fcm logo 5b
elaine hickman

  (03) 94865966

Acupuncture Helps Cancer Patients

A new meta-analysis finds evidence that acupuncture is effective in controlling cancer related symptoms. Acupuncture has now been proven to relieve cancer related pain, nausea and depression. Studies support the use of acupuncture for the treatment of cancer related pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes, insomnia, vomiting, anxiety, depression and dry mouth. Based on these findings, the researchers suggest expanding studies into the beneficial clinical effects of acupuncture for cancer patients. Further, the researchers note that acupuncture used in the field of oncology requires a “constant dialog” between acupuncturists and other treating physicians for improved clinical outcomes.

The researchers note that acupuncture promotes several biological changes. Acupuncture activates neural, endocrine and immunological regulation. Citing modern evidence that acupuncture regulates the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, the researchers suggest that this may be a biomedical correlate for the ancient Chinese theory that acupuncture balances yin and yang. They added that electro-acupuncture induces “serotonin release from the upper brain stem region and hypothalamus and stimulates endogenous opiate release (b endorphin, enkephalin, endomorphin, and dynorphin) which then alleviates cancer pain.” The research team also notes that acupuncture regulates the immune system in part by stimulating leukocytes, both granulocytes and lymphocytes. This is accomplished by acupuncture’s ability to stimulate the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Additional research presented demonstrated that acupuncture benefits both T-lymphocyte and Natural Killer cell (NK cell) function.

The analysis found significant positive clinical outcomes. A comparison study of sham acupuncture and true acupuncture demonstrated that only true acupuncture was effective in reducing hot flashes in breast cancer patients. Xerostomia, dry mouth, due to radiation therapy is of major concern. The research shows that acupuncture improves salivary flow rates and decreased overall xerostomia including reductions of related pain and dysfunction. Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting is also of major concern. The findings demonstrate that acupuncture reduces both nausea and vomiting for chemotherapy patients.

Many cancer patients take analgesics to reduce pain but continue to experience severe discomfort. The researchers identified a 90 patient randomized controlled study wherein cancer patients taking analgesics experienced significant additional pain reduction with the addition of acupuncture to their regime of care. Additionally, patients taking aromatase inhibitors for the treatment of cancer experience joint pain and stiffness. This class of drugs is often used for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer. The researchers found randomly controlled trials demonstrating that body style acupuncture and auricular acupuncture are both effective in reducing pain associated with the use of this class of cancer medication

A comparison study of sham acupuncture with true acupuncture for the treatment of chemotherapy related fatigue concluded that only true acupuncture reduced overall fatigue and improved motivation. This was confirmed by a phase 2 single-arm study wherein acupuncture demonstrated the same results. Another randomly controlled trial of 80 cancer patients demonstrated that acupuncture reduces depression and improves overall sleep quality.

Improvements in immunohistochemistry, CT technology and MRI imaging have led to improved studies on the effective mechanisms of acupuncture. This, combined with improvements in controlled clinical trials, has yielded important results demonstrating the ability of acupuncture to relieve suffering. This recent meta-analysis reflects this enormous leap forward of acupuncture research on the relief of suffering associated with cancer. The next step will be to continue the acupuncture continuing education and research while expanding integrative medicine implementation for the benefit of patients.


HealthCMi – Article available from: http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1032233-evidence-shows-acupuncture-helps-cancer-patients/

The Intriguing Health Benefits of Qigong

Qi gong

The Claim: Qi gong, a Chinese health practice based on gentle movements, meditation and breathing, has wide-ranging benefits, including improving balance, lowering blood pressure and even easing depression.

The Verdict: Increasingly popular in the U.S., qigong (pronounced chee-gong) has been found in recent studies to improve quality of life in cancer patients and fight depression. Other studies have found improvements in balance and blood pressure. But so far, there aren’t enough large, well-designed studies to constitute solid proof of any benefits, scientists say.

Qigong, with its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, is a close cousin to the better-known Tai Chi. Unlike that practice, qigong isn’t based in martial arts. Instead, it uses a variety of gentle movements, says Stanwood Chang, who teaches qigong classes at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Because its motions are simple and repetitive, qigong is more accessible to many people than tai chi, which has long sequences that need to be memorized, Mr. Chang adds.

