New Year Holiday Period
We are closed from 1 January 2018 to 6 January 2018, and then will be back to usual clinic hours from 8 Janary 2018.
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Published on 28 December 2017
Case Study - Prolonged Coughing
70 years old female patient, suffered coughing for over 3 years. She often gets phlegm and itchy throat as well.
Her scans showed that her esophagus is narrowed with about 85% of normal lung capacity.
She also suffers from falling sleep at night and frequently wakes up due to the nocturia. She has good appetite but has difficutly digesting them. She feels slightly dizziness and her bowels tend to be loose.
Her pulse was slow (about 54 beats per minute) and deep, an her voice was very small.
From TCM perspective, prolonged coughing especially in elderies are often caused by lack of energies (Qi and/or Blood), and this patient also falls into this category.
Both acupuncture and herbal medicine are effective in this case. But because the patient was unable to come often for acupunctue as she lives far away from the clinic, I prescribed decocted Chinese herbal medicine to increase her energies.
Patient came back after 4 weeks with less coughing with very little phlegm.
She was prescribed with another course of decocted herbal medicine.
TCM classifies coughing in about 16 different types with different causes such as coughing from external pathogens (e.g. common cold), indigestion, damp retention, seasonal and etc.
Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective for coughing even when the coughing persists over a month.
Thank you fore reading.
Have a lovely day =)
Published on 28 December 2017
Please check the following link to find the acupuncturists around your area who provide pregnancy related acupuncture services. www.pregnancy.com.au
Published on 17 October 2017
Case Study - Frequent Nose bleeding & Abdominal Pain
A 10 year old female patient came to our clinic with her mother for her frequent nose bleeding and abdominal pain, which have been issues for a while. She experienced nose bleeding a few times a week, and had one episode of abodminal pain each day.
Her other symptoms were nocturia, nausea, frequent forehead headache, tired in the afternoon, constipation (1 in 2 days) and tingling in her feet.
She was slim to moderate body size with red cheeks and dry lips.
Her pulse was tense without much strength.
My diagnosis was that she was lacking Xue energy in her spleen.
When a child lacks the Xue energy in spleen, his/her body cannot hold the blood within the vessel and this can lead to freuqent nose bleeding and/or easy bruising.
This also causes the dryness of bowel pathway, leading to constipation, as well as poor circulation to cause pins and needle in extremities.
Of course, spleen - a main digestive organ from TCM view - weakness can cause some digestion issues as well as 'forehead (belongs to digestion in TCM)' headache.
Typical appearance characteristics for this condition include red cheeks and dry lips.
I provided decocted herbal medicine over 4 weeks.
During those 4 weeks, the client did not have any nose bleeding and decreasing frequency of abdominal pain.
Other symptoms all got better except the bowel motion which still tended to happen 1 in 1-2 days only.
I recomended her mother to consider continuing for 3-4 more weeks to adjust her bowel motion as well.
If you see your child with red cheeks and dry lips, he/she may also lacks the energy in spleen.
Providing them foods with some sweet taste can help them to recover in initial stage.
Thank you and have a good day =)
Published on 27 September 2017
Case Study - Pregnancy Support
A female client in her mid 30s came for pregnancy support as she was difficult to pregnant again after a miscarraige a year ago. She did not have any major issues affecting pregnancy from hospital checks.
After a consultation, I found that she had 2 major issues.
First issue was that she had her miscarriage in 2nd month of pregnancy. Even months (2,4,6,8) during the pregnancy are where your uterus should be closed. But if there was a miscarriage during these even months, it may indicate that the uterus was damaged from the miscarriage.
Second issue was that her stomach and uterus were too cold. A person would not want to stay in a cold room for a long time. Similarly, when the female's uterus is too cold, it is difficult for a foetus to settle it and therefore it may lead to infertility.
I prescribed her 3 courses of 2 weeks of decocted herbal medicine to address above two issues. After 3rd course of medicine, she was successfully pregnant.
There are many reasons affecting pregnancy. Please consult gynaecologists or Chinese Medicine practitioners as early as possible if you also experience same issues. There are always higher successful chances when you are even 1-day younger =) Have a great day.
Published on 23 August 2017
Case Study - Acnes
A female client in her 20s visited for her acnes. Acnes were all around her cheeks on both sides and around her chin. She also had some on her forehead as well. They were very tiny and white colours. Her skin was dry and face skin sometimes peeled off. She also felt that her face was tight and sometimes itchy, but there was no swelling or soreness.
Her other signs and symptoms were:
- difficult to fall sleep because she cannot stop thinking when lying on the bed, and her sleep was generally very shallow
- She tends to easily sweat
- Thirsty and dry lips when wake up in the morning
- Moderate to large amounts of vaginal discharge
Her pulse was fast (88-90 per minute), float and loose.
Considering her constitution, S&S and pulse, I diagnosed that her acnes are from deficient heat in lungs.
She was prescribed with 7 days decocted herbal medicine.
When she came back a week after, most of her acnes were disappeared, and decided to continue for 1-2 weeks more.
