Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus

As the effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue to seep into everyday life, it can be hard to stay present rather than focusing on the myriad of concerns and questions everyone has. Unfortunately, this can be true for kids too. 

Younger kids can perceive their caretakers’ stress and older kids are better aware of what’s going on for their families and in the world around them. As we navigate our own stress each day, it can be hard to know how to protect children from theirs. Traditional Chinese Medicine can support you in doing so, maybe lightening your personal load in the process. continue reading »

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COVID-19: IMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY

Dear clients and our community,

As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus.  To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system. 

Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, we believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. continue reading »

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Struggling with Weight loss?

Why do we gain weight?

Today people are not doing enough exercises, eat lots of junk food and drink alcohols which are very high in calories. This results in lots of toxins building up in the body.

Because of the lack of nutrition and exercise this causes poor circulation of blood and energy then metabolism slows down. Slowed body metabolism fails to burn fat, so we gain weight.  Chronic stress may lead to an increase in appetite—and an increase in cravings for unhealthy food. Slowly, over the course of several months or even a year, the weight gain may accumulate.

 

How does obesity affect your health?

  • Heart disease and heart attacks
  • Strokes and high blood pressure
  • Colon cancer
  • Degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes mellitus (high blood sugars)
  • Depression
  • Bad self image
  • Negative thoughts
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chronic fatigue

 

How Does Acupuncture Help With Weight Loss?

In order to achieve meaningful weight loss, lifestyle changes have to be made, and acupuncture can help people with this.  People are often concerned about a lack of energy, increased stress levels, and difficulty coping with the pain that can occur when starting a new exercise regimen.

 

Acupuncture is helpful with weight loss as it increases a person’s energy levels, making you want to exercise.  It also relieves the pain that you feel when exercising.  It is also useful if there is a metabolic condition that results in weight gain, and it increases the body’s metabolism, reduces food cravings, and improves circulation all around the body.

 

 

 

Acupuncture tightens up flabby areas

More specifically, acupuncture has been found to reduce both weight and cholesterol levels by mobilizing energy  stores.  Studies have shown that people receiving acupuncture lost twice as much weight as those who were on a diet alone.  In addition, it helps decrease levels of total cholesterols, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol.

Acupuncture also helps regulate sleep, which is also beneficial for weight loss.  Regular sleeping patterns sustain the body throughout the day, help to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and allow the metabolism to find a balanced and steady rhythm.

 

Electric acupuncture for fat burning

Electric acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles.

 

What does it do?

  • Burns fat
  • Tightens up flabby areas
  • Removes toxin

 

*There are hormones such as Cortisol, Insulin and Leptin that affect the Weight loss and Metabolism. Come have a consultation to see how we can help you lose weight and prevent the yo-yo effect!

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Cosmetic Acupuncture – Take a few years off your Face!

What is Cosmetic Acupuncture?

 

Cosmetic Acupuncture     is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of ageing.

It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of very thin disposable needles into the acupuncture points on the face.

This superficial insertion will increase the local circulation to the face and stimulate collagen production, which will fill out the lines and give firmness to the skin for a healthy, glowing complexion.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions and illnesses. The effectiveness of acupuncture has been related to the manipulation of the energy points on the body to balance and to remove blockages in the meridians (channels of blood and energy), in order to achieve health and to prevent diseases.

 

 

Effects and benefits

What are the benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture?

Cosmetic Acupuncture may take 1-5 years off your face. It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer. It can also help to minimize dark circles, puffy eyes, double chin, sagging skin, and dropping eyelids. Other benefits include:

  • Relaxes muscle tone
    ●   Increases circulation, therefore oxygenates the skin
  • Increases collagen production
  • Tightens the pores, and brightens the eyes
  • Keeps acne skin under control
  • Nourishes the skin, giving you a healthy complexion with a natural glow
  • Moisturizes the skin from inside, and gives rosy cheeks to people with dull, tired looking skin

 

What is the course of treatment?

