Summer Newsletter 2017


A focus on pain 



Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? No way – the year is still young and we’re looking forward to what ’17 brings. 


Andrew has always been committed to continual study, but in the past 12 months, he has done more than any other year since qualifying as a practitioner 17 years ago. 


This intensive period of study with a world-renowned practitioner from the USA encompassed all aspects of acupuncture and diagnosis but focused heavily on one specific and very important area of acupuncture therapy – pain relief. 


It’s a focus on many types of pain, but some of the most commonly treated areas are pain in the neck, back and joints. The development of these skills is extremely rewarding because we now aim to give immediate relief


As always, we're taking a look at some recent studies to illustrate how acupuncture is used to address pain. Keep reading! 



A recent study set out to determine the “persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment” – in other words, the researchers wanted to get an idea of how long the potential pain-relieving effects of acupuncture lasted. 


The subjects of the study were people that suffered from musculoskeletal pain (low back, neck and shoulder), osteoarthritis of the knee or headaches/migraines.

Acupuncture therapy was undergone by the subjects and the results suggest that about 90% of the benefits of acupuncture would be sustained 12 months later.

The administrators of the study said, “Patients can generally be reassured that treatment effects persist.

















If you're in pain, please give us a call to discuss treatment options. Andrew is well-equipped to assess your issue and determine whether or not he can help and provide a prognosis and treatment plan if there is potential for treatment.

Call acupuncturist Andrew Fox:
(03) 9387 3998





Winter Newsletter 2016


Acupressure Self-Massage for Sinus and Hay Fever

While hay fever and sinus pain tend to flare up in spring, they plague some people throughout the seasons. Many turn to acupuncture to target the symptoms, but there are ways to ease the symptoms at home as well.
Acupressure self-massage is extremely easy to do at home and may improve your day-to-day sense of wellbeing. There are two points that you can work on to target the symptoms:

1. Large Intestine 20
This point is located by moving in a tiny horizontal line from halfway up the side of the nostril. There?s a small crease there (the top of the smile line); the area is called the naso-labial groove.
2. Bladder 2
This point is located in the depression at the inner end of the eyebrow.
Apply gentle pressure to these points (one at a time, not both at the same time), pressing in a clockwise direction for 30 seconds to one minute. These points should feel a bit tender under the pressure, but not painful. In many cases, people feel their nasal passages clear immediately.



If you experience anxiety, it doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. Anxiety is a natural response to a stressful situation, designed to help keep us safe. But when someone is exposed to a highly stressful or threatening situation, anxiety can become so overwhelming that it's difficult to cope.
Endorphins are one of the biochemical your body produces to naturally relieve pain and give you a happy feeling, consequently helping you cope with stress. Endorphins are also shown to improve immune system function and blood circulation, control pain and can even have an anti-aging effect.
Studies have shown that after targeted acupuncture, there are higher levels of endorphins in the cerebrospinal fluid. We've listed common patterns of anxiety according the Traditional Chinese Medicine below; if anxiety is getting in the way of your daily life, give us a call to talk about treatment. We also recommend focus-based exercises like Pilates, yoga and tai chi as well as meditation.

1. Worry, dwelling or focusing too much on a particular topic, excessive mental work

2. Lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia, despair

3. Anger, resentment, frustration, irritability, bitterness and "flying off the handle"

4, Grief, sadness and detachment

5. Fearful, insecure, aloof, isolated and weak willpower
Source: NCBI

We'd like to say a huge thank-you to our patients that have referred friends and family to Brunswick Acupuncture. Most of our new patients come to us by word of mouth, so we really appreciate it when you spread the word about your positive experience.




Summer Newsletter 2016


If tossing and turning is your nighttime routine, you're probably equally familiar with the zombie-like days that follow. Pharmaceutical companies offer all kinds of fixes for insomnia, but becoming dependent on drugs for the basic need of sleep is a bit scary.

Acupuncture might be the answer. One study compared the effects of acupuncture, placebo acupuncture (a sham treatment to make sure that if the patient responds to real acupuncture, it's not psychological) and a medication called estazolam. Results showed that true acupuncture was the superior treatment for improving sleep quality and total sleep time. And not only did it improve nighttime sleeping, the two-month follow-up showed that it also had a positive effect on daytime functioning, including reducing fatigue and sleepiness and increasing focus.

