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Acupuncture relieves Knee pain and repairs cartilage

Posted on 25 March, 2018 at 23:05 Comments comments (0)

Knee pain: pain relief & cartilage repair

Relieve pain, and repair the joint!

Knee pain can be debilitating, it can greatly impact on quality of life, reduce mobility and through lack of exercise promote weight gain..... further impacting on knee pain.  Recent research shows that acupuncture not only relieves pain, but also repairs cartilage damage!


How does it work?


Acupuncture stimulates cartilage repair for patients with knee osteoarthritis. Using MRIs, researchers have quantified the therapeutic effects of acupuncture. Within four weeks, acupuncture successfully improves the condition of cartilage in the anterior medial and lateral tibial regions of the knee. In addition, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scores document that acupuncture reduces pain and stiffness levels while simultaneously improving physical function.


In a controlled trial (Zhang et al.), acupuncture was compared with the therapeutic benefits of physical therapy. The MRIs demonstrate that acupuncture improves cartilage in the knee region. Physical therapy did not stimulate cartilage repair. Pain, stiffness, and physical functioning improved with both therapies. However, acupuncture significantly outperformed physical therapy across all three WOMAC indices (pain, stiffness, and physical functioning).

If you know someone who has been suffering with knee pain, and it is impacting on their lives, then send them for some Acupuncture in North Sydney with Luke McPherson; it'll change their lives


Reference

Zhang, Yan, Fei Bao, Yan Wang, and Zhihong Wu. "Influence of acupuncture in treatment of knee osteoarthritis and cartilage repairing." American journal of translational research 8, no. 9 (2016): 3995.




Neck pain: Assessment matters

Posted on 19 March, 2018 at 21:10 Comments comments (0)

Due to our sedentary lifestyles that is spent either in front of a computer (8 hours a day at work); driving a car, sitting in front of a TV (We all love to veg out in front of the tv right?); and sleeping on incorrect pillows; we all experience neck pain at some stage.  The longer we ignore neck pain, the worse it gets and the more damage it can do. Lucky for you Acupuncture is extremely effective, and I am very proficient in relieving that pain and can offer you a treatment plan that will change your life.

Treating neck pain is a large part of my clinic, and is an area I receive tremendous success.  I put this down to:

  1. Listening to the patient through a thorough case history
  2. Watching the patient do very basic range of motion exercises so I can indentify areas of limitation in movement
  3. Understanding the anatomy of the neck and understanding which muscle groups control certain movements
  4. Knowing the red flags of damage and when to refer for more rigorous testing such as MRI
  5. Being able to perform specific testing to get a strong understanding on precise locations of pain, limitations of movement and where they originate, and if there is referral pain where is it going to, and coming from

After I have performed the specialised testing, and I am certain which muscle groups and joints are effected, and if this condition can be treated with acupuncture; I will commence treatment.  I do not have a specific treatment regime for neck pain, as in Acupunture and Chinese Medicine theory, each patient should be treated individually.

Some of the techniques I employ for your treatment plan are:
  • Acupuncture: both in the local area, and in distal areas of the body that relate to your condition
  • Tuina: This is a Chinese massage that is really effective and great at relieving those knots
  • Cupping: I use glass cups, as I feel these deliver superior results to plastic cups
  • Herbal liniments and plasters: These are designed to promote blood flow, and relieve pain
  • Stretching exercises and posture advice: I will show you how to best stretch your neck to relieve muscle tightness and promote greater range of motion; and advise you on posture to prevent further injury.

 

With my comprehensive approach and diligence in follow-up treatments, I am confident that I can help you live a pain free life.


Herbal medicine: The extraordinary benefits after you get past the initial Yuk!!

Posted on 8 March, 2018 at 21:10 Comments comments (0)


 

I love prescribing Chinese herbal medicine; I love that something so natural has these powerful properties to heal our bodies from the inside out; it is a wonderful gift that our awe-inspiring planet has bestowed on us: the means to heal ourselves. I am thankful for the gift of prescribing Chinese herbal medicine because I know my patients are having a little bit of Chinese medicine every day; and this gets them thinking about their health every day. I find the sustained focus on your health and the proactive approach of daily health building blocks, really delivers tangible results.

