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Acupuncture for painful periods

acupuncture for period pain quay health sydney cbd circular quayA recent study in Australia and New Zealand has demonstrated that acupuncture is beneficial for the treatment of dysmenorrhea.

 

More than half of all women suffer with painful periods.  This trial focused on women between the age of 18 and 45.  It found that after receiving three months of acupuncture treatment,  more than half of these women had at least fifty percent reduction in their severity of their period pain.  Many of the women also reported less need to use painkillers to treat their period pain and an improvement in secondary symptoms, such as headaches and nausea.

 

In Chinese medicine, acupuncture has been used to relieve dysmenorrhea for centuries. In traditional Chinese medicine, there is such a sentence, “unblocked would be no pain, pain is obstructed “. Dysmenorrhea patients can usually use acupuncture and moxibustion with traditional Chinese medicine to relieve dysmenorrhea. And when in ovulation, acupuncture treatment for several times can alleviate the physical discomfort.

Si Chen Acupuncturist Quay Health Sydney CBD

Si Chen is Quay Health’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner specialising in women’s reproductive health and fertility.

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What is Stress doing to our digestion?

What is stress doing to our digestion?

 

Almost every client I see, tells me they’re having problems with their digestion – but why?

 

stress and digestion, naturopath Beth Bridges, Quay Health Sydney CBD, Circular QuayWhen you feel like you’re doing all the ‘right’ things food-wise, it can be frustrating to experience ongoing digestive difficulties.

 

Symptoms such as bloating, excess gas, cramping pains, alternating constipation and diarrhoea, and just general digestive unease, are all too common for many people – but they shouldn’t be.

 

Most of my clients immediately think that it’s something to do with food – an allergy or intolerance. And, while this can certainly be the case, it’s definitely not the only factor to be looked at.

 

In fact, the first thing that I consider when I have a client come to me with digestive difficulties is, how stressed are they?

 

For many people, stress is a major factor in digestive disturbances.

 

The stress response is so very powerful, that it immediately affects our capacity for digestion, by moving blood away from our internal digestive organs, towards the muscles in our arms and legs – so that we can ‘fight-or-flight’.

 

This ‘fight-or-flight’ response, is the stress response that is only supposed to be activated when we are in real and immediate danger. However, in our frenetic society, with such a fast-paced and rushed way of living, for many people the stress response is consistently firing.

 

Every part of the digestive process can be (and will be!) affected by the stress response – it’s a physiological action that’s impossible to avoid.

 

The only way to fix this element of digestive disturbance, is to work on supporting your body through the stress response, by working on nervous system and adrenal gland function. Nutrition, supplementation, herbal medicine, lifestyle, and emotional / mental stress management are all of fantastic use in this scenario.

 

I have seen many people who have reduced the stress in their life, and supported their bodies to manage such stress far better through natural medicine, completely overcome digestive troubles.

 

So, if you’re having ongoing problems with your digestion, and you’re also under quite a lot of stress, I urge you to consider the link between the two.

 

There is so much that can be done with Naturopathy, and other holistic treatments, to support your body to overcome that constant stress response, and restore natural function to the digestive system.

 

Please don’t underestimate the massive effect that constant stress has upon your entire health picture. If you feel overwhelmed, burnt out, or depleted, then it’s very likely that stress could be getter the better of your wellbeing.

 

Come on down to Quay Health, to see me and find out what we can do to help you with your digestive difficulties!

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Why is Women’s Health suffering?

Women’s health is suffering terribly, and it’s time for something to change.

 

women's health naturopath quay health sydney cbdIn our fast-paced, modern society, we are seeing ever-greater incidence of challenges to women’s health, including infertility, chronic PMS and period pain, endometriosis, PCOS, burnout, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and sheer exhaustion.

 

At the very root of such issues, is the chronic and constant stress that the majority of women face. For many women, life is just one big, frantic, double shift – tending to their careers during the day, and their loved ones at night and on the weekends.

 

Consequently, women have little to no time for themselves – to rest, recuperate, and tend to their own basic needs. This is taking a huge toll on our health.

 

The pace of modern life, and the stress and pressure that this has created for so many women, drives the constant production of stress hormones. When not addressed, this leads to chronic nervous system depletion, and a stress-related condition known as adrenal fatigue.

 

When a woman is experiencing adrenal fatigue, it is next to impossible for her delicate reproductive hormones to be balanced. Stress hormones are extremely dominant, and drastically interfere with a woman’s ability to experience a healthy monthly cycle.

 

Contrary to what we have been taught, PMS and other female hormonal conditions are NOT normal. And unfortunately, there’s no ‘quick fix’ for overcoming them. However, with a commitment to addressing stress, nutrition, and lifestyle, it is more than possible to get your hormones back in balance.

 

As a naturopath, I often work with women to get their hormones back in shape. To begin with, we work to get a holistic picture of what’s going on in the body, through a thorough case history, and often with a variety of hormone testing. This gives me a clear understanding of exactly what is happening for each woman, so that I can tailor a treatment plan that is precisely indicated for her individual needs.

 

In the course of treatment, we work to address BOTH stress hormones and reproductive hormones, in a way that is long-term and sustainable. The ultimate aim is to get these hormones back in balance, and keep them that way – for good!

 

Because hormonal imbalances often occur as the result of many years of constant stress, it can take a number of months to get them back to their normal, balanced state. However, the dramatic change in health and wellness that women experience as a result of doing this, makes it well worth the effort.

 

As women, nothing is more important that our hormonal health. Our hormones literally have the ability to change our entire experience of life. They affect how we feel on a day to day basis – how much energy we have, whether we can jump out of bed in the morning, how we interact with the people we love, and whether or not we suffer each month with our cycle. Our hormonal status also dramatically affects our digestion, often resulting in symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Of course, all of these signs and symptoms can be drastically improved once hormones are addressed.

 

There is SO much that can be done to help your precious hormones get back to balance. Please don’t feel helpless – come and see me for a consultation, and let me help you change your health (and consequently, your life) for the better.

 

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