Facial Acupuncture

Facial Acupuncture

Many people think of acupuncture in terms of  improving health – and they are quite right. Everything that we do to help our body’s energy to flow freely contributes to our health, as well as to our beauty. When we use natural cosmetic acupuncture (also known as facial rejuvenation or facial acupuncture) to treat the symptoms of disease, like eyes with dark circles under them, grey hair or wrinkles, we are really addressing the root cause of the problem and solving health issues as well.

Acupuncture has the unique ability to naturally rejuvenate a person’s appearance and reverse the signs of aging, without surgery, toxins or downtime. The treatment is very relaxing and many patients often fall asleep.

Tiny cosmetic acupuncture needles

Facial acupuncture uses special tiny needles (far smaller than the needles normally used in other parts of the body) to stimulate energy flow in very specific parts of the body. You won’t see an overnight transformation, but you can expect to see a noticeable improvement that continues even after the course of treatments is finished. A course of cosmetic acupuncture usually runs for 12 weeks, with a 90 minute session each week, followed by top-up sessions every 4-6 weeks thereafter.

Facial acupuncture reflects your inner health. You need to realise that you will get the most dramatic effects if your lifestyle and diet support a healthy system. You cannot expect to look younger every day if you continue to punish your body with insufficient sleep and poor nutrition! If you’re thinking about trying cosmetic acupuncture, we would love to talk to you about it – because cosmetic acupuncture is really about enhancing your overall health naturally, as well as adding to your beauty.

At the heart of every treatment at Bing’s Natural Health is the belief that you can take charge of your own health, and that your body has the power to heal itself when you listen to it and support its natural healing processes.

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Winter Foods That Nourish and Energise

Winter Foods That Nourish and Energise

Traditional Chinese Medicine guides us to stay healthy all year long. You can stay healthier and prevent disease by eating in harmony with the different seasons. Foods become part of the body after being consumed – so you really are what you eat!

Winter is the time to tonify your kidney energy by cooking food longer, at lower temperatures, with less added water. Slow-cooked meals are ideal!

Winter foods should focus on rich stocks, bone broth, and stew using hearty vegetables like pumpkin, black or kidney beans, walnuts and chestnuts, dark leafy greens, carrots and other root vegetables, mushrooms, cabbage, etc. A small amount of salt in the cooking is okay, but too much salt will put a burden on the kidneys.

Replenishing your kidney energy is essential at this time for both men and women because it is the centre of your deepest physical, mental, and emotional well-being and health. The good news is that eating these warming foods will benefit and support the kidneys, while warming the body’s core during the cold and darkness of winter.

Acupuncture can also be a very helpful immune boosting treatment at this time of year to build protective energy. Chinese herbs are the strongest for some people and you will need to book an appointment for a diagnosis and some prescribed medicinal herbs that are exactly right for you.

So in winter it is important to get to bed early, continue drinking water, stay warm, rest well and of course eat the correct winter foods. Wishing you a happy and healthy winter from one and all at Bing’s Natural Health.

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Why Use Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Why Use Chinese Herbal Medicine?

 – Alice Louey

Chinese herbs are very different to vitamin supplementation!

From ancient times, in both the East and the West, herbs were recognised as powerful sources of healing and wise medical practitioners sought to understand their dangers, benefits, and uses. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses herbs to treat specific symptoms and conditions as well as treating the root cause of your disease. They can rebalance your system so that it becomes stronger and healthier.

Vitamin supplements may address deficiencies when your diet is inadequate.

Benefits of Adding Chinese Herbs to Your Treatment

The Chinese herbs your practitioner prescribes help you to achieve a faster result compared with acupuncture treatments alone. The use of individualised herbal granule formulas allows your practitioner to create a personalised formula that is able to be altered as your body heals and your symptoms diminish. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your practitioner and not just ‘grab a bottle off the shelf’.

