menstruation cycle Thinning hair Lethargy The condition is quite infamous for its adverse effects on fertility and generally contributes towards miscarriage, implantation problems and reduced fetal IQ. Thyroid imbalances have a direct impact on successful conception as well as staying pregnant. And they can do so in multiple ways: Adverse effect on the ovaries, which can bring down the ...Read More

IVF Support Treatment With The Modalities Of TCM

IVF Support Treatment With The Modalities Of TCM
10 May 2017

Even in the modern times, the awareness about the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in assisting male as well as female fertility is growing rapidly. When used singularly, acupuncture and herbal medicine are potent enough to assist natural conception. But combining them with the contemporary method in vitro fertilisation or IVF can give a significant boost to conception rates. This is because the therapeutic treatments hike up blood circulation to uterus and ovaries, thereby improving fertility. They can even assist in the treatment of diagnosed conditions such as polycystic ovaries, endometriosis, etc. which usually stand as impedances to normal conception.   In the context of TCM, the treatments for infertility usually aim at: Restoring equilibrium of the m ...Read More

Causes & Treatment Of Perimenopausal Symptoms

Causes & Treatment Of Perimenopausal Symptoms
27 Apr 2017

According to collective studies and research, women in the developed nations are more prone to peri-menopausal discomforts than women in underdeveloped countries. From surveys, it has even been found that Asian women are a lot less likely to suffer from any adverse symptoms due to the cessation of their menstrual cycle.   In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), symptoms of perimenopause generally surface because of accumulated tension triggered by stressors from our fast-paced modern lives - little time to rest, over scheduled, excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages, and constant moving around. On the other hand, medical experts from the West strongly believe the soy-based diet which Asian women follow contains phyto-estrogens that has a protective imp ...Read More

Is Acupuncture Effective Against Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder?

Is Acupuncture Effective Against Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder?
24 Mar 2017

Functional gastrointestinal disorder is a condition that afflicts numerous people all across the globe, from different age groups and genders. It is one of the most common ailments that individuals in gastroenterology or primary care suffer from. The primary symptoms of this condition usually include the following: Constipation Diarrhoea Irritable bowel syndrome Pelvic floor pain Bloating of the abdomen Gastroesophageal reflux disease Biliary disorders Dyspepsia Main Causes   Not much has been understood about conditions like functional gastrointestinal disorder yet, which is why it’s causes cannot be found simply by performing an X-ray or a blood test. Rather, presence of this disease is confirmed through identi ...Read More

Worst Diseases That Too Much Smoking Can Inflict

Worst Diseases That Too Much Smoking Can Inflict
27 Feb 2017

Most of us are very much aware of the fact that smoking cigarettes, either occasionally or regularly, can be injurious to one's health. But what exactly can happen if someone has a habit of smoking excessively? Well, there is a wide range of diseases which can afflict that person. Let’s take a detailed look at them:   Cardiovascular Disease   Too much smoking can have a drastic impact on all organs within one’s body, including the one which pumps blood - the heart. It can narrow the cardiac arteries and also create blockages, thereby hindering the flow of blood as well as oxygen. Ultimately, it can trigger various heart problems.   Lung Cancer   Lung cancer kills more people every year than other kinds of cancer, and it ...Read More

Can Insomnia Occur In Different Ways?

Can Insomnia Occur In Different Ways?
16 Feb 2017

Most people believe that insomnia is a condition characterised by the inability to fall asleep even after several hours past one’s bedtime, which is true to a great extent. However, very few are actually aware of the fact that the disorder can manifest itself in a number of ways. To be exact, specialists have even classified those ways into different categories of insomnia, which are being mentioned below for reference:   Adjustment   Known popularly as short-term or acute insomnia, this one generally arises from intense stress and can be a great disturbance to healthy sleep. However, it tends to go away as soon as the sufferer becomes adjusted with their stress or manages to get done with it altogether.   Behavioural   Occurring ...Read More

TCM Can Aid In Treatment Of Parkinson’s Disease

TCM Can Aid In Treatment Of Parkinson’s Disease
30 Jan 2017

In terms of medical science, Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that progressively affects the nervous system, thereby hampering one’s locomotor abilities. The most common symptoms of this condition include: Difficulty in swallowing Rigidity Fainting Decreased arm sway Shuffling Tremors Slowness in locomotion Dysfunction of gait & speech Although a pharmaceutical cure has not been invented so far, a number of medications like COMT inhibitors, levodopa, dopamine agonists and MAO-B inhibitors are used for reducing the symptoms. There are also surgical interventions - implanting deep brain stimulators. According to many experts, acupuncture can be successfully used for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s dise ...Read More

How Will You Stay Fit After Turning Thirty?

How Will You Stay Fit After Turning Thirty?
12 Jan 2017

Once we hit the 30-year-old mark, it becomes a little bit difficult for us to take care of ourselves because by then, we are busy and hardworking adults. However, many of us don’t fail to understand the fact that 30s are among our prime years. It’s okay to be engrossed in career and meet the demands of family life, but that doesn’t mean you need to ignore your own well-being. Here are certain effective tips that would help you go through your 30s with good health and also keep you safe from diseases:   Refrain from using or smoking tobacco products entirely. Saying no to smoking is one of the best ways to enhance your health and immune system. If possible, avoid alcohol consumption, or keep the intake limited to 2 drinks per day, if you are a man ...Read More

What To Eat & Avoid During Pregnancy?

What To Eat & Avoid During Pregnancy?
04 Jan 2017

When pregnant, it is vital for a woman to take care of what she needs to eat and what not. A wrong diet can trigger various forms of illness or even harm the baby. In this blog, we are going to talk about different food items which an expectant mother should eat or avoid.   Cheese   Eating hard cheeses is completely safe for a pregnant woman, since they are normally prepared using pasteurised milk. However, soft cheeses must be consumed selectively - cottage, mozzarella, goats’, processed, ricotta, feta, cream, paneer and halloumi. Blue-veined and mould-ripened ones should be avoided.   Pate   All kinds of pâté must be avoided during pregnancy, even the vegan ones. This is because they may have listeria, an illness w ...Read More

How Caffeine, Alcohol & Smoking Affect Fertility?