Traditionally, qigong is described as a practice that cultivates “qi,” or life energy. Qi can’t be measured objectively, says Shin Lin, a professor of cell biology at the University of California, Irvine. But his studies of qigong and tai chi practitioners have found a boost in both alpha brain waves, suggesting relaxation, and beta waves, indicating strong focus. “It has the dual benefit of relaxing you, but also sharpening your mind,” says Dr. Lin.

Some studies have found improvement in balance from qigong. At least one cites the fact that participants are taught to take a wider, more stable stance when standing.

Natural Standard Research Collaboration, a Cambridge, Mass., scientist group that evaluates natural therapies, gives qigong a grade of “B,” for hypertension, concluding that there is “good evidence” to support its use along with standard medications to treat the condition.

Earlier this year, a three-month, 14-person study of depressed Chinese-Americans, who were offered one-hour qigong classes twice a week and encouraged to practice at home, found that 60% of those who took at least 15 classes saw a significant improvement in depression based on a standard rating scale. “One theory is that qigong helps people to relax and combat stress,” which tends to aggravate depression, says study co-author Albert Yeung, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge.

The study was too small to be conclusive, adds Dr. Yeung, a senior consultant at the Benson-Henry Institute. But he’s excited enough about the potential that he already recommends qigong to patients with mild and moderate depression, and in combination with medication to patients with severe depression.

For cancer patients, qigong can be done sitting and lying down if a person has physical constraints or is in pain, says Yang Yang, a kinesiologist and researcher, who teaches qigong at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

In a study of 96 women getting radiation therapy for breast cancer, published earlier this year, a team of Chinese scientists and researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston found reduced depression in women who took five weekly classes of qi gong, compared with a control group that didn’t take the classes. Among those depressed at the start of the trial, fatigue was lessened and overall quality of life improved.

Click here to find out details of Qi Gong at Freedom Chinese Medicine.



Johannes. L. The intriguing health benefits of qigong. The wall Street Journal. 30/09/2013. Available from: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304373104579107190526946048?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702304373104579107190526946048.html


Acupuncture Boosts Energy For Chronic Fatigue Patients

Warm needle technique applied to BL23.

Acupuncture successfully alleviates chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Researchers discovered that the application of manual acupuncture or acupuncture with warming needle moxibustion significantly reduces “physical and mental fatigue.” As a result of the investigation, the research team concludes that acupuncture provides a significant “therapeutic effect in the treatment of CFS.”

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that does not improve with rest and is exacerbated by physical and mental activity. Symptoms include exhaustion, weakness, musculoskeletal pain, poor memory and concentration, and insomnia.

Biomedicine does not identify a specific cause or cure for CFS and treatment focuses on alleviating symptoms. Lab tests and biomarkers specific to CFS are nonexistent. Several types of infections are considered risk factors for CFS including Epstein-Barr virus, human herpes virus 6, enterovirus, rubella, candida albicans, bornaviruses, mycoplasma, Ross River virus, coxiella burnetti and HIV. Sleep, antidepressant and pain relieving medications are often prescribed to patients to alleviate suffering.

Differential diagnostics within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) categorizes CFS into several treatable patterns. The researchers chose acupuncture points best suited for the treatment of CFS based on TCM theory. The manual acupuncture group received needling at acupoints:

Baihui (GV20)
Danzhong (CV17)
Qihai (CV6)
Guanyuan (CV4)
Zusanli (ST36)
Hegu (LI4)
Taichong (LR3)
Sanyinjiao (SP6)

The warm needle acupuncture with moxibustion group received acupoint needling at:

Baihui (GV20)
Qihai (CV6)
Guanyuan (CV4)
Zusanli (ST36)

Additionally, acupuncture treatment was administered to a third group to test for acupuncture point specificity. Nearby points were chosen between 1 – 2 cm from the real acupuncture points. This type of approach varies from high quality sham acupuncture testing for the placebo effect wherein needles only appear to penetrate the skin. In the nearby point group, the researchers applied true acupuncture needling but not in the classic, exact locations as indicated in TCM:

Baihui (GV20)
Danzhong (CV17)
Qihai (CV6)
Guanyuan (CV4)
Zusanli (ST36)
Taichong (LR3)
Sanyinjiao (SP6)
Hegu (LI4)

Needling was applied to the points for all three groups at a rate of once per day for a total of twenty days. CFS was evaluated based on the Chalder Fatigue Scale, a fourteen item breakdown of symptoms. The nearby point group did show improvements in the physical score but only the manual acupuncture and warm needle moxibustion groups significantly improved in the physical and mental fatigue scores. The physical score was overwhelmingly better in the warm needle acupuncture group than the other groups.

The nearby point needling group scored the lowest with a patient satisfaction rate of 35.7%. The acupuncture with warm needle moxibustion group scored the highest with a 72.7% patient satisfaction rate. This group achieved very high scores in both physical and mental improvements. The manual acupuncture group achieved a 36.2% effective rate.

These results point to the superiority of warm needle moxibustion for the treatment of CFS for the point selections in the study design. Interestingly, CFS responds to nearby point stimulation for physical issues as long as the points are within 1 – 2 cm of the true acupuncture point, however, the results are nowhere near as effective as true acupuncture with moxibustion.

This type of testing has come under great scrutiny because TCM theory states that the so-called nearby points may be either Ah Shi acupuncture points or acupoints that stimulate relevant acupuncture channels. Nonetheless, this is an intriguing study that was able to get clinical results with three different clinical protocols. The significant success of warm needle moxibustion in achieving positive patient outcomes suggests that additional research into this approach to care is warranted.

A related study finds acupuncture 80.0% effective for the treatment of CFS. However, adding interferential current therapy to the treatment protocol raises the total effective rate to 93.3%. The complete recovery rate also benefitted from interferential therapy. Standard acupuncture protocols achieved a 20.0% total recovery rate within 20 acupuncture treatments for CFS patients in this acupuncture continuing education investigation. Adding interferential current therapy (ICT) increased the total recovery rate to 43.3%. The researchers conclude, “Electroacupuncture plus ICT can produce a remarkable efficacy in treating CFS.”

The Hubei University of Chinese Medicine study employed electroacupuncture protocols. Deqi was elicited using even reinforcing-reducing methods. Next, the needles were retained for 20 minutes. Based on individual patient diagnostics, between four and six acupuncture points were given electroacupuncture stimulation using a sparse-dense wave to a perceptibly tolerable intensity level. Acupuncture points needled in the study were:

GV20 (Baihui)
CV4 (Guanyuan)
CV6 (Qihai)
BL25 (Xinshu)
BL18 (Ganshu)
BL13 (Feishu)
BL20 (Pishu)
BL23 (Shenshu)
PC6 (Neiguan)
HT7 (Shenmen)
SP6 (Sanyinjiao)
ST36 (Zusanli)

A total of 5 – 7 of the acupoints were chosen for each patient using filiform needles of 0.30 mm diameter and 40 mm length to depths ranging from 1 – 1.3 cun. A total of 10 sessions comprised one course of care and two courses of care were administered.

A stereo dynamic interferential electrotherapy device was used for the ICT. Two groups of 4 X 4 cm electrodes were applied with a 5 kHz frequency. One group of electrodes was applied to the trapezius muscles and the other group was applied to the spine between acupuncture points BL15 and BL23. Intensity levels were set to patient tolerance levels wherein tingling could be felt at the site of the electrodes. ICT was applied for a total of 30 minutes per each treatment. A total of 10 ICT treatments comprised one course of care. Two courses of care were administered. A complete recovery was defined as all major symptoms and complications were completely resolved, the patient returned to a normal social life, and the patient returned to a normal work life and schedule. Achieving a total effective rate of 93.3% and a total recovery rate of 43.3% with acupuncture combined with ICT demonstrates that acupuncture plays an important role in the treatment of CFS. Furthermore, ICT demonstrates an important synergistic action when combined with acupuncture therapy.

