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WHAT WE TREAT

Chinese Medicine is traditionally used to treat a wide range of conditions by addressing the cause of the health issue as well the presenting symptoms. 

Examples of some conditions addressed at Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic are listed below.

WOMEN'S HEALTH

Throughout a woman’s life the body is constantly changing, especially during the childbearing years and menopause, and within these times the body can easily become unbalanced.  Chinese Medicine has been treating women’s health for centuries and aims to relieve imbalances in the body.

 

Chinese Medicine as an adjunct therapy aims to positively impact:

 

  • Painful periods

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Absence of periods

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 

  • Irregular menstrual cycles

  • Endometriosis

  • Ovulation pain

  • Depression

  • Headaches

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

  • Fibroids

  • Menopausal symptoms (hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, vaginal dryness)

  • Vaginal discharge or itching

  • Reoccurring urinary tract infections.

PRECONCEPTION CARE & INFERTILITY

Preconception care is recommended with the aim to promote optimal gynaecological health in preparation for pregnancy, to strengthen and prepare the body to increase its chances of conceiving and to assist in promoting a healthy pregnancy and beyond. Preparing the body can take three to six months and ideally both partners receive treatment.

 

Chinese Medicine practice believes the symptom of infertility indicates there is an imbalance in the body. Treatments focus on aiming to regulate the menstrual cycle and restore overall health and wellbeing. 

 

A treatment plan is formed based on the underlying patterns of imbalance according to the Chinese Medicine system. 

 

Many health practitioners recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. Although earlier systematic reviews found that evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture used to support IVF or other assisted reproductive technology was “unclear”, a more recent systematic review by Qian et al found that “Based on an analysis of the studies, acupuncture improves the CPR [clinical pregnancy rate] among women undergoing IVF.

 

There is increasing evidence supporting the benefits of acupuncture in treating infertility. There is also continuing research on how acupuncture may increase the effectiveness of IVF, and these studies have yielded positive outcomes. 

PREGNANCY CARE

Chinese Medicine is an integrated system of primary health care and treatment aims to benefit both the mother and baby in achieving optimum health. Ideally, this journey begins with preconception care to prepare the body for pregnancy.

 

Chinese Medicine support during pregnancy focuses on physical and emotional well-being to assist in a healthy full term pregnancy, aiming to nourish the baby and prepare the body for the birth and the postpartum period.

 

There is evidence supporting that Chinese Medicine has potential for positive effect for women suffering from nausea and/or dry retching during the earlier stages of pregnancy.  

BIRTH PREPARATION

This is an important stage of the pregnancy and often one that can cause anxiety. Chinese medicine has traditionally been used to assist in preparing the mother’s body for labour.

POST BIRTH ISSUES

After giving birth it is important that the woman’s body is well nourished and balanced to benefit the health of both the mother and baby. This allows sufficient energy levels, adequate breast milk and emotional well being to assist the mother to adjust to the rhythm of motherhood.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to support you through post pregnancy.

INFANTILE CONDITIONS

Infantile conditions may be treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine and are normally administered via the mother’s milk. The Chinese Medicine system believes that common conditions such as colic, night crying, unsettled behaviour and poor growth can be due to digestive weakness. 

MUSCULOSKELETAL CONDITIONS & PAIN MANAGEMENT 

In the Chinese Medicine system, conditions that present with pain indicate the body has a blockage or there are insufficient nutrients within the system to provide nourishment. Pain is a signal from the body indicating there is an imbalance and change is needed. 

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture aim to relax the body, reduce pain and clear inflammation. Our approach also seeks to assist in restoring and repairing damaged tissue in order to prevent the problem from recurring. 

 

The number of recommended treatments is measured by the severity and duration of the complaint. It is recommended for musculoskeletal conditions that initially 2 treatments be applied per week for the first 3 weeks.

Chinese Medicine as an adjunct therapy aims to alleviate discomfort associated with the following conditions: 

 

  • Arthritic conditions

  • Assisting with the healing of broken bones

  • Muscular atrophy

  • Bell’s Palsy

  • Repetitive strain injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Body aches

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow

  • Frozen Shoulder

  • Recurrent & acute stiff neck

  • Lower back tightness and pain

  • Acute injuries (sprains, bruising, pulled muscles)

  • Chronic pain conditions

  • Muscular spasms and cramps

  • Jaw pain

  • Neuropathies

  • Muscular function deficits from stroke or illness.

 

STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Everyone responds to stress and emotional distress differently which, according to the Chinese Medicine system, can led to physical and emotional symptoms such as; digestive issues, premenstrual tension, insomnia, skin disorders, headaches, high blood pressure and fatigue. Chinese Medicine traditionally holds that prolonged emotional states can lead to anxiety disorders, depression, and reduced immune function.

 

Chinese Medicine acknowledges that everyone is unique and uses an individual treatment approach to assist with mental health issues. 

When taken as an adjunct therapy and accompanied by a healthy diet and regular exercise, Chinese Medicine aims to assist with: 

 

  • Managing stress

  • Sleep disturbances (difficulty getting to sleep, waking frequently, excessive dreaming)

  • Depression

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Mental clarity & concentration levels

  • Improved overall health and wellbeing.

CHILDREN'S HEALTH

Chinese Medicine focuses on preventing disease and maintaining good health as much as it focuses on treating illness.  This concept is of great importance for living a happy and healthy life and ideally, this journey begins during childhood. 

 

It is often regarded as normal for children to experience frequent illness which is considered as ‘immune building’, but why would we think being sick as a child is normal when being sick as an adult is not normal? In Chinese Medicine theory, adult health issues are often associated with the history of childhood illnesses.