How Caffeine, Alcohol & Smoking Affect Fertility?
13 Dec 2016

According to evidences collected from studies conducted by researchers across the globe, there are various health behaviours that can drastically affect fertility. And among those behaviours, addiction to caffeine, alcohol and smoking is the most common as well as devastating. In this blog, we are going to review the adverse consequences of these substances on the ability of a person to conceive.   Caffeine:   As a substance found commonly in tea, coffee, chocolate, soft drinks and painkillers, caffeine is consumed by a large number of people in Australia. Although useful as a stimulant, overconsumption of caffeine can trigger a range of fertility problems in females by affecting ovulation. In expectant mothers, it may hamper the developing foetus’ health ...Read More

Useful Tips Pregnant Women Can Follow During Christmas

Useful Tips Pregnant Women Can Follow During Christmas
07 Dec 2016

If you are assuming that Christmas this year would be full of restrictions and you can’t go outdoors simply due to the fact that you are pregnant, be happy in the knowledge that you won’t be missing out on all the fun. There are certain useful tips that you can follow to have a great time in a safe manner, and stay happy during the holidays:   Wear Convenient Clothing   Are you planning to go around Christmas shopping with that baby bump? Then get yourself some fashionable and trendy maternity wears prior to that. It is very important for you to wear comfortable clothes if you wish to shop for as long as you want. The point is to provide a support to the weight of your bump effectively.   Hydrate Yourself   ...Read More

Healthy Diet for Pregnancy

Healthy Diet for Pregnancy
15 Nov 2016

Pregnancy sure brings plenty of happiness in the life of a couple as well as the rest of the family, but there are certain precautions that need to be taken effectively to ensure a safe delivery, and one of them is eating healthy. As an expectant mother, it is your responsibility to eat right and make sure that your baby is born healthy. Here are a few tips which can help you to do just that:   Healthy Breakfast   When you are pregnant, your breakfast should consist of fortified and cooked or readymade cereals along with fruits. This is because fortified cereals are rich in added nutrients such as calcium. In case cereals do not feel agreeable, then switch to whole wheat toast. Avoiding eating a heavy breakfast early in the morning.   Nutritious Sn ...Read More

How Can Acupuncture Be Beneficial For Small Children?

How Can Acupuncture Be Beneficial For Small Children?
25 Oct 2016

Contrary to what some people assume, acupuncture is a great holistic and completely natural therapy that can be safely used for treating small children as well. Right from toddlers to elementary-aged kids, anyone can be administered with acupuncture as per their age, development stage and comfort with the treatment. In case of babies, practitioners don’t usually make use of needles. Rather, acupressure is applied at specific points along the meridians.   Acupuncture can be beneficial for small children in a plethora of ways, some of which have been discussed below:   Enhances Immunity   Through several extensive studies, it has been proven that acupuncture can positively modulate the immune response of children, particularly the ones afflicte ...Read More

What Can Give You Insomnia?

What Can Give You Insomnia?
13 Oct 2016

In the modern times, due to living a hectic, fast-paced and irregular lifestyle, many people suffer from insomnia. If you have trouble in falling asleep, rise way too early in mornings, wake up all of a sudden in the middle of night or feel tired throughout the day, then you are definitely a victim of this common condition. Sometimes, the disorder can last for a single night or a few weeks, while at other times, it may continue for months or years.   Insomnia can be triggered by a number of reasons, such as a stress, medical conditions, ailments, disturbances and so on. Let’s have a look at the most common ones:   Health Conditions   If you have been diagnosed with asthma, heart disease, depression, arthritis pain, restless leg syndrome or ca ...Read More

How To De-Stress During Pregnancy?

How To De-Stress During Pregnancy?
29 Sep 2016

Discomforts associated with pregnancy, physical challenges and other changes in lifestyle can very well contribute towards development of stress when you are an expectant mother. Being a modern-day woman, you would definitely want to continue with your regular chores. However, you must realise the fact that your body needs a lot of rest because it is already working to nurture your baby inside.   There are plenty of things you can resort to for relaxing and de-stressing yourself. The most effective ones have been described below elaborately:   Acupuncture   According to many health experts, acupuncture helps in relieving stress levels during pregnancy. When the needles are inserted in the skin, they trigger the production of endorphins, which bring ...Read More

Can Your Smartphone Give You Aches?

Can Your Smartphone Give You Aches?
16 Sep 2016

Can you imagine even a single day of your life without your smartphone or tablet? No, because that small buzzbox you spend hours on everyday contains a lot of your precious files & documents, including music, apps, pictures, assignments, videos, etc. Besides that, you also use it to stay in touch with your peeps through texts, calls and social media. However, little do you realise that the mild ache you have been experiencing behind your neck is triggered by the same smartphone you consider so important. Don’t believe it? Have a look at the different weird pains that can be caused by excess use of smartphones:   Neck Pain   Most people do not maintain a proper posture at the time of texting with their cellular devices. Looking down on the screen when ...Read More

Alleviating Menopausal Hot Flashes Naturally With Acupuncture

Alleviating Menopausal Hot Flashes Naturally With Acupuncture
02 Sep 2016

Nowadays, most women going through their perimenopausal or menopausal stage are prescribed HRT or hormone replacement therapy in order to combat the hot flashes. However, the HRT drugs provide only temporary relief from the discomfort and are rendered ineffective soon after their discontinuation. In order to impede menopausal hot flashes permanently, determining the primary cause of the problem and resolving it is essential. Fortunately, there exists a certain form of alternative therapy that can actually make this happen, and that therapy is none other than acupuncture.   According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) experts, acupuncture helps in reducing menopause symptoms along with hot flashes to provide long-term relief, whereas HRT drugs only mask the symptoms as lo ...Read More

How Effective Are Acupuncture & Moxibustion For Turning Breech Babies?

How Effective Are Acupuncture & Moxibustion For Turning Breech Babies?
11 Aug 2016

Around 4 out of 100 babies stay in breech (bottom-down) position even during the last stage of pregnancy. Expectant mothers with the breech positioning problem have very limited options to choose from, Cesarean delivery being the most commonly preferred one. There are, nevertheless, a few natural ways to turn babies who are bottom-down inside the womb, such as the external cephalic version (EVC). However, some medical experts in Australia speak of another solution which can be very effective for ensuring a normal delivery - a conjunctional therapy of acupuncture and moxibustion.   Both acupuncture and moxibustion are modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient system of alternative treatment methods that originated in Asia more than 2000 years ago. W ...Read More

Alternative Therapies For Treatment Of STDs

Alternative Therapies For Treatment Of STDs
01 Aug 2016

STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) are perhaps the most common infectious diseases in today’s world. Among them, the ones which are diagnosed frequently include genital herpes, chlamydia, genital warts, HIV, gonorrhea and syphilis. Ofttimes, the conventional treatment methods for these illnesses are quite expensive and do not bear fruitful results without one or more side effects.   Fortunately, there are certain alternative and natural therapies that have been proven to be effective in the treatment of STDs. They are highly beneficial, less expensive and have few to zero side effects. More and more people suffering from venereal diseases are resorting to these alternative therapies as an ideal substitute for the conventional ones. These alternative therapies are be ...Read More

Can Fertility Problems Be Inherited?