We offer Acupuncture and Moxibustion at Freedom Chinese Medicine.  Would you like to come in to see how we could help you?  We’re making that easier this month by offering 50% off a 15min Chinese Medical Health Assessment, click here for details.  It is the perfect opportunity to meet our most experienced practitioner, test her skills and get some quality health advice.  Click here to book.

Lu, C., X. J. Yang, and J. Hu. “[Randomized controlled clinical trials of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome patients].” Zhen ci yan jiu= Acupuncture research/[Zhongguo yi xue ke xue yuan Yi xue qing bao yan jiu suo bian ji] 39, no. 4 (2014): 313-317.

Huang, Fang, Xiong Chen, Li-zhi Zhou, Ping Huang, and Li-hong Guo. “Clinical study on electroacupuncture plus interferential current therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome.” Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science 12, no. 3 (2014): 156-159.

– See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1366-acupuncture-boosts-energy-for-chronic-fatigue-patients#sthash.zzwAqrh1.dpuf

Acupuncture Relieves Depression & Regulates Gene Expression

Acupuncture for depression

In a study conducted by researchers at the University of York, it was concluded that acupuncture effectively reduces the severity of mental depression. In a randomized controlled trial, researchers note that acupuncture causes a “significant reduction in symptoms of depression in the short to medium term, and are not associated with serious adverse events.” 

The acupuncture continuing education researchers cite the use of anti-depressant drugs as the “front-line treatment in primary care,” however, their investigation reveals that 60% of patients do not respond adequately. The study tested for acupuncture as a possible non-pharmacologic supplement to primary care for patients that are unresponsive to usual care, including medications. The results conclusively demonstrate that acupuncture is both safe and effective as an adjunct therapy to primary care for patients with depression.

Typical onset is between the ages of 15 and 30. Depression includes a variety of symptoms including excess sadness, exhaustion, suicidal tendencies, weight change, low self esteem, inability to experience pleasure or enthusiasm, and sleep disorders. Depression is caused by a variety of factors including seasonal affect disorder, postpartum deficiency, traumatic life events, hormonal imbalances, and brain chemistry issues. It may also be related to a genetic predisposition. Blood pressure medications, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), alcohol and drug abuse, and personality disorders are significant risk factors.

A related laboratory investigation demonstrates that acupuncture benefits brain biochemistry and regulates gene expression related to depression. The researchers conclude that electroacupuncture treats “depression by modifying or regulating the expression of various genes.

The research shows that depression causes “abnormal gene expression” in “a large number of genes” and this affects “multiple brain functions” and nerve cells. Depression causes pathological biochemical changes and these changes cause more depression. The researchers note, this “vicious circle makes it difficult to cure conditions such as depression.”

A total of 21 genes imbalanced by depression were normalized by the application of electroacupuncture. The researchers note that all 21 genes “were closer to a normal level” after the application of electroacupuncture.


Ed note: Our practitioners at Freedom Chinese Medicine are experienced in treating depression.  We understand that it’s not enough to know that a treatment can help, you also need to feel comfortable with the practitioner.  To make this easier, this month we’re offering 50% off an initial 15min consultation so you can get a feel of who we are, what we do and if you’d feel comfortable for us to help you.  For more information click here.


MacPherson, H., S. Richmond, M. Bland, S. Brealey, and R. Gabe. “Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised.” (2013).

Duan, Dongmei, Xiuyan Yang, T. Ya, and Liping Chen. “Hippocampal gene expression in a rat model of depression after electroacupuncture at the Baihui and Yintang acupoints.” Neural Regeneration Research 9, no. 1 (2014): 76.

– See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1363-acupuncture-relieves-depression-regulates-gene-expression#sthash.yytei6L2.dpuf



Laser Acupuncture for Weight Loss

laser acupuncture

Laser acupuncture helps people with metabolic syndrome lose weight, achieving reductions in hip and waist circumferences. This type of needle-free acupuncture also reduces cholesterol and insulin levels. These results were documented in a study of obese post-menopausal women with metabolic syndrome. Laser acupuncture and control groups were randomly divided to avoid bias and the results were confirmed with objective measurements: anthropometric, fasting blood glucose and insulin levels, homeostatic insulin resistance, lipid profile.

