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Stressed? Get hooked on this High

75% of adults experience moderate to high levels of stress. Stress and anxiety are rampant in our modern lifestyle. Many of us accept it as a normal part of life. In fact, 75% of adults have moderate to high levels of stress. Nearly half said that their stress has increased in the past year. “Good stress” helps you meet your next deadline. The rush of adrenaline and increased blood sugar (to fuel your cells) helps you run across the finish line at your half marathon. This ancient evolutionary mechanism of “fight or flight” is what keeps us safe. But once the “threat” has passed, our body returns to equilibrium. Our heart rate and blood pressure normalizes, blood sugar falls back down, and our breathing calms. Ah, homeostasis!

But what happens when the “threat” doesn’t go away? Nowadays, our bodies are under constant stress, not allowing our body to return to equilibrium. Chronic stress can cause headaches, muscle pain, fatigue, insomnia, digestive problems, infertility, and a variety of emotional conditions. In the long-term, it increases your chances of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and a host of other conditions. 

So how can acupuncture help with stress? A study shows that receiving acupuncture lowers cortisol levels, and lessens anxiety and depression through behavioral tests. Acupuncture decreases activity in the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, which is in charge of the stress response.

Other studies also show that acupuncture can help treat anxiety and depression. Aside from the clear physiological mechanisms acupuncture has to combat stress, having a weekly oasis is your way of telling your body “Hey! This is your time to rest.” My patients always walk out of the clinic feeling relaxed and calm, no matter what they come in for. We call it the “Acu-High.” Get booked on it!

The reason: In response to the insertion of needles, the body releases feel- good endorphins and neurotransmitters that promote feelings of well-being

while easing muscle tension and pain. Andrea has completed numerous extra studies on Acupuncture relief for stress and anxiety: Scalp Acupuncture for Mental health and Neurological disorders, Acupuncture for psychosomatic conditions, Auricular therapy for addictions and mood disorders. To book in with Andrea visit www.nbip.com.au or email andrea@nbip.com.au

 

Got Candida?

Candida albicans is a yeast found in parts of the body including the gastrointestinal tract and vagina. As an opportunistic fungi, overgrowth of Candida is common and can lead to Candidiasis, a fungal infection. Most commonly Candidiasis, also known as thrush, affects the gut, the vagina, the oral cavities, the skin and the nails.

Signs and symptoms can be varied and may include:

– cravings for sugar and simple/refined carbohydrates

– bloating and abdominal discomfort/cramping

– fatigue and lowered energy

– mood disorders

-behavioural disturbance in children

– general feelings of being unwell

– lowered immune defences causing frequent sickness

– vaginal thrush – itching, burning, stinging, redness and abnormal discharge,

especially during urination or after intercourse

– food sensitivities and allergies

– a white coating on the tongue

– poor nail health

Women are more susceptible to Candida infections than men. Left untreated, chronic Candida overgrowth can lead to other conditions such as leaky gut and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Factors contributing to Candida overgrowth include chronic or repeated antibiotic therapy, some medications including antacids as they lower hydrochloric acid production, suppressed immune function, the oral contraceptive pill, impaired liver function, nutrient deficiencies and poor diet.

Determining the presence of elevated Candida albicans levels can be done through comprehensive digestive stool analysis (CDSA), consideration and analysis of medical history, physical evaluation including signs and symptoms, blood testing or taking a swab from the affected tissue.

Treatment of Candida can often be quite simply done through dietary and lifestyle measures. Detailed analysis of the diet can provide valuable insight into what may be causing or aggravating the fungal overgrowth.

Foods containing high levels of sugar, yeast, mould and lactose should be avoided. Foods naturally high in anti-fungal activity such as garlic and oregano should be included in the diet.

Nutritional supplementation enables sufferers to obtain high levels of specific nutrients needed to address elevated levels of Candida and resolve symptoms. Choosing the correct strain of probiotics is important to rebalance the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract and ensure optimal levels of good bacteria.

