Heel pain in the morning? Its probably plantar fasciitis…

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.

You are what you eat!

So, one of the things we do in Chinese Medicine is talk about dietary sources of medicinal foods & herbs.  Today many of us have heard the phase “You are what you eat,” originating from a book written by a French Author in the early 1800’s.  As far back as thousands of years before there was a phrase coined “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” by the classical age Greek physician Hippocrates.  In the Far East too, the Chinese discerned how to relieve illness by managing the food we eat.  The Chinese physicians mapped out the thermodynamics of food and considered that if a person was ill with a cold disease for example (something such as chills to the bone) that foods and herbs warming or hot would help return the person to homeostasis and foods that are cold would cause further harm…

I have recently been reading a superb book by a current US physician named Dr Michael Gregor, M.D.  I use my Chinese Medicine dietary knowledge on a daily basis; I know some practitioners who insist that whatever was said in the Chinese Medicine ‘bible’ is fact, however I look at these things differently and consider that we can build on and compliment ancient knowledge with new understanding; so long as the source isn’t tainted!

Dr Gregor’s book is extremely well sourced and adds another level of insight to nutrition from the aspect of modern research.  Unlike research from some of the large drug companies, there is no Big Carrot or Big Broccoli, so the research seems to be mostly untainted.  Dr Gregor’s passion is derived from his own grandma’s journey, she was given 3 weeks to live with heart failure before she found her own nutritional expert, who within the space of several months turned her life around, and extended her lifespan by 30 years+!

Dr Gregor is a Western Medical physician who writes for other Western Medical DRs who he says are given substandard schooling in nutrition in the current medical school model.  A visit to see him at his clinic often results in a prescription for nutrition rather than something you will get from the chemist; how refreshing is that!

I wanted to share this video with you on a simple hack Dr Gregor has for getting the maximum nutrition from Broccoli.  I hope I’m not spoiling the ending, but if you are cooking broccoli the trick is to add mustard powder for a strong anti-cancer effect!  Don’t take my word for it, watch the video linked below from Dr Gregor’s own NutritionFacts.org.

Sometimes the simple things can make a HUGE difference!

Here is the video blog on Broccoli:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/second-strategy-to-cooking-broccoli/

Traditional Tibetian Formula for Longevity

Several years ago, I was suffering from some ongoing dental issues; although it was against my better judgement I had already had one molar root canal, and the Dentist was recommending that I might need to have another in the near future, however at this stage that tooth would be on a ‘watch list;’ while also being advised that I needed to do some work on my receding gums.

 

Being a herbalist I was sure that there must be something around that would work for my teeth and gums; and there were a few options available but nothing I was 100% happy with.  As with anything once I get an idea into my head I spent hour upon hour searching the internet for any viable ideas….

 

Eventually I did find a product named Padma Basic; the story of Padma Basic is that is based on an ancient Tibetan Formula which was saved from the Communist Chinese Invasion around 1950.  Several years later and a Swiss pharmaceutical researcher named Karl Lutz had heard of the power of the formula and has been researching it.  His company later patented the formula and began production of the original formula under the name of Padma Basic.  The formula is sold through regular pharmacies throughout Europe and is apparently a household name.

 

In the research by the swiss they found that Padma was effective for treating memory issues, tinnitus, visual problems, arthritic joint pain, dizziness, fatigue, promoting health and longevity.

 

So, getting back to my own experiment after reading anecdotal experiments online of people using it for success with the microcirculation of the teeth and gums; I purchased Padma from overseas and over the course of around 3 months successfully managed to avoid the 2ndroot canal procedure, my dentist was intrigued at just how well the infection had cleared!

 

Another Researcher in the United states by the name of Nan Kathryn Fuchs PH. D published her own research in 2004.

 

Fuchs (2004), says that in her own research she found the formula to be effective for atherosclerosis with cholesterol buildup, controlling bacteria in the lungs which may leads to allergies and asthma; and also, highly effective for ‘heat related’ conditions such as dermatitis, hepatitis, arthritis, thyroiditis, colitis and even Multiple Sclerosis due to the heat -clearing nature of the formula.

