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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves the insertion of hair like needles into prescribed acupoints proven to be effective in treating a broad range of health conditions.
How Does Acupuncture work?
Chinese Medicine theory is that of the Meridian Theory involving the body’s energy – Qi (pronounced chi) and Blood. The Meridian theory involves a network of channels that link the body as a whole entity carrying the Qi and Blood within it. By using acupoints on these meridians Acupuncture can regulate the flow of Qi and restore the harmonious balance of the Meridian system.
As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:
- Acupuncture Provides drug-free pain relief
- Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
- Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
- Provides a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
- Assists in the prevention of disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being
According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture works by promoting the smooth flow of Qi to organs and tissues that in turn promotes proper balance and functioning of those tissues. From western scientific research, we now understand that acupuncture influences a number of physiological functions such as release of natural pain killing chemicals by the brain, restoration of proper circulation in diseased areas, stimulation of hormonal glands and immune system function, to name a few.
Research into the effects of acupuncture is still young, so there is more being discovered every year that should continue to help us understand more completely how acupuncture works.The “Gate Control” theory suggests that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord or brain at various “gates” to these areas. Since a majority of acupuncture points are either located near, or connected to neural structures, this suggests that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to “shut the gate” to the sensation of pain. Other theories suggest that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic like substances such as endorphins and opiods which, when released into the body, relieve pain.
Chinese herbal medicine also takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment. Most diseases or illnesses present with a core set of recognisable signs and symptoms, but the actual presentation of a particular disease or illness will vary from person to person. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be provided with quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions. If required a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem will be formulated. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.
What conditions can Chinese Medicine treat?
Clinical experience also confirms that many other conditions can be effectively treated such as most gynaecological complaints, infertility, fibromyalgia, and allergies.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
At MEDICUS we also use infra-red laser as an alternative to treating with needles.
How many treatments will I need?
Does insurance cover the treatment?
Is it safe?
Are there any contraindications for acupuncture?
- If the patient has a haemophilic condition.
- If the patient is pregnant – certain acupuncture points and needle manipulations should not be used during pregnancy.
- If the patient has a severe psychotic condition or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol back to top
Are the needles clean?
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
What should I expect on my first visit?
Are there any side effects or complications?
Can children receive acupuncture?
Do you use herbs?
Does insurance cover acupuncture?
What is Chiropractic?
“Chiropractic is a holistic, whole body health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body and its many functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and by all the nerves of the body.
Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
Doctors of Chiropractic, (often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians) practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the neuromusculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions. According to patient surveys, by treating the neuromusculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment has been shown to improve the general well-being of the patient.
Chiropractic may assist with the following conditions:
- Back pain
- Disc issues (i.e. bulging, herniated, slipped)
- Neck pain
- Strains and sprains
- Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Work and sports injuries
- Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
- General health and well-being
How does Chiropractic work?
The purpose of Chiropractic treatment manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Commonly, interference to the nervous system can occur at a number of the twenty four moving bones in your the spinal column as well as, potentially occurring at all your other joints in your extremities. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system causing a disturbance in the transmission of controlling nerve impulses.
Chiropractic treatment delivers adjustments to the affected area, re-introducing motion to the joint, gradually restoring normal motion and function.
The chiropractic adjustment is skillfully applied using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly.
This safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
What is Biomesotherapy or Biopuncture?
Biomesotherapy is a modality derived from mesotherapy. It is a relatively new therapy in Australia but it is effective in alleviating many types of pain. If you are having trouble finding relief from conventional medicine, why not find out how biomesotherapy works? You may find that it is perfect for you!
How Does Biomesotherapy Work?
The homoeopathic medicine is given to the client orally so that the body is able to absorb it faster. The specific medicine chosen is dependent on the organ or tissue that is to be treated. Once the solution has been given of sterile saline solution is injected underneath the skin into an acupuncture or trigger point. This is designed to stimulate the deeper organ systems and is known as the cutivisceral response. The saline solution is exactly the same as the body’s natural fluid makeup.
To properly understand how biomesotherapy works, the client needs to understand acupuncture and trigger points. Acupuncture points are part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and they help to control the flow of energy through the body. Twelve main energy channels are used. Trigger point therapy originated in the USA and trigger points are small knots that are found in the muscles. These trigger points can often cause referred pain.
