insomnia treatment acupuncture Quay Health Sydney CBD

If only I could get some sleep

Michelle always felt tired and sleepy in the day time, because she could not sleep at night. It usually took her more than 1 hour to fall asleep, and sometimes even the whole night until 5-6am, even though she was really sleepy.

Daniel a 12 years old, used to lie down on his desk at the school, due to his dreaminess at night.

Ben also has a sleeping problem. He always wakes up very early around 3-4am. After waking up, he would not be able to go back to sleep, no matter how sleepy he was.

insomnia treatment acupuncture Quay Health Sydney CBDInsomnia is one of the most common health problems in the world. From research, there are one out of three people who will suffer from some form of sleep disturbance during their lifetime. For some they would continue for many years, and they would try many ways to deal with it, including having sleeping medication or drugs, but these would not work when they stop taking it.


Clinically, insomnia may occur individually or be accompanied by the manifestations of headaches, dizziness, palpitations, amnesia, etc. Insomnia is a disease, and long-term lack of treatment or mitigation will inevitably lead to a series of adverse consequences, such as reduction in the quality of work and life, reduction in the body’s immune system, endocrine disorders, easily leading to and aggravating infectious diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases and so on.


In Chinese Medicine, insomnia can be divided into three different types according to the pattern of the sleep problem.


The first type of insomnia is that people try hard to fall asleep. If it takes over thirty minutes to fall asleep, it is defined as insomnia, but in some cases it can take hours and in several cases people just will not fall asleep until the sun comes up. This pattern in Chinese medicine is associated with a deficiency of the heart yin energy. The yin energy is the energy that calms, cools and moistens. Its function is especially important at night time. When the yin energy is deficient, our mind cannot calm down, and we would feel irritable and hot during the night and cannot have good quality sleep. This condition is associated with long term stress or overworking. Commonly associated symptoms are: night heat or night sweats, palpitations, dizziness, tinnitus, poor memory and concentration, constipation, dry mouth at nights and red tongue. The treatment for this type of insomnia is with Acupuncture points that nourish the yin energy reducing heat and calming the spirit. In addition to sleeping better the patient should also feel an all-around improvement in his physical and emotional health. Acupuncture for Shenmai(BL62), Zhaohai(KI6), Taixi(KI3), Dalin (PC7), Shenmen(HT7), Taichong(LR3) can help for that.


The second type of insomnia is when sleep is easy but the quality of sleep that follows is poor. The person feels that the sleep is very light and often wakes up. Sometimes it feels as if no sleep has been had at all. This type of insomnia is usually due to over work and over thinking which weaken the energies of the heart and the spleen; the digestive system. The heart in Chinese Medicine is in charge of sleep and mental activities and needs sufficient nourishment to function properly. Other symptoms often associated with this pattern are palpitations, fatigue, poor appetite and digestive problems. The treatment is by using acupuncture to nourish the heart and strengthen the digestive systems and improvement in sleep should soon follow. For acupuncture, we usually use: Xinshu(BL15), Pishu(BL20), Baihui((DU20), Shenmen(HT7), Sanyinjiao(SP6), Neiguan(PCC6). If dreaminess, can also use Pohu(BL42), Yinbai(SP1), lidui(ST45), Daling(PC7).


The third type of insomnia is when the problem is waking up early in the morning. The person will wake up some time between 3 and 6 in the morning and will not be able to go back to sleep. In Chinese medicine this problem is related to the liver and it is usually caused by emotional problems, stress or worry. Like worrying about what will need to do during the daytime. Other symptoms often associated with this type of insomnia are: irritability, tearfulness and sometimes light headedness. The treatment is with Acupuncture points that treat the liver and calm the mind. You can expect an improvement in your mood and general feeling, in addition to sleeping better. For the acupoint, we can use: Xinjian(LR2), Zuqiaoyin(GB44), Fengchi(GB20), Shenmen(HT7), Sishencong(EX-HN1) etc.


Those suffering from insomnia understand how important a good night’s sleep is in order to feel great and be productive the next day. Acupuncture for insomnia is one treatment that can help to alleviate insomnia without the need to take potentially harmful prescription sleeping aids. It focuses on treating the whole body and not just the symptoms, the root cause of the insomnia will be addressed, be it stress, pain, dietary irregularities, etc. By resolving the underlying imbalance, the insomnia will effectively be treated, and the individual will enjoy a better overall quality of life.