 

The greatest issue with being a Chinese herbalist is getting my patients past the YUK factor. They leave our beautiful practice floating, after a wonderful acupuncture session, with a beautiful little container of herbs to be brewed into a powerful medicine. I know that very first mouthful of herbs will deliver a reflex expression that resembles someone taking a big bite out of a lemon; I also hope that they will continue drinking the potent elixir and reap the benefits it will provide. Invariably my fears are almost always unfounded, and my wonderful patients take the prescribed course of treatment, knowing that the end justifies the means and they care deeply about their health.

 

A really surprising, and interesting pattern has emerged though: Once a patient is healed, they miss having their daily herbal medicine! Twice this week I have had patients return after a long absence, to ask: “Can I have my tea (Chinese herbal medicine) again? I have strangely missed it”. I have often pondered this happenstance: why does something that tastes yuk morph into a drink that is craved? I think that with the daily ritual of taking Chinese herbal medicine is also positively reinforcing their health, which prospers a greater mental acuity. Not to forget that they are feeling absolutely fabulous from the healing properties of the marvellous Chinese medical elixir!

 

So the next time I give you a little container of herbs to brew into a medicine, be sure to get through the initial “Yuk” and in a short time you to will come to love the feeling of having a little bit of Chinese medicine every day!

 

Electro-acupuncture for back pain

Posted on 17 December, 2017 at 20:45 Comments comments (0)

Electro-acupucnt for back pain is a highly effective treatment for pain; and it is one that I have incorporated a lot into my treatments

I can say a lot about hoew effective it is, but this extract of clinical research proves the effectiveness of electro-acupuncture for back pain.  If you wish to read the whole articleI have provided the link below 


To investigate the clinical efficacy of acupuncture treatment for lumbar spinal canal stenosis and herniated lumbar disc and to clarify the mechanisms in an animal experiment that evaluated acupuncture on sciatic nerve blood flow. In the clinical trial, patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis or herniated lumbar disc were divided into three treatment groups; (i) Ex-B2 (at the disordered level), (ii) electrical acupuncture (EA) on the pudendal nerve and (iii) EA at the nerve root. Primary outcome measurements were pain and dysesthesia [evaluated with a visual analogue scale (VAS)] and continuous walking distance. In the animal study, sciatic nerve blood flow was measured with laser-Doppler flowmetry at, before and during three kinds of stimulation (manual acupuncture on lumber muscle, electrical stimulation on the pudendal nerve and electrical stimulation on the sciatic nerve) in anesthetized rats. For the clinical trial, approximately half of the patients who received Ex-B2 revealed amelioration of the symptoms. EA on the pudendal nerve was effective for the symptoms which had not improved by Ex-B2. Considerable immediate and sustained relief was observed in patients who received EA at the nerve root. For the animal study, increase in sciatic nerve blood flow was observed in 56.9% of the trial with lumber muscle acupuncture, 100% with pudendal nerve stimulation and 100% with sciatic nerve stimulation. Sciatic nerve stimulation sustained the increase longer than pudendal nerve stimulation. One mechanism of action of acupuncture and electrical acupuncture stimulation could be that, in addition to its influence on the pain inhibitory system, it participates in causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood blow, including circulation to the cauda equine and nerve root.




https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2396470/

 

What I love about acupuncture

Posted on 3 December, 2017 at 21:00 Comments comments (0)

This is hardly a technical blog, nor will this blog give you any insights into a mediall condition.  What this blog will do though is show you why I love acupuncture.  


Acupuncture firstly allows me to work with people; this in itself requires a great deal of skill, patience, understanding, and most importantly: compassion.  This aspect of my job is something that comes naturally; I feel that if you want to help people than these qualities should be inherent.


