At Byron Bay Acupuncture and Chinese medicine,
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GYNAECOLOGY

Byron Bay Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine offers comprehensive care for

–– Irregular periods
–– Painful or heavy periods
–– Hormonal acne
–– PMS
–– Ovulation dysfunction
–– Prolapse
–– Vaginal discharge
–– Menopausal symptoms

and many other gynaecological conditions.

 

ENDOMETRIOSIS

How Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine can help...

Chinese medicine has been studying and treating gynaecological issues from more than 2000 years. There are many acupuncture and herbal medicine strategies documented for what western medicine calls endometriosis.

There are many scientific clinical trials that examine the efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at treating endometriosis. A recent systematic review (gold standard summary of existing western scientific evidence) of 10 studies involving 589 patients that tested the efficacy of acupuncture in treating endometriosis-related pain, concluded that acupuncture reduces pain and serum CA-125 levels in endometriosis sufferers.

CA-125 levels are relevant as they are elevated in endometriosis patients, with more advanced degrees of endometriosis showing higher CA-125 levels in both serum and peritoneal fluid. Acupuncture can reduce the level of serum CA-125, and consequently relieve the pelvic cavity pain associated with endometriosis.

Chinese Medicine has also been found to reduce the incidence rate of surgery in endometriosis patients. A recent study used the national health insurance database in Taiwan to evaluate the relationship between Chinese medicine use and subsequent surgery among 8,283 patients with endometriosis who used Chinese medicine and 8,283 non-users of Chinese medicine with endometriosis. The study found that compared to nonusers, Chinese medicine users were significantly less likely to undergo surgery, and among patients who had undergone surgery, the follow-up time was longer for Chinese medicine users than for non-users.

Furthermore, another study that included 320 patients with endometriosis found both Western medicine and Chinese medicine to be effective at improving the quality of life of patients with endometriosis after conservative surgery.

In this study, the Chinese medicine group’s scores post-treatment were significantly higher than those at pre-treatment for all 12 items tested; including pain and discomfort, energy and fatigue, sleep and rest, mobility, activities of daily living, work capacity, negative feelings, health and social care: accessibility and quality, participation in and opportunities for recreation/leisure activities, appetite, quality of life score, overall health status and quality of life. Furthermore, the scores for physical health in the Chinese medicine group were significantly higher than pre-treatment, especially 4 items (mobility, activities of daily living, sexual activity and quality of life score).

Byron Bay Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine are an integrative health care centre and are happy to support you in whatever way we can, in harmony with your western medical practitioners.

Olivia is a highly qualified acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Herbal Medicine who offers skill, presence and compassion. She understands how debilitating endometriosis can be for sufferers and is committed to helping you achieve a life with less pain and optimal fertility.

If endometriosis is negatively affecting your life, begin a program of Chinese medicine today.


 

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME

Byron Bay and Bangalow Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine offers comprehensive care for women medically diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).

Gynaecology has been a specialty field of Chinese medicine for over 2000 years, and uses acupuncture, herbal medicine and clinical nutrition to provide natural solutions to all kinds of sub-fertility issues. Chinese medicine encourages the body to regain and maintain its natural state of health by stimulating and optimizing the natural cycles in your body.

During your first appointment, we will thoroughly discuss the reasons you have come, your medical history and your health goals.

Once a clear Chinese medicine diagnosis is made, we will discuss the best treatment options with you and with your consent, treat you with the utmost of care.

Post treatment, you will also receive a letter outlining specific recommended clinical nutrition and exercise advice so you can continue to support your health journey until your next treatment.

Byron Bay and Bangalow Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine are an integrative health care centre and are happy to support you in whatever way we can, in harmony with your western medical practitioners.

Olivia is a highly qualified acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Herbal Medicine who offers skill, presence and compassion. She understands the complexity of PCOS, and the emotional distress, frustrations and challenges that some patients face.


 

ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY, IVF SUPPORT & LABOUR INDUCTION

Byron Bay and Bangalow Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine can assist you to achieve optimal natural fertility with acupuncture, herbal medicine and clinical nutrition.

We can also support you in your journey through assisted reproductive technology, be it ovulation induction (OI), intrauterine insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

We provide tailor-made, wholistic preconception, pregnancy, labour induction and post labour care programs.

Byron Bay and Bangalow Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine are an integrative health care centre and are happy to support you in whatever way we can, in harmony with your western medical practitioners.

Chinese medicine uses acupuncture, herbal medicine and clinical nutrition to provide natural solutions to all kinds of sub-fertility issues.

Olivia is a highly qualified acupuncturist and Doctor of Chinese Herbal Medicine who offers skill, presence and compassion. She understands the lows and highs of baby-making, and the frustration and challenges that some clients face.



 

PREGNANCY MASSAGE / LABOUR INDUCTION MASSAGE

At Byron Bay and Bangalow Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Olivia has been specially trained in pregnancy massage.

Pregnancy Massage is beneficial throughout the whole pregnancy as it releases the muscular tension associated with carrying your precious baby, and the joint pain and headaches that go with it. It also reduces peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system and helps to prevent insomnia.

Pregnancy massage can also be used to encourage labour if it is targeted to do so. Olivia incorporates a relaxing massage with acupressure (or acupuncture if you prefer) on specific acupuncture points known to prepare the body for labour.

Clearly, it is very important to have a qualified therapist who understands how and when to use these points and also when to avoid them. Pregnancy massage is safe when practised by a qualified practitioner.

Pregnancy massage is performed with the expectant mother on her side or seated depending on the stage she is at and how she feels most comfortable. Gentle cupping can also be used to soothe aching tight muscles.

 

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

The importance of gastrointestinal health has a long established tradition in Chinese medicine. As far back as 1850 it was recognized as being the basis from which maintenance of the body, mind and spirit occurs.

Byron Bay and Bangalow Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offers comprehensive care for

–– IBS, constipation and diarrhea

A 2017 systematic review and meta-analysis (the gold standard of western scientific research) that evaluated the effectiveness of electro-acupuncture relative to conventional medication in functional constipation found that electro-acupuncture was more effective than medication at improving spontaneous bowel movements and total response rate, and reducing the symptoms of functional constipation (2).

Likewise, a 2017 meta-analysis that evaluated the efficacy and safety of acupuncture on diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in studies conducted over the past five years concluded that acupuncture for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome is superior to conventional treatment of western medication, and can improve the clinical symptoms and reduce the recurrence rate in patients (3).

2. Zhou S-L, Zhang X-L, Wang J-H. Comparison of electroacupuncture and medical treatment for functional constipation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med J Br Med Acupunct Soc. 2017 Oct;35(5):324–31. 
3. Deng D, Guo K, Tan J, Huang G, Li S, Jiang Q, et al. [Acupuncture for diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome:a meta-analysis]. Zhongguo Zhen Jiu Chin Acupunct Moxibustion. 2017 Aug 12;37(8):907–12.