Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage

Hugh Hayward – Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

All of us can relate to the sensation of a gut feeling, the tightness in the abdomen or nausea that we experience while on a first date, walking up to that life changing job interview or casually hanging from a cliff.

Situations like this are perfectly manageable when sparked on the odd occasion however, the reality is that we commonly deal with these sensations on a perpetual basis just enduring life itself, the pressure of the work place, peak-hour traffic, our relationships and our responsibilities.

While most of us don’t experience full fledged panic attacks or vomiting episodes brought on by stress, a general feeling of unease is societally acceptable. In fact if you are not a little stressed out, people will usually think you are not working hard enough or perhaps that you are high on drugs!

The clinical significance of this in Chinese medicine lies in the gut-brain mechanism. The enteric nervous system consists of neuron sheaths fixed throughout walls of our gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Measuring out to roughly nine meters from esophagus to anus, the enteric gut-brain contains a network of over 100 million neurons – more than in the peripheral nervous system or spinal cord. In addition, our GIT contains almost every hormone and neurotransmitter that innovates the brain such as, Serotonin, GABA, Nor epinephrine and Dopamine and dozens more naturally occurring endogenous opioids and feel-good chemical mediators. For instance, serotonin is actually found in abundance in the GIT. Over 95% of your bodies ‘natural ecstasy hormone’ is produced in the GIT and derived from the amino acid – tryptophan, found in foods that we consume. This particular neurotransmitter is responsible for regulating our memory, mood, cognition, sleep and appetite, among other crucial functions in the body.

So with this in mind, it is no wonder that when we are upset, we feel it in our stomach. In essence, you are what you eat. That gut feeling is not in your head, it is the result of a barrage of biological reactions occurring in response to acute or long term anxiety or stress. This intimate connection works both ways and while your environment can trigger gut sensations, your emotions can be a product of the environment in your GIT.

The Chinese have known this for a millennia. The ancient taoist practice of Chi Nei Tsang is a form of Chinese abdominal massage that deals with detoxification of the gut in purging toxic matter and energy built up in the lymphatic system, pancreas, liver and intestines. Pent up emotional stress is often stored in the abdomen, just as we store memories in our cognitive brain, the gut-brain stores sensations that are reactive to traumatic incidences and lifestyles.

Flash-backs or recurring incidences of Post Traumatic Stress disorder, shock, addiction or abusive relationships, as well as many mood imbalances which are not usually deemed to be of clinical significance, manifest as a predisposition to specific sensational reactions that begin in the gut and are then perceived by our cognitive minds. Akin to muscle memory, like the automated motion of catching a ball, the mind can also induce these reactions, as if we hold the posture of anxiety or aggression or addictive behavior before it even manifests.

Just as a physiotherapist rehabilitates injured limbs, using Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, breathing exercises, acupuncture and dietary advice, we are able to rehabilitate the mind. This is very important for anyone with any mood disturbance such as anxiety, depression, nervousness, fearfulness or agitation as well as those with digestive complaints that can often be exacerbated by emotional triggers.

To make an appointment with Hugh to help with digestive and mood problems, call Brisbane Natural Health on 07 3367 0337 or click here.

 

Health Seminars

OUR WORKSHOPS HELP YOU BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU.

We are passionate about educating and inspiring you to be the healthiest version of yourself. Sometimes this means more than just having treatments or taking supplements – it means learning what you can do every day to make yourself healthier and happier.

Our workshops and seminars are designed to help you make real and lasting change in your life. Check out the google calendar below for upcoming dates. Some workshops are held every 2 months so be sure to scroll forward if you can’t see it this month. 

We also host meditation/relaxation classes. Click here for more information and check the calendar below for dates.

NUTRITION 102

What every person needs to know about food

Are you confused about what is really healthy? Do you ever wish you knew more about nutrition so you could make better choices? Well this is your chance! In this workshop you’ll get the lowdown on nutrition 101 – everything you need to know about eating for health.

We’ll cover things like – What is a carbohydrate? What type of fats are OK? How much protein do you need? What cooking oil should you use? Is the paleo diet beneficial? What flavorings are safe to use on your food? Plus you can ask our nutritionist and naturopaths your personal nutrition questions. Don’t miss out!

NUTRITION 101

What every person needs to know about food

Are you confused about what is really healthy? Do you ever wish you knew more about nutrition so you could make better choices? Well this is your chance! In this workshop you’ll get the lowdown on nutrition 101 – everything you need to know about eating for health.

We’ll cover things like – What is a carbohydrate? What type of fats are OK? How much protein do you need? What cooking oil should you use? Is the paleo diet beneficial? What flavorings are safe to use on your food? Plus you can ask our nutritionist and naturopaths your personal nutrition questions. Don’t miss out!

Hosted by principal naturopath Katherine Maslen. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Avoiding toxic chemicals in everyday life

This must attend workshop will open your eyes to the swathe of chemicals that we come into contact with each and every day. We are constantly absorbing toxins through our skin, breathing them in and even eating them in our food supply.

You’ll discover how tap water can affect your thyroid, how your shampoo can cause infertility and how plastics can disrupt your hormones. 99% of toxins are avoidable and in this vital session you’ll learn how you can detox your life and which natural brands are the best to buy.

Hosted by naturopath Katherine Maslen. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

MAKING FERMENTED FOOD

Demo workshop

Did you know that you have more bacteria cells in your gut than you do cells in your body? Or that your gut bacteria can affect your immune system, moods, absorption and more? Enter fermented foods – your gut bacteria’s BFF when it comes to wellness.

