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September 15, 2018

BJJ Recovery Acupuncture

BJJ recovery acupuncture

In a previous life, all I ever wanted to do was martial arts all day everyday. Then I found acupuncture & chinese medicine or it kinda found me. Life happened, met my amazing wife,and kids came along.

I‚Äôll probably never get my black belt ūü•č in Brazilian jiu jitsu and thats ok. I still do love the training. It‚Äôs called the ‚Äúgentle art‚ÄĚ but there‚Äôs definitely a lot of injuries.

So we just started sponsoring bjj athlete @tie_passos_bjj for his upcoming jiu jitsu competitions. Look forward to keeping him well maintained and choking people.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

September 10, 2018

Instant Relief Buttock Pain SIJ Sciatic Acupressure

Buttock Pain SIJ Sciatic Pain Relief Acupressure

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1 MIN SIJ Buttock and Sciatic Pain Instant Relief

Sciatic and SIJ and buttock pain is another one of the top reasons why people come see us at our Acunpuncture clinic.

Here is a quick acupressure point you can try to take the edge off:

-This point is located on your shoulder near your teres major and teres minor muscle (see video). Press or knead for 15-20 or 30 seconds. Stop and check your buttock pain.

-Always opposite side! If the pain is on your right side buttock use the left shoulder. If pain is one left side, use the right shoulder.

– Stop after 1-2 min and check again. Usually its either 30 -50% gone or completely gone. It may require further treatment but at least it will take the pain away until you get into your therapist.

If you would like to learn more about acupressure and how Chinese medicine can help optimize your health click here:
https://tinyurl.com/yba3ydod

If you would like to schedule an appointment to see if we can help resolve the problem give us a call or email:
info@artofacupuncture.com.au

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07 3399 1002

pocket physio used in video is available from Lockeroom Sports

*Caution: This is not to be used as medical advice. If you are unsure please contact your GP or local doctor

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

September 9, 2018

Stroke Acupuncture Case Study Hemiplegia R Side

Acupuncture being performed by Dr James Liu for stroke patient

What is Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. It can happen to anyone at any time no matter what age.   Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die causing impairment of different motor functions and neurological deficits. Severity of the stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the how much the brain is damaged. Problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg on one side may occur and people who have larger strokes may be permanently paralysed on one side of their body and even lose their ability to speak.

Stroke Statistics

  • 795,000 per year in the USA
  • 15 million worldwide
  • 4th leading cause of death per year
  • 1st leading cause of neurological disability
  • 2/3 occur > age 65 but younger

Risk factors 

  • Atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries)
  • Chronic Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Heavy Alcohol use

Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke, Hemorrhagic and Ischemic. A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when there is a break or rupture in the blood vessels in the brain. The other type which is Ischemic stroke,  occurs when there is a blood clot or plaque blocking blood flow to the brain. The last one is called TIA (transient ischemic attack) or mini stroke presents itself very much like an Ishemic stroke but lasts a few minutes or up to several hours. (Stroke Foundation)

Conventional Treatments for Stroke

Stroke is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical care. Patients are usually hospitalized for monitoring of vital signs and life support. Once symptoms are stabilized, patients will be discharged. As the brain starts to heal, some functions will return slowly but only to a limited extent. In order to recover more, rehabilitation therapy is needed.

Hemorrhagic stroke patients may require a surgery to drain the blood that has accumulated, to relieve the compression in the brain. In severe cases where there is swelling of the brain, a piece of the skull is removed to help decompress the brain.

Ischemic stroke patients are often given warfarin (also known by brand name coumadin). Warfarin is an anti-coagulant, a blood thinner. It prevents formation of new clots but it does nothing about clots that have already formed. Drugs known as “clot busting drugs” are also used help dissolve the clot as well once the location of the stroke is known. Sometimes a catheter is inserted into the area of the brain that is affected and the clot is removed surgically.

Once the acute stage is over and the stroke patient has stabilised, physical and occupational begins. It is a long and arduous process. Often times, progress is slow and it can be frustrating for the patient. The first 3 months are often the hardest. Patients are taught to reuse their affected side of the body again. Generally the recovery window for stroke recovery is 2 years. However, new research is now coming out that patients can still recover up to 5 years.

