Summer Care and Seasonal living with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Living in harmony with nature is one of the great teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Staying in tune with the season helps to strengthen the immune system, protect against season allergens, assists to stabilise energy along with balancing the mood and spirit.

The summer season in TCM is the most yang time of the year, the days are warm and long, energy feels abundant and summer is all about expansion, growth and creativity. In 5 element theory, summer corresponds to the element fire and associated meridian the heart, mind and spirit. When the fire element is in balance, our mind is calm, emotions balanced, thoughts clear and sleep sound. Feelings of agitation, vivid dream disturbed sleep, a lack of joy (depression) or an excess of joy (mania) may indicate an imbalance.

The natural cycle of produce is perfectly and intelligently designed to support our health.

Below are some examples of foods that may help protect you during the summer season and adjust the body’s temperature, helping to keep you cool and balanced.

Fruits such as; Watermelon, rockmelon, honeydew,lemon, peach, orange, lemon

Vegetables and herbs such as; Broccoli, cabbage, spinach, sprouts, asparagus, watercress, mint, dill

Consume more fluids, or foods with more water content and electrolytes such as watermelon and coconut water

Engage in practices which calm the spirit and rest the mind.

Add more energetic exercise to your daily regime! Get the blood moving!

Add more pungent flavours to your diet

Traditional Chinese Medicine takes the individual and their specific symptoms, history and constitution into account.These are general guidelines for keeping your internal landscape in harmony with the external.

Silly season getting you a little too hot and bothered? Get Acupuncture! Acupuncture works deeply on the inner landscape of the body bringing it back to balance and harmony.

Can Acupuncture help Pelvic Pain?

Acupuncture and herbal medicine has been used for women’s hormone health for over 2000 years. These days we work on creating a marked change in symptoms by re-balancing hormones via decreasing the body’s heightened stress response & improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus, which further helps manage pain.

Acupuncture is increasingly being sought after to reduce chronic pelvic pain, and studies back this up, showing Acupuncture’s acceleration of the nervous system response to produce endogenous opioid peptides & achieve peripheral analgesia.

We’re currently seeing a notable increase in research coming out around pelvic pain associated to period pain and/or Endometriosis; an Australian 2017 clinical trial by Armour et al. found ‘Acupuncture treatment reduced menstrual pain intensity and duration after three months of treatment and this was sustained for up to one year after trial entry’. Acupuncture has also been shown to be more effective than hormone drug therapy for endometriosis & in addition to this, a meta-analysis of Acupuncture effects on Endometriosis related pain found that while more studies are needed in this under-represented area, a reduction was found in both pain and in CA-125; a marker associated with Endometriosis. Everyone’s case is different, and treatment frequency varies based on a variety of factors, however a higher frequency of treatments during the first few cycles in women is common.


Pelvic pain can however impact both men and women, and ranges in severity and duration. Most typically, men may experience pelvic pain in relation to prostatitis, while women are more likely to experience pelvic pain due to their menstrual cycles or endometriosis pain.

In managing any type of chronic pelvic pain, we first look at symptom progression, including whether there is an change in pain during stress, sex, menstrual cycle where relevant, or other activities. Acupuncture treatments are safe to start before any other investigations are made, however we may advise you to seek out additional care if required. Acupuncture treatments for pelvic pain look towards a well-rounded approach; combining constitutional factors alongside variables such as sleep, food and stressors, in order to create a personalised Acupuncture prescription. From here we also monitor any changes or reductions in severity and duration of pain & may prescribe herbal formula/advice on supplements to best assist.


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Motherhood and Shame

So often I hear in clinic the words mother and shame linked together. 

Stories of how women constantly feel shame around their mothering, their patterns in mothering and how no matter how hard they try, they can’t seem to change and find ease and grace in their day.

They don’t feel good enough as mothers.

They can’t hold consistent boundaries.

They can’t hold consistent anythings.

The shame and guilt kicks in.

It’s all so hard, it’s all so exhausting and there just seems to be no way out.

I get it.

I absolutely get it with all my heart.

I’m a mother.

And just because I work in this field, does not make me immune to those feelings.

I haven’t magically worked through all of my human feels, never to feel those feelings again.

But I have spent a long time working on my own shame in mothering. 

And in understanding it and releasing layers of it, I can now support other women in doing the same.

