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Treat scar tissue with acupuncture and get real results!

Why is it important to treat Scar tissue?

In Chinese medicine, significant scars are considered to block the flow of the qi to the meridians, (similar to the nerve and blood vessel damage pointed to by Western medicine) causing not only pain and decreased circulation, but also potentially impaired internal organ function depending on the meridian affected.

Scars may not only be cosmetically undesirable, but may also have an impact on the health of the individual.

Large scars with abnormal coloration, painful, lumpiness, numbness, tingling, itchiness, heat or cold sensations, achiness or pain, tenderness to touch, and muscle restriction should be treated.

We treat all Scar with Acupuncture and Moxa

We can treat all scar from Keloid to surgical scars that are more then 1 month or even older,  over 5 years old with acupuncture and Moxa. In combination with these two treatment methods they reduce scar tissue and help to reduce pain and tingling sensation.

Moxa (Is a gentle warming treatment achieved by burning dried mugwort), . Small amounts of moxa may be burned directly on the skin -with paw paw oinment as a medium to prevent burns- around the scar, or a stick of rolled moxa may be burned above the site to warm the area. Both methods are pleasant and very effective.

How many treat will you need?

Everyone is different in the way they heal it depends of the age of the scar. I have treated a client recently who got results with a 3 month old scars and faded after 3 weekly treatments. Usually we suggest 5 weekly treatments then review how many further treatments you will need.


A 2014 Study used UK acupuncturist (“surrounding the dragon“) using needles directly around and through the scar) with distal points . After eight treatments in 5 weeks the scar pain had reduced from a 7/10 to a 1-2/10. Such treatments can not only reduce scar pain, but also help to break up scar tissue and adhesions, increase local circulation, and aid healing. This leads to flatter, smaller, less noticeable scars and a reduction of keloiding.


We suggest to use a topical spray at home?

Zheng Gu Shui is a lineament that contains Dang gui and other Chinese Herbal medicine it’s beneficial for deep scars that may have adhesions to underlying tissues (for example surgical scars). They can improve local circulation, healing of the scar and the area that was injured, and reduce associated pain. It is better for healing and restoring health to the area than for cosmetic scar reduction.

              Book in today to remove your scars!

Turning Point Acupuncture

Phone:3852 1688     Mobile: 0438 984290















Winter is the season for cultivation of energy, rest and a time for going inward

The winter months are for cultivation of energy. As the weather cools and the days shorten, go to sleep earlier and get up later. Take the opportunity to slow down. Sleep in on weekends and nourish yourself with warm and wholesome foods.

Chinese medicine is very much concerned with preventative measures strengthening  the Wei Qi or defensive energies (crucial in the Chinese medical understanding of the immune system) in order to naturally fight off colds and flu and other viruses.

The more balanced your system is, the better your defences are against contracting whatever you may be exposed to in your workplace or elsewhere. For a healthy seasonal change and to strengthen your Wei Qi, rest more but stay active enough to keep yang energy flowing by doing gentle exercise like walking, tai chi or yoga.

Protect yourself from rain, wind and cold with warm clothing, a scarf, beanie and gloves. Eat fresh and balanced meals and snacks, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, tune into your body and don’t forget to book in for an acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment to support your immune system.

Foods for Winter

 Winter is a time when many people tend to reduce and slow down their activity.

Avoid eating raw cold foods during the winter as much as possible, as these tend too cold for the body.

Foods for winter eat more warming foods:

  • Soups and stews
  • Root vegetables
  • Beans and legumes
  • Garlic and ginger

warm hearty soups, baked foods, whole grains, and roasted nuts help to warm the body’s core and to keep us nourished.  Sleep early, rest well, stay warm, and expend a minimum quantity of energy.

Adzuki Bean and Pumpkin Stew


Adzuki Bean and Pumpkin Stew (vegan, gluten free, nut free)


Filtered water

1 cup dry adzuki beans

1 strip dry strip of chopped kombu (Is a type of seaweed. Full of iron & softens the outside coating of the beans so helps cook the beans quicker)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small brown onion, sliced thin

1 garlic, diced

1 medium carrot, sliced thin in half moons

1 leek, white parts only, sliced thin in half moons

1 celery, sliced thin

1/2 tablespoon ground cumin

1/2 tablespoon sweet paprika

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon himalayan sea salt

4 cups pumpkin, remove skin (optional) and chopped into large chunks (I used kent, but you can or butternut pumpkin if you prefer)

1 tablespoon tamari or shoyu


  1. Soak the adzuki beans overnight with filtered water and kombu.
  2. Drain the beans and place the adzuki beans and kombu in a pot with some fresh filtered water. Bring to the boil, then cover on a low heat and simmer for 40 minutes or until the beans are cooked. Then strain and leave to the side.
  3. Heat olive oil in pot or large pan. Then add onion and garlic. Cook on a medium to low heat for 4-5 minutes until they have browned.
  4. Add the carrot, leek and celery and cook for a further few minutes, until they begin to soften.
  5. Add the ground cumin, ground sweet paprika, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and himalayan sea salt. Stir through the vegetables and cook for another minute or until the spices are fragrant.
  6. Add pumpkin and a cup of water. Bring to the boil, then leave on a simmer for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is cooked.
  7. Add the aduki beans and tamari. Cook for a further 5 minutes and then serve.