 

Chinese Medicine as an adjunct therapy aims to improve children’s immunity and assist in reducing the frequency and duration of illness during childhood. Treatments include dietary therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine and in some cases acupuncture.

 

The strength of Chinese Medicine for children lies in its unique view of the child’s physiology. Chinese Medicine views each child individually and focuses on the underlying cause of the problem as well as the presenting symptoms. 

TEENAGE HEALTH

The teenage years are considered a time when we are at the peak of health and our bodies are strong and healthy. Adolescence is also a period of significant change and transition, both emotionally and physically with the onset of puberty, increasing stress of school and peer relationships. These factors combined with any inherited constitutional health dispositions, and dietary and lifestyle habits, can cause health issues. Chinese Medicine aims to have a positive effect on numerous common teenage health issues. 

MEN'S HEALTH

It is important for men to take care of their health and well being throughout the different stages of life to benefit their physical and emotional health. Chinese Medicine believes in maintaining good health with acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and dietary advice to avoid health issues later in life. This is often referred to as a ‘tune-up’. A general tune-up treatment corrects any imbalances in the body and can benefit sleep, digestion, stress levels and overall energy levels. In Chinese Medicine, men’s health includes general health conditions such as digestive complaints as well as specific men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction.

 

Men’s health issues that we aim to have a positive effect on include:

 

  • Sexual dysfunction (premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction)

  • Infertility

  • Prostate issues

  • Emotional issues such as irritability, anxiety and depression

DIGESTION ISSUES

The digestive system breaks down food to provide the whole body with nutrients and energy. In the Chinese Medicine system, it is believed when the digestive system is not functioning properly, the body will weaken, compromising the immune system and impacting the metabolism, which can lead to several health issues.

 

Dietary therapy is a large part of treating digestive issues in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture. Treatments focus on restoring the functions of the digestive system to treat the cause of the problem and to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

 

Chinese Medicine as an adjunct therapy aims to assist with a range of common digestive disorders, such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Abdominal pain

  • Crohn’s Disease

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Diarrhoea

  • Constipation

  • Nausea

  • Poor appetite

  • Heartburn

  • Abdominal bloating and distension

  • Gastroenteritis

  • Gingivitis

  • Mouth ulcers

  • Hiccough.

RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS

Frequent colds and flues can weaken the respiratory and immune systems and lead to chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic cough, hay fever and sinusitis. The best method for preventing colds and flues is to maintain good health prior to the cold and flu season, this will give your body the best chance to avoid becoming ill.

 

Chinese Medicine is used to treat respiratory disorders by improving the general respiratory system function and supporting the immune system to prevent the issue from reoccurring. Dietary therapy is a large part of treating respiratory conditions in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture. Children’s dietary intake greatly influences their respiratory health and in most cases just altering their diet will make a significant difference. 

 

Chinese Medicine as an adjunct therapy may positively impact the following respiratory conditions:

 

  • Asthma

  • Acute and recurrent colds and flues

  • Sinusitis

  • Rhinitis

  • Recurrent stuffy or runny nose 

  • Emphysema

  • Wheezing or shortness of breath

  • Hay fever

  • Chronic cough

  • Acute and Chronic Bronchitis

  • Acute Tonsillitis

  • Laryngitis

  • Sore throat. 

IMMUNE RESTORATION & AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS 

Our immune systems can be weakened by some common factors such as insufficient sleep, frequent illness, poor dietary habits, stress and over work. Frequent colds and flues and poor energy could indicate a compromised immune system. This can also manifest in other ways including muscle pain, asthma and slow healing of wounds and injuries.

 

Autoimmune disorders are addressed in Chinese Medicine by determining the underlying pattern causing the health issues and not by suppressing the immune system. 

 

SURGERY, INJURY & ILLNESS RECOVERY 

The holistic, patient-centred focus practice of Chinese Medicine traditionally aims to assist patients in healing and coping with the anxiety, pain and loss of functioning that might accompany an operation.

 

Chinese Medicine is traditionally used to offer support to those who are suffering from injury or long-term debilitating conditions that have left unresolved complaints, such as digestive issues, sleep disruptions, chronic fatigue and compromised immune system leading to frequent colds and flues.

 

Symptoms commonly experienced during illness recovery are the lingering effects of fatigue and immune system impairment. This is due to symptoms of an illness, such as glandular fever, where the impact has caused long-term damage. It is therefore of the utmost importance that full healing takes place. 

 

Chinese Medicine as an adjunct therapy traditionally aims to assist with: 

 

  • Recovery and postoperative healing

  • Chronic or serious illness resolution

  • Injury care and rebuilding.

 

There is evidence to support that Traditional Chinese Medicine may have potential for positive effect as an adjacent therapy in treating Parkinson’s Disease. 

SKIN CONDITIONS

The skin is an exterior reflection of the state of health of the interior of the body. When there is an imbalance within the body the skin can manifest with signs and symptoms such as discolouration, itching, dryness, redness and pustules. As Chinese Medicine traditionally treats the individual and not the specific condition, the treatment is tailored to the Chinese Medicine pattern to treat both the skin condition and the underlying cause of the disharmony.

MIGRAINES & HEADACHES

Migraines and headaches are traditionally treated with the combination of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

With any health condition there is more than one aspect of the body affected and to address the symptoms Chinese Medicine aims to restore the normal physiology of the body.

 

By treating the individual Chinese Medicine pattern, we aim to have a positive effect on migraines and headaches.