Have you ever wondered about the most common health concerns people experience? Everyone has their own health journey that brings its own concerns. However, there are six main health concerns that commonly arise in our clinic.
Low energy levels
It seems like feeling flat and tired all of the time is almost the norm these days. So many people are exhausted all the time. There are hundreds of potential contributing factors to low energy, which is why it’s often difficult to correct without help.
What about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine? Our acupuncturist Karolina explains:
‘Acupuncture and herbs can help to boost a person’s qi, or vital energy. They can unblock any obstructions to allow free flow of qi throughout the body, and ensure digestion is working at its optimum levels, so your body is able to digest and absorb nutrients into the body.’
For our naturopaths, uncovering the key causes of low energy is the first step. Removing energy drainers, such as processed foods and excess stress, and increasing energy boosters, such as wholefoods and good sleep, can increase energy levels naturally. It’s also important to address any underlying health conditions such as thyroid disease or adrenal fatigue.
Even massage may help with your low energy. If pain or restricted movement is contributing to your low energy, massage can help relieve pain. It releases feel-good endorphins, and increase the movement of restricted areas.
Many people have diagnosed thyroid issues, including hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and autoimmune thyroid conditions. However, many others go undiagnosed for months or even years.
With Traditional Chinese Medicine, the focus of thyroid management is using acupuncture, herbs and dietary changes to rebalance the yin and yang within the body. This might be with the goal of boosting energy in the case of hypothyroidism, or calming the mind and heart down when it comes to hyperthyroidism.
Thyroid issues can have different contributing factors, including stress, nutrient deficiencies, medication use and inflammation. Our naturopaths look at these potential factors, and use herbs, dietary advice and lifestyle suggestions tailored those to your specific needs.
Another health concerns that is common these days is poor sleep. Poor sleep can mean not getting enough sleep, but it can also mean that you’re waking up frequently or waking up still feeling tired.
Traditional Chinese Medicine believes poor sleep is often to do with an imbalance in the liver and heart qi. Acupuncture can assist by unblocking any obstructions in this area. These treatments aim to help you fall asleep easily, stay asleep throughout the night, and wake feeling refreshed.
Naturopathy looks at the factors that affect your sleep and how you can create a more supportive sleep routine. By including nutrients and herbs that support sleep and a calm nervous system and changing the factors that worsen sleep, our naturopaths can help you get a good night of rest naturally.
Massage can be an excellent (and enjoyable) therapy for sleep concerns. It encourages relaxation, help to relieve pain that may be contributing to sleep issues, and stimulates the body’s natural calming chemicals that can support a good sleep.
Good health starts in the gut. But many of our clients come to us with digestive concerns including bloating, pain or discomfort, changes in bowel movements such as constipation or diarrhoea, and even conditions such as IBS and IBD.
From a TCM point of view, digestive issues are due to stagnation in the stomach or spleen channels. A practitioner uses acupuncture, herbs, dietary and/or lifestyle changes to allow digestion to work effectively and improve absorption of nutrients.
Naturopathy takes a holistic approach to gut health, no matter what the symptom. We look at how we can strengthen the gut and support the good bacteria that reside in the digestive tract. But we also take steps to reduce the bad bacteria and any factors that are causing further damage to the gut.
Massage can play a supportive role in digestive complaints. It helps the body reset into its natural ‘rest and digest’ mode, while reducing stress that may be contributing to any digestive issues.
High stress levels
Stress is so commonplace these days, thanks to the introduction of technology and social media. But although there are many factors that can make us feel stressed, holistic health care can help you to manage it more effectively.
Although we think of stress as a mental symptom, there are many types of stress, including environmental, physical and social stress. Each type of stress can contribute to the mental load we carry. Naturopathy can reduce the load of physical and environmental stressors, while also supporting your body so it can better cope with the stress you’re under.
Acupuncture might not be the first therapy to mind when it comes to stress. But acupuncture actually stimulates the release of endorphins, helping you to relax and feel better.
As you probably know, massage is a great way to reduce stress levels natural. It can calm the nervous system, reduce stress hormones and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals.
Some women sail through menopause with no issues. But many experience a variety of symptoms, including insomnia, hot flushes, night sweats and low libido.
According to TCM, menopausal symptoms are usually due to a yin deficiency. Using acupuncture and herbs to bring yin back into balance may help cool hot flushes, minimise insomnia and improve concentration.
Managing menopause with naturopathy can depend on the person – different herbs may benefit different issues. However, there are also dietary and lifestyle tweaks that can help to ease the hormonal fluctuations and relieve menopausal symptoms.
Menopause can be a stressful and overwhelming transition for many women. Massage can be a beneficial addition, as it helps to reduce stress levels and calm the nervous system.
What’s main health concerns? Our highly experienced practitioners are ready to help you. Why not get in touch?