Herbal medicines that contain antifungal properties provide targeted treatment and can be mixed with additional herbs that support other systems to enhance immune function, digestion and energy levels to restore balance across the body’s systems. Once treatment is completed and symptoms have resolved, it may be necessary to retest the levels to ensure the Candida has returned to an optimal level.

Belle Oneile is a fully qualified Naturopath that can assist you in identifying and treating this condition. Belle uses laboratory testing as well as clinical assessment in her consultations to provide clients with a tailored Treatment Plan.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have any concerns relating to your health, Belle can be contacted on 0405 128 213 or via email belle@nbip.com.au Bookings can also be made here: https://nb-integrative- practioners.cliniko.com/bookings#schedule

Creating Dreams

At the local coffee stop, I run into a polite elder regularly. We have a fair history of each others lives. If we are not already occupied, we seem to just click into gear parking ourselves down and rolling into banter or a conversation about either of our current life’s – whomever shares their interests first, the other intently listens.

On a morning recently, he got in first ‘ Sam , join me next year in Tokyo at the World Masters Games competing in Javelin! ‘ ….. now I am a veteran of many years of competitive sports and always keen to be challenged, so immediately I thought what does this proposal entail…. We both delved into the ins and outs of such a preparation and the occasion itself. I am 41 years old, and Ross is in his late 60’s. I have had many years of multiple tier level baseball (which has some biomechanical similarities to Javelin) as has his son and himself, but he trumps me with the evidence his early years were spent competing in javelin. He is super excited…. A real goal if I ever heard one was unfolding with sincere conviction. The conversation concluded with me shelving the proposal for latter times, and for now, bowing out and conceding to other preferences for the year, while Ross’ fire was simply fanned by the chat. His wheels are genuinely turning toward several months of training, saving money and preparing his body. 

My work as a Remedial Therapist and Exercise Coach connects me with many types of people. I noticed that this conversation with Ross, is one that truely gives me desire to help others as two people ’embodying life’ with support. Me as a manual and movement therapist, and Ross as a keen advocate of living life!. 

I use my experience and knowledge of lower back pain, shoulder and rotator cuff injuries with occasional consequent wry neck / headaches and their treatment, joint issues which can have correlation to mechanical dysfunction throughout the musculoskeletal system…..and the full gamut of recovery and performance cycled in realistic balance with ones lifestyle – to paint a picture that can be realistically placed in a virtual understanding of what lies ahead. 

Upon recalling the conversation as I write this, I feel he made this decision not out of a stubbornness disguised as strength, escapism of his actual age with delusion of younger years missed, but out of how it fits in with a greater good. His valued assets such as family, personal health and the unique combination of self awareness and mind-body self assessment, capped off with receiving and welcoming a little hard truth from me about where he is at physiologically, and what he needs to do for his mind and body to bear the training dynamics and persist with buffering the stressors forthcoming (resilience training). 

He is not primarily in it for the notoriety, although he is under no illusions about how this will unfold and the electricity and stimulus of such an event. He is, from what I gathered, taking stock of his current position chronologically (his current age), matching that with a tangible spirit that is the undercurrent which biologically (a new age that is measured from homeostasis and vitality markers) makes him younger. 

He clearly understands a greater good stirring that extinguishes self doubt. That immobilising factor which is a primal emotion and leveraging point which will issue procrastination or excuses that seem to make the days tick over faster, goals incomplete, and the our actual age for the 40-70 age bracket, stamp warrant.

With arms crossed, we both finish our final sips and he summarises his WHY’s

Ross has three kids, and involves himself with creative pastimes, philanthropy, and frequent Low Physiological Load exercise activity (yoga, walking, swimming, Qigong / Tai Chi come under the LPL category). From what we discussed, professionally and as a bloke hearing another bloke, he is primed in my view to carry impending volume of the time ahead.

As we emptied cups, eased ourselves upright and finished up, the conclusions came to be present……. 

Age does not weary us, only the spirit. When I see clients come in to clinic share their physiological complaints, that is a baseline, a leverage point to recognise the sum of habits they and we have created, to come to this point is now the teacher to which we can redefine exercise, redefine health and secure a new future. Irrespective of age, weight and past physiological history. 

Our body is our greatest teacher. Over the years, I personally have arrived to conclude that I am simply a conduit a medium to my clients own optimal health and how they use it. Whether we are in initial treatment phase, or second year progress, the stream of a client helping me and me helping, does not fade. 

I did not need to design for Ross a formula of success. He displayed a responsiveness to scenarios of what may unfold, obstacles loosely assessed events that may well happen given his current position. Even with caffeine in us, no detection of delusions of grandeur were exhibited!

Our Naturopaths Guide to Surviving the Festive Season!

The silly season has arrived!

Here are our Naturopath Brookes top tips for balance these holidays.

1. Turkey, Ham, Turducken, Oh My!

Buying free range, ethical meat and poultry is of paramount importance year round, so why is the Silly season any different? Source your meats and poultry from sustainable farms, where the produce spend their lives outside in nature. Chat with your local butcher about budget and how many mouths to feed!

2. Check the ingredients.

What’s in your store bought stuffing? Ingredients are in order of predominance, where the ingredient used most is written first, followed in descending order by the ingredients used less. Steer clear of emulsifiers, preservatives, refined sugar, processed flours and vegetable oils, or better still, make it yourself!

3. Wine, Water, Wine, Water. Repeat.

Stay hydrated! One big glass of water before bed after a big night can drastically improve hangover symptoms related to dehydration, like headaches, thirst, fatigue and dry mouth.

Iced teas and sparkling water with fruit are hydrating and refreshing in-between alcoholic beverages.

4. Full Belly tips.

Ouch! There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable after a large meal. Sipping peppermint tea aids digestion, fennel tea aids cramping and wind pain, dandelion tea aids with fat digestion and don’t forget to pack some digestive bitters (Iberogast by Flordis is my favourite!).

5. Fill up on Fibre.

Eat those vegetables! Fibre normalises bowel motions, helps to control blood sugar levels, feeds the good bacteria in the gut. It also gives your insides a scrub, sweeping through excess hormones, harmful compounds and unhealthy fats before they have the chance to absorb.

6. Support Local.

Support your friends in small business! Small businesses improve the local economy and a family does a happy dance every time you purchase one of their wares.

7. Buy Consciously, and do your research!

Doing your research about business ethos helps you to find companies that align with your values. Fair wages, working conditions and trade are on the top of my priorities when looking for Christmas gifts. I also look for repurposed wares and sustainable materials.

My top gifts to give are crystals, pottery, glassware, linen and books. I also like items that reduce waste, like stainless steel straws and keep cups!

8. Ask for help

Asking for help cooking, cleaning up or washing up shares the load. This increases your enjoyment of the holiday period, and people do like to help!

9. Practice Gratitude for those around you.

It may be the only time each year when you get together with friends and loved ones, or you might see them all the time. Regardless, don’t forget to give thanks for another year spent with the people you love. If Christmas is a challenging time for you, talk with a friend, practice deep breathing, write in a journal or seek support from a professional.

10. Get some shut eye.

A good night’s sleep works wonders! Restrict technology use before bed, ensure you get 7-8 hours sleep each night and sip on some chamomile tea to calm a chattering mind.

For the Month of December 2019, NBIP Naturopath Brooke Crabb is donating 10% of funds from initial and follow up consultations to the Rural Fire Service who are saving our homes, our environment and our animals. If you’d like to learn more about how a Naturopath can support you, email brooke@nbip.com.au or book in for a complimentary discovery call via the website.

Brooke Crabb

Naturopath  | Clinical Nutritionist | Herbalist | Northern Beaches Integrative Practitioners

Follow me on Instagram! @dailyessentialshealth

Pregnancy Acupuncture

Pregnancy Acupuncture with Chloe Player – Mona Vale, Northern Beaches

With a passion for working with pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy I use acupuncture, cupping, moxa and some acupressure to achieve the most comfortable pregnancy possible.

Due to the fact that acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this alternative to drug therapy for a number of common pregnancy complaints. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help with Prenatal support including relief from morning sickness, pregnancy induced migraine, back pain including symphysis pubis and hip pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, breech, insomnia, anxiety, birth preparation and induction.

Acupuncture is also commonly used to treat headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, sinusitis, fatigue, skin problems, cold and flu, insomnia, stress and anxiety.

Something I have been seeing a lot in clinic lately is breech and full term pregnancies seeking acupuncture to help avoid medical intervention – whilst it’s often successful it’s the readiness of the baby and stage of the pregnancy that determines the outcome. I suggest starting labour preparation acupuncture from 36 weeks and for breech and posterior bubs 34 -36 weeks.

Don’t forget to have acupuncture post bub –

I regularly help ladies with mastitis, poor milk flow, plantar fasciitis, wrist tendonitis, anxiety,  exhaustion and low iron postnatally. It can be hard to make it in for treatments but in our clinic, we make sure babies are most welcome and help you to relax as much as possible.

Whichever stage of pregnancy or trying to conceive you are at I would love to be able to help you have the best experience during your birth or pregnancy possible. Feel free to get in contact today.

Chloe Player

www.nbip.com.au

chloe@nbip.com.au

02 8406 0679

Pregnancy Acupuncture

Pregnancy Acupuncture with Chloe Player – Mona Vale, Northern Beaches

With a passion for working with pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy I use acupuncture, cupping, moxa and some acupressure to achieve the most comfortable pregnancy possible.

Due to the fact that acupuncture has very few side effects, many pregnant women now seek this alternative to drug therapy for a number of common pregnancy complaints. Studies have shown that acupuncture can help with Prenatal support including relief from morning sickness, pregnancy induced migraine, back pain including symphysis pubis and hip pain, high blood pressure, diabetes, breech, insomnia, anxiety, birth preparation and induction.

Acupuncture is also commonly used to treat headaches, migraines, high blood pressure, sinusitis, fatigue, skin problems, cold and flu, insomnia, stress and anxiety.

Something I have been seeing a lot in clinic lately is breech and full term pregnancies seeking acupuncture to help avoid medical intervention – whilst it’s often successful it’s the readiness of the baby and stage of the pregnancy that determines the outcome. I suggest starting labour preparation acupuncture from 36 weeks and for breech and posterior bubs 34 -36 weeks.

Don’t forget to have acupuncture post bub –

I regularly help ladies with mastitis, poor milk flow, plantar fasciitis, wrist tendonitis, anxiety,  exhaustion and low iron postnatally. It can be hard to make it in for treatments but in our clinic, we make sure babies are most welcome and help you to relax as much as possible.

Whichever stage of pregnancy or trying to conceive you are at I would love to be able to help you have the best experience during your birth or pregnancy possible. Feel free to get in contact today.

Chloe Player

www.nbip.com.au

chloe@nbip.com.au

02 8406 0679

Have You Tried Cosmetic Acupuncture Yet?!

Are you curious about Cosmetic Acupuncture but want to know more about what it entails? Andrea shares the 5 stages of her bespoke AcuRevive Facial.

Step 1: Facial Gua Sha

An ancient Chinese practice for increasing energy flow and blood circulation. Using a jade or rose quartz tool, Gua Sha relaxes tension in facial muscles which can cause lines, tones skin and promotes increased skin elasticity by bringing new blood to the surface and aiding in lymphatic drainage.

It’s extremely relaxing especially over our jaw lines which are more often then not clenched daily through the working week!

Step 2: Needles

Well this step is obvious, it is an acupuncture facial after all! Inserting the acupuncture needles stimulates the skin cells to turn over; triggers the production of collagen and elastin while relaxing the connective tissue between the skin and muscles. The needles are inserted in specific locations to help the facial muscles that are tight to relax. Acupuncture also activates the muscles that have weakened, causing the face to sag and droop.