Laser Acupuncture
Laser acupuncture evolved from the study of photobiology, how light affects living beings. Low level lasers, known as cold lasers, are used for this type of acupuncture in most applications. Cold lasers are used in 635 nM red, 450 nM blue and 532 nM green laser acupuncture. They do not produce heat and do not burn the skin. The use of 700-1000 nM heat producing infrared lasers may also be employed but are less common.

This latest research demonstrates that laser acupuncture significantly enhances the therapeutic value of diet and exercise interventions for obese post-menopausal women with metabolic syndrome. Weight loss is very difficult with metabolic syndrome because the insulin-glucagon pathway does not function properly. Laser acupuncture helps to correct this imbalance and facilitates weight loss.

Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors. Central obesity, excess body fat on the upper and middle parts of the body, is one of the primary symptoms. Insulin resistance is also present and results in increased blood sugar and fat levels. High cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure are indicators of metabolic syndrome. This disorder may lead to excessive blood clotting, systemic inflammation, diabetes, stroke, heart and kidney disease, and poor blood circulation in the legs. Conventional therapeutic approaches include pharmaceutical drugs, dietary modifications and exercise programs.

The research team notes that needle acupuncture is effective in reducing BMI and abdominal fat by decreasing abdominal visceral adipose tissue. This new clinical investigation was designed to measure the effects of laser acupuncture on lipid metabolism and insulin-glucose homeostasis. The diet and exercise programs for the control group and the laser acupuncture group were identical, anthropometric measurements were taken by a therapist that was blinded to group assignments and patients were randomly divided into each group. Anthropometrics included measurements of hip and waist circumference. Biochemical analyses were based on blood samples and included measurements of glucose, insulin, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.

The dietary modifications included caloric restriction to daily energy intake of 1000 kcal/day. Carbohydrates were set to 55%, protein was set to 15% and fat was set to 30% of total dietary intake (55:15:30). An interesting choice of percentages, this differs from the popular Zone diet that uses a ratio of 40:30:30 for carbohydrates, protein and fat respectively.

The training program used a treadmill for exercise at a rate of 3 times per week for 12 weeks. Warm-ups were performed for 5 minutes at a 0% grade at a velocity of 4-5 km/h. Next, there was a thirty minute period of increased activity using heart rate controls, monitored by a Polar heart rate monitor. Heart rate monitors and other fitness devices are becoming more accessible including introductions by Samsung and now Apple, thought to be released under the name iWatch. Many heart rate monitors allow for calculations of heart rates, heart rate variability, heart resting rate and related measurements. Treadmill velocity and incline were adjusted to maintain a target heart rate based on the Karvonen equation.

Laser Acupuncture
The laser acupuncture group received gallium Arsenide infrared laser stimulation at 904 nM at 5 mW, 5000 Hz, with a 200 ns pulse. The acupuncture point selections were based on Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) principles. TCM theory notes that obesity is related to spleen and kidney deficiency combined with stomach heat and qi stagnation. As a result, the following acupuncture points were selected that addressed these concerns: CV4 (Guanyuan), CV9 (Shuifen), CV12 (Zhongwan), ST25 (Tianshu), ST36 (Zusanli), SP6 (Sanyinjiao), ST40 (Fenglong). Laser acupuncture was applied to these acupuncture points at a rate of 3 times per week for 12 weeks. Each point was vertically stimulated with the laser for a period of 2 minutes.

