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Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM is a holistic system of healthcare based on an extensive body of knowledge developed over thousands of years. Practitioners of TCM draw upon traditional knowledge and contemporary research in recommending a range of treatment modalities which include acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, gua sha and cupping therapy, diet and lifestyle advice. The underlying theory of TCM is that when people are healthy an abundant supply of Qi (pronounced chee) or life force (energy) flows through the body’s meridians; and illness is a result of a disorder of the Qi. In TCM Qi can be loosely translated as vital energy or life force.
This practice initially requires a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis established by your practitioner, followed by very fine sterile needles that are skilfully inserted into specific points on the body to obtain Qi. This influences reaction areas and has neuro-physical effects that correct and heal the body. You, simply have an opportunity to relax and surrender to this restorative practice. Minimal discomfort is felt during acupuncture and certainly once your treatment is complete any pain is alleviated and you will feel very relaxed. In the case of chronic health conditions and long term pain, a course of treatment is required to obtain optimal results.
Moxibustion or “moxa” as it is commonly referred to is the herb Mugwort vulgaris and is grown, harvested and prepared for moxibustion therapy in Japan and China. Nowadays, smokeless versions are often used, but you will most certainly notice the aroma of the raw material, as I still use it in my practice. Many forms of moxa such as thread, cones, sticks etc. are used for different therapeutic effects and you will generally feel some warmth. The heat moves blood and Qi and can be beneficial in alleviating pain; reducing inflammation; improving mobility; increasing energy; regulating the nervous system; improving immunity; invigorating metabolism and promoting longevity. Moxibustion is a stand-alone therapy, however, I generally use it with the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture and massage. The absolute sense of calm and relaxation provide an ideal foundation for healing.
Cupping therapy stimulates the sensory nerves of the skin, influencing the autonomic nervous system; and have a direct connection to internal organs via acu-points along meridians. Thus, manipulating the skin with acupuncture, Gua Sha or cupping influences and alters blood and Qi associated with particular organs. Cupping therapy also stimulates blood and lymph encouraging transporting mechanisms of toxins into lymphatics to be destroyed; and fresh lymph and blood into tissues to nourish them, supporting a more healthful immune system. Following trauma and injury, blood tends to stagnate and contribute to ongoing pain, cupping can be beneficial in alleviating blood stagnation. The full benefits of cupping may require a course of treatments, for example, 5-10 sessions; however, can too be beneficial used in conjunction with acupuncture and other TCM modalities.
A technique using a smooth jade stone or a ceramic spoon to scrape and apply pressure to the skin. Sensory impressions from the outside are conducted through the skin to a deeper level, reaching connective tissue, muscle and via the meridians an organ level. The movement of Qi and blood stasis via Gua Sha: increases circulation; can release obstructions and alleviate pain; and can release pathogens in the management of colds and fever. Sometimes with intention, it causes small injuries to the body which appear as red spots or bruising, this micro-trauma helps with fibrosis, the build-up of connective tissue from healing.
Made exclusively from plants Herbal Medicine is still the most widely practiced form of medicine in the world. It forms the basis and contributes largely toward modern day pharmaceutical preparations. As a stand-alone therapy, Herbal Medicine offers a broad range of therapeutic actions; allays concerns about the adverse effects of chemical (synthetic) medicines; and satisfies a desire for more personalized health care.
The major use of herbal medicines is for health promotion and therapy for chronic conditions. Herbal medicines are widely perceived as natural and safe, that is, not toxic. This is not necessarily true, especially when herbs are taken with prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or other herbs, thus an important part of prescribing herbal medicines is considering drug (pharmaceuticals) and herbal interactions to ensure safe prescribing for my patients.
Based on your current health status, Jo formulates very personalised herbal tonics from her apothecary (see more below on products for details on quality and product assurance). Several herbal extracts are combined considering the energetics of Western and Oriental herbs; and to obtain the synergistic effects of compounding a range of herbs as opposed to using single herbs.
Dietary wise, I emphasise the importance of a nutrient dense, low glycaemic or sugar, anti-inflammatory and plant based rich diet, shown to be supportive toward optimal health; enhancing food groups, rather than simply trying to be restrictive to unhealthy options. I
also offer specific dietary guidelines on a case-by case basis for individuals managing auto-immune, hormonal, inflammatory, gastro-intestinal health conditions etc.
Food therapy is an oriental health approach to good nutrition and relies on the understanding of the energetics of food: warming, cooling; astringing etc. the aim is to cultivate ultimate vitality. I weave my expertise in this area into your personal dietary recommendations.
Nutrition as a science has evolved considerably in recent years and we have witnessed the dawn of nutri-genetics (how our genes determine our response to nutrition) & nutria-genomics (how nutrition effects our gene expression).
The impact of diet and lifestyle changes on modifying gene expression has been demonstrated in several studies. The greatest benefit in all of this, is with regard to the prevention or treatment of disease. It is now understood that specific diets or components of diets are able to modify the transcription of genes and the subsequent associated health outcomes. As a practitioner, this recent research supports me in clinical decisions, enabling me to deliver effective, individualized evidence based clinical nutritional recommendations.
Screening tools available, include blood pathology, GI-Mapping, functional and naturopathic diagnostics. See Functional Pathology below for more information on this
Functional Pathology Testing is high quality scientific testing that can be of particular value to clients who have endured long term compromised health; it investigates patients’ functional biochemical, nutritional, hormonal and metabolic status; it provides insight into biochemical function and not just focusing on the presence or absence of disease and can be used to establish the cause of imbalances and disease, identifying the underlying causes of ongoing symptoms; provide a tool for early intervention and management; can be used to track progress and treatment efficacy. GI-Mapping brings with it advances in DNA technology including an FDA approved, PCR based technology and assay that is used by major hospital labs. These advances supersede culture and microscopy for stool analysis and assessment of the GI environment.
In order to obtain the relevant test/s I engage the services of a number of Functional Pathology Testing laboratories. Turn around times are individual.
Naturopathic Consultations (Online also available)
The core principle of naturopathy is to ‘heal through nature’, thus the ultimate aim for the naturopath is to identify and treat the underlying cause of disease and disharmonies in order to restore optimal health. Naturopathy is a whole medical system utilizing evidence based nutritional medicine, herbal medicine, diet and lifestyle. In addition to being compliant in taking the prescribed therapeutic herbs and nutrients, changes to diet & lifestyle may be essential. These can impact one’s health and wellness enormously. ‘One man’s medicine is another man’s poison’, so the saying goes. A naturopath can assist you in identifying & managing stressors to (your) a healthy organism, these can be physical, mental or emotional; food sensitivities; stimulants; relationship, family or work stress; excessive refined foods; sugar; alcohol and the consumption of other recreational drugs; a sedentary lifestyle etc. This is an essential part of your treatment plan, for to obtain substantial benefits, some change to diet and lifestyle is most likely necessary.
Pathology tests and on occasion functional pathology and other scientific testing is recommended to identify functional biochemical, nutritional, hormonal and metabolic status.
stress & anxiety # sleep issues # menopause support # hormonal imbalances # detoxification # optimal weight # metabolic disorders # inflammatory conditions including auto-immune & musculo-skeletal conditions # chronic pain # neurological conditions # gastro-intestinal health # allergies and food sensitivities #