Sometimes we find ourselves so stuck.

With no growth happening.

We get frozen by our own shame.

Shame that was often instilled and planted back in early childhood.

Shame can be the silent, unacknowledged and even sometimes unconscious thing that holds us back from creating real lasting change in our lives.

It can be the thing that is keeping us stuck in our own self imposed prison of sameness.

As mothers we may find ourselves doing the same things over and over again.

Waking up in the morning promising ourselves we won’t yell at the kids today.

Or we won’t rush them out the door.

Or fob them off when they are coming to us for something they need. 

Or we will put those boundaries in place and say no when no is needed. 

We have so much well meaning.

And within an hour, we have fallen off the wagon.

Snapped at our child for spilling juice.

Yelled at the kids for taking too long to get dressed for school.

Numbed out to what the kids needed from us. 

Said yes to our kids when we really want to be saying no.

Or given in because it was just too grating on our nervous systems to hear the constant whinging.

And all the while watching ourselves as we do these things, knowing that we don’t want to be this way…..but not being able to stop ourselves as we fall back into a well worn cycle of guilt and shame. 

Not wanting to, but not knowing how to get out of the rut. 

It’s debilitating doing the same things over and over and wanting change so desperately it aches in our bones but then no matter what we try, we just keep catapulting back to the the same pattern

The same old habits.

Sometimes the habits change, but never the less they are still things in our life that we  feel we have no control over and there it is ….. that deep dark current underpinning it all.


Shame to admit we are stuck.

Shame to admit that we tried and failed.

Shame to show people where we have gotten to and for how long we have been there.

Shame that we should know better.

Shame that we didn’t know better.

Shame that we don’t know how to help ourselves.

All of it, keeping us held and stuck in this cycle.

The common denominator here, this shame factor is a symptom of something more.

It’s symptomatic of knowing we don’t want to be doing the things we are, but not knowing how to stop.

The key here is first working with neutralising shame by understanding that you absolutely are stuck.

And this is evolutionary.

You are stuck in the same pattern by evolutionary human design.

Stay with me whilst I explain this a little further. 

Humans are prehistoric beings. 

Our brains and bodies still function at that level.

In order for our survival ( and survival of human species ), our main focus is safety.

Our subconscious brain and nervous systems are wired to scan for safety every minute of every day.

What promotes safety?

Sameness and consistency.

If we know what is coming then we can stay safe ( prehistorically keeping us alive. )

So logically whilst some of the patterns we are playing out in our mothering don’t serve us and we wish so desperately to change, on a subconscious level they will keep playing out because they are keeping us safe and are predictable.

Predictability = safety. 

In the language of evolution which is the language our body is foundationally speaking, that which is predictable is safer than that which is not.

So even though you may think you are living from your logic mind.

You aren’t.

You are absolutely living from the patterning and beliefs of your subconscious, in order to say safe, stay alive and keep the human species alive.

And this is why you may be playing out those patterns day in and day out.

Your subconscious prefers it that way.

You may be playing out old patterns that have been with you from childhood.

Playing out your parents patterns even. 

Because they are predictable to your subconscious mind.

And that is why they have been so hard to change.

So ultimately, there is nothing to be ashamed of.

It is actually what the brain and body is designed to do.

Until you are ABLE to start to make conscious changes. 

Changes of imprinting new safety in your body.

Which brings safety to change those patterns.

So how does knowing all of this help you change and shift patterns in your mothering? 

Well, first by understanding how you tick at a core level, and understanding why patterns are the way they are.

Second, by bringing what is subconscious ( or unknown to the logic mind ), to the front brain, your logic mind, so you actually know what you need to change.

And thirdly by working with your nervous system.

Your nervous system is the clever inbuilt survival system that absolutely dictates your every move.

In order to create change the nervous system needs to find a baseline of safety and calm. 

Often in life the nervous system is running at some level of stress (especially in motherhood). 

When it finds level of safety and calm, it can then start to allow the subconscious wounds, shadow parts of self, experiences, trauma, generational and familial patterning to come up, be acknowledged by your logical brain ( so you can see what and why you have been playing out these patterns ), be felt through the body and then be released.

Making way for new patterns to be formed and created and change to occur.

And then this starts to make way for a whole new way of being.

As a mother, as a woman and as a human in this world. 

