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This blog details specific conditions and how acupuncture may help. You'll find research references, explanations of conditions from a Western Medical perspective and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, tips for self help and other interesting info. You can also find posts on the philosophies of acupuncture and demystification of terms like 'Yin - Yang' and 'Qi'.

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April 25, 2018

What are the "channels/meridians"?

If I wasn't an acupuncturist, I would roll my eyes at the metaphysical terms "channels" and "meridians". To be honest, on the occasion that I do use these words in clinic I cringe a little on the inside.

So how can I be an acupunct...

April 18, 2018

What does your tongue say about you? In Chinese Medicine, the tongue tells a large part of the story of your health. It's amazing how varied tongues are once you start looking at them!

There are lots of parts to the tongue that we look, here are just some:

  • The colour...

March 20, 2018

Acupuncture works in several different ways depending on the paradigm used to view it.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts that describe how the body works are very different from that of the West. In fact the West does not even have words for many of these...

March 7, 2018

Acupuncture is a fantastic treatment option for pregnancy related conditions. It promotes your bodies own healing abilities and is proven to be safe in pregnancy - one of the most important aspects considering many medications, herbal supplements and even foods become...

January 12, 2018

'Tis the season for new years resolutions!

"I'm going to quit smoking", "I'm going to lose weight", "I'm going to stop drinking so much", "I'm going to cut down on coffee," - the classic resolutions.

They're healthy ones though, so lets look at how acupuncture may help y...

November 22, 2017

Distal needling: needling a point that is far away from the affected area of the body. 

Community acupuncture treatments are performed in reclining chairs, limiting the areas of the body that can be treated, such as the back.

With lower back pain being on...

November 3, 2017

If you've ever asked an acupuncturist or Dr Google, 'what can acupuncture treat?', or 'can acupuncture treat my xyz health problem?', you've probably noticed the answer is almost always 'yes it could help'.

From acid re-flux or back pain to nausea in pregnancy, you name...

September 29, 2017

Acupunctrue is a great for relaxing and reflecting on your mental and emotional health, click here to book a  treatment.

I love the mental health model of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 


Because it lacks the stigma of "mental illness" and the idea that "the...

September 19, 2017

For starters, lets get this straight, menstruation should really be called womenstruation.


Okay, no more intended period puns.

Reportedly 16% - 81% of women experience dysmenorrhea (period pain), and 43–91% women under 20 years of age have period pain....

September 1, 2017

From the Heavens to the Earth, mist and dirt ~ all is Qi.

Is Qi some invisible stuff that doesn't really exist? Or is it a special thing only acupuncturists and martial artists know about? I thought it was a silver elixir that you can make more of in your body by drinki...

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