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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.
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!
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.
For that reason we would like to offer you some great deals so that we can collaborate with you, on your wellbeing more often, so that you will feel refreshed, energised and invigorated on a regular basis…
We have a special offer for Mark’s distal style of Acupuncture which will make your medicine go down more easily! Sometimes miracles do happen, but our experience has taught us that most benefits are found with routine periodical care.
The bundle come with flexible terms… and you can even purchase them as a gift for a loved one.
Feel free to send us a message today, or book online and discuss these offers in person with your practitioner at your next appointment.
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.
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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.
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:
Acupuncture taught at Western Universities is usually a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine style of acupuncture which can incorporate a distal point or two, but often more needles are located closer to the site of disharmony; there are however many different styles which practitioners study & practice post-graduate. In addition to the general study of TCM, Mark has trained in two popular styles of Distal Acupuncture – ‘Master Tung Style’ and ‘The Balance Method.’
Master Tung was a famous modern day acupuncturist from Mainland China who later settled in Taiwan; he was not formally trained, but honed his skills from a family lineage of acupuncturists from whom secrets were passed from father to the eldest son over many generations.
Balance Method Acupuncture is based on ancient I-Ching theory, modernized in recent times by the late revered Dr Richard Tan. Dr Tan was an engineer before immigrating to the USA and spent many decades analyzing and perfecting his own acupuncture techniques which have become famous worldwide in recent times.
Distal Acupuncture uses theories of embryology to explain its effect on different areas of the body through neural pathways to the brain, which have existed since the time that the body was still a foetus. We all start out the same way, as you see from the photo below – everything is connected, it is only later that the limbs separate, however the neurological connections still exist many decades later.
The photo below shows a distal acupuncture point used for fertility, as you can see the points are located nowhere near the gonads, however they are highly effective points for fertility.
(photo courtesy of ‘Art of Acupuncture’)
For physical symptoms, practitioners will often needle points of similar body landmarks on the opposite side of the body, or even opposite and distally such as needling the shoulder to resolve pain in the hip.
There is an excellent book, which details these theories called ‘The Spark in the Machine’ it was written by a Western Medicine ER Doctor known as Daniel Keown, it explains these theory in everyday language.
Although needling locally (traditional acupuncture) is beneficial for some conditions by increasing blood flow to the area, for acute conditions you could think of it like – shaking an overtired crying baby, which is only likely to seriously exacerbate the problem!! A smarter approach (similar to distal acupuncture) is to use techniques which will lull them into a sound sleep from afar, music in the background, rocking the cradle, aromatherapy etc, etc.
The benefits of a distal style include the fact that most treatments are on the arms & legs, so there is no need to disrobe; secondly it relies on the ‘Homokulus Effect’ (see the diagram below):
Because our hands and our feet are so important to our everyday function, they use a proportionally large area of our brain’s motor cortex, needling in these places has a very strong effect. For this reason distal acupuncture typically uses fewer needles with a higher rate of success.
Using specific neural pathways the intervention sends a signal to the brain via the nervous system to release natural painkillers through the circulatory system, vasodilation occurs delivering extra nutrients and oxygen to heal the affected area. Treatments are quick, effective and I have found that they have better results in the longer term.
Most people who experience a Distal Acupuncture session are usually slightly confused initially, it isn’t always obvious why a practitioner might be needling an unrelated body part, however they are often later amazed with the results experienced.
Dr Tan would often explain the distal theory by saying that the switch that ‘turns on the light’ need not be at the actual site of pain, it can be located anywhere in the room, no matter how large – so long as there is an electrical connection…