Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient but still so relevant medicine for the modern world. It has continued to evolve over the past 2000 years and can benefit everyone from very young children to the very elderly. Acupuncture has the potential to be useful for so many conditions that are seen in the contemporary world and can be used in conjunction with many other treatments.
Amanda has been qualified since 1996 and has an interest in a wide range of conditions. She is a member of Acupuncture NZ (formerly NZ Register of Acupuncturists) and was on the AcNZ board for 10 years. Amanda is a member of the Fertility and Childbirth Team (FACT). Amanda has a husband and three sons who have grown up used to acupuncture being the "go to" first choice of treatment.
To read the latest literature about the efficacy of acupuncture click here to read The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (2017)
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Member of.Acupuncture NZ
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Acupuncture)
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of medicine that has evolved over more than 2000 years. It uses needles, that are as fine as a strand of hair, placed into carefully selected points along parts of the body known as meridians. Qi (pronounced chee) moves along these meridians to give us our energy and to build blood to circulate nutrients around our bodies. When this Qi is lacking or becomes "stuck" then illness and pain occur.
Acupuncture works to restore your balance and may be useful for all people - from babies to the elderly.
The World Health Organisation has lists of conditions that can be successfully treated by acupuncture that include conditions such as pain (neck, low back, knee, facial, tennis elbow, sciatica), nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness), rheumatoid arthritis and hayfever. This is summarised by Evidence Based Acupuncture
Many women have problems at various times throughout their menstrual life. Some suffer with painful or irregular periods, others with fertility issues, or menopause symptoms.
Talk to Amanda about the latest research to support to support the use of acupuncture in these and many other gynecological conditions.
Pregnancy is particularly well supported with acupuncture and research has found it may help with:
Morning sickness, heartburn, constipation and haemarroids, pelvic and low back pain, foetal positioning and pre-birth preparation.
In the research published by Mike Armour, Hannah G. Dahlen, Xiaoshu Zhu, Cindy Farquhar and Caroline Smith: The role of treatment timing and mode of stimulation in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture: An exploratory randomised controlled trial.
They concluded: "This exploratory study suggests acupuncture administered over three menstrual cycles gave both statistically and clinically significant reductions in menstrual pain compared to baseline and persisted for 12 months...
Treatment timing appears to play a small role, with high frequency of treatment providing greater improvements in health-related quality of life."
Children and Babies
Babies and children generally respond very positively to acupuncture.
Often needles are not required as they respond so well to acupressure - the application of gentle pressure to acu-points and massage.
Research has found that some conditions that may be assisted are:
constant colds, ear ache and glue-ear, bed-wetting as well as many other conditions that affect children.
Musculo-Skeletal & ACC
Research has shown that acupuncture may be useful for a large range of musculo-skeletal conditions:
Sporting injuries, lower back pain, joint aches and sprains, muscle strain, sciatica, arthritis, sports performance or enhancement.
ACC covers a lot of musculo-skeletal conditions. If your case has been approved by ACC then Acupuncture@Manuka may be an option for you.
If you you want to get some more information or are not sure if acupuncture is right for you please do get in touch. Either give me a call or send me an email.
I am always very happy to talk.
Level 3, Braemar House
32 The Terrace,
Tel: 021 2313117