Natural Help For Anxiety

One in 6 Australians are currently experiencing depression, anxiety or both.

Almost 15% of Australians have been diagnosed with an anxiety related disorder in the last 12 months. This equates to over 2.5 million people.   It is estimated that the cost to the economy is billions dollars- due to lost productivity because of mental health problems.

These statistics are sobering.  Simply due to the enormity of the problem and the sheer number of people affected by it. It would not be an exaggeration to say that anxiety should be seen as a major social health disorder.  It affects work, school, relationships and impairs the ability for individuals to enjoy life.   This can lead to general feelings of low self -esteem.   In recent years, more and more people are seeking natural remedies and other natural help for anxiety.

Anxiety can be the result of a sudden shock or event. It can also build up slowly over time, although usually there are several factors that come together leading to a medical diagnosis. Some factors are, personality type, difficult or abusive relationships, financial difficulties or illness (either physical or mental).

Diagnosis of Anxiety

Common symptoms include:

  • Rapid or laboured breathing,
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory loss
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Feeling disconnected to the world
  • Excessive compulsive worrying.

Anxiety can be classified into several types of disorders.

These include; Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) ,Social Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) ,Phobia related Disorders and separation anxiety (usually in children)

Each subcategory of Anxiety is treated in slightly different ways.   There are specialists who are experts in diagnosing and treating these types of anxiety.

Beyond blue is a useful place to start to understand anxiety and depression.


Events such as early childhood trauma, accidents, illness and injury can all play a role in the eventual diagnosis of an anxiety condition.

Eventually, feelings of being disconnected from a true purpose in life may lead to a very harsh reality where illness has a very high probability of manifesting.  Confusion and lack of inspiration (literally “in spirit”) makes life very difficult to navigate.   Feelings of worthlessness and an inability to connect to other people in a meaningful way eventually lead to isolation. It is usually at this point that people reach out for help with their condition.

Conventional treatment

The main form of conventional treatment is to prescribe antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications or counselling with a psychiatrist or psychologist.  People who are more holistic minded, may be more inclined to seek natural help for anxiety.

In recent years cognitive behaviour therapy has been used to help people challenge troublesome thoughts and emotions that often accompany mental health disorders.

Mindfulness is an effective technique that is being used widely to help people to stay present in their lives.

Treatment for anxiety using Chinese Medicine

For those wanting natural help for their anxiety, Chinese Medicine is the obvious solution.

Chinese Medicine consists of several modalities.  There is acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, gua sha and moxibustion.

When a patient presents for treatment with Chinese Medicine, the practitioner will decide which modality will be the most likely to help their condition.  It may be acupuncture, herbal medicine or both.

A Doctor of Chinese Medicine will diagnose each person they see according to the “patterns” that they present with.

The patterns are ascertained by pulse and tongue diagnosis, together with observation of the complexion, palpation of the abdomen or body and asking pertinent questions regarding to the symptoms the patient may be experiencing.

Looking through the lens of Chinese Medicine, anxiety is often, although not always, diagnosed as a disturbance of the spirit or “Shen” (which is the spirit of the Heart).

Metaphorically, the Shen can be equated to a clear blue sky that is always present as the background to our life, connecting us to life and its potential.

Just as very dark clouds or even thunderstorms block our ability to see the blue sky, turbulent life events and relentless harmful thoughts and emotions often occlude the clear ever present Shen.

If the circulation of blood and energy is stuck in the body or not moving smoothly, thoughts and emotions may also become stuck, with fear, anger, or grief for example.

Chinese medicine treats these conditions-usually with acupuncture or herbs to reconnect the person with a deeper sense of self.  This type of treatment aims at helping internal circulation to move smoothly, thereby enabling their Shen to be re-established. Feelings of stagnation in life are moved and a natural direct turning towards the future and less being defined by the past.

How many treatments

There is acute anxiety that comes and goes and there is chronic anxiety that has been constant for more than 6 months.

Both conditions can be helped with acupuncture or herbs.  Acute anxiety will need less treatment.  Usually once per week for a course of 6 treatments should see improvement.

For Chronic anxiety treatment may be twice per week initially leading to once per week and gradually tapering off until the condition improves.

At the Initial Consultation your practitioner will diagnose and set up a recommended treatment plan based on their knowledge, experience and their assessment of the severity of your condition.   Even from the first treatment improvement can be seen, although it is rare that any condition will respond completely after one treatment.  Ongoing treatment is required to see lasting results, just as when we go to the gym or exercise the results do come in time.

