In my latest Facebook Live video, I discuss how acupuncture may play a role in helping pregnant women prepare for their upcoming birth.
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!
In my latest Facebook Live video, I debunk five common myths about acupuncture!
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.
In my latest Facebook Live, I explain a little bit about tongue diagnosis, and why acupuncturists ask to look at your tongue at each appointment. I also look at some celebrity tongues and give my thoughts on what their tongues might be revealing.
“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 Insomnia
With increasing stress levels and a faster pace of life than ever before, insomnia and sleep disorders are worryingly common. An increasing number of people are facing recurrent sleepless nights, and the number of prescriptions written for sleep medication is skyrocketing. But if you are one of those people struggling with insomnia and you are wisely hesitant to take medication due to its side effects and addictive nature, you may find help with acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture, in the last few decades, has become the focus of extensive scientific research and innumerable clinical trials with regards to its effects on improving fertility, both naturally and in conjunction with IVF. The majority of evidence demonstrates that acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can significantly improve a couple's chances of conceiving as well as sustaining a healthy viable pregnancy to full term. But the million dollar question is – how?
The short answer is, yes!
If you have struggled with giving up cigarettes, you will know that smoking is a very strong and complex addiction. Quitting smoking is no small task and you will need lots of support to be successful. You need the best tools to help with the physical and emotional symptoms, and acupuncture is a great resource to help you achieve your goal. If you are ready and willing to quit smoking, read on to find out how we at Affordable Acupuncture can help you be successful.
Acupuncture and Fertility
Acupuncture and Anxiety
Acupuncture and Stress
Acupuncture and Depression
Acupuncture and Immunity
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