Facial guasha and Bioptron light therapy System

Facial Guasha and Bioptron light therapy System

Facial guasha and Bioptron light therapy System

Facial guasha and Bioptron light therapy System

By Vinko Kuzman

Well, the title itself is a mouthful so we need some short definitions to start us off into another topic about health, with concentration on our faces and skin in general. Certainly not too much concentration as any excess may cause wrinkles.

Facial: Care for the face that usually involves cleansing and massage and the application of cosmetic creams.

Guasha: Traditional Chinese treatment that involves instrument assisted “press stroking” of a moisturized body surface.

Bioptron: is a medical light therapy device with a specific optical unit emitting light that is similar to a part of the electromagnetic spectrum produced naturally by the sun, but with no UV radiation.

All three segments of the treatment work trough, and with, “Facia” or what would be “connective tissue proper”, in Western anatomy. In the not very distant medical past, the connective tissue was viewed as an inert material covering the important stuff. Now it is seen as an individual organ, that connects, supports and transmits, it is our fluid super highway under our very skin.

Guasha is a simple yet highly effective way of promoting fluid movement and blood circulation in the treated area. This is the main reason why we use it in the clinic.

In facial therapy Guasha is a process which uses smooth natural instruments like Jade, Hot stone or Ox horn that comfortably glide over the facial skin. Natural oils are used as well, so the skin is not only invigorated, it is also nourished.

In 2007 researches at University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany showed a remarkable 400% increase in surface micro-perfusion in the Guasha treated area.  This increase in circulation may have been known not only to Chinese doctors but also to Chinese ladies that were in a habit of using facial Guasha on a regular basis.

To speed up the treatment process and to increase collagen production we also use the Bioptron Medical device.  The application of Bioptron Light Therapy results in a smoother feeling skin, which takes on a healthier appearance, noticeable even from the first treatments. It rapidly improves microcirculation and cell oxygenation, whilst enhancing the production of new collagen fiber in skin tissue. This in turn will help to restore skin tightness and elasticity. Thus, Bioptron light can refine existing wrinkles and prevent premature formation of new ones.

bioptronTime for another definition…drum rolls…Collagen: a combination of a Greek word Kolla meaning glue and English word Gen, meaning information. Often defined as the substance that holds the body together.

As we get older Collagen production declines, negatively affecting our skin, joints, energy, hair and nails. The best way to replenish collagen is to have a good diet that includes a rich bone broth. Being hydrated with gelatine on the inside is very important.

In using the “Facial Guasha and Bioptron Light Therapy System” we are also deeply aware that we are treating the whole person, so the chosen protocol will reflect this at all times. The whole treatment is enhanced also due to the bio-positive influence of light therapy, even if light is only received regionally.

How is this done you ask…well here is a scientifically worded explanation: The number of the capillaries per square centimeter of skin is between 1,600 to 6,500. Whilst our blood flows through all the tissue of our body at a varying rate, blood flows slowly in the capillaries situated very close to the skin surface. This is an ideal prerequisite for the photo modulation of blood. Bio positive effects from light transmitted to blood in this way can be carried throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.

Regular Guasha and Light therapy creates better-looking skin and an overall healthier body.

Key sentences:

Facial Guasha works on our fluid super highway, under our very skin.

The application of Bioptron Light Therapy results in a smoother feeling skin, which takes on a healthier appearance, noticeable even from the first treatments.

 

 

Vinko Kuzman : Acupuncture and Bioptron Light Therapist

Cupping in Sports

Cupping in Sports

swimmers

swimmer on swimming pool

If you have been watching the Olympic Games in Rio, you may have noticed strange circular marks on the athlete’s bodies. These red and purple circular marks are the result of cupping therapy which is an ancient form of therapy, dating back thousands of years.

What is all the fuss about cupping at the Rio Olympics about really? Cupping or Hijama is an ancient form of treatment that has been practised in Asia and the Middle East for the past few centuries.

As noticed in news reports and magazines, it has been made famous yet again after high profile Olympians such as Michael Phelps (and a number of other gymnasts) have been seen with the famous dotting pattern on their backs and shoulders. The therapy has many celebrity followers as well including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham and Justin Bieber to name a few.

For athletes and sports people, the cupping treatment eases pain/promotes healing as they undergo intense training regimes for increased muscle strength before competition. Cupping can assist the relaxation of muscles as well as reducing body aches and pain. When athletes over exercise, they produce uric and lactic acids, which can be glass cupsdetrimental to muscle function.

If one looks at Michael Phelps marks, they are concentrated on the upper right sides of his back which can indicate therapy for a possible frozen shoulder or treatment to loosen muscles that have become stiff due to over exercising. Swimmers tend to have more cupping, I suspect, due to the constant nature of being in and out of cold water, which can slow down blood circulation.

