Esoteric Acupuncture

“What is Esoteric Acupuncture?”  I hear you say, let me explain….

Esoteric Acupuncture (EA) was developed by a modern-day living therapist by the name of Dr Mikio Sankey, PHD.  In actual fact the point locations and the optional use of needles is the only resemblance that EA has to traditional acupuncture.  Most people would probably consider a course of acupuncture beneficial for body aches and pains, EA is more closely associated with spiritual growth and development.

Dr Mikio Sankey  explains that “The power of acupuncture is to harmonize and strengthen the body systems before a disease stage, but the power of Esoteric Acupuncture is to work with expanding consciousness and strengthen the root, which is our Higher, Inner Spiritual Heart Centre.”

The point locations are either needled or activated with a tuning fork in a specific sequence to create patterns of sacred geometry which resonate with the higher planes of consciousness.

The aim of each treatment is to fine tune and balance our chakras for emotional healing, connecting to your ‘heart,’ to activate inner stillness, and to resonate a higher frequency of consciousness.

So why would you choose EA over regular acupuncture?

Basically, if you feel as though you have tried everything else without resolving your complaint, or if you suspect that the root cause might be a deeper pathology or that it is something that you cannot put your ‘finger on’.

Other people who benefit from EA include those who are on a journey to create a greater spiritual connection, perhaps they are searching for a means to deepen their yoga or meditation practise.

Even those who are searching for their purpose in life; it certainly isn’t for everyone it is unashamedly New Age, but in an exciting and fresh way!

See you Zen!

Have you tried Acupuncture for Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger is an annoying condition which can affect any finger including the thumb and typically occurs as a result of repetitive use such as texting, gaming or occupational practices and more prevalent in females and people who have diabetes.

Traditional treatment options include using a finger brace, steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications and even surgery for severe cases.

Acupuncture is highly regarded for management of musculoskeletal issues such as pain management and triage of sports injuries.  The treatment of this condition in Chinese medicine varies slightly from person to person.  The muscles of the arm, hand and fingers are evaluated to locate trigger points which when stimulated with light electrical frequency disinhibit stuck muscle memory for greater flexibility.

Symptoms of trigger finger are easily managed for mild to medium cases with acupuncture alone and may compliment traditional therapies for severe cases possibly preventing the necessity for surgery.

As all conditions and treatment outcomes differ from person to person, consult your practitioner to see if acupuncture may be helpful for your condition and request a treatment plan.  As a general guide 3-4 treatments might be appropriate for a newer, acute injury and 6-8 treatments for a condition which is more chronic.

Acupuncture supports the resolution of Bell’s Palsy in conjunction with other modalities.

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).

Online prescriptions, for influenza type symptoms + stress and anxiety.

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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‘SICK’ of hearing about Coronavirus? Chinese Medicine boosts immunity.

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.

Acupuncture is super effective for Lower Back Pain.

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.


Its safe to get Acupuncture and see your Japanese Shiatsu Therapist!

  • Towels are changed and washed between clients
  • 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.

Would you prefer the customised approach to menopausal symptoms naturally?


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…

Herbal Medicine or Acupuncture?

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 Acupuncture Therapist and Herbalist – Mark, 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.

Mark 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.

Do you suffer from an Overactive Bladder or Urinary Incontinence?

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