WELL-BEING 3

5/07/2022

WELL-BEING 3

12 Weeks Acupuncture Treatment

- Fiirst 4 weeks - focus on current issue in the body

- Second 4 weeks - focus on digestion

- Third 4 weeks - focus on  Qi & Blood Circulation and Tonification.

Well-Being

WELL-BEING 2

26/06/2022

WELL-BEING 2

Well-Being cannot be done by itself. Acupuncture can help circulate Energy(Qi) and Blood in our body

Well-being

Back Pain and Acupuncture

15/06/2022

Back Pain & Acupuncture

Back pain is caused by many reason. It can be caused by spinal issues. It can also be caused by muscle issues.  This is general thinking of back pain. 

However, in the Eastern Medicine, back pain can also caused by Large Intestine issue, Small Intestine issue, Kidney Energy issue, and Blood stagnation issues (瘀血), and Energy deficient Issues. 

Acupuncture help our body's Energy and Blood (氣血 - 기혈, Qi Xue) circulate well and may help ease back pain.

Massage vs. Acupuncture

1/06/2022

Massage vs. Acupuncture

In the western world, the massage and acupuncture are used together and people believe they are similar. However Massage therapy and Acupuncture treatment is somewhat similar but they are huge difference in terms of effectiveness. 

Massage

Massage can be used for many reasons, such as nice treat and pain reduction. 

As a nice treat, I recommend people to have a massage. After the massage, you may feel better.  

Massage helps relax the muscles and helps the nervous system release hormone which helps muscle pain reduction. Massage is also great for people with tight muscles which causes them pain, such as the neck and shoulders. By releasing the tension in these muscles, massage can definitely help the person feel better.

However the effect of massage won't last as much as acupuncture. Massage only can help circulation by pressure and rubbing. It doesn't solve a root cause. Too frequent massage may make less sensitive in the muscle area so that people want harder and harder massage to get feel better. 

The effect of massage is short. It may last 2 hours to a couple of days. Massage may hurt muscle fibre and muscle fascia to make better circulation, which may cause more irritation or may even make it worse. The way that massage make circulation in the body is limited by the pressure. 

 

Acupuncture

As an acupuncturist, eastern herbalist, and massage therapist, Effect of acupuncture is much better than massage. However, people who are scared of having needle in their body, then massage is better choice. 

Acupuncture has been used as first treatment when it comes to a disease. It treats not only muscular issues, but also internal organ issues. In terms of circulation in our body, acupuncture has strong effect and used as a Medicine in the Eastern world (China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, etc)

Acupuncture modifies the flow of Energy (氣 - 기, Chi, Qi) and blood in our body to help our body to be balanced. While having acupuncture. I can feel our body electricity more easily along the acupuncture area. Acupuncture needle boost our body electricity more and make our body help circulate Energy and blood better. Acupuncture can help nerve pain. When nerves become damaged, they might cause some sharp of stabbing pains. Acupuncture can help the blood flow to these areas of the body that can help heal the nerves that are damaged. 

Some people think one or two needle cannot make muscle relaxed. However, currently physiotherapist, myotherapist, chiropractor, osteopathy are using acupuncture needle to relax muscle and ease muscle pain. They call it as dry-needling. However dry-needling is also a part of acupuncture. 

Acupuncture has also side effect of the treatment. Acupuncture may cause a tiny bleeding and bruise as a needle goes through the skin. It may cause a needle pain. 

Acupuncture can relax muscles and ease the muscle pain. Furthermore, acupuncture can be used as preventative well-being method because it help the circulation of Energy (氣 - 기, Chi, Qi) and blood in our body. 

 

Conclusion

In Australia, people know well about massage,  and they are everywhere and easy to access. Massage is a nice treat. However, Acupuncture has better effects and historically proven method in terms of relaxation, treatment and boosting our body.  People should access acupuncture as easily as massage. 

As an acupuncturist, I would recommend regular acupuncture to everybody who want to live well. 

Long COVID Recovery

29/04/2022

Post COVID-19 and Long COVID Recovery

COVID-19 symptoms are various among the people. The symptoms are similar to Flu like symptoms but it can be worse than flu and you may end up into hospital for treatment. 

 

Even if you have mild COVID-19, you may get the LONG COVID symptoms after post COVID-19. 

