Digestive health is the cornerstone of Chinese Medicine. The balance of Yin and Yang and the alchemical process of our food and drink is what delivers us our building blocks. Without digestive harmony we are placed into a state of being in excess or deficient health states.
Digestive complaints that are seen in the clinic can include the following:
- Acid Reflux
- Irregular bowel movements (constipation, diarrhoea, blood in stool)
- Water retention
- Appetite fluctuations
- Sugar imbalances
- Irritable Bowel
- Weight Management
Mental Health Balance
Mental health is not the sum of of conditions that frequently get boxed into this term. Of course conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar and anxiety are products of dysfunctioning mental health. But the aspect of mental health we address is how we as individuals can withstand the pressures of our lives. How can we as healthy humans operate in a state of well being. Taking care to be a service to ourselves, our families and community. In a healthy respectful, mindful balanced way.
Mental Health Imbalances and Disorders include;
- Bipolar Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD
- PMDD (technically endocrine issue)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
- Addictions / Substance abuse
Musculoskeletal health enables us to move freely and enjoy the things we can with the body we have. Our bodies are pushed day in, day out to meet the demands we require. This aspect of our health will be important to be maintained especially as we age and begin to decline in the ability to stay strong.
Musculoskeletal health encompasses the bones, tendons, muscles, skin, fascia, blood flow, nerve supply and lymphatic system. Optimal function of musculoskeletal health requires exercise and movement. It interacts biochemically through movement with the internal organs. Without maintenance this can lead to obesity, diabetes or metabolic diseases that can amount to more serious complications.
Conditions that arise from musculoskeletal disorders;
- Bone fractures, breaks
- Joint disorders, degeneration
- Arthritic conditions
- Acute pain
- Muscle fatigue
- Muscular and Ligament tears/sprains/strains
- Osteoporosis / Osteopenia
Neurology is the make up of our nervous system that drives everything within us. The command centre of the brain and the spinal cord together with the peripheral system that governs all other neural elements. Completes our system by regulating and coordinating bodily functions. Day in and day out without us even having to think about how to organise this. It just happens.
But this ecosystem of organic material is fragile. Damage to the nerves, brain, or organs can disrupt this greatly. Causing imbalance, disharmony, pain, memory loss, speech impairment, loss of motor control, headaches, stroke, seizures and involuntary movements.
Neurological conditions that benefit from Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine include;
- Bells Palsy
- Stroke Recovery
- Neuropathy (Diabetic or Non)
- Tooth pain
- Spinal nerve compression
- Nerve damage form surgery or injuries
Pain is an unpleasant sensation or discomfort in response to an injury or damage to tissues. This is caused by the activation of nerve endings called nociceptors. It is a protective mechanism of the body that alerts to potential or actual harm. Allowing for appropriate action to be taken by reflex responses and the bodies own healing capabilities.
Pain can be acute, lasting a short time, or chronic, lasting longer and often with a more complex origin eventually becoming systemic.
Pain can arise from:
- Acute injury
- Chronic trauma
- Post surgery
- Hormonal imbalance
- Autoimmune conditions
- Emotional trauma
- Vital Organ complications
Viral recovery is the process the body undertakes after being infected with a virus. The body may respond in several ways causing, temperature fluctuations, skin irritations, pain, fatigue, immune decrease, gastrointestinal disorders, muscular tension, loss of taste and smell, foggy thinking.
Viruses can be in the form of:
- Respiratory infections.
- Digestive system infections.
- Viral hemorrhagic fevers.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
- Neurological infections.
- Congenital infections.
- Exanthematous infections ( Skin, rash causing).
While many viruses can be short lived in their effects on the body. Many will leave harmful damage to the immune system and can cause life threatening circumstances.