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What we Treat

Chinese Medicine can treat a wide range of conditions by addressing the cause of the health issue as well the presenting symptoms.

Examples of some conditions treated at Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic are listed below.

Women’s
Health

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  • Amenorrhea
  • Vaginal infection and discharge
  • Pre-menstrual tension
  • Painful periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Menopause

Pregnancy
Care

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  • Morning sickness
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Spotting
  • Poor fetal growth
  • Urinary dysfunction
  • Abdominal pain / cramping during pregnancy
  • Poor sleep
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure)
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Anxiety and stress

Postpartum
Issues

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  • Post birth fatigue and recovery
  • Postnatal depression
  • Constipation
  • Urinary difficulty
  • Retraction of the uterus and completely expelling uterine matter
  • Assist with recovery following caesarean section
  • Frequent urination during the night

Preconception Care & Infertility

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  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Managing gynaecological conditions such Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
  • Ovulation problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Increasing egg quality
  • Increasing blood flow to the uterus and improving the quality of the endometrial lining of the uterus
  • Improving the function of the ovaries
  • Reducing stress and helping with sleep
  • Preventing miscarriage
  • Male fertility to improve sperm quality (count, motility and morphology)

Musculoskeletal Conditions

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  • Arthritic conditions
  • Assist the healing of broken bones
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Repetitive strain injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Body aches
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Recurrent & acute stiff neck
  • Lower back tightness and pain
  • Acute injuries (sprains, bruising, pulled muscles)
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Muscular spasms and cramps
  • Jaw pain
  • Neuropathies
  • Muscular function deficits from stroke or illness

Emotional
Issues

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  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia & disturbed sleep
  • Chronic stress
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Sleep
Disturbances

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  • Insomnia
  • Hot Flushes
  • Difficulty falling sleep
  • Restless sleep
  • Excessive dreaming
  • Waking during the night
  • Frequent urination during the night
  • Jaw clenching and teeth grinding

Surgery, Injury & Illness Recovery

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  • Recovery and postoperative healing
  • Chronic or serious illness resolution
  • Injury care and rebuilding

Childhood Conditions

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  • Behavioural problems
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Poor energy
  • Fussy eating & digestive issues
  • Frequent colds, fever and illness
  • Asthma
  • Eczema and other skin problems
  • Poor sleep
  • Growth and learning delays
  • Stomach and ‘growing’ pains, colic, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Enuresis (bed wetting)
  • Night crying

Infancy
Conditions

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  • Fussy eating & digestive issues
  • Frequent colds, fever and illness
  • Asthma
  • Eczema and other skin problems
  • Poor sleep
  • Growth and learning delays
  • Stomach and ‘growing’ pains, colic, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Night crying

Digestive Complaints

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  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal bloating and distension

Cardiovascular Conditions

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  • High or low blood pressure
  • Fluid retention
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Palpitations
  • High cholesterol
  • Chest pain
  • Raynauds Syndrome
  • Angina pectoris
  • Poor circulation
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Muscle cramps

Skin
Conditions

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  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Dry Skin
  • Skin pigmentation and discolouration such as redness
  • Skin rashes
  • Skin itching

Neurological Conditions

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  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Nervous tension
  • Post stroke recovery
  • Some forms of deafness
  • Facial and inter-costal neuralgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Some forms of paralysis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Noises in the ears
  • Dizziness
  • Meniere's disease

Urogenital Disorders

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  • Cystitis
  • Prostatitis
  • Low sexual vitality
  • Urinary retention

Respiratory Conditions

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  • Asthma
  • Sinusitus
  • Hay fever
  • Chronic cough

Immune Restoration

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  • Frequent colds, flues or cough
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Food intolerances
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Illness recovery
  • Poor energy
  • Post operative
  • Post cancer treatment

Men’s
Health

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  • Male infertility
  • Prostate issues - Inflamed or enlarged
  • Low libido
  • Sexual dysfunction

Hormonal Imbalance

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  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Female hormone issues (Menopause, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Premenstrual Syndrome)
  • Plus many more

