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Hormone Balancing Treatments

Did you know that we offer hormone balancing treatments? Hormone imbalances can occur for both women and men and at any age. Essence of Health offers natural treatments which may assist in treating the symptoms of many hormone imbalances. Focus is based on improving the overall health and well-being of patients using individualised treatments, natural supplementation, dietary and lifestyle changes, including stress management which may help with hormone balancing. The principle treatment at the clinic is Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, however, the incorporation of Naturopathy and Nutritional medicine is also used on an ongoing basis through your acupuncture treatments. Interested in booking an appointment? Please call 08 2296 4333 or email us...

How to deal with bloating

Bloating is one of those health problems that can be hard to get to the bottom of. Some people only have bloating occasionally, while some it occurs all of the time. Lots of different things can cause bloating – diet, lifestyle, food intolerances, constipation and conditions like endometriosis. So what can you do to help? Here are 5 things that may help to treat your bloating: • Exercise – it can help pass trapped gas from your bowels. Studies also show light exercise can help to relieve fullness and bloating after meals. • Eat smaller portions of food and eat fruit before the main meal not after – Smaller portions allow your...

Top 5 ways to improve sleep

For something we need to do every day, sleeping can be really hard for some.   Read below for our top 5 ways to improve sleep   😴 Try to avoid any stimulants like coffee from around midday onwards. Did you know that alcohol also acts as a stimulant after a few hours? So, while it may help get you to sleep, your sleep will not be restful. Try to limit alcohol intake to one to two glasses a day and avoid in the 3 hours before bed. 😴 Avoid screens just before bed. Try to switch off devices and read or meditate in the hour before bed. 😴 Set up a...

Weird Period Symptoms – Clumsy and forgetful

Did you know that you are clumsier and more forgetful during your period? This is our last weird period symptom and could help in explaining why we get to the shops and get everything except for what we came for, or we trip over our own feet! It is thought that the fall in progesterone just before your period affects production of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps to stabilise our mood and helps us retain information. Research has shown that the production of serotonin decreases meaning that our memory (and our mood) can be impacted. Cortisol, the stress hormone also increases just before the period which can lead...

Weird Period Symptoms – Period Flu

Period flu. It's not really the flu, but it certainly feels like it. Sore throat, headache, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, temperature, night sweats and generally feeling blah. Some women actually experience what feels like the onset of the flu in the few days leading up to their period. What causes these symptoms? Once again, there is no agreed upon reason. It could be hormones. Some say the drop in oestrogen and progesterone in the luteal phase before your period begins could cause symptoms similar to the flu. Oestrogen is thought to be the main culprit. It could be inflammation. When we get our periods, a chemical called prostaglandin is released. These hormones are...

Traditional Chinese Medicine & the microbiome

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. In that time, TCM has observed the importance of the gut in relation to a person’s overall health, even so far as recognising the relationship between the gut and the mind. This relationship has become well known in the conventional medical world over the last few years as the gut-brain axis or the mind-gut connection or the gut as the second brain. As TCM has known the importance of gut health for so long, they have used a number of different tools to help with gut health including acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. The Research A number of different...

Questions & Answers – Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a stream of Chinese Medicine in which fine (disposable) needles are inserted into various acupuncture points along meridians. The treatment works by balancing the flow of Qi along the energy pathways known as meridians. This enables the body to return to a state of wellness over time. How can Acupuncture help me to get pregnant? Acupuncture may help to support reproductive health for women and men. Treatment is focused on improving blood supply to the ovaries, and to the uterus to improve endothelial lining, increase blood perfusion and receptivity. It can also support your nervous system focusing on stress and anxiety reduction, which can be...

Gut Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, digestive energy (spleen and stomach qi) is inextricably linked to mood – more specifically worry. Quite often if you are feeling worried or stressed, your digestive qi is most likely out of balance. And feeling worried and stressed can lead to an imbalance in digestive qi. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can also be beneficial in restoring your gut health. How can you boost your digestive energy according to TCM? Enjoy eating - eating should be pleasurable in that you enjoy giving your body the nourishment it needs to make you healthy. Eat mindfully - try to avoid distractions when eating and focus on purposefully...