Chinese Herbs are medicine, not supplements – and, like any medicine they only work if you actually take them

Your prescribed herbs will:-

  • Deeply nourish your body
  • Help your body cope with stress
  • Rebalance your body and boost energy
  • Improve your sleep, digestion, and skin issues
  • Boost your immunity
  • Improve chronic conditions

Some of the many conditions that respond particularly well to Chinese herbal medicine include:- colds and flu; post-viral fatigue; lingering cough; digestive issues; stress-induced symptoms; sleep issues; skin conditions; menstrual pain and fertility issues for men and women.

Your registered  TCM practitioner has been specifically trained to use Chinese herbs at a tertiary education level.  Chinese herbs are powerful and effective medicines and your practitioner has a deep understanding of phyto-pharmacology (use of plants as medicinals), herb-drug interactions and contra-indications, plus western biomedical knowledge. This is why it is important never to self-prescribe any Chinese herbal formulas based on the descriptions on the label, and to tell your practitioner about any other medications or supplements that you are taking.
Chinese Herbal Medicine Client Stories

Chinese herbs for colds, stress and eczema…

Susan came to Bing’s Natural Health with a cold, congested sinuses, sore throat, headache, and a cough.  I gave her acupuncture to open up her sinuses, ease her congestion and cough, clear her headache, and help her body fight off the pathogen. Immediately Susan noticed that she could breathe through her nose, her headache was gone and she was coughing less frequently.  I prescribed some Chinese herbal pills, and Chinese herbal cough syrup along with rest and some dietary suggestions.  The following week Susan reported that her cold was gone and (unlike most of her colleagues) she had no lingering cough.

Rebecca is a university student in her early 20’s. She has had chronic eczema since childhood, but it had recently flared up and she was feeling overwhelmed. Hot, itchy, inflamed skin, and stress made her irritable and unproductive.  We started a series of acupuncture treatments and I prescribed some Chinese herbal granule formulae.  Rebecca noticed a big improvement after her first acupuncture session.  As part of her eczema management plan we discussed skin management, stress management, and some cooling dietary changes. During the first week of taking Chinese herbal medicine, Rebecca noticed a big reduction in the itchiness and inflammation of her eczema.  
As her eczema healed we changed to a maintenance protocol. She is now armed with self-care techniques to help her maintain her skin condition, knowledge of what to do if it flares up again, and awareness of the role of stress as a trigger.

5 Ways to Keep Your Spleen Happy

5 Ways to Keep Your Spleen Happy

Your spleen may be small, but it plays a critical part in your overall energy and sense of well-being, so it makes good sense to understand and nurture it!

Signs of a Weak Spleen: One of the Spleen’s functions is to hold things in place. This includes muscles, organs and even blood. When your spleen is weakened the chances are you will notice that your muscles are soft and that you bruise easily.  You are also more susceptible to organ prolapse.

A weak spleen also dulls and distorts your sense of taste so you may crave stronger flavours or find that your favourite foods taste strange. Even worse, a weak spleen affects your ability to concentrate, remember clearly, and process thoughts so you may find yourself creating problems in your own head.

Conditions That Stress Your Spleen

  • Too much study or work – long hours without a break.
  • Anxiety – this can be a circular problem: a weak spleen leads to worry, and worry in turn weakens your spleen. It’s important to break this cycle as soon as you notice it!
  • Too much exercise – the spleen likes gentle exercise and massage so after a hard workout, get a gentle massage to restore it.
  • Wrong foods – the spleen struggles to process foods that are too cold, greasy or sweet, as well as alcohol. It also processes any food much more effectively if you concentrate on your eating, rather than eating while studying, working, or absorbed in something else (even watching TV).

5 Ways to Keep Your Spleen Happy

Now we’ve looked at what to avoid, here are 5 things you can do to keep your spleen happy, so that you raise your energy levels and sense of well-being.

  1. Eat small, frequent meals. Chew every mouthful thoroughly, slow down your eating and don’t skip meals;
  2. Choose foods that are warm in nature (eg. Ginger) and sweet, but not sugary (eg. Sweet potato, carrots etc)
  3. Avoid raw vegetables and icy drinks which make your spleen work harder. If you feel tired after eating, it is usually because you have stressed your spleen.
  4. Avoid foods that are too hot in nature (eg. alcohol, drugs, and refined sugars)
  5. Stick to regular mealtimes and don’t go to bed right after eating as your body typically doesn’t digest well while you sleep.

