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Maximise your next acupuncture session by choosing the perfect practitioner

Maximise your next acupuncture session by choosing the perfect practitioner

We’ve written many times before on topics relating to acupuncture. It’s such a wonderful modality, suited to so many conditions (not many modalities can boast being able to treat everything from chronic pain to asthma, gastrointestinal issues and fertility problems).  The thing is though, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been around for thousands of years so it’s definitely got longevity on it’s side.  But if you’ve never experienced acupuncture before you might be feeling a little tentative about what is involved, or even how to choose the right practitioner for your needs.  We recently read a great blog about choosing the right acupuncturist and what to expect at your first session.  Please click here to read more. Or as we’ve shared before, please click here to view a great slideshow that answers many common questions about acupuncture.

We’re incredibly fortunate here at Inner Balance Health Clinics Mill Park to have three wonderful Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners who all offer acupuncture, and who have special areas of interest when it comes to treating patients.  We’re also very pleased to be welcoming a new face to the team: Dr. Zahra NsarDr. Nsar has a special interest in treating chronic pain and neurological conditions.  Why not give us a call on 9437 9555 and have a chat with either Dr. Eli Thomas, Dr. Merna El-Chaaban or Dr. Zahra Nsar to discuss your needs (or visit the practitioner page on our website to find out more about each of our practitioners)?  So if you’ve got something that is troubling you, or you’d simply like to try acupuncture for it’s relaxation benefits please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Not sure whether you may have a neurological condition impacting your daily life? A neurological disorder refers to a problem with the nervous system (the complex and sophisticated system that regulates and coordinates our body’s activities). Nerve pain can arise from many things such as trauma, inflammation, stroke, disease, infection, nerve degeneration, exposure to toxic chemicals and nutrient deficiencies.  Neuralgia, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and the like can all fit in to the category of a nerve problem, and can be effectively treated by acupuncture.  Please click here to visit a great website that explains this a little more.

We hope you’ll enjoy making (and eating) this week’s recipe from  It’s a 6-ingredient vegan chocolate cake:

Ingredients for the cake

  • coconut oil, for the pan
  • 3 avocados
  • 7 tablespoons almond butter
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder, plus more to dust (optional)
  • 1½ cups plus 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1½ cups almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Ingredients for the frosting

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C  Oil & line an 8-inch cake pan with coconut oil.

2. Scoop the avocado flesh out of the skins and into a food processor. Add all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and level the top.

3. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool and bind together for at least 20 minutes before turning out of the pan.

4. Sift over a little more cacao powder, if you like, to serve, or make the frosting. For the frosting, warm the coconut oil in a small saucepan just until it melts. Stir in all the other ingredients until you have a smooth, glossy glaze. Use it to frost the top of the cooled cake, then leave to set.

Make It Better: This cake is perfect just as it is, frosted or not, but you could add a scoop of coconut ice cream to each slice if you want.

Click here to view the original recipe online.

Lastly, a little reminder that Mother’s Day is just around the corner – we can help with healthy gift ideas, so why not give us a call or drop in to the clinic?

Have a great fortnight, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and feel free to share this week’s tips and articles with others.  As always, we value your feedback and would love to hear about your experiences with acupuncture.

Yours In Optimum Health
Dr. Dina Culcasi
Clinic Manager, Owner & Osteopath

The advice/information contained in our communications is intended to be of a general nature and should under no circumstances be substituted for medical advice from your health care provider.  We strongly recommend you seek individual medical advice should you require it.