Meghan Markle and Acupuncture

“I have been a longtime believer in acupuncture and cupping. I used to have debilitating migraines (hospitalised for them) and acupuncture and Eastern Medicine absolutely changed my life”.  Meghan Markle

According to sources, Meghan sought the help of acupuncturist-to-the-stars Ross Barr to assist her as she came to the end of her third trimester. “Meghan has been having regular acupuncture sessions to help her unwind and relax. It’s brilliant for the blood circulation and boosting blood flow to the uterus. She plans to use acupuncture right up to her due date,” says a source close to Barr. The couple reportedly also checked into Barr’s private clinic in the run-up to their wedding to help them cope with the stress.

Restores acupuncturists are experienced at relieving headaches and reducing stress during pregnancy and at any time of life. Call us at the clinic on (02) 9439 3333 or to book online click here.



Soft Drink Linked To Low Fertility

At Restore we offer fertility support for our patients with not only acupuncture and osteopathy, but also good advice on what may assist or be detrimental to fertility.

For example new research study has shown that soft drinks in your diet significantly reduce your chances of conception.

Researchers at Boston University School of Public Health have identified links between lowered fertility and the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. This American study, published in Epidemiology, found that among couples trying to conceive, those who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened drinks per day (by either partner) decreased their likelihood of successful conception by an average of 20 percent.

The study involved 3,828 women in the USA and Canada and 1,045 of their male partners, all of whom were aged between 21 and 45 years of age. An extensive questionnaire into their medical history, diet and other lifestyle factors was undertaken, with follow-up surveys every two months for up to 12 months, or until they became pregnant.

After taking into account other elements affecting fertility, such as smoking, diet, caffeine and alcohol consumption, and obesity, the researchers found that both female and male intake of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with reduced fecundability (i.e., the average monthly probability of conception).

The findings suggest that consumption of one soft drink per day can reduce fecundability by 33 percent in males, and by 25 percent in females. What’s more, energy drinks were found to be linked to even higher decreases in fecundability, although these findings were based on a small sample size, so may require more indepth investigation to be conclusive.

Just another example of how important a role diet has in fertility in both men and women.  



Time to Detox the Liver

“The physician who knows how to harmonize the liver knows how to treat the hundred diseases.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb.

We all tend to over-indulge during the festive season as summertime usually involves catching up with friends and family.  Social events commonly result in overeating, excessive sugar and processed food and high alcohol consumption.  This puts our liver under enormous strain, trying to clean the body and detox nasties from the blood.

Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body.  It helps to purify the blood by removing toxins such as alcohol and drugs from the body.  It also helps to regulate hormone levels, which effect everything from sleep to mood, metabolism, reproduction and immunity.  When it is compromised it is impossible to have a properly working metabolism, healthy circulation, balanced hormones, clean blood and strong digestion.

So perhaps it is time to give your liver a rest by cutting the alcohol and nasties.  And it is also time to give it some love and care with Chinese and Japanese acupuncture.   Acupuncture gently assists the liver to detox, allowing your body to restore healthy function and recover a sense of balance and wellness.

Restore has acupuncturists available 6 days per week including early and late appointments so stop making excuses and start taking care of the most important organ in your body today!

Changes to Private Health Insurance

The government has recently legislated changes to the private health extras cover that will be introduced in April 2019.  These changes mean that alternative health care that they do not consider to be “evidence based” will no longer be covered by private health extras cover.

These forms of alternative health will include naturopathy, yoga, pilates, kinesiology among 15 other forms of care.

At Restore we provide what is referred to as allied health, in the same category as dental and physiotherapy.  That means that osteopathy, acupuncture and remedial massage will continue to be covered by your private health extras cover into the future.

If you have any questions of concerns about the upcoming changes, have a chat with your private health provider and they will be able to offer you more insight into how these changes will affect your personal cover.