 

Take care of your spleen with nutritious food, and regular meals and it will keep you energised and happy.

 

Client Stories:

Digestion or energy issues? See what TCM can do…

Jackie had a long history of quite severe digestive problems. She was constantly bloated with low energy and fluctuated between constipation and loose stools as well as experiencing stomach pain and cramps whenever she ate. Despite lots of tests by her GP and specialists they couldn’t find any specific cause of her issues.

After a few sessions of acupuncture which focused on strengthening her spleen, plus prescribed Chinese herbs to support her spleen and liver, she saw a remarkable improvement. She found that when she ate soups and cooked vegetables she didn’t have any indigestion and her stools were more consistent. She also started to sleep better and both her moods and energy improved.

She is continuing treatment and has seen steady progress on all fronts.

 

Dianne’s primary reason for coming to our clinic was to lose weight. She was just a bit pudgy, but she felt that her thinking was fuzzy, she was constantly tired, and she craved sugary foods. “It wasn’t just that I wanted to lose weight,” she said, “it’s more that I’m feeling like my eating (and probably my life) is out of control.”

Dianne was working long hours in payroll and would arrive home late, eat a big supper and go to bed. In the morning, she would skip breakfast because she wasn’t hungry and just have a cup of coffee. At lunch she would eat a salad. In between meals she tried to resist the urge to each chocolate or other sugary snacks.

It was clear that her system was lethargic so, during her first treatment we focused on ‘getting the machine moving again’ and she took home some Chinese herbs that would strengthen and nourish her spleen. She substituted soup for her salads at lunch time and changed her evening routine so she had time to digest before bed. She is seeing steady progress in her energy, ability to focus and sleep patterns and has lost quite a bit of weight.

 

Using natural therapies to balance your spleen function will improve your health and help to prevent future health problems.

 

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Dry Needling

Dry Needling

The increasing use of the term “dry needling” in Australia has created a lot of confusion. So what is dry needling and how does it compare to acupuncture?

The difference is that a practitioner is either fully qualified to insert needles or they are not. Since 2012, only practitioners with extensive acupuncture training can use the word acupuncture.  Everyone else has to use the lesser and rudimentary dry needling term.

What happened in 2012?

On the 1st July 2012 the Australian government introduced the national registration of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) profession. This is the same type of regulation that applies to doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and psychologists – and requires extensive training and university qualifications to register as an acupuncture practitioner.

But this does not stop anybody else offering the so called dry needling services – they can simply do a short 2-3 day course and start inserting needles where it hurts.

Why choose a registered acupuncturist?

There is much more to acupuncture than inserting needles into sore points, which may only be a symptom of an underlying cause or condition. Acupuncture requires a comprehensive patient assessment, an acupuncture diagnosis and a personal treatment plan. Appropriate needling methods and supplementary treatments can then be administered. Supplementary treatments may include  cupping,  moxibustion,  Chinese herbal medicine,  exercise therapy or dietary recommendations. Acupuncturists can also work with your existing doctor or GP. In addition, an acupuncturist must undertake continual professional development to stay registered.

Acupuncture is considered to be very safe in the hands of well-trained practitioners. However, without this extensive training, dry needling by non-acupuncturists can result in complications, some of which can be quite painful and serious. The dry needling terminology came from Dr Janet Travell, MD in the mid 1900’s when she inserted “dry” or empty hypodermic needles which did not contain any medication.

Is my practitioner fully qualified and registered in acupuncture?

Go to the free online practitioner search facility in the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website https://www.ahpra.gov.au/registration/registers-of-practitioners.aspx

As registered practitioners entrusted with the care of your health, we are here to ensure that you always receive safe and effective acupuncture treatments.

And a final note of thanks to the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) for their assistance with this article.