We start to find freedom from our perceived stuckness and begin to meet parts of ourselves that we never knew existed. 

We can start to create a life on our terms and with flow, freeing ourselves from shame. 

So to round this up instead of looking at shame to be something “shameful” of, maybe we could look at it as a messenger.

When we feel shame we could see it as a sign that yes, our body is doing what it needs to do to be safe at an evolutionary level, but also that there is a part of us as mothers that are ready for change and growth.

And when we are changing and growing as mothers, this gives our children the permission to do the same for themselves.

When we are working on ourselves, it benefits not only us, but our whole family.

When we are free, so are our kids. 

We change the familial cycle that is passed from generation to generation.

We get to stop that cycle with us.

Yes, we are that powerful as mothers.

If any of this resonates with you, and you feel called to go deeper in learning more and working with your own subconscious patterning to see what you are holding in your body, you can book in with me for Intuitive Kinesiology and Energy Healing sessions on Mondays and Thursdays.

I welcome all shame with no judgement but as a tool we can use to empower you and catapult you into your growth and evolution at a conscious level.

I look forward to helping you find freedom and flow in your mothering journey. 

Could Everything You’re Doing to get Pregnant be the Reason You’re Not Pregnant Yet?

There are some of us that would never leave things to chance, fate or destiny.

We prefer to have a planned process starting with a Dr check-up, some blood work, pre-natal vitamins and some fun in the bedroom. We assume things will happen relatively quickly because we’re young and healthy, but when nothing happens in those first few months, we start to wonder if there is something more that we could be doing to ensure that BFP (Big Fat Positive).

Quickly the “plan” you started with turns into more of a project of sorts and the first port of call is of

course good ole’ Dr Google. You reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake, start eating cleaner and get your partner taking a men’s fertility multivitamin. After baby dancing you awkwardly throw your legs up the wall or cycle them to help the little swimmers on their journey… but still nothing.

Every month that goes by you feel a mounting level of pressure, sadness and grief as that unwanted visitor arrives. It feels so heavy and even though your partner consoles you in the best way they know how, you feel incredibly confused and alone in your journey especially when others around you seem to be falling pregnant so easily.

Does this sound familiar?

Convinced there is still more you can do, you continue on with your previous protocol but throw in some sperm friendly lubricant, step up your lifestyle changes to include cutting out toxins from your home, you cut out alcohol completely and start booking appointments with alternative health providers and an OBGYN to run a new range of different tests to rule out any underlying issues. Your calendar is filling up fast, you feel like you’re spending a fortune on pills, potions and appointments. This causes you to become less productive at work as you need time off and aren’t as focused as you once were and to top it off you’ve thrown your back out from all that awkward leg work!

Sound about right? So, what is going on?

Whilst there is nothing “wrong” with getting healthier and seeking help and support from others, planning the biggest event in your life to date, perhaps one that you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl has now become next level pressure! Research has shown that women going through infertility and IVF have depression and stress levels similar to those with heart disease, AIDS and cancer.

This stress is not a great friend of fertility. Stress in the body kickstarts a chain of events to save us from primitive life threats such as the sabretooth tiger by slowing or shutting down unimportant functions such as digestion and reproduction. Putting mounting pressure on yourself means you could be repelling the very thing you want the most. Yet it is the one thing that health professionals don’t take into

consideration when seeing a patient going through infertility. I understand first hand that attempting to get out of this cycle feels incredibly difficult, so I’ve put together my top tips to help you increase your fertility and bring back the joy in your life!

Kate’s Top 10 Tips to reduce the stress & improve your chances of getting pregnant

1. Be Kind To Yourself

Know that you are not alone, you haven’t done anything wrong, you are not to blame, you are not broken and in time, this too shall pass. “Surrender to what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be”

2. Get Curious

Vibe Marie Kondo and ask yourself if all the things you are doing to fall pregnant are sparking joy or causing more stress. If it is not enjoyable then give it a rest. Are there other emotional blocks at play? What are the stories you’ve been telling yourself about your ability or inability to conceive, give birth or be a parent?