Can Fertility Problems Be Inherited?
06 Jul 2016

Are your parents somehow responsible for the fact that you are not being able to conceive? Or is it possible that your children are going to face the same struggles when trying to have kids that you did? There are many people who wonder whether fertility issues are hereditary or not. To be honest, medical science still does not have enough evidence to advocate either for or against the assumption. However, there are certainly supporting proven theories which state clearly that certain problems responsible for impeding a successful pregnancy can be genetic. Fortunately, there are various clinics offering fertility treatment in Northern Beaches for these problems.   Let’s have a look at the infertility-triggering conditions that can be passed down by mothers to their da ...Read More

Acupuncture Is An Excellent IVF Support Treatment

Acupuncture Is An Excellent IVF Support Treatment
30 Jun 2016

As most of us already know, there are many Australian couples who suffer from fertility problems and have difficulty in conceiving a child. While some of them resort to various infertility treatment methods, nowadays, a majority of couples with conception problems are tapping the efficacy of in vitro fertilisation (or IVF). In the last few years, IVF has met with an unprecedented level of success in helping women with fertility issues to get pregnant.   However, there are certain complications associated with IVF that necessitate suitable support treatment. Although there are different pharmaceutical drugs to prop an IVF pregnancy, they do not come without side effects. That’s why people are starting to adopt another kind of IVF support treatment in Northern Beaches t ...Read More

Chinese Massage And Its Primary Techniques

Chinese Massage And Its Primary Techniques
14 Jun 2016

In the modern times, you will find that there are various types of massage available that can help to tackle pain as well as provide several health benefits. Some of them are of Western origin, whereas others were formulated centuries ago in the Eastern world. One such effective technique belonging to the latter category is Chinese massage, which is itself a part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).   According to the present day practitioners of Chinese massage  there are several methods that can be applied to relax the muscles inside a human body. Besides providing relaxation, these methods can also offer a wide range of healing benefits and provide relief from certain ailments.   The foremost technique of Chinese massage is known as Amno, which in ...Read More

Does Cosmetic Acupuncture Really Work?

Does Cosmetic Acupuncture Really Work?
26 May 2016

Robert Bradford offers this ancient Chinese dermatological treatment.    I have been experiencing skin problem for quite a long time and so I decided to give cosmetic acupuncture a try. Hence I came to Robert Bradford's clinic in Northern Beaches   I wasn't aware that cosmetic acupuncture is mainly used for ironing out wrinkles & fine lines. And so I had even been spiked with hair-thin, disposable needles. My attraction was however combating acne and I was happy that I was in the capable hands of Robert Bradford.    What is cosmetic acupuncture?   Chinese physicians have practised it for about 5000 years, fixing a wide range of skin conditions like rosacea and capillaries.    How does cosmetic ...Read More

Switch To Acupuncture And Tackle Anxiety & Depression More Effectively

Switch To Acupuncture And Tackle Anxiety & Depression More Effectively
17 May 2016

Most of us know acupuncture as an age-old modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves insertion of needles at specific points located along ‘meridians’ on the human body. This therapy works by stimulating the points for correcting imbalances in Qi through the meridians. The principle on which acupuncture is based has been derived from interaction of 5 elements that represent 5 different human emotions:   Earth - worry Wood - anger Fire - happiness Metal - grief Water - fear   According to TCM, acupuncture is an effective therapy for treating conditions like anxiety and depression that can be triggered by physiological effects of the 5 emotions on the body. Let’s find out how:   Anxie ...Read More

Treatment of Enlarged Prostate (BPH) With TCM

Treatment of Enlarged Prostate (BPH) With TCM
03 May 2016

BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy) is a particular condition characterised by enlargement and congestion of the prostate gland surrounding the urethra. It is quite common in men who are more than 50 years old, so much that 1 in every 4 men will need treatment for it once in their life. BPH generally results in a wide range of problems, including compromised urine outflow, urgency, nighttime urination, incomplete voiding, weak stream, pain, urinary retention and dribbling. The symptoms, if left untreated, can even lead to kidney failure.   Fortunately, there are a few methods which can be used for addressing BPH. But western medical solutions like catheterisation, drug therapy and surgery may give rise to various complications such as bleeding, infection, incontinence and ev ...Read More

How To Proceed With Fertility Treatment?

How To Proceed With Fertility Treatment?
22 Apr 2016

Infertility has become quite a common problem among couples in Sydney, and can come as an unpleasant surprise to those who wait for a long time before deciding to add children in their family. Repeated negative pregnancy test results can be a devastating and frustrating disappointment for them. Fortunately, there are effective fertility treatments that can be beneficial for couples in need of help to conceive a child.   Let’s have a look at the right way to proceed with fertility treatment:   Receiving A Diagnosis   The first step towards getting diagnosed for infertility problems is scheduling an appointment with a good doctor, who will evaluate the sexual habits and lifestyle of a couple. The doctor can recommend changes in an attempt to re ...Read More

Treatment of Acne With Traditional Chinese Medicine

Treatment of Acne With Traditional Chinese Medicine
07 Apr 2016

Most of us will admit that the problem of acne has affected all of us at some point in life. Though the condition seems like an innocuous medical situation, multiple acnes on the face or some conspicuous part of the body can make individuals feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. This can cause them to end up spending a significant amount on commercially available washes and creams. What’s worse is that the commercial remedies may not always produce satisfactory results.   Fortunately, acne is one of those medical conditions which Traditional Chinese Medicine  can treat effectively. The treatment involves usage of a multiple TCM modalities, including acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy and exercise. Practitioners generally explain the condition by using m ...Read More

Five Elements & The Constitutional Acupuncture

Five Elements & The Constitutional Acupuncture
21 Mar 2016

Most of us know that the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine was founded around 3000 BC in Eastern Asia. One of the most important theories in TCM is that of yin & yang, which was developed via Naturalist and Daoist thinking during the time of Han dynasty. However, there is another primary principle that originated along with yin & yang and became a core factor for treating and diagnosing various diseases. This principle is that of the 5 elements, namely wood, fire, earth, metal and water. According to Chinese traditions, the 5 elements are an important part of nature and form the energies of the annual seasons spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter. But in TCM, they also create the 12 primary meridians of acupuncture in our body. Each element is believed to cons ...Read More

How Effective Is TCM Against Flu & Cold?

How Effective Is TCM Against Flu & Cold?
09 Mar 2016

Is there any treatment against flu & the common cold which would cure the diseases efficiently without triggering any side effects? You might have asked something like this to your doctor many times. But whatever he or she gives to you, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, ends up making you suffer from one side effect or the other. However, there is an alternative therapy which can make your flu or cold go away without inducing any other symptoms in your body. And that alternative natural and holistic therapy is Traditional Chinese Medicine. Modalities of TCM, especially acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, have been used for centuries in ancient China as the only remedies for each and every known disease, including cold and flu. There is much written historical evidence abo ...Read More

Fundamentals and Popularity of TCM

Fundamentals and Popularity of TCM
29 Jan 2016

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, some individuals possess hot constitutions, which can explain why they are prone to inflammation and fever. On the other hand, there are others having cold body parts who often get chills. As stated by many practitioners, every disease is viewed by TCM as one complete pattern. For example, rheumatoid arthritis is believed to be caused by blockage in Qi and blood flow within energy pathways of the body. The typical pain results from penetration of wind, damp and cold into joints and muscles.   TCM practitioners state that each and every illness is the result of imbalances existing within the body of an individual. These imbalances, in turn, rise from unhealthy factors of one’s lifestyle and their environment. General s ...Read More

Acupuncture is Effective Against Osteoarthritis

Acupuncture is Effective Against Osteoarthritis
21 Jan 2016

Osteoarthritis is a very common degenerative disease affecting the joints, which can have a considerable impact on the life of a person suffering from it. It usually causes chronic pain as well as stiffness that adversely affects the patient’s mobility, their ability of doing normal day-to-day activities, their mood and overall quality of their life. Osteoarthritis is typically characterised by degeneration of a particular cartilage which cushions the joints. The degeneration triggers swelling, inflammation and serious alterations in the bone.   Treatments for Curing Osteoarthritis Among the different types of treatments that are currently available for curing osteoarthritis, the most common ones include topical pain relievers, NSAIDS, hyaluronan injections, DMARD ...Read More

What Is Nerve Pain and How To Treat It?

