Fatigue

Fatigue can hit at any age, and most people think it’s a normal part of ageing. Many factors can contribute to feeling excessively tired: poor diet, overwork, weak digestion.  These can all diminish your ability to perform at your best.  The reasons for your fatigue will be explored at your initial consultation.  Not everyone has enough sleep or good quality sleep.  Others may be eating food that makes them tired.  Stress, overwork and overwhelm can wear people down over the long term.

Acupuncture theory is based on how energy flows throughout the body.  The Chinese called this Qi, pronounced chi. This is felt at the wrist at a few different positions on both sides. This Qi energy is accessed just below the surface of the skin and according to Acupuncture theory, flows to each organ. Therefore, various points can be stimulated on the surface of the body with a fine needle to increase and improve the overall function of the body including level of energy.

Hormones

Hormonal imbalances affect both men and women but we mostly hear of them in relation to mood swings, irregular or painful menstrual cycle, hot flushes, and low sex drive.

Acupuncture is a treatment used to help naturally balance and regulate hormones.  Once enough treatment has been completed, any residual symptoms will be referred to your GP for further investigation.

Mood

Mood issues range from feeling low intermittently to negative thoughts that leave you feeling despondent and demotivated. It’s hard to take actions to make yourself feel better when you feel like this. Perhaps something unexpected has happened that you haven’t recovered from despite your best efforts.

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture theory and treatment has a special interest in the ‘spirit’ of the person.  The spirit is that spark inside that makes you feel uplifted and engaged in life. That spark can diminish with prolonged periods of ill health, overwork, poor diet, and challenging life circumstances.   There are specific acupuncture points used for raising a person spirit.

Treatment for mood-related issues would be aimed at stimulating ‘spirit’ points and balance strong emotions.

Anxiety

Anxiety can take many forms: a fluttering in the chest, tense stomach muscles, a mind that won’t switch off, and panic attacks. The cause can be due to work or relationship stress impacting confidence.

In terms of treatment, anxiety can have many sources internally so the treatment will be tailored to your specific cause. Working on the root cause will involve balancing your emotions and clearing areas of built up stress and tension.

Headaches

Headaches can range from general tension headaches to severe and frequent migraines. Tension headaches may be due to tight shoulders or neck restricting the blood flow to the head. Migraines have more complex sources which will be discussed in more detail at your initial consultation.

Treatment involves releasing areas of tension in the shoulder or neck and finding the source of the problem from an Acupuncture viewpoint. Normal headaches respond very well to treatment. Migraines can reduce in frequency, severity or disappear altogether depending on the cause.  This will all be discussed at your initial consultation.

Back and Shoulder

Back, shoulder and neck pain or tension may be due to poor posture, injury, or stress.  Keeping your muscular-skeletal system in its best shape will keep you doing the activities you enjoy over the long-term.

Treatment involves treating the underlying cause of back, neck or shoulder pain or tension. Balancing the body relaxes tight muscles and releases tension that has built-up from stress, injury or poor posture.  Acupuncture improves blood flow to the area to promote healing.

Digestion

With a busy lifestyle, eating healthily is not always easy. Some people eat for emotional reasons, others are just time poor and make unhealthy choices. Stress or poor dietary habits can weaken the digestion causing bloating, constipation or IBS. When food isn’t digesting properly you’re more likely to feel tired and have poor concentration.

I have a special interest in this area and have completed extensive training in diet, nutrition and health-related issues. Your diet and lifestyle will be discussed at your initial consultation and if appropriate, recommendations may be given to speed up your recovery. Acupuncture treatment involves resolving the underlying cause of your digestive issue, to improve overall function.

Fertility, IVF & Pregnancy

Acupuncture for Fertility, Sydney.

Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is used to help balance hormones and reduce stress. Stress can contribute to hormonal imbalances and therefore impact fertility.  Treatment aims to improve the overall function of the body, including hormones.  Couples enjoy using it as part of their natural fertility plan.

If you’ve decided to undergo IVF, Acupuncture is used to naturally assist in a variety of ways.  It can help improve blood flow to the uterus, and balance emotions caused by the hormones, and the process of IVF.  Acupuncture points are used to stimulate and energise the body in a variety of ways.

Once pregnant, helping you with symptoms that may arise such as morning sickness, fatigue, poor concentration, and back pain are all part of treatment during pregnancy.  Keeping your immunity strong so you avoid colds and flu is preferable for many women who seek acupuncture.

