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Acupuncture Affects Neuroplasticity

Many medical conditions change the function, structure or blood flow in the brain.  For example in a hemorrhagic stroke, a blood vessel in the brain leaks or ruptures, which deprives the brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. In another example, chronic pain leads to frequent,...

Sustainable Supplementation

Something that I try to be mindful of as a Naturopath, is the impact of supplementation on our environment. For a start, the aim of a Naturopath should be to use the minimal amount of intervention needed to effect a positive change in the body, but in recent years supplement...

Preseasonal Readiness For Seasonal Allergies (Hay Fever)

With spring just around the corner, now is the time to get ready to reduce your response to seasonal allergies or ‘hay fever’. Homeopathy has a long history of treating seasonal allergies with nano-doses of environmental allergens to reduce sensitivities to environmental...

Oncology Massage

I first became interested in Oncology Massage when a dear friend of mine contacted cancer about 6 years ago. As a practising Massage Therapist, I was regularly giving him massages while he was an inpatient both at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and at the Olivia Newton John Cancer...

Tension Headaches and Massage Therapy

What are tension headaches? Headaches can be truly horrible depending on the severity and can be especially annoying when we are busy and tired trying to deal with life’s demands. They are generally a mild to moderate pain that’s often described as tightness and pressure...

Adrenal Fatigue –a relatable misnomer

The term Adrenal Fatigue, is one most of us have heard of. It describes the theory that when exposed to a period of chronic stress, the adrenal glands effectively become exhausted and stop producing the hormones responsible for managing the stress response, including the stress...

So what is the Gut Microbiome and why is it so important?

Gut health has received a lot of attention in recent years. This has always been of primary importance in Naturopathic medicine, as treating the whole person is an underlying principle of this field. As well as this, nutrition – not only what is ingested, but also how effectively...

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine for Women’s Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, Chinese medicine and dietary therapy, accommodates women in all phases of life and offers a natural alternative or complementary treatment to conventional Western medicine for a vast array of conditions. In terms of...

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

Acupuncture has been shown to outperform the drug valproic acid in reducing pain intensity of migraine headaches, without any of the adverse effects associated with drug therapy, according to a controlled study involving 100 migraine patients (Maxwell & Deadman, p.70). The...