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Creating New Life

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I just found a note in my phone that I wrote over a year ago (early 2015) about a beautiful patient I met who had been refused treatment by IVF clinics and in fact had been told that there is nothing that can be done for her and that she would never have children.

She conceived within 2 months of the first consult, now has a 9 month old baby and we are working on helping her have her 2nd!

Here is the note in full:

April 2015.

I met a very inspiring girl yesterday. She reminded me of why I do what I do for a living.

She had been passed from Dr to Dr as a truly confounding case that has defied Western medical treatment and testing for causes.

I asked her a couple of simple questions as per my usual consult routine and saw the light go on in her eyes as were able to make sense of how her string of symptoms connect from a Chinese medicine point of view.

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I’m not saying that means we will be able to cure her- and I was honest with her that it could take time to heal- but I felt hope. I felt that given her history and the nature of the onset of her condition, that we had hope for improvement at the very least and the possibility of eventual conception.

The joy in her face at feeling recognised and not looked at as a lost cause was forever and about the exact reason why I work in the industry I do, and continue to see difficult cases.

I look forward to the journey forward with her and her beautiful willingness to try on any suggestions.

I felt that every time I spoke, an answer was being reflected for her, it was just a beautiful, symbiotic process.

She is a blank canvas full of beautiful promise.

She is a painting of new life ready to fill in the brush strokes and not resist the process.

She taught me that sometimes at our most vulnerable we are at our most beautiful.

 

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1000 year old hiccoughs- ancient wisdom for modern times

 

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It’s a joyful thing when you love what you do, and feel very present in your work. So many times in clinical consult I forget about the world outside, and even my own inner world- if I have personal stresses or days where I don’t feel well myself, it all evaporates in the moment of the consult and most of the time I am fortunate to just feel truly fully present with the person in front of me.

Sometimes however a case will come along and baffle me or make me feel nervous until I remember that in Chinese medicine we just focus on the signs right there in front of us and treat the person for those. We love the help of a Western medicine diagnosis- it is necessary so that we know the seriousness or severity of what we are dealing with but ultimately we work with what we have today, right here and now, and go from there.

My stepfather was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, though doctors are now suggesting that it might actually be a combination of Sjoegren’s disease and Lupus. Since the beginning of his baffling journey, many different drugs have been trialled, some of which put have put him in hospital with serious side effects and some of which have been temporarily very helpful until symptoms adapt and change. I think I’ll just call it runners disease!! The disease that runs from diagnosis and treatment!

 

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Just recently I went to a family gathering where my mother told me that my stepfather had had painful unrelenting, hiccoughs for over a week, keeping him up at night, at one point in tears (which in turn made my mother cry). Given that he has been relatively stoic about his condition and bears his pain with quiet grace actually, this was really saying something. Doctors said there was no explanation but google said that sometimes this can be neurological and sometimes, and most likely, from a drug reaction.

 

We were sitting at the dinner table and I wanted to offer him acupuncture but he didn’t want to leave the family and lie down while all was going on so right then and there. I applied a few needles according to his Chinese diagnosis and removed them half an hour later. The hiccoughs calmed down a little while the needles were in but seemed to be still present for a little while later, albeit calmed slightly.

The next day I was speaking with my Mum over the phone and she said that the hiccoughs stopped shortly after we left, he had none during the night and they hadn’t returned. Two weeks later they confirmed that they never returned ever!!

 

There are many beautiful stories such as this in clinical practice.. many difficult stories too- for example treating the entire mysterious auto-immune condition of my step-father is very challenging as his body has become a self-creating pathogen and we are working on the foundations of that over time.

But along the way, as I have always said, there are many things we don’t have to suffer from. There are many small things that can make life easier along the way. And I thank the Chinese for their remarkable system of diagnosis that knows the body as an ecosystem, where the mystery is revealed quite often right in front of you, you only have to look.

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Happy Christmas and yes.. Santa is real!

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Christmas is upon us, and with it much joy and expectation. It is a time of year where family emotions can run high on both the positive and not so positive spectrum.

On every card and social media meme I see the words JOY lit up with tinsel and lush red ribbons and reindeer and pretty lights reflected in the snow.. and it makes me feel all magical inside.

Reminds me of childhood, and that beautiful feeling of going to bed knowing that SANTA was going to climb over our roof and through our verandah window (growing up in Australia, and living in a wooden house on stilts, there was no chimney!).. and awaken to colourfully wrapped abundance the next morning, and an unusually buoyant and loving mood among family members.


As I grew older I was a bit perturbed to realise that Santa wasn’t real after all. Until I realised something.. the
FEELING of Santa IS real.

 

The feeling of magic, and colour and unity, they all ARE real.. and if we can create that feeling once a year we can create it in everyday life, if our focus is on love and giving to others, and believing in an abundant world.

 

We certainly don’t have to go out giving each other presents all day long, but hey, why not occasionally, just give each other little love presents during the year.. sometimes a gift can be as little as a smile to a stranger, or helping some poor sod out on the bus. Or buying a friend a little card or sending a loving text to someone you haven’t seen in a while.

 

With  and a deep, abiding believe that we are all ultimately ONE (whether that’s an appealing prospect or not:), I wish you a Merry Christmas and an Incredible New Year!! 

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