HRT Alternatives

So you’re a woman at a change over point in your life and instead of celebrating the liberation from the monthly bleed; you are suffering hot flushes, sweating, sleeplessness, anxiety and a host of other symptoms you weren’t expecting or wanting. You’re not too enthused about the prospect of HRT and you’ve tried all the off-the-shelf products and have had little or no relief.

Thchinese-herbsen its time for a herbal prescription tailored to your needs. We (at Alba Therapies) don’t use Black Cohosh in any of our successful individualised herbal prescriptions. Why? There is a herb called Black Cohosh in Chinese herbal medicine but is a different species to those used in pre-packaged preparations. It too reduces heat, but it is recommended not to be used long term in cases of Yin deficiency, which is the main syndrome in menopause. Notice I said “main” not only.  Perhaps once or twice in over ten years of practice has anyone walked into the clinic with only one syndrome. Menopause is hardly ever only one syndrome but a complex interactions of various systems in the body. It all depends on how you have treated your body in the last 20-30 years on how many syndromes present themselves. Our herbs are in a convenient granule format, no boiling required. Add acupuncture to your treatment plan and speed up the whole process.  Herb preparations equate to the cost of your daily capuccino. So you can be free of your symptoms and truly celebrating this part of your life.

Benefits of Not Smoking

The media and the powers-that-be like to focus on the negative effects of smoking, but rarely mention the benefits of not smoking? The positive aspects of doing something always motivate me more that the negative. So what are the benefits of quitting:

• Within the first few hours after quitting, nicotine and carbon monoxide leave the body, halving in 8 hours.

• Within 2 days, taste and sense of smell improves.

• In 3 days, breathing is easier and energy levels increase.

• Within 1 month, blood pressure returns to the normal level and lung function improves.

• Within 2 months, circulation improves.

• One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease decreases by almost 50%.

• Ten years after quitting, lung cancer risk is halved.

• Ten to 14 years after quitting, the risk of dying from cancer decreases to nearly that of non-smokers.

• After 15 years the risk of heart disease is almost the same as for a non-smoker.

• People who quit live longer than those who continue to smoke eg a smoker less than 50 years of age who quits now has half the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared to someone who continues to smoke.

(Sourced www.cancercouncil.com.au)

The other benefit is Cost. In one year, a non-smoker saves $4,745.00 (based on one packet per day, average cost of $13 per packet of 25). That beats a stimulus package any day!

I have observed that people have a lot of reasons for quitting e.g. “for the kids”, “for my parents”, “for my partner”, “for my job”. Noble as all these reasons are they should never be the real reason. I have found that if the reason is external to you then you will tend to fall back into the habit. The best reason is “YOU”. If you believe you are worth it then you will succeed.  The acupuncture treatment methodology used at Alba Therapies has seen people quit within 1 to 4 treatments. We don’t charge extra for these treatments and you don’t have to wear things in your ears. Call 1300 253 669 if you want to know more or want an appointment.

May 31st is “World No Tobacco Day”.Are you worth it?

Are you worth it?

West and East, hand-in-hand

Recently, I have been fortunate enough to be invited to practise at a medical centre in Wellington Point on Fridays (phone 1300 253 669 for appointment) and it is working to our mutual (including clients) benefit. This is something, I’d like to see more of. In China, western medical practitioners work hand-in-hand with TCM practitioners and it works well. There are limitations to both systems of medicine and if all practitioners just admitted this, we could achieve so much more for our clients (“patients”, gives me the impression that someone is waiting for someone else to fix them and not taking responsibility for themselves. The seriously ill  and children are the only ones, in my view, that fit the “patient” category ) . I view TCM, not as an alternative but as a modality that can work with western medicine.

The World Health Organisation of the United Nations lists the following conditions that acupuncture can be used for:

Infections: colds and flu, bronchitis, hepatitis

 Internal: asthma, high blood pressure,
 ulcers, colitis, indigestion, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes
 
Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat:
Tinnitus, earaches, dizziness,
sinusitis, sore throat, hay fever
 
Dermatological
Eczema, acne, herpes, dermatitis
 
Musculoskeletal and Neurological:
Arthritis, Neuralgia, sciatica, back
pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell's palsy, trigeminal neuralgia,
headache, post stroke treatments, sprains
 
Geneto-Urinary and Reproductive
Impotence, infertility, PMS, PID,
vaginitis, irregular periods or cramps, morning sickness
 

Mental-Emotional

Anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia