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Acupuncture

Acupuncture forms an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine which originated in China over 5,000 years ago. However, it is only recently - about 3 decades or so - that the science and art of Acupuncture has become more widely accepted. It is now an established profession in Australia and has proved to be safe and effective.

  • Assists in the prevention of disease
  • Is an holistic approach to treating illness, linking body, mind and spirit
  • Treats the cause as well as the symptoms
  • Effectively manages common ailments
  • Is a drug-free form of pain relief

About Our Acupuncture Practitioners

Acupuncturist Golden Grove - Julia

JULIA GERSTER

Is a fully qualified acupuncturist, holding a four-year Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Acupuncture from the Endeavour College of Natural Health, Brisbane. She is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) the peak professional association for Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia.

Her style of Acupuncture is considered Traditional Chinese Medicine and includes Cupping, Gua Sha and Moxibustion which are integral to her treatments. She also takes into consideration each client’s symptoms as well as lifestyle, dietary habits and emotional state. Chinese Medicine’s diagnostic techniques include pulse, tongue and meridian evaluation which offer her the tools to detect imbalances and personalise each treatment. Because every person is unique so is the manifestation of their condition and so treatments are tailored to the individual in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Julia is committed to providing high quality care to every patient. Key components of treatment include honouring the interdependence of body, mind and spirit as well as educating clients about beneficial foods, exercise, self-care and meditation suited to their constitutional makeup. This integrative style along with Julia’s sensitive and intuitive approach to health and wellness, enables her clients to feel as though their needs have been truly met and that they have found a compassionate ally in their quest for health.

Before coming to Australia, Julia practised as a Physiotherapist in Germany for 5 years and therefore has extensive knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders and pain management. Other areas of interest include treatments for hayfever, fertility, IVF support, pregnancy support, stress, headaches/migraines, sleep problems and digestive disorders. She attends regular seminars to deepen her knowledge.

Acupuncturist Golden Grove - Justin

JUSTIN PORTER

Justin is a fully qualified and experienced Acupuncturist and Chinese Medical Practitioner. Justin’s qualifications include a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (UWS), Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture), ACNM and Guangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a Diploma in Remedial Massage.

He is a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association and registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, having gained his qualifications both in Australia and China. Justin has been providing his expert skills since 2000, firstly in Melbourne and then in Brisbane. In 2016 Justin moved to Adelaide to be closer to family.

Justin has a special interest in acute and chronic pain including headaches and migraines, along with immune and neurological conditions and digestive disorders, as well as providing caring fertility and IVF support.

He has recently acquired a passion for Japanese Acupuncture and undertakes regular visits to Japan where he studies under one of their well-known Masters.


Acupuncture Golden Grove

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The goal of acupuncture is to establish a healthier state of body function and to increase the capacity to cope with stress. The human body can be likened to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit, the energy flow must be kept in good working order to function effectively. If the human circuit breaks down, the result is usually illness.

To maintain good health, it is therefore essential for the body's energy, as well as the blood, to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner. The pathways through which the energy flows (called Qi - pronounced as Chi) are called meridians and these circulate through the organs and tissues of the body. These meridians were mapped out by the ancient Chinese thousands of years ago. Modern technological methods such as Kirlian photography, electronic and thermal readings, are now being used to detect these meridians, and blood tests have shown an increase in the production of Serotonin (a feel-good hormone) following a treatment with acupuncture.

There are over 5,000 acupuncture points and these lie along the energy pathways (meridians). By stimulating these points with needles, the quality and quantity of energy (Qi) and body fluids can be normalised.

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How Can Acupuncture Help You?

There are three main ways that acupuncture therapy can help.

The treatment of specific disorders to provide relief of symptoms and reduce complications. Acupuncture is also used to treat the cause of the disorder and reduce the likelihood of its recurrence.

Maintenance visits for long-term problems provide a more comfortable state of health and reduce the need for medication and surgery.

Chinese Medicine is an effective form of preventative medicine because of its ability to detect and address energy imbalances before they lead to disease.

How Many Treatments Do You Need?