*Serve with organic steam brown rice.

Turning Point Acupuncture 

887 Ann Street

Fortitude Valley

PHONE:3852 1688   Mobile: 0438 984290















The benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken

 The benefits of Chicken Noodle Soup Chicken 

When you’re sick as a kid your mother would make you chicken soup to boost your immune system.

The nutrients from chicken noodle soup can support your immune system. Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms.

Chicken noodle soup are great for those cold winter days because of all it’s wonderful nutrients. The ingredients included are soothing to the throat, easy-to-digest and also has a great taste.

  • It contains vitamins, minerals and some fat.
  • It can help to improve upper respiratory tract symptoms by providing hydration and stimulating nasal clearance.
  • Carrots, Celery, Onion – These vegetables contain vitamin A, C and other antioxidants that have been known to help build a strong immune system and fight off viruses.
  • They may help the body recover from illness more quickly.
  • Chicken – The main ingredient of the dish is packed with protein, which supports the immune system.
  • Noodles – High in carbohydrates, they will help you to feel full and satisfied.

Chicken Noodle Soup   

chicken soup


2 Teaspoon of butter

1 cup carrots

1 cup of celery

1 chopped Onions

1 small potato diced

1 teaspoon Thyme

4 litres of Chicken stock

Rice noodles

2 cups of BBQ Chicken

1/3 Gojji Berries

3 Bay leaves


  • Melt butter in large pot.
  • Sauté the celery, carrot and onion for 2 minutes.
  • Add potato, thyme, poultry seasoning, chicken broth add gojji berries
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Add noodles and chicken and cook on low for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.

Turning Point Acupuncture

Mobile 043898 4290

Are you stuck for Christmas Gift ideas?


Do you know of somebody who always wanted to try acupuncture?


Why not give them a GIFT VOUCHER this year for Christmas.

What a great start to 2015! Taking care of their health and wellbeing.

Gift voucher are available now at Turning Point Acupuncture call us today and we can arrange a gift voucher.

     Phone: 3856 4087




126 Banks Street

Alderley QLD 4051

Sinus Relief Treatment


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Ear Candling             Sinus Massage                Acupuncture

Sinusitis Relief with Acupuncture

Now winter has arrived many people suffer with chronic or acute sinus problems. Sinus affect many Australians, and is one of the most common complaints of patients seeking medical attention.

Usually, sinus infections start with a cold due to factors such as weather changes or an allergy episode that causes swelling of the mucus membranes and increased production of watery mucus.When the mucus changes from clear to a yellow or green colour, it means a bacterial infection.

The mucus builds up and the nasal passages become blocked because the sinus tissues are swollen.


Symptoms of Sinusitis

  • Blocked or runny nose and blocked airways.
  • Thick green/yellow mucus discharge from the nose
  • Congested feeling in the head
  • Post-nasal drip (discharge at the back of throat originating from the nasal passages)
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • facial pressure around the cheeks, eyes and forehead.


Dietary Recommendations for Sinusitis

A Chinese medicine practitioner always considers the diet to be an important factor of treatment for sinusitis. The dietary approach is another way to deal with sinus problems.

Many people experience their sinus problems worse after eating certain foods such as dairy cheese, which can have a congesting effect on the system.

Generally, you should avoid foods which produce phlegm, such as dairy cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and fatty fried foods.


Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture for Chronic Recurrent Sinus Infections

In China, people use Chinese herbs and acupuncture for their chronic recurrent sinus infections. Many doctors offer herbs and acupuncture even for acute and severe cases.

In Chinese medicine the patterns of Sinusitis

  • Wind-Heat of Lung: mainly caused by weather changes
  • Stagnated Heat of Gallbladder: mainly caused by emotions
  • Damp Heat of Spleen/Stomach: mainly caused by greasy and  spicy foods
  • Deficiency Cold of Lung Qi: mainly caused by chronic illness
  • Deficiency of Spleen: mainly caused by improper diet, fatigue and over-thinking


Ear Candling



There are many benefits of ear candling:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Colds
  • Ear aches and infections
  • Headaches
  • Lymphatic congestion
  • Sore throats
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Sinus infections
  • Facial pressure around cheeks, eyes and forehead

It is safe, simple and natural.  It is a soothing experience that reduces stress and tension and also sharpens mental functions.