Neuro-fatigue

Stroke patients often feel tired and have no energy, That is because the brain is still trying to recover from and injury but at the same time still being used for daily functions. Imaging having a computer but having 15 apps running in the background. Although there may not appear to be much going on from the outside, there is so much happening in the brain because the brain is trying to multi=task so many things at once. On top of that, blood-thinning medications further induce fatigue because it causes stress on the liver to process the medication.

Goals of Treatment 

The goal of any treatment of stroke, whether it is western or eastern medicine, is to help get the patient better. The goals are to not only relieve pain, but to give patients back the mobility and try to regain quality of life. This will require work not just from the therapist, but from the patient themselves and the support of loved ones

Does Acupuncture Work for Stroke Recovery?

One of the major key factors in whether or not acupuncture can help stroke patients is time. The sooner a patient can get acupuncture treatment, the better likelihood of good lasting results. The longer the wait, the more likely the muscles deteriorate and will be harder to make a full recovery. It is vital the patient keep moving and active to get the blood circulating again.

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Scalp acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China. In modern acupuncture today it is one the most common treatments used for post-stroke recovery and as the name suggests, involves inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints in the scalp. In fact, scalp acupuncture rather than regular body treatment appears to be much more effective at treating neurological conditions including stroke.

Dr. Zhu performing acupuncture for stroke

The system we use at our clinic was discovered by Dr. Zhu Ming Qing, who is world famous for his work in helping stroke patients in their recovery. By combining traditional Chinese Medicine theory and western anatomy, points along the scalp are used to stimulate the brain and increase blood flow to the affected area.

How can Scalp Acupuncture assist stroke recovery?

Scalp acupuncture can be an effective way to improve neurological symptoms, including difficulty speaking/writing/reading, memory loss & reduction of motor skills, which can occur post-stroke.

The acupuncture needle insertion sites, being much closer to the affected areas of the brain, are believed to encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex (region of the brain responsible for memory, perception, learning, cognition, awareness, language & motor function) (1). The needles are often stimulated slightly by the acupuncturist (this cannot be felt by the patient) and often left in for a number of hours afterwards.

How many treatments will it take to see results? 

Normally, a course of 6 treatments is suggested to start with to see how the patient reacts. There should be some improvement in motor function during that time. If no improvement we do not suggest further treatment.

I’ve had a stroke a long time ago. Can acupuncture still help me?¬†

Usually the more time has passed, the worse the prognosis. That doesn’t mean it is impossible. Often times we have patients who have had improvement in range of motion in the limbs and improvement in balance. Although 100% will be hard to achieve they may still improve their quality of life.

Questions on Stroke Acupuncture Brisbane? Email us at  info@artofacupuncture.com.au

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

 

References:

stroke foundation: https://strokefoundation.com.au/About-Stroke

scalpacupuncture.org: http://www.scalpacupuncture.org

September 9, 2018

Acupuncture for Stroke Hemiplegia

 

Does Acupuncture Work for Stroke Recovery?

One of the major key factors in whether or not acupuncture can help stroke patients is time. The sooner a patient can get acupuncture treatment, the better likelihood of good lasting results. The longer the wait, the more likely the muscles deteriorate and will be harder to make a full recovery. It is vital the patient keep moving and active to get the blood circulating again.

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Scalp acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China. In modern acupuncture today it is one the most common treatments used for post-stroke recovery and as the name suggests, involves inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints in the scalp. In fact, scalp acupuncture rather than regular body treatment appears to be much more effective at treating neurological conditions including stroke.

The system we use at our clinic was discovered by Dr. Zhu Ming Qing, who is world famous for his work in helping stroke patients in their recovery. By combining traditional Chinese Medicine theory and western anatomy, points along the scalp are used to stimulate the brain and increase blood flow to the affected area.

How can Scalp Acupuncture assist stroke recovery?

Scalp acupuncture can be an effective way to improve neurological symptoms, including difficulty speaking/writing/reading, memory loss & reduction of motor skills, which can occur post-stroke.

The acupuncture needle insertion sites, being much closer to the affected areas of the brain, are believed to encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex (region of the brain responsible for memory, perception, learning, cognition, awareness, language & motor function) (1). The needles are often stimulated slightly by the acupuncturist (this cannot be felt by the patient) and often left in for a number of hours afterwards.