 The course of the treatment is between 10-12 sessions. This will be done 1-3 times a week for best results. Each individual will respond different to the treatment depending on their age and lifestyle. Visible results will be noticeable after 6 -7 sessions. Maintenance maybe needed once every month.

 

 Where does it affect?

  • Forehead
  • Between the eyebrows
  • Dropped edge of the eye
  • Dark circle
  • Swollen face
  • Chin
  • Zygomatic (cheek bone) area

 

What results can I expect after session?

You will be able to see the difference such as smoothing of skin tone, rehydration of skin, improved muscle tone, improved jaw line definition etc after 1 session but for the continuing effect,  you may need 2 treatment/ 1week for 4~5 weeks. Results may vary according to your age and skin condition.

 

What you should/ shouldn’t do after session

  • Avoid a sauna or swimming on the day
  • Avoid the sunlight or use sunscreen
  • Do regular facial massage
  • Eat balanced foods
  • No drinking alcohol & smoking
  • Do not scratch or touch your face unnecessarily
  • Do regular exercise and get plenty of sleep

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Acupuncture & Fertility

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples. Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that interfere with pregnancy. Among the many factors causing infertility, here we are going to talk about how Stress can affect the fertility and how acupuncture can help with it.

 

Does Stress affect the Fertility?

Stress is exhausting for both the body and mind. It’s not unusual to lose your desire when you’re under constant stress. While short-term stress may cause men to produce more of the male hormone testosterone, this effect doesn’t last.

If stress continues for a long time, a man’s testosterone levels can begin to drop. This can interfere with sperm production and cause erectile dysfunction or impotence. Chronic stress may also increase risk of infection for male reproductive organs like the prostate and testes.

For women, stress can affect the menstrual cycle. It can lead to irregular, heavier, or more painful periods. Chronic stress can also magnify the physical symptoms of menopause.

 

How does acupuncture reduce the stress and boost fertility?

Acupuncture affects the central nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins. These are the brain’s natural “feel-good”chemicals so they reduce stress and give a feeling of general well-being. Acupuncture also reduces cortisol(Stress hormone) and regulates blood pressure&blood sugar level which helps the blood flow to the muscles and the organs.

The British Acupuncture Council claims there’s evidence to show acupuncture increases sperm motility (how fast the sperm swim), as well as increasing levels of the male sex hormone testosterone and lowering the temperature of the scrotum (where sperm are stored), creating a better environment for keeping them healthy.

For women Acupuncture increases blood flow helps boost fertility by stimulating the ovaries to produce healthy eggs as well as enriching the endometrial lining in the uterus. The rich endometrial lining helps to ensure the eggs will be held to term.

Acupuncture also helps to relax the uterus and stop contractions, so blood flow increases and an embryo successfully implants. It also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and opens the pathways to the brain that play a key role in “emitting the proper hormones at the right time”.

 

Can Acupuncture help IVF success rates?

“Acupuncture can increase the chances of getting pregnant for women undergoing fertility treatment by 65%,” according to The Guardian’s news pages. This means the two methods have the potential to complement or enhance each other’s results. The most immediate possible effect is that acupuncture served to “relax” the uterus around the time of the transfer. Several studies have shown that the uterus has contractions and that these contractions could cause expulsion of the transferred IVF embryos. If the contractions were reduced by acupuncture then that could be a mechanism for an improvement in IVF pregnancy rate.

 

The Treatment We Provide

Getting a good blood flow to the uterus and testicles is a key to conceive a healthy baby. Poor pelvic alignment can slow down the blood flow to the uterus and the testicles so balancing the pelvis is really important. See our page https://acuhealthcare.co.nz/low-back-pain-pelvis/ for more info.

By simply correcting the posture the patients feel so much better and positive as the poor posture can trigger cortisol the stress hormone. Good posture means good muscle balance which helps the blood circulation and the nerve innervation. Our trained acupuncturists will provide you a proper way to keep your body in balance and life style advices to maximize the chance to conceive your beautiful baby.

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