Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine on the Surf Coast
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Acupuncture at Torquay Chinese Medicine is one of the most popular treatments - and for good reason! For most people, acupuncture is a pleasant and enjoyable experience that they look forward to. After a Chinese medicine diagnosis is made, and treatment principles have been decided upon by your Chinese medicine practitioner, fine, sterile, single-use needles are inserted into various points on the body's surface (known as 'Acupoints') in order to stimulate the flow of energy and blood. The depth that the needles are inserted is dependant on the location of each specific acupoint. Some needles are inserted as superficially as 1mm, where as others are inserted to a depth of 70mm. The needles are usually retained for approximately 20 - 30 minutes, during which time the patient usually rests and relaxes on the treatment bed. For information on how to make an appointment for acupuncture, click here.
Does acupuncture work?
The World Health Organisation (WHO), whose authority concerning health related matters internationally cannot be challenged, has compiled a list of 28 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved - through controlled trials - to be an effective treatment. A further list of more than 60 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown, but for which further proof is needed, was also reported by the WHO. The full report can be read here.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has origins in China dating back at least 5000 years, making it one of the most ancient and long-standing health care systems in the world.
At Torquay Chinese Medicine, Chinese herbal medicine can be prescribed in many different forms including patented pills or capsules, lozenges, external tinctures or washes, and dried granules - which are simply dissolved in boiling water (from the kettle) to make a tea.
Only the finest quality herbs and herbal products are prescribed. At Torquay Chinese Medicine, we use KPC Herbs dried granules to make our Chinese Herbal Medicine teas. You can read about their quality control here. We also prescribe the ChinaMed capsule range, and you can read about their quality and safetyhere. For babies and children, we use the best quality concentrated granules from Red Peony- which are made more palatable with the addition of the natural sweetener, Stevia.
For information about how to make an appointment for a Chinese Herbal Medicine consultation, please click here.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which local suction is applied to the skin and muscles by applying glass cups to particular areas of the body. Dr Nininahazwe employs a particular type of cupping therapy called 'Fire Cupping'. This is the most common form of cupping in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Fire cupping involves soaking a cotton ball in 70% alcohol. The cotton is then clamped by a pair of forceps and lit via match or lighter. The flaming cotton ball is then, in one fluid motion, placed into the cup, quickly removed, and the cup is placed on the skin. By adding fire to the inside of the cup, oxygen is removed (which is replaced with an equal volume of carbon dioxide) and a small amount of suction is created by the air cooling down again. While fire is used briefly to create the suction effect, prior to the cups being placed on the body, fire is not left in the cup and they are cool when placed on the body. The cups are left on the body for approximately 1 - 20 minutes, depending on the patient's body and their required treatment.
Cupping is known to aid detoxification, improve blood and energy flow in the body, and has the effect of relaxing even the tightest of muscles.
For information on how to make an appointment for Chinese Cupping, please click here.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine therapy which uses 'moxa' made from a Chinese Herb called Aiye, or Mugwort. The herb is aged, and then processed into a cigar-shaped stick, which is the moxa. It is then lit with fire, and the smouldering moxa is used to apply heat indirectly to the skin surface above specific acupuncture points. Moxibustion is used to warm meridians, and stimulate circulation by inducing the flow of qi (vital energy) and blood. It is very useful for treating conditions associated with 'cold' or 'yang deficiency', and is commonly employed for infertility and the treatment of malposition of the foetus (baby in breech position).
Acupressure is a wonderful form of Chinese Medicine therapy for those patients who wish to avoid needles. It involves applying pressure or massage to various locations on the body that correlate with acupuncture points and meridians (energy pathways). The technique is similar in principle to Acupuncture, and involves stimulating the flow of qi (vital energy) and blood by applying physical pressure, with the aim of clearing blockages. Dr Nininahazwe often employs this therapy when treating teenagers, children, babies, and those patients who have a fear of needles.
Chinese Dietary Therapy
Food is Medicine
Chinese Dietary Therapy involves the choices and application of particular foods to improve health and enhance health preservation. It involves eating particular foods in appropriate amounts, and preparing or cooking foods in a certain way. All while keeping in mind the specific health of the individual and the current season or environment. Chinese Dietary Therapy is able to be incorporated into everybody's way of life. The degree to which it is adapted into an individual's usual cooking and eating routine is entirely up to the patient.
Chinese Dietary Therapy is frequently included in the advice that Dr Nininahazwe provides during consultation when treating specific conditions. If your condition would particularly benefit from Chinese Dietary Therapy advice, it will be provided as part of your holistic treatment. A consultation dedicated to Chinese Dietary Therapy can also be arranged upon request.
Dr Nininahazwe often provides Chinese Medicine lifestyle advice during a consultation, especially if a patient's condition would particularly benefit from it. The lifestyle advice can include guidance about exercise, relationships, sleep, and stress management - and may also involve different approaches according to the different seasons of the year. The nature of the advice is to provide specific and individualised guidance about aspects of one's life that, if altered or improved, may enhance their overall health and wellbeing and go towards preventing illness.
Also known as Auriculoacupuncture, Auriculotherapy is a form of Ear Acupuncture developed by the french Neurologist, Paul Nojier, in 1957. It is a therapy that is based on the idea that the ear is a microsystem that reflects the entire body, and is represented in the auricle (the outer portion of the ear). Many conditions can be successfully treated by stimulating the surface of the ear exclusively, with very small acupuncture needles. Frances has undergone over 25 hours of clinical training for Auriculotherapy, and now employs this therapy to address difficult cases of emotional trauma, processing of past trauma/abuse, addictions, and chronic physical conditions.