The researchers measured important changes in a comparison of the control group with the laser acupuncture treatment group, “The percentages of changes in the control group versus acupuncture group were as follows: 9.53 vs 10.95% for BW (body weight); 9.52 vs 10.94% for BMI; 8.94 vs 13.41% for waist circumference; 9.21 vs 12.73% for hip circumference; 0.001 vs 1.05% for waist hip ratio; 7.08 vs 9.54% for fasting blood glucose; 16.65 vs 30.08% for fasting blood insulin; 23.51 vs 32.1% for HOMA-IR; 8.68 vs 11.56% for TC (total cholesterol); 2.38 vs 3.54% for HDL-C (HDL cholesterol); 6.41 vs 9.33% for LDL-C (LDL cholesterol); 21.64 vs 24.62% for TG (triglycerides).” Cholesterol results were important. Total cholesterol reduced in the laser acupuncture group, harmful LDL decreased and helpful HDL cholesterol increased. This demonstrates a homeostatic therapeutic action of laser acupuncture on cholesterol levels. In related research, investigators conducted a “double-blind, randomized, and controlled trial was conducted in patients with chronic myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) in the neck to evaluate the effects of infrared low level 904 nm Gallium-Arsenide (Ga-As) laser therapy (LLLT) on clinical and quality of life (QoL).” The concluded , “This study revealed that short-period application of LLLT is effective in pain relief and in the improvement of functional ability and QoL in patients with MPS.”

We offer Laser Acupuncture at Freedom Chinese Medicine.  Would you like to come in to see how we could help you?  We’re making that easier this month by offering a FREE 15min Chinese Medical Health Assessment, click here for details.  It is the perfect opportunity to meet our most experienced practitioner, test her skills and get some quality health advice.  Click here to book.

El-Mekawy, Hanan S., Abeer M. ElDeeb, and Hassan O. Ghreib. “Effect of laser acupuncture combined with a diet-exercise intervention on metabolic syndrome in post-menopausal women.” Journal of Advanced Research (2014).

H. Zhang, Y. Peng, Z. Liu, S. Li, Z. Lv, L. Tian, et al. Effects of acupuncture therapy on abdominal fat and hepatic fat content in obese children: a magnetic resonance imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy study, J Altern Complement Med, 17 (5) (2011), pp. 413–420.

Gur, Ali, Aysegul Jale Sarac, Remzi Cevik, Ozlem Altindag, and Serdar Sarac. “Efficacy of 904 nm gallium arsenide low level laser therapy in the management of chronic myofascial pain in the neck: A double‐blind and randomize‐controlled trial.” Lasers in surgery and medicine 35, no. 3 (2004): 229-235.

– See more at: http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1359-laser-acupuncture-metabolic-weight-loss-new-study#sthash.YHFaVmng.dpuf

Can Acupuncture Really Boost Fertility?

acupuncture for fertility


Infertility is recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

It causes abnormal functioning of the female or male reproductive system, and is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or carry a pregnancy to live birth.

A report from the federal government earlier this year found that American birth rate has reached a record low. While a variety of social factors have contributed to the decline, infertility may have played a large role as well.

So, what causes infertility? Approximately one third of infertility is attributed to the female partner and one third to the male partner, with the final third resulting from a combination of problems in both partners. This brings us into a gray area, where “unexplained” problems affect fertility.

There is evidence to suggest that stress could be a major culprit. Researchers at Ohio State University recently found that by over-stimulating adrenal gland production and altering the central nervous system’s regulation of bodily functions, stress and the hormones it produces may double a woman’s risk for infertility.

This is where acupuncture can be immensely helpful, and can even make the difference between success and failure for fertility treatments. Acupuncture is generally known for treating pain, but can it work on stress the same way? Yes, partly, by stimulating the body’s release of naturally occurring pain-killing endorphins, which elevate mood. But there’s far more to it than that.

There are two ways that acupuncture can reduce stress in the body to boost fertility:

1. The body’s fight-or-flight response is interrupted with acupuncture treatment.

Stress causes immediate hormonal changes in the body, known as the fight-or-flight response, and chronic stress can alter the body’s hormonal patterns. Stress hormones like cortisol are released by the adrenal cortex, causing anxiety, depression, and over time, long-term effects on the body. Acupuncture has an ability to decrease the production of these harmful chemicals, and the immediate benefits that patients experience, restoring hormonal balance within the body.

In fertility, the body’s hormonal system has powerful effects, so maintaining this balance is crucial.

2. Acupuncture hits the reset button on the central nervous system.

When stress interferes with the central nervous system’s regulation of the body, normal functions such as digestion, circulation and fertility can suffer. Under constant stress, the networks and chemical switches used by the CNS to control the flow of hormones and other signals become dysfunctional.

