Welcome to my practice a little bit about me
Our bodies are the keepers of our story.
Chinese Medicine is life Medicine because it encompasses prevention, education and healing: mind, body and spirit.
- Masters of Acupuncture University of Western Sydney
- Advanced Diploma of Acupuncture
- Advanced Diploma of Oriental Health Science
- Diploma of Shiatsu and Oriental Health
- Diploma of Teaching
- Post Graduate Diploma of Education
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE
Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) is a comprehensive medical system that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal Medicine, remedial massage, exercise and breathing therapy and diet and lifestyle. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practised in China and other parts of Asia for thousands of years.
TCM treatment decision making
Clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment principles are based on the theoretical frameworks of TCM which seeks to identify underlying symptom patterns that indicate how the body is or has become dysfunctional. Treatment is focused on the underlying condition as well as treating the presenting symptoms. Clinical decision-making and patient management strategies are also influenced by contemporary Western approaches to health care, including infection control practices and known interactions of herbal Medicines with pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic substances.
Acupuncture is one of the most important modalities of an integrated system of primary health care, known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasing popular form of treatment, which involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points). These points are located on the body’s meridians (channels) and clear energy blockages to promote the body’s self-healing process.
CUPPING & GUA SHA
Moxibustion is a chinese technique used in conjunction with acupuncture. It is the burning of moxa (mugwort plant) applied directly to acupuncture points to facilitate healing. Mugwort has a unique warming quality, allowing it to invigorate and tonify the body. It facilitates the flow of qi and blood, body fluids and increases organ function.
CHINESE DIETARY THERAPY & LIFESTYLE
Chinese dietary therapy is a standard modality of traditional Chinese Medicine. The idea that food is also Medicine is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. Chinese Medicine has a unique way to assess foods. Chinese medicine considers the foods colour, taste, texture, temperature and shape. Foods with specific colours, temperature and tastes nourish specific parts of the body and correct specific imbalances. The clinic offers dietary and lifestyle advice tailored to your specific health condition.
The sun gives out infra red (IR) rays together with visible light rays .IR rays cause warmth on earth. IR ray can be subdivided into Near IR; Medium IR, Far IR and Super Far IR Far infrared (FIR) rays have penetrating power into human bodies, resulting in a resonance of the body cells. The results include the activation of cellular function, improvement in metabolism and blood circulation and elevating internal core body temperature, which is an indicator of health.
When body temperature drops by 1 degree Immunity drops by 37% metabolic function drops by 12% and Enzyme function drops by 50%.
Barbara utilizes Infa Red technology through Onnetsuki an Infa Red device to assist clients with a range of health issues.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Chinese herbal Medicine is the other most important modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese Herbal Medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding the normal function and disease processes of the body. It focuses on restoring the body’s balance and preventing illness.
Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years, not only by the Chinese Medicine culture, but cultures all over the world. It still remains a fundamental element of treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Chinese herbs are used to restore balance and strengthen the immune system.
Chinese herbal Medicine and tonics are very effective and can help you feel different in a matter of days needs.
Massage is the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissue of the body, which effects positive changes within the various following body systems. Some of its benefits include the following:
• Improves blood circulation
• Decreases blood pressure
• Replenishes nutritive materials
• Promotes removal of waster products
• Reduces heart rate
• Increases red blood cell (RBC) count
• Increases white blood cell (WBC) count
Barbara is trained in therapeutic massage with specialist training in Chi Ne Sung (Abdominal massage) and Myofacial Release.
Massage is incorporated into each Acupuncture treatment enhancing thee result and providing better outcomes for the client. With her years experience teaching massage Barbara is skilled in providing the appropriate bodywork for you as an individual.
LATEST TREATMENT – BIOPTRON LIGHT
“The polarized light emitted by BIOPTRON treats a wide range of medical and cosmetic applications, by stimulating blood circulation and tissue regeneration, while also reducing inflammation.” – Michael McNamara, M.D., Medical Director, Zepter International
WHAT IT TREATS
Anti ageing, pain, wounds, skin problems, sports injuries, children health issues, and seasonal affective disorders.
HOW IT TREATS
Improves micro-circulation and cell stimulation
Reinforces the body’s defense system
Stimulates regenerative and reparative processes
Speeds up wound healing
Relieves pain or decreases its intensity
CHINESE MEDICINE TREATMENTS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Acupuncture needles are very fine, not much thicker than a human hair and are very finely polished. Most people feel nothing at all and are surprised the needle has already entered the skin. Occasionally the needle can produce a small pinch, which disappears very quickly. Needles are then stimulated to produce a mild “Qi” (energy) sensation, which may cause a feeling of heaviness, dullness, numbness or tingling. These sensations are good as they indicate that the “Qi” (energy) is flowing. If any discomfort is experienced, an adjustment is made to reduce the sensation immediately. Once the needles are inserted, they are left for a period of time. Many people describe acupuncture as relaxing and calming, and are quite often sleepy after their treatment. Some people fall a sleep during the treatment .
Acupuncture is regulated very strictly in Australia. Every individual is unique and all forms of treatment have the potential for adverse events. As of 2013 all acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practitioners are legally required to be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). This organisations primary role is to protect the public through the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia .You can find out more about what they do through the following website www.chineseMedicineboard.gov.au.
Registered practitioners will perform the treatment using only sterile disposable needles. Generally there are no side effects, although some people may experience euphoria, slight light-headedness, dizziness and unusually nausea. Any of these side effects should only last a short time. It is also possible a small bruise may occur at the site of needle insertion. The bruising is not serious and lightens after a few days. This is usually seen in hypersensitive patients and people who bruise easily. Any side effects should be reported at your next visit or if you are concerned contact the practitioner to discuss.
