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VITAMIN D

VITAMIN D

Spring is in the air and that means the focus is now on vitamin D. Vitamin D, otherwise known as calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that is not found in adequate amounts in most foods. It is a cholesterol based pro-hormone made in the skin when it is exposed to...

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Bloated?

Bloated?

It’s one of the most common digestive issues: bloating of the abdomen. Some have just a bit of bloating where others look like they are a couple of months pregnant. Some people don’t feel anything of the bloating, and some feel a lot of pressure or pain in the stomach or feel like they are wearing tight jeans. Did you know that acupuncture can be effective for abdominal bloating?

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Iron deficiency

Iron deficiency

Iron is one of the most common types of nutritional deficiency in the world. In fact, 1 in 8 Australians do not consume enough iron and we see regularly in clinic, iron deficiency. Iron deficiency is an insufficient amount of iron present in the body. Without enough iron, your body cannot produce enough haemoglobin in red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body. It also plays a role in immune resistance, thyroid function, respiration, skin and nail formation and even bone health.

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Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 medical conditions that affect the skeletal system, specifically joints where two or more bones meet.* It mainly occurs in the joints of the hands, knees, shoulders, hips and lower back. In Western medicine pain relief is often treated with painkillers which can have serious side effects. Ever thought of acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbs? With this combination we aim to relieve pain and increase mobility. Read further to see why this is so important.

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Wrinkles

Wrinkles

Laugh lines, thinking wrinkles, angry look lines, are-you-kidding-me-lines or crow’s feet. Do you have them too? I have to say that I actually really like them on other people. The beautiful lines around your eyes or on your nose are actually very cute. Look at this beautiful woman in the photo. I mean how gorgeous is she? But I have them myself, and then there is actually nothing to laugh about. Funny huh, how that works?

According to Chinese medicine, outer beauty is based on your inner balance; our face reflects our internal health. Again when our energy has the right balance, we look fresh and healthy. But we all get older and after the age of 20 our face starts to leave traces. And I want to tell you, that is very normal. Unfortunately, one person gets it a bit faster while the other gets wrinkles a bit deeper.

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Diabetes awareness Mondays

At of the first Monday of May at Altona Acupuncture we will be running type 1 diabetes awareness Mondays where $2 from every treatment will be donated to the Juvenile diabetes research foundation. This is a really important cause for me because my daughter is diagnosed with type1 diabetes. She is 7 years old now and every single day is a challenge to make sure we can keep her safe, well and healthy and to make sure she stays that way. It’s been a very steep learning curve. There were a lot of things about type 1 diabetes that we just didn’t understand as parents. So I want to share some insights with you as well every Monday about what its like to love with Type 1 diabetes.

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We’re seeking a massage therapist

We’re seeking a massage therapist

Exciting opportunity for an experienced remedial massage therapist / myo therapist  Are you a passionate and experienced massage therapist who wants to help patients lead a healthy life (without pain). Do you want to work in a friendly team...

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis

11 March 2021 - March endometriosis awareness month, but what is endometriosis? Symptoms are variable and unfortunately there are still a lot of questions unanswered about endometriosis. This also means that often there is a delay of many years in diagnosis.Women with...

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Keep your balance in Autumn

Keep your balance in Autumn

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) everything is connected and in perfect harmony. This is reflected in the rhythm of day and night, the alternation of the seasons and the functioning of people. Now that Autumn has arrived, the element metal is taking the lead. The element metal stands for letting go and receiving. When your metal element is in balance, you are decisive, strong and vital, but when your element is out of balance you can feel sad and this can also lead to an inability to create structure, among other things. Like the trees drop their leaves, because they become unneeded. It is time for you to drop bad habits, let things go and keep what is right for you. Be decisive and think about your real needs.

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Cun [Tsun]

Cun [Tsun]

In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) we use proportional measurements to locate acupuncture points on the body. This measurement system is known as cun.  Whole regions of the body are divided up into equal parts. For example the outside of the thigh is divided up...

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The moon

The moon

To me the moon is a fascinating thing. Science may indicate that there is no relationship between the position of the moon and human behaviour or well-being however there are many people who believe differently, including me, for me I believe the moon has more ‘power’!

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Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a common feeling that many people experience. Often the anxious feeling disappears when the sense of danger has passed however sometimes the feeling lingers long after the danger has gone.  Long held stress can take time to leave the body and this...

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Postpartum imbalances

Postpartum imbalances

A woman’s body undergoes significant hormonal and physiological changes during pregnancy and after giving birth. While many mothers are feeling blessed and happy, a very large group of women have the feeling that they have ended up in a big thunderstorm. The changes that women have to go through are immense and very intense. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can support you if you suffer from postpartum imbalances.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine & Summer

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Summer

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FIRE ELEMENT IN BALANCE 4 December 2020 - According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) everything is connected and in perfect harmony. This is reflected in the rhythm of day and night, the alternation of the seasons and the functioning of people....

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The 5 elements

The 5 elements

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the five elements are believed to be the fundamental of everything in the universe between which interactions occur. Everything is connected and in perfect harmony. This is reflected in the rhythm of day and night, the alternation of the seasons and the functioning of people.

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Period blood colour

Period blood colour

If you’ve seen an acupuncturist for menstrual issues, you’ve probably been asked all kinds of questions about your menstrual blood. Do you have heavy periods, what color is your blood and do you have blood clots? The more we know, the better we can understand your body and menstrual cycle. The color of the blood is not a gynecological diagnosis. It gives the acupuncturist instructions about the energy balance in your body and how we can restore this balance in case of menstrual complaints.

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Menopause

Menopause

Sooner or later, hot flashes and night sweats will come around the corner ladies… Not everyone has the same symptoms, but these are the most common. Acupuncture cannot slow or stop menopause, but it may help reduce symptoms.

