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Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Acupuncture, Health Hub |

Why I chose to practice Japanese Acupuncture Meridian Therapy

Christina Atkins ~ Japanese Acupuncture

Why I chose Japanese Meridian Therapy

Why I chose to practice Japanese Meridian Therapy 

At college 20 years ago, we were all taught Chinese Acupuncture (TCM).  After all, this is where to all started.  It was interesting and mainly symptomatic-based. I found it effective but it hurt.  When I did my practical time in China, the needles were even thicker than in the West. The mantra was “no pain, no gain”.  Furthermore, I well understand this notion, as I am Chinese and was raised in such a “tough love” manner.

As years passed, I became increasingly reluctant to induce pain in my patients. In fact,  so much so, that I considered giving up Acupuncture altogether.  Something about it did not resonate with me.

My curiosity was sparked by Japanese acupuncture.  Some of my colleagues had dabbled in this form of acupuncture. I had my first treatment.  Although I didn’t feel the needles penetrating my skin, I found it powerful.

Through my discovery of Japanese style Acupuncture, I found a renewed passion for my modality.  It breathed life into my practice.  Consequently, I continue to be inspired from teachers, primarily Masakazu Ikeda, whose practice is firmly rooted in the classical of texts that are 2000 years old.

The most notable differences with Japanese Acupuncture are:-


Palpation is an integral part of a Japanese acupuncturist’s practice. We feel the temperature and texture of the skin.  As Japanese Acupuncturists, we palpate the hara (abdomen), which is an important diagnostic tool.  We look for the live or active acupuncture points and engage with the living human being in front of us.  I believe the interplay of energy between the practitioner and patient is really important. This interplay can greater determine and impact on the outcome of the treatment.  Throughout the treatment, I continually reference back to the patient to see what changes are occurring by checking the pulse.  The pulse guides me, as the practitioner, to see how the body is responding to the treatment.  It  lets me know if I am on the right track.

Thinner needles, Shallow Insertion or Deeper insertion

I love that the needles I use are thinner and therefore less invasive.  Also, I feel that due to component of palpation in the Japanese Acupuncture style, I can subtly nudge the patient back to a place of wellness as the body opens itself to finding balance.  I come across many people with needle phobias that say they honestly enjoy their Japanese Acupuncture treatments.

What is that smell?  Its Moxabustion or mugwort 

I am a self-confessed moxa junky.  Actually, I love using it in my practice in all its forms. And, I use it frequently.  Moxabustion is a herb that is dried, rolled up and placed on specific points on the body.  Once lit, the moxa creates a deeply penetrating and healing heat in the body.  In fact, the soft cones of moxa that I roll, fill up the empty exhausted well within a person.  It is like a warm, nourishing soup that fills the void of exhaustion.  In addition to this, I love the small, but powerful, rice grain or thread moxa that penetrates deeply into an acupuncture point to revive life into a channel again.  In addition, Moxa creates a deeply relaxing response in my clients.

To me everyone is a puzzle 

When working with human beings, we must use a different key to nudge the body into wellness.  I believe that you don’t need a bulldozer to create change.  In fact, a gentle stroke of a feather can more powerfully and effectively lead the body towards the direction of good health by redirecting the flow of the river of energy within.

Japanese Acupuncture is a true art form

When I first went to Japan to spend time with one my teachers, Edward Obaidy and saw him practice, I was in awe. This was the first time I truly recognized Japanese Acupuncture as an art form.  Edward’s Sensei’s hands lovingly danced along patients’ body, filling up the spaces that were empty, moving along energy that was stuck all the whilst laughing, engaging and teaching us all that we are all the same humans doing our best to strive towards wellness.

~ By Christina Atkins, Japanese Acupuncturist

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Posted by on Jan 27, 2018 in Acupuncture, Health Hub |

Endometriosis and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is known to treat Endometriosis effectively


Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects 1 in 10 women of childbirth age.  Every month, normal hormonal changes result in the lining of the uterus to thicken. This is a normal  as if preparing for pregnancy.  If a woman doesn’t fall pregnant, the lining of the uterus (endometrial tissue) breaks down and is released from the body as menstrual blood and this is a normal part of the menstrual cycle.


Endometriosis results when the endometrial tissue develops outside of the uterus.  Women with this condition experience problems when the endometrial tissue is not released from the body, and this, in turn, leads to swelling (an inflammatory response) and pain.   In this situation, you may experience common symptoms such as painful periods, heavy bleeding or clotting, irregular periods. You may also experience symptoms such as chronic fatigue, pain during intercourse, cramping and pelvic pain.

We recognise that in cases of mild endometriosis, the symptoms can result in issues with fertility, conception or even the normal development of an early-stage embryo.  In more moderate to severe cases, tissue scarring can get in the way of healthy ovulation and interfere with the clear  movement of the egg through the fallopian tubes.   We also understand that other issues such as the prevention the sperm from reaching the egg for fertilization, can also arise.

Having said that, many women with endometriosis go on to have healthy pregnancies and births with no difficulties.