Acupuncture can fundamentally recalibrate these pathways, thereby reducing the effects of stress and allowing the body to regain balance.

The beauty of acupuncture is that it can greatly support the fertility treatments of modern western medicine. Both approaches recognize that the body is a complex combination of systems, and that when one system is diseased or dysfunctional, others invariably become affected as well.

When a patient’s physiological systems are impaired by stress, for example, standard fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be fighting an uphill battle. By addressing this underlying problem, acupuncture can help restore healthy functioning, giving fertility treatments a better chance of success.

Of course, everyone is different. A good practitioner will diagnose your particular set of patterns according to traditional Asian medical theory, and choose a set of acupuncture points that will best suit your individual needs. Most acupuncturists are also well versed in western medicine, so they can work collaboratively with your MD to maximize your odds of having a beautiful bundle of joy!

Would you like to talk to a good practitioner and see if they can help you?  We have an excellent team of practitioners at Freedom Chinese Medicine, each with experience in helping fertility.  We understand that you need to feel comfortable with your doctor and may have many questions, we would be happy to help.  To find out more about our fertility acupuncture treatment, please click here.


Clinic Room for Rent

photo 1 (1)photo 2 (1)Class room

Room for rent in busy Ivanhoe

One lovely consulting room and a class/ workshop space is now available for rent in our Ivanhoe wellness clinic. Our practice has a professional look with a warm feel. We have street corner exposure, with hospitals nearby. This is an opportunity to be part of a professional, supportive team without having to pay for your own clinic/studio. 

Freedom Chinese Medicine is an established clinic. We offer Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Life Coaching, Kinesiology, Meditation and Qi Gong classes. We care deeply about the health and well-being of our clients and are looking for someone who holds the same view and values of holistic care. 

The room would suit the needs of a 

• Osteopath
• Hypnotherapist 
• Counsellor
• Naturopath 
• Nutritionist 
• Reflexologist 
• Homeopath, etc 

• Well appointed and fully furnished room
• Natural light 
• Hand basin in room
• Portable treatment table available if required
• Warm & welcoming waiting area 
• Staff kitchenette with facilities – tea, coffee, kettle, fridge 
• Disabled toilet 
• Heating/cooling 
• EFTPOS and electronic health fund facilities available if required 
• Wifi internet available
• Free street parking and easily accessible by public transport 
• Close to shops and cafes 
• All amenities included 


4 hours for $60 (9am -2pm)
6 hours for $80 (2pm – 8pm)
All day for $110 (9am – 8pm)
Sessional/ hourly use will be considered.

We also have a large and lovely class room/ workshop room available upstairs for $20 per hour. Great for Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Mat Pilates, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais or similar.

Please give us a call or email us if you’re interested in a tour or have any questions at [email protected] or on 03 9486 5966



As a well established but growing practice, there are often opportunities to join the team.  At present, we have the following openings:

A Remedial Massage therapist to work Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

A TCM Assistant (student) to work on Wednesdays

We have a room available to rent on Mondays & Thursdays, per hour or per day rates available

We have a class room available to rent on Weekday mornings, per hour rates available

Contact Elaine Hickman for more details on any of the above opportunities on 03 9486 5966


As a well established but growing practice, there are often opportunities to join the team.  At present, we have the following openings:

A Remedial Massage therapist to work Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

A TCM Assistant (student) to work on Wednesdays

We have a room available to rent on Mondays & Thursdays, 1/2 day or full day rates available

We have a class room available to rent on Weekday mornings, per hour rates available

Contact Elaine Hickman for more details on any of the above opportunities on 03 9486 5966

Cosmetic acupuncture improves facial elasticity

Facial cosmetic acupuncture (FCA) results in improvement of objective measures of facial elasticity, a Korean pilot study suggests. Twenty-seven women aged 40 to 59 with signs of advanced skin aging, completed five FCA treatment sessions over three weeks. The total number of needle insertions per treatment ranged from 100 to 110. The primary outcome assessed was the amount of sagging of the cheek and side of the mouth. A significant improvement was seen after FCA treatment. (Effect of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity: an open-label, single-arm pilot study. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:424313).