Bell’s Palsy is typically idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause,) it can occur at any age and presents with one sided facial drooping open noticeable around the eye or mouth areas. It is hypothesised that it may occur due to inflammation of the facial nerves and / or as a sequelae to a post viral infection.
Although there needs to be further research into how acupuncture aids in recovery of the condition, combined with other therapies acupuncture is well regarded to support recovery.*
The intervention that we use at Root & Branch Oriental Therapies typically involves a constitutional distal acupuncture prescription in conjunction with a few local needles on the face in the affected area through which a light electrical impulse is applied to reduce inflammation and reinforced the nerve muscle relationship to encourage restoration of regular muscle tone.
A course of treatment is typically 4-6 sessions, however atypical cases may require longer. Acupuncture generally doesn’t have any side effects however as with all interventions adverse reactions are possible in individual cases; we recommend you consult your practitioner to see if Acupuncture may be helpful for you.
*Liu, Zd., He, Jb., Guo, Ss. et al. Effects of electroacupuncture therapy for Bell’s palsy from acute stage: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 16, 378 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-015-0893-9
No doubt you will have heard of the success of Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating the influenza like virus in Wuhan – China. Although we love our Western Medicine colleagues – especially for severe cases, there isn’t much they can offer for mild to moderately affected cases.
Unfortunately, we can’t see you in person for Acupuncture at the moment due to current social distancing guidelines. However, we can definitely do an online video or phone consultation and put some herbal prescriptions in the mail for you.
Your practitioner and herbalist Dr Mark Davis (TCM) is able to prescribe herbs to improve immunity prior to getting any symptoms, or herbs which have been studied and shown to disrupt the duplication of viruses to aid in your recovery such as Andrographis Paniculata, Taraxacum Officinalis and Lonerica Japonica.
One of the main concerns we have at the moment is not only for people who might be experiencing cold and flu symptoms; but the underlying stress and anxiety that many of us are experiencing during this disruption to our daily lives.
Mark is an experienced Herbalist who is able to prescribe you with a rounded formula encompassing several of the ideas discussed above.
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It feels like the world is going crazy at the moment with the Coronavirus.
So, what do in Chinese Medicine to proactively maintain good health and prevent you getting sick?
Rather than waiting to treat flu like symptoms once we are already sick, we prefer to build immunity in advance!
Pathogenic factors in Chinese Medicine is often something which is delivered by the ‘wind.’ We always talk about human factors in terms of the earthly forces. So, things that are carried by the wind include pollen, AKA ‘Hay fever,’ Colds, Flu and other airborne viruses fit into that same pattern.
Oriental Therapies are all great to balance and support the immune system, even on the most basic level, stress relief compliments our body’s ability to manage damaging free radicals.
The mix of four herbal powders in the photo are a modified version of a famous formula called ‘Jade Windscreen powder;’ the name conjures up images of a windscreen protecting us from the wind just as it does in a car, but the windscreen is made of jade for extra protection!
The herbs in this formula have been studied and scientifically shown to increase white blood cells which fight infection internally, and close pores and disperse wind to protect us externally, these actions combined improve immunity.
There are other herbs which we can remotely dispatch to help people with cold and flu symptoms, but the main aim of Chinese Medicine is to proactively encourage good health and immunity to prevent illness.
Lower back pain is one of the top 5 treatments for which clients regularly book to see Mark for acupuncture and herbs. This includes sciatica and coccyx (coccygeal) pain.
Mark practices a distal style of acupuncture which is super effective for both upper and lower back pain. Although Dry Needling is also an option for treating pain, Mark believes that putting needles into a local inflamed area of pain is something similar to ‘slapping a crying baby!’ needles inserted into locally inflamed tissue will only cause exacerbated pain; and for that reason, no needle is ever located on the lower back (for lower back pain.)
Although it sounds like a stretch of the imagination for instant relief of back pain when a needle is placed in the hand or on the head, this is a typical result of the application of distal acupuncture, pain is typically reduced in the first session and resolved over a course of treatment.
If you are still a little unsure of how this works, there is an excellent you tube video by one of Mark’s mentoring group by the founding member, the late Dr Richard Tan.
The video is geared to those studying his style of acupuncture, however you will get the idea of how it works.
Mark has been studying Balance Method distal acupuncture for more than 4 years. Clients report excellent results.
Herbal Formulas are also excellent to take between appointments as they increase inflammation and prolong the pain relief effectively increasing momentum between appointments; every herbal formula prescription is tailor made to match your individual circumstances and no two formulas are ever the same.
We have increased time between appointments to refresh the treatment room with a virus busting Ozone generator.
The Clinic space is well ventilated.
Hand washing and sanitiser is used regularly.
Antibacterial and antiviral essential oils are used in the treatment room, a bonus is that they smell great and relaxing at the same time!
Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to ensure good health for everyone, please don’t hesitate to make a booking at this time, however we can help from pain to stress and anxiety, it’s not worth delaying treatment, you are in good hands!
