Bioptron Facial Gua Sha Technique

Bioptron Facial Gua Sha Technique


BIOPTRON Light Therapy is a medical light therapy device which can be used with adults and children as a complementary therapy to reduce pain and promote healing in various types of conditions, such as: Skin disorders, anti-aging as well as pre-and post-therapy to promote wound healing.

The bioptron light therapy used at Sydney acupuncture clinic is used as a standalone device as well as complementary therapy. It is fabulous for recovery after various dermatological and aesthetical treatments because BIOPTRON is proven to:


  • Improve microcirculation;
  • Harmonize metabolic processes;
  • Reinforce the human defence system;
  • Stimulate regenerative and reparative processes of the entire organism;
  • Promote wound healing;
  • Relieve pain or decrease its intensity;
  • Reduce inflammation.


The use light therapy in all our clinic is for inflammation and anti-aging therapies. We a specialised custom bioptron facial gua sha technique (BFGST). The polarized light is also used in hair treatments for alopecia. The light therapy assist on the cellular level, by reducing inflammation and increasing local blood flow and release of inflammatory factors that promote follicular vascularization.

Sydney Bioptron therapy at Natural Health practice is a safe and effective medical treatment with a wide range of applications for health, beauty and well-being, well known for


  • Natural healing therapy and pain relief
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention
  • No known side-effects
  • For home and professional use



BIOPTRON Sydney uses light waves move on parallel planes. BIOPTRON Light ensures optimal penetration of tissues to stimulate the immune system for faster and more effective healing.


BIOPTRON Sydney incoherent light contributes to faster, safe, painless and effective healing. The light is Soft, low intensively light, dynamic penetration, no risk of damaging tissues and no known side effects.


The Bioptron uses a broad range of wavelengths from 480 to 3400 nm, containing the colour range of visible light wavelengths plus a part of the infrared spectrum. Different light wavelengths penetrate the skin at different depths, activating cells, accelerating local blood circulation and stimulating the whole body’s regenerative processes. UV – free. No risk of adverse effects.


The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Amenorrhea and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Amenorrhea and Traditional Chinese Medicine

By Audrey Cortez


What is Amenorrhea?

Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation — one or more missed menstrual periods. Women who have missed at least three menstrual periods in a row have amenorrhea, as do girls who haven’t begun menstruation by age 15.  There are many causes or reasons why women do not have their period, such as late entering of puberty , due to stress or higher level hormonal changes. Depending on the cause, the amenorrhea condition can fall under categories:


  • Primary Amenorrhea is when there is no period by the time a teenage girl is 16 years and does not display other sexual characteristics such as breast development whereas;
  • Secondary amenorrhea is where there have been periods and then it would stop for more than a few cycles. Most women fall under Secondary amenorrhoea.

Testing of amenorrhea usually involves blood testing for hormone levels. The hormone levels which are investigated are  Prolactin, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), +/– serum Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), Luteinizing hormone (LH), Oestrogen and Progesterone. Other tests conducted to rule out other conditions include MRI imagining and ultrasound in the case of a structural problem.


So how this is relevant to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?


It is relevant because the very nature of TCM is to bring the body back to balance. In the case of amenorrhea, the body is internally imbalanced. This imbalance is either  excessive  or deficient of the fundamental substances Yin / Yang , Blood or Qi. There are  suggestions  that the cause could be from overwork, stress, constitutional, emotions or could be a symptom of conditions for example Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) . When this imbalance occurs there are channels which are affected are the Spleen, Heart, Liver and of course the Kidneys as well as two extraordinary channels, the Ren Mai (or Conception vessel) and the Chong Mai (or Thoroughfare vessel). Some of the syndromes which amenorrhea falls under are:


  • Qi and Blood Deficiency
  • Stagnation of Qi and Blood
  • Kidney Qi Deficiency
  • Phlegm and dampness obstruction


Can Acupuncture and Herbs help?Amenorrhea

Acupuncture may assist with the treatment of the amenorrhea signs and symptoms such as weight gain or weight loss, unusual breast secretion, acne, excessive facial and body hair and dry skin. Acupuncture can address the imbalances of the body by directing the energy to where it needs to. Additionally, using moxibustion may be used during treatment and at home to aid the nourishment of the body and to also warm the Yang of the body .


Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia can definitely assist with amenorrhea,  by introducing herbs with therapeutic actions to specifically target the imbalances. This is done via clear up any stagnation of Qi or Blood and by nourishing the deficiency of Qi Blood of specific Zang Fu Organs. There are hundreds of benifical herbs which could be used which may assist with amenorrhea including : Man Jing Zi (Vitex), Dang Gui, Shu Di Huang, Shan Yao and Chai Hu to name a few. In addition we utilize herbal formulas like Ba Zhen Tang (as a qi tonic), Xiao Yao San (to help with stagnation within the Liver channel and nourish the Spleen channel) and Zuo Gui Wan (to nourish Kidney channel).


What about Diet and Lifestyle?

Diet and lifestyle modification can be important for dealing with the condition. One can follow the following : Eating plentiful amounts of iron rich foods, either derived from animal or plant, increase your vitamin C and B substances, fibre from green vegetables and good essential fatty acids (e.g. almonds, salmon even flaxseed oil). Other factors to consider is to include moderate exercise and improve stress levels with meditation, yoga or tai chi. Overall we can use acupuncture and herbs to enable the body to mend itself.


Written By Audrey Cortez



The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888.

Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Being visited by a friend during illness

Being visited by a friend during illness

by Po Chu’i (772 – 846 CE)

I have been ill so long that I do not count the days;
At the southern window, evening – and again evening.

Sadly chirping in the grasses under my eaves
The winter sparrows morning and evening sing.

By an effort I rise and lean heavily on my bed;
Tottering I step towards the door of the courtyard.

By chance I meet a friend who is coming to see me;
Just as if I had gone specially to meet him.

They took my couch and placed it in the setting sun;
They spread my rug and I leaned on the balcony-pillar.

Tranquil talk was better than any medicine;
Gradually the feelings came back to my numbed heart.

Translation by Arthur Waley  170 Chinese Poems

Baby Turning Acupuncture Point with Moxa

Baby Turning Acupuncture Point with Moxibustion

Moxa and the action of moxibustion comes from the plant Artemisia vulgaris or Ai Ye.  It is a form of heat therapy with yang nourishing properties. Moxa can come in many different forms from loose punk (many grades in between), moxa cone and moxa stick, which come both traditional and smokeless types.

What you will need:

Moxa sticks (traditional or Smokeless)

Ashtray / cup

Cup of dry sand or salt to snuff / submerge the burning stick to extinguish Moxa when completed. DO NOT wet stick as it will change the properties and take forever to relight.


Moxibustion Session:

  1. Locate the “baby Turning point” (Zhiyin BL67). This can be found on the little toe> On the lateral / outside corner of toenail, as pictured


  1. Light Moxa stick with a gas flame – it may take a few minutes to light completely. You are only looking for the tip to be alight.


  1. Hold the glowing end of the Moxa stick as close as you can to Zhiyin point. There needs to be comfortable hot more than just warm.

baby turning point

  1. DO NOT burn the skin, NO direct contact with the skin. Should be hot but not burning


  1. Maintain the stick at this distance from the skin for advised time._______________min


  1. The stick will need to be tapped from time to time to ensure ash drops off.


  1. Always keep attentive to your actions as you may burn yourself


 Treatment Duration:

Each point should be heated this way for approx. 20 minutes for Breech or 15 mins for

Posterior/Transverse twice daily.

For ease of application people prefer to Moxa both sides simultaneously, please refer to photo below. There are many ways that you can be during sessions. From lying on your side supported with pillows or in a seated position with an assistant applying or preparing the moxa. Relaxation is an essential aspect of the treatment so nice tunes are in order. Repeat this procedure for up to 10 days (2x p/day) or until bubs position has corrected

Suggestions to Turning Your Baby:

Delegate. As much as you can. Tummy muscles to soften and relax. Rest with your hands on lower belly.

