Digestive function and gut flora are key indicators of your physical, mental, and emotional health. That's why we assess the digestive health of all our patients.
If you do not see your health issue listed here, please call us to discuss what we can do for you.
Constipation is a frustrating and sometimes painful condition involving infrequent and difficulty in passing stools,or the desire to have a bowel movement without the ability to. The stools may be hard, dry and pebble like or normal. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) a “normal” bowel movement is considered to be at least one unforced stool everyday or every second day.
Constipation is typically a byproduct of poor diet and eating habits, stress or a sedentary lifestyle. Some sufferers may experience constipation for extended periods of time.
Acupuncture is able to help relieve constipation by stimulating what’s called peristalsis or movement of the digestive tract while Chinese herbal medicines help to clear intestinal inflammation and bacterial overgrowth promoting a healthy gut flora.
Bloating or abdominal distention can be described as a sense of fullness or pressure within in the abdomen. The abdomen my feel hard, distended and possibly painful, and some patients may experience belching, excessive gas, or abdominal gurgling.
Clinically, we see bloating develop from: food intolerances or poor diet habits, indigestion, emotional factors, constipation,or a sluggish digestive function.
The treatment of bloating addresses the bloating itself and its underlying causes. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional guidance and stress management techniques are employed to find bloating relief.
Indigestion is a very common digestive complaint that can be experienced over the short or long term. Common symptoms include: bloating or a feeling of fullness in the upper abdomen, belching, reflux or burning in the stomach, reduced appetite and passing gas.
Indigestion is often triggered by poor diet habits such as eating irregularly, eating in a rush or eating heavy difficult to digest foods. Stress can also be a trigger with the symptoms developing around stressful times of life.
Nausea - having the urge to vomit - is unpleasant at best. When it causes vomiting, it can lead to dehydration and fatigue. Nausea often accompanies other health complaints, particularly migraine headaches. It can also result from contemporary cancer and chemotherapy treatments.
Acupuncture point stimulation can be used to treat or prevent nausea. Acupressure is often combined with acupuncture therapy to give our patients relief from the symptoms of nausea and help them get on with their lives.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) involves abdominal pain, bloating, and alternating constipation and diarrhea. It's an uncomfortable condition, affecting around one in five Australians.
IBS is a condition that we treat often, and with success. We find our IBS patients respond well to combined treatments that comprehensively consider the patient's physical and emotional wellbeing.
Acid reflux, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with burning in the chest, typically after meals or in the evening. Reflux symptoms can be highly distressing and painful.
Sciatica, shoulder pain, bursitis, neck pain
Eczema, psoriasis, shingles
Constipation, bloating, indigestion,diarrhea
Menopause, menstruation and hormonal balance
Vertigo, headaches, fatigue, immune support
Anxiety, stress, insomnia, anger