Teenage
Health

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  • Acne and other skin conditions
  • Depression, anxiety and anger
  • Sleep disturbances (getting to sleep, waking frequently, excessive dreaming)
  • Gynaecological issues (painful periods, irregular periods, heavy periods)
  • Digestive issues and eating disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions & injuries

Women’s Health

Throughout a woman’s life the body is constantly changing, especially during the child bearing years and menopause and within these times the body can easily become unbalanced.  Chinese Medicine has been treating women’s health for centuries and is able to rectify imbalances in the body to treat the cause of the disease and the presenting symptoms.

Firstly, let’s clear up a few misconceptions about what is normal in women’s health. If you experience painful or irregular periods, headaches associated with the menstrual cycle, bleeding between periods or premenstrual syndrome, this indicates there is a gynaecological issue. Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s life although experiencing menopause symptoms such as hot flushes are not normal and indicate disharmony in the body.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine provide a natural, drug-free and highly effective way of addressing a wide range of women’s health issues to restore and maintain the mental, physical and emotional balance. This can avoid young women from needing to take the contaceptive pill from an early age and hormonal replacement therapy during menopause.

Often weekly treatments will be recommended initially for a few weeks and depending on the progress the frequency of treatments lessen, perhaps to a monthly basis until the complaint is solved or better managed. Some symptoms are relieved after the first few treatments, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments and maintenance.

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Menstrual conditions that can be successfully treated with Chinese Medicine include:

  • Painful periods
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Absence of periods
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) 
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Endometriosis
  • Ovulation pain
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Fibroids
  • Menopausal symptoms (hot flushes, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, palpitations, vaginal dryness)
  • Vaginal discharge or itching
  • Reoccurring urinary tract infections

Preconception Care & Infertility

Preconception care is strongly recommended with the aim to promote optimal gynaecological health in preparation for pregnancy, to strengthen and prepare the body to increase its chances of conceiving and to assist in promoting a healthy pregnancy and beyond. Preparing the body can take three to six months and ideally both partners receive treatment.

To understand the importance of preconception health one could consider the analogy of a garden. Imagine that the uterine lining represents the fertile soil that provides the material foundation for the plant, ensuring survival from germination to maturation. A successful gardener first prepares the soil with weeding and fertilising to create the most ideal environment for their crop prior to planting the seeds. This preparation enhances the chances of the seeds growing to their full potential.  By creating a strong foundation with preconception care the chances of a healthy pregnancy for both the mother and baby are increased and postpartum conditions such as depression and insufficient lactation are minimised.

The symptom of infertility indicates there is an imbalance in the body. Treatments focus on regulating the menstrual cycle and overall health and wellbeing. For most couples trying to conceive, it can be an emotional time and these emotions can affect the body and influence fertility. Chinese Medicine assists in balancing both the physical and emotional wellbeing to optimise conception.

A treatment plan is formed based on the underlying patterns of imbalance found by the practitioner. In this way it is possible to successfully treat infertility and improve one’s overall health.

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Benefits of Chinese Medicine for both preconception care and infertility include:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Managing gynaecological conditions such Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), ovulation problems, Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
  • Increasing egg quality
  • Increasing blood flow to the uterus and improving the quality of the endometrial lining of the uterus
  • Improving the function of the ovaries
  • Reducing stress and helping with sleep
  • Preventing miscarriage
  • Male fertility to improve sperm quality (count, motility and morphology)

Pregnancy Care

Chinese Medicine has been successfully and safely treating women’s health and supporting pregnancy for centuries with a holistic approach to rectify imbalances in the body to treat the cause of the disease and the presenting symptoms. Chinese Medicine is an integrated system of primary health care and treatment benefits both the mother and baby by achieving optimum health. Ideally this journey begins with preconception care to prepare the body for pregnancy.

Once pregnancy is established it is important to ensure that the mother and baby are as healthy as possible and pregnancy illness is minimised. Chinese Medicine support during pregnancy focuses on the physical and emotional wellbeing to assist in a healthy full term pregnancy, helping nourish the baby and prepare the body for the birth and the postpartum period.

