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Managing Sinusitis With Chinese Medicine

Managing Sinusitis With Chinese Medicine

Most people describe blocked and painful sinuses as a blocked nose. While doctors call it acute or chronic sinusitis. What are Para-Nasal Sinuses?  The para-nasal sinuses are air filled spaces inside the skull that are lined with moist tissue. There’s four pairs: Frontal Sinus Maxillary Sinus Ethmoidal Sinus Sphenoidal Sinus What is Sinusitis? When there’s inflammation of the sinuses, this is called sinusitis. (-itis) meaning inflammation. This is usually due to viral, bacterial, fungal infection or allergic reactions. There are 4 types: Acute (resolves in 30 days) Sub-acute (30-90 days) Re-current (10 days between end and start of new episode) Chronic (90 days or more) Firstly, a

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Managing Insomnia With Chinese Medicine

Managing Insomnia With Chinese Medicine

In my first day of practice, a woman visited my office because she’d been five years without a full nights sleep. As you could imagine she was physically depleted. It was affecting her life at work and relationship with her husband until it got got so bad that she decided to stop pretending like everything was ok. So she applied for an assessment with me. She’s not alone, up to half of all Australians experience symptoms of insomnia. What is Insomnia? Insomnia is a difficulty falling or staying asleep. It not a disorder itself, but is a symptom of a

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Managing Chronic Fatigue With Chinese Medicine

Managing Chronic Fatigue With Chinese Medicine

As many as 2% of Australians experience chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) each year. CFS is a severe, long-lasting type of fatigue. There are no known disorders explaining it in a western medical framework. Currently there are no western medical treatment for CFS. How is CFS diagnosed?  Unexplained fatigue plus the following factors are used as a guide: Severe fatigue for six months or more Fatigue that isn’t due to exercise or improved by rest Reduced ability to perform daily activities Sore throat, low grade fever, and enlarged painful lymph nodes Muscle, abdominal, multi-joint pain New onset and severity of headaches Difficultly

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Managing Pre-menstrual Syndrome With Chinese Medicine

Managing Pre-menstrual Syndrome With Chinese Medicine

You might be here because you’ve resigned yourself to putting up with the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). You might even think PMS is something you have to put up with. PMS is a common reason for women to visit my office because Acupuncture and Chinese medicine tend to be a safe and effective option for most women. What is PMS? PMS is described as irritability, anxiety, oedema, breast tenderness and or headache 7-10 days before and ending a few hours after menses begins. Symptoms can last a few hours to up to ten days and can also include insomnia

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Managing Anxiety With Acupuncture

Managing Anxiety With Acupuncture

People of all ages find it difficult to control their thoughts and maintain a balanced state of mind. Some people describe their mood as “anxious”. However there are differences between having anxiety and feeling everyday stressors. What is Anxiety? Anxiety it the assumption that in the near future, you or someone close to you will experience: More pain than pleasure Greater loss than Gain More negative than positive Greater drawback than benefit A lopsided perception has been created.  This imbalanced perception of reality leads to the symptoms we call anxiety. There are several types of anxiety, each have different features.

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Managing Tension Headache with Acupuncture

Managing Tension Headache with Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have had a long history treating tension headaches. Today, tension headaches are one of the most prevalent medical complaints in Australia. What Is a Tension Headache? Firstly, tension headache is characterized by frequent or continuous mild pain on both sides of the head, with a vise-like grip in the back of head or forehead. This can spread over the entire head and get worse toward the end of the day. It’s common for people to experience tension headache less than 15 days per month. When symptoms appear more than 15 days per month, they’re considered chronic.

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Managing Menopause With Chinese Medicine

Managing Menopause With Chinese Medicine

Menopause is a time in woman’s life that can become highly stressful. Hot flashes, night sweats emotional changes and more cause physical and emotional discomfort. What is Menopause? Firstly, menopause is a time of physical and emotional change that results from a natural decline in ovarian function. Secondly, this is different from premature menopause where ovarian decline is brought on before age 40. Smoking, living in high altitude and a lack of dietary nourishment may cause this. Finally, this is different again from artificial menopause. Medical interventions such as chemotherapy and procedures that impair ovarian blood supply are causes.  What

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Chinese Medicine For Cold & Flu

Chinese Medicine For Cold & Flu

Last week I was walking my dog at my local park when I overheard a group of women talking about viral infections. The women were convinced that there was nothing they could do to help treat their cold/flu. You may have this belief too, however there are many ways you can support recovery from viruses. What Is a Cold/Flu? Almost half of all common colds are caused by one of the 100 plus serotypes of rhino-viruses common in autumn and spring. Viral infections can spread by contact with someone with the virus. It can also spread by airborne particles containing

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Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Millions of Australian’s experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) each year. You might be here because you’re struggling with IBS or you know somebody who is. Perhaps you have tried many strategies to discover nothing have helped you yet. What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable bowel syndrome is abdominal pain or discomfort for at least three days per month within the past three months. Plus two or more of the following: Relief by defecation Change in frequency of stool Change in consistency of stool Other diseases are ruled out via a physical exam and tests before IBS is diagnosed. Western Medical

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Managing Hay Fever With Chinese Medicine

Managing Hay Fever With Chinese Medicine

One morning when I was a young boy, I was woken by the sound of my father’s voice cursing over the sound of his lawn mower. I jumped out of bed to see what all the commotion was about and as I looked through my bedroom window, his eyes were half closed and he was agitated! My father is a hay fever sufferer along with over 4 million Australian’s and perhaps you are too! What is Hay Fever? Most people describe the irritating itchiness and sneezing as hay fever, however doctors call it allergic rhinitis. Hay-fever symptoms are caused from a

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