Update: I am no longer practicing in Perth. I have relocated to Melbourne and am not currently in practice.
Let me just say first up, you probably won’t leave my office with just a jar of herbs.
You’ll likely leave with a post-it note scribbled with the details of the best online gluten free bread recipes, a book title, or perhaps even a book, the direction to the best farmers markets in Perth, a link to great 10 minute yoga videos, a nut milk bag and a recipe for lamb and spinach soup.
And a big fat smile. Because healing is not one dimentional, and it’s also not a race.
Start where you are, and take small consistent steps to where you want to be.
Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture are the cornerstones of Chinese Medicine treatment. They work fabulously together to orchestrate big change. Treatment often combines 2000 year old methodology with current research and symptom patterns. All treatment methods aim to correct the underlying cause of disease.
Chinese Herbal Medicine may sound foreign, distant and exotic, but chances are they’re more familiar than you think. Ginger, cinnamon, licorice root, peppermint, ginseng, rose buds, chrysanthemum and goji berries are all Chinese Herbs.
Two thousand years of research and clinical experience document the use of medicinal formulas in the treatment of disease. Many of the most effective herbal formulas for modern day concerns like insomnia, anxiety and period pain were first penned (or literally carved onto bamboo) some 2000 years ago.
Each herb possesses a unique flavour and quality which allow it to influence the body in a particular way. Individual herbs are combined to form a herbal prescription. These formulas are tailored specifically for each person and focus on correcting the underlying cause behind symptom patterns so that improvement is long lasting.
There are different ways of taking Chinese Herbs. Granules are the most common as they offer great therapeutic value at the same time as providing a quick and easy, no-fuss approach. Granules form a tea when added to hot water and do a magnificent job of healing the body. Herbs can also be given in their raw form, and cooked up. Although they quite often don’t taste fabulous, most people truthfully grow to love their herbs.
Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use and incredibly fine, which explains why there is no real pain experienced. It is normal to feel tingling, a gentle buzzing or heaviness around the points.
Acupuncture points lie on channels that connect the internal organs with the surfaces of the body. It follows that by stimulating points close to the surface of the body we can facilitate change on a much deeper organ level.
Acupuncture is a restful and enjoyable experience. Many people feel deeply relaxed or have a little nap during treatment, and look forward to Acupuncture as an opportunity for some much needed down time.
Cupping can be used in the treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions. It works by creating a suction between the muscle underlying the skin and the body surface using a glass cup. Cupping provides relief from tight, sore, stiff and contracted muscles.
Moxibustion (moxa) involves burning a particular Chinese Herb over specific areas of the body. The essential oils from this herb, known as Ai Ye, penetrate the skin to provide deep warmth and nourishment for the body.
Dietary & lifestyle modifications are part of every session and take into account your symptom picture, overall health, your goals, the time of year and many other factors. Subtle and achievable adjustments here can allow you to play an active and vital role in your own fabulous health.