How many treatments will it take to see results? 

Normally, a course of 6 treatments is suggested to start with to see how the patient reacts. There should be some improvement in motor function during that time. If no improvement we do not suggest further treatment.

I’ve had a stroke a long time ago. Can acupuncture still help me?¬†

Usually the more time has passed, the worse the prognosis. That doesn’t mean it is impossible. Often times we have patients who have had improvement in range of motion in the limbs and improvement in balance. Although 100% will be hard to achieve they may still improve their quality of life.

 

Questions on Stroke Acupuncture Brisbane? Email us at  info@artofacupuncture.com.au


 

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

September 5, 2018

How to do Acupressure Lower Back Pain 1 Min

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1 MIN Lower back pain instant relief

Low back pain is one of the top reasons why people come see us at our Acunpuncture clinic. It is the one of the top causes of missed work days and can have a huge effect on peoples lives.

Here is a quick acupressure point you can try to take the edge off:

-This point is located at the top junction of your index and thumb. Press or knead for 15-20 or 30 seconds. Stop and check your back.

-If the pain is on your right side use the left hand. If pain is one left side of back use the right hand. (always oppoisite side)

– Stop after 1-2 min and check your back. Usually its either 30 -50% gone or completely gone. It may require further treatment but at least it will take the pain away until you get into your therapist.

If you would like to learn more about acupressure and how Chinese medicine can help optimize your health click here:

https://tinyurl.com/yba3ydod

or if you would like to schedule an appointment to see if we can help resolve the problem give us a call or email:

info@artofacupuncture.com.au
07 3399 1002

Caution: contraindicated in pregnancy. This is not to be used as medical advice. If you are unsure please contact your GP or local doctor

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures for workshops and seminars for practitioners..For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

*The owner of this site is not liable for any misfortune that should befall a visitor to this site.This site does not offer personal advice & no information on it can be construed as personal advice. In the event that you may feel our therapies may be of benefit, we advise you to contact the clinic to make an appointment for diagnosis and treatment.

September 4, 2018

Easy to Learn Fertility Acupressure

acupressure can aid in your fertility

What is Acupressure Massage?

Acupressure is a therapeutic, non-invasive style of massage based off the acupuncture system of meridians and channels. This style of massage has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 3500 years! Acupressure massage uses a combination of relaxation & deep tissue massage on specific acupressure points in order to improve circulation & energy in other areas of the body.

One of the best things about acupressure massage is that it can be done entirely at home by you or your partner, making it FREE, easily accessible & convenient.

 

How does Acupressure help with fertility?

There are a number of ways in which acupressure massage can assist with fertility & conception, here are just a few of the many benefits:

  • Helps increase blood flow systemically
  • Allows circulation to increase in the uterus and other reproductive organs.
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Can be used in conjunction with other fertility treatments i.e. IVF
  • May support natural hormone balance

Unfortunately acupressure massage isn’t safe to use during pregnancy, so if you are pregnant or think you may be do not use. To book a consultation with Bob Wong to discuss other supportive options please click here.

 

How do you do it?

Another fantastic benefit of acupressure massage is that it’s relatively quick & easily to administer by either you or your partner. Simply hold each point for the total of 20-30 seconds, release & repeat for 1-2 mins. A sore or achy sensation may be experienced, this is perfectly normal.

li 4

Location: between the index and thumb. mid between at the junction.

Indications:  Aside from fertility it also helps with headaches, digestive issues, stress and anxiety.

fertility acupressure

Li 4 point

 

 

kd1

Location: On the sole of the foot between the second and third toes, at the depression near ball of the foot.

massage towards the big toe.

Indications: headaches, dizziness, vertigo, stress

fertility acupressure

 

 

 

 

 

 

sp6

Location: On the inside of the ankle, three finger breadths above the inner ankle.

Indications: period pain, groin pain, irritability, cramping

 

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Bob Wong is an AHPRA licensed, sixth generation acupuncturist from the USA. He  currently works from his acupuncture Brisbane clinic. He has experience working in China, USA, and Australia with a special focus in chronic pain, Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy Care, Stroke Recovery, Neurological Disorders, Back Pain,Sciatica,Frozen Shoulder,Arthritis,Bell’s palsy, and other musculoskeletal ailments.