Causes of Endometriosis

There are several possible causes for this disorder, including hormonal factors, immune dysfunction, lifestyle issues.  For example, we are learning that exposure to environmental toxins can play a part in endometriosis.  In addition, we know that genetics can also play a role in the development of this disease.  A laparoscopy is one of the more common methods used to diagnose this disorder.

Acupuncture can be effective in managing pain, easing discomfort and regulating menstruation.  One of the primary benefits of Acupuncture for women suffering from this disorder is to reduce blood stagnation, therefore improving blood flow to the uterus and the entire reproductive area, further nourishing the body. Acupuncture also helps to minimise stress-related symptoms of anxiety or depression that may result.

Another benefit of acupuncture is supporting overall health and wellbeing, providing more energy and stamina for each individual.

Appointments available Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Gurates B & Bulan SE. Endometriosis: the ultimate hormonal disease. Seminars in Reproductive Medicine 2003; 21(2): 125-134.

Flower A, Liu JP, Lewith G, Little P. Chinese Herbal Medicine for Endometriosis 2009


Written by Rosa Ghidella

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Acupuncture, Health Hub |

Acupuncture and Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is a powerful pain management therapy

Acupuncture and chronic pain

In this article, I talk about the effectiveness of acupuncture and chronic pain.  Anyone with chronic pain can testify that it can completely undermine the quality of your life.

Over the years, I’ve heard so many sceptics dismiss the idea that acupuncture can be an effective or viable form of medicine.  Many argue that there is insufficient scientific evidence to prove the case.  Even further, others suggest that it is some kind of woohoo, mumbo jumbo.


Today, however, there are many credible clinical trials that have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating a wide range of disorders and symptoms.  The World Health Organization (WHO) compiled a list of 34 symptoms and conditions proven to be treated effectively by acupuncture.  Some of these symptoms and conditions include headache, back pain, neck pain, TMJ (jaw pain) and dental pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica and knee pain.

In addition, recent studies have even proven that acupuncture is as effective as many pain-management medications such as opiates, in treating chronic pain. Furthermore, there is now recognition that there are no serious side effects or risk of substance abuse as is the case with opiates.

We believe acupuncture is a very effective form of medicine that can ease chronic pain without other adverse effects.  It is based on a solid foundation, a practice that is traced back to over 2000 years.

Private health rebates are available on all acupuncture consultations.


Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine, October 2012.

The safety of acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review. Acupuncture in Medicine, June 2014.

Cost-effectiveness of adjunct non-pharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis of the knee. PLOS One, March 2017.

Written by Rosa Ghidella

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Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Acupuncture, Health Hub |

How to Cure Migraine with Acupuncture ~ Christina Atkins, Acupuncture

Many people suffer from debilitating migraines on a weekly, monthly and even daily basis. Often they have tried many drugs from pain killers to suppositories to help ease this chronic pain.

Often, Acupuncture is the last stop on the bus for these people as they are in such a desperate state and are skeptical of the notion that inserting needles (which they associate with more pain ) can help.  If you suffer from debilitating and chronic migraines, or know someone who does, please read on and share this information.  I will show you how we can cure migraine with acupuncture.

Here is a recent patients experience I can share with you:-

Young professional woman, 29 years old has suffered chronic migraines for the past 2 years. The pain was constant and sharp with accompanying dizziness, fainting, anxiety, tightness in the chest and accompanying digestive issues.   She often felt nauseous with no appetite, had no energy and relied on coffee to help her keep going.  Her shoulders, lower back and neck were often stiff from her job which required her to stand all day.  She also had leg cramps at night and had to evacuate bowels 3-6 times a day, which was affecting her life and ability to work.

One year prior to coming to see me, she was admitted to hospital with tingling on the left side of her body. The doctors said she’d had a small stroke and recommended she go on anti-coagulant medication, although, after researching this medication’s side-effects, she decided against it.

It was then she decided to try acupuncture.

After the first treatment, the pain has reduced and she did not take any painkillers from that week on. She has continued to enjoy a pain and drug-free life.  Her digestion has improved and she no longer lives on coffee but has a renewed appetite for food.  She passes stools only once daily now, and this has reduced the anxiety of needing to always be nearby a bathroom.  Her period is no longer debilitating and she enjoys a  painless menstrual cycle.  Her leg cramps are now gone as the blood can now nourish the muscles.

This young woman had long-term exhaustion from her work, which in general terms had lead to lack of movement in blood flow. When blood doesn’t move through the body well, it will end up causing blockages of energy, which leads to pain as muscles are not being nourished. There is a break down of communication between the body’s muscles and tendons and eventually, organs can be effected (long term).

Acupuncture is able to release natural endorphins, encourage blood flow to tissues and release muscle tension.

Moxibustion can bring heat to cold places, warming gently as it dilates the capillaries.

After 6 x weekly treatments, this patient continues to live a pain-free, drug-free life and frequently comes in for regular treatments  to maintain her overall health and well being.


Christina Atkins, Practitioner of Japanese Acupuncture

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