Use gravity –

Posterior: spend 5-10 minutes, 2-3 x per day on your hands & knees, doing movements that rock and roll the pelvis.

Breech: spend 20 minutes 2x per day on hands & knees, lower elbows & head to the floors that your pelvis is higher than your shoulders & relax with deep breathing in this position

The Outcome of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity

The Outcome of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity


Research Article Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study

Younghee Yun, Sehyun Kim, Minhee Kim, KyuSeok Kim, Jeong-Su Park and Inhwa Choi

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine


There are currently lots of different treatments available for facial wrinkles or to improve the muscle tone of your face. The use of facial cosmetic acupuncture is a great natural alternative to invasive medical procedures. Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture is practiced by inserting ultra-fine needles on the head, face, and neck for improving the overall flow of blood and increasing the muscle tone. It also assists in setting the balance between the soul and body’s internal organs.

There are many different types of therapies and medical treatments available for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging, including solutions for fighting other skin problems. FCA (Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture) has emerged as a new natural solution and a great alternative to medical treatments for skincare.

FCA is practiced by inserting ultra-thin needles on the head, face, and neck for improving the overall flow of blood and increasing the muscle tone. It also helps set balance between soul and body’s internal organs. In order to determine the efficacy and safety level, an Open Label, Single-arm Pilot Study was conducted using a popular Korean FCA practice in 2011.


Participants and Methods:

The study conducted by Younghee Yun, Sehyun Kim,  Minhee Kim,  KyuSeok Kim, Jeong-Su Park, and Inhwa Choi examined 50 female participants between the ages of 40 and 59 years to explore the effects of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity.

During the current study, the women selected to participate in this research were excluded from seeking any other type of facial elasticity treatment. In addition, participants who had received botulinium toxin, filler injection or topical steroid treatments within the preceding 6 months  were also excluded from the study. [These women were excluded to help support the positive effects of facial acupuncture].

Over the course of three weeks, the women received five sessions of facial cosmetic acupuncture and had a break of three to four days between treatment sessions. Only experienced registered  acupuncture practitioners were involved in this study.

Results and Discussion:

Total 50 women were screened to carry out this study. The results of this study turned out to be very positive as 28 participants easily completed the eligibility criteria set for participation. This study investigated the efficacy and safety of facial cosmetic acupuncture improved patient self assessment. Rest of the 27 women successfully completed all the five sessions of FCA treatment.

As for outcomes, 12 participants did not show any change whereas 15 exhibited positive changes after completing all of the five FCA sessions. They did not exhibit even a single sign of scarring, nerve damage, or lengthy recover periods etc. for any reason.

The outcomes of this study were assessed by participants also. They assessed the degrees of their facial elasticity using a Vertical Line Visual Analog Scale of 10 cm. At the top, this scale was labeled as the “most severe condition whereas the bottom of the scale was labeled as “fine condition”

If you would like more information regarding cosmetic acupuncture and facial rejuvenation which is practiced at Sydney Acupuncture clinic please follow this link “Cosmetic Acupuncture


The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

Thanks and graduate for reading this blog if you would like to discuss your individual needs, please feel free to email or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine 

Five Element : Wu Xing

Five Element : Wu Xing

Within Chinese theory, there is a understanding that there are five seasons – Sumner, autumn, winter, spring, (the four main) and late summer.  Associated to each of these seasons there is an elemental energy. These are known as the Wu Xing (five elements or five phases)- Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood elements . By witnessing nature, we can see these five energies are around us and see how these same energies are reflected within our own bodies and personalities.


Patterns of the Phases / Elements of Chinese Medicine



When the Wood element is balanced it will allows one to have a clear vision, decisive goals. The person will have a tendency to be focused and dynamic. Whilst an excessive or stagnant wood individual can rigid, dogmatic, arrogant, and even air on the side of angry (shouting or easy to lose temper). Wood persons may suffer from digestive problems like bloating, irregular periods and possible temple headaches.