To find relief from your insomnia book an appointment to see Quay Health’s accupuncturist’s Si Chen and Darren Geer.  Call 9252 2825 to book an appointment.

Si Chen Acupuncturist Quay Health Sydney CBD

Si Chen
Quay Health Sydney CBD


Can my posture affect my hormones?

Can my posture affect my hormones? The short answer is – yes it can!


Amy Cuddy* from Harvard University has done research on how body language impacts hormones. One of her studies showed how levels of salivary testosterone and cortisol are impacted when someone is in an upright posture vs when someone is in a slouched over posture.


Testosterone has an important role to play for both men and women. It helps plays a part in regulating libido, brain function, muscle mass and strength, and fat distribution. Signs of low testosterone may include irritability, depression, brain fog, decreased muscle mass, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction and low sex drive to mention but a few.


shutterstock_146398013Cortisol, commonly known as the “stress hormone”, is secreted by the adrenal glands during stressful events. It is very important that after a stressful event, that cortisol levels go back to normal. Unfortunately, in a society where stress is not an acute but a chronic event, cortisol levels can rise and stay elevated for a prolonged period. This has been shown to have negative effects such as impaired cognitive function, sleep disturbance, lower immune function, higher blood pressure and increased abdominal fat to again name but a few!


In Cuddy’s study, the levels of salivary cortisol and testosterone were measured when participants held (for two minutes) an upright “high-power” pose vs a slouched over “low-power” pose. The results showed an increase in testosterone and decrease in cortisol in the “high-power” pose, and a decrease in testosterone levels and increase in cortisol levels in a “lower-power” pose.


So, how can you apply the benefits of this interesting study in your life? Whenever you can maintain a power-pose, which sort of looks like you are puffing out your chest, and keeping your head over your shoulders, do it! Try to hold that for a few minutes a day and notice how you feel immediately after. To help combat the effects of stress on your body and for a more prolonged effect on your health and wellbeing, getting ABC adjustments is the way to go! The whole idea, is that you leave being able to stand upright, “without effort, or thinking about it!” I look forward to seeing you at the practice!


[* Carney, D. R., Cuddy, A. J., & Yap, A. J. (2010). Power posing brief nonverbal displays affect neuroendocrine levels and risk tolerance. Psychological Science, 21(10), 1363-1368.]


Dr Aline Dahdah


Quay Health

Dr Aline Dahdah Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD



Stress – the ultimate buzz word associated with modern living and many of us experience it at some time with stress symptoms presenting in many forms.


shutterstock_132130631Stress symptoms may include:

  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • hyperinsomnia (sleepiness during the day)
  • nausea
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • unstable emotions
  • craving sweet foods
  • weight gain
  • headaches
  • lower back pain
  • indecision
  • tense muscles


From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view, many of these symptoms are separated into issues of the organs that are being affected. Below I have identified some of the basic ways a TCM practitioner is looking at your body when diagnosing. I have kept it brief to avoid confusion and acknowledge that there are other signs and symptoms that may be present however, only the ones above are discussed below. Also, in considering the particular organ affected, this is not being looked at from a western medicine point view even though TCM accepts western medical understanding of internal organs.


1. Fatigue: the only symptom that shows a problem with virtually all organs, blood and oxygen (Qi) flow.

2. Insomnia: heart, your mind is too busy; kidneys, you’re so rundown that you cannot stay asleep for a whole 6-8 hrs; spleen, too much worrying; and the liver, you want to break out of your current situation but can’t.

3. Hyperinsomnia: liver, you’re so stressed that your circulation has become blocked; spleen, a heavy daytime tiredness usually associated with stress and a diet of mainly fatty and sweet processed foods.

4. Menstrual problems: liver and gall bladder have blockages.

5. Nausea: when the liver becomes blocked, it can attack the stomach causing nausea.

6. Depression: a major problem within our society, as are all mental health issues. TCM theory has many reasons for depression including; kidney deficiency, blocked liver, oxygen (Qi) deficiency, blood deficiency, stomach dysfunction and heart deficiency.