3. Reduce your stress

Take some time to think about different areas of your life that could be adding to your stress levels and how you can reduce the burden on yourself. Areas to look at might include work, finances, health, lifestyle, friendships, family, romance (or lack thereof), your physical environment where you spend majority of your time.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is incredibly important for proper rest and repair of our bodies. If you are lying awake at night thinking about your fertility journey then make sure you have a consistent night time ritual to wind your body down for the night. Things like a bath or shower, journal writing, no tv or electronic devices and turn the dimmer down on lights in your home.

5. Self Care

Make an effort to schedule in a good dose of rest and relaxation. Get regular massages, float tanks, lie on the beach, meditate, long hot bath with some candles and aromatherapy, take a nanna nap, go for a walk in nature – whatever floats your boat.

6. Take time off

How many times have you been told by a well meaning relative or friends to “just relax” or “go on a holiday” it’s frustrating and even angering, I get it! I’ve been there myself, however taking time off from all the stresses in life can be just what the Dr ordered and a great way to divert your focus.

7. Talk to someone

The emotional toll for someone going through infertility is unexplainable to anyone who hasn’t experienced it themselves. It is crucial to have a good support network around you and process the loss and grief that you are feeling whether it be with a friend, family member or counsellor.

8. Redirect Control

I personally found this was the toughest part of the journey… I put my whole life on hold till we fell pregnant. Big holidays, job opportunities, new car, music festivals and concerts because “what if I’m pregnant?”. The truth is none of it matters, you’ll figure it out if and when it happens. My best advice is not to say no to things or plan things “in case”. Instead create new and exciting plans and goals and start working on them. Take that need to control and redirect it into something else. When those obsessing thoughts come to you, simply say hi and goodbye, repeat a supportive positive supportive affirmation to yourself and think about that new goal and the next step toward achieving it.

9. Have Fun

Look after your relationship and spend quality time together doing things you both love. Spend time with friends and family that enrich your life and put a smile on your face. Learn a new skill or explore your creative side and bring more playfulness and fun in.

10. Fertility Coaching & Hypnosis

Fertility Coaching and Hypnotherapy probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when trying to conceive because it’s a relatively new thing however the benefits can be life changing. 

A Fertility Coach will usually have their own personal experience with infertility and have credible training in their field. It is their job to support you in your journey by being someone to talk to, teach you tools and techniques to reduce your stress, release the fear, reframe your situation, plan those next steps and have you enjoying your life again. 

Hypnosis for fertility has shown to double the success rate of IVF patients and reduce stress significantly. 

If you can create a renewed sense of self love, balance and fun in your life you will be more likely to invite new life in and enjoy the process while you are at it versus creating a deterring energy of stress, control, overthinking and obsession. Start by implementing a few of these tips into your life today and see how they make you feel.

The Anatomy of Massage

A Beginners Guide – Principal #1

Our bodies are certainly remarkable. This year 2020, has provided introspection for many, into the world at large, gratitude for the country we live in, focus on family life, and how we individually can influence our immune system and remain healthy amongst uncertainty.

My occupation allows me to meet people whom present ailments and injuries, in a passive and relaxed environment on the massage table. It is my role to prepare clients for change, via relaxing the nervous system and creating rapport to elicit this change. Sometimes simply mild massage which allows one to sleep and drift away from reality, other times, the time can be very interactive.

It can be advantageous during the time together, to observe a person move when assessing their presenting conditions, offer them video tutorials post massage of stretches and mobility drills, and check in with them as a duty of care in response to their recovery.

The body is connected through fibrous links (fascia) that interconnect muscles. This as human functionality can be seen through walking, running, throwing a ball, and many other everyday patterns of movement.

There are particular principals I share, that will help people understand the complex systems within the body. These principals reshape the clients physiological viewpoint and aid the client toward improved health, and at the very least a better understanding of their body.

One principal, I will share in this blog!

The software = the brain, the nervous system, the organs and the electrical circuits


The hardware = the muscles, the bones and the soft tissue that connect both together.


The general rule of thumb is – the software is more important than the hardware. The hardware protects the software, just as a hardened plastic covering, protects a micro chip and circuitry within a computer.

Firstly, the skeleton literally mesh's with a cooperative synergy of soft tissue (which is my speciality!) including muscles, fascia which envelope whilst nourishing muscle, and the more fibrous tendons and ligaments both of which are robustly nifty at connecting our muscles to our bones. I call all this the hardware of the body!