Cupping is not only for Olympic athletes but can also be used for patients suffering from upper respiratory illnesses, acute injuries, chronic pain, fertility or even cosmetic applications.

In ancient times, cupping therapy was used to get rid of blood and pus when treating a skin abscess, but was also expanded to treat tuberculosis and rheumatism. Because cupping was widely used in Chinese culture, the technique was inherited and developed by modern Chinese practitioners. It cupping has established as an official therapeutic practice in hospitals all over China and also our clinic in Sydney. We even now have other modalities trying to adopt cupping as their own by using terms like “myofascial decompressing techniques” which just use alternative biomedical terms to describe the same physiology effects of cupping.

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bamboo cupping

therapy cupping glass vacuum massage in salon. Alternative medicine procedure, body care healthy lifestyle.

plastic cupping

Modern medical professionals consider that cupping is generally safe for healthy people when performed by a trained health professional. There is current research that found it may be an effective short-term treatment for chronic neck and lower-back pain. Many clients over the years in our Sydney acupuncture and sutherland Acupuncture clinic have benefited immensely

The action of cupping involves applying either glass or plastic cups to the area of discomfort, by the use of either flame heat or mechanical suction a vacuum is created.  This partial vacuum is created inside the cups and the skin is lifted for a few minutes. Cupping in the traditional sense is suggested to lift out disease-causing fluids and stagnate or stuck energy (qi), resulting in localised healing. Whilst we can also suggest the fascia from muscles is stimulated in the opposite many to deep tissue massage

There are many forms of cupping and at the Sydney cupping and Sutherland shire cupping  Clinic utilise many of these for our patients.

Dry cupping: cups that have been heated or have an attached pump are placed on the affected part of the body. The vacuum created by heat or manually by

glass cupping

glass fire cupping

the pump, lifts the skin to expand the blood vessels and creating a bright red mark on the skin.

Sliding cupping:  incorporates different types of massage oils involve the cup sliding up and down the back (or other parts of the body) where suction remains throughout the session. This form of cupping is used to removes knots and provide relief from inflammation. It can be used whilst the patient is still or moving to affect a whole muscle group.

Wet cupping: suction is created like dry cupping but after 3 minutes the cup is removed to reveal a swollen, red patch of skin. Small incisions are made on this patch to draw out the ‘diseased’ blood. This form of cupping it not practiced commonly within clinic

 

What are the benefits of cupping?

  • Detoxifies metabolic debris in muscle tissue, fascia, and skin
  • Stimulates a whole body relaxation response (parasympathetic response)
  • Increases range of motion, breaks up adhesion, and promotes healing in scar tissue and chronic injury sites
  • Stimulates oxygenation and detoxification of blood while promoting a feeling of lightness and relief of pressure
  • Increases lymphatic drainage and promotes circulation
Bamboo Cupping

Bamboo fire Cupping

Precautions

You should always seek treatment from a registered Chinese medicine professional.  The cupping marks may take a few days to a week to completely fade and this needs to be taken into account. In Chinese medicine philosophy, cupping opens your pores, which can make you susceptible to catching a cold, therefore it is really important to keep covered. Also of note is not to use cupping if you have any damaged skin, or if you are taking blood thinners.

What can cupping treat?

Tight and stiff muscles: Back pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, IT band pain, rotator cuff injuries, and plantar fasciitis

Respiratory conditions: asthma, bronchitis

Emotional balance: anxiety, depression, stress, migraines

High blood pressure by calming the nervous system,

Overall, cupping is a very safe and enjoyable treatment. It is fantastic on its own or as an adjunct to acupuncture or massage therapy. I’ve found that good health is not one thing you do, but the culmination of many good habits and treatments to keep you balanced. Remember to stay curious, try something new, and enjoy the process.

 

Traditional cupping and Sports cupping is available at both Sydney Acupuncture and Sutherland Acupuncture clinic

Improving Fertility

The use of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are known for improving fertility for both men and women. It is a well-known in fertility centers and more and more scientific evidence is being conducted and gathered supporting the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. At the natural health practice, our practitioners are well equipped with knowledge and skills to assist the main different reason why fertility maybe an issue. We use traditional philosophy whilst keeping western diagnostic.

Some of the common concerns which can be assisted with the use of Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine include but not limited to the list below

 

AMENORRHEA

Amenorrhea is the lack of a menstrual period, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address the many different types.  These include exercise-induced amenorrhea, PCOS, hormonal insufficiencies, and some types of imbalances with the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis.  At the Sydney Acupuncture clinic the experienced acupuncturists will provide customised treatment plan of herbal formulas based on each specific case to help the ovaries begin to ovulate and the cycles to become regular and a series of acupuncture sessions.   They may also suggest some dietary and lifestyle changes to help support your treatments.