Common symptoms during recovery phase [1]

  • fatigue
  • cough
  • breathless
  • joint or muscle pain
  • chest pain 
  • change of smell and taste
  • mood swinging

other symptoms may occurs after COVID-19 recovery

  • low-grade fever
  • headache
  • memory loss
  • muscle pain
  • rash
  • digestive issues
  • depression

 

How acupuncture and Eastern Herbal Medicine may help the long COVID symptoms

Acupuncture is to help move the energy in our body (氣-기, Chi, Qi) and blood, so that our body itself can fix problems that are caused by COVID-19. We uses a specific acupuncture points for a specific symptoms such as chronic fatigue, cough, etc. Acupuncture is a good natural method to help recovering from long COVID-19 symptoms. 

German researchers mentioned dandelion and pomegranate peel are effect for inhibit spike protein in COVID[2] .

Traditional Eastern Herbal medicine can be used according to symptoms. During COVID-19 infection, our body spends a lot of energy to fight against Corona virus, so we get tired easily after COVID recovery. We may promote our body with a certain traditional herbal medicine such as Ginseng. Further more, chronic dry cough may happens after COVID-recovery due to being damaged in Lung Energy(氣) and Lung Yin Fluid. We can provide a certain herbal medicine to tonify Lung Energy and Fluid

 

Experience.

This COVID-19 is different from other Flu, It has lingering symptoms due to our body doesn't have enough energy to remove the symptoms of COVID-19 thoroughly and our body doesn't have ability to recover itself quickly. Eastern Medicine in Korea uses Gong Jin Dan for chronic fatigue symptoms.

We can use acupuncture and eastern herbal medicine to boost our body to help our body become normal as quickly as possible.

 

 

Reference : 

[1]. Understanding post-covid-19 symptoms and 'long covid'. healthdirect. (n.d.). Retrieved April 29, 2022, from https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/covid-19/post-covid-symptoms-long-covid

[2] Causes and treatments for long haul covid. www.theepochtimes.com. (2022, April 25). Retrieved April 29, 2022, from https://www.theepochtimes.com/causes-and-treatments-for-long-haul-covid_4385618.html?welcomeuser=1

Indigestion

22/03/2022

Indigestion

Many people suffer indigestion in modern society.  Indigestion is caused by many reasons. First of all, overeating, fast eating, and heavy eating causes indigestion without doubts. Other reasons can be having too much carbonated drink, smoking, taking caffeines, spicy and fatty food, mental issues such as depression and stress, pregnancy, a certain medicines, etc.

 

We might have symptoms of indigestion1 such as

  • Bloating, belching and gas
  • Fullness, acid reflux
  • Heart Burns
  • Nausea and vomiting if severe cases
  • Stomach pain....

What is well known remedy?

  • Eat slowly and chew well
  • Avoid late-night eating
  • Avoid a certain food such as spicy or allergic food
  • Do not smoke
  • Avoid alcohol

I think the best well-known and fasted remedy is taking medicine such as Gaviscon.  However, I doubt whether it fixes the underline problems.

 

How does Eastern Medicine see the indigestion?

Basic causes of indigestion is accumulation of food and phlegm-dampness. Irregular eating habit, overeating and imbalanced eating damages the energy of digestive organ (Spleen).  Lack of energy for transformation and transportation function of Spleen (including Pancreas) causes food accumulation. Phlegm-damp is accumulated in the digestive organ due to having stress and overworking which causes abnormal fluid and metabolism. There is also one important reason to get indigestion. That is the Stress.

Simply, we divides where you get indigestion. 

- feeling indigested in the chest area

- pain and very uncomfortable just below sternum (xiphoid process)

- pain or uncomfortable above the belly button

- pain or discomfort under rib area

- pain or discomfort below belly button. 

We give different treatment according to symptoms and signs. 

 

How does Eastern Medicine treat the indigestion?

First, we move Energy (氣 - 기, Chi, Qi) and Blood in our body to remove blockage in the stomach area by acupuncture or herbal medicine. For the acupucnture, we use hands and feet, arms and legs, and stomach and back area to remove the blockae and to help the energy of Stomach and Spleen.

For the herbal medicine, we use purgative herbs, harmonising herbs, herb that remove blood stagnation herbs, etc depending on the symptoms and signs.

Chronic indigestion takes time to fix because it is chronic. However, the digestive part in our body is one of the most important part. Without a strong digestive function, we cannot live well and healthy. 

 

Reference

1. WebMD. 2022. Indigestion and Your Digestive System. [online] Available at: <https://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/indigestion> [Accessed 22 March 2022].

 

 

Liver in Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine

11/03/2022

Liver in Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine

Liver is known as one of larger organ in our body.  In terms of anatomy, the liver is located under the rib case in the right side with dark reddish colour.

Structural aspects, this liver is the same in Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine.

