Posts Tagged ‘Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage Brisbane Australia’

Biofilms and their potential to cause Chronic Infections

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

We’ve been working with biofilms in our clients at New Leaf for around 4 years now.  Medically it takes at least 9 months of very strong anti-biotics (imagine the damage!) to break down the biofilms enough to release the old and hidden infections that are creating low level inflammation in the body…  Herbs, nutrients, kinesiology, acupuncture, Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage – working together – work so much faster than damaging anti-biotics…

Biofilms form when bacteria adhere to surfaces in aqueous environments and begin to excrete a slimy, glue-like substance that can anchor them to all kinds of material. In a healthy gut that is filled with beneficial microflora, the biofilm that they create is thin mucus. This healthy gut biofilm is moistening, lubricating and anti-inflammatory and allows the passage of nutrients through the intestinal wall. Conversely, an unhealthy gut biofilm will promote inflammation and protect bacteria, parasites and yeast from the immune system and even the strongest medications (both herbal and pharmaceutical-grade).

In general, bacteria have two life forms during growth and proliferation. In one form, the bacteria exist as single, independent cells (planktonic bacteria) whereas in the other form, bacteria are organised into a biofilm aggregate. Acute infections are assumed to involve planktonic bacteria, which are generally treatable. However, where the bacteria succeed in forming a biofilm within the human host, the infection often turns out to be hard to treat and often develops into a chronic state. The important hallmarks of chronic biofilm-based infections are extreme resistance to antibiotics and many other antimicrobial agents, and an extreme capacity for evading the host defences.

Biofilms have the potential to cause a tremendous array of infections and diseases, and there is little doubt that biofilms are part of the ‘pathogenic mix’ that cause most or all chronic “autoimmune” and inflammatory diseases.
Biofilm are held together by a protective exopolysaccharide (EPS) matrix. This matrix protects the bacteria from oxidative damage caused by antimicrobial agents and increases their resistance. One of the most effective ways to eliminate biofilm is to dissolve the EPS matrix with enzymes. The EPS matrix consists of proteins, nucleotides and saccharides. Specialized enzymes can break those components down, reducing them which weakens the matrix. For example, proteases can be used to break down the proteins that compose the EPS matrix. Glucoamylase, pectinase, cellulase and beta-glucanse can break down saccharides. Enzymes have the capacity to dissolve both bacterial and yeast biofilms.

 

If you suspect biofilms are part of your health challenges, call us on 3348 6098

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
3348 6098
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

The Reason for the Season: Why do we get more colds in winter!??

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Colds appear more prevalent when it is cold out. However, in terms of infectious illnesses, it is the germs that make us sick, not cold weather itself. We have to come in contact with rhinoviruses to catch a cold and we need to be infected with influenza viruses to contract the flu. Rhinoviruses peak in spring and autumn, and influenza viruses peak in the winter.

There are many reasons why we are more likely to get sick in the winter months:

Cold Temperatures

Cold weather may help some germs prosper. Research from the National Institute of Health suggests that in cold temperatures, flu viruses are more stable; the outer shell of flu virus particles get tougher and more hardy so they survive longer. Low humidity also helps the virus particles remain in the air because the viruses float in the air in small respiratory droplets. When the air is humid, those droplets pick up water, grow larger and fall to the ground.

The cold air also makes it harder for the hairs and mucus in our noses to protect us from germs. The dryness can thicken the mucus and clog the cilia that sweep mucus from our nasal cavity into the back of the throat.

Some research suggests that both the cold air from outdoors as well as the dry air from indoors may play a role in protecting the aerosol droplets we sneeze and cough into the air, allowing them to spread more easily from one sick person to another. Add to that the confined spaces with air heating systems that recirculate the air from those who have the virus which causes the cold and it’s a perfect recipe.

Gene Activity

Researchers have found the seasons affect gene activity. A recent study found that up to a quarter of our DNA actually changes with the seasons; during the Winter months our bodies increase the levels of many of the genes linked with inflammation, triggering the signs of swelling and discomfort that our bodies use to protect us from colds and the flu.

Similar seasonal changes occur in various components of the immune system. A further study found gene expression in red blood cells shifted with the seasons.

In the summer, a different set of genes are more highly expressed, including some that help regulate our blood sugar, potentially curbing cravings and helping us burn off excess fat. Researchers looking at 1,000 people from six different countries studied people’s genes and how they changed over time according to their location and exposure to sunlight. They found that in Europe, the expression of inflammatory genes got ramped up during the Winter months. But in Gambia, where there is virtually no Winter, these inflammatory genes were amplified in the rainy months, when mosquito populations are at their peak and the risk of malaria is the highest.