Both modalities of Acupuncture and Shiatsu improve resilience and strengthen immunity. There are even herbal formulas Mark can prescribe for your immune system before Autumn arrives.
TICK THE BOXES WHICH APPLY TO YOU. Let us do the rest…
Would you prefer a natural approach to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for Peri-Menopause or Menopausal symptoms? One standard pill for EVERY woman is probably not the best approach!?
Chinese Medicine can assist with symptoms of menopause and peri-menopause naturally with acupuncture or with herbs and for best results with both modalities.
Your practitioner Dr Mark (TCM) will ask you to fill out a check list of symptoms which he will use to make a tailor-made treatment plan designed specifically for YOU! Dr Mark will evaluate each symptom and add or remove herbs or acupuncture points which naturally address your symptomatology.
Of course this list is not all-inclusive, other symptoms such as headaches etc. can be included with your personal interview before treatment.
Feel free to contact us for more details or book using the green link on the right…
Natural herbs versus Laboratory synthesised medicinal copies? We Prefer Natural, Do You Too?
Most Australian University graduates of Chinese Medicine study dual modalities in both Acupuncture and Herbal medicine which is slightly different to China where they are more likely to study one or the other for a shorter period.
Our Acupuncturist and Herbalist Dr Mark (TCM) is a huge fan of both modalities; sometimes he finds that acupuncture alone is a suitable treatment for muscular-skeletal conditions, and at other times he prescribes only herbs to people who perhaps are not so keen on the albeit tiny needles.
However overall, Mark aims to combine the two modalities wherever possible as both complement the other. Distal acupuncture results are strong; however, it requires regular visits for the first few weeks. Mark finds that if he is able to prescribe herbs in conjunction with acupuncture, even if the appointment schedule is not as regular as would be perfect, the prescriptions of herbs taken between appointments continues to apply momentum to the healing process.
Dr Mark (TCM) has more than 250 herbs which he uses to tailor make a treatment strategy for individual presentations. For various reasons some people can’t take Chinese Herbs, Mark also does a lot of personal study on Integrative medicine and is able to prescribe various ‘Prescription Only’ brands of supplements from an external dispensary; unfortunately, herbal alternatives to PBS Western Medicine aren’t cheap, however Mark supplies the dispensary products as close as possible to wholesale prices.
Acupuncture has some very effective treatments for this complicated condition which can often be treated naturally without pharmaceutical or surgical intervention.
In fact, one of the techniques employed using electrical stimulation on two needles close to the ankle has been patented and actually used by Drs in Urology clinics.
The acupuncture points used lie on the Kidney and the Spleen ‘pathways’. These points are located close to the Percutaneous Tibial Nerve which innervates the same nerve plexus which controls the bladder. Interestingly the ancient sages of Chinese Medicine described the Spleen as controlling muscles and sphincters and the kidney overseeing water metabolism; just another way of looking at the same pathology.
There have been several studies in which it was found to be just as effective as other Western Medical interventions, however with fewer side effects (de Wall LL, Heesakkers JP, 2017, p145–157).
Why wait on a list to drive to a specialist outpatient clinic, pay for exorbitant parking fees and get charge through the nose for a technique which we can provide for possibly half the price?
Click on the green button check out Dr Mark’s (TCM) availability.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
References: de Wall LL, Heesakkers JP. Effectiveness of percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation in the treatment of overactive bladder syndrome. Res Rep Urol. 2017;9:145–157. Published 2017 Aug 14. doi:10.2147/RRU.S124981
Did you know that the easiest way to make an appointment for your next Shiatsu Therapy or Chinese Medicine is to bookonline?
It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a practitioner late at night before bed, or even if you have insomnia and decide to book at 5am! You can easily access our availability with the online booking tool. If you are thinking about coming in to see us the same day there is a short blackout window, so some times for the same day will not show even if they are available. So, don’t hesitate to send us a text to request a specific time if you can’t find it online, we are always open to finding a way to get you in so that you can feel better, more alive and more relaxed as soon as possible!
Click on the green button to see available times for your practitioner. Otherwise you can SMS:
Masa (Japanese Shiatsu Therapy): 0425 737 896.
Mark (Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine): 0425 722 217.
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition which affects the heel and the arch of the foot. Typically, people who have the condition may experience pain all day, but especially experience heel pain when first getting out of bed in the mornings. This condition constantly generates ‘foot traffic’ for Acupuncture at the clinic. The key to treatment is between 4-8 appointments over a 2-3-week period, which may sound a little excessive however we have treatment packages to make that more affordable. Mark is our Acupuncturist, his approach is to treat the calf, the plantar fascia and distal points to target this stubborn condition, in conjunction with herbal products and exercises to use at home to further drive healing momentum between appointments. Anecdotally Mark’s clients report excellent clinical outcomes getting them back to walking and running pain free. Mark is also able to prescribe Herbal Medications which can resolve bone spurs which are often a complicating factor to the plantar fasciitis diagnosis.