 

DECREASED OVARIAN RESERVE

Our clinic is seeing more women of age coming in with a noticed ovarian reserve (or the capacity of the ovary to produce viable eggs) decline. In some females this happens prematurely whilst in other females the right time to attempt to conceive has come later in life and so a decrease in reserve can pose a problem with their intent to become pregnant. Mutually both cases will create issues, but recent studies are showing that acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help these women achieve a pregnancy.

 

ELEVATED FSH

With aging, women’s hormones which regulate the menstrual cycle begin to change. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) which is a hormone released from the pituitary gland signals the ovaries to start preparing an egg to ovulate each cycle. It can become elevated as we age and increased levels are related with decreased fertility. FSH levels fluctuate each cycle and can respond very well to treatments with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Most fertility clinics require FSH to be within a certain range in order to proceed with an IVF, so regulating this hormone can be very important for fertility and the success of treatments like IVF.

 

ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis can be one of the leading causative factors in pelvic pain. It can substantially affect a woman’s ability to conceive. Endometriosis will cause uncomfortable, heavy or irregular periods in most case but sometimes can be asymptomatic (no symptoms) only discovered when a woman pursues treatment for infertility. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs aimed at improving blood circulation, clearing inflammation, relieving pain.

 

IRREGULAR PERIODS

Many women experience irregularly periods each month, which can make conception difficult.  Irregular menses can be due to an array of  imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the monthly cycle.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are wonderful for balancing the hormones and encouraging a more predictable ovulation, which helps regulate the menstrual cycle.

 

IVF SUPPORT

Clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture used in conjunction with IVF. The studies demonstrating up to a 50% increase in success rate with acupuncture vs. without. Acupuncture enables improved success rates by increasing blood flow to the ovaries during the stimulation phase of IVF, improving the effectiveness of the treatment. Acupuncture can also relax the uterus and addresses uterine spasm after embryo transfer. Acupuncture as a positive can also reduces stress, calms anxiety, and offsets side effects of the fertility drugs.

 

IUI SUPPORT

During an Intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycle, acupuncture can help increase conception rates by improving blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, improving the effectiveness of any medications used, and assisting in the development of follicles and the uterine lining. Acupuncture also helps to address uterine spasm around the time of potential implantation and can treat any side effects that arise from the fertility drugs.

 

LOW LIBIDO

It has been estimated that around 43% of women report issues with libido. Many of the most common complaints can be addressed using Chinese medicine. In women, Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help address low desire, dryness, inability to orgasm, painful intercourse, and problems with arousal.

 

LUTEAL PHASE DEFECT

When the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (the phase after ovulation until the menses or a pregnancy is achieved) is shorter than ten days, it is diagnosed as luteal phase defect. Women with this condition often experience difficulty conceiving and may have low levels of the hormone progesterone. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help support the ovarian function, improve progesterone levels and lengthen the luteal phase.

 

MALE FACTOR INFERTILITY

Male factor infertility accounts for 40% of couples struggling to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been shown in recent studies to help improve sperm count, motility, and morphology, as well as correcting some immune factors such as anti-sperm antibodies that can interfere with conception. Treatments that affect sperm quality in both Chinese medicine and Western medicine can take a minimum of 3-4 months, so it’s best to start as soon as possible.

 

POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming an increasingly prevalent cause of infertility. Women with PCOS are not ovulating and many do not have periods or have irregular cycles. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs to be very effective at stimulating ovulation and regulating their cycles. Recent reputable studies have shown these treatments to be as effective as the fertility drug clomid in stimulating ovulation.

 

PMS

Premenstrual symptoms are very responsive to treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, acne, insomnia, and changes in bowel movements can all be resolved with regular treatments. In combination with specific dietary changes, most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.

 

RECURRENT MISCARRIAGE

There are many causes of recurrent miscarriage, some of which can be addressed with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Our experienced acupuncturists can help determine potential imbalances leading to early pregnancy loss, and will refer to leading physicians for testing and concurrent medical treatment when appropriate. Studies have shown acupuncture to prevent some types of miscarriage, so we recommend our newly pregnant ladies to continue acupuncture treatments into their pregnancies.

 

STRESS RELATED HORMONE IMBALANCE

The modern diet and stress-filled lifestyles we often lead can wreak havoc on our hormones in multiple ways. Stress hormones communicate can lead to a cascade of signalling in our bodies, causing blood to divert away from organs like the digestive and reproductive systems. Since many hormones are dependent upon one another to remain balanced, over time, excess levels of stress can lead to imbalances in the reproductive hormones, potentially affecting fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood flow to the reproductive organs and in conjunction with Chinese herbs can work to regain hormonal balance of the entire body.

