New Year, New You! Part 2: Quit Smoking




We all know the dangers of smoking but here is a quick look at the health benefits of giving up smoking within the first 48 hours.


At 20 minutes after quitting:

  • Blood pressure decreases.
  • Pulse rate drops
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases.


At 8 hours

  • Carbon Monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.


At 24 Hours

  • Chance of a heart attack decreases.


At 48 Hours

  • Nerve endings start to regrow.
  • Ability to smell and taste improves.


The truth of the matter is…

Smokers like the feeling they get when the nicotine level in their bloodstream is replenished. From the time a cigarette is stubbed out or until the next one is lit, smokers are in a state of physical withdrawal from nicotine. The more time between cigarettes the more severe the withdrawal. Resulting in edginess, inability to concentrate and even feelings of depression.  It is a vicious, never-ending cycle.


And that is Addiction…Not smoking enjoyment.


Cigarette additives – what they are and what they do.

To date 7000 chemical compounds have been identified in cigarette smoke, including 250 poisonous and 70 carcinogenic chemicals. Carbon monoxide arsenic, hydrogen cyanide and benzene are all present in cigarette smoke along with a host of others. This list is readily available from the Cancer Research Centre’s in Australia and America.

In short a cigarette is basically a delivery system for toxic chemicals and carcinogens.


GOOD NEWS – If your ready and want to quit we offer the AMAZING STOP SMOKING ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT. This treatment has a high success rate with one treatment only.  HOW EASY!!!!


So if you are thinking about quitting smoking please call us today to see how we can help you





New Year, New You! Part 1: Weight Loss




We all make goals at the start of the New Year. Let us help you stick to your resolutions and achieve your goals this year!

Do any of these goals sound familiar?

  1. Weight loss
  2. Quitting smoking
  3. Reducing Stress

Over a 3 part series we will cover each of these topics and how acupuncture can assist you.


Part 1: Weight Loss

There are many reasons people become overweight. Hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition, holding onto emotions and lack of exercise are some of the most common.

Using acupuncture and Chinese medicine to tackle weight loss is a tool of a multi-facet approach. This ancient form of healthcare works to restore the balance and flow of the body’s Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy. According to TCM, the reasons why people gain weight, or find it difficult to lose weight, are numerous. Your acupuncturist can perform diagnostic exams to uncover the root cause(s) or imbalances that have affected your weight.
Acupuncture is effective in making it easier to lose and maintain weight loss if the patient is also willing to change their lifestyle habits.  The reason for using acupuncture as weight control is based on the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the hypothalamus, which is the regulating part of the brain. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance in the body.  Here the body regulates hormones and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.

Interestingly acupuncture has the ability to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.

Acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.

As was mentioned earlier, a good weight loss program includes many facets such as nutritional counselling and exercise as well as a commitment to make permanent lifestyle changes. An acupuncturist can help with nutritional advice and a diet regimen that the patient can live with and maintain for the long term. Otherwise working with a nutritionist can be most beneficial. We can also assist with de-stress techniques and provide a herbal supplement that works!


How many Treatments will I need?                                                                                 

In conjunction with our weight loss herbs, the number of acupuncture treatments necessary depends on your goals for losing weight, the speed at which you wish to lose, and the commitment to keeping the weight off.

If overeating is very severe, a treatment every day for the first five days is appropriate and can then taper off the second week to every other day and the third week to every three days. For the average patient who wants to lose between five to ten kilos, one treatment twice a week until you reach your goal is appropriate and then a booster treatment once every two weeks to a month is optimal.

After a few booster treatments, the patient and practitioner will mutually decide when to terminate frequent treatments, after which one can choose to come in for a maintenance treatment approximately four times a year at the change of seasons when energy levels are unstable and tonification and harmonizing of one’s system is appropriate.

Whether you want to lose a few kilo’s or a significant amount of weight, consider acupuncture as a natural and effective approach to weight loss. By working together with your practitioner, you can help your body regain its natural balance—and start taking steps toward true health and vitality.

Preventative Acupuncture- Maintaining health without waiting for crisis point

Before enAcupunctureough is enough.


When is the last time you took time out for yourself?  Do you wait until you fall in a heap or have a cold and flu to take time out? Many of us, don’t give ourselves permission to take time out until we really fall in a heap.

From Western medicine’s standpoint, there isn’t a good way to define ideal health. It only defines the absence of disease. Wellness is the opposite of this. Wellness is the continual increase in energy and vitality that acts as a buffer against the onset of chronic pain and illness. Acupuncture helps deliver this.

Many people feel the idea of getting weekly preventive acupuncture, is not achievable with a busy life but this type of care can be easier than you think. Some people come for treatment when the seasons change, like in spring when trees start pollinating, or when the weather gets colder in autumn. Other patients will come in for a few weeks before they travel. Others who are trying to avoid pain flare-ups will come in once a month after their pain is under control.

Just as exercise, good sleeping patterns, and good diet can help you stay healthy, so too can regularly being in touch with your body and mind. Like servicing your car ensures its good running, acupuncture is an extremely valuable tool for our bodies and maintaining health. Is it time you booked in for a treatment? 

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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