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My Clinics
Clinics: Phones:
173 Main Road, Tawa, Wellington (opposite the library) 04 2322933
74 Ranui Crescent, Khandallah, Wellington 027 2459226
Email: vanessaframpton@xtra.co.nz

There are no herbal regulations in New Zealand. Any herbs that have been imported from China (or anywhere else) are only checked for Cites (endangered species). It is not known if the product contains what it says on the label or if it has been prepared in a hygienic and ethical manner. Many retail outlets and some practitioners, have purchased herbal products straight from China and they may not have been through any checks. Also, more and more people are finding out how good Chinese herbs are and dispensing them without any training. In New Zealand there is no law banning this. All Chinese herbs are formulated to suit specific body types which can be assessed by your TCM practitioner. Heating herbs may be given to an already 'hot' patient and this can have very damaging affects for their health.

All the herbs I sell in my clinic have been through rigorous checks in Australia where there are very stringent legislative requirements. I only purchase my formulas from one company and only A grade herbs are used in their formulas. The herbal formulas are prepared under The International Standard of Excellence (Australia). This company visits its supplier several times a year to check on the manufacturing process. All their herbal imports are randomly checked for purity and are certified as being free of any impure ingredients. They must conform to stringent standards of quality, safety and efficacy and tested for heavy metals, pesticides and micro-organisms. I have faith in this company and confident that all my herbal products are totally safe. I have a declaration from them to vouch for the purity of their products. Despite all these checks the cost of the herbal medicines is less than western herbal medicines.

I carry a wide range of herbal formulas for many different conditions - Chinese herbal medicines are excellent for colds & flu and for any chronic, stress-related or deficiency condition. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine treats babies and children's complaints too.

What happens at a treatment?
An initial consultation involves a detailed discussion of current health issues and medical history. The tongue is observed and the pulse is taken. A typical treatment may include moxibustion (warming of acupoints or needles), needles, massage, advice, electro-acupuncture (especially good for bad backs and knee problems), auricular therapy and herbal remedies. I can use real moxibustion in both clinics.

Is it safe?
Each needle is used only once and then discarded in the same way as Western medicine. The needles are fine, sterile, pre-packaged stainless steel.

Is it painful?
In Chinese, acupuncture is bu-tong (pain-less). However, correct treatment can cause heaviness, cramping or tingling and sometimes a distending feeling along a 'channel.' If there is any discomfort it is usually mild.

Do I have to believe in it to work?
It helps to have a positive state of mind with any treatment but you don't have to believe in it to work. Acupuncture is effective for animals and babies/small children. Traditional Chinese medicine is very old - over 3000 years. The Chinese respected the body, seeing it as an extension of nature. They did not cut it open to see how it works, instead Traditional Chinese medicine was built up from generations of extensive clinical observations and a continual process of critical thinking. It has been influenced by various philosophies, different schools of thought and from individuals such as Confucius. Descriptions of disease involve nature; such as dampness, dryness, cold, heat and wind. Wind can arise quickly and sway the tops of the trees and is the name given to dizziness, a respiratory tract infection and other conditions affecting the top part of the body. Acupuncture is very safe if you go to a fully trained practitioner. It is not a temporary fix because we seek and treat the root cause of disease - but this can only be done by a fully-trained practitioner.

Commonly Treated Conditions:

Headaches & migraine, Stress, anxiety & insomnia, depression Morning sickness & other pregnancy issues, weight loss, High blood pressure & palpitations, Allergies & Asthma, Chronic fatigue, Any chronic pain, Neck & back issues, knee, hip, shoulder, ankle, foot pain, tendon injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis or golfers elbow, Arthritis & rheumatism, Sinusitis & hay fever, colds & flu, Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, gastritis, Constipation or diarrhoea, Bladder & kidney problems, Dizziness & nausea, Skin problems, acne/eczema/psoriasis, Shingles, Coping with chemotherapy, Infertility & IVF assistance, any Menstrual problems, Menopausal symptoms, Endometriosis, Tremors & Bells Palsy, Stroke recovery, Trigeminal neuralgia & TMJ disorder, addictions and many other conditions.