However, this liver seems totally different in terms of functional aspects.


In modern medicine, the liver is responsible for filtering blood from digestive tract and resolving toxicity of chemicals and body metabolism. The liver also making proteins for blood clotting and has function of producing glucose and glycogen

When the liver becomes ill, we might have various symptoms such as jaundice, dark urine, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, appetite loss, weight loss, general malaise, fever, bloated stomach, swollen ankle, abdominal pain on right side, anemia, and changing in mental state such as altered sleep pattern, drowsiness, confusion.

 

How Eastern Medicine see the function of Liver

Liver in Eastern medicine produces life energy, communication and removing, and it stores blood and takes in charge of an emotion such as anger.  It also has a connection to eyes and controls tendons in our body, and manifests in the nails.1

The liver takes responsible for dispersion and dredging. It regulates emotion and promotes digestion and absorption, maintains the circulation of Energy(氣 - 기,Chi, Qi), blood and body fluid. 1.


Does an organ in the body controls an emotion? Does stress damages the liver? (mixed with eastern and western medicine)

In the Eastern Medicine theory, the liver is belonged to WOOD element because the liver function is similar to WOOD elements in our nature, and we explains its function by using the characteristic of WOOD element. 

 

How do we treat the Liver when Liver has a disease?

First, we have Liver meridian in our body, so we can use acupuncture point in the Liver meridian.

Second, we can use herbal medicine according to the symptoms and sign which produced by Liver disease. If liver cannot have dispersing and dredging function, then we use a herbal medicine which improve dispersing and dredging function in our body such as a mandarine peels.

 

Summary

I don't want to say which one is right. Two different medicine theory sees differently. Some aspects are same, but other aspects are totally different and the treatment is also totally different. We are living in 21 century and modern technology seems to be right. However, Eastern medicine theory has been used for more than 2000 years and it still uses this theory.  It would be wonderful if we can combine it together somehow. 

 

 

Ref 1: Liu Z, -W, Shu J, Tu J, -Y, Zhang C, -H, Hong J: Liver in the Chinese and Western Medicine. Integr Med Int 2017;4:39-45. doi: 10.1159/000466694

Mental Health

2/03/2022

Mental Health

When it comes to the mental health, stress comes first. In modern society, everybody gets stress and talks about their mental health. Stress is part of our mental health issue. However mental health can cover more than just stress itself. 

According to BeyondBlue website, mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. mental health is very important in our life and the quality of the life. 

 

How much do you know about your mental health?

Do you know the mental activity comes from the energy of our body organs? In the western medicine, the mental health comes from your brain activity mainly such as thinking, worrying, depression, anxiety.  So you read books and have consultation with psychologist, and you take medication with reduce or increase chemicals in our brain such as dopamine and serotonin. 

People also mentioned meditation and exercise would help your mental health. So you ride bicycle, do bush walking, running, and even yoga.  Yes, definitely, all these exercise and medication would help your mental health. However, you didn't answer the first question which the mental activity comes from the energy of body organs?

 

How Eastern Medicine think of our mental activity?

In the Eastern Medicine theory, our organs such as Lung, Heart, Spleen, Liver, Kidney, Gall bladder, Pericardium govern our metal activity. 

When a certain organ becomes weak or has disease, we tend to have a certain emotion or mental activity. Each organs have its own energy and characteristic, so that they represent our specific feelings.

  • Happiness belongs to our Heart.
  • Anger belongs to our Liver
  • Worries belongs to our Lung
  • thinking belongs to our spleen (including pancreas)
  • Sadness belongs to our pericardium
  • Fear belongs to our kideny
  • Shocking belongs to our gallbladder

 

How can acupuncture help our mental health?

Acupuncture is a main tool for modifying and enhancing our body Energy Flow (氣 - 기, Chi, Qi).  If we explain our body Energy(氣) as bioelectromagnetic field in our body, the acupuncture needle is the best tool to modify this Energy(氣). The acupuncture needle can be inserted into a specifice points in the meridian in our body. 

Our body has main 12 meridians which are connected to our internal organs such as Heart, Liver, Lung, Spleen, Kidney, Pericardium, Gallbladder, etc.

Therefore, we use acupuncture to modify the energy flow (氣) in our body according to the diagnosis about your mental health. This acupuncture helps the energy of a certain organ which governs our certain feeling, so that we get better mental health. 

 

Who needs acupuncture?

Acupuncture doesn't have any chemical attached. It uses a fine needle, almost painless needle. Therefore, someone who suffers from any mental health issues can get acupuncture. Your acupuncturist will tell you about acupuncture and how it would help.