For an Initial Consultation and ongoing treatment please visit our website  where you can book in on line or have a live chat with us.  We are the pioneers of community style acupuncture in Australia and have completed over 50,000 treatments.

All practitioners are highly trained with at least a four year Bachelor degree, and we are all caring, compassionate and sincere.

Experience Acupuncture is operated by leading Sydney acupuncturist Ray Ford who is committed to making high quality acupuncture available to all people at an affordable price. 

Have you ever wondered how guide tubes came to be used in acupuncture?

Waichi Sugiyama was born in 1610 into a wealthy Japanese Samurai family. When he was very young he contracted smallpox, which eventually caused him to go blind. He had to give up any idea of becoming a Samurai. For the blind in Japan, there was not a lot of choices when it came to a possible occupation, the primary professions deemed suitable for blind persons were acupuncturists or massage therapists. Waichi chose to be an acupuncturist.

At eighteen he left his country home in Kyoto and travelled to Edo (now called Tokyo), where he met his first acupuncture teacher who was also visually impaired, named Takuichi Yamase. Waichi’s skill did not progress as he had hoped. After five years under the tutelage of Takuichi he was dismissed and told that he was clumsy, had a poor ability to memorize information and that combined with his painful needle insertion technique, he would never be able to be an accomplished acupuncturist. To be judged so harshly by one’s teacher was devastating and he went into deep despair.

Waichi began his long journey home, but halfway there, he collapsed from exhaustion in the town of a famous acupuncturist. This acupuncturist had been Takuichi’s teacher (his previous teacher who dismissed him). After regaining his health, Waichi got another chance at being the disciple of an acupuncturist.

With practice, Waichi’s needling skills did progress, although even after a few years of dedication, he was told that he still wasn’t good enough to practice on patients. Desperate for help, he travelled to Enoshima, a small islet about 30 miles from Edo, to pray to a female deity called Benten, who he believed would help him improve his acupuncture skills.

Benten is the only female deity among the seven Japanese gods of good fortune. She is a goddess of language and literature, love and wisdom, music, and the sea. Benten was originally a Hindu goddess (Sarasvati in Sanskrit) but later adopted by Buddhists in India. The Benten enshrined at Enoshima was reputed for her ability to fulfill the wishes of worshippers.

Waichi stayed at the shrine, fasting and praying in the cave for three weeks. Stumbling over a stone after he emerged from the cave, he fell to the ground. As this happened he felt something pierce his leg. Upon picking it up, he realized that it was a pine needle sticking out from a hollow tube like reed of bamboo. It was this moment that gave Waichi his original idea for a guide tube.

From this inspiration he then experimented with a bamboo tube and created the idea of inserting an acupuncture needle through a tube, which would stretch the skin thus minimizing the pain of actually inserting the needle. At the time of his invention, acupuncture as an art or therapy in Japan was largely in decline. This was partly because it was considered a very painful procedure prior to the guide tube, and partly because Western medicine had gained considerable influence in Japan.

Waichi truly believed that the inspiration was directly from the Goddess Benten as the result of his sincere devotion at her shrine, which he continued throughout his life to express his gratitude. Until Waichi utilized the bamboo guide tube, the main needle insertion method had been the ancient Chinese method in which the needle is inserted with a wooden hammer and tapped in. Needles were also put in by hand although the pain could be extreme due to the thickness of the needle and the quality of the practitioners’ technique. As many patients can attest not all acupuncturists are equal when it comes to needle insertion.

Waichi’s innovation made him a successful acupuncturist, his ability was confirmed when his acupuncture skill cured a Shogun called Tsunayoshi Tokugawa (1646-1709) of a serious illness. As an expression of gratitude, the Shogun retained him as his personal physician, conferring the title of Kengyo, an honorific title with a political basis similar to Governor-General in Australia. The Shogun also gave Waichi a piece of land, which became the home to Shinji Koushujo, Edo’s first organized acupuncture school for the blind. This first school led to the opening of many acupuncture schools specifically for the blind across Japan. Kengyo Sugiyama was to become his new title for the rest of his life.