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The number and frequency of treatments depends on several factors. These include the duration and intensity of your present disorder. Your age, constitution, and individual circumstances, such as your desired health goal, are also taken into account.

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognises you as a complex blend of body, mind and emotions. During your first visit, your practitioner is concerned with all aspects of your health. Details of your medical, surgical and family history and other relevant information such as exercise habits and occupation are collected.

What Will Be Your Response to Treatment?

Often the first response you notice is a change in your general health. Sleep, digestion and energy often improve. Individual variations do occur, with some people responding more quickly while others show a gradual improvement.


What Can You Do to Assist Your Therapy?

Moderation in all things is a good principle. Some things you can do include:

  • setting personal health goals
  • regular intake of fresh air and water
  • enjoyment of nutritious meals
  • undertaking regular balanced physical exercise
  • taking up an interesting recreational activity
  • maintaining a positive mental attitude
  • ensuring you get adequate rest and relaxation

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What Does Acupuncture Help With?

Acupuncture can assist in relieving a wide variety of disorders, not limited to but including the following - you are advised to consult your Acupuncturist for an opinion on any disorders not listed here.

Physiological

Neurological – migraines, insomnia, nervous tension, neuralgia, tinnitus, post-stroke management, bells palsy, vertigo

Cardiovascular – high/low blood pressure, fluid retention, chest pain, cold hands/feet

Respiratory – bronchial asthma, bronchitis, tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hayfever

Digestive – flatulence, constipation, weight control, IBS, reflux

Uro-Genital – cystitis, prostatitis, orchitis, low sexual vitality, nocturnal enuresis, impotence

Gynaecological & Obstetric – PMT, painful/heavy/irregular/absent periods, hormonal disturbances, hot flashes, infertility / IVF, menopausal disorders, morning sickness, difficulty with conception, PCOS, edometriosis

Skin – eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, scar tissue/adhesions, hair loss, various rashes

Immune – including the symptoms arising from autoimmune disorders such as asthma, allergies, ulcerative colitis, macula degeneration, multiple sclerosis

Endocrine – thyroid (under & over active), adrenal exhaustion, low testosterone

Physical & Emotional

Musculoskeletal – osteoarthritis, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain, "frozen shoulder", "tennis elbow"

Sporting Injuries – sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises

Psychological – increased energy, vitality & wellbeing, addictions, depression, phobias, emotional disturbances, anxiety, stress management

Pain Management – shingles, toothache / post extraction pain, headaches, period pain, back pain

Treatment modalities may include:

Chinese Herbs

Herbal medicine is an integral part of Chinese medicine. The majority of the Chinese herbal medicine is from organic plant substances and certain minerals. Herbal formulae rarely elicit side effects, as they have been used safely for centuries across large populations. These formulations, when prescribed by a well-trained practitioner, can be used by adults, children, and the elderly.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, effective treatment that works. It involves the insertion of fine needles in specific points along the body that either directly relate to or influence the disorder that your acupuncturist is seeking to balance.

The combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture produce a very effective treatment protocol for many ailments.

 

Cupping

This is a technique in which local suction is created on the skin to allow toxins and stagnant blood flow to rise to the surface. Clearing stagnations allow the tissues to heal and enable the proper function to be restored. Cupping powerfully addresses respiratory diseases such as asthma, the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis, as well as being effective for skin complaints, gynaecological disorders and pain conditions.

Constitutional Acupuncture

Acupuncture is also effective in the management of functional disorders like allergic reactions, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, fatigue, symptoms of autoimmune disease, womens health issues (eg infertility, morning sickness, menstrual problems), anxiety, mood and stress-related disorders, sleep issues and addictive behaviours (including substance abuse and obsessive habits such as nail-biting). It also promotes general health and prevents or limits the progression of disease.

Guasha

This is a healing technique which involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation applying pressure in a stroking fashion using a round-edged instrument. As in cupping, the skin may discolour but in doing so is promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes, providing relief from musculoskeletal pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea to name but a few.

Ear Acupuncture

Also known as auricular therapy, it is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is regularly incorporated into an acupuncture treatment. Ear Acupuncture is widely used to effectively manage addictions, mood disturbances, obesity and pain.

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