Thursday, February 25, 2010

Orientation Day UTS Chinese medicine Clinic stall and CUPCAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The stall all set up
Special ingredients on display

Happy massage pplPower up


Orientation day is the week before semester starts, so all the first years rock up to find out what’s on offer at uni. It’s a great place to meet people and promote what you’re doing and I decided to take full advantage!

I set up a stall, and organised gold coin donations for massage, gave free Chinese medicine health assessments and answered a million questions on Chinese medicine. Oh, and I booked a few patients for my final year internship clinic hours!

It was a great success and great fun. Thanks mainly to Audrey and Isabella who got stuck right into it! I checked our gold coin donations, over $40 worth, from small change! I couldn’t believe it! Anyway thanks to everybody who rocked up to help or have a look and especially to Nic for the cupcakes or the Gui Zhi Swirl Muffins! They were delicious!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Clinic, clinic, clinic

Er wow

Clinic has been an amazing experience and it has only been the first 3 weeks!

So far in acupuncture I have treated people with gout, muscle spasms, thyroid issues, elbow trauma (a violinist), somebody with debilitating migraines, a person with chronic wrist and ankle pain, an individual suffering from anxiety and depression and someone suffering from pimples!

In herb clinic I have met people needing help with fertility, a person who drank 22 double strength teas a day for 3 years and wanted to beat the habit, a bronchitis case and much more!

So thanks very much to all the people who took my card or looked at the flyer or who responded to a poster telling you about Chinese medicine. It’s going to be a busy year! I’ll keep you updated!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Patient Reflections

Hi Blogs,

A friend of mine came in for treatment at the clinic a while ago.
It was a very interesting case of a person with ADD (Attention Deficient Disorder), OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and Tourettes Syndrome.
They were on meds. One was Haloperidol (Haloperidol is a neuroleptic and a butyrophenone. Due to its strong central antidopaminergic action, it is classified as a highly potent neuroleptic). And prozac for OCD.

My friend came in as things where going ok but they still had jitters and muscle spasms towards the end of the day. When things got stressful an always predominant phantom nose itch would become worse.

I could see some dryness and redness around the nose from rubbing.

Wind (Chinese Element version) in the body creates itch. In most cases this is a physical red itch or dryness in the skin, for example. In this case it was a phantom itch but I still applied the basic idea of Liver Qi Stagnation and treatment by calming the Liver Wind to relax the muscles and tendons and to treat wind in the skin.

I kept track of my friends signs and symptoms and in the next three days they reported a large reduction in jitters and nose itching. She put in an order for 3 more weeks worth by the end of the week.


Tian Ma Gou Teng Yin

Tiam Ma 9g
Gou Teng 15g
Shi Jue Ming 20g
Zhi Zi 9g
Huang Qi 9g
Yi Mu Cao 10g
Niu Xi 12g
Du Zhong 10g
Sang Ji Sheng 15g
Ye Jiao Teng 20g
Fu Shen 10g
Bai Shao Yao 10g added to calm Liver rising
Gan Cao 10g added to harmonise the whole formula, also indicated to stop spams

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Practicing in the clinic

I am now practicing Chinese medicine for real in the clinic.

Clinic can be a very intimidating place! When you have to recall information and ways of thinking at a moments notice in front of your patient and your overseeing practitioner. Then apply these theories in a practical way! Anxiety can run high! Fortunately we have had three years of training but that first week can still be confronting.

With one of my first patients I definitely had a brain blank, luckily I had reference material with me and I was able to piece the diagnosis together!

In fact I can say the first week has been an amazing success in many ways. Firstly I have been very busy with patients. This may be because of my marketing efforts. I will work out later if the patient intake has been more compared to other semesters but my first week has been busy! A lot of my patients rebooked for next week, so things must have gone ok with needle technique and working with the patient in general. Secondly I was able to recall a lot more information buried in my brain than I realised was possible.

Overall it has been just an amazing buzz for me to really practically apply all the theory I have been learning over these years.

I was looking forward to going in and getting “my hands dirty” before, but I just forgot how much I like working with people and making them feel better in a substantial way.

So I have thoroughly enjoyed being in clinic and I am looking forward to seeing all my future patients!


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