Acupuncture alllows me to help couples who are having difficulties with fertility to conceive; this is a part of my job that I will always cherish, and the reward never wanes.  I posess many photos sent to me from elated couples of their much cherished new born baby.


Often, a patient who has experienced pain or illness for many years; they have tried a number of other options with little or no result.  After a few sessions with me these patients who have felt hopeless in their pursuit of health, are now seeing tangible results; they are happy.  This aspect of acupuncture is extremely enjoyable, it makes me excited to come to work. 


I am lucky that I am abe to have a profession that I am excited to go to every day.  My love and passion for acupuncture has grown stronger with each passing year; maybe this has transfered into my treatments and it itself helps deliver a greater outcome for my many patients.

Back and neck pain: my approach

Posted on 13 November, 2017 at 20:45 Comments comments (15)

When treating back and neck pain, it is essential tohave a strong understanding of the underlying anatomy, and the range of movement these areas are capable of.  I also look very closely to nearby structures that could be causing stress to this area.  To do this my knowledge of the biomedical framework has to be equal to, or greater than, my Chinese medicine knowledge.  


So when you come to your first consultation with me I'll use a numer of tools to determine your area of pain

 

  • Tests on range of motion  designed by experts in human mechanics
  • Tests on flexibility and stiffness designed by experts in human mechanics
  • Palpation: feeling for knots, stiffness
  • Visual: to look at patterns of discolouration and swelling
  • Listening: when going through your range of motions I'll be listening for cracks and creaks
  • Take your pulse: in Chinese medicine this will tel us if blood flow is smooth

After I have completed my examination I will determine if you need Tuina (Chinese massae), Acupuncture, herbs, heat, or a combination of these.  I will also give you some lifestyle advice that you can take home and ontinue with your treatment.  

Fixing and managing back and neck pain is a passion of mine; it is also something that I am very good at.  I achieve a great deal of success in this area with a satisfied customer base.  

 

Question: How can Acupuncture help create a positive outcome in IVF?

Posted on 20 August, 2017 at 23:20 Comments comments (0)

How can Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine contribute to a positive outcome in an IVF cycle?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help to improve the success rate of the IVF process in a number of ways.  I have broken this up into 2 stages:

Acupuncture leading up to IVF (ideally 6-8 weeks before IVF)

  • Alter and stabilise oestrogen and progesterone hormones to support the four phases of the menstrual cycle.
  • Regulation of hormones to produce larger number of follicles.
  • Promote ovulation and improve egg quality.
  • Improve blood flow to uterus and ovaries
  • Improve quality of the endometrium, and ensure it has adequate thickness.
  • For the partner I can help improve sperm count, motility and morphology.

Acupuncture during IVF and into first timester

  • Relieve side-effects of IVF drugs
  • Decrease stress levels and create a more subdued you for the transfer
  • Facilitate embryo implantation
  • Reduce chances of miscarriage

If you have any questions, and wish to discuss your options then please call me or contact me


Back pain? Acupuncture is the best solution

Posted on 8 August, 2017 at 1:05 Comments comments (0)

According to the American Society of Physicians - Acupuncture is a front line treatment for back pain!


The American Society of Physicians (Professional body that represents biomedical Doctors) recommends that for acupuncture for back pain be a front line treatment!  In fact this prestigious professional organisation recommends that acupuncture for back pain is moreeffective that:

  • Opiate based pain killers
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Surgery
The American Society of Physicians also recommended that acupuncture, heat therapy, and massage therapy should be used for at least 12 weeks before surgery.  This mirrors what we feel in our North Sydney practice: Acupuncture is the best mode of treatment for back pain.

Why the recommendation and glowing endorsement of acupuncture for back pain from American Society of Physicians?
  • Acupuncture has out performed pain killers in linical trials for back pain
  • Pain killers have nasty side-effects
  • Acupuncture has negligible side-effects
  • Acupuncture is cost-effective

If you have needlessly Suffered with back pain, why not give acupuncture a try?  It has been proven effective! 