7. High blood pressure: as with western medicine, heart and kidneys.

8. Unstable emotions: depends on which emotion is either excessive or deficient, as to what organ is affected.

9. Craving sweet foods: liver and spleen (pancreas).

10. Weight gain: kidneys (including fluid retention), poor diet, inactivity and spleen deficiency. There are obviously many western medical reasons for this and 100% of them are accepted by most TCM practitioners.

11. Headaches: liver, kidneys, gall bladder, bladder, lungs, spleen, stomach, large intestine and heart.

12. Lower back pain, without a physical reason: kidneys, bladder and gall bladder.

13. Indecision: gall bladder.

14. Tense muscles: liver and gall bladder


As you can see there are many ways that stress can affect our body and organs. If you are interested in finding out how I can help with your stress, contact us to make a booking.


Acupuncturist Darren Geer Quay Health Sydney CBD Acupuncture
Darren Geer, Acupuncturist

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Level 6, 10 Bridge Street Sydney

Stress Less Mums; How can mothers manage stress better?

Stress Less Mums; How can mothers manage stress better?

Once women come to see me at Quay Health and begin to understand what it is that has caused their body distress, they all ask me how they can better manage their stress.


stress free mums, how mothers can better handle stress quay health sydney cbd chiropractor Hooman Zahedi


The answer isn’t a one-size fits all solution, however, with some consideration and planning, you can pick and choose from the following list to tailor the solutions to  your own life.


I usually recommend beginning with the following – starting with introducing one thing, and moving on to slowly form habits, that will help them thrive. It is important to do these things and fit them into your life, but to also do them in a spirit of generosity to yourself, rather than committing to them out of a sense of guilt. Do these things because you know that they will allow you to function better and for longer – not because it’s another ‘have-to’:


  • Exercise.  There are huge benefits to fitting exercise into your life two or three times per week if possible. You can exercise at night, or make use of childcare arrangements offered increasingly by gyms these days. Getting your body moving will not only benefit you physically, but the endorphins produced by exercise, will also make your mood lift.


  • Having family days out. Making time for activities as a family that nurture the relationships within the family, helps both of you to remember why it is that you decided to have children. is doesn’t have to be exercise related, either. You can play games, watch a movie together, or go out for a meal or an outing. What matters is spending time together that does not involve your regular schedule.


  • Removing social expectations from the equation. Keeping up with what you’re ‘meant’ to be doing as parents can further stress an already tense situation. Becoming more conscious of what you ‘should’ listen to, and really thinking about what is important for your own family, rather than just trying to keep up with what the current trend says is best is a must.  It takes a bit of mental work, firstly to notice the outside pressures that you’re letting in, and then deciding whether those pressures are worth keeping or not, but it’s worth the effort in the long run because it also makes you evolve as a parent.


  • Meditation/yoga/pilates/relaxation. All of these promote a mind/body connection that is easily lost in the everyday parenting marathon. Having a healthy mind/body connection means that when something goes wrong, it’s noticed earlier and can be more easily treated.


There are many choices that women can make regarding having a better self-care routine.  Most cities, and even rural centres, have classes and systems in place to support parents of young families to thrive rather than just survive.  Whether you identify more with the former or latter, making the decision to take your life and health into your own hands will greatly improve your quality of life, and also your resilience in both mind and body when it comes to stress.


Dr Hooman Zahedi Chiropractor Quay Health Sydney CBD Circular Quay

Dr Hooman Zahedi


Quay Health, Chiropractors Sydney CBD







Quay Health is located at level 6, 10 Bridge Street Sydney.  Conveniently located between Wynyard and Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney’s CBD Financial District.  To make a time to see Dr Hooman or any of our other practitioners please call 9252 2825


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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Beth Bridges Naturopath



The Age of Anxiety; Stress and Hypnotherapy



anxiety hypnotherapy, self hypnotis, antonella franchini, quay health sydney cbdSome have called this the “Age of Anxiety”. The demands that we are struggling to meet in our everyday lives are increasing alongside our levels of stress. The sources of stress are numerous and inevitable. Hypnosis is a stres management tool that can help build relaxation skills and a sense of self-control through the use of self-hypnosis techniques. Managing anxiety effectively increases concentration, self-esteem and quality of life by improving sleep patterns and overall sense of wellbeing.



Simply knowing that you have the ability to relax deeply and re-organise your thoughts, feelings and behaviours can have a profound and powerful effect.


Imagine the freedom of feeling this way.