The development of the guide tube, combined with using extremely fine gold and silver needles, allowed for comparatively painless acupuncture, and resulted in considerable expansion of acupuncture. It is for this reason that Waichi Sugiyama is often referred to as the “Father of Japanese acupuncture” Historically in Japan, largely due to his influence, acupuncture became an even more popular profession for the blind. It is not an exaggerated claim that Waichi Sugiyama revolutionized the way acupuncture was practised in Japan. It is also likely that this development actually saved acupuncture from obscurity in Japan. Waichi’s invention not only helped those who used the guide tube, but due to his efforts, acupuncture regained its popularity in Japan and later through Cheng Dan-an helped acupuncture in China regain its place in medicine.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, acupuncture in China was seen as superstitious and went steadily out of favour. In the 1930’s Chinese physician Cheng Dan-an decided that acupuncture should be re-instated in China as a respectable skill and effective medicine. Acupuncture in China was in such a decline at that time that Cheng Dan-an decided to spend a year studying at the Tokyo School of acupuncture. He went on to become a major influence in the formulation of a modern understanding and practice style in China.

It was not the guide tube specifically that helped Cheng Dan-an with his mission. Acupuncturists in China then and now still favour a freehand approach. He was however able to observe a culture where acupuncture was flourishing mainly due to the efforts of Waichi Sugiyama.

Ray Ford, Acupuncturist

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture, also known as cosmetic acupuncture is gradually gaining popularity in the west..  The procedure which involves placing tiny thin needles in specific areas, is relatively painless and focuses on treating both internal health imbalances and external skin complaints.    The aim is to stimulate groups of facial muscles to address skin issues.

The chinese have long known that the face gives clues as to what is happening deeper in the body.  Different parts of the face correspond to various organs of the body.  Deep lines or discolouration can indicate problems in a specific organ.  In Chinese Medicine it is believed that when the body is in perfect health, health should radiate from the face.

Why Choose Acupuncture Over Other Anti-Aging Treatments?

Cosmetic acupuncture is far less invasive and more subtle than other treatments.

How Many Treatments Do I Need To Have?

Results vary depending on the individual, but generally we start to see changes after one of two treatments.  A course of treatments is recommended to get full benefits, and each session your facial points are combined with a complete constitutional treatment.

To book in for a course of treatments email us at or call our Bondi Junction clinic on 89579752.

Organised healing practices in China can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC- 1046 BC.) The Shang society believed that the spirits of their dead ancestors literally walked the earth alongside them and could act as guides for the living.  As this was a mutually beneficial relationship, the Shang were very anxious to please their ancestors.

Worshipping the memory of the ancestors and taking care of the gravesites and bones of the deceased were some of the important tasks to be maintained. The Shang believed that if they did not perform these tasks properly, they would be vulnerable to possession by demonic or malevolent spirits, they could then experience pain, illness and bad fortune in their lives.  Living in harmony with nature and one’s ancestors was therefore of paramount importance to Shang society, if crops failed then disease, starvation and death would ensue.

If you were unwell and could afford payment the doctor you would have consulted in the Shang Dynasty would have been a Shaman.  A Shaman was known as a person who could access altered states of consciousness and straddle the void between the world of form and the spirit world to ask for guidance. They achieved this with the use of mind altering substances from their knowledge of plants that could help them access spirit realms.

He or she would not have worn a white coat, but dressed in colourful clothing decorated with feathers, perform an incantation, burn herbs on your skin, draw blood from your skin, or prepare a herbal mixture to help you to regain your health. They would also locate and chase shadowy forces in the village, thought to be malevolent spirits, poking at them in dark corners with their spears whilst shouting incantations, in an attempt to scare them away.

Trying to poke spirit entities with metal spears was actually influential in the development and the practice of piercing the skin with metal needles which became possible with the invention needle making technology.  Gold needles dating back to the Han Dynasty ( Second century BC) have been excavated from the tomb of Prince Liu Sheng of Zhongshan in recent years.  Combining the burning of mugwort (moxibustion) with metal needles or zhenjiu (acu-moxa) the practice of acupuncture then became established.

Excavated records show that some of the ailments treated in the Shang dynasty were headaches, eye problems, parasites, physical pain and gut problems. Gradually the world view of the Shang was transcended but also incorporated into a new world view that became known as systematic correspondence.

Systematic correspondence is a complete medical system that combines five elements and ying yang theories with the ideas of demonic medicine and the inter-connectedness of nature of previous paradigm.  It changed the idea that illness is solely created by malevolent spirits to the idea that it is created by a weakness in the body’s defences combined with climactic influences.