By using these acupuncture and trigger points, the body’s ability to heal itself is stimulated inflammation is reduced, muscles are relaxed and imbalances are corrected. The point of biomesotherapy is not to suppress pain as many conventional forms of medicine do. Rather, it changes the information in the body in order to promote healing.
Some of the conditions that Biomesotherapy treats include but is not limited to:
- Ankle sprain
- Back problems (acute and chronic)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cartilage erosion
- Faster recovery from sports injuries.
- Fertility issues
- Frozen shoulder
- Headaches or migraines
- Circulation problems
- Inflammation (acute and chronic)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Joint pain
- Lower back pain
- Muscle, tendon or ligament bruising or tears
- Muscular pain
- Musculoskeletal problems (acute and chronic)
- Neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Relaxing muscles
- Reproductive problems (male and female)
- Scar tissue- softening and repairing
- Sinus inflammation
- Skeletal pain
- Tennis elbow
- Wound healing
How Long Does Biomesotherapy Take To Work?
Where is the saline injected?
Treatment into and around joints is also common. For example, if you have elbow pain your practitioner will look for painful spots in the arm muscles and may treat each one. In most cases several small treatments are given in a specific zone of the body each session.
Is this technique safe?
Does it hurt?
When to use Biomesotherapy?
However it is important to realise that Biomesotherapy isn’t designed to ‘take away’ the pain as with conventional medication. Pain is seen as an important ‘signal’ from your body that something is going wrong. It is similar to a red light on the dashboard of your car: the aim is not to just ‘take it away’ but to look for the deeper cause. This means that if pain can be alleviated with Biomesotherapy, without prescribing painkillers, there is good reason to conclude that the deeper cause of that particular pain has been eliminated.
Although there is pain relief, it is important to realise that biomesotherapy does not suppress the symptoms as is often the case with conventional anti-inflammatories. The procedure reorganises the body’s information to support an enhanced healing response. Pain is an important warning that something is wrong in the body. The source of the pain reaction must be addressed.
European Health Practitioners have been using Biomesotherapy for more than 10 years. There is now a large body of research that supports the use of Biomesotherapy in providing pain relief, through the reduction of inflammation, increased circulation, the relaxation of muscles, repair of fine nerve endings and the stimulation of the body’s healing mechanisms, thereby speeding up the process of injury recovery.
Another important area of Biomesotherapy is detoxification. Detoxification literally means cleaning the body. Toxins that have accumulated in the body from poor healing of injuries, the environment, poor diet or from medication are able to alter the immune’s defense system. This may have the effect of causing in inflammation. Toxins can affect your nervous system, causing pain and discomfort. Detoxification is an important strategy for health promotion, especially when dealing with chronic disease or pain.
Can Mesotherapy be used in conjunction with other treatments?
If in doubt, always contact your practitioner for professional advice on whether this therapy is suitable for you. Each case must be assessed individually by a trained biomesotherapy practitioner.
Mesotherapy performed by a trained physician has very few side effects. On rare occasions the most significant side effect maybe some bruising.
In the majority of cases, patients are able to return to normal duties immediately.
What kind of homeopathic medicines are being used?
Are these products safe for me?
But how does Biomesotherapy work to help me with my pain or inflammations?
Will Biomesotherpay help me as quickly as conventional therapies?
Where are these injections given?
Most people, especially those who are apprehensive about injections are surprised how easily and quickly these injections are given. In fact these injections cannot be compared to the ‘usual’ injections given in conventional medicine. They are not as painful because the needle used is very fine and the quantity injected is very small. Indeed they look more like little pinpricks.
How many injections will I receive each session?
How many sessions of Biomesotherpy will be necessary?
If you have had problems for several months or even years, it is a more complicated case and we will need to look for deeper causes of your complaints and work on these. Sometimes your hormonal system has to be regulated, or a detoxification process completed before starting to work on your symptoms. As a result you may need several treatment sessions.
When you realize that these products are natural with no major side effects, you may be motivated to be more patient than usual. In the long run however, the results of biomesotherapy are longer lasting because the healing comes from within and does not depend on the pills you take every day to take away the symptoms.
Is there an element of risk with such injections?
All Biomesotherapists are specifically trained in this modality at a post graduate level.
I’ve heard that things can get worse immediately after my first treatment. Is that correct?
When should I consider Biomesotherapy?
