“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.”

- Lao Tzu

Conditions Treated

Wellbeing and Rejuvenation

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Just as we take our motor vehicles in for servicing, we also need to regularly maintain our body/mind health. Receiving acupuncture on a monthly basis for balancing, de-stressing and wellbeing is ideal. Many clients come for a regular acupuncture treatment instead of their regular massage. With acupuncture they report more lasting health benefits and don’t feel sore for days afterwards.

It is helpful to have acupuncture treatment just before the season changes, to enhance your body’s immunity and resilience for the season to come.

 

Chronic Conditions

Many people come to acupuncture with stubborn conditions they have had for many years. They have tried many other therapies and with little or no success, and think to give acupuncture a try.

Acupuncture can be very helpful for managing long-standing chronic conditions, and in some cases can produce surprising results.

Acupuncture helps by improving the circulation of blood and fluids in the body, moving energetic blocks, stimulating the immune system and regulating body systems in general. As a result, people often report that they feel better in themselves and are more able to cope with daily life.

At Aroha, we treat people with painful conditions, auto-immune conditions, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, IBS to name a few. We prefer to consider the person as a whole, treating the underlying Chinese Medicine patterns that present, rather than focusing too much on the labels given to the condition.

Qigong can be wonderful to support the health of people with chronic conditions.

Stress

Stress itself is not all bad. Some amount of stress is useful for motivating us to get things done. But we are not meant to be in that active doing state all the time. Our time should be balanced between Yang (active, moving, alert) and Yin (passive, resting, sleeping) activities. In this modern life people in general are pushing themselves too hard and not getting the necessary downtime to repair and rejuvenate.

The common life scenario for many is; working long hours, working hard out at the gym/boot camp, attending to family matters at home, staying up late on electronic devices, relaxing through artificial means such as alcohol and drugs, then having trouble sleeping and staying asleep. Waking in the morning exhausted, reaching for that coffee and muffin and more coffee to make it through the day.

This is wearing down our fundamental energy and vitality. In Chinese Medicine terms that is our Kidney Jing. It’s like we are born with a battery with a certain amount of life force, including that which we inherit from our parents and then it’s how we look after ourselves that determines whether the battery is run down or maintained. Environmental aspects also have an impact; dampness from living conditions, toxins, bacteria/viruses we come in contact with. If our life energy or Qi is so deplete our immunity becomes compromised – that is when allergies and recurrent colds/flu’s, and eventually autoimmune conditions arise. This leaves us with no resilience to deal with daily or more major life challenges.

Some of the typical stress related conditions we see and treat in clinic are; insomnia, wired and tired, anxiety, panic attacks, palpitations, depression, migraines/headaches, tight/sore neck and shoulders, psoriasis, addictions, and injuries from accidents.

Acupuncture helps to change your state almost immediately, most people fall into a deeply relaxed state where healing can begin to take place, and many of these conditions will resolve themselves easily. We give dietary and lifestyle advice so people can make small changes that make a big difference in their lives.

 

Menopause Support

Post menopause can be a time of great productivity and creativity for women, their energy no longer consumed by the physical reproductive system. Acupuncture helps smooth hormonal imbalances in the transition process; keeping hot flushes at bay, moderating mood swings, and helping to prepare women for the next phase in their lives.

Pregnancy and after the birth

Acupuncture during pregnancy will alleviate discomforts such as morning sickness and lower back pain. From 36 weeks, acupuncture helps prepare mother and child for the birthing; helping with baby positioning, softening ligaments and tendons while creating a tranquility to help ensure the whole process is much smoother.

Debra Betts and Sue Lennox in a 2004 research paper found that pre-birth acupuncture is instrumental in reducing subsequent medical interventions: “When compared with the local population rates, there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions, 31% reduction in the epidural rate; 32% reduction in emergency cesarean delivery; and a 9% increase in normal vaginal birth.”

Acupuncture is also beneficial after the birth, by helping the mother recover more quickly so she can enjoy her baby. It can also assist with promoting lactation and speed up the healing of any tears or scars from caesarian section.

Fertility & Pregnancy

When a woman’s reproductive system is working as it’s meant to, it is a natural process to conceive and deliver babies naturally with minimal intervention.

The ancient Chinese people understood that they were an integral part of nature and lived in harmony with it. They nourished their women folk, as they knew that the health of future generations depended on it.

