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Endota Spa Eltham, Natural Therapeutics
Brunswick 3095

Inner Path is a Chinese medicine approach to Health and Empowerment. Dr Rachel Berners (Chinese medicine) is a Registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Contact:  0417 325 393.
www.innerpathacupuncture.com.au
@ Endota Spa Eltham, Victoria.
@ Natural Therapeutics, Brunswick, Victoria.
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Do you want to increase your IVF success naturally?

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Are you currently undergoing IVF or thinking about starting your first IVF cycle? Want to maximise your IVF success rate while minimising the disturbing effects of the IVF process on your body and mind?

Research now shows that using acupuncture to support your IVF procedure can increase your success by up to 60%.

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine involving the insertion of fine, stainless steel needles into specific energy points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy(Qi). Acupuncture has been used for centuries to promote health and well-being and prevent disease. Research shows that acupuncture assists the IVF process by regulating hormone levels, reducing stress on the body and preventing miscarriage.

Acupuncture can be started as early as 3 months before the IVF cycle begins, to prepare the body and assist in regulating any imbalances. Once the IVF cycle starts acupuncture is performed weekly. On the day of the transfer a pre-transfer acupuncture session is performed to relax and prepare the body and a post-transfer acupuncture session is performed to still the mind and encourage implantation. After the transfer sessions, acupuncture is used weekly, well into the first trimester, especially if there is a history of miscarriage. Acupuncture has the ability to deeply relax and sedate the mind to ease stress and tension.

Supporting your IVF procedure with acupuncture not only increases your chances of success but also minimises the energetic disruption that IVF has on the body and mind.

Article written by Dr Rachel Berners(CM) with extracts from 'Acupuncture & IVF', Lifang Liang, 2003.

How Acupuncture Can Change Your Life For The Better

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Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that has wide-spread healing effects. It works by gently correcting the flow of energy or “Qi” in the body.

Here are a few of the healing benefits of acupuncture:

1. Relieves pain naturally.
Acupuncture has proven to be effective in the management of headaches, knee pain, facial pain, lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, arthritis of the shoulder, rheumatoid arthritis and post-operative pain. Acupuncture provides an effective alternative to pain medications.

2. Reduces muscle tension.
Acupuncture triggers the release of muscle spasm and is effective in treating tightness of the neck and shoulders, middle back, lower back, hips and legs. It can also provide relief for repetitive strain conditions such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel.

3. Improves blood flow. Acupuncture has a stimulating effect on blood flow. It assists in the healing of joints and tissues that have undergone injury or trauma (eg sprains). It can improve sluggish circulation in the limbs.

4. Improves mental health.
Acupuncture regulates the central nervous system and can effectively manage anxiety and depressive disorders. Acupuncture has shown therapeutic effects in helping people overcome addiction to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, opium and heroin.

5. Improves digestive function. Acupuncture regulates motility through the digestive tract. It has been proven to effectively treat stomach pain and dysentery. It can also help to regulate abdominal bloating, constipation and diarrhoea.

6. Effectively regulates blood pressure. Acupuncture can effectively manage both hypertension and hypotension.

7. Relieves symptoms of hay-fever.
Acupuncture stimulates the immune system and has proven to effectively treat allergic rhinitis. Local points used around the nose area de-congest the sinus cavities within minutes, reducing inflammation and assisting breathing.

8. Helps treat women’s issues. Acupuncture has been proven to effectively manage dysmenorrhoea (period pain). It can also assist in regulating the menstrual cycle and treating pre-menstrual syndrome.

9. Improves fertility in women. Acupuncture has a regulating effect on the menstrual physiology and can help correct hormone imbalances and other gynaecological factors that interfere with the process of conception. Research shows that acupuncture can increase the success of IVF by 40-60%.

10. Supports pregnancy and childbirth.
Acupuncture can effectively manage nausea and vomiting associated with early pregnancy. Acupuncture can also help prepare the body for labour by loosening pelvic ligaments, stimulating cervical ripening and triggering the release of oxytocin. Research shows that pre-birth acupuncture can reduce overall labour time by up to two hours.

11. Corrects malposition of the foetus.
Moxa therapy to the Bladder meridian has been proven to effectively correct breech baby position.

12. Gets you in touch with your true self.
Acupuncture has the ability to bring us back to ourselves by inducing a deep meditative state. This helps us get in touch with ourselves at a soul level. It is not uncommon for acupuncture to trigger deep insights, increase mental clarity and create clear direction and purpose in our lives.

Prepare your Body for Labour Naturally with Pre-birth Acupuncture..

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In Chinese medicine, the state of energy flow in the body at the time of labour can influence how smoothly and naturally a labour progresses. Acupuncture is well documented for its ability to stimulate energy(Qi) flow, improve circulation and reduce pain.

