The practice of TCM is based on 4 fundamental materials of the body which are Jing (Essence), Qi (Energy), Shen (Spirit) and Jing Luo (Meridian Pathways).
Jing refers to the essential substance, including Tian Gui that is responsible for the immaterial soul and physical body of a person. It is stored in the kidneys and regulates the growth, development, and reproduction.
Qi refers to the breath or energy , an intangible substance that is vital for life, it is also known as the life force.
Shen refers to the mind, the spirit, will, and senses, the governor of the life activities. It includes, the Shen (mind), Po (Corporeal soul), Hun (Ethereal soul), Yi (Intenion & thoughts), Zhi (The will)
Jing Luo refers to the meridian pathways that connect different regions of the body, between the outer to the inner; the upper to the lower; organs to organs, organs to viceras, and orificies. These are the pathways in which the energy, blood, fluid and substances in the body travel by. They pair up, inter and cross link with each other.
Acupuncture is a scope of practice that involves the insertion of needles into certain energy points (acupressure points) located along different meridian pathways, in order to stimulate the qi and blood, to activate and promote free flow in
the body thus regain balance, relieve pain, regulate zang-fu organs, and treat or prevent diseases.
Visit 'What Can Acupuncture Treat' below to see the conditions we specialize in and can support you with for your health.
Acupuncture Treatments for ACC and Southern Cross Body Care Module are available.
Amy is a member of the New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority (NZASA).
Your Health Our Pleasure
What can acupuncture treat?
Menstrual disorders -Irregular, absence, painful or heavy periods
Pregnancy & labour support - morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, headaches, lower back pain, breech or posterior presentation, labour induction
Post-Natal Care - Hair loss, post-natal Weight Loss, mastitis, post-natal depression, prolapse conditions, emotional support);
Menopausal symptoms (hot flushes, insomnia, night sweats, bladder irritation, volatile emotions)
Irritable bowel syndrome
Common cold and flu
Dry or phlegmy coughs
Pain & Musculoskeletal Conditions
Migraine, Tension or Cluster headaches;
Back pain, Tennis Elbow, Sprain and Strains, General sporting injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Mental Wellness Support
Poor Sleeping quality or Insomnia
Poor concentration and inability to focus
Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments
What would I expect
during the treatment?
During the treatment, you would be expecting to feel needle sensations as very fine needles are inserted into acupressure (energy) points along the meridians (energy pathway or channels) of the body. The needles sensation can vary for each individual, it may be a dull ache, heavy throbbing sensation, or a tingling sensation. Different points can feel different.
Make sure you have had something to eat at least 20-30min before the treatment and are not too hungry, too tired to prevent needle fainting. If you experience nausea, sweating, and chills during the treatment you should tell your practitioner immediately.
After the treatment
After the treatment, you may expect a gradual improvement. Some people may also feel aggravation of the symptoms before an improvement. When the needles are withdrawn, there may be minor bleeding which may leave a bruise. Let Amy know if you are only blood thinners.
This depends on each person and each condition. The treatment can be as frequent as 2-3 times a week on alternative days or everyday depending on your condition.
Amy is a registered ACC provider, you are able to get an acupuncture treatment under ACC with a surcharge if you already have a claim from your GP or physiotherapist. ACC treatments are available if it is within the one year of your injury date.
Southern Cross Easybody Claim also reimburses for your treatment costs if you have insurance with them.
Another alternative payment is Genopay, which allows payment over ten weeks. All you need to do is to sign up and get an approval online before you pay.
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With a long history dated back from 5000 years ago, TCM practice including acupuncture and taking of herbal medicine has been practiced to prevent diseases from occurring and is beneficial for health maintenance and balanced well-being.
The key element of TCM is holism, each living being and nature is originated from the same source, and are in unity or oneness with each other.
External factors including climate, living conditions, lifestyle & activities, diet, and time; Internal factors including the vitality mentality, emotions both affect one's health and wellbeing.
The key theory of TCM is that a living being is able to heal itself when the state of physical body, mind, and spirit are in balance and live accordingly to nature's principle.
In the present time, TCM combined with western medicine interventions maximize the treatment effects for chronic conditions.
Amy is interested and specialize in women's health - from period pains & problems, pregnancy support, fertility, post-partum care,
breast-feeding support and menopause.
Herbal Medicine Prescription
Traditional Chinese medicine often involves the use of traditional Chinese herbs with acupuncture to maximize your treatment effects.
At Origins Acupuncture, we use only certified Chinese medicine concentrate herbal powders from Taiwan, that are safe and sanitary. They're known to meet or exceed national health and safety standards, sold and used by practitioners across Europe, United States, Asia, and Australia.
The medicines are customized and prescribed according to each individuals' body constitution and condition after a consultation and diagnosis.
Contact us to know if acupuncture or Chinese Herbal medicine can help you or call us for advice.