Secondly, the software of the body! The brain, the spinal cord and all the nerves that plug into muscles and metaphorically light them up, are all one part of our software. For the sake of not leaving out other software examples, the other part, and by no way lesser, the multiple organs shaped as pipes, bags, porous coverings and live pulsating cogs in an efficient wheel, the endocrine system (hormonal glands) which are physiologically placed almost circuitry through the midline of the body, and the lymphatic system which have a multifaceted duty of cleaning, alerting the immune system, and issuing clearance of hormones and fluids throughout the cells, all contribute to what is our collective software that works in coordination with our hardware.

Have you ever felt that your muscles have harboured an imbalance or a recurring niggle or injury that is hard to get rid of? This common issue can have a better chance at clearing, by way of using this principal.

This conceivable reference to a computer, is an ideal way to give you the reader, the owner of a body, and the person that has the exponential ability to perform and recover an insurmountable raft of experiences, a new understanding of how your body and mind coexist in action and recovery. Our body is always regenerating. It is always changing. It never wants pain and only shows us pain when an injury or disease is just around the corner. The muscles and bones will remould, will reform under a new mind patterning. To teach is to learn and to learn is to change. Our bodies are built for stress and are malleable… only through the persistent use of principals, do we become balanced and resident to the struggle and stressors that we can only see them as life itself and not a burden.


Feel yourself yield to giving yourself a break and allowing a challenge to slow you down and let your mind, teach your muscles to a new way of moving. It does show us a new path of health. It does enhance our brain grey matter, and it does afford a better life and a better massage

Don’t resist starch…. Especially resistant starch.

Most of us have heard of probiotics and understand the health benefits they have, in particular on

our gut health…But what about prebiotics, have you considered the important role of these in our diet? What exactly is a prebiotic,  pre-biotics are compounds found in a variety of foods including whole grains, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and legumes that can stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. These foods contain different prebiotic fibre but today l want to talk about resistant starch.

Resistant starch is a type of food starch that remains intact through the stomach and small intestine, reaching the large intestine (colon) in its whole form. So as the name suggests, RS goes through the digestive system undigested and becomes food for the bacteria in the colon.

Research is showing that a diverse microbiome, rich in a variety of prebiotic fibres, is associated with good health.

Once in the colon (large intestine) a fermenting process occurs allowing the colon bacteria’s to break it down into short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) The beneficial bacteria in the colon use the SCFAs as their main source of nutrition which in return promotes healthy gut function, improves gut motility and decrease the risk of leaky gut and inflammatory conditions of the bowel. It can also improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels due to its indigestible nature, If they are so good how do l have them?

There are different types of resistant starches available and some are good and some not so good,

when our gut bacteria’s are given the right types of RS they are nourished and in return flourish creating a diverse and health promoting environment in our gut.

There are 4 types of resistant starch,

 Type 1 RS: starch bound within cell walls, found in grains, seeds and legumes. Some of these foods can cause digestive issues in many individuals due to processing

methods and the gluten content, therefore this type of RS is not ideal for everyone.

Type 2 RS: intrinsically indigestible starch due to high amylose content, found in foods such as green (unripe) bananas and raw white potatoes. This type can also be

found in a powder form, such as green banana starch or unrefined potato starch. This is a great option, just make sure you opt for unrefined and natural powders that

are made from the type of RS in isolation and no other added ingredients.

Type 3 RS: formed after one of the above starches have been cooked and rapidly cooled such as cooked and cooled sweet potato, potato or white rice. This is a very

cost-effective method of consumption and a great way to begin testing out RS.

Type 4 RS: industrial starch that has been chemically modified and should always be avoided. Don’t get to excited l’m not giving you permission to rush out and fill your plate with mashed potato,

potato salad and carbohydrates that have been cooked and cooled in excess, there is a balance and like lots of new thing its best to go low and slow. Start with very minimal amounts, for example half a teaspoon in powder form (Type 2) and increase as tolerated, aiming for 1-2 tablespoons per day. Alternatively, add in 1/2 cup of cooked & cooled sweet potato or white (Basmati) rice (Type 3) into a main meal 2-4 times per week and increase as necessary. By going low and slow and following this guide you will avoid symptoms such as bloating or gas which can often be a side effect if not consumed correctly.

If you need further guidance on how you can incorporate RS into your diet book an appointment

with our nutritionist Kylie.

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.