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Acupuncture

Acupuncture forms an important part of Chinese Medicine, having originated in China over 5,000 years ago. However, it is only recently the science and art of Acupuncture has become more widely accepted. It is now an established profession in Australia being used as a natural treatment to assist with a large number of health disorders.

  • Assists in the prevention and management of disease
  • Is an holistic approach used to manage a variety of illnesses and common ailments
  • Aims to treat the cause as well as the symptoms
  • Is a popular natural and 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 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.


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How Does Acupuncture Work?

The aim of acupuncture treatments is to establish a healthier state of body function, increasing the body's capacity to cope with stress. The human body can be likened to a highly complex electrical circuit, and as with any electrical circuit, the energy flow must be kept in good working order to function effectively. If the "human circuit" breaks down, the result may be illness.

In Chinese Medicine it is considered essential for the body's energy (called Qi - pronounced Chi), along with the blood, to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner. The pathways through which Qi flows in the body are called meridians which 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.

There are over 5,000 acupuncture points that lie along these meridians. Acupuncturists aim to improve the quality and quantity of Qi by stimulating acupuncture points with acupuncture needles.
 

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How Can Acupuncture Assist You?

Under national law, claims regarding effectiveness of treatment must be made along with reference to evidence of a high standard with health conditions being listed based on a range of "strong" to "inconclusive" evidence. The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA)  identified the need for an updated review of evidence for the efficacy of Acupuncture and commissioned The Acupuncture Evidence Project which is a comprehensive analysis of scientific literature focusing on systematic reviews and meta analyses (the highest form of evidence available). For further information we refer you to this comparative literature review. (Please note while there are many other conditions that can also be helped, managed and supported with Acpuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine there is insufficient western scientific evidence for these at the present time.)  

 

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 will be concerned about 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?

The first response you may notice is a change in your general wellbeing, including sleep, digestion and energy levels. Acupuncture treatments will be aimed towards managing the symptoms of your specific disorders and reducing complications. Individual variations occur, with some people responding more quickly while others showing a more gradual improvement.

Maintenance visits for long-term problems may provide a more comfortable state of health reducing the need for medication and surgical interventions.


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 Chinese herbal medicine is sourced from organic plant substances and certain minerals. Herbal formulae rarely elicit side effects, and 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 natural and gentle treatment that 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. It also promotes general health and prevents or limits the progression of certain diseases. The combination of Chinese herbs and Acupuncture may be the preferred treatment protocol for certain 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.

 

 

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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