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Pregnancy conditions that can be treated with Chinese Medicine include:

  • Morning sickness
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Reflux
  • Constipation
  • Spotting
  • Poor fetal growth
  • Urinary dysfunction
  • Abdominal pain / cramping during pregnancy
  • Poor sleep
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure)
  • Threatened miscarriage

Birth Preparation

This is an important stage of the pregnancy and often one that can cause anxiety. Chinese Medicine prepares the mother’s body for labour, assisting with the ripening of the cervix, calming the mind, optimal fetal positioning and inducing birth in overdue circumstances.

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Post Birth Issues

After giving birth it is important that the woman’s body is well nourished and balanced to benefit the health of both the mother and baby. This allows sufficient energy levels, adequate breast milk and emotional well being to assist the mother to adjust into the rhythm of motherhood.

At Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic we can assist with:

  • Post birth fatigue and recovery
  • Postnatal depression
  • Constipation
  • Urinary difficulty
  • Retraction of the uterus and completely expelling uterine matter
  • Assist with recovery following caesarean section
  • Mastitis and insufficient lactation 

Infantile conditions

Infantile conditions can be treated with Chinese Herbal Medicine and are normally administered via the mother’s milk. The biological systems most delicate during infancy are the digestive and immune systems. Common conditions such as colic, night crying, unsettled behaviour and poor growth are normally due to digestive weakness. This is caused from the digestive system being vulnerable during this age and easily disrupted. If a full recovery is not achieved and the illness is left unresolved a child is more susceptible to developing other health issues.

Chinese Medicine can assist with:

  • Fussy eating & digestive issues
  • Frequent colds, fever and illness
  • Asthma
  • Eczema and other skin problems
  • Poor sleep
  • Growth and learning delays
  • Stomach and ‘growing’ pains, colic, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Night crying
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Musculoskeletal Conditions
& Pain Management

Acupuncture is well known for assisting with pain relief and in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine can treat a wide range of conditions. In Chinese Medicine conditions that present with pain indicate the body has a blockage or there are insufficient nutrients within the system to provide nourishment.

Pain is a signal from the body indicating there is an imbalance and change is needed. For a healthy system, circulation of nutrients is required throughout the body to maintain optimum health.

Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture will help relax the body, reduce pain and clear inflammation. Our approach also assists to restore and repair damaged tissue and prevent the problem from recurring. In most cases, pain level is reduced after 1-3 treatments, although some chronic conditions can take longer. The number of treatments required to resolve health issues are normally measured by the severity and duration of the complaint. It is recommended for musculoskeletal conditions that initially 2 treatments are applied per week for the first 3 weeks and then the degree of resolution is measured.

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Conditions that can be assisted with Chinese Medicine include:

  • Arthritic conditions
  • Assisting with the healing of broken bones
  • Muscular atrophy
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Repetitive strain injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Body aches
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis & Golfers Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Recurrent & acute stiff neck
  • Lower back tightness and pain
  • Acute injuries (sprains, bruising, pulled muscles)
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Muscular spasms and cramps
  • Jaw pain
  • Neuropathies
  • Muscular function deficits from stroke or illness

Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia

Stress and emotional distress is a common part of today’s modern lifestyles and we will all experience this at some point in our lives. But when this emotional state becomes constant and prolonged this can affect our emotional and physical wellbeing, causing illness.

Everyone responds to stress and emotional distress differently which can led to physical and emotional symptoms such as; digestive issues, premenstrual tension, insomnia, skin disorders, headaches, high blood pressure and fatigue. Prolonged emotional states can lead to anxiety disorders, depression, and reduced immune function.

Chinese Medicine acknowledges that everyone is unique and uses an individual treatment approach to assist with mental health issues. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treat the root cause of the problem as well as alleviating the presenting symptoms.