Who may benefit from Biomesotherapy?
When is Biomesotherapy not appropriate?
In some cases the disease is too serious or too aggressive, and can only be moderated through conventional medication or surgery. Your family physician will confirm this.
When serious damage has already occurred, biomesotherapy will simply be too late to reverse the damage and bring the body back into balance again. For example, a viral hepatitis can be treated with biomesotherapy in order to support the healing mechanism of the body, but liver cirrhosis is a phase where cells are damaged beyond repair and healing is impossible.
The same is true for chronic problems with the airways. Biomesotherapy can help a lot here as long as there is no emphysema or lung cancer involved. That is why it is so important to first have a diagnosis before starting with biomesotherapy.
Biomesotherapy is a safe and efficient technique in complementary medicine. It uses the stimulation of points in the body with saline injections, along with homeopathic medicines to stimulate the natural self-healing capacities of your body. It is worth considering as one of your treatment options.
How is Mesotherapy used for anti-ageing?
What does a Mesotherapy procedure involve?
Besides the cosmetic procedures, Mesotherapy has been used worldwide for treatment of arthritis pain, hair growth and relieving muscle spasms. The most popular uses in the United States are for spot cellulite and fat treatment. Different results and therapies result from using different medications in each patient’s “Mesotherapy cocktail” to achieve the desired results.
Mesotherapy is popular because many patients are getting obvious results without the inherent risks involved in an invasive surgical procedure like Liposuction.
Are Mesotherapy procedures safe?
A full patient analysis is performed to find out their body type, metabolism, blood chemistry and hormonal status. This way, they can make sure the patient is a good candidate for mesotherapy and customize the procedures so they are right for each patient. We maintain the highest standards and treatment protocols to ensure the safety of our patients.
What are the possible risks and benefits?
What are the side effects of Mesotherapy?
Mesotherapy usually causes slight bruising which goes away after 3-7 days. Swelling from mesotherapy is mild and lasts only a few days. Some patients notice a little itchiness for 2-3 hours after their mesotherapy session.
What are homeopathic remedies made from?
They are prepared in a very unique way so that the final product used in treatment is highly dilute and, therefore, very safe and non-toxic.
Homoeopathic medication may be taken as a liquid or as small sugar pellets are moistened with the medicine, then bottled. The most common way to take a homeopathic remedy is to place a few of these pellets under the tongue and allow them to dissolve. Most people, even small children, find that they taste good and are very easy to take.
What is the difference between herbal medicine and homeopathy?
The selection of homeopathic remedies is highly individualized, taking into account all of the patient’s symptoms, past and present.
Homeopathic remedies are prepared using a very unique process by which they are highly diluted.
The dilution of the medicine as well as the remedy chosen determines the level of health being treated (physical, emotional).
What is herbal medicine?
What is the history of herbal medicine?
In the early 19th century, when chemical analysis first became available, scientists began to extract and modify the active ingredients from plants. Later, chemists began making their own version of plant compounds and, over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs. Almost one fourth of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from botanicals.
How do herbs work?
Using plants as medicine provides significant advantages for treating many conditions. The therapeutic activity of a plant is due to its complex chemical nature with different parts of the plant providing certain therapeutic effects.
Often, herbs may be used together because the combination is more effective and may have fewer side effects. Health care providers must take many factors into account when recommending herbs, including the species and variety of the plant, the plant’s habitat, how it was stored and processed, and whether or not there are contaminants (including heavy metals and pesticides).
What is herbal medicine good for?
Are there any side effects?
Many herbs can interact with prescription medications, they may cause allergic reactions, or could be toxic if used improperly or at high doses.
Some herbal supplements, especially those imported from Asian countries, may contain high levels of heavy metals, including lead, mercury, and cadmium. It is important to purchase herbal supplements from reputable manufacturers to ensure quality. Be sure to consult your physician before trying any herbal products.
Are there experts in herbal medicine?
What is Herbal Medicine?
There are many different “types” of herbal medicine that spring from different cultures around the world. All these have the use of medicinal plants in common, but they vary in the plants they use, the way they prepare and use medicines from these plants, and the philosophy of their treatment approaches. Different cultures may also use the same plants but differ in how it is used, or the part they use.
In Australia the most commonly found cultural types of herbal medicine are Western, Aboriginal, Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian), although there are also many other cultures represented in Australia that utilise their own unique and traditional herbal treatments.
