Acupuncture for menopause

Many women suffer during menopause, emotional issues, lower back pain, poor sleep, anxiety and the dreaded hot flushes are all common symptoms associated with menopause. 

 

The good news is acupuncture is here to help. An acupuncturist’s unique ability to treat menopause and its associated symptoms is made possible through the understanding of the internal organs and their respective functions.

 

When it comes to menopause the main organs associated are the Liver and Kidneys.

 

Kidneys are said to be governed by the water element. As we get older the kidneys energy naturally diminishes. During menopause the kidneys are further depleted and this deficiency of the water element can result in an inability of the kidneys to cool the rest of the body, particularly the fire of the heart organ. Also due to the anatomical location of the kidneys, their deficiency can also cause lower back pain. Coupled with the main deficiency symptom of the kidney which is hot flushes this makes for an uncomfortable experience. Furthermore the Chinese understanding that the kidneys house the emotion “fear” explains why during menopause many women also suffer from anxiety. 

 

The Liver is said to store and circulate the blood. During menopause there is a reduction in the amount of blood stored in the liver. This reduction in blood can also result in an excess production of heat. This heat is then accused of causing the hot flushes. Emotionally the liver is said to house the emotion “anger” This is why during menopause there is often an accompaniment of irritability and anger. Also because of the livers relationship to the neck and shoulders, stiffness and tightness through this region is also a common symptom of menopause. 

 

A skilled acupuncturist is capable of determining which of these organs is involved in the patient’s case of menopause. Then, through the gentle use of super fine often painless acupuncture needles, these symptoms can be comfortably and effectively treated. Allowing you to once again have a cool and relaxing nights sleep.

 

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic Acupuncture is one of East Asia’s best kept secrets. It has been used with great success in Asia for hundreds of years as both preventive anti-ageing treatments and the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles. The art of cosmetic acupuncture works in many ways to help reverse the process of ageing and to treat pigmentation, increase tone, and target deep and superficial lines and wrinkles.

One of the main modus operandi of cosmetic acupuncture is the targeting of specific motor/muscle points. This helps to tighten and lift certain flaccid muscles of the face resulting in an increase in tone and ‘lifting’ effect on the face. Using this technique certain muscles which are too tight causing unwanted wrinkles or frown lines can also be softened/relaxed resulting in a reduction in wrinkles and an increase in tone.

Secondly, cosmetic acupuncture works to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies, and is a crucial part of our skin, joints and connective tissue. As we age your body’s natural collagen production is diminished, resulting in the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Thankfully cosmetic acupuncture can slow down this process and increase the body’s ability to produce collagen. By almost painlessly inserting very fine high quality cosmetic acupuncture needles superficially into the face. We create ‘microtrauma’ to the area, naturally signalling the body’s cells to produce collagen and elastin in that area. This can result in the softening of lines and firming of the face as a result of the newly produced collagen.

By combining cosmetic acupuncture with the knowledge of traditional acupuncture we can further increase the anti-aging effect of cosmetic treatments. Using additional acupuncture point on the body to stimulate the production of Qi (the body’s vital energy) and increase the production and circulation blood. We can achieve greater and longer lasting results through providing the body with enough resources to assist the anti-ageing effect. Additionally these extra points also help to address any underlying health concerns and provided a reduction in stress and overall relaxed feeling.

Recommended Cosmetic acupuncture protocols vary, depending on age of patient (as collagen production is diminished as we age), life style factors and desired results. Generally speaking:

Patients under 50 (6 – 8 treatments, weekly or twice weekly)

Patients over 50 (8 – 10 treatments, weekly or twice weekly)

After the initial Protocol, a maintenance treatment of once every 3 or 6 months is recommended.

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Total Body Load

Imagine the body as an empty barrel at birth. Then, with each contact with stressing substances in the environment, a little more is added to the barrel. The regulatory mechanisms in our bodies can usually prevent the barrel from overflowing by processing and eliminating the stressors but in some people, the barrel overflows and the result is illness.

This is known as the Total Body Load concept in Clinical Ecology. The size of the barrel represents the patient’s ‘Resistance’, the combined effect of their immune and detoxification systems. The Total Body Load is the accumulation of stressors. Someone with a large bar­rel can handle a lot more stressors before they notice anything going wrong. In patients with the same clinical picture, there are often different underlying causes because each indi­vidual has their unique ‘signature’ of stressors and treatment is different in each case.

Food sensitivities/intolerance can be considered a major stressor. They are responsible for numerous health issues. The barrel analogy explains how a once perfectly health individual can develop spontaneous food allergies/intolerances.

To find out if you have any allergies or intolerance, or to simple assist in emptying your barrel, contact us today. 

Traditional Japanese Acupuncture for Ross River Virus

As some of you may be aware, this year has seen an increase in patients suffering from Ross River Virus (RRV). The virus is spread via mosquitoes and symptoms usually start between 5 and 14 days after infection. Whilst this can be a frustrating and debilitating disease, it can be treated very well. Using a combination of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture and Supplements, RRV (Ross River Virus) can be treated painlessly and effectively.  If untreated symptoms can persist for some time, with the body being unable to effectively deal with this virus itself. Causing long term Lethargy (Chronic Fatigue), decrease Immunity, Joint and Muscle complaints, and a range of other symptoms.  

Ross River Virus can be diagnosed via a blood test. If you or a loved one is suffering from this disease, contact us on the Gold Coast.

Hidden Food Allergy Testing

Hidden food allergies are the leading cause of many gastrointestinal, skin, and respiratory diseases. A genuine food allergy is a qualitative, not a quantitative reaction. This means it doesn’t matter if it’s a drop or a bucket of the allergen that is consumed, the body will trigger an immune response to the presence of any amount of an allergen that is ingested.

 It is well know that many babies develop a sensitivity to cows milk protein, causing a range of symptoms such as eczema, asthma and gastrointestinal disorders.  Many sources state that the majority of these patients “grow out” of this allergy.  However this is not always the case. Often the allergy “shifts” leading into adult life, this means that instead of eczema the patient may present with asthma, sinus problems, reduced immune response, gastrointestinal disorder or a combination of the above. While Cows Milk is one of the most common hidden food allergies. Other allergens such a Wheat, Gluten, Egg and Salicylates are also commonly seen.

Most people develop allergies at a young age, however it is very possible to develop sensitivities or allergies later on in life. As we go through life numerous “stressors” are capable of contributing to our body’s toxic load. Resulting in decreased immunity and the possibility of an increase or production of sensitivities to previously tolerated substances.

Elimination diets based on a hunch are often extreme and difficult for the patient to stick to. This results in a lack of compliance and as a result, a lack of efficacy. Once identified, with a proper elimination diet, a patient can remain almost symptom free. 

These days, with the increase in food allergies and sensitivities. Many allergen free alternatives are available both for foods and supplements.

If you have any of the above symptoms, notice sluggish results whilst exercising, or are just generally not feeling your best, you could be one of the increasingly common people with a hidden food allergy.

Non-invasive, pain free Energetic Testing is available for infants to elderly. Contact Andre Artmann for appointments.