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Chinese Medicine can treat a wide range of mental health issues and assist with:

  • Managing stress
  • Sleep disturbances (difficulty getting to sleep, waking frequently, excessive dreaming)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mental clarity & concentration levels
  • Improved overall health and wellbeing

Childrens Health

Chinese Medicine focuses on preventing disease and maintaining good health as much as it focuses on treating illness.  This concept is of great importance for living a happy and healthy life and ideally this journey begins during childhood. Children are susceptible to illness while growing up as they are exposed to an array of childhood illnesses and viruses and becoming ill is sometimes difficult to avoid. Children often become ill quickly and also recover quickly depending on their constitution and general health.

It is often regarded as normal for children to experience frequent illness which is considered as ‘immune building’, but why would we think being sick as a child is normal when being sick as an adult is not normal? Recurrent childhood illnesses can weaken the body leaving children more susceptible to long term health issues such as skin conditions, asthma and food allergies. In Chinese Medicine adult health issues are often associated with the history of childhood illnesses.

Chinese Medicine can improve children’s immunity and assist in reducing the frequency and duration of illness during childhood. Treatments include dietary therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine and in some cases acupuncture.

The strength of Chinese Medicine for children lies in its unique view of the child’s physiology. Chinese Medicine views each child individually and treats the underlying cause of the problem as well as the presenting symptoms. 

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Conditions that can be assisted with Chinese Medicine include:

  • Behavioural problems
  • Emotional issues such as anger, anxiety and depression
  • Poor energy
  • Mental clarity & concentration levels
  • Fussy eating and digestive issues
  • Frequent colds, fever and illness
  • Asthma
  • Eczema and other skin problems
  • Poor sleep
  • Night crying
  • Growth and learning delays
  • Stomach and ‘growing’ pains, colic, constipation and diarrhoea
  • Enuresis (bed wetting)
  • And many more health issues

Teenage Health

The teenage years are considered a time when we are at the peak of health and our bodies are strong and healthy. Adolescence is also a period of significant change and transition, both emotionally and physically with the onset of puberty, increasing stress of school and peer relationships. These factors combined with any inherited constitutional health dispositions, and dietary and lifestyle habits, can cause health issues.

Some common teenage health issues that can be treated with Chinese Medicine include:

  • Acne and other skin conditions 
  • Depression, anxiety and anger
  • Sleep disturbances (getting to sleep, waking frequently, excessive dreaming)
  • Gynaecological issues (painful periods, irregular periods, heavy periods)
  • Digestive issues and eating disorders
  • Musculoskeletal conditions & injuries
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Mens Health

It is important for men to take care of their health and well being throughout the different stages in life to benefit their physical and emotional health. Chinese Medicine believes in maintaining good health with acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and dietary advice to avoid health issues later in life. This is often referred to as a ‘tune up’. A general tune up treatment corrects any imbalances in the body and can benefit sleep, digestion, stress levels and overall energy levels. In Chinese Medicine men’s health includes general health conditions such as digestive complaints as well as specific men’s health issues such as erectile dysfunction.

Men’s health issues that can be treated at Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic include:

  • Sexual dysfunction (premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction)
  • Infertility
  • Prostate issues
  • Emotional issues such as irritability, anxiety and depression
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Digestion Issues

The digestive system breaks down food to provide the whole body with nutrients and energy and is the foundation to good health. In Chinese Medicine when the digestive system is not functioning properly this will weaken the body, compromise the immune system, impact the metabolism and can lead to several health issues.

Dietary therapy is a large part of treating digestive issues in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture. Treatments focus on restoring the functions of the digestive system to treat the cause of the problem and to prevent the issue from reoccurring.

There are a wide range of digestive disorders that can be treated with Chinese Medicine:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Abdominal pain
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Poor appetite
  • Heartburn
  • Abdominal bloating and distension
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gingivitis
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Hiccough
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Respiratory Conditions

Frequent colds and flus can weaken the respiratory and immune systems and lead to chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic cough, hay fever and sinusitis. The best method in preventing colds and flus is to maintain good health prior to the cold and flu season, this will give your body the best chance to avoid becoming ill.

