Tracy Gaibisso Naturopath
Ancestral Stories- Dandelion
When I wander in my garden and look down at the ground, it reminds me mother nature offers us her sacred hand at every step. Just walking in the garden or a national park allows me to wonder who has passed by before me barefoot on the same patch of earth where I currently stand. The ancestral stories of 30 million years ago, which the dandelions hold, entice me, as their wispy umbels engrained with sacred knowledge float by. When it comes to fertility, Dandelion has much to offer. With its bitter taste supporting movement of digestive matter and flow of bile, the whole plant offers us a plethora of nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, protein, trace nutrients such as iron as well as a being a good source of the mineral potassium. The leaves help move fluid out in cases of sluggishness or water retention and many women journeying with fertility issues fall short of their daily iron intake which is crucial not only for optimal thyroid function but also circulation around the pelvic area. Somebody fatigued or who has endured the rounds of medication an assisted reproductive cycle demands, may also benefit from this sacred herb.
Tracy Gaibisso Naturopath
1:10 women suffer from Endometriosis, a condition where tissue similar to that within the lining of the uterus is located outside the womb. This tissue can adhere to organs anywhere in the body but most often on organs such as the fallopian tubes, bladder, ovaries and peritoneum. The ‘rogue’ tissue responds to the body’s cyclical hormones which can cause severe pain and inflammation, scarring and adhesions. Typical diagnosis can take anywhere between 7-10 years and it is often the case that women have seen multiple practitioners and specialists before being diagnosed.
Definitive diagnosis can only be made via a laparoscopy and it is recommended to use surgeons who have advanced laparoscopic training. (There are currently only 3 such surgeons in Perth as of today’s date). It cannot be diagnosed via a blood test or ultrasound. If the disease is advanced or the sonographer is experienced some ultrasound’s may show indications of endometriosis but a laparoscopy is still recommended.
Lawrence Gleich Acupuncturist
We are often asked “What is the difference between Acupuncture and Dry Needling?”
For many years there have been different professions using needling techniques to provide relief from pain and discomfort. Broadly these professions can fall into two major groups, those that practice East Asian Traditional Medicine, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, or those from Western Musculoskeletal professions such as Chiropractors, Osteopaths and Physiotherapists. And until 2012 there was no general differentiation of the type of needling between the two groups.
What happened in 2012?
In 2012, in Australia, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture became a registered profession and the title of “Acupuncturist and Acupuncture” became protected to be used by only those people who are registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. As a consequence, other professions using needling have taken on the term Dry Needling.
Elizabeth Mulvey Aromatherapist
Communication is a two-way process and our body is communicating with us in every instance of the day. In every moment, there are complex reactions and actions beings processed by our cells to sustain life. Our bodies communicate in a variety of ways with us, in the inspiration of an idea, the shifting of our posture, the signals of hunger and thirst, sleep and rest, pain and numerous other signals. Over time in our personal physical, mental and spiritual development we are conditioned to discipline or ignore messages from our body, yet our body continues to try to get our attention and in extreme circumstances this can manifest in chronic stress related metabolic and psychological malfunction....
Edward Enever Naturopath
Very commonly in meditation circles you will hear the term “Monkey Mind”. Monkey Mind describes that incessant mind chatter that distracts us from our practice. It’s the part of the mind that is hyperactive, distracted and wanders from one thought to the next. It’s the part of our mind that ruminates on the what-ifs, should-bes, could-bes, oughts-tos and need-tos. The monkey mind dwells on the past and catastrophizes the future. It’s the part of our mind that drives us nutty and it’s the meditator’s worse enemy....