A typical Acupuncture session involves in depth questioning and an assessment of where an individual is at physically, emotionally and spiritually. The diagnostic process involves examining the tongue, checking the pulse and palpating the “hara” or abdomen as well as feeling for pressure pain at various acupuncture points. Needles are then very gently and respectfully inserted into a number of acupuncture points to activate or influence the body’s energy system. The treatment process is often described as being deeply relaxing.
The World Health Organisation lists approximately 50 common health conditions that Acupuncture can successfully treat. These include nerve problems, musculoskeletal conditions, emotional and psychological disorders, circulatory disorders, addictions, respiratory disorders and gastrointestinal conditions.
The number of clinical trials designed to assess the effectiveness of Acupuncture for various health conditions is on the rise. Some of the findings support Acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating menopausal hot flushes, tennis elbow and anxiety to name but a few.
Naturopathy encompasses Western Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Dietary Therapy, Flower Essences, Mineral Therapy and various diagnostic tests such as Blood Pressure Monitoring, Zinc Status testing, Nail and Tongue Diagnosis, Iridology, Hair Mineral Analysis, pH testing, Blood Glucose testing, Salivary Hormone and Cortisol testing.
Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) is a further tool used as part of the Naturopathic assessment. BIA is used to assess the rate at which the cells in the body are ageing as well as used to assess whether the current body composition of an individual is ideal. The report that is generated also determines the age as well as the health of the cells in our body, the presence of inflammation in the body and furthermore assesses whether the fat distribution in an individual is within the normal range.
Michelle is a nationally registered Chinese Herbalist with AHPRA and is also fully qualified in Western Herbalism. After assessing your individual health needs Michelle will determine which of the two she believes will be most suitable and at times a combination may be necessary.
Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia and Adrenal Fatigue can respond exceptionally well to natural therapies such as Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy without the unpleasant side effects and dependency that some pharmaceutical medications can cause. Natural therapies can also be very useful and complementary for those who do at times require medication and can enhance the effects of these drugs and in fact reduce any less than ideal side effects.
It is essential however, that professional guidance is sought to ensure that natural medicines do not negatively interfere with any prescribed pharmaceutical medications.
Nutrition involves the identification of certain nutrients that may be in demand or deficient in an individual. These can be identified through questioning as well as through various naturopathic testing. Holistic dietary advice and guidance will be given and additionally the most natural, organic and bio-available nutrients will be recommended to address any underlying deficiencies contributing to less than ideal states of health.
Ideal for those wanting to shed kilos in the most holistic way possible as well as those wishing to feel and look vibrant, alive and full of vitality. Programs are personalized to suit individual health goals and usually involve specific dietary guidelines together with nutrient and herbal support.
Cleansing and detoxification is also essential for couples wishing to conceive as part of their Pre –Conception preparation.
Whether it be an acute onset or ongoing chronic pain, Acupuncture in particular can provide enormous relief for many types of painful conditions ranging from joint, muscle, bone and nerve pain to headaches, sinusitis, facial pain and menstrual discomfort to name just a few.
Fertility, IVF and Pregnancy
For couples wishing to conceive naturally, Pre- conception preparation involving detoxification, addressing reproductive health issues and improving general wellbeing can help to significantly improve fertility outcomes.
Similarly, Acupuncture can help to boost the success rate for couples undertaking Assisted Reproductive Technology /IVF according to recent clinical trials.
For the “Mumma to be” – Acupuncture can safely offer relief from various conditions commonly experienced through pregnancy such as fatigue, morning sickness, musculo-skeletal pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and heart burn.
Gentle labour preparation from 38 weeks is offered to pregnant mum’s to prepare and support the body as it moves into the final stages of pregnancy.
Post partum care such as insufficient lactation, mastitis and post natal depression can also be treated with a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy.
Michelle treats many women who are suffering from menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes as well as other endocrine disturbances such as thyroid issues, adrenal stress, blood sugar irregularities and menstrual cycle irregularities for example using a combination of Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine.
Michelle offers holistic weight loss solutions that are balanced, realistic and permanent considering the emotional aspects of why one may be holding on to the extra pounds. Michelle endeavours to ensure that all bodily systems are in balance and in ideal working order including the hormonal and nervous system so that the body can reach it’s optimal weight with ease.
Michelle uses Bio Impedance Analysis as part of a weight loss program which helps to ensure that ideal body composition is achieved. This ensures that the right tissues are targeted and also ensures that cellular health is at is optimum.
Naturopathy, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine may help to relieve a range of digestive health concerns. These include IBS, bloating, heart burn, bowel disturbances, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and pathogenic invasion.
Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and Naturopathy either collectively or individually are known to be effective in the treatment of various immune related conditions such as Auto-Immune related disorders, the Common Cold, Influenza, Post viral fatigue/chronic fatigue, recurrent infections, asthma and bronchitis.
Holistic Natural Health Solutions
Michelle Blum Natural Health Care encompasses: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Flower Essences, Iridology, Mineral Therapy and massage.