May 4, 2018

Three Ways Acupuncture can Improve Fertility & Conception

For many couples, trying to fall pregnant can be a time full of joy & excitement, anticipating the arrival of their bundle of joy. Unfortunately for many others it can become a stressful & frustrating experience,with many couples left feeling defeated & confused. If this is you, you are absolutely not alone, in fact, around 1 in 6 couples experience difficulty with fertility. It’s important to not give up hope & always seek support.

Acupuncture can Improve Fertility & Conception

Acupuncture has been successfully utilized in both China & the West for many, many decades to improve fertility outcomes & has been clinically shown to have a positive influence over reproductive health, conception & pregnancy. Acupuncture improves fertility by assisting with a number of factors which greatly impact conception including regulation of hormones, stress reduction & nervous system support, as well as improved blood flow to the uterus.

Here are some ways in which Acupuncture may assist with fertility & conception:

1. Helps Balance Hormones

Regulation of the menstrual cycle & related hormones is essential for improving chances for conception. Pre-conception acupuncture treatment has been shown to have multiple beneficial effects on the menstrual cycle & fertility due to the regulatory & balancing effect it has on female (& male) hormones. Balancing hormones will not only help optimize ovulation but also have positive effects over other areas of reproductive health including:

  • follicle & egg quality
  • regulation of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • luteal phase quality > improve progesterone production &¬† implantation chances
  • balance of oestrogen & progesterone
  • improve sperm count, motility & morphology, in males

 

2. Helps to Reset the Nervous System & Reduce Stress

Stress has become a relentless & common part of many peoples everyday lives. What most people, especially couples trying to conceive, don’t fully recognize is just how much stress they are experiencing & the impact is can have over reproductive health & fertility.

Studies have shown that acupuncture both directly & indirectly activates the nervous system, helping to restore healthy function. Acupuncture achieves this by re-balancing the parasympathetic (rest-&-digest) & sympathetic (fight-or-flight) arms of the nervous system by decreasing cortisol (stress hormone) & modulating ő≤-endorphins (stress reducing hormone).

Acupuncture also has positive influence on regulation of regulation of neurotransmitters, chemical messengers which allow the nervous system to communicate efficiently. Examples include:

  • GABA (responsible for helping calm & relax)
  • Glutamate (excitatory neurotransmitter responsible for cell signalling)
  • Dopamine (important for emotional function/control, movement, pleasure & reward)
  • Serotonin (mood, sleep, appetite)
  • Melatonin (sleep, circadian rhythm)
  • Epinephrine/Norepinephrine (essential in engaging the fight-flight response)
acupuncture fertillty

acupuncture helps reset the nervous system for fertility

3. Increases Blood Flow to the Uterus

Research has suggested that insufficient blood flow to the uterus may explain infertility in some cases. Acupuncture has been clinically shown to improve vasodilation (blood flow) to the uterus & create a healthy endometrial environment, therefore improving the chances of successful implantation & pregnancy.

If you & your partner are planning on or having difficulty falling pregnant book your initial consultation today or email info@artofacupuncture.com.au for further information.

Bob Wong is an AHPRA licensed, sixth generation acupuncturist from the USA. He  currently works from his acupuncture Brisbane clinic. He has experience working in China, USA, and Australia with a special focus in chronic pain, Women’s Health, Fertility, Pregnancy Care, Stroke Recovery, Neurological Disorders, Back Pain,Sciatica,Frozen Shoulder,Arthritis, Bell’s palsy, and other musculoskeletal ailments.