What Is Nerve Pain and How To Treat It?
15 Jan 2016

Nerve pain may be a symptom of various conditions including diabetes, cancer, HIV & shingles. It is quite frustrating for some and for others it is life-changing and devastating. It feels like pinpricks, burning or sudden electric shocks and can disrupt your life both at work as well as at home. It can also limit your ability of getting around and has the capacity of grinding you down over time. Studies have somewhat shown that people who suffer from nerve pain have higher rates of anxiety, sleep problems & depression as well. Symptoms of nerve damage may vary from one person to the other.    How does nerve pain occur?    Nerve pain is basically caused by injury or damage to the nerves, brain or spinal cord. There are a number of nerves in the ...Read More

What Causes Male Infertility? Can TCM Alleviate Them?

What Causes Male Infertility? Can TCM Alleviate Them?
14 Dec 2015

Nowadays, about 50 percent of males are infertile. Generally, there are no obvious signs or symptoms of male infertility, and sexual activities progress normally. However, the factors which are responsible for triggering the problem may exist either individually or in combination with others in the body. Some of those factors are as follows:   Reduced sperm count, poor motility and irregular shape of the sperm cells Impedances within the ducts leading out from the testes, resulting from inborn disorders, correctional surgeries and infections Genetic and hormonal problems Functional issues such as premature ejaculation, impotence and side effects caused due to prostate surgery   In addition to these, various lifestyle factors may also have adverse ef ...Read More

How Can Acupuncture Help in Weight Loss?

How Can Acupuncture Help in Weight Loss?
05 Dec 2015

Nowadays, obesity is a very common issue among both men and women. And that's why many are hitting the gym, resorting to liposuction and trying various other ways to lose weight. But weight loss is not something that can be achieved by simply doing extreme workouts or losing fat through artificial means. At times, such things even yield disastrous results and worsen the condition. However, there are some natural therapies that can be very useful for those who want to shed some pounds off their body. Among them, acupuncture is perhaps the safest and most effective therapy.    For achieving a successful weight loss, it is important to make certain lifestyle changes, and acupuncture can help a great deal with it. So, those who are overweight and suffer from chronic fa ...Read More

Can Acupuncture Help In Alleviating Muscle Pain?

Can Acupuncture Help In Alleviating Muscle Pain?
20 Nov 2015

Nowadays, medical science seems to have a remedy for every existing illness in the world. Even for such temporary problems as muscle pain, there is a wide range of treatment methods available. The two most common ones among them are physical therapy and pain medications. But sometimes, physical therapy may fail to bear positive results or the patient might be unable to take any medication. In that case, the alternative which would work the best is acupuncture. Although some people may tend to overlook its effectiveness, acupuncture is an excellent yet simple treatment for all kinds of physical pain.    According to professional acupuncturists and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, acupuncture can be used in many different forms for treating muscle pain. The on ...Read More

How Can Insomnia Be Cured with TCM?

How Can Insomnia Be Cured with TCM?
04 Nov 2015

Insomnia can be defined as the inability to get a proper amount of sleep, difficulty in falling asleep or not being able to sleep at all at night. This can lead to several bodily issues including low energy, fatigue, inability to concentrate on things during the day and decreased mental alertness. There are many  causes of insomnia like depression, poor sleep hygiene, jetlag, over consumption of coffee, undue stress and more.    In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine, insomnia is viewed as a disorder of the shen caused due to either a single or combination of different internal disharmonies. This disturbance forces the shen to become increasingly restless and gives rise to various sleeping problems. The most common conditions triggering insomnia are heart ...Read More

Acupuncture For Headaches

Acupuncture For Headaches
06 Oct 2015

What is a headache?    A headache is a pain in head. It has some cause and can result from several factors such as tension, vascular problems, muscle contraction, abscesses, injury or withdrawal from some medications.    Different kinds of headache    There are three types of headaches – cervicogenic, tension-type and migraine.    Cervicogenic headache is a kind of headache that has been diagnosed recently. They are typically musculoskeletal in nature and may be caused by pain in spine or neck, which is transferred to head. This kind of headache can go undiagnosed for their recent classification.    On the other hand, tension-type headaches are very common. Patients who suffer from this type ...Read More

Paediatrics and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Paediatrics and Traditional Chinese Medicine
16 Sep 2015

Paediatrics is among the oldest specialties within the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practice of treating children using oriental therapies can be traced back to the early years of the first millennium. In China, different modalities of TCM have been used for more than 2000 years in order to resolve the health problems in children. According to TCM, the body of a child being immature and weak, is more vulnerable to a large number of diseases like colds, coughs, asthma, allergies, colic, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach aches, indigestion, etc.   In TCM, there are four main therapies for treating children. They are acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese massage and dietary therapy.   Acupuncture   Generally, this method is used for add ...Read More

What is Chinese Massage?

What is Chinese Massage?
10 Sep 2015

Chinese massage, also known as the Tui Na An Mo or Zhi Ya, is one of the oldest natural healing methods in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It came into existence even before the advent of acupuncture or herbs, when human beings only had their bodies for combating a wide range of diseases with and were always in search of natural methods for prevention. Most of the massage types that exist today were actually developed from it. Japanese, European and other civilisations learned it centuries ago and ultimately used it as the foundation for developing their own styles, such as the shiatsu, Thai and Swedish massage. In the modern times, Chinese massage is regarded as highly effective for maintaining and leading a healthy lifestyle. It follows the same concept of Qi flow, meridians, colla ...Read More

What Are the Benefits of Pre and Postoperative Acupuncture?

