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 50mm. The needles are usually retained for approximately 15-20 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.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is offered by Dr Frances Nininahazwe (Doctor of Chinese Medicine) at our Torquay clinic on the Surf Coast.
Cosmetic Acupuncture (also known as Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture) involves the insertion of single use, sterile, extremely fine ‘baby needles’ into the face to stimulate and enhance various aspects of the facial muscles or skin tissue that relate to the health and appearance of your skin, complexion, and facial muscles.
Anyone can perform or practice Cosmetic Acupuncture, but here at Torquay Chinese Medicine, you will be in the hands of a trained and fully registered Acupuncturist with over 10 years experience in needling techniques who has completed additional training in the form of a Certificate in Cosmetic Acupuncture. There might be a huge difference in the quality and effectiveness of a Cosmetic Acupuncture treatment you might receive from someone who is not a trained Acupuncturist with years of previous acupuncture needling experience, for example.
How it works
Many patients are curious to know how Cosmetic Acupuncture works. It’s therapeutic abilities can be explained via 4 main methods:
1. BLOOD CIRCULATION
Fine needling on the face stimulates the circulation of qi and blood, encouraging the carriage of nutrients and oxygen to the facial cells. This can brighten the complexion, improve skin texture, increase the skin’s ability to hold hydration, and result in glowing and radiant skin. Encouraging the blood circulation in the facial tissues can also reduce stagnation that might result in symptoms such as dark circles or puffiness under the eyes, hyperpigmentation, or a dull complexion.
2. RELAX, TONE, & LIFT
Using specific locations in the many facial muscles called ‘motor points’, acupuncture needles are inserted to stimulate the muscle fibres in order to achieve homeostasis – that is, to encourage them to relax if too tight or in tension, or to increase muscle tone if the muscles are weakened and as a result are sagging or drooping.
This technique can be used to counteract the signs of stress and aging that may manifest in the muscles of the face, and also regain tone back to facial muscles that have been weakened by Botox injection overuse.
It can also assist in preventing wrinkles and fine lines appearing or worsening by encouraging the facial muscles to remain in a relaxed state.
3. TIGHTEN & FIRM
The insertion of multiple fine baby needles into the skin causes tiny ‘micro-wounds’ that trigger the body to not only increase blood circulation in the local area, but also the production of new collagen and elastin. At a cellular level, the needles are stimulating fibroblasts which are responsible for your skin’s ability to make more collagen, and are a key player in cellular tissue repair.
This technique increases skin tone, softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and enhances the density or ‘plumpness’ in areas of the face that may be sunken.
4. INTERNAL BALANCING
In addition to facial acupuncture, body acupuncture points are also employed and prescribed to each Cosmetic acupuncture patient according to Chinese Medicine principles and specific to each individual’s constitution. For example, if a patient suffers from a pale complexion, body acupuncture points known to ‘tonify blood’ may be incorporated in their treatment. Or if a patient is wanting to reduce the signs of aging, body acupuncture points to ‘tonify the Kidney energy’ might also be provided.
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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 believed to aid detoxification, improve blood and energy flow in the body, and have 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 believed to stimulate circulation by inducing the flow of qi (vital energy) and blood. It can be 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 adult patients who have a fear of needles.
Chinese Medicine Dietary Therapy
Food is Medicine
Chinese Dietary Therapy involves the choices and application of particular foods with the aim 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 aim of the advice is to provide specific and individualised guidance about aspects of one's life that, if altered or improved, might 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.