 

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References 
(1) Westergaard, L, Qunhui, M, Krogslund, M, Sandrini, S, Lenz, S & Grinsted, J 2006, Acupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial, Fertility & Sterility, Vol. 85, No. 5(2) Chang, R, Chang, P & Rosenwaks, Z 2002, Role of acupuncture in the treatment of female infertility, Fertility & Sterility, Vol. 78, No. 6(3) Stener-Victorin, E & Humaidan, P 2006, Use of acupuncture in female infertility and a summary of recent acupuncture studies related to embryo transfer, British Medical Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4(4) Ding, S, Hong, S, Wang, C, Guo, Y, Wang, Z & Xu, Y 2013, Acupuncture modulates the neuro-endocrine-immune network, QJM An International Journal of Medicine, Vol. 107, No. (5) Li, Q, Shi, G, Xu, Q, Wang, J, Liu, C & Wang, L 2013, Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation, Evidence Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine(6) Uchida, S & Hotta, H 2008, Acupuncture Affects Regional Blood Flow in Various Organs, Evidence Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, Vol 5, No. 2(7) Razik, M, Farag, M & Sheta, M 2015, Uterine and ovarian arteries blood flow during the mid luteal phase in women with unexplained infertility, Middle East Fertility Society Journal, Vol. 20, No. 3

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December 27, 2017

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

 Can Acupuncture help with Peripheral Neuropathy

Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neruopathy (CIPN) is a common and often severe side effect of a number of chemotherapy treatments with symptoms generally appearing in a dose dependent & progressive manner throughout treatment. In fact, up-to 1 in 4 patients receiving chemotherapy may develop some form of peripheral neuropathy. Unfortunately for many, these symptoms rarely alleviate once chemotherapy have been ceased. Acupuncture has showed promising results when administered in adjunct to chemotherapy in order to alleviate symptoms & improve quality of life in a number of cases.

acupuncture perpherial neuropathy

acupuncture may help with peripheral neuropathy

What is Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy?

CIPN is defined as damage to the peripheral nerves resulting in weakness, paraesthesia ‚Äúpins & needles‚ÄĚ, numbness, loss of proprioception & pain. These symptoms mainly appear in the hand & feet of the individual, however can also affect many other areas &/or functionality of the body. The specific set of symptoms a person may experience is reliant upon whether sensory, motor or autonomic nerves have been affected.

  • Motor Nerves |¬†control muscle movement.
  • Sensory Nerve Damage |¬†control & receive sensations (i.e. temperature, pain, touch, vibration).
  • Autonomic Nerve Damage |¬†control automatic processes (i.e. blood pressure, heart rate, digestion & bladder function)
Can acupuncture assist me?

Acupuncture has been clinically trialled & found to be up to effective in the management of CIPN. Research conducted by Donald, Tobin & Stringer (2011) reported 82% of patients receiving a total of 6 acupuncture sessions reported an improvement in CIPN symptoms. Treatment was also found to have additional benefits including improved sleep quality, stress reduction & improved moods.

A systematic review conducted by Franconi et. al (2013) found acupuncture to be effective in reducing pain scores in patients experiencing CIPN across most studies included in the review. A number of studies showed positive effects of acupuncture on motor & sensory symptoms associate with CIPN & improve quality of life for the participants significantly.

Acupuncture may also have a beneficial influence over inflammatory pathways which may contribute & precipitate CIPN symptoms such as pain & loss of mobility. Activation of the nervous system may also be responsible for the reduction of symptoms & rehabilitation of normal functionality including mobility, muscle control & sensory

For more information regarding CIPN & acupuncture please email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

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Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

December 11, 2017

Can Acupuncture Assist in Management of Anxiety?

Anxiety is a very common condition, in fact, it’s the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average 1 in 4 people will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. That’s a lot of people experiencing anxiety.

It‚Äôs important to understand that anxiety is much more than just feeling stressed or worried from time to time, It‚Äôs a chronic mental health condition & for many individuals can become a lifelong battle. It is characterised by ‚Äėa persistent feeling of dread, apprehension & impending disaster or tension and uneasiness‚Äô¬†and so much so that it‚Äôs significant impairs the individual‚Äôs ability to live a normal life. Everyday tasks can become incredibly difficult & even a major trigger in some cases.

Acupuncture is a non-invasive alternative medicine modality which has been successfully used in the treatment of anxiety for many years. So how exactly does it help manage anxiety & how do I know if I’m the right candidate?….

acupuncture anxiety

acupuncture may be able to help for anxiety

Can Acupuncture help manage Anxiety?

There are many different strategies that can be utilised to aid in the management of anxiety. Acupuncture may be successfully used to alleviate symptoms associated with anxiety & assist the individuals’ recovery. In fact, research is beginning to catch up & prove the capability of acupuncture to reduce chronic symptoms associated with anxiety.

