Headaches & migraine

Headaches and migraine have different causes, in TCM we enquire to indentify the pattern of disharmony that is causing your symptoms, and treat that pattern. A common example is “liver qi stasis” (due to stress) causing headaches or migraine in its partner organ- the gallbladder meridian (around the sides of the head and temples). Each case is a little different and we treat it accordingly.

Musculoskeletal

Acupuncture, cupping and Shiatsu massage are powerful techniques for resolving tension & pain. Injuries & inflammation can respond rapidly to laser therapy, reducing pain & improving healing time. Remedial massage is also beneficial, and Chinese herbs such as our Sports Injury formula may be applicable. Sports Liniments and patches are available over the counter.

Stress, anxiety, insomnia

Chinese Medicine can assist recovery from stress, anxiety, emotional problems or sleep disturbance. Acupuncture and herbs are generally free from side-effects, and can help you get back on track or in a place of coping again. An acupuncture treatment for stress or anxiety can be immediately calming, and its effects usually last a few days. Kali teaches TRE as a technique clients can do at home to release built up stress from their body and nervous system. TRE helps with sleep too, and can be done lying down at the end of the day to deeply relax.

Low energy

We often treat clients with low energy, including chronic fatigue. Acupuncture can effectively balance the body and emotions, allowing whatever energy is there to flow freely again. Then we use herbal medicine and diet advice to build up the qi (body’s energy) again. Often we need to look at digestive function to do this. In cases of chronic fatigue, we look for any signs of a ‘lingering pathogen’. This is where a virus or some sort of illness has not been fully expelled, and remains dormant in the body, sometimes coming out creating a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes/ glands, and other signs that the immune system is active. In these cases special Chinese herbal preparations are used to vent the pathogen from the body, before using any tonics.

Women’s Health

TCM has some unique advantages when treating women’s issues. Our ability to recognize the pattern of disharmony (through tongue, pulse, palpation & questioning) directs us to correct imbalances. The menstrual cycle is governed by the ‘liver’ in TCM, and acupuncture is extremely effective in regulating the liver qi, often resulting in improved mood, less PMT symptoms, regular pain-free periods. More complex issues such as peri-menopausal hot flushes, and the symptoms of Endometriosis or PCOS also respond well to Chinese Medicine.

Fertility

Through a combination of improving overall physical and emotional health, as well as stabilising/regulating the menstrual cycle, our approach aims specifically to improve fertility and boost your odds of successfully conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. We work with the phases of your menstrual cycle or IVF cycle to achieve this.

It has been well established that stress can have a negative impact on the hormones that aid fertility, in men as well as women. Acupuncture treatments can help to promote a positive and relaxed state of mind, lowering stress and helping fertility. For maximum potential, it is recommended that acupuncture be commenced at least 3 months prior to endeavouring to achieve conception.

For men: There are herbs to improve male reproductive health, and if acupuncture is required, it’s nowhere near the private parts!

IVF Support: Studies have shown that combining acupuncture with IVF can improve outcomes. Allowing 3 months of preparation time is important. If you’ve decided to undergo IVF, Acupuncture is used to naturally assist in a variety of ways. It can help improve blood flow to the uterus, and balance emotions caused by the hormones, and the process of IVF. Acupuncture points are used to calm or stimulate and energise the body in a variety of ways.

Pregnancy

Helping you with symptoms that may arise such as nausea and vomiting, fatigue, reflux and back & hip pain are all part of treatment during pregnancy. Keeping your immunity strong so you avoid colds and flu is preferable for many women who seek acupuncture.

Preparation for labour includes ensuring energy levels and overall function of the body are optimised within the bounds of what acupuncture treatment can offer. The idea is, that in balance, the body is more likely to do what it is designed to do, naturally. Any niggling symptoms will be addressed so the woman feels relaxed, happy, and ready for the impending birth.

If your baby is overdue and medical induction is imminent, to help encourage labour, we use shiatsu and classic induction points.

Acupuncture During Labour: Kali may be available to attend a labouring mother if needed. Times when this could be helpful are for pain relief, improving energy levels and resilience, and as an extra support person.

*For acupuncture during labour, call out fee is $100, then $50 per hour thereafter

Digestive

There are many patterns involved in digestive complaints. The TCM advantage is that we diagnose the pattern of disharmony underlying the symptoms and work to resolve that, in order to hopefully recover completely from the problem. We help resolve symptoms such as sugar cravings, bloating and wind, irregular bowel motions and pain. A common issue for many clients is the presence of excessive Candida (fungal overload). In this case a strict diet may be necessary to starve off the fungus (bad bugs), and improve the quantity of good bugs using diet recommendations and quality probiotics.

Men’s health

Men are simpler creatures than women, but still deserve some TLC. As well as relaxing, nurturing treatments for men (including acupuncture or massage) Chinese Medicine can support male reproductive health by improving prostate function and reducing urinary frequency, improving libido and stamina, and improving sperm count and quality. Usually a course of herbs is recommended for at least 3 months.

Weight loss, etc

Chinese medicine helps with weight loss by improving the digestive function, maintaining regular healthy bowel motions, and improving metabolism.

Please refer to packages for quit smoking treatment.

Drug detox works mainly with the liver, and Acupuncture & Chinese medicine are renowned for supporting healthy liver function. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and reduces cravings. We also recommend reading a book by  Chinese Medicine practitioner & educator Jost Sauer; ‘Higher and Higher’.

Respiratory

There are herbs available over-the-counter for colds and flu, phlegm cough or sinusitis, and hayfever. Often a treatment with acupuncture, massage and cupping is helpful to ‘pull out’ the pathogen and stimulate the body’s defensive qi (immune system). Ask us how we can help.

Skin

The skin is our largest organ, and a major organ of elimination. It often shows us what is going on on the inside. In cases of redness and inflamed rashes there is almost always heat involved. With pus or weeping there is dampness and toxicity, according to TCM diagnosis. We treat the underlying pattern, and by balancing the internal body, often improve the symptoms.

Autoimmune

Autoimmune conditions are tricky to treat, and in many cases we do not cure a condition but can reduce the severity of the symptoms. There is usually an underlying pattern of yin deficiency in most autoimmune problems, and each client will have a unique combination of patterns of disharmony. It is up to us, as TCM practitioners, to ‘peel back the layers of the onion’, and work to bring the body back into balance. Many cases of autoimmune dysfunction also involve chronic fatigue or a lingering pathogen (see low energy).

Chronic Pain

Acupuncture has been shown to assist with acute and chronic pain. Kali Foster also offers body-mind strategies to help clients tune in to their bodies and work with pain by regulating their nervous system.