Too good to be true?




“How can Hypnosis help me? I’ve always been curious but don’t want to lose control and definitely don’t want to do anything against my will. How does Clinical Hypnotherapy differ from Stage Hypnosis?”


Our Clinical Hypnotherapist Antonella Franchini is offering a great opportunity for everyone who would like to ask questions and get an overview of how Hypnotherapy and Self Hypnosis skills have helped many people solve their issues. If you are struggling to quit smoking, feeling stressed and anxious, not sleeping properly or struggling to lose weight, then this is a perfect opportunity to come into a relaxed environment with no pressure, share a few nibbles and listen to Antonella explain Hypnosis, debunk some of the myths surrounding this enormously beneficial therapy and answer questions.  Antonella will also demonstrate a few simple hypnotic self-help skills that she is certain you will find useful and enjoyable.


WHERE: Quay Health, level 6, 10 Bridge Street Sydney
WHEN:    24th March 2016
                  5 – 6 pm
Simply book your place by calling  9252 2825

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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Beth Bridges Naturopath Quay Health Sydney CBD

Beth Bridges | Naturopath

Is Posture the Window to Your Health?

Is Posture the Window to Your Health?

We all want better health, and the ability to thrive day to day. Well into February and the motivation for some that began at the beginning of the year towards better health is still reasonably high. So before we get to burn out stage, and lose motivation due to our bodies just ‘not feeling right”, let’s shift our focus to our physical health.


We all know tGood-health-good-posture-300x300hat regular exercise and eating right is the way to go to stay feeling better. But have you considered yet the health of your spine? Everyday we see clients who can’t believe the effects that posture has on their health, and the huge impact it has on their everyday life. They feel more free and better able to deal with the stresses everyday living. Their outlook is generally more positive and their immune systems are stronger. Elite athletes never have slumped posture, whereas anybody with a serious system illness will not have proper structural integrity and almost certainly have a forward posture. We see that the body cannot perform at a high level if the body structure is not correct.


Chiropractic adjustments aimed at correcting posture, will allow you to to feel stronger in your own body. Truly feeling as you were created to feel, which is your spine holding you upright without effort on your part. Leaving you ready and able to tackle all of life’s daily changes with one less stress on your back.



Dr Aline Dahdah, Chiropractor

Why would anyone want to learn to hypnotise themselves?

Why would anyone want to learn how to hypnotise themselves?

Have you have ever felt overly anxious, stressed and lacking in confidence, overcome by change or a relationship ending, wondering why you keep over eating or lacking the motivation to exercise even though you know ‘consciously’ that you will feel great afterward? The list of issues is infinite and so are the possible solutions. Neuroscience tells us that we can change our brain by utilising some tried and true techniques and it is much easier than you would expect. One of the greatest benefits of Self Hypnosis is that there is no possibility for a ‘one size fits all solution’. The solution will be generated by the unconscious mind and will be truly unique to each individual and each situation or issue.


sunshineSelf Hypnosis is actually any technique which can be utilised to bring your own mind into a natural
state of focus and absorption, at will. Mindfulness and meditation achieve the same thing but there
is a fundamental difference. Self Hypnosis incorporates purpose and intention to focus the
unconscious mind into providing not only a deeply relaxed and therefore anxiety and stress free
state of being but it also provides the means by which you can find your own unique solutions to
whatever you consider to be a problem or a goal that you wish to achieve.

A qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist can help you do the same thing and will often teach and suggest various Self Hypnosis techniques in a private session as ‘take home tools’ to extend and consolidate your desired outcome.The benefits of practising some fundamental techniques are outstanding and can give immediate and profound results.

Quay Health’s Hypnotherapist Antonella Franchini is so passionate about the benefits of Self Hypnosis that she is offering a complimentary  introduction to the easiest and most effective techniques that she has witnessed and which have worked for her clients over many years in practise.
It’s a win win. Come along and meet Antonella without the pressure of having to address a ‘specific issue’ or disclose any personal stuff. You can experience first hand how easy it is to enter a self induced trance and be able to comfortably and easily utilise these amazing skills at home or at work whenever you need or want.


Quay Health’s Introduction to Self Hypnosis is running on Thursdays from 5.15pm to 6pm in February.  Places are limited so you will need to book by calling us on 9252 2825 or email us at