 

As a Registered Herbalist, I can see many similarities in the original formula with those of Chinese medicine.  I have created a similar Traditional Tibetan formula for Longevity which embraces the same principals of clearing heat, promoting circulation and supporting the immune function to produce my own formula in Tincture form (alcohol extract) which is both easy to take, and highly effective.

 

Some of the all-natural ingredients include:

Iceland Moss, Costus root, Cardamon, Sandalwood, Allspice, Bael Fruit, Licorice, knotgrass, galangal, valerian root, lettuce leaf etc.

 

Fuchs, N.K. (2004) Padma An Ancient Tibetian Herbal Formula.  NJ, USA: Basic Health Publications.

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Have you tried Shiatsu before?

Have you tried Shiatsu before?

Sorry to answer a question with a question, but I’m sure you have heard of Acupuncture right?  

Acupuncture has been one of the most rigorously researched scientific modalities over the past decade or so.   And of course you know all about massage, it has been a godsend for sore and aching muscles since the dawn of time. 

Shiatsu is a whole body Traditional Japanese therapy which combines acupressure (acupuncture without needles) and special massage techniques along the myofascial pathways of the human anatomy. 

Shiatsu therapists are trained to understand the acupuncture point combinations, in conjunction with working on trigger points for tight, movement restricted muscles with gentle stretching and joint mobilisation to increase flexibility and decrease pain.  Other Oriental Therapies include moxibustion (burning dried mugwort in specific locations,) cupping and myofascial scraping or ‘gua sha’ may be recommended by your practitioner or incorporated into the treatment at your request.

Your practitioner will treat you from head to toe on a comfy Japanese ‘futon style’ padded floor mattress, the client remained lightly dressed so there is no need to strip down and feel self conscious…  Therapeutic benefits of Shiatsu treatment include relieving pain from the neck, back, shoulders and lower limbs for such conditions as Sciatica or Piriformis syndrome. Relief of stress and anxiety is also a commonly sought reason for people to attend a Shiatsu Treatment, and most people report feeling as though they ‘float out’ post treatment and enjoy a deeper than usual sleep that same night.

Options include 60 minute, 100 minutes treatments.  Gift cards are also available. 

If you have any questions feel free to text Masa on 0425737896, appointments available WED – SAT and SUN – MON by request.

We are conveniently located in Johnston St Abbotsford, close to Victoria Park Station, the Collingwood Children’s farm and Abbotsford Convent.  Bus routes 201 and 210 operate outside on Johnston St and a number of other services from the corner of Johnston and Hoddle St. 

 

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Gift Vouchers now available for everything we do at Root & Branch – Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Oriental Therapies etc… Give a healthy gift to your loved one!

We find that people are often time poor, shy, not ready to make the commitment or simply not sure of the effectiveness of alternative medicine.

A gift voucher is a great way to allow those people to take the next step at their own pace, and allow them to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment themselves.  We find that most people respond well and many of them make the decision to continue care.

Contact us to purchase or for further detail.

Eastential Chinese Medicine, David Yao Chi Guan, Four Seasons Wellness Centre, Shinma Acupuncture, Acuuncture Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford Medical & Acupuncture Centre

Human connection

When I first got a shiatsu treatment, I realised something I had never really thought of before, that physical interaction between people can be really important. The palm pressure applied during a shiatsu treatment really makes a human connection.
I was really surprised & glad to realise the depth that Shiatsu creates connecting Mind & body.
Too much stress, emotional ups & downs effect the body, and consequently pain affects the spirit. Everyone has varying degrees of stress, aches & pains. Its easy for me to say, but I do my best to make people feel more relaxed, stress and pain free.
The person receiving the treatment, also seem to at times be flooded with emotion. It make me wonder whether they have had the same realisation I did?
Not only is Shiatsu great for the body, but equally effective for the spirit.
Everyday I feel as though my mind is connecting with people’s body and vice versa.

Shiatsu Masa does great SHIATSU Massage Melbourne!!

A treatment with Shiatsu Masa will leave you feeling like a Zen Master!

 

 

 

 

Hello, I’m Shiatsu Masa. I’m a qualified Shiatsu practitioner at Root & Branch Oriental Therapieshere in Abbotsford, Melbourne Australia.