These days, young women have been on the pill for many years to deal with painful menstruation, they and their partners have been subjected to a huge increase in environmental toxins, and are living unhealthy artificial lives separate from nature. Male sperm counts and sperm health in general have declined hugely over the past 60 years, refer to article; https://ispub.com/IJU/2/1/7519 and may be responsible for recurrent miscarriages. Modern infertility is not just about fixing the woman’s health issues; the male partner needs to address his health as well.

Tracey Lindsay works with couples considering conceiving a child and can help them prepare for that event. Ideally, having acupuncture and introducing dietary and lifestyle changes 4-6 months before conception helps to improve outcomes for parents and their babies. Read here for information about fertility preparation: http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/infertility-woman.aspx Read here about acupuncture and infertility research and how acupuncture can enhance fertility http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/infertility.aspx

Tracey also treats couples having difficulties with their fertility, and if they are working with Fertility Associates can assist them with the process. There are acupuncture protocols practiced at Fertility Associates before and after egg transfer and with other procedures.

Acupuncture may alleviate discomforts during pregnancy such as morning sickness and lower back pain. From 36 weeks, acupuncture helps to prepare mother and child for the birthing; helping with baby positioning, softening ligaments and tendons while creating a tranquility to help ensure the whole process is much smoother.

Debra Betts and Sue Lennox in a 2004 research paper found that pre-birth acupuncture is instrumental in reducing subsequent medical interventions: “When compared with the local population rates, there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions, 31% reduction in the epidural rate; 32% reduction in emergency cesarean delivery; and a 9% increase in normal vaginal birth.”

Acupuncture is also beneficial after the birth by helping the mother recover more quickly so she can enjoy her baby. It can also assist with promoting lactation and speed up the healing of any tears or scars from caesarian section.

Pain-free menstruation

Menstruation is not meant to be painful, it is supposed to be a smooth, painless process with moderate bleeding, lasting not longer than 4-5 days with regular cycles of around 28 days duration. However many women have cold abdomens and lead stressful lives, causing stagnation and considerable pain. Acupuncture combined with moxabustion is particularly effective for clearing blood stagnation and warming the abdomen, helping women achieve pain free periods, and making a problem free menopause much more likely.

Energy & Digestion

Energy comes from the air we breathe and the food we eat. The Stomach is responsible for churning up the food we eat into a liquid and the Spleen transforms it into energy and distributes it to where it needs to go in the body. It is important to eat regularly to keep our energy levels constant. When stressed, we are often unable to process food efficiently and we then lack energy and vitality.

Conditions such as heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, excessive burping and flatulence, stomach pain and bloating indicate that the digestive system is not working as well as it should. Acupuncture regulates the digestive system, and assists in increasing the absorption of nutrients. Many people with low energy may have a thyroid disorder, which is low metabolic functioning.

The body works best at normal body temperature, which is around 37 degrees. In Chinese Medicine this is called Spleen and Kidney Yang depletion. Some of the symptoms of low thyroid function are; low energy, excess weight that is difficult to shift, dry skin, hair falling out, constipation, feeling cold. The easiest way to work out if the thyroid is affected is to take your basal temperature in the mornings before you get out of bed. A temperature of 36 degrees or lower may indicate a thyroid issue. Also, your tongue may be puffy and swollen. A change in diet and lifestyle, some herbal medicine, Lugols iodine solution and acupuncture can be helpful for this condition. You may need to take some thyroid hormone prescribed by your doctor.

Pain & Injuries

Pain drains the body of its vital energy, interrupts sleep and affects the enjoyment of life. Acupuncture is well known for reducing pain and inflammation, increasing range of motion and speeding up post-surgery healing.

ACC covers acupuncture for accident injuries and all Aroha Acupuncture practitioners are ACC Treatment Providers. You will need to bring your ACC45 number or obtain one from your GP, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath. A co-payment of $30-$35 is the total cost of each treatment session.

A clinical trial in four Melbourne emergency departments demonstrated that acupuncture was as good as drugs in relieving low back pain, pain from sprained ankles and migraines, but without the toxic nature of drugs and the side effects. Read the article: http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/acupuncture-as-effective-as-drugs-in-treating-pain-trial-shows-20140329-35qec.html

Addictions

The NADA protocol utilises 5 specific acupuncture points on each ear, is a very supportive treatment for people suffering and dealing with addictions of any kind. NADA deals with addictions relating to food, drugs, smoking as well as the psycho-emotional and physical aspects that can be helped with this protocol. It is often used as a supportive treatment to other addiction treatments such as hypnotherapy, and NLP.

NADA assists the detoxification process, increases motivation and calms the nervous system. People often find they are less anxious, sleep better and have less cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

 

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