What Are the Benefits of Pre and Postoperative Acupuncture?
17 Aug 2015

Before acupuncture achieved mainstream popularity in Western culture, it was commonly preferred in China for anesthesia prior to surgery in the ancient times. Even today, many doctors state that it can be highly beneficial when administered before and after an operation.   Surgical procedures are significant medical events that produce physical as well as emotional effects, irrespective of how small they might be. There are plenty of benefits one can reap by getting pre and postoperative acupuncture. Some of the major benefits are as follows:   Calms Down and Prepares The Body for Surgery   For those who have a tendency to get nervous before having surgery, acupuncture is a blessing in disguise. Scheduling an appointment just a week before the surg ...Read More

Acupoints for Treating Digestive Problems

Acupoints for Treating Digestive Problems
30 Jul 2015

Our modern dietary habits and increased dependence on readymade food has not only led to increased risk of obesity, diabetes and heart diseases, but also disrupted the proper functioning of our digestive system causing problems like gastroenteritis, indigestion, constipation, acid refluxes, diarrhoea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Many of us are often the victims of these disorders but rarely do something to get relief from them. Although the best way to alleviate these problems is to adopt healthy dietary habits, many people also prefer acupuncture in Northern Beaches  for getting long-term relief from digestive disorders.   According to the practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several effective acupoints which are directly associated with the diges ...Read More

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture
10 Jul 2015

Cosmetic acupuncture, also known as acupuncture facelift and acupuncture facial rejuvenation, is a popular Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy used for slowing down the appearance of ageing signs, tuning up the skin and reviving youthful look to the face. It is an excellent choice for those people who are looking for something to combat the ageing signs of their skin without using Botox injections, fillers or plastic surgery.   Using cosmetic acupuncture can be highly beneficial than choosing the route of surgical or chemical options. Given below are some of the benefits that can be reaped from this therapy:   Circulation of blood under the skin tends to become sluggish with age which in turn reduces elasticity. Cosmetic acupuncture can help to enhance and ...Read More

Treating Menopausal Issues With Traditional Chinese Medicine

Treating Menopausal Issues With Traditional Chinese Medicine
29 Jun 2015

Most women consider the problems associated with menopause as an inevitable and harsh reality of their lives. The only treatment for such issues suggested by conventional doctors and physicians is the hormone replacement therapy. But some women may not want to or are unable to receive it. In such cases, Traditional Chinese Medicine can be used as an effective treatment for getting relief from discomforts of perimenopause.    According to the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine, when a woman is about to enter into the menopausal phase, the yin part of her body loses control over the yang and this imbalance between yang and yin results in the traditional symptoms of perimenopause. Sensations of agitation and heat indicate the overpowering yang, while fatigue and dryn ...Read More

How Can Heartburns Be Reduced During Pregnancy?

How Can Heartburns Be Reduced During Pregnancy?
15 Jun 2015

Heartburn is one of the most common problems that a woman experiences while she is pregnant. This usually takes place during the later months of pregnancy. Also known as acid reflux, this symptom usually results from indigestion and produces a sensation of burning in the throat and oesophagus, accompanied by an acidic and sour taste. When a woman is pregnant, her placenta releases the progesterone hormone that eases the muscles of lower stomach valve. But as the baby grows inside the abdomen, it pushes the stomach organ upwards which ultimately causes stomach acid to enter the oesophagus.   Although heartburns are bound to take place in a pregnant woman, there are certain tips which can be followed to reduce the frequency of the occurrence.   Wearing clothe ...Read More

Endometriosis and Its Treatment with Oriental Methods

Endometriosis and Its Treatment with Oriental Methods
02 Jun 2015

Endometriosis, a gynaecological disease that triggers extreme pain in the abdominal and pelvic regions, is one of the major threats to women's health in Northern Beaches and often goes undetected until the woman has suffered from the symptoms for several years. Sometimes, an endometriosis can be confirmed only with the help of a surgery conducted. There are various other problems which may accompany the disease like excessive menstrual bleeding, fibromyalgia, fatigue, weak immune system, irritable bowel condition and infertility. Women suffering from endometriosis often report of experiencing pain during ovulation, menstruation, urination, sexual activity or bowel movement. Western medicine lacks any cure for this problem and can only treat the pain conditions using pain killers, ho ...Read More

Experiencing Fertility Issues?

Experiencing Fertility Issues?
19 May 2015

With view to Traditional Chinese Medicine, there is no such thing as infertility. In fact, infertility is regarded as one of the many kinds of disharmonies in the human body. Nowadays, a lot of couples in Northern Beaches who have structural problems in their reproductive system are opting for Assisted Reproductive Technology like IVF or IUI. I respect every one's decision whether he/she chooses Western medicine or a natural way for reaching his/her goal. But there are many couples with unexplained infertility. These couples experience a lot more difficulty during IVF methods and they need to deal with the results even after the methods because the chemicals that are used within IVF cycle intensify the disharmony in the human bodies. I always advice couples who have already ...Read More

Acupuncture Doesn't Hurt

Acupuncture Doesn't Hurt
06 May 2015

There are a lot of people who do not try acupuncture because they feel scared that the needles will hurt them or that they will have an unpleasant experience. This is a real tragedy because acupuncture really has the capability of effectively treating different kinds of chronic health conditions, which doesn't respond well to other kinds of treatments.    I have been practising  acupuncture in Northern Beaches for years and I  have used it to treat both adults as well as children. In fact, I have done acupuncture treatments fully on kids as young as four years of age, including needling points on scalp, face, feet and hands. Patients of this age even did not experience any kind of discomfort.    It is true that nobody likes n ...Read More

Acupuncture Helps in Reducing Menopause Symptoms

Acupuncture Helps in Reducing Menopause Symptoms
16 Apr 2015

Menopause is defined as the end of last menstrual period. It occurs at median age of about fifty-three years. Change in the hormone levels during perimenopause & menopause, especially decline is oestrogen levels, may cause acute menopausal symptoms. For instance, about 30-70% women in Australia experience vasomotor symptoms like might sweats and hot flushes. Some women even report vaginal dryness as well as psychological symptoms, including sleep disturbances, tiredness, forgetfulness, loss of libido and mood swings. Median duration of the menopausal vasomotor symptoms is generally for about four years but for a few women, say ten percent women, it lasts more than twelve years. One of the most commonly used conventional medical treatment for these symptoms is HRT (Hormone ...Read More

How to Quit Smoking?

How to Quit Smoking?
10 Apr 2015

If you want to quit smoking, go for it! It is never too late! In fact, there are several benefits that you can get if you quit smoking. Here are a few quick tips for you to help you kick the habit. 1. Find an approach, which will work for you. This can either be the cold turkey approach or a gradual reduction in number of cigarettes you smoke everyday. What you can do is set a date for quitting and make sure you stick to that. If you're quitting all by yourself, its recommended that you stop smoking totally within your quite date. 2. Try to get support from your work colleagues, family and friends. Let them know that you're trying to quit. Ask smokers not to smoke in front of you or offer you any cigarette. 3. Throw all your cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays and anyt ...Read More

Strange Facts on Insomnia

Strange Facts on Insomnia
23 Mar 2015

More than a quarter of people in Australia  report occasionally that they do not get enough sleep. Losing sleep can have negative effects on health of individuals. However, researchers have found that people who get less sleep are more likely to be found in traffic accidents, are less satisfied with their works, get irritated easily and have higher rates of missed work days. Here are a few strange facts,  which help explain why people cannot fall asleep. 1. Sleep problems sometimes run in families. 2. Bugs and pets can even suffer from insomnia. Although they cannot complain of having sleeping disorders, they suffer from insomnia like humans. 3. If you often have trouble waking up on Morning morning, you may have social jet lag. This is basically a habit of foll ...Read More