Source: Health CMI



Back pain. It's the bane of many people's lives! If you suffer from it, you most likely feel like your 

life is a never-ending quest for relief.

We've helped many people with chronic back pain find that relief through traditional Chinese acupuncture technique. A study in Germany treated 1162 patients with chronic lower back pain and after six months, patients treated with acupuncture reported up to a 33% improvement in their symptoms.
Source: NCBI


If you have trouble sleeping, suffer from back pain or any other health issue, give us a call to talk about treatment options. We also have a major focus on women's health at Brunswick Acupuncture, including period pain, fertility, menopause and more.

Call acupuncturist Andrew Fox on (03) 9387 3998

We?d like to say a huge thank-you to our patients that have referred friends and family to BOA. Most of our new patients come to us by word of mouth, so we really appreciate it when you spread the word about your positive experience.





Spring Newsletter 2015 














Winter's behind us, but you wouldn't know it with all the stuffy noses and sneezing going around. But this season, it's not the common cold causing problems; it's hay fever! Sinus pain, stinging eyes and sore throats are common symptoms of this widespread allergy, which is usually triggered by the trees, grasses and weeds that bloom in spring.


Treating hay fever with acupuncture targets the issue in two ways. The first goal is to make day-to-day life easier by reducing inflammation and relieving symptoms. The second goal is getting long-term results by regulating the immune system to keep it from overreacting to allergens.


Just this year, a group of medical professionals conducted a study on treating seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) with acupuncture. They treated two groups for 4 weeks; one group with real acupuncture therapy and another with placebo acupuncture therapy. The participants treated with real acupuncture therapy reported improved symptoms and better quality of life directly after the treatment period as well as on future follow-up.


Spring should be full of sun, fun and picnics. Don't let hay fever keep you from making the most of Melbourne in bloom! Call (03) 9387 3998 for a free chat about your symptoms or book a consult to get started straight away.

Study: Acupuncture for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial



Struggling with menopause' Surrounding yourself with supportive friends and family should be a top priority, but there are treatment options to ease symptoms as well. Beyond pharmaceuticals, studies show that acupuncture can be highly effective for treating symptoms relating to menopause. 


The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) recently conducted a randomised, controlled trial studying the effect of acupuncture on hot flashes among menopausal women. The women that participated in the study were experiencing seven or more hot flashes within a 24 hour period. Following acupuncture treatment, results showed that the women experienced as few as two hot flashes per 24 hour period.


It's an amazing result and one that is consistent with similar studies. If you've been feeling powerless against your menopause symptoms, we'd love to have a chat about acupuncture treatments that could help see you through this tough time.

 Study: Acupuncture on Hot Flushes Among Menopausal Women (ACUFLASH)






Winter Newsletter 2015


Winter temperatures and icy rainfall make you vulnerable to cold and flu, but you don't have to let it get the best of you! When a cold really takes hold, it can drag you down for weeks, that's why it's so important to take preventative measures or if you do catch it, start fending off the virus right away.


Colds are usually transferred by touching something or someone where the virus is present. That's why good hygiene is your frontline defence in preventing colds. In addition, many people opt for the flu vaccine, but research shows that last year, it had a fairly low 19% success rate in Australia.


If you do end up with a cold, there are a few things you can do to give yourself the best chance of a quick recovery! First, come in for an acupuncture treatment in the first 72 hours; there are plenty of points we can target to boost your body's battle. Second, try essential oils that are naturally antiviral and antibacterial; blood orange, eucalyptus, tea tree and peppermint are you best bet.

And as always, look after yourself! Your immune system will thrive with plenty of sleep and a wholesome diet. Here's to fighting the good fight!


Baby's on the way! You're probably a one-woman whirlwind at the moment, taking care of pre-baby prep and daydreaming about your little bundle. It's a beautiful experience, but it's completely normal to experience niggling thoughts about the grand finale of pregnancy: labour.


We have some good news! Research shows that pre-birth acupuncture can actually reduce labour time. Research on the subject began a long time ago, in 1974. That first study concluded that getting an acupuncture treatment once a week throughout pregnancy did indeed result in shorter labour.

Since then, there have been other studies on this topic and similar subjects. For instance, a 2004 study recorded an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions and a 31% reduction in use of anesthetics for women that had pre-birth acupuncture treatment.

 Source: Debra Betts - Acupuncture and Acupressure for Pregancy and Childbirth