For example, if there was pain and stiffness in the neck and the person suffering was unable to work or function properly it could be treated as a climatic event similar to the western idea of simply catching a cold. In fact the term “wind cold attack” can be used to describe the penetration of the body by a cold wind causing contraction in the muscles of the neck.

The person would no longer be treated solely to rid themselves of possession by demonic or ancestral spirits but to remove an environmental influence such as cold or wind that had invaded their body. Treatment would also consist of herbal medicine, tuina ( Chinese massage) acupuncture or moxibustion, some of the doctors of these times still performed incantations as well as physical medicine but the belief that all illness was being caused by unhappy disembodied spirits was no longer the main belief.  Systematic correspondence is still taught and practiced to the present both in China and many other countries

The Nobel prize and a Chinese herbal medicine

In 2015 the most prestigious prize in medicine was awarded to Dr. Youyou Tu, the head of a research team that discovered the powerful anti-malaria compound Artemisinin. She is the first person from mainland China to be awarded a Nobel prize. In giving her the prize, the Nobel Prize committee recognized the role ancient knowledge can play in the modern world. Malaria interventions (hygiene and preventative measures and medication) are relatively low cost. They have led to significant reductions in the incidence of the disease and associated deaths in poor countries with limited resources.

Research in China

In the 1950’s Chairman Mao started a military project to search for a new anti malaria drug.  Five hundred scientists were involved and they screened 40,000 known chemicals in search of a compound that could help to cure malaria. Some of these scientists turned to the traditional Chinese medicine literature, whilst others asked for help in Chinese villages to see if there were any secret herbal formulas that were known to help. This was the first large scale attempt to search for a compound that could prevent malaria. The search would prove to be long and arduous. The rigor of clinical trials, which allows for development of replicable results, forces researchers to find the active ingredient from a natural source that shows the most promise.

Dr Tu Discovers Artemisinin

After years of research, in 1972, Dr Tu discovered a method to produce the active compound qinghaosu青蒿素 (artemisinin) from the leaves of the sweet wormwood plant. Due to meagre research funding, Dr.Tu’s team volunteered themselves to be the first patients to deem the treatment safe for humans, and only then did they move forward with comprehensive trials which revealed great promise.

In 1975 when the war in Vietnam ended, funding for the project that discovered the drug was stopped. Even though Dr. Tu had managed to publish her results widely by the 1980s, further development of the drug languished. It was almost 30 years before the World Health Organization endorsed the efficacy of the drug in the treatment of Malaria. The reasons for the delay are not clear. Perhaps it was caused by a combination of political instability, lack of patents that could spur pharmaceutical companies to invest in the development, and the fact that malaria affects mostly the poor.  When used with other therapies, the drug can reduce mortality from malaria by more than one-fifth. As a result, more than 100,000 lives are saved each year in Africa alone.  Though it took time, Dr.Tu’s method showed other Chinese researchers how to capitalize on the  knowledge hidden in ancient texts and the cultural knowledge passed down through word of mouth.


Inspiration for Future Research

This success of Dr.Tu and her team has inspired more research with chemicals sourced from Chinese herbs such as huperzine A (treats memory dysfunction) and Paeoniflorin (treats cardiovascular disease) which have successfully undergone rigorous clinical trials and are set to find wider use in the near future.

Further research has found that Artemisinin can be used by itself to treat Malaria, but this leads to a high rate of recurrence of the parasites as they eventually become immune to it (additional drugs are required to clear the body of all parasites and prevent recurrence) This is an example of how scientific knowledge and older traditional wisdom can work together to produce something that neither would be able to achieve in isolation.

Article written by Experience Acupuncture Founder and Director Ray Ford.

Written By Ray Ford.

In ancient Chinese culture Imperial court ministers were appointed to think about and manage different aspects of society.

In Chinese medical thought, the different organs are analogous to ministers or officials: Lung is seen as the Prime Minister, Liver the General, Stomach the Minister of Granaries, etc. The Heart (HT) is seen as the Emperor that rules over all others organs. The relationship between the HT and PC allows the PC to act as the ambassador of the heart, spreading joy and happiness.The HT is the container for the shen (spirit) but it is the Pericardium(PC) that does the beating of the heart.

The Ling Shu (spiritual pivot) says, “Pathogenic factors that will attack the heart must first attack the pericardium(PC).”The PC is seen as the HT/Emperor’s protector or “civil servant” and as such, has the role of protecting the HT both from external pathogens (viruses) and from internal or emotional damage.