You really don’t feel them.

Step 3: Let there be LED Light

LED Light Therapy improves cellular health by accelerating the repair and replenishment of compromised tissue cells. It increases collagen and elastin production, reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the skins firmness diminishes acne bacteria, clears existing breakouts ,and restores the skin healthy appearance.

And it was created by NASA!

Step 4: Micro-current Face mask

This is the step where you look like a real alien. A hydrogel mask is applied to the face which is then hooked up to a micro-current machine. Micro current is a subsensory vibration that works with the body’s own electrical energy system. These currents trigger the body’s production of amino acids and adenosine triphosphate (ATP). It is used to lift, restore, and reeducate facial muscles.

Step 5: Facial Cupping

Beautiful snail mucin is applied to the skin (vegan options available too!) and Chinese facial cups slide on your face in specific directions helping to increase blood flow, promoting healthy nutrients and oxygenation to the skin which benefits your skin and fights the signs of ageing.

All sounds delicious right?

Well Christmas is fast approaching so if you’re wanting your Christmas glow you better act fast. Also for the Summer brides-to-be get in touch with Andrea to design a package for the ultimate youthful dewy glow for your big day.

Andrea is seeing clients in Warriewood on Mondays , Thursdays and Saturdays and now also available in the city centre (Dymocks building on George street) on Fridays.

Email: hello@healingwithacupuncture.com.au for more information or visit

http://www.healingwithacupuncture.com.au or http://www.nbip.com.au to make an appointment

BioenergetiX WellNeS System 

I provide services in the emerging field of bioenergetics. This means assessing and correcting the body’s energy and communication systems. Doing this improves the body’s own ability to heal and stay healthy.

NES Health is the leader in bioenergetics: which is the study, detection, and correction of energy in living systems. Decades of research by NES scientists allowed them to map out the energy and communication systems of the body. Collectively, these systems are called the humanbody-field, which acts as a control system for the body’s physical activity.  When this field is underpowered or distorted, it’s unable to run the body in an optimal way and the body’s cells and systems begin to fail. Symptoms may begin with simply feeling tired, but they can continue into just about any known health problem. When we improve the function of the body-field, and we combine this with good nutrition and lifestyle choices, the body’s incredible healing system can take over and begin restoring the body to optimal health.

The NES Health system involves just three steps:

  1. Scan 

The first phase of the appointment involves assessing the Body-Field using the NES scanning technology to provide you with a holistic wellness report in just seconds.  While this isn’t a medical assessment, the scan’s bioenergetic matching process often shows a strong correlation to known health concerns. But more importantly, this approach looks for the underlying problem so we can address health concerns from their roots with their bioenergetic solutions.  

Remote scans are also an option for those clients who live remotely or would prefer a home consult.  Scan results will be sent to me and I will provide my coaching by phone or internet.  Internet access, a computer and your own personal NES Scanner are the only prerequisites to you enjoying regular upgrades to your overall health.  

  1. miHealth Device 

If we work together in person, my service includes the use of the exciting NES miHealth device. This unique device uses PEMF technology with NES Health’s proprietary field correction signals. We can also work “on body” with smart bioelectric stimulation that uses real-time biofeedback to give your body exactly what it needs. This can create fast results. We also use it to clear away energy blocks and begin to rejuvenate your energy field before you even leave the office.  Many sportsmen and women enjoy the benefits of the miHealth to improve recovery time after training and relieve soreness and stiffness.  

  1. Infoceuticals 

Finally, I provide you with liquid remedies called Infoceuticals. These help to optimize the body-field’s energy levels and information flow so that proper communication takes place. A healthy body is all about energy and communication.  

These remedies have helped thousands of people around the world, and can be taken directly or simply by adding the drops to water.   

