Closeup of hand performing acupuncture therapy on customer's back at salon

Traditional acupuncture is an ancient system of health and wellness that’s been used in China for thousands of years. It has a holistic focus and looks at your entire well-being.

What does it involve?

Traditional acupuncture practice works on the basis that when the body’s energy ("Qi") is disrupted or blocked it can cause a number of ailments. Acupuncture uses “pulses,” “coatings” and “meridians” (or channels) derived from ancient Chinese philosophy and culture, with traditional acupuncture needles inserted into defined acupoints to unblock energy meridians and help create balance within bodily systems.

The needles used for acupuncture are very fine (hair like thickness) and many clients do not feel them being inserted, some clients notice mild sensations like tiny pricking sensation, tingling or a vibration.

Acupuncture also includes other techniques such as cupping, moxibustion, electro, gua sha or acupressure.

 

What is it used for?

  • Digestive disorders
  • Relieving anxiety and depression
  • Treating back and neck pain
  • Pre-menstrual problems
  • Migraine and headache relief

  • IVF support
  • Fertility issues
  • Menopause symptom relief
  • Arthritis
  • Other musculosketal disorders

Acupuncture for fertility and IVF

Fertility Support - men and women

IVF Support

One in six couples experience problems in conceiving. This growing problem can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyle and environmental factors - some not in our control.  Acupuncture triggers the release of prostaglandins, which sets in train a series of chemical messages up to the hypothalamus (our regulatory control centre for all hormones).  It is of particular interest in regards to fertility as it also controls the discharge of gonadotropin-releasing hormones (GnRH), which govern ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy.

  • Reducing the level of stress hormones which interfere with ovulation
  • Improving blood circulation in the uterus, ovaries and testes
  • Supporting ovarian function and follicular development
  • Increasing endorphin production and the levels of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnrH)

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are increasingly being used to assist and enhance success rates of IVF treatment.

To prepare for IVF you should ideally start acupuncture at least 3-4 months prior to commencing the IVF cycle, although even 1 month prior can make a difference to improving the success rate. The general aim of the treatment is to bring you to optimum preconceptual health.

When you start the hormone regime for IVF acupuncture treatment can assist the body in down-regulation and it can also help alleviate some of the side-effects of the medication (such as headaches, hot flushes or mood swings). Acupuncture treatment during the stimulation phase is used to promote the development of the follicles.

Menopause support

As women age the follicular activity in the ovaries decreases leading to a reduction in  estrogen and progesterone levels.  Feedback mechanisms to the pituitary gland are affected and our various hormone levels fluctuate. These changes will give rise to various emotional disturbances such as mood swings and loss of concentration.  This hormonal imbalance can also trigger the abnormal dilation and constriction of the blood vessels, leading to hot flushes and headaches. Perimenopausal symptoms can range from these well known symptoms through to lesser known ones such as tinnitus, dry or itchy skin, tingling toes and digestive issues.

Acupuncture does not aim increase the level of a certain hormone, but rather to restore balance whilst the body is going through these changes; to optimise a woman’s endocrine system, regulates the nervous system and stimulate the release of “feel good” endorphins and calm the mind.

Facial acupuncture

Facial acupuncture works by stimulating our natural healing mechanisms. It increases local blood circulation to the face increasing the oxygenation of the skin, promotes the lymph drainage to accelerate the removal of cellular waste and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin which improves skin tone and elasticity - minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.