Each person is unique and the number and frequency of treatments will vary. The type of condition determines it, whether the condition is chronic or acute, age, gender, the vitality of the individual and other factors. A treatment plan will be discussed with you on your first visit, and adjusted accordingly.
Each session will usually last 45 – 60 minutes, with the needles being retained around 30 minutes. An initial consultation and treatment will take up to 1.5 hours as a comprehensive analysis will be taken to correctly diagnose you.
Acupuncture is beneficial for people of all ages, both male and female. It is great as a preventative health measure as well as treating acute and chronic disorders including women’s health and reproductive issues, pain, arthritis, headaches and migraines, insomnia, emotional issues, digestive issues and many more.
No. You should continue to follow your current Doctors instructions. Please remember that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is used to complement and supplement your current treatments, not to replace them. Please inform both the Doctor and Chinese Medicine practitioner of any medication you are taking.
- Schedule wisely
Its best to avoid making an appointment before or after something strenuous. Avoid squeezing acupuncture between two events. The best therapeutic results are when you can relax after your treatment rather than going to the gym, back to work or a night out.
Everyone’s digestive system is different, but a good guideline is to eat about two hours before an acupuncture treatment. Going for an acupuncture treatment on an empty stomach can leave you light headed or physically depleted during or after the session.
- Coffee is not your friend
That is not to say that coffee is never your friend, but coffee is not your friend immediately before acupuncture. If you have a morning appointment and can’t go without your morning cup, do what you have to do. But if you’re going for acupuncture later in the day, avoid coffee for at least two hours before.
Coffee is a stimulant. It has been shown to release norepinephrine and epinephrine, which kick your body into fight-or-flight mode. Acupuncture works to shift you away from that sympathetic (fight-or-flight) state and toward a parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) one, so coffee inhibits the process. It also makes it difficult for the acupuncturist to get accurate readings on your pulse and tongue, since coffee increases your heart rate and stains your tongue.
- Neither is alcohol
One of acupuncture’s greatest gifts is its ability to help us see more clearly. Not literally, as in improved vision (although it has been known to do that too), but it helps us see situations and our symptoms with more clarity. Alcohol does the opposite. It numbs us, takes the edge off, which during acupuncture is not a good thing. One goal of acupuncture is to bring more awareness to how we feel. Impairing the senses with alcohol is not helpful.
- Remember where you’ve been
Before acupuncture, spend some time thinking about—or even making a list, if that helps—any significant medical events in your life. For example, family disease history, car accidents, broken bones, other serious injuries, long-term illnesses, surgeries, etc. Also make note of any medications you are taking currently as well as any that you took long-term in the past (e.g., birth control pills).
We tend to forget these things, or assume they’re irrelevant, but from an acupuncture perspective they help contribute to your overall picture of health. Your acupuncturist will want to hear about them. When in doubt about whether to include something, it’s always better to mention it.
- Wear loose clothing
This is so the acupuncturist can easily access the places where he or she wants to place needles. It’s especially important if you’re going for a community acupuncture appointment, because treatments are performed in a group setting with clothes on. However, even for private acupuncture appointments, loose clothingusually makes things easier for you and the practitioner.
- Don’t rush
Even when we schedule wisely, there is still a tendency to leave at the last minute for appointments. This makes most appointments more stressful than they need to be, but especially with acupuncture, arriving at your appointment amped-up is counter productive. It’s similar to how coffee works against the process of calming the nervous system. When you rush into an appointment, your pulse is higher than normal, your mind is spinning, and you’re tense with worry about the prospect of being late.
Many of us already deal with these qualities during our regular stress-filled days—and they’re often the reasons for coming to acupuncture in the first place—so why make them worse by rushing? Regardless of when your appointment is, put it in your calendar as 15 minutes earlier. The worst than can happen is you sit for 15 minutes in a quiet waiting room. Finally, time and space to hear yourself think.
- Turn off your mobile phone
Last but not least, please turn off your phone. Not on vibrate. Off. Do it before your appointment actually starts, to avoid forgetting and/or getting distracted by a call or message immediately before you’re about to begin. This is your time and no one else’s. Make it count.
Some of these things are easy to forget. Create a pre-acupuncture checklist, something you can glance at on the days you have acupuncture, once first thing in the morning and again just before your appointment.
- Schedule wisely
Payment can be completed by either cash or card, after your appointment.
Follow Road North to Northern Beaches, approximately 45 minutes from Smithfield shopping Centre, pass Ellis Beach, pass Lookout, and when you get to Wangetti its about 8-10 minutes, you will get to Oak Beach and home is on the Mountain side, go pass the bus stop on the left, turn left into Reynolds Road, left into Finlay, we are 44 drive down the Drive and Park at the stone wall. If you get to Thala Lodge you have gone too far, turn back.
From Port Douglas
Oak Beach is about ten minutes drive from Port Douglas, From Port travel past Craiglee, through to Pebbly Beach, after Pebbly THALA lodge signage and entry will appear on your left, the turn off for Oak Beach is around 300 metres further along the highway. Turn right into Reynolds road and left into Finlay Crescent, my home is on the left side of the road number 44 Drive down the driveway and park at the stone walls PS: Some people use Lot numbers instead of street numbers so continue to travel along Finlay Crescent even if the numbers on peoples letterboxes are not in sequence.