Natural Treatment for Menopause

Menopause is the time when women’s menstrual period completely ceases, occurring when the ovaries cease producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. Initially symptoms of peri-menopause, such as irregular periods, heavy or light periods, and hot flushes will arise, before the onset of menopause.

On average, women experience menopause at 51 but can occur as early as 40 or as late as 55 years old. About 50% of women will experience uncomfortable symptoms, which could persist for between 2-8 years.

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Can Acupuncture Help Reduce Inflammation?

In many cases inflammation is a good thing—a lifesaving mechanism to defend against real dangers and restore health—but when it goes from being short-lived and localised to being long-term (chronic) it can lead to many serious diseases. Inflammation is often intricately intertwined with our own lifestyle choices and habits. So here’s the scoop on inflammation and what you can do to moderate it.

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Vitamin D is Essential for Hormonal Balance

Sometimes a little bit of sunshine is the best medicine. A walk in the park or a bike ride probably puts you in a good mood, and a moderate amount of sun is also good for your physical health. While you’re outside soaking up rays, your body is busy making Vitamin D. That’s good news, because this hormone that’s boosted by exposure to sunlight plays an important role in women’s health.

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The Difference Between Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Dry Needling

Are you confused about all the different terms being bandied about in the health and wellness industry. In the past decade, dry needling has gained popularity. What is it exactly and is it the same as acupuncture?

Well, in a nutshell, NO. Dry needling is a basic Western practice compared to a deep Eastern philosophy. On top of that, dry needling only targets pain, whereas acupuncture treats a wide range of ailments including pain.

Though these practices are similar in some respects, the philosophy that they're based on is very different. The training for acupuncture is a 4 year degree as opposed to a 30 hour course for dry needling. Please be aware who is sticking needles into you and what is their training exactly?

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Spring is the best time for baby-making...

If you were considering starting a family soon, Spring is an excellent time according to Chinese medicine.  According to Chinese medicine, seasons really do affect fertility. Chinese medicine looks to the energetic cycles of the universe for health answers; the female and male energies - also known as yin and yang - rise and fall throughout the year.

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Unexplained Infertility - or can it be explained?

In Australia, it is estimated that 20% of couples are suffering from infertility at any given time. This number has increased steadily over the last 50 years, which has lead researchers to blame everything from increased maternal age to toxic overload. However 10% of all infertile couples will not be able to find out why they cannot conceive. The medical profession is left to shrug its collective shoulders and explain to these people that they are something of a mystery. They are offered assisted reproductive techniques but without a clear idea of what is being fixed, the outcome remains uncertain.

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The Importance of a Pregnant Pause...

Pregnancy is considered to be a time of joy and fulfilment. However, all the stressors of everyday life do not come to a standstill during this time. In addition, some other pregnancy-specific factors get added including physiological changes in pregnancy, common pregnancy ailments, concerns regarding safe pregnancy and labour, and the worries related to parenting and wellbeing of the child.

Relaxation is a necessary skill to allow you to cope with the changes and stresses during pregnancy and to ensure an easy pregnancy and labour.

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What is a Healthy Gut?

Your stomach is responsible for a whole lot more than just reminding you to eat lunch and digesting it afterward. It’s part of a system that’s essential to making your weight healthy, your immune response strong and your mood positive. To keep it humming along, find out how to settle four common upsets.

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Why Does My Shoulder Hurt?

Shoulder pain is a common problem. For younger people, pain is more likely to be due to an accident or injury. As you age however, natural wear and tear occurs in the shoulder joint and the rotator cuff tendon. This may become persistently painful over time and may cause limited strength and movement, and loss of shoulder function.

The good news is that with appropriate treatment, pain will improve so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.

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Is It All In Your Head? How Can Acupuncture Help Migraines?

Migraine is not just another word for ‘bad headache’. They have specific characteristics that distinguish them from tension-type headaches. Migraines affect about 1 in 10 people, particularly women.

It’s true, painkillers may temporarily relieve migraines, but they can mask more serious issues that can emerge later. Headaches and migraines are a big wake-up call from the body, so to help prevent future problems, please pay attention to the signs your body sends you!

In my clinic, I have seen many long-term migraine sufferers who have been helped through acupuncture. There is a natural solution that deals with not only the problem but also prevents it from reoccurring.

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Can What You Eat Affect Your Hormones?

A hormonal imbalance can significantly impact mood, appetite, and overall health. Some factors are beyond a person's control however, manageable elements such as stress and the diet can influence hormone levels.

The endocrine system circulates hormones, which perform various functions throughout the day.

Even small changes in hormone levels can result in adverse effects, including extra stress on the body. Symptoms can grow worse over time, and a hormonal imbalance can lead to chronic issues.

For some people, making simple lifestyle changes can help to restore levels of hormones.


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