By Phyllis Teo, Acupuncturist, Advance Wellness
Traditional Acupuncture is part of a system of healing that originated in China thousands of years ago and is still used in many parts of the world today. It is a safe and effective treatment process that is successfully used to manage many ailments & conditions.
Many Western institutions are recognizing the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for a countless number of conditions. The World Health Organization has endorsed Acupuncture as an effective method to treat many conditions such as stroke, knee pain and lower back pain through controlled trials.
Rigorous scientific research has shown that Acupuncture promotes the production of a variety of chemical substances in the body which help to relieve pain and relax muscles, help regulate nerve transmission, enhance the immune system, regulate hormones and blood flow and hence reduce inflammation.
How does it work?
Traditional Acupuncture uses fine needles that are inserted into points on the body known as acu-points to stimulate self-healing. It is an energetic form of healing. The theory behind Acupuncture is that this energy moves in pathways in the body.
Pain, illness, or uncomfortable symptoms arise when this energy is either blocked or depleted. An example of blocked energy is the stiff neck and shoulders that many people experience when they are stressed out. The stress causes tightness which inhibits the flow of blood and energy, creating the pain and stiffness, which can also travel and cause headaches or chronic back pain.
Why choose an acupuncturist from Acupuncture NZ?
Acupuncture NZ is a member of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) and the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). It also has strong affiliations with Acupuncture associations particularly in Australia, China, the United States, Britain and throughout Europe.
When you choose to be treated by an Acupuncture NZ member, you can be assured that you are in the hands of a safe and fully competent practitioner who meets the highest standards of education, professional conduct and practice. The members are bound by the Rules and Code of Professional Ethics of the organisation and are required to complete on-going professional education in order to maintain their Annual Practising Certificate.
Moreover, its members have been recognised as ACC Treatment Providers since 1990. Anyone who has been injured as a result of an accident and has had an ACC claim raised may choose to have traditional acupuncture treatment to assist with their recovery.
Conditions for Treatment
The following are those specialty areas in which Phyllis has gained significant experience and can treat with Acupuncture:
- Women’s Wellness
- Childbirth: Optimal foetal positioning, Induction of labour, Pain relief
- Pain, Anxiety & Stress Management
- Digestive System Disorder
- Skin Irritations & allergies
- Musculoskeletal Disorders/Discomfort
- Sporting Injuries
- Facial Rejuvenation
As well as traditional Acupuncture involving the use of fine needles, Phyllis also offers Cupping, Heat therapy, Electric-needling and Guasha (Scraping) as part of her Acupuncture services.
Phyllis is a member of member of Acupuncture, New Zealand and hence an ACC accredited Health Provider for Acupuncture.
She qualified as a Chinese Physician with the Singapore Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board (STCMB). STCMB is under the purview of the Ministry of Health, Singapore.
Phyllis is highly experienced at Traditional Chinese Medicine which ranges from aesthetic treatments such as face uplifting, weight loss and hair loss to Internal Medicine programmes on pain and stress management as well as women’s wellness and fertility issues. Phyllis is also a trained mid-wife and can offer unique insight into issues relating to pregnancy and fertility.
In addition to English, Phyllis speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.
Her motto is to improve her clients’ quality of life through holistic and natural means of treatment.