The PC as the emotional protector, screens and protects the consciousness from being overwhelmed by the sensory and emotional overload that can happen in relationships or in the external world.When there is a problem with either, we can treat using acupuncture. Points along the PC channel address either physiological problems or pain such as angina as well as emotional issues such as anxiety or sadness. Chinese medicine describes anxiety as “fullness under the heart”, this reflects the understanding that anxiety can be felt as pressure under the diaphragm that may be caused by a number of issues: digestive problems and chronic stress being two of the main ones.Points on the PC channel are often used for these types of problems.

The physical anatomy of the PC consists of two layers of connective tissue, which surrounds the HT, as an external covering keeping it in place and actually anchoring it inside the chest.

An interesting point is that Neiguan (inner gate) a point on the inside of the wrist, known as PC6 in the west, was the point of choice when Chinese Doctors back in the 60’s and 70’s used acupuncture anaesthesia for open heart surgery and other operations.

The point could literally numb the pain of surgery when stimulated strongly (usually with electro-acupuncture), which indicates the incredibly powerful effect some points can have on the body.

At the moment in the world there is a strong focus on opening our hearts to others and keeping an open heart generally.

Although having an open HT/PC is important, a constantly open heart to everyone and everything can be damaging, just as damaging as being closed.

When a person’s PC is strong they will instinctively know when to be open and when to protect the HT by closing the PC. A healthy PC functions like a well-oiled door, it is able to swing open and shut easily as and when it becomes clear that it is the right thing to do.

The Spleen is similar in structure to a large lymph node about the size of a small fist and is positioned in the body at the upper left quadrant of the abdomen in the area of the 9th-11th rib.  Western medicine describes the Spleen as an organ that is part of the lymphatic system and thus is an important immune system organ.

Chinese Medicine Perspective

Although Chinese Medicine (CM) does not disagree with this perspective, CM has some different aspects to the Spleen and its functions.

The Ling Shu Chapter 8 (a classic acupuncture text) states:

“The Spleen—Stomach holds the office of the graneries and issues the five flavours”

This quote points to fact that in CM the Stomach and Spleen have a very close relationship, working together to accomplish the digestion, absorption and transformation of food into blood and qi (chi). CM describes two major sources of qi: pre-heavenly qi, which is the qi inherited from our parents, and post heavenly qi which is the end product of the mixture of the digestion of food mixed with air from the lungs.

What Is the Spleen Responsible For?

The Spleen is responsible for the transformation of water and food into the qi and blood of the body and ultimately into post heavenly qi.  When the spleen is functioning well a person has a good appetite, strong digestion, they will feel strong and energetic. When this Spleen is weak, physical symptoms including bloating, reflux, fatigue, diarrhoea, poor appetite cold extremities may be present.

The Spleen has an important role in keeping the blood circulating within the blood vessels as well as the meridians.

When the spleen is weak this function will become impaired showing up as bleeding disorders such as blood in the stool, hemorrhaege, uterine bleeding and bruising easily.

Practitioners of CM will gather information from the person's symptoms, they will also utilize other methods of diagnosis within CM to deepen the diagnostic investigation.

The Spleen has a sphere of influence on our health other than digestion, absorption and immunity.

How To Recognise Spleen Disharmony

When a person has a Spleen imbalance, it is common for that to show as a slightly yellow complexion with a waxy, shiny texture.

According to CM philosophy, when the Spleen is weak there will be a strong tendency to worry, to be ingratiating or overly sympathetic.  There is also the tendency to crave and eat too much sweet damp producing food, which ironically will damage the Spleen further.

When the Spleen is strong and in balance, virtues such as empathy, trust and integrity will be displayed.

The pulse which represents the Spleen (right wrist 2nd position deep) will reveal a weakness or “slippery” quality.

The tongue may be swollen, wet or have teeth marks along the edges, all of which indicate that the body is not transforming fluids, which almost always implicates the Spleen to some degree.

Palpating the abdomen in the area which relates to the Spleen or other points on its channel can reveal blockages which need to be cleared. When a Spleen disharmony is diagnosed, the practitioner will choose appropriate points on the body which will directly or indirectly treat the disharmony.

There are many great ways to treat the spleen, by warming it.  These include:

  • Consuming more 'warming' foods such as warming herbs and spices like cinnamon, ginger and turmeric.
  • Eating more hot foods and foods with a warm thermal nature, such as soups.
  • Avoiding cold foods like ice-cold drinks and ice-cream.