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How’s your libido?

How’s your libido?

Isn’t it funny? Talking about sex and making jokes about sex when all is well is easy.  But what if your sex drive or libido is low? This is something we often don’t speak about, which is strange because a low libido is very common and often caused by hormonal or emotional problems. 

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Stressed? Take care of your adrenal glands

Stressed? Take care of your adrenal glands

17 September 2020, Natalie Gibson - Our adrenal gland is a key part of our stress response, it is the gland that produces our stress hormone cortisol amongst others. Normal amounts of stress are considered normal. It's what gets us up in the morning, it encourages...

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Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air

Just look around you, the seeds are sprouting, coloured flowers and green are everywhere. Not only the plants and animals, but we are also coming out of hibernation. In Winter we saved our energy and made plans which we can realise during Spring.

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Qi & meridians

Qi & meridians

3 September 2020 - Within traditional Chinese medicine there are a number of terms that we regularly use such as Qi, yin, yang and meridians. Sometimes we use these terms during your consultation. And no, it isn't strange that you have no idea what we are talking...

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Health Benefits of Omega 3

Health Benefits of Omega 3

28 August 2020 by Natalie Gibson - Omega 3 fatty acids support the cell membrane structure of each of our cells as well as the internal organelles within the cells, assist with lipid digestion transport and metabolism, maintain stability of chromosomes and regulate...

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How is acupuncture going to help me conceive?

How is acupuncture going to help me conceive?

30 August 2020 by Naomi Jankowski - The question I receive the most frequently in clinic is "How does acupuncture work?" This is such a fantastic question with multifaceted answers. The question I like even better is "How is acupuncture going to help me conceive?"...

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Chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine

20 August 2020 - The practice of Chinese herbal medicine dates back thousands of years, and many of the herbal combinations (ie 'formulas') used today are still based on those from ancient medical texts dating back as far as circa 200 C.E. Chinese herbs consist of a...

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Together with less sugar through stage 4

Together with less sugar through stage 4

18 August 2020 - SUGAR In a nutshell, unrefined sugars are the natural and unprocessed sugars which also contain all kinds of minerals, fibers and vitamins. Your body needs these nutrients to digest sugar properly and for a smoothly digestion. In contrast, the refined...

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Food intolerances

Food intolerances

The food we eat makes up a large component of our energy source and nutrients for our body to thrive. However, food can also cause significant harm if the food does not agree with us. Food intolerances are quite common in relation to many health conditions such as:...

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How do you drink your water?

How do you drink your water?

24 July 2020 - You’re walking outside but it’s freezing. Your shoulders and neck cringe and your body gets tense. Do you recognise this? That is exactly what cold is doing to you, but also what a cold drink does to the inside of your body. Which is a natural response...

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Yin yang

Yin yang

17 July 2020 - In China, the terms yin and yang have been used for thousands of years, but we in the West find them often abstract. And that is slightly remarkable as we are unconsciously busy with yin and yang all day. Arno Roelofs, one of best acupuncturists of the...

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Cosmetic acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture

29 June 2020 - HOW IT WORKSCosmetic acupuncture is often seen as a safe and natural alternative to Botox, as the two treatment methods have a similar effect in firming the skin around the face. Cosmetic acupuncture helps with anti-ageing, acne and pigmentation. ...

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Kids health & nutrition

Kids health & nutrition

26 June 2020 - Quite often we discuss children as being miniature adults. However in relation to health this is further from the truth. The health of children is very different to the health of an adult and is treated very differently due to the development of key...

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The most natural way to read time

The most natural way to read time

16 June 2020 - THE CHINESE ORGAN CLOCK Of course we find traditional Chinese medicine and a holistic approach very interesting. We would love to tell you more about that, and maybe you finally find out why you feel in certain way in the day or why you wake up during...

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Winter

Winter

2 June 2020 - While in spring the seeds sprout and the sun heats the earth, in winter nature crawls back into the soil and people are doing the same thing; intuitively we turn inside ourselves during winter. Winter is a time to slow down and gather energy for when the...

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Collagen

Collagen

1 June 2020 - Collagen is the most abundant protein that forms your skin, providing structure and firmness. Collagen is produced by special cells in the second layer of your skin. Collagen is produced by fibroblasts and broken down by enzymes. If this production and...

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Gua Sha stones back in stock

Gua Sha stones back in stock

26 May 2020 - Gua Sha is used to induce the action of collagen building cells in the layer of the skin, improve blood circulation and lymphatic drainage and relieve facial muscle tension. Rose quartz is one of the most used crystals used for healing. The energetic...

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Fertility Program

Fertility Program

26 May 2020 - by Aleisha Rasheed, Doctor of Chinese Medicine & Natalie Gibson, Naturopath. The Altona Acupuncture fertility program offers the special benefit of having a team of practitioners working together to support you. Fertility is...

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Immunity Broth

Immunity Broth

26 May 2020 - We are so excited to tell you that Nat (naturopath) and I developed our own organic tea / broth for your immunity. With this broth/tea you enjoy the benefits of Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine in one cup. It's called Ying Qi and it is...

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Spotlight on Hay Fever and 4 helpful acupuncture tips

Spotlight on Hay Fever and 4 helpful acupuncture tips

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to dust, pollen and other airborne allergens. In response to these otherwise harmless floaties the nasal sinuses become inflamed which causes sneezing, runny nose, watery and itchy eyes and headaches. Hay fever is most common during...

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5 Tips To Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy

5 Tips To Boost Your Immune System and Stay Healthy

The strength of your immune system is tested in winter. According to Chinese medicine this is because our immune system requires heat (yang energy) to circulate between our skin and muscles but in winter our yang energy retreats inwards to protect our organs. Check...

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