For a comprehensive treatment of just 3 sessions clients can see a vast improvement in their health and overall wellbeing.  Some of the benefits of using the BioenergetiX WellNES System include relief of soreness and stiffness, support of circulation by opening and dilating arteries and capillaries which reduces swelling.  Enhancement of protein synthesis and deep penetration to relieve sore muscles.  Increase of cellular oxygen absorption – some studies have shown O2 partial pressure to be increased by 200%.  And more importantly it is very relaxing!

Chinese Medicine and Stress

I’m naturally a nervous person, so believe me when I say I’ve tried every trick in the book to calm down when stress gets the better of me. 

So for me when i was anxious and wasn’t sleeping well – something like Chinese medicine for stress relief,  may have been a better fit than the pills I was prescribed.

The concept behind traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is, essentially, that your body already has the tools it needs to heal itself from the inside out. To better understand this, think about what your body’s like when you’re sick: Your muscles feel achy, your head is congested, and you feel crummy both on the inside and on the outside, right? Well, according to Chinese medicine, it works both ways: Stress and anxiety can affect your physical health, and in order to guarantee that that doesn’t happen, there are little, everyday behaviours you can adopt.

1. MAKE SMALL ADJUSTMENTS TO YOUR EATING HABITS

I am a living, breathing example of how anxiety can affect your gut health and spiral into a  physical and psychological mess. When I’m stressed, my stomach starts to bother me with cramps and constipation – others will lean more towards looser stools.  Now, eating more of the good stuff (fruits, veggies, etc.) and less of the bad stuff isn’t exactly an automatic quick-fix – however things like mushrooms — which are known to have adaptogenic elements, meaning they can help reduce stress — dark leafy greens for their vitamin B, and whole grains should be added to your meals to “help rebalance [the nervous system].”

Also think about eating at regular times – especially your breakfast – as well as eating slowly and uncomplicated foods.

2. BREAK SOME EGGS (LITERALLY) OR DO SOME BOXING

Finding a physical outlet is an epic way to let out some stress this all comes back to your liver, as Anger / stress are the main emotions related to the Liver, When you’re feeling particularly stressed out or irritable, the worst thing you can do is hold all of that in. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to find ways to let the stress of even the most minor annoyances out of your system.

The Liver being stagnant can be responsible for physical muscle pain, period pain, headaches, digestive upset and twitches. 

3. MEDITATION

It can be daunting at first to sit down and bask in the quiet (or loudness) of your own thoughts, but given the purported benefits of meditation, it’s got its merit. And if the idea of sitting makes you restless, there are other forms of meditation out there for you to try, such as journaling or listening to a guided practice. Me personally? I gave my mediation wheels and take it with me on a walk. That’s when i empty my head the best. 

4. WALK AROUND BAREFOOT

Going sock-less at the office might sound a little gross, but traditional Chinese medicine says barefoot is the way to be. The idea behind this concept — which is called “earthing,” I regularly recommend my patient to get in nature , showed off and back to the sun – think of your back like a solar panel for your organs and it needs to be charged, 

The addition of being barefoot during this process seems to really augment the benefits for anxiety. I direct them to visualise the anxious feelings being absorbed by the earth and dissipating from their bodies. I wouldn’t suggest ditching your entire collection of Adidas sneakers, but try going barefoot occasionally. 

5. GET YOUR BODY MOVING WITH QIGONG

Qigong is a full-body experience that combines meditation with tai chi movements. According to the wellness website Energy Arts, this exercise is meant to be gentle, and it requires you to repeat a sequence of movements over and over again, “building awareness of how the body moves through space.

In traditional Chinese Medicine, the belief is that most of your physical ailments are a result of mental stress and instability, and when you nurse the latter, you’re better able to heal the former. Qigong is physical in practice, but the focus is on mental clarity, in order to produce that calming domino effect.

6. RELEASE MUSCLE TENSION WITH ACUPUNCTURE

When you’re stressed, do you tend to feel a kink in your neck, or sore in your back? A stress doesn’t just make you feel tense; it makes you physically tense, too, so it makes sense why acupuncture is a popular traditional Chinese remedy for stress.

Stress and anxiety would have to be one of the top things i treat in clinic. 