The Way It Works

Ear candling is a holistic procedure used to remove excess wax, draw out toxins and pollutants, cleanse the sinus cavities, improve hearing and other senses and revitalize the nerve endings.

The spiral of the cone causes the smoke to be pulled down in to the ear canal.

This causes the ear canal to warm up and loosen the wax and any other material.

As it heats up, the candle causes suction by creating a vacuum in the ear canal.

Air is drawn up from the tube into the middle ear then through the porous membrane out into the outer ear.

The heat and the vacuum draw out the wax and other materials from the ear canal into the base of the candle. As it burns down you will hear a lot of cracking and hissing which is the process of removing the wax etc.

      The warmth feels soothing and relaxing during the process.


Some of the benefits those undergoing ear candling have experienced include:

  • Removal of excess wax to allows better hearing
  • Stimulation and detoxification of the lymphatic system
  • Sinuses are able to drain and flow freely reducing pressure
  • Improved balance


Beneficial relief may be obtained from ear candling for the following conditions:

  • Sinus discomfort congestion (reduced)
  • Head colds, flu and discomforts
  • Swimmers Ear
  • Earaches
  • Headache and sore throat
  • Allergy discomfort


It will take approximately 15-20 minutes per ear depending on the type of candle being used.

During the treatment, you will normally hear some crackling, hissing and the “suction” sounds much like the gentle hum one hears when a seashell is placed against the ear.



Turning Point Acupuncture we are offering a great package deal for  Sinus Relief 1hr treatment


  • 30min Acupuncture treatment : Using sinus clearing points

  • Ear Candling : Helps to relieve sinus pain and pressure

  • 10min Facial massage :Using facial points warmed essential oil to clear sinus

  • Optional Extra: A Chinese herbal formula to take to support and give relief for acute or chronic sinus a great compliment to this treatment.

*The ear candles we are using are natural and hand made in WA                     






PHONE: 3856 4087















Health check ups available for this change of seasons.






There’s no better way to boost your immune system naturally with our

30 minute acupuncture treatment for $55  Relieve colds and flu during this change of season.

What are benefits of the treatment:

  • Help you cope with winter better

  • Boost your immune system

  • More resilience for the body to fight off any further colds and flu

  • A pick me up! Gives you more energy

  • A preventative treatment to improve your Health and Wellness

If you’ve already caught a cold, acupuncture and herbal medicine can also help with the chills, body aches, headache, sore throat or fever.

 We’re offering 30 minute health check ups for $55 to our loyal newsletter subscribers.

Head into Turning Point Acupuncture for one of the many services we offer. 

Schedule Your Health Check Up Today

Don’t wait! Schedule your acupuncture health check up treatment for yourself or a loved one today so you can cope through winter without getting sick.


PHONE 3856 4087

126 Banks Street

Alderley QLD 4051




What is cupping therapy?



Often my clients ask me what is cupping and what does it treat?

Cupping is a technique used by acupuncturist where a glass cup or bamboo cup is heated inside and then quickly placed on the skin.

As the air inside the cup cools, a vacuum is created and then draws and sucks up the skin. The cups are left on for 10-20 minutes then removed with a gently rub where the cups was placed.

To the patient it literally feels like a gentle vacuum cleaner is sucking up the skin. This technique is used in other cultures including the ancient Greeks and Egyptians have used cupping.

Reason for cupping? 

The reason for the use of cupping in traditional Chinese medicine is to improve circulation of both energy (qi) and blood. It can also improve lymph circulation. After the cup has been applied, there are large almost black to purple circular marks left and they last up to a week, this confirms the area has deep seated Blood Stagnation. The acupuncturist would then use additional acupuncture points specific to addressing Blood Stasis and helps promote circulation during injury recovery to the area.

Cupping is also used for other conditions 

Cupping is generally recommended for the treatment of pain.

  • Rheumatic diseases

  • Menstrual pain

  • Fertility issues

  • Muscle tension and spasm

  • Tense neck and shoulder muscle

  • Colds and flu

  • Skin disorders

  • Migraines

  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma)

  • Activate and clear the veins improve the appearance of varicose veins.

Gliding cupping

Oil is first applied to area usually the back area or fleshy skin. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation no pain should be felt.

 We recommend to have once a month or each 6 weeks as a preventative for back and shoulder tension and stress reduction.

Turning Point Acupuncture

22 Stewart Road ASHGROVE

PHONE:  3366 7566