Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that has more recently gained popularity all over the world, with it's benefits increasingly recognised by both national and international health organisations for a wide range of conditions. However, research indicates that the many myths surrounding this seemingly exotic therapy remain strong, which is understandable considering that it is only relatively new to the Western world.
It's important to understand what's true and what's not when it comes to acupuncture so that you can make an informed choice about whether it is the right therapy for you, so lets bust some acupuncture myths!
Anxiety is very common – in fact, it is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men in our country report experiencing anxiety at some point in their lives; and 1 in 7 people will be diagnosed with a clinical anxiety disorder in any given year (1). There are 13 different sub-classifications of anxiety disorders listed in the medical literature, encompassing a wide range of physical, emotional and mental symptoms. It is a complex and pervasive condition that can have a dramatic impact on people's quality of life, and is generally treated using medication.
Acupuncture has been proposed as a positive therapeutic intervention that can reduce measurable levels of anxiety, and the research in this field is growing by the day. In this blog post I'd like to summarise some of the best research and discuss the benefits and risks of considering acupuncture as part of your therapeutic repertoire.
I am very pleased to announce that on behalf of my clinic, the Quan Yin Healing Centre, I have become a Turn The Tables Partner with the Mama Lana's Community Foundation (MLCF). This partnership will provide ongoing funding for the MLCF to continue providing a range of services to the homeless and underprivileged people in the greater Penrith area.
I'm really happy to announce that I have joined up with the wonderful organisation, "Cancer Wellness Support" to provide subsidised and discounted treatments to people with cancer, anywhere along their cancer journey. Cancer Wellness Support is an organisation that is committed to supporting people with cancer and their families by offering a range of complementary therapies as well as lifestyle and group support experiences.
In Chinese medicine, a great deal of importance is placed on dietary habits, digestive health and eating in harmony with our own energetic constitution. When it comes to children, dietary habits are even more important as they are laying the foundation for future health, and improper eating habits are seen as contributing factors to many pediatric health conditions. Here are some suggestions from the Chinese medicine tradition on how to maintain good digestive and overall health for your children, including tips for the weaning process for babies.
I've been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, because I have been enjoying playing with a new medium...Facebook Live Videos! I have done a few now, on various topics including:
* acupressure for stress relief,
* acupressure for anxiety, and most recently,
* a holistic approach to insomnia
Please make sure to "Like" me on Facebook to see what I am up to over there, and to see all my past videos, and have the opportunity to see me over there "live". You can ask questions and interact with me there, and I really welcome any requests for future videos. I'll be back to blogging again soon as well too. Have a wonderful day!
I am excited to introduce my latest project – a mini ear seed kit for natural stress relief. I made the first batch to give away as gifts at my upcoming clinic Open Day, so if you came along and received a kit, it is hot off the press! (And hilariously, back to front, but that is another story!) I have started using ear seeds in the clinic quite a bit lately as I find them such an effective way to enhance and continue the therapeutic effects of acupuncture for days after the actual treatment.
Here is some more information about ear seeds and auriculotherapy, and detailed instructions for how to make the most of your Ear Seed Kit.
Is there anything better than a hot cup of chai on a chilly Winter’s day? This popular beverage from India traditionally incorporates black tea, aromatic spices, milk and honey, and is already a powerful digestive and immune tonic in its own right. However, add in some extra immune boosting herbs from the Chinese medicine pharmacopoeia and you have a recipe for a deliciously therapeutic superdrink!
Autumn is well and truly here, and the change of season has brought with it a characteristic influx of coughs, colds and flus. Whilst there are many different ways we can boost our immune system using Chinese medicine dietary approaches and herbal medicines, I wanted to write about a simple and delicious remedy that you can make yourself, incorporating both Chinese and Western herbs, for the prevention mild infections. Read on for my TCM inspired Elderberry syrup recipe, and I hope you’ll be inspired to make a batch or two for yourself!
“So....does acupuncture actually work?”
Believe it or not, as an acupuncturist I do get asked this question a fair bit. Having devoted the last 13 years to the study and practice of acupuncture, it might prompt a bit of existential angst in me if I had any doubt over the amazing capabilities of my chosen profession! If I didn't think it worked, I certainly would not still be in practice. Needless to say, I have no doubt in the ability of acupuncture to 'work' and that is why I continue to study, practice and admire it's effects in all their glory.
However, of course I understand the need for people to have scientific evidence of acupuncture's claims, and I also enjoy reading all the current research in the area. So I was very excited to read about “The Acupuncture Evidence Project” (2017), an extensive systematic review of acupuncture research which examined over 1000 clinical trials worldwide, and I would like to summarise it for you in this post.
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture and Stress
Acupuncture and Depression
Acupuncture and Immunity
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