Build Your Tribe

Living with COVID-19 is our new normal, but what does that actually mean to us and our health?

Everyday we wash and sanitise our hands almost constantly, we eat better, we exercise more, we do our very best to not get sick. The cost of getting sick has never been greater than now.

Part of maintaining your health is ensuring you eat well, move your body and look after the physical and mental aspects of your health. At NBIP we can do that through massage, acupuncture, kinesiology, nutrition, hypnosis, naturopathy and many more! Therefore I encourage you to build a tribe with your health in mind.

Not one person can do everything, it’s normal, we’re human and although highly qualified and experts in our field, the practitioners at NBIP all have an individual field at which they excel.

Would you ask your dentist for fitness tips? Or your mechanic to give you a massage? Building your tribe ensures that you get a holistic approach to your health.

We at NBIP can help you from the physical stressors, aches and pains you may experiencing or to improve your mental wellbeing.

Build your tribe, surround yourself with like minded people who are genuinely interested in helping you. Build your tribe, stay healthy, stay happy and stay safe.

Mens Fertile Health

I work as an Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner with an interest in Fertility.   Commonly, the focus of treatment is on the female partner but what is becoming increasingly evident from the research, is that sperm parameters are in global decline. The making of a baby is equal parts female and male. What this means is there needs to be equal attention on both partners to improve their fertile potential. Having a plan for the male and the female partner can help increase the chances of a healthy conception. 

Where do you start? Getting a semen analysis can provide essential information on the clinical status of the individual. The vitality, motility and morphology of the spermatozoa show important indications of sperm function. 

Spermotogenesis (the production of sperm) takes between 64 – 100 days. So what you are doing now will affect the quality of sperm in around 3 months time. This can mean everything from what you eat, how much and the type of physical activity you do, how you manage your stress, what chemicals you may be exposed to in your workplace or at home and what supplements you take. 

Different constitutions react differently to external factors and their influence on fertility. 

Stress whether it is mental, emotional or physical has been shown to reduce sperm quality. The good news, there is a lot that can be done to improve them!

So what can you do to boost your fertile potential? Find a local acupuncturist with an interest in fertility who will work with you to make the necessary changes. 

There are some things in life we cannot change and have little influence over; our inherited constitution, some illness, injury.  Lifestyle choices however, we have control over. I encourage on stress management; yoga, meditation, hobbies and however you find your zen so the stress input equals the output. Along with Dietary advice, herbal prescription, supplementation, weekly acupuncture treatments 

IVF and Acupuncture

Acupuncture for IVF is becoming increasingly popular due to more and more research coming out. Some Sydney IVF clinics even provide acupuncture onsite or of course as lots of our clients do they come to their regular acupuncturist. 

Depending on age, quality of sperm, egg numbers/quality realist for IVF can be as low as 2% success rate however some studies show IVF with acupuncture can be as high as 65%. And once pregnant a 95% increase in successful live birth pregnancies,

Whilst it’s not always agreed what exactly IVF acupuncture does for a client – (we know we can improve quality of eggs, sperm and blood flow ) It is agreed that acupuncture at the very minimum can relax a client and reduce stress and anxiety, which is prevalent in clients spending thousands of dollars trying to conceive. 

It’s ideal to start acupuncture around three months prior to IVF, however benefits for blood flow and stress can be experienced in as little as one moth.

There are a number of stages during IVF treatment when acupuncture may be appropriate.

Acupuncture before and during the medication phase of IVF can increase blood supply to the ovaries and uterus and can lead to a significant increase in pregnancy rates.

Acupuncture after egg collection can help with the after effects of the operation. The calming effects of acupuncture also help the woman prepare for embryo transfer.

A number of clinical trials have shown up to 65% increase in pregnancy rates if acupuncture is given before and/or after transfer of the embryo. Acupuncture clinics often make appointments open and flexible to allow for changes to the transfer times.

Acupuncture for women having a frozen embryo transfer can also increase pregnancy rates.

Don’t forget the fellas, sperm is dramatically decreasing in quality and number worldwide – yet it can be improved in one cycle of sperm renewal – just 72-90 days. Studies show that acupuncture can improve sperm dramatically in both count and morphology.

With upto 3% of our growing population being as the result of IVF and acupuncture becoming a part of the proven success rates – if you are going through IVF or IUI book your consult with one of our acupuncturists today.

Getting to the cause of PMS

Hormones are vital for our health and growth, and yet they get a pretty bad rap when it comes to periods. More often than not, hearing that you’re “being hormonal” is a loaded statement, and can diminish symptoms and experiences that you’ve been told to live with, because it’s a ‘normal’ part of having a period. Acupuncture works on regulating your system, and recognises that our body’s are always changing. In fact, we’re always meant to be “hormonal”; hormones play a wonderfully vital role in all facets of our health.  So why has it been reduced to a put down?

PMS is often discussed in a way that trivialises symptoms, and yet cyclic symptoms of pain, vomiting, anxiety, depression, bloating, headaches, joint pain, brain fog, acne, or sleep disruption can be completely life disrupting. PMS is the result of the dynamic between estrogen & progesterone regulation requiring intervention, as well as inflammation’s role in aggravating symptoms. The determining factors of what requires focus for you is based specifically on the symptoms you experience. Depending on the severity & duration of your symptoms, investigating underlying causes is also crucial. Any conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms (such as Endometriosis or PCOS) need to be identified, ruled out, or factored into a treatment plan. 

Conditions aside, it sounds borderline controversial to say it, but cycles aren’t meant to be filled with extreme pain or a wave of impactful symptoms as “the norm” every month. We now live in an age where research into women’s health is ever-increasing. We know PMS symptoms are a result of hormonal change and inflammation, and what’s more, there are things we can do to help.

Symptom-loaded cycles give us hints about how your body is managing your menstrual cycle. PMS may be common for many, but its wide acceptance shouldn’t be normalised, especially when in a lot of cases it’s changeable. When it comes to hormone regulation, estrogen and progesterone are incredible & crucial keys. Depending on the dynamic of this duo, we can see all forms of symptoms arise, and that combined with inflammation are the main details we work on with you clinically, so as to restore your pre-cycle to relative smoothness. Creating longer-lasting change involves cultivating hormone resilience, & it’s important to remember that premenstrual symptoms are indicators from your luteal phase to say that some things require adjusting. The use of Acupuncture, herbal medicine, supplements, lifestyle & dietary advice is created specific to you and your needs so as to get you feeling more like yourself again.