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Ferility

Posted on 6 August, 2017 at 22:00 Comments comments (3)

Herbal medicine for infertility - evidence of efficacy

 

Herbal medicine is a powerful tool to treat infertility; as a skilled herbalist it is an area of medicine I rely heavily on to deliver high pregnancy rates.

Below is some research that examines and reviews all evidence derived from Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs); this evidence is pretty powerful as it pools data from a number of research papers and finds that Chinese herbal medicine can improve pregancy rates 2 fold compared to biomedical drug therapy of IVF.  

 


Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in the management of female infertility: a systematic review.

Review article

Ried K, et al. Complement Ther Med. 2011.


 

OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (CHM) in the management of female infertility and on pregnancy rates compared with Western Medical (WM) treatment.

 

METHODS: We searched the Medline and Cochrane databases and Google Scholar until February 2010 for abstracts in English of studies investigating infertility, menstrual health and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We undertook meta-analyses of (non-)randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or cohort studies, and compared clinical pregnancy rates achieved with CHM versus WM drug treatment or in vitro fertilisation (IVF). In addition, we collated common TCM pattern diagnosis in infertility in relation to the quality of the menstrual cycle and associated symptoms.

 

RESULTS: Eight RCTs, 13 cohort studies, 3 case series and 6 case studies involving 1851 women with infertility were included in the systematic review. Meta-analysis of RCTs suggested a 3.5 greater likelihood of achieving a pregnancy with CHM therapy over a 4-month period compared with WM drug therapy alone (odds ratio=3.5, 95% CI: 2.3, 5.2, p<0.0001, n=1005). Mean (SD) pregnancy rates were 60±12.5% for CHM compared with 32±10% using WM drug therapy. Meta-analysis of selected cohort studies (n=616 women) suggested a mean clinical pregnancy rate of 50% using CHM compared with IVF (30%) (p<0.0001).

 

CONCLUSIONS: Our review suggests that management of female infertility with Chinese Herbal Medicine can improve pregnancy rates 2-fold within a 4 month period compared with Western Medical fertility drug therapy or IVF. Assessment of the quality of the menstrual cycle, integral to TCM diagnosis, appears to be fundamental to successful treatment of female infertility.


If you are struggling with fertility and feel that Chinese medicine can help than please contact me for your individual advice



Turbo-charge your Sperm with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine!

Posted on 23 May, 2017 at 20:45 Comments comments (1)

Boosting sperm numbers, volume, and quality using acupuncture and Chinese medicine will really enhance your fertility and therefore your chances of creating a baby.


In my clinical experience, increasing the quality and quantity of male sperm as part of the fertility process has really yielded wonderful results. A recent patient came to see me with very poor sperm morphology, and low sperm volume; these figures were so low that it raised serious questions about the ability to conceive a baby naturally. This posed a serious problem, because conceiving naturally was extremely important to this couple.


As a fertility specialist I have dealt with this scenario many times; I was confident I was able to help them, as long as they were willing to make a few lifestyle changes and follow a treatment plan. The treatment would involve a four prong approach:

1. Acupuncture: Weekly acupuncture sessions targeted at increasing blood flow to the testes, boosting testosterone, to enhance sperm production

2. Herbal Medicine: A custom formula that would address sperm volume and morphology, as well as address other health factors that was affecting fertility

3. Supplements: Using an evidenced-based strategy; I selected the following supplements based on both scientific evidence and clinical experience: Co Q10, Omega 3, paternal plus, and L-Argenine

4. Lifestyle changes: I devised a weight program to build testosterone; and an aerobic program in the form of boxing to shed access weight. We discussed a diet that would avoid foods that is harmful to sperm health, while generating weight loss and enhancing his wellbeing.


In a few short months, just when he was due to have all his fertility markers re-tested; this lovely couple announced they were pregnant and were 5 weeks into their first trimester!


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