Chinese Medicine is used to treat respiratory disorders by improving the general respiratory system function and supporting the immune system to prevent the issue from reoccurring. Dietary therapy is a large part of treating respiratory conditions in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture. Children’s dietary intake greatly influences their respiratory health and in most cases just altering their diet will make a significant difference.

Respiratory conditions that can be treated with Chinese Medicine: 

  • Asthma
  • Acute and recurrent colds and flus
  • Sinusitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Recurrent stuffy or runny nose 
  • Emphysema
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Hay fever
  • Chronic cough
  • Acute and chronic Bronchitis
  • Acute Tonsillitis
  • Laryngitis
  • Sore throat
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Immune Restoration & Autoimmune Disorders

Our immune systems can be weakened by some common factors such as insufficient sleep, frequent illness, poor dietary habits, stress and over work. Frequent colds and flus and poor energy could indicate a comprised immune system. This can also manifest in other ways including muscle pain, asthma and slow healing of wounds and injuries.

Autoimmune disorders are treated in Chinese Medicine by determining the underlying pattern causing the health issues and not by suppressing the immune system. This allows the imbalance to be corrected and prevents future symptoms developing. Changes in lifestyle and dietary habits together with Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture will assist in treating autoimmune disorders.

Chinese Medicine focuses on restoring the body’s proper physiology to heal itself which boosts immunity, relieves poor immunity and rebalances the body to maintain good health and prevent the recurrence of health issues.

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Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic can assist with:

  • Chronic and recurrent cold and flus or infections
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis, Allergic Rhinitis, or Hay fever
  • Allergies
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • ·Glandular Fever and Ross River Fever
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Continually feeling run down and tired
  • Sinus based headaches
  • Slow healing wounds or injuries
  •  Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s and Crohn’s Disease

Surgery, Injury & Illness Recovery

Chinese Herbal Medicine and acupuncture can reduce physical and psychological pain following operations. Chinese Medicine can be very useful before and after surgery, as it is both a preventative and curative practice, seeking to treat disease states at any level.

The holistic, patient-centred focus practice of Chinese Medicine can assist patients in healing and to cope with the anxiety, pain and loss of functioning that might accompany an operation.

This can also be the case when treating an injury or when suffering a long term debilitating condition that has left unresolved complaints, such as digestive issues, sleep disruptions, chronic fatigue and impaired immune system leading to frequent colds and flus.

Symptoms commonly experienced during illness recovery are the lingering effects of fatigue and immune system impairment. This is due to symptoms of an illness, such as glandular fever where the impact has caused long term damage. It is therefore of the utmost importance that full healing takes place. Chinese Medicine can help to facilitate a complete recovery, not just relieve the symptoms.

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Northern Rivers Chinese Medicine Clinic can assist with:

  • Recovery and postoperative healing
  • Chronic or serious illness resolution
  • Injury care and rebuilding

Skin Conditions

The skin is an exterior reflection of the state of health of the interior of the body. When there is an imbalance within the body the skin can manifest with signs and symptoms such as discolouration, itching, dryness, redness and pustules. As Chinese Medicine treats the individual and not the specific condition, the treatment is tailored to the Chinese Medicine pattern to treat both the skin condition and the underlying cause of the disharmony.

Skin conditions can be complex and most cases of psoriasis and eczema are chronic conditions and take time to rectify the internal imbalance.

As Chinese Medicine is treating the root cause of the skin condition not just the symptoms the overall health and wellbeing of the patient will improve with treatment.

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Skin conditions that can be assisted with Chinese Medicine include:

  • Acne
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Dry skin
  • Skin pigmentation and discolouration
  • Skin rashes
  • Skin itching
  • And other skin conditions

Migraines & Headaches

Migraines and headaches can be successfully treated with the combination of acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

With any health condition there is more than one aspect of the body affected and to address the symptoms the normal physiology of the body needs to be restored.

By treating the individual Chinese Medicine pattern the frequency and intensity of migraines and headaches will be reduced and can be successfully treated by restoring the balance in the body.

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