People who want to be in a good mental health states can also get acupuncture regularly to enhance their body Energy flows (氣).

Sciatica Pain

22/02/2022

Sciatic Pain

Sciatica is a pain radiate to the sciatic nerve, which causes a huge pain on the butt and radiates to one leg generally. This pain generally happens in the lumbar spine area and sciatic nerve area in the butt generally. The pain also radiates to the back of leg along the sciatic nerve. 

You may say, you have back pain, hip pan, leg pain and foot pain with severe pain or numbness and tingling sensation. It causes aching, burning pains or spasm.

Why does this pain happen?

Sciatica is known as lumbar issue which pinches nerve in the area between lumbar (L3) and sacrum (S3) area.  Pseudo Sciatica is known as piriformis syndrome where the piriformis muscle in the butt area compress the sciatic nerve.

 

 

 

How can it be treated currently?

For sciatica, pain killer medicine or surgery is recommended. For pseudo sciatica, manual therapy or osteopathy treatment is recommended.

 

How does Eastern medicine see this sciatica?

First of all, pain occurs due to blockage of Energy and blood flow in our body. The blockage may be occurred by external reason such as Wind-Cold-Dampness, or internal reason such as Energy and blood deficiency.  It may also be caused by postural issues such as sitting long time. 

Eastern medicine sees that there is blockage of Energy and Blood in the lumbar and butt area and make Energy and blood flows freely with all kinds of method such as acupuncture, cupping, scrapping, hot-pack, heat-lamp, etc. Furthermore, we use herbal medicine to boost Energy and blood if deficiency case in order to move Energy and blood.  The first and main method is acupuncture. We give acupuncture in the four limbs including hands and feet to make Energy and Blood move freely in the body, then we use local points to remove the blockage. 

In terms of the meridians in our body, Bladder and Gall Bladder meridian are considered initially to resolve the blockages. However, we may use other channels according to the diagnosis of the individual.

 

How often or many times do I need to get treatment?

This is totally depending on your condition and your constitution. Generally 1 or 2 treatment, you would see the pain reduction. However, it may recur soon. We generally recommends at least 4~6 acupuncture treatment initially.  If needed, we also recommend herbal medicine with acupuncture treatment. 

 

 

Fatigue and Well-being

9/02/2022

Fatigue and Well-being

Fatigue is defined as overall tiredness and lack of energy. Well-being includes positive emotion and mood, and it can be defined as happy and healthy. There is strong connection between fatigue and well-being. 

Tiredness

 

Are you well?

This is a good question you ask. What is well or wellness? Most people think they are well, healthy, and eating healthy. However, with a few question, we could find some odds in the health and well-being.  Then how can we be well? The best answer is that you eat well, sleep well, poop well. In modern society, we have too many things to take care, too busy with life. We cannot rest and worry a lot. All these make us tired and disturb our well-being. 

 

How can we improve our life and well-being

It is easy to say things then do things. To have a good life and well-being. you should eat well, sleep well, exercise well. Even though you do eat well, sleep well, and exercise well, you won't be 100% well because we are alive. Our health is not stay there forever. We are affected by outside natures as well as inside emotions.

 

How can Acupuncture help well-being and fatigue.

The main effect of Acupuncture is moving Energy (氣, 기, Chi, Qi) and blood. Energy(氣) goes first then blood follows, and blood nourishes Energy(氣) in human body.  In the Traditional Eastern Medicine, Energy(氣) and blood circulate well in your body, you are healthy and you do not have any pain in your body. 

Therefore, moving Energy(氣) and blood well in our body is well-being, and it helps our fatigue1

 

How often do we need get acupuncture?

Standard acupuncture session is once in 3 days depending on the conditions, written ancient acupuncture book (Yellow Emperor's Inner Classic). In Australia, weekly bases treatment can be ideal. For general well-being and fatigue treatment, we recommend 12 weeks treatment which changes your Energy(氣) and blood.  You might have once a year for 12 weeks treatment for your general well-being. 

Acupuncture treatment is well-know for prevention. So your Energy(氣) and blood move freely, then you won't have serious diseases because we believe stasis of Energy(氣) and blood causes all the issues in our body.

 

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What to expect after acupuncture?

We expect you could sleep well, eat well, poop well after acupuncture session. 

 

 

Reference:

1. Kim JE, Seo BK, Choi JB, et al. Acupuncture for chronic fatigue syndrome and idiopathic chronic fatigue: a multicenter, nonblinded, randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015;16:314. Published 2015 Jul 26. doi:10.1186/s13063-015-0857-0