In this session you’ll see how you can make fermented foods right at home for next to nothing. We’ll have some live demos and you’ll get to taste several fermented foods while you learn about the properties of each and how they are made.

Hosted by naturopath Gemma Martin. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

SUPER FOODS FOR A SUPER YOU!

Harnessing the power of super foods to take your health to the next level

Ever wonder what the craze is with all of these ‘super foods’? Are chia seeds really good for you? Should you be taking super-greens? All will be revealed in this workshop!

We’ll cover the benefits of super foods such as chia, maca, cacao, baobab, hemp, bee pollen, spirulina, chlorella, coconut products and more. Plus we’ll give you tips on how to use them and how much you should be taking. Super!

Hosted by naturopath Katherine Maslen. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

Are your emotions making you sick?

In this interesting workshop emotional wellness expert Jan Sky will help you see the connection between your emotional wellness, your physical health and your happiness. Before we can change our emotional state we must first become aware of it.

In this session you’ll discover the connection between your subconscious mind and the actions that you take that either lead you towards your goals or away from them. This workshop will open you up to new possibilities that can change your thinking and your life.

Hosted by author, hypnotherapist and counsellor Jan Sky. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

BUSTING STRESS

Practical tips to help you deal with your day to day stress.

In this workshop emotional wellness expert Jan Sky will help you discover the underlying drivers of stress and how you can actively reduce it.

In this session you’ll discover how you can help your body to cope with stress better – leading to a more positive emotional state, better sleep and more productivity at work. Jan is a wealth of knowledge and you’ll come away with some life changing information from this session.

Hosted by author, hypnotherapist and counsellor Jan Sky. See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times.

Investment $20

Free for clinic members.

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Acupuncture Is As Effective As Medication In The Treatment Of Shingles

Herpes Zoster, or shingles, is a strain of virus related to chicken pox that usually occurs in adulthood. In a recent study, it was found that acupuncture treatment for those with shingles had comparable efficacy to standard pharmacological treatment.

In the study, acupuncture was able to reduce the visual rash associated with shingles and reduce pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Acupuncture treatment also helped to reduce the chance of post-herpetic neuralgia after the herpes infection.

This research shows that acupuncture has measured and proven effects, even comparable to pharmaceutical preparations in the treatment of Herpes Zoster.

Specialist IVF Acupuncture, Helping Brisbane Locals Get Pregnant

The way that we approach fertility care with acupuncture is to help to support your body’s natural fertility. Whether you’re undergoing IVF or trying to conceive naturally, our Brisbane Natural Health acupuncturists are highly skilled to help enhance your results. 

For thousands of years, Chinese couples have used acupuncture for fertility and we can see why. We’ve helped hundreds of couples in Brisbane get pregnant with the help of acupuncture outside of as well as during IVF cycles. Our experience at Brisbane Natural Health is that acupuncture prior to IVF can significantly increase your chance of falling pregnant and the science backs this up.

The evidence behind IVF acupuncture

There have been several studies done on the link between fertility acupuncture and pregnancy. A study done in Germany in 2002 on a group of 160 women undergoing IVF and acupuncture treatment showed that 42% of the group had successful pregnancies – compared to 26% for just IVF. This was just the first of many such positive results; a later Danish study showed specifically that treatment on the day of the embryo transfer was best of conception. In early 2014, the NIH (US) published a comprehensive overview of acupuncture for fertility studies which concluded that there is significant data showing that pregnancy acupuncture can improve female reproductive functioning – future studies will hopefully determine exactly what mechanisms are involved.

Acupuncture has helped hundreds of our clients realise their dream of becoming pregnant.

How does it work?

There are specific times during your IVF cycle that acupuncture will be used, like pre and post embryo transfer. Better still, having a period of treatment before your IVF cycle will allow the acupuncture time to affect the health of your ova (eggs) and improve quality, which further improves the likely hood of pregnancy. Our acupuncturists work alongside our fertility naturopaths to ensure that you are getting all of your nutritional requirements leading into your IVF cycle.

It takes two to tango!

It’s not just for women, either – acupuncture can also help improve male fertility by boosting both sperm count and motility. Motility means the ability of the sperm to move around; if they’re sluggish, they won’t be able to make it all the way to the egg. This means that older men or those with diagnosed fertility issues can use the treatment as a complementary treatment.  Specific acupuncture points are used to unblock pathways and promote the kind of environment within the body that sperm need to develop properly. During your initial fertility acupuncture appointment, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask about the treatment strategy and how it’s designed to help promote your fertility.


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Support your IVF treatment at Brisbane Natural Health

Our resident acupuncturist, Angela Marshall, can assist with natural fertility. Using specific fertility acupuncture techniques, she assists Brisbane couples undergoing IVF to IUI to improve their chances of becoming pregnant. By stimulating specific points that are associated with reproductive organs, it is possible to promote the flow of qi, which means more balanced energies within the body – in other words, a more harmonious environment for conception. She can assist with pregnancy acupuncture in Brisbane on a daily basis and can see couples together or alone. She has the knowledge and experience to help improve your chances of conception, whether you’re using acupuncture as a primary or complementary treatment.

Angela will be happy to answer any questions you have about fertility, acupuncture techniques, and generally boosting your wellbeing as you prepare to become parents. Simply call the clinic on (07) 3367 0337 to schedule your initial appointment.

Want to know more about natural fertility? Visit our sister site, Brisbane Natural Fertility for articles and information related to natural fertility and IVF.

Call us on 07 3367 0337 or click the booking button to book your appointment with an acupuncturist at Brisbane Natural Health!