Role of Acupuncture During Pregnancy, Birth & Immediate Postpartum Periods

Role of Acupuncture During Pregnancy, Birth & Immediate Postpartum Periods
06 Mar 2015

According to the TCM theory, vital energy known as Qi circulates in the body along the fourteen main energy pathways called meridians, each one linking to a particular internal organ and the organ systems. On every meridian, there are some points that function to re-establish the right energy flow. So, when any physical injury, emotional conflict, mental stress or pain occurs, the natural and healthy flow of Qi is impeded within the meridian system. Acupuncture is the only process at this time that can stimulate and balance the energy of the body for restoring health. It is the process of inserting sterile, thin needles into the specific points on the meridian. It is safe to use at the time of pregnancy as well as while breastfeeding, but only if the needles used is sterile and disposab ...Read More

An Introduction to Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture

An Introduction to Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture
23 Feb 2015

Facial cosmetic acupuncture or facial revitalization acupuncture (FRA) is basically a painless process that reduces the signs of ageing method with results far more profound than merely what’s visible on face. Although sometimes referred to as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, facial acupuncture or an acupuncture facelift, it’s something more than a cosmetic process. For thousands of years, Chinese have known that beauty actually originates from inside and addressed subject in view of that. There is a popular Chinese saying, ‘Where qi goes, blood flows.’ Hence even for those who are unfamiliar with principles of the Chinese medicine, its known that the increased circulation actually helps body to feel and look better. Including the word ‘rejuvenation&rsq ...Read More

How to Get Relief of Fluid Retention during Pregnancy?

How to Get Relief of Fluid Retention during Pregnancy?
05 Feb 2015

Swelling, fluid retention or oedema affects about sixty-five percent of healthy pregnant women with normal pressure. Although it may occur any time during pregnancy, it mostly happens in the last 3 months of pregnancy. This is because by about thirty-two weeks, blood circulation in woman’s body increases by fifty percent, contributing to fluid retention or swelling. Swelling usually takes place in the feet, hands and legs. You can notice any ring you wear getting tighter, sometimes making it essential to take them off until after the bay is born. There are some women who even notice their feet to increase by ½ to one shoe size. Sometimes the size increases even more. Pregnancy swelling is usually more noticeable at the day’s end. However, it may get worse on t ...Read More

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?
22 Jan 2015

In west, we think medicine to be a way of dealing with disease and illness. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes on achieving health as well as wellbeing through cultivation of harmony within our lives. Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on Chinese concept of Qi and theory of yin and yang. According to TCM, harmony brings wellbeing, health as well as sustainability and disharmony leads to disease, illness and collapse. What is the viewpoint of TCM? TCM is a way to look at ourselves and the world, which sees everything as a whole and considers everything in the context. This perspective is known as taking while in TCM. It is applied to everything that affects the wellbeing and health; from exercise, diet and handling stress to how we interact with fr ...Read More

How Do We Manage Paediatric Acupuncture Treatment

How Do We Manage Paediatric Acupuncture Treatment
16 Jan 2015

For starting the process smoothly, we first ensure to educate parents on how to prepare as well as support their child at the time of acupuncture treatments. We do this especially during the first visit. Parents should know that they shouldn’t force their child to get the treatment of acupuncture done if they do not want it. I tell parents to not use words like pins, pokery, poke and needles in front of child because if the kid has had vaccination shots, this will make the treatment seem painful and scary, which isn’t actually. During the initial visit of the child, we generally take a significant amount of time discussing the health history of child and while we have toys I advice parents to bring something that’s liked by their child or will help entertain their ...Read More

Acupuncture May Boost Conception Success

Acupuncture May Boost Conception Success
15 Dec 2014

It has been estimated in the recent years that a number of Australian women have been unable to get pregnant even after a year of trying to conceive. As a result a lot of them have turned to the traditional fertility treatments for assistance. Many women are also trying out alternative therapies like acupuncture, says Northside Acupuncture’s Robert Bradford, the reputed practitioner of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine. For whatever reason it is, nowadays more and more women are delaying childbirth into their late 30s and early 40s. And because of this more and more women are having difficulty in getting pregnant. We all know that women’s fertility basically declines as she grows older. But that doesn’t mean a woman won’t be able to get ...Read More

Menopausal Symptoms and Treatments

Menopausal Symptoms and Treatments
09 Dec 2014

Menopause is the permanent end of the menstrual periods in a woman. It is a natural phenomenon. However, it may even be caused by radiation, chemotherapy or surgery. A woman is generally said to have completed her natural menopause when she hasn’t got her periods for twelve consecutive months. For Australian women, this usually happens around age 51-54. Menopause happens instantly when both the ovaries are removed surgically or if they become damaged due to chemotherapy or radiation therapy in cancer treatment. Menopausal Symptoms: The most common menopausal symptoms include: Night sweats and hot flashes Vaginal dryness leading to painful intercourse Changes in the mood like anxiety, depression, or/and irritability Physical complaints like tired ...Read More

Facts You Should Know About When Using Acupuncture to Stop Smoking

Facts You Should Know About When Using Acupuncture to Stop Smoking
25 Nov 2014

Smoking is a strong addiction. Quitting smoking isn’t a small task at all. You will need a lot of support in order to be successful in your attempt. Here are a few important facts you should know about when using acupuncture to stop smoking. 1. Acupuncture is a very effective treatment to help quit smoking: Acupuncture helps in combating addiction and curbing cigarette cravings for long. Many people in Northern Beaches have had success and the research even supports the claim now. A recent study conducted showed that acupuncture helped patients quit smoking to a great extent. It curbs cravings, stops jitters, lessens restlessness and irritability, helps detoxify the body and increases relaxation. Even many women who thought of conceiving could stop smoking  with acupu ...Read More

Know More about Headache-Some Interesting Facts for You

Know More about Headache-Some Interesting Facts for You
07 Nov 2014

You might have not known a lot of things about headaches but by reading this, you will get to know about some facts. These facts are very interesting to read. In ancient times, when Romans and Greeks suffered from headaches, they used to treat it with peppermint tea. But this was not only the thing that they used. They even drank infusions made from lavender, rosemary and chamomile. Application of raw potato, onion and cabbage to head was also common for relieving headaches during those days.   Most of the children who suffer from migraines at least have one close family member suffering from migraine. It is basically hereditary.   Fasting may cause headache. Other causes of headache include stress, smoke, noise, flashing lights and certain kinds of f ...Read More

What is Insomnia and How to Treat It ?