When the correct treatment and points are given, an immediate effect is felt by the person such as more energy or clarity for example. With regular treatment, the body will respond by re-creating harmony and balance.

For an in depth analysis of your condition, visit one of our Sydney Acupuncture centres for a full consultation and treatment. We are located in Bondi Junction and North Sydney.

The History of Essential Oils In Chinese Medicine

Some of the earliest known use of Essential Oils dates back to Ancient China between 2697 – 2597 BC during the Huang dynasty. There are ancient Chinese Medicine texts which list essential oils and their benefits. The use of Essential Oils dates back not only through the history of Chinese Medicine, but also back to ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Arabia, Isreal and Europe. There is evidence that essential oils were even used to help people survive the bubonic plague, due to their powerful immune boosting effects.

Therapeutic Properties of Essential Oils

Whilst the value of the use of Essential Oils has been somewhat lost through centuries of Western culture and it’s neglect of the mind-body-spirit connection, the importance of the sense of smell and the potential application of essential oils in healing is making a comeback, particularly in the last few years. What are Essential Oils? Essential Oils are the pure essence extracted from the leaves, seeds, roots, or flowers of a plant or tree. They are the “life-force” and have also been called the blood of the plant. Just one drop of an essential oil can have a powerful effect on the body. Each essential oil has its own set of health enhancing properties which are dependant on the chemical constituents that make up the individual oil.

The Importance of Purity

It is only pure, natural living plant extracts that carry healing properties required to enhance the health of the body. A pure plant oil will give and create more life energy.  A synthetic or impure oil will drain life energy, as the body works to eliminate something which is unnatural. High quality essential oils are extracted in a way where proper extraction and quality control methods are followed. Many brands of essential oils on the market contain synthetic fillers and perfumes and it is for this reason that only certified pure brands of essential oils are used.

The Use of Essential Oils – A Chinese Medicine Perspective

Chinese Medicine Practitioners will look at an essential oil in terms of its energetic effect on the body, its effect on the shen (spirit) and also its thermal nature. Essential Oils can have a grounding or uplifting effect depending on their properties and the part of the plant from which they are extracted. Essential oils can be applied directly to the acupuncture points on the body prior to needle insertion to enhance their action. This technique dates back some time to a French acupuncturist who was familiar with the properties of essential oils. Oils can be placed on with a q-tip, which is placed on the skin until the oil seeps down through to the area of the point, which will energetically activate it.

Choosing Oils For Specific Conditions

For every acupuncture point there are a number of different oils that can be used to enhance one or more of it’s actions. For example some oils, such as eucalyptus and tea tree have a resonance with the lung meridian ( lung channel ) and therefore these oils are commonly used on points on this channel. There are specific oils that have a cooling thermal nature on the body such as peppermint, lavender or lemon and can be beneficial for heat conditions in the body. Essential oils with a warming effect will likewise be used to treat cool conditions. In ancient times, the division of using essential oils for either spiritual, emotional or physical healing did not exist. The three areas were inextricably linked. In Chinese Medicine, essential oils are used in the same way where the spirit and emotions are connected to the body. Essential Oils are powerful, effective and completely safe when used appropriately. They can do everything from supporting the immune system and relieving headaches, to improving digestion and treating skin conditions.

essential oils acupuncture

Peer-Reviewed Studies Support Their Effectiveness

Those who are not convinced about the effectiveness of essential oils could take a quick look through the US National Library Of Medicine where you can access a list of studies on Essential Oils and find: – Over 100 studies on the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of Frankincense (which contains boswellic acid). Frankincense is now used in hospitals in Europe and Middle East due to these powerful healing properties. – Over 38 studies that show Lavender Oil is superior to a placebo and shows benefit for relieving anxiety, depression or restlessness. – Studies on Tea Tree show it inhibits the influenza virus, treats fungal growth and also inhibits candida. – A systematic review of five clinical trials shows peppermint oil to be effective in significantly reliviving IBS Symptoms such as bloating, gas and constipation.

Essential Oils are in no way a “quick fix” but rather a way to enhance healing and support the functions of the body. Essential oils are a great thing to have in your holistic medicine kit as a way to support your health. If you would like to purchase pure therapeutic grade oils you can find them here.

If you visit any of our Sydney Acupuncture centres you might smell the aroma of fresh pure essential oils which we like to diffuse to help with relaxation and stress relief and to create a more relaxing atmosphere for our patients.

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