Recent research has found that weekly pre-birth acupuncture sessions can reduce mean labour time by up to two hours.
On top of that, feedback from midwives is suggesting that pre-birth acupuncture is reducing the rates of medical inductions, epidurals and emergency C-sections, while increasing rates of normal vaginal births. This is great news for women who want to do everything they can to promote the smoothest and most natural labour possible.

Pre-birth acupuncture can be used from week 37 up to delivery to invigorate blood flow and loosen the pelvic ligaments. Sessions are performed weekly and take about 20minutes each session. Acupuncture is safe, relatively painless and free of side effects. Acupuncture also helps with reducing any stress and anxiety that a woman may have concerning labour, especially if it is her first pregnancy. Any other complications of pregnancy can also be addressed, such as lower back pain, haemorrhoids, insomnia, heartburn, hypertension, oedema, varicose veins and breech position.

Article written by Dr Rachel Berners(CM) with extracts from 'The Essential Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth', Betts, 2006).

How Acupuncture Supports Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is a wonderful yet challenging time for most women. Acupuncture provides safe and effective support during pregnancy in the following ways:

  1. Acupuncture can reduce nausea and vomiting during the first trimester. Specific points are used to regulate the stomach and settle the nervous system. Acupuncture provides a great natural alternative to anti-nausea medication.

  2. Acupuncture increases energy and vitality, reducing feelings of tiredness, lethargy and fatigue.

  3. Acupuncture reduces stress, depression and anxiety by bringing the body-mind into a deep state of relaxation.

  4. Acupuncture helps to naturally ease pain during pregnancy Eg sciatica, lower back pain. This is especially useful for women who want to avoid using pain medication.

  5. Acupuncture prepares the body for labour by loosening pelvic ligaments, ripening the cervix and encouraging the production of oxytocin. Pre-birth acupuncture can be started as early as 36 weeks.

    ‘Research shows that weekly pre-birth acupuncture sessions can reduce mean labour times by up to two hours’ (The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth, Betts).

  6. Acupuncture and acupressure can be used to manage pain during labour. These techniques can be taught during the Pre-Birth acupuncture phase of treatment.

Preparing for IVF with Chinese Medicine: How to maximise your chances of pregnancy

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Research now indicates that IVF supported by acupuncture can be up to 40-60% more successful than IVF without acupuncture support. Acupuncture to increase fertility is nothing new, it has been used for thousands of years in the Chinese medical system. Dr Lifang Liang noted in her clinical observation that after acupuncture, ultrasound showed that the colour of a women’s ovaries turned from cloudy to bright and clear, follicles increased in number, the uterine lining thickened and the number of embryos increased significantly. Acupuncture also helps to reduce stress and any nasty side effects from IVF drugs.

IVF for a lot of women is an intense and emotionally demanding process, not to mention costly with repeated failed cycles. A very common question that I get asked in clinic is, “is there anything I can do to increase the chances of this working?”. Well the answer to this question is yes. Many women do not present in clinic until a few days before embryo-transfer. From a Chinese medicine perspective however, to maximise IVF success the supportive role of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine starts well before transfer time.

Before beginning a new or subsequent IVF cycle there is a window of opportunity of three months that a women’s fertile potential can be increased using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. This can involve things such as regulating the menstrual cycle, encouraging proper follicular development and thickening of the uterine lining and promoting healthy ovulation patterns. In other words, physiological conditions can be primed so that they are more likely to support and carry through a pregnancy. So if you are considering starting an IVF cycle and want to use Chinese medicine to its advantage, give yourself this time to work with your Chinese medicine practitioner. This is also a good time to get checked for any infections, auto-immune disease or thyroid issues that can interfere with conception. The partners sperm should also be checked for any abnormalities before starting fertility treatment.IVF Preperation

After embryo-transfer it is important to support progesterone levels, which are essential for embryo implantation and miscarriage prevention. Some women naturally do not produce enough progesterone on their own to achieve lasting pregnancy. Chinese herbs to support progesterone are typically used from egg pick up and continued until the hCG pregnancy test. If there is a positive pregnancy test they can be used throughout the entire first trimester, especially if there is a history of miscarriage. At Inner Path Acupuncture these herbs are taken once daily as dissolvable granules in hot water.

Diet and lifestyle need to be addressed in order to optimise fertility. Obvious factors such as alcohol, caffeine intake and smoking need to be avoided as these factors can interfere with embryo development. A balanced lifestyle including at least eight hours of sleep a night is essential for the production of hormones involved in fertility. A diet rich in foods that supplement the blood, thicken the uterine lining and encourage healthy egg production can be helpful. These foods include organic free range chicken, beef, lamb, eggs, oysters, sea cucumber and oily fish. Important supplements include Vitamin B and iron for blood production, folate, vitamin E and fish oil. A qualified Chinese medicine practitioner can advise you specifically on a diet and particular supplements that are required based on your constitution. The focus after transfer is on rest, relaxation and proper nourishment of mother and embryo. Strenuous exercise regimes should be avoided. Gentle activities such as meditation and yoga can help to relax and reduce anxiety.