Please note that acnes can be caused from various reasons in Chinese Medicine perspectives, e.g. Lung, uterus, stomach, kidney, liver issues etc. Treatment period varies depending on many factors such as constitution, where the problem lies and how long the client had acnes etc. Some may take 1-2 weeks to treat but some many take longer periods.
Published on 23 August 2017
News - Efficacy of Acupuncture on Period Pain
There is an interesting article about the efficacy of acupuncture on reducing period pain.
Please click the link below to have a read.
Have a good day, everyone!
Published on 19 July 2017
Information - Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy
Here are some information about foods to avoid during pregnancy according to UNESCO registered Oriental medicinal book called Dong-Ui-Bo-Kam.
Thank you for reading.
Published on 29 June 2017.
Case Study - Prolonged Menstrual Bleeding & Indigestion
Early April 2017, Female client, mid 40s, came for her prolonged menstural bleeding and indigestion.
Her duration of menstruation was almost 20 days with small amount of blood. This has happend over a few cycles.
She did not have much discharges, no clots, and had very minor lower stomach pain during menstruation.
She also had lower back pain which sometimes travels down her leg and she needed back support aid.
Her sleep was very shallow, her appetitie was poor and frequently experienced indigestion especially below solar plexus.
Her pulse was overall deep but Guan positions on left and right hands were very tense.
I diagnosed her with Spleen Qi deficiency.
Spleen is a vital organ in TCM system which controls the digestion and motions of four limbs, supports lower back in females, and maintains the blood flows within the vessles.
Because her spleen did not have enough Qi, it failed to support the lower back, causes indigestion and failed to regulate proper blood flows.
Client did not want to try herbal medicines, and hence I applied acupuncture to strengthen her spleen as well as some points to ease her lower back pain. Acupuncture points such as SP 2, SP 1, LR 1, SI 3 were applied.
I also provided her short Chinese massage after acupuncture treatment.
Same treatment was repeated after a week.
Follow Up & Treatment
Client came back in late May 2017. She mentioned that her bleeding stopped after second treatment and her lower back pain was relieved that she no longer required back support aid.
She came for her indigestion this time which started after a late dinner. She experienced headache near her vertex and her limbs were aching. She was nauseus and felt her stomach is bloated too much.
I explained to her that this has happened because her spleen is not fully recovered yet and she requires more treatments to strengthen her spleen.
I applied acupuncture treatment to strengthen her spleen again. This time I also applied moxibustion on her stomach to provide some warmth and to promote circulation and strengthen Qi.
After the treatment, she said that she felt something moving down her stomach and believed that her indigestiona and bloating were relieved.
She was also prescribed with some herbal pills for indigestion.
In TCM, lower back of a female is often associated with her spleen and stomach strengths.
Once they lose the strength in their spleen and stomach, many of them experience lower back pain.
It is commonly seen among females with C/S.
By the time when a female experiences lower back pain because of spleen and stomach weakness,
it usually equires 1-2 months treatments to fully strengthen her spleen and stomach again although lower back pain and other symptoms can be relieved in a shorter time.
For the same reason, I asked this client to come back in 2 weeks time for a check up and further treatments to prevent the repetition of her health issues.
Published on 29 May 2017.
Case Study – Lower Back Pain
A female client in her late 40s visited this clinic in middle of April 2017.
She was suffering from severe lower back pain, which initially started 4 years ago and was previously diagnosed with herniation of lumbar discs at GP clinic.
Pain became severely worse this week, and she was considering to have a surgery.
She said that she could not stand up for two days this week and felt her whole body is numb including hands and feet. Although she had pain on whole lower back, more severe pain trembles down on her left thigh and lower leg.
She mentioned that she mainly lies down on her bed at home and she is on sick leaves from her work.
What is herniation of lumbar discs?
Spinal discs serve as shock absorbers between the vertebrae (back boners) and it supports the upper body to allow movements in all directions.
When a disc herniates, and leaks its inner material, it aggravates the nerve and triggers back pain and nerve pain down the leg.
TCM Diagnosis & Treatment
She mentions that she does physical works at her job and she is always tired, which well showed from her loose and no-strength pulse, especially at Guan (one of TCM pulse location). Her face is slightly pale but her cheeks were red. She was of very slim size.
I diagnosed her with Liver Qi & Blood deficiency and acupunctured on LR 8, KI 10, LR 3, LU 8 on her right-hand side. I usually acupuncture on opposite side to pain location and this is based on traditional acupuncture theory – “acupuncture on left when the disease is on right, and acupuncture on top when the disease is at bottom”.
She came back every 2-3 days afterwards and had similar acupuncture treatments with cupping and/or massage. She also had 1 week dose of Chinese herbal medicine to boost her liver energy to help her relieving pain and fatigue.
After 6 acupuncture treatments and 1 week of Chinese herbal medicine, she was able to do her daily job and walks about 2 hours without pain. She insisted to go back to her work, and I recommended her to do less hours of work for further 1-2 weeks. I hope that she looks after her body well from now on, and takes a good rest for her body to recover especially when she overworks.
Published on 03 May 2017.
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