What is Insomnia and How to Treat It ?
21 Oct 2014

Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder. About forty percent of adults suffer from this. It’s usually believed that ten to fifteen percent of adult suffer from chronic insomnia and an additional twenty-five to thirty-five percent have occasional or transient insomnia. There are many reasons that can cause insomnia to happen. Emotional stress, depression, alcohol use, physical discomfort, CNS disease, bipolar disorder, menopause, gastro esophageal reflux disease, congestive heart failure, poor sleep hygiene and taking too much of nicotine and caffeine may be some of the reasons of insomnia. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty in falling asleep, sustained awakenings, persistent sleepiness despite enough sleep, excessive dreaming and nightmares and early morning a ...Read More

Acid Reflux: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Acid Reflux: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments
26 Sep 2014

What is Acid Reflux? Acid reflux, also popular as acid indigestion, happens when the muscle which acts as the valve between stomach and esophagus does not function in the right way. This malfunction enables the stomach acid and food to back up into esophagus resulting in heartburn, which is a burning sensation felt behind breastbone and mid-chest. The other signs of acid reflux include a sour taste in back of mouth or burning in throat. When acid reflux occurs often (may be twice a week or even more), it is called GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Severe symptoms of GERD include asthma, trouble swallowing or dry cough which may take place with or without heartburn. If left untreated, GERD may result in damage to esophageal lining. What Causes It? Pregnancy Constipa ...Read More

Acupuncture: The Therapeutic Treatment Option for Threatened Miscarriage

Acupuncture: The Therapeutic Treatment Option for Threatened Miscarriage
19 Sep 2014

Most of the miscarriages take place within first three months of pregnancy. A miscarriage is a spontaneous loss of pregnancy before eight months and in Northern Beaches this is something that is happening hundreds of time every year. In fact about 10%-20% of confirmed pregnancies are seen to end this way. The phrase ‘threatened miscarriage’ refers to the presence of the warning signs, which may point out that a miscarriage is possible. In the early months of pregnancy these indications may be persistent light staining or vaginal bleeding or/and pain in lower back or lower abdomen. After three months of pregnancy, typical symptoms would be scanty brown or prolonged pink discharge as well as heavy bleeding along with cramping pain. All kinds of vaginal bleeding however don ...Read More

How to Deal with Morning Sickness?

How to Deal with Morning Sickness?
04 Sep 2014

Morning sickness is a natural condition, which occurs during pregnancy. More than 50% of pregnant women experience it, especially in first trimester. Symptoms of morning sickness include vomiting and nausea. It is at its worst condition early in day but it may strike at any point of time during day or night.   For most of the women, morning sickness starts around 4th week of pregnancy and gets resolved by 12th-14th week. But 1 among 5 women ensures morning sickness in their second trimester and some unfortunate have even reported to have experienced vomiting and nausea for the whole period of their pregnancy.   Morning sickness does not cause any harm to the woman or a threat to the unborn child. It has been found out that moderate morning sickness is actually associat ...Read More

The Most Effective Ways to Treat Digestive Problems

The Most Effective Ways to Treat Digestive Problems
22 Aug 2014

People of all age groups can be affected by digestive problems. Doctors around the world has confirmed the fact that digestive problem is not an issue bound to an age group. It can happen to anyone of any age. The treatment of this problem can be done effectively if you follow these things Fish oils: This happens to be the best thing for digestion. Fish oils contain omega 3 fatty acid which is a good source for controlling the releasing of inflammatory hormones in the intestine. Fish oil supplements also provide a great relief. If you want you can also buy fish and include it in your regular diet. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine: It is regarded as one of the best natural therapies for many diseases including digestion. According to perspective of Chinese medicine, digestive ...Read More

How to Run a Successful Ethical Business

How to Run a Successful Ethical Business
18 Aug 2014

Northside Acupuncture clinic update, in keeping with the requirements of  AHPRA, the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority, registered practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are required to attend a seminar each year that specifically deals with Ethics and Law within the Alternate and Complimentary Health Industry, yesterday saw around sixty of my colleagues and myself attend a seminar that dealt with How to Run a successful Ethical Business, this was a very informative seminar presented by Rober Medhurst a naturopath with thirty years’ experience in the Alternate and Complimentary Health Industry, these type seminars are part of the requirements of AHPRA and The Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia to keep our continuing pra ...Read More

How Acupuncture Helps Support IVF Treatment?

How Acupuncture Helps Support IVF Treatment?
13 Aug 2014

If you are a woman  undergoing IVF, you might have heard that acupuncture combined with IVF or In Vitro Fertilization helps in increasing the chance of a successful pregnancy. In fact nowadays many women in Australia are having successful results using acupuncture to complement IVF cycle. Even a recent study conducted found out that acupuncture improved the success rate of pregnancy by fifty to sixty five percent in women who had undergone IVF treatment.  But how does this 3000 year old medicine help in supporting IVF?   As per the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), malfunction and disease in the body actually result from blockage in flow of blood and energy (Qi). By getting these blockages removed and restoring a normal smooth flow of Qi and Blood, the human body ba ...Read More

New arrivals

New arrivals
07 Aug 2014

This last month just gone saw the birth of 4 new babies who's mothers were having conception difficulties, before attending the Northside Acupuncture Clinic each of these ladies was experiencing difficulties with their menstrual cycle, which in turn impaired their abillity to concieve. Each presented with different problems during their cycle , so I mapped out 4 different treatment strategies for each of these ladies , one was experiencing a Shortened Follicular stage of her cycle, the second was not Ovulating on a regular basis, the third had very low progesterone levels in the Luteal phase of her cycle, and the fourth lady  actually had no problem at all, the problem lay with her husband who after a simple sperm annalysis test showed to have a very low  sperm count. ...Read More

Acupuncture Increases the Chance of Conception in Women

Acupuncture Increases the Chance of Conception in Women
23 Jul 2014

When acupuncture is used in combination with Western fertility treatments, it increases the rate of conception by twenty-six percent. Acupuncture increases fertility by increasing the flow of blood to the reproductive organ, balancing endocrine system and reducing stress. The Traditional Chinese Medicine consists of gentle insertion as well as stimulation of the disposable, thin sterile needles at a few strategic points near the body’s surface. More than two thousand acupuncture points on human body connect with fourteen main pathways, known as meridians. The practitioners of Chinese medicine think that these channels conduct energy or qi between the internal organs and body’s surface. It is thus this energy, which regulates emotional, spiritual, physical and mental bala ...Read More

Pregnancy and Fertility Seminar

Pregnancy and Fertility Seminar
23 Jul 2014

Have  a Seminar to attend this weekend,  Debra Betts is the presenter, amazing lady, I use her pregnancy support treatments in the clinic all the time, attended her first seminar at least 7 or 8 years ago, that one was very good this is an updated version of the first, a lot more research has gone on since then  regarding Acupuncture and Pregnancy, she is at the fore front as far as this area is concerned , looking forward to this seminar its an old topic but always learn something new from Debra.

END OF WEEK

END OF WEEK
17 Jul 2014

Another week has come and gone, one of my good friends past away last week, his funeral is today and sadly I am unable to attend, travel safe Ronnie on your next journey, thinking of you today, sad we never got to have another surf together.

