Life Through the Eyes of a Chinese Medicine Practitioner…….

Part One… The Introduction

When people come to see me they often wonder things like why is she looking at my tongue? What’s going on with my pulses? What’s with all these questions about my dietary habits when I came for sleep problems? And mostly how does this really all work??

Let me tell you I once asked all these questions’ myself, which prompted me personally to go on the path of learning the art of Chinese medicine. Chinese medicine dates back thousands years and is something that I feel is not only a medical system in itself, but also an art form and a way of living. The system draws most of its information or way from the observation of nature, of what is around us every day, and views that what plays out in nature in our world (macro-organism) reflects what plays out in our own body, our inner world (micro-organism). The balance of all this determines whether we lye in a state of health or disharmony.

When someone comes in for a consultation it is not just the main issue the practitioner takes into account. From the moment you walk through the door the practitioner is looking for clues, clues that will eventually provide the answers to what is really going on for this person. From the way the person walks into the clinic (which in itself can indicate whether their holding pain and even where they are holding pain, have they had a stroke, are they confident to the world or shy away from it, etc), to the sound of the voice when they talk, the spirit within their eyes, colour of the their skin, their smell, and well I’m probably sounding a little creepy now but yes this all provides tiny bits of information to let the practitioner know what is really going on.

The practitioner then moves a little deeper, questions asked about what is going on for the person, how long it’s been there, the nature of it, and so on. If required (and with permission of the patient) palpation on the possible area of pain or of some of the acupuncture meridians is performed. The tongue is then looked at as it provides more clues based on many factors including its size, shape, colour, and coat, and finally the pulse is taken. Pulse taking is not just about how fast or slow your pulse rate is. Although this is one of the qualities the practitioner takes into account, there are others such as its fullness or weakness, possible tension in the pulse, what level is it at its strongest and much, much more. This all comes together to form a picture of what is really going on for that person. This is the art of diagnosis in Chinese medicine.

You see it’s not just that dodgy back you have come in for to get treated that the practitioner is looking at. This is just a symptom, a branch on a tree, in Chinese medicine what the practitioner is looking for is why has this presented in this person in this way, they are looking for the “root” cause. Only when you take the whole person into account, mentally physically, emotionally and spiritually, can you find what is really going on for that person, and when treated at its root level the healing is much more profound.

This, my friends is the definition of holistic health.

By Jessica Breust- White Dragon Chinese Medicine

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can be used to treat a specific complaint or simply as a preventative via bringing balance and harmony to the body and it’s functioning.

Acupuncture can effectively treat:
  • Neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, some forms of deafness, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, sequelae of poliomyelitis, peripheral neuropathy, noises in the ears, dizziness, and Meniere’s disease.
  • Cardiovascular disorders such as high or low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, angina pectoris, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, and muscle cramps.
  • Respiratory conditions such as bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
  • Digestive system disorders such as toothache, post-extraction pain, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccough, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, paralytic ileus, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, and weight control.
  • Urogenital disorders such as cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, urinary retention, kidney disorders, nocturnal enuresis, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
  • Gynaecological and obstetric disorders such as premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, disorders associated with menopause, prolapse of the uterus or bladder, difficulty with conception, and morning sickness.
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and resultant adhesions, hair loss and dandruff.
  • Eye conditions such as visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes, conjunctivitis, simple cataracts, myopia in children, and central retinitis.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, cervicobrachial syndrome, ‘frozen shoulder’, and ‘tennis elbow’.
  • Sporting injuries such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
  • Psychological conditions such as depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.

Owner and Practitioner Jessica Breust uses both Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which address the entire body and its functionability, and can effectively treat many health concerns. Phone 0410 855 630 to book an appointment.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Sunshine CoastAcupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points along the body’s channels/meridians, and works to clear blockages and balance the flow of qi/energy throughout the body.

An ancient therapy 3000 years old acupuncture continues to be safe, applicable and effective in our modern world and increasingly popular as an alternative in the West. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) through thousands of years of observation takes into account the emotional wellbeing, diet and environmental factors to identify the root cause of disharmony in the body.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used to treat a specific ailment or simply used to harmonise the body as an effective preventative health measure.

Benefits include:

  • Effective for pain relief in both chronic and acute pain especially from musculosketal origins such as spinal pain, tendonitis and arthritis.
  •  Encourages healing of injuries by restoring pathways and increasing circulation to the injured region.
  • Calmative and stabilizing effect on the emotions such as irritation, anger, anxiety and grief, especially during temporary or transitory phases in our lives.
  • Harmonising effects of acupuncture help the digestive, respiratory, urinary and hormonal systems.
  • Acute viral conditions, the common cold, sinusitis or lingering post viral conditions respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Acupuncture can be very relaxing and centering, calming the spirit and the mind.

Please feel free to phone or drop in any time to see how we can help you.

Phone 0410 855 630.


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