Inadequacy Wood can cause people to be without direction, indecisive, and unable to express their emotions, especially anger. Migraine headaches, eye problems, sinusitis, and male or female hormonal problems are often due to imbalances of Wood, as are allergies in the spring and many muscle problems or pain that doesn’t clear up with other therapies.



This element gives people charisma and the ability to take charge. It provides joy, passion, and compassion. Laughter is the sound associated with Fire. When Fire is excessive or stagnant, people may have hypertension, palpitations, and inflammation of the joints and muscles, tend to chronic infections, and not tolerate hot weather.

People with weak Fire tend toward feeling “blue,” or depressed, and anxious. Weak Fire results in feeling cold, constant fatigue, and a lack of sexual desire or feeling. They will tend to feel uncomfortable and may stutter or talk too much or inappropriately. Insomnia is often related to deficient Fire.



Earth is associated with the qualities of nurturing, acceptance, compassion, and magnanimity. Too much Earth can result in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It can cause people to be smothering in their relationships and have foggy-headed

Weak Earth can lead to constant worry, obsessive thinking, eating disorders, low blood sugar, sugar craving, underweight or other sign of poor absorption, and emotional coldness. Feeling like there is never enough can be due to deficient Earth. Weak Earth also can result in fatigue, diarrhoea, gas and bloating, food allergies, and heartburn.



Organization, self-discipline, persistence, and conscientiousness are qualities related to balance Metal. Acceptance and acknowledgement are also qualities of Metal.

Excessive or stagnant Metal can result in excessive and prolonged grief and/or sadness along with the inability to let go. An overly critical nature can be from excessive Metal. Deficient Metal energy is weak, there can be illnesses of the lungs – asthma, allergies, and frequent colds.

Imbalances of Metal can lead to skin problems (rashes, psoriasis, and eczema) and digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhoea, or inflammatory bowel diseases. Metal moves chi energy through the meridians, so when Metal is out of balance fatigue can result.





Water produces the qualities of strength, endurance, will, perseverance, and longevity. Excessive fear, caution, worry, and dread are caused by imbalanced Water.

Deficient Water results in coldness, fatigue, lack of energy and libido, sexual dysfunction, infertility, and weakness of joints. Dark circles or “bags” under the eyes denote deficient water. Groaning, or sighing, is the sound of deficient Water associated with exhaustion.

Winter is the season for Water and represents the need to have enough rest and relaxation in our lives to replenish our reserves of Water and regenerate our body and spirit.

Finding Mindfulness

By Katie Lavidge

“In a world full of doing doing doing, it’s important to take a moment to just be.”

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is described by Jon Kabat-Zinn (1994) “as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally”. While this ancient teaching has been around for thousands of years, it’s adapted over the centuries to fit the needs of each generation and has metamorphosed into what seems to be the newest health trend we see today. While this buzzword was once only practiced my monks and spiritual seekers of enlightenment, it has now broken through the barriers of religious affiliations and has gained the attention of anyone looking for a happier and healthier way of life.

Thanks to scientific research, it’s been proven that Mindfulness can help improve the following areas:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Physically rebuilds your brain
  • Improves our ability to focus and make decisions
  • Boosts creativity and problem solving
  • Cuts pain in half
  • Has the ability to prevent and treat depression
  • Increases body satisfaction
  • Leads to a healthier happier way of life

So now that we have a little understanding behind the history of mindfulness, let’s take a more personal approach to the practice. We are all unique individuals and each one of us has come to this article with a different purpose and ideal of what we would like to get from this practice. Since all time is valuable, it’s important to identify what it is exactly you would like to get in return for your commitment to a Mindfulness practice. Let’s take a moment to dive into what drives you and what a successful Mindfulness practice looks like to YOU!


HERE is a worksheet designed to help identify your values and goals while gaining some clarity around what exactly you are looking for from a regular mindfulness practice. I invite you to take 10-15 minutes out of your day to explore these questions and get your wheels turning around this topic. And remember, we are human beings that are constantly changing everyday and these answers are not set in stone. You are welcome to re-visit this worksheet whenever you like and change any of your responses at anytime.




Happy Reflecting!

-Katie Lavidge