Preparation for labour includes ensuring energy levels and overall function of the body are optimised within the bounds of what acupuncture treatment can offer.  The idea is, that in balance, the body is more likely to do what it is designed to do, naturally. Any niggling symptoms will be addressed so the woman feels relaxed, happy, and ready for the impending birth.

If your baby is overdue and medical induction is imminent, to help induce labour, I use a combination of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and classic induction points which I have found give me my best results.

FAQ

How does it feel?

The needles are as fine as the hair on your head and are tapped through a plastic tube for painless insertion. The acupuncture point is a few millimetres below the surface of the skin. When reached, there is a momentary dull ache or cramping sensation. Points in areas that don’t have much fat or muscle tend to feel more like a quick small sting. Most people find the feeling unusual rather than painful. Once the sensation is felt the needle is immediately removed. Each point will be activated and then the needle removed one at a time which is a Japanese needle technique unique to Classical Five-Element Acupuncture.

For those who have a true needle phobia, the typical comment is ‘Is that it?’ The thought of needles is far worse than the actual application.

Most people find the treatment very relaxing and leave feeling that way.

How does it work?

Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny, hair-fine needles at points on the surface of the body. Western thought is that this stimulates the nervous system which influences the production of hormones and neurotransmitters.  This process allows homeostatic mechanisms to improve helping the body self-regulate into healing mode.

In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is linked to the belief that disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or qi, in the body. The needle is then used to restore this qi energy via pathways termed meridians that run just below the surface of the skin deeper within to each organ.

How long will it take to see the results?

Most people notice some sort of change after the first session – feeling uplifted, relaxed, or an increased level of energy.  This is an indication that the treatment is working as the function of the body is improving.  Some treatments provide instant relief, whilst others take longer to accumulate one treatment at a time. Results can vary from person to person for many reasons – overall health, the condition, lifestyle factors and individual responses to Acupuncture. Your rate of recovery will become clearer within the first four sessions. If there are any lifestyle factors that may hinder your progress, this will be discussed in the first few sessions.

Does it work for everyone?

There is an average way I would expect most people to respond to treatment. Outside of that, there are people who respond quickly and others who take longer to see results. Occasionally, with the best efforts on both sides, some people just don’t respond to treatment. Sometimes lifestyle habits might be impacting the effectiveness of the treatment, and sometimes it turns out there’s some other underlying reason that acupuncture can’t help.

What will happen at my first visit?

At the initial consultation, we will spend the first half finding out about your symptoms and gaining an overall picture of your health. In the second half, you will be lying down and relaxing. Your pulse will be assessed at both wrists in several different positions. What is measured is the quantity and quality of blood flow at each different pulse position – this is Chinese pulse taking which is completely different to Western pulse taking where they are measuring the pulse rate. This process helps confirm where to place the needle as it gives information about how the energy is flowing through your body. A Japanese needle technique is then applied of activating each point and then immediately removing the needle before moving onto the next point. Only in special circumstances will the needles be retained.

How many treatments will I need?

Treatment is initially weekly for about six sessions depending on the condition and individual responses to treatment. In some circumstances, it might be more beneficial to come twice a week for the first couple of sessions. Some people only need to come once or twice depending on the condition. Once improvement has stabilised, treatment is reduced anywhere from fortnightly to monthly depending on results to stabilise and continue improvement or maintenance. Some people will need much less than this and others will need much more depending on the condition and the individual responsiveness.

Once symptoms have been alleviated or resolved, you may have noticed other benefits and would like to manage your health preventatively. This could be anything from seasonally to twice a year. If you have stressors in your life such as work, relationships, a chronic health condition, or excessively use stimulants such as coffee, alcohol or sugar, you might like to maintain yourself more regularly such as once a month. In Chinese medicine theory, imbalances can be felt on the pulse long before they turn into a symptom.

Are the needles sterile?

Yes. All needles are stainless steel and disposable. Several needles will be used within the same treatment and then safely disguarded.

Are you covered by heath funds?

All health funds cover me, apart from Bupa.

How it Works

Five-Element Acupuncture is an ancient and holistic system of medicine that has been practised for thousands of years. It considers pain and illness, whether physical or mental, are a sign that the body is out of balance. We consider physical health and mental health to be interconnected and recognise the role emotions play in illness and disease.The overall aim of treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium by addressing the cause of your symptoms, which will be different for every individual.Because every patient is unique, two people with the same western diagnosis will each receive different acupuncture treatments.

The underlying principle is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. The body’s energy meridians can become obstructed, in much the same way as a trapped nerve or blocked artery. This can be for any number of reasons such as emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection, or injury. By inserting ultra-fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, the aim is to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.