Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Acupuncture aims to establish healthier body function and improve the body’s ability to cope with stress. The human body can be likened to a complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit, the energy flow must be kept in excellent working order if it is to function effectively. If the human circuit breaks down, the outcome is usually illness.
To maintain optimal health, it is essential for the body's energy and blood, to flow in a continuous and unobstructed manner. The energy pathways (called Qi - pronounced as Chi) are called meridians and circulate via the organs and tissues of the body. The meridians were mapped by ancient Chinese practitioners thousands of years ago.
There are more than 5,000 acupuncture points on the meridians. By stimulating the points with needles, the quality and quantity of energy (Qi) and body fluids has potential to become balanced.
Acupuncture is used for:
Acupuncture is used in the management of a wide variety of pain conditions and is also a useful treatment for a broad range of functional disorders. For more information on specific ailments we recommend you visit
TCM Treatment modalities may include:
The majority of Chinese herbal medicine is derived from organic plant substances and minerals. These herbal formulae have been used for centuries over large populations. Formulations, when prescribed by a trained practitioner, can be used by adults, children, and the elderly. A blend of Chinese herbs and Acupuncture is a typical treatment protocol that practitioners of this art employ for many ailments, aiming to target symptoms and the root cause of any disorder. As the patient improves, the formula tends to be adapted and changed.
Applies local suction to the skin, causing toxins and blood to rise to the surface. This is known as clearing stagnation which is thought to facilitate tissue healing and restoration of function. Cupping is commonly used as a treatment for common respiratory illnesses, skin complaints, gynaecological disorders and pain conditions.
Moxibustion is a thermal treatment used by some Acupuncturists to stimulate specific Acupuncture points. A small amount of mugwort herb is placed on a protective disc that sits over selected acupuncture points to indirectly bring gentle warmth to the area the practitioner is seeking to treat.
Also known as Auricular Therapy, Ear Acupuncture is based on TCM principles and is regularly incorporated into an Acupuncture treatment session. It is generally used for management of addictions, mood disturbances, obesity and pain.
Also known as ‘Facial Rejuvenation,’ Cosmetic Acupuncture doesn’t only focus on the face in isolation, but involves the treatment of the entire body to restore vitality and a natural healthy inner glow.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is a gentle and natural alternative to other more toxic and invasive cosmetic procedures, treating fine lines, reducing deeper lines and puffiness under the eyes.
Preventative healthcare is the best kind of healthcare.
Your Naturopath’s aim is to maintain or restore quality of life, enabling you to live each day to its fullest.
What Type of Treatment Can I Expect?
Your practitioner will consider the symptoms and causes of your illness or complaint and recommend changes and supplements if required (this may be herbal, nutritional or homoeopathic).
The number of treatments you need will vary depending on your condition and your individual requirements.
Common Conditions Aided by Naturopathy
Homoeopathy is a natural, drug-free approach to healthcare, aiming to treat the underlying cause. Any symptoms you experience, that to you may appear unrelated, are signposts to the Homoeopath, guiding them in the choice of appropriate remedy. Homoeopathy can address equally well symptoms of emotional and behavioral problems just as it does for physical disorders.
What Does a Visit to a Homoeopath Involve?
Your visit to the Homoeopath may take up to an hour. You will be asked questions relating to your physical symptoms and your medical history. You may also be asked about your eating habits, sleep patterns, lifestyle, and your mental and emotional characteristics. A physical examination may be conducted depending on your case.
What Type of Medicine is Given?
Homoeopathic medicine is derived from plant, animal and mineral sources, prepared following strict homeopathic guidelines and prescribed as a liquid or pilules. Your remedy may contain little or none of the original substance, but will carry its energy and healing properties.
Where illness has developed over a lengthy period, several successive remedies may be necessary over the course of weeks or months.
What Is Wellness?
As we age, a range of structural and functional transformations begin to occur, leading to a decline in optimal health and physical capacity. However, our level of physical activity and quality of nutrition can positively impact on the rate at which we age. While the ageing process is able to be seen in age-related changes such as skin composition (texture), vision, hair colour (greying), hearing and posture, it can also be influenced by healthy lifestyle habits. Optimal health is influenced by our fitness and the quality of our diet, and reflected in above-average muscle strength, breathing capacity, heart function and bone density. If we adopt healthy living habits we are more likely to experience wellness, ie good health and wellbeing.
Wellness Program Outline
Our qualified health professionals will guide you through this 12 week program, educating you in the areas of healthy diet, lifestyle choices and exercises appropriate for your current level of fitness, posture, overall health and physical ability.
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