Article written by Dr Rachel Berners(Chinese medicine) with extract from, ‘Acupuncture & IVF: Increase IVF success by 40-60%’, Lifang Liang, 2003.

Anja Centre: Tuning in to the Power of Inner Guidance

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Mind communicates through thought, consciousness speaks to us through ‘knowing’. This ‘knowing’ is called intuition. It is not something you think, it is something that you feel. - David Icke.

Intuition is the ability to perceive that which cannot be explained in the 3D physical world. It refers to the inner vision, or inner guidance we receive from higher planes of consciousness. Most people believe that they cannot see the extraordinary, yet intuition is a very natural state of psychic perception that we can all access and develop.

In the Hindu energy system, intuition is a function relating to the sixth chakra or Anja Centre, commonly referred to as the third eye. It is located in the centre of the head, slightly above eye level. It is associated with the pineal gland, which translates light into hormonal messages that regulate sleep patterns, immune function and stress adaptation.

The third eye is considered the ‘window to the soul’. When the mind is still and the lower chakras are balanced, the Anja centre opens, bringing deeper levels of insight to our current reality. Instead of seeing just the parts, we begin to comprehend the whole. When the Anja centre is open and activated we intuitively sense the path to take in life. A sense of knowing guides us, with wisdom beyond the intellect and five senses. We feel a strong sense of direction and purpose and understand how we fit into the overall divine plan. The intuitive path will often involve taking emotional risks, following our ‘hunches’ and opening our mind to extravagant possibilities.

When our Anja centre is blocked we are cut off from our intuitive guidance. We feel lost in life and find it very difficult to make decisions. We lack a sense of direction and purpose. We feel disconnected from others and the world around us. Stress, emotions and over-thinking (over- intellectualisation) are common causes of Anja centre blockage. If the blockage is not cleared it eventually manifests in the physical body, giving rise to symptoms such as migraine headaches, chronic sinus issues, insomnia and eye problems.

Esoteric Acupuncture is one way of awakening the Anja centre and activating our intuitive power. The Indigo Triangle sequence opens up energy in the Anja to heighten our level of perception and awareness. It helps us to see, not just with our physical eyes but with a depth of wisdom and insight that guides us to our true purpose.

To book in for your initial Esoteric Acupuncture consultation call Dr Rachel Berners (CM) on 0417 325 393. Mention this article to receive 50% off the cost of your initial consultation.

Article written by Dr Rachel Berners (Chinese Medicine) with extract from:

Human Race get off your Knees, David Icke, 2010. Esoteric Acupuncture Vol 1, Mikio Sankey, 1999. Wheels of Life, Anodea Judith, 1987. The Energetics of Healing, Carolyn Myss, 1997. http://www.chakrahealing.com http://roshanbaskota.com

Boosting Immunity with Chinese Medicine

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Our immune system involves a complexity of tissues, fluids and cells that act as our defensive armour against foreign invaders such as viruses and bacteria. In Chinese medicine they call the immune system our wei qi. When our wei qi is strong we quickly and efficiently fight off infections.

Unfortunately the modern lifestyle for many of us includes moderate to high levels of stress and anxiety, irregular eating patterns, poor food choices and over-consumption of alcohol, anti-biotics and other medications. These factors weaken our defensive qi, leaving us vulnerable and open to invasion of bacterial and viral pathogens. Immune system depletion is linked to a wide range of inflammatory disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, hay-fever and even cancer.Boosting immunity

Immune system depletion can manifest as overwhelming lethargy and weakness in the body, so that even small exertions feel exhausting. Other symptoms may include loss of appetite, shortness of breath, irregular patterns of heat, sweating and chills, skin conditions, gastrointestinal problems and recurrent colds and infections. Sometimes we don’t know what is wrong apart from that we just don’t feel quite right.

Research suggests that the environment in our gut is closely linked with our immune system. Our digestion regulates the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals that are required for the manufacture of important proteins involved in the immune response. When digestive function is impaired we slowly build up toxic matter in the bowel that compromises gut absorption, therefore treatment of immune function in Chinese medicine often involves addressing underlying digestive issues.

In Chinese herbal medicine, natural compounds from plants are used to enhance the immune system. A study undertaken by the Journal of Immunology and Laboratory has found that the common Chinese herb Huang Qi (Astragalus) can increase both specific and non-specific immunity. This herb can be used alone or in combination with other herbs in a prescription for specific symptoms. At Inner Path Acupuncture, a qualified practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine will formulate a prescription as well as giving advice on diet, activity and other supplements.

At a spiritual level, dysfunction and illness provides us with some time to contemplate the state of our lives. Are we living in balance? Reduction of stress is a crucial factor and the employment of qi balancing activities such as meditation, yoga or tai chi can help to keep us flexible and grounded in the present. Practising gratitude and forgiveness in our lives can assist in letting go of stuck energy patterns and open pathways for regeneration and renewal.