Threatened Misscarige

Threatened Misscarige
17 Jul 2014

      In the follow up to the previous post, unfortunately the young lady has continued haemorraging and after a second scan yesterday the fetus was no longer visible.Sadly this little one was not meant to begin its life journey.I have advised the young woman to attend her GP's office to see wether or not a D andC  is required and have also advised her that a break from trying to concieve again of at least 3 months would be both advisable and beneficial for her.She will return to the clinic and start weekly Acupuncture treatments along with Herbal Medicine Tonics to strengthen her Kidney function, Tonify Qi and Blood, Nourish the Womb and Ovaries and increase circulation of Blood.I will post further updates on the progress and treatments for ...Read More

Threatened miscarriage

Threatened miscarriage
14 Jul 2014

Threatened miscarriage, I have a client who is 6 weeks pregnant with her first child, 2 days ago on  Sunday I recieved a call around midday, from this client, she was most distressed as she had bleeding and abdominal cramping, her condition did not sound good, so I agreed to meet her at the clinic for an acupuncture treatment to avert miscarriage. Upon her arrival at the clinic ,she showed me a photo she  had taken of the blood she was loosing, it was dark in colour , and not the fresh red colour that I would normally associate with threatened miscarriage, it was also mixed with a lot of clear mucus which was also a good sign, her abdominal cramping was also centred in the lower abdomen and not radiating to the lower back which is generally the sort of pain associated with ...Read More

Acupuncture Points to Treat Gastroenteritis

Acupuncture Points to Treat Gastroenteritis
10 Jul 2014

Each and every year, millions of people suffer from diarrhea and bouts of vomiting because of food poisoning. Although most of the cases are mild and pass so quickly that they never get diagnosed, very rarely a severe outbreak creates a public health hazard. However, acupuncture is of great help when it comes to relieving the signs of and recovering from foodborne illness. It can relieve the symptoms, make the recovery faster, increase the energy levels, prevent the development of acute immune deficiencies and strengthen the digestive system to prevent future occurrences of food poisoning. The Chinese medicine can drain dampness and heat from intestines for removing pathogen while at the same time calming the stomach to stop the occurrence of vomiting and nausea. After the chron ...Read More

My week

My week
26 Jun 2014

Hi everyone this is my first real post since my website was upgraded by the wonderful people at eclick technology, where should I begin, well I guess i should give a short explanation about who I am and what it is I do, my name is Robert Bradford and I am a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, my main area of practice is with Fertility and Conception problems and Womens Health Issues, I also have  many years of experience in the field of Invetro Fertilisation or IVF as it is most Commonly known, I am also one of IVF Australia's Prefered Practitioners,  most days in my clinic  are fully booked out, and most of my clients are women, I do see the occasional male patient, but mostly their problems are to do with muscular /skeletal problems.ie lowe ...Read More

Acupuncture – The Best Way to Treat Infertility

Acupuncture – The Best Way to Treat Infertility
26 Jun 2014

For many people conceiving a child appears to be a sturdy phase while for some it is a natural process. If the process of getting pregnant does not happen in the right manner, people search for various treatment methods to bring out the positive result. Some research results have revealed that stress levels affects the fertility procedure hugely. In such cases, acupuncture is considered as the most reliable and safest treatment method to treat infertility issues. It improves the blood circulation throughout the body, improves the functions of the ovaries, develops sperm count and also enhances the uterine lining. It is widely used to treat any problem related to fertility in Northern Beaches. Centuries ago the Chinese medicine discovered a strong connection between fertility and acupunc ...Read More

How Acupuncture Helps to Balance Hormones in Menopause?

How Acupuncture Helps to Balance Hormones in Menopause?
11 Jun 2014

Acupuncture is a well known Chinese herbal medicine applied to cure numerous diseases. This method is well appreciated by many in regulating hormonal imbalances related to menopause. Apart from curing menopause, it is also an effective treatment method for other related problems like infertility or PMS. Most of these problems arise due to improper diet, lack of physical exercise, stress and tension. All these factors can be treated by applying acupuncture on the specific regions of the body. Acupuncture treatment is very popular in treating problems related to menopause in Northern Beaches. Balancing Hormones in Menopause Using Acupuncture According to the ancient believes, the human body comprises of negative and positive energies. When any kind of imbalance occurs in the energ ...Read More

Acupuncture Helps in Relieving Stress

Acupuncture Helps in Relieving Stress
30 May 2014

Acupuncture, which is a part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, is today used by a number of Australians every year, for treating chronic pain. However, now the researchers have revealed that the healing technique can effectively treat the most common ailments faced by Australian adults: chronic stress. Acupuncture relieves chronic stress A study on rats showed that when they were pre-treated with acupuncture, they had no spike in stress-related hormones after getting exposed to chronic stress. On the other hand, the rats, which were not treated or were treated with sham acupuncture had high levels of CRH (corticotropin-releasing hormone) along with the other stress hormones. In stressed rats, which got acupuncture, stress hormone levels were same to th ...Read More

How Acupuncture is Helpful During Pregnancy?

How Acupuncture is Helpful During Pregnancy?
13 May 2014

Pregnancy is a very normal phase in a woman’s life but it is the most complicated condition. A woman faces different types of physical discomfort during this stage. A few discomforts like headache, nausea, fatigue, back pain, cramps, swelling of face and limbs, etc are often considered as the normal part of pregnancy. In fact, during this time a woman is not even allowed to take any medicine for treating these problems. It is only the acupuncture treatment that a pregnant woman can rely upon in that case.  Acupuncture is considered as the most effective treatment to cure those complexities during pregnancy. The concept of acupuncture was very common among the Chinese and is an age old practice. The treatment is done by inserting small and strong needles at the various tri ...Read More

Acupuncture Works for Children As Well !

Acupuncture Works for Children As Well !
09 Apr 2014

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and many other Asian countries for thousands of years. It involves stimulating the definite points on the body. This is often done by inserting fine, thin needles through the skin, for causing a change in the physical functions of the human body. Research has shown that acupuncture reduces headaches, vomiting after surgery, nausea, treats digestion problems, women’s health, improves psychological conditions and provides a relief from pain to people. And the best thing about acupuncture is that it works for children as well. Although needles and kids are a bad combination, acupuncture works great for kids. So, if you want your child to stay healthy and fit, make sure you visit an acupuncture center with your little one. Acupuncture is, in ...Read More

How Can You Be Benefited Through Acupuncture During Pregnancy?

How Can You Be Benefited Through Acupuncture During Pregnancy?
30 Nov -0001

For centuries, women prefer using acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a part of their pregnancy treatment. The treatments are safe when applied by experienced therapists. Pregnancy often causes nausea and discomforts, and women experiencing such ailments can benefit greatly when they opt for acupuncture.    Experienced therapists observe pregnant women as part of their daily practice and use intricate but simple methods of piercing to support healthy pregnancy. Sometimes, both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are used to support and prepare the body for labour, birth and mothering.   After your pregnancy is confirmed   It is recommended to pay weekly visits to an acupuncturist, particularly if one has a history of miscarriage, difficult ...Read More