Foods That Give You Energy In The Morning, So You’re Set Up For Success

I am suggesting  that you pay attention to your food choices, how your first meal affects how you feel for the entire day, and to make adjustments accordingly. Oats, Eggs, Salmon, honey and greens are some of my favourite staples. –  We all know I am a big fan of soup for breakfast.

Most of the foods that aid the circulation and dispersion of stagnant qi caused by stress are spices or foods with a pungent flavour. The pungent flavour helps to move qi upwards and outwards, preventing it from stagnating. However, it is important to avoid foods which are very hot and spicy as these can contribute to the formation of internal heat.

Some of the best examples of foods that prevent qi stagnation are:

•Caraway

•Cardamom

•Cayenne

•Cloves

•Garlic

•Peppermint

•Turmeric

•Carrots

•Fennel

•Radish

•Watercress

•Peaches

•Plums

There is not one of our practitioners in clinic that can’t help you with your stress – give us a call today and see who is right for you. 02 8406 0679

The MUST HAVE facial of 2019

Ok so we have posted about Cosmetic Acupuncture here before, also known as Facial Rejuvenation. If you haven’t read our blogs on it already (tut-tut) click here 

Our facial specialist Andrea has listened to all your moans and groans about wanting the best of both worlds. You want to dabble in invasive cosmetic procedures elsewhere (again tut-tut) and also want cosmetic Acupuncture. You want facial acupuncture and not the body points. You are already loyal to an Acupuncturist but they don’t do cosmetic so you just want the beauty side of things from someone who does.

Well, as we said, she’s heard and she’s listened and she’s just gone and learnt from THE BEST in the business, the renowned Acupuncturist and skin guru based in New York, Dr. Travall Croom, who’s clientele include Victoria Secrets models, Sports Illustrated models, musicians, actors, celebrity chefs.

With three different facial Acupuncture qualifications under her belt, Andrea has combined all the methods she has learnt from the masters in their field of study and has come up with what we feel is one of the best natural facial treatments available and is suited to almost everyone.

What can you expect from one of her facials? Well lets not beat around the bush here, she is after all an Acupuncturist, so there will be needles, lots and lots of needles! There will be Gua Sha, Facial Cupping, Serums, Oils, and her new toy the Celluma Light Therapy. Not only does the Celluma look futuristic and great on instagram, it is incredible, proven technology that works by omitting low level light therapy to help generate collagen and elastin back into your skin.

Here’s the science…..

The Celluma works to boost collagen production and to understand how, let’s quickly run through two biology basics: the Krebs Cycle and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).

  • The Krebs cycle is what generates cellular energy inside your body. Light activation boosts the body’s natural Krebs Cycle which in turn assists in creating more ATP.
  • ATP is the energy currency of all the cells in your body. When your body has sufficient ATP levels, then it has more energy to spend on restorative processes such as collagen and elastin production – these are the things your body uses to heal itself.

In summary:

Light Therapy = Enhanced Krebs (energy) Cycle = Greater ATP Availability = More Collagen

When all of those good metabolic events are happening, then it results in greater outcomes beyond just collagen production. We see a cascade of benefits such as:

  • Cell generation to replace old cells (mitosis)
  • Reduction and prevention of cell death (apoptosis)
  • Neurogenesis (new neurons)
  • Development of new capillaries (angiogenesis)
  • Increased blood flow
  • Enhanced Nitric Oxide production

With all those great things working together, your body is optimized to heal itself. Patients who use Celluma LLLT products begin seeing:

  • Skin rejuvenation and the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Accelerated healing of chronic wounds.
  • General pain reduction including muscle, joint and arthritic pains.

Have we pricked your interest? Word has spread and she’s booking up fast.

Depending on your skin’s quality Andrea recommends between 10 -12 treatments. The frequency of these treatments are also dependent on your skin and Andrea will chat to you about this during your initial consultation.

Packages are available so please enquire by emailing andreasacupuncture@gmail.com or call the clinic at 02-84060679