Shiatsu Massage is a style of massage which was developed in Japan based on traditional oriental medicine doctrine.  It is still very popular in Japan today, particularly at traditional hot springs & ryokan. Each treatment typically takes between 60-90 minutes which includes a short interview to ascertain the specific needs and heath status of the client.

Treatment is undertaken with the recipient dressed, lying flat on a floor mat and includes finger, hand, and foot pressure in combination with a number of stretches and gentle rotations.  Your practitioner will probably also recommend some dietary and lifestyle advice which will support your condition after the treatment.

Post treatment most people feel invigorated, occasionally there is a healing reaction as toxins are released, however this is usually only temporary and will pass with adequate water intake.

Shiatsu not only feels great, but but it also proactively restores health, remove blockages of energy flow to stimulate circulation, promote relaxation, alleviate pain and support the body back to it natural state of homeostasis.  It is a total body therapy which may assist numerous conditions including digestive disorders, anxiety, sports injuries, insomnia, fatigue and stress.

*Shiatsu Masa focuses on easing the following conditions;

    • Lower Back Pain

    • Neck & Shoulder

    • Stress Relief

    • Depression

    • Insomnia

    • Fatigue

Shiatsu Masa is waiting to see you soon!!

Eastential Chinese Medicine, David Yao Chi Guan, Four Seasons Wellness Centre, Shinma Acupuncture, Acuuncture Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford Medical & Acupuncture Centre, Yuki Murata

Shiatsu Masa, Best Shiatsu in Massage Melbourne, Please come &  try

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – try Acupuncture first!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By Mark Davis BHSc (Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncturist.)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition, which affects the median nerve of the upper extremity, it passes from the forearm through the wrist to the palm of your hand. The Carpal Tunnel is a narrow passageway through which the median nerve passes, and when it becomes inflamed from repetitive movement it can cause pain and swelling locally, which without treatment may become progressively worse.

People will often describe symptoms such as a localised ‘pins and needles’ type sensation, numbness and tingling in the fingers and palm of the hand in addition to pain, which may be experienced distal to the wrist or radiating back toward the elbow. Swollen wrist and fingers or a sensation that the hand feels larger than it looks, or even grip weakness, which can make everyday routine tasks more difficult.

Fluid retention during pregnancy, localised trauma, repetitive strain and being overweight are all risk factors to developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Females are statistically more susceptible to developing the syndrome than males, and often there is a familial component as a risk factor.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome treatment with Western Medicine can range from rest, ice and splints to anti-inflammatory medications and corticosteroid injections. In many cases as it is a difficult condition to resolve and surgical intervention is often recommended to relieve pressure on the carpal tunnel itself by longitudinal incision of the fascia to allow more space surrounding the nerves and tendons.

Acupuncture can be a highly effective alternative treatment; at Root & Branch Oriental Therapies in Melbourne we use a combination of local points, distal needling, trigger points and oriental therapies such as cupping to target both the root cause and branch symptomology for the best clinical outcome.

Acupuncture point prescriptions often include local points of the affected limb, which are stimulated by the use of a low range electrical current, traversed along the inflamed tunnel to disperse inflammation and resolve pain. Additionally the neck and shoulders are often assessed for tightness, trigger points activation and even nerve compression, which can be the root cause of the syndrome. Many people will hold tension in their shoulder, which reduces circulation to the arms, which in conjunction with other factors may result in inflammation and pain.

From the perspective of Chinese Medicine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is often experienced by people who are suffering from stressful situations and when that is combined with repetitive movement & poor ergonomics pain is often a result; managing stress and changing lifestyles to cope better with modern day stressors which lead to inflammation will also assist in preventing relapse.

Anecdotally relief of pain can often be felt even after the first treatment, however a full course of 4-8 consecutive treatments over a period of 2-4 weeks is recommended to ensure that the inflammation is healed. There is often a temptation for people to stop treatment after 2-3 acupuncture sessions, however if there is no modification in lifestyle the risk of the problem returning is high. Continuing treatment a few sessions past the resolution of pain is important so that the body has time to continue healing to prevent relapse.

Here a few links to other similar published articles:

http://time.com/4690200/acupuncture-carpal-tunnel-syndrome/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523426/

https://academic.oup.com/brain/article/140/4/914/3058778

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