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IVF and TCM; Diagnosing your Infertility

Natural medicine considers each partner’s health individually throughout the IVF process. We at Healthwise Clinic aim to identify the underlying causes for infertility and rectify balance. Commonly women with recurrent implantation failure (RIF) present with symptoms from one or more of the common patient presentation types below. Recommendations are given for each type but it should be emphasised that your practitioner will tailor your treatment and specific lifestyle advice to you as an individual.

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A Natural Approach to Preconception and Assisted Fertility

Some couples can take just months before conceiving naturally, while others require additional time and assistance. For those undergoing assisted fertility and IVF, natural medicines are highly beneficial and completely safe. In fact, integrative support during the process of assisted fertility is important. Ideally, this begins months before the cycle of fertility treatment starts, preparing the body for the prospect of pregnancy. In a number of cases, where patients do not have an identifiable cause for their infertility and are committed to making significant changes, a natural conception may even be achieved.

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Boosting your Fertility

Obviously, an important component of producing a healthy baby is the ability to conceive. The incidence of infertility is increasing in both men and women. Current research is strongly backing acupuncture to regulate menstrual cycles, promote nourishment and circulation of blood particularly to the womb, reduce stress and address other health concerns, improving overall fertility. The British Medical Journal reported that acupuncture with IVF increases the chance of pregnancy by 65 percent. Today, many IVF clinics refer their patients for acupuncture. At HealthWise, we work closely with several fertility clinics.

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Acupuncture in the treatment of pain

Acupuncture is well known as a pain reliever. Within the wide scope of acupuncture’s functions, it is pain relief that is most widely understood by the West. Science explains the effect of acupuncture through its ability to disrupt the nervous system’s pain signalling to the brain. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this effect is explained quite differently.  There is an old Chinese phrase, “tong zi bu tong, zi tong, bu tong”. It means that wherever there is pain, there is stagnation and wherever there is stagnation there is pain.

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Breastfeeding support at HealthWise

Breastfeeding is a natural process that gives your baby the best possible nutrition and creates a special bond between mother and child.  Our naturopaths David McLeod and Zam Martin will work in conjunction with your other health care providers to ensure you get the best possible care.

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Learn acupressure for pain relief in labour

Acupuncture has a long history of helping women through their transition to motherhood.  Many women seek help from acupuncture for pre-conception care, infertility treatment, pregnancy support, labour preparation and birth recovery with good results.

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Longevity and the Art of Ageing Well

The philosophical traditions of natural medicine contain a strong preventive element closely tied to the concept of a balanced man-nature relationship and body-mind relationship. It has been emphasised that a sound mind in a sound body is essential to longevity. Moderation in physical and emotional activities is encouraged.

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Simple solutions to Sinusitis

Your nose is blocked and it’s hard to breathe, your face is aching around your cheeks, eyes and forehead, your face is swollen, and you feel hot and irritable. Chances are you are one of many Australians who suffer from sinusitis.

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Balancing the Doshas

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian Science of Life, which dates back some 5,000 years, is a system of traditional medicine and a form of alternative medicine.

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Pantry Basics

If you're like me what you have on hand will usually dictate what forms the basis of most meals. So, it goes without saying that if the kitchen’s full of healthy food – what you end up eating will be too! Also, not stocking your pantry with junk and processed foods allows you to avoid temptation.

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The health benefits of nuts

Nuts are full of delicious goodness and packed with unsaturated fatty acids, protein and fibre. They're also inexpensive, easy to store and good to have on hand for snacks at home, work or school.

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Herbal medicine for Children

Children are complex little individuals and, just like adults, require patience and understanding when managing their health. One of the most useful tools in naturopathic practice is herbal medicine – a fact to which many of our patients can attest!

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Healing Your Headaches

Most people have suffered from a headache at least once in their life, however many people suffer from headaches regularly. This significantly reduces their quality of life. There are many factors that can trigger or cause headaches including dehydration, food allergies and sensitivities, low blood sugar, poor liver and kidney function, chemical exposure, hangovers, worry, bad posture, arthritis in the neck, whiplash injuries, grinding teeth or an uneven bite, sinusitis, eyestrain and wearing ill fitting glasses. Hormonal fluctuations prior to the onset of menstrual periods, during pregnancy and at menopause often trigger headaches in women.

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The 5 Elements Theory

The five elements or phases is a system used in Chinese medicine to classify disorders of the body but can in fact be applied to any phenomena – it is commonly used in Feng Shui and martial arts. The five elements are: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. To be in a state of balance each element should be represented evenly within the body, although it is normal for individuals to have a slight predominance of one or two elements.

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The Restorative benefits of Nature & the theory of Soft focus

Natural environments are particularly rich in the characteristics necessary for restorative experiences after the fatigue of directed attention has impaired human information processing.  This is to say, when focus fatigue and/or stress from a particular task has set in, seeking out natural environments restores our balance.  We often say we feel “stressed out” when we are tired, pressured, anxious, exasperated.  Feelings of stress can certainly leads to a sense of ineptitude and to being distraught.  Mossman Gorge

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How to have healthy, radiant skin

The beautiful face on most women’s magazines shines with skin that is soft, clear, supple and has perfect moisture balance. For many of us, these qualities can be challenging to achieve, and for some, they may seem impossible. However, there are a number of things you can do that will improve both how you feel and how you look (and you won’t need to be airbrushed like the magazine cover!)

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When to use echinacea?

Echinacea is a well known and heavily researched herb, used by naturopaths and herbalists to support the immune system[Conditions/Immune-Function.aspx]. It can help to improve both acute (e.g. colds/flus) and long term (e.g. allergy) conditions. The best quality and greatest efficiency is obtained by combining the root of the angustifolia and purpurea species.

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David's India visit

Greetings from Mumbai, India. This trip I am spending my longest period yet in Mumbai while I am working with Barefoot Acupuncturists in the slums of Mumbai, doing yoga, studying some Ayurvedic techniques and learning more about Nature Cure.

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David’s India Trip Part 2: A visit to the barefoot acupuncturists of Mumbai

After visiting Rishikesh and studying with yoga master and naturopath, Ram Gupta, I travelled to Mumbai. I've made many trips to Mumbai as one of my daughters lives in this city and I generally do some ayurvedic or naturopathic research whilst here. On this visit, I had the opportunity to visit two acupuncture clinics that are found in the slums - one of them in the East Bandra slums and the other in Dharavi slum. Dharavi is the largest slum in Asia and was featured in the television program "Grand Designs" with Kevin McCloud. It was also the setting for the movie "Slumdog millionaire".

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David explores yoga and naturopathy in India

Many of you have spoken to me about my trips to India so I thought I would share some of my experiences with you.  Mostly my interests there involve yoga, ayurvedic medicine, nature cure, acupuncture and soaking up the culture, people and architecture.

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Zam's yoga retreat in India: A journey of yoga

As many of you know I am in my fourth year of Iyengar yoga teacher training. In January this year I took advantage of some time off to attend a three week yoga retreat in Goa, India.  It was conducted by my Senior Iyengar yoga teacher, Glenn Ceresoli, from Sydney whom I train with regularly.

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