A literature review published in the prestigious British Medical Journal (BMJ) (2007), focusing on the efficacy of using acupuncture to relieve anxiety, compared results from 10 randomised control trials. They concluded that acupuncture was beneficial for the management of both situational & generalised anxiety. In a separate literature review published in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics (2011) researchers found that acupuncture was as effective as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety.

 

Will Acupuncture be right for me?

Due to acupuncture’s non-invasive & gentle nature it really is suitable for anyone. However always consult with your health care professional prior to commencement of any new treatment strategies.

acupuncture anxiety

acupuncture anxiety

How does Acupuncture help manage anxiety?

The principle by which acupuncture is able to assist individuals manage their anxiety is based upon the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) philosophy that health is dependent of the fluent & balanced movement of energy throughout the main channels of the body. Intense stress & emotion, as experienced during anxiety, begins to disrupt & block this flow of energy resulting in a number of the chronic physical & psychological symptoms suffers may experience including panic, sweating, headaches, muscle tension & even insomnia.

Acupuncture seeks to address imbalances between body, mind, emotions & spirit. It achieves this by improving circulation & oxygenation of the entire body, particularly the brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate the nervous system & facilitate natural production of endorphins & enkephalins, the body‚Äôs natural feel good hormones. This essentially means that acupuncture aims to alleviate stress & reduce the impact it has on physical & emotional health by essentially ‚Äúresetting the nervous system‚ÄĚ.

 

If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety and would like to inquire about treatment options please email info@artofacupuncture.com.au or click here to book a consultation.

*Results may vary from person to person. The owner of this website does not claim to cure, or prevent any disease or illness. For more information on how acupuncture works, contact info@artofacupuncture.com.au

 

Reference

  1. Beyond Blue (Anxiety) https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/anxiety
  2. Pilkington¬†K,¬†Kirkwood¬†G,¬†Rampes¬†H, et al‚Äô¬†Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders ‚Äď a systematic literature review‚Äô,¬†Acupuncture in Medicine¬†2007;25:1-10.
  3. Errington-Evans, N, ‚ÄėAcupuncture for Anxiety‚Äô,¬†CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics2011,
September 20, 2017

Mild Stroke Instant Improvement Scalp Acupuncture

What is Scalp Acupuncture?

Scalp acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years, dating back to ancient China. In modern acupuncture today it is one the most common treatments used for post-stroke recovery and as the name suggests, involves inserting acupuncture needles into acupoints in the scalp. In fact, scalp acupuncture rather than regular body treatment appears to be much more effective at treating neurological conditions including stroke.

How can it assist stroke recovery?

Scalp acupuncture can be an effective way to improve neurological symptoms, including difficulty speaking/writing/reading, memory loss & reduction of motor skills, which can occur post-stroke.

The acupuncture needle insertion sites, being much closer to the affected areas of the brain, are believed to encourage the brains neuroplasticity by stimulating the cerebral cortex (region of the brain responsible for memory, perception, learning, cognition, awareness, language & motor function) (1). The needles are often stimulated slightly by the acupuncturist (this cannot be felt by the patient) and often left in for a number of hours afterwards.

 

stroke treatment Brisbane

Research (2) has suggested that scalp acupuncture may be effective due to the influence it has on the following factors:

  • reducing brain odema (swelling)
  • promote repair of blood brain barrier to prevent further damage occurring from unwanted molecules crossing this essential barrier.
  • reducing chronic inflammation to allow for brain tissue repair
  • improving neuron function & communication allowing for faster recovery & return of normal functionality.

One of the most important factors of treatment is TIME. The sooner treatment begins the better the outcome. However, this is not always the case, positive results may still be seen if treatment begins beyond the ‚Äė3-6 month‚Äô recommended recovery window. Even years later treatment may still be effective. It‚Äôs never too late to consider treatment.

 

 

 

Bob Wong was raised in a traditional Chinese medicine family and moved to mainland China to study and train for almost a decade. During that time, he was able to learn from some of the top acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners in at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. His mission is not bring that knowledge and experience to help his patients.

Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule and appointment.

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