Herbal medicine is increasingly being validated by scientific investigation which seeks to understand the active chemistry of the plant. Many modern pharmaceuticals have been modeled on, or derived from chemicals found in plants. An example is the heart medication digoxin derived from foxglove (Digitalis purpurea).
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an intricate system of healing that originated in India thousands of years ago.
Ayurveda is a wholistic system of medicine from India that uses a constitutional model. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health
How does Ayurvedic medicine work?
Everyone has vata, pitta, and kapha, but usually 1 or 2 are dominant in a particular person. Many things can disturb the energy balance, such as stress, an unhealthy diet, the weather, and strained family relationships. The disturbance shows up as disease. Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe treatments to bring the doshas back into balance.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of the illness rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. While naturopathic care helps to alleviate specific symptoms, NDs are primarily concerned with addressing the root cause of an illness: the focus is more on the “why” of a disease than the “what”.
What is naturopathic medicine?
What is the training and qualifications of Naturopathic Doctors?
The basic areas of study for aspiring Naturopathic Doctors include: anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, histology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, and pharmacology. There is also training in clinical and physical diagnosis, differential and laboratory diagnosis, Naturopathic assessment, orthopaedics, and radiology. Then there is the Naturopathic disciplines that include, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, homeopathic medicine, hydrotherapy, Naturopathic manipulation, rehabilitation therapies and lifestyle counselling. In total there is more than 4,500 hours of classroom training along with 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
How does the training compare between NDs and MDs?
What is the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a medical doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.
How does a Naturopathic Doctor fit in to my personal health care?
Naturopathic health care aims at ‘care of a sick patient’; disease prevention, and ideally keeping the patient in optimal health. This requires a proactive approach between practitioner and patient, and assessment at regular intervals.
Do Naturopathic Doctors engage in major surgical procedures?
However, Patient’s undergoing surgical procedures can benefit from the services of Naturopathic Doctors. They can assist you in building up your body’s natural defences in advance of surgery, then help your body recover more quickly from the trauma caused by surgery.
What is the difference between a naturopathic doctor and a medical doctor?
While also using scientific methods and arriving at many of the same diagnoses as MDs, naturopathic doctors take a more holistic approach and try to understand causes behind a patient’s diagnosis so these can be effectively managed. So, for example, an ND may use herbal or nutritional substances to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in a patient with arthritis, while at the same time use therapies to support healthy joint function and restore damaged tissues. Using a more holistic model, the ND may also look into the role that food intolerances or gastrointestinal health may play in the patient with arthritis. Uncovering these clues can be important in helping patients understand the causes of their conditions and empower them to take a more active role in improving their general health while managing their current “diagnosis.”
Is naturopathy the same as homeopathy?
What kinds of conditions do you treat?
Does insurance cover naturopathic medicine?
Do NDs base their diagnoses and treatments primarily on ancient healing practices or on current medical and scientific breakthroughs, or both?
At MEDICUS findings from pathology tests or x-ray and ultrasound investigations are important tools for diagnosis and treatment.
How long will it take me to feel better?
- The severity of your illness
- How long you have been sick
- Your stress level
- Your attitude
- Adherence to treatment protocols.
It is important to remember that you will feel better and better throughout the time you are treated. If you end treatment too early, before the disease is fully cured, it is likely your symptoms will return.
Ceasing treatment too soon may mean a reoccurrence of symptoms and and non-resolution of the health issue.
What if my treatment doesn't work?
Do you refer to other doctors?
We also will refer you to practitioners who do other forms of treatment if these therapies will help you get better and we do not do them ourselves.
Why do you ask so many questions?
Also, we must understand what makes you different from other people with the same condition.
There may be many remedies that can potentially treat your condition, but we must find the one that fits you as an individual in order to be successful and achieve cure.
Why are follow-up visits necessary if I'm doing better?
What is a return of old symptoms?
What is the difference between Naturopathic Medicine and homeopathy?
What can I expect from my first visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?
With your input, your ND will propose a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals.
Do Naturopathic Doctors have specialties?
Although at MEDICUS each practitioner may have a special interest in a specific disease or treatment modality, naturopathic care is always holistic in nature and highly individualized and unique to each patient.
Can Naturopathic Doctors treat ________________?
Is my confidential health information protected?
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