 

UTERINE FIBROIDS

Uterine fibroids are benign growths in the uterus and are often are associated with heavy periods, cramping, bleeding or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling, and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability to conceive. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective as treatment for fibroids or as conjunctive treatment with Western medical interventions when fibroids are advanced in size.

 

DISCLAIMER

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 info@roddsanchez.com.au or 02 8213 2888. 

Rodd Sanchez Sydney acupuncture and Chinese medicine

Rodd Sanchez Top Ten Health Tips

Top Ten better health Tips

These health tips are a collection of ideas and thoughts which i have used and suggested during the past years.

 

 

Laugh and smile regularlysmile and laugh

Reduce stress and pain through laughter Increase oxygen in body

Connect you to others in a common theme

 

 

Massagemassage

Whole body: at least once a month, help improve muscle tightness and lymphatic system.

Self-massage : increase blood circulation to face (better complexion), hands and feet for activation of micro pressure points

 

Drink more waterdrink water

HYDRATION > HYDRATION > HYDRATION

Hair , skin, joints and bones improvement

Improve bowel function

 

Sleep wellsleep well

Sleep to lose weight

Sleep to grow and repair

Around 6 to 8 per night

 

Daily Sun bathSun Bathing

Vitamin D increase

Early morning and Evening Only (slip slop slap)

 

 

Groundingbarefeet

Walking barefoot on grass or sand

Submerge in salt water

 

 

Exercise daily qi gong tai chi exercise

Daily stretching

Daily Qi gong or Daily Tai-Chi

Weights training

Walking: Walking with a purpose and a reason.

 

Eat wellfermented

Eat with the seasons

Eat to live , don’t live to eat

Seek for nutrition not calories

Eat like a king for breakfast, prince for launch like a pauper for dinner

 

 

Remove toxins from your lifedetox

Harsh cleaning chemicals

Contaminated hygiene and bathing products

Toxic relationships , jobs and or people

Do what you love and love what you do!

 

May yours days be filled with joy, love and peace

rodd

Thermodynamic Therapy

Thermodynamic Therapy

Heat or Ice

The use of hot and cold thermodynamic therapy are two of the most used types of non-invasive and non‑addictive pain-relieving therapies for muscle pain, joint pain and even internal pains. Which one you use depends on many factors. In general, for an acute injury with inflammation and possibly bruising and swelling, ice will decrease the blood flow to the injury site and therefore decrease inflammation and swelling. Pain which is chronic can be assisted with heat, which will promote blood flow to the area and thus encourage repair and healing.

The following information can assist as to the when’s and how’s to use thermodynamic therapies.

Can cold therapy help? How can ice help?

cold therapy

ice cubes

The use of ice or cold therapy will slow down the flow of blood to the injured area thus reducing pain and swelling. The use of cold therapy will slow circulation, reduce inflammation, muscle spasm and pain. It can be used for areas of an acute injury which has visible signs of swelling and/or bruising. Cold is applied by an ice, gel pack or even frozen vegetables. Cold treatment should only be used for 24 to 48 hours after the initial injury. Ice therapy can be fabulous for strains, sprains, lumps – bumps and bruises that may occur in sports or clumsy life. Apply cold packs or ice bags to the injured area for no more than 20 minutes at a time. Ice is not to be applied for any longer than 20 minutes every 2 hours. It is advisable to wrap ice or ice packs in a thin towel prior to applying. At the Natural Health Practice, there are herbal products like Zheng Gu Shui (mend the broken bone liquid) or San Huang (Herbal Ice) which can be used to assist.

 

Heat therapy, what is it doing?

Thermodynamic Therapy heatHeat can dilate blood vessels, which increase the blood flow and supply of oxygen and nutrients to reduce pain at the site of the joint, it also reduces sore muscles, tendons and ligaments. Heat can decrease muscle spasms and improve range of motion by improving flexibility of tendons and ligaments.

Heat can be supplied in many ways such as electric or microwavable wheat heat pads, hot water bottles and hot water baths. At the clinic, we also use moxi-bustion therapy which can be applied in many different ways, from using moxa sticks to rice grain moxa. All heat given should be warm to hot, but not burning. There should a consistent temperature for optimum results.

Can heat be used safely?

Yes if followed correctly. If applying at home do not place directly on skin, instead, wrap the hot source in a thin towel and do not use for longer than 20 minutes, unless requested. Also, do not use if there is swelling, poor circulation or diabetes, open wound or stitches. At the practice, we will use heat in conjunction with products like Woodlock (warm arthritic oil) or Tiger Balm to increase the warming effect. In addition, during the colder winter months, we may also use ginger or garlic made biscuits to use with moxa therapy (more on this in the colder months).