Boost your health during these colder months

  • Wash hands — The number one way to stop the spread of germs. Experts recommend washing hands every few hours and in particular after using the toilet, before meals and after using the keyboard at work etc.
  • Keep exercising – Research has shown that regular exercise strengthens our immune system so it can fight off bacterial and viral infections. When our blood is pumping, immune cells circulate through our body more quickly helping to seek and destroy infections. This boost only lasts for a few hours, so exercise needs to be regular for long-term effects.
  • Eat well – Various foods, herbs and spices help to reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system e.g. turmeric, garlic and omega-3 fatty acids. Dark leafy greens and red and yellow vegetables are all high in antioxidants too.
    Supplements
    Vitamin A – Essential for mucous membrane health. Cod liver oil is a good source of vitamin A.
    Vitamin C – Important for supporting the health of innate immune cells such as phagocytes.
    Zinc – Is involved in immune cell recruitment and function, systemic inflammation, is an antioxidant, and may have antiviral properties with respect to the common cold.
  • Stay hydrated – Adequate water will also help make mucous membranes, including those in your sinuses, more resistant to bacteria.
  • Clean up winter mould – Mould can trigger nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, respiratory infections and worsen asthma and allergic conditions. Spring cleaning in Autumn may help your health.

Increase in natural killer (NK) cell activity with Andrographis and Super Mushroom combinations. NK cells are part of the body’s innate, or first-line, immune response. They respond more quickly than the adaptive immune system comprised of B cells and T cells. Once activated, natural killer cell activity peaks in as quickly as several hours, providing rapid support and wide-range immune defence.

Call us at New Leaf for Immune support:

  • Kinesiology immune and inflammation balancing
  • Acupuncture immune protocols for better sinuses, lung activity and bronchitis
  • Infrared saunas
  • Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage – breaks down biofilm and releases old infections so your immune system can deal with them!

3348 6098

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

Spring Specials! Available until 31/10/15

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Chi Nei Tsang

Have you heard about Chi Nei Tsang?  This abdominal massage which has its origins in Thailand, has been used for hundreds of years.  Imagine your core abdominal muscles and organs working well.  Our experienced massage therapists have been working with Abdominal Massage for more than 3 years – it’s amazing for:

  • immune issues – 80-90% of immunity is in the gut
  • abdominal issues and lower back pain
  • liver and gall bladder dysfunction
  • fertility issues – endometriosis, painful periods, PCOD, prostate issues
  • anxiety & stress – releasing scar tissue from the diaphragm
  • lymphatic congestion – the abdomen is indeed ‘the core’ of health

Your next Chi Nei Tsang Treatment is only $89!

Looking at your Blood –  is a process where we need 1-2 drops of blood – you see your blood on a monitor for 20-40 minutes and shows the healthy and vitality of your red blood cells and white blood cells – the ones that fight cold, flu, viruses – the ones that are anti-allergic, the ones that are inflammatory.

It’s a cool way of checking out your cellular health, and give you inspiration to keep it that way.

Your next 1 hour where we look at your blood on the screen with Georgia is only $169 or $199 with Madonna – if you mention Monkey Chimp Email!

Reflexology

I’m constantly impressed by the feedback I get from clients with regards to Carole’s reflexology treatments.  Reflexology improves the health of all your body’s organs – your spleen, your immunity, your gut and liver – your metabolism / thyroid / adrenal system.

Your next Reflexology Treatment is only $89!

OligoScan. Yes, I know, I keep mentioning it, but I really, really love it!  Just say we see via the OligoScan that your selenium and zinc are low and you constantly get the flu… well these nutrients are crucial for immunity.
We often find low iodine, low magnesium (also linked to exhaustion and thyroid issues) linked to chronic weight issues.  Not to mention high heavy metal levels in those who can’t lose weight.  The body will often refuse to lose weight if it’s toxic – it’s trying to protect you, but very annoying when you’re doing everything right.  Detoxing can be necessary.

Your next OligoScan / Consult Combo with Georgia or Madonna is only $299!

Biofilm Mucus Fungal Infections

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
  • Ew!!  Let’s talk yucky mucus!   This is a fungal ball – the result of anti-bitoics which allow fungus to grow, and then the body releases mucus to sop up the fungus.  Yuck!Research is showing that biofilm (a mucus substance that is released to ‘sop up’ bacterial, fungal and viral particles) in the average person – with a normal history of vaccines and anti-biotic use, is holding up to 20 chronic infections in our bodies.  Why?
    • Anti-biotic use:  one dose of anti-biotics can destroy our gut lining, and our bacterial, viral and fungal combination in our gut for up to 7 years IF we haven’t done anything to repair the dose.  Because anti-biotics upset our gut lining, our body makes biofilm to help to soothe it, often containing the bug-particles that we’ve been killing off.  Anti-biotics are anti-bacterial – but they may allow candida, fungus, viruses or cancer cells to get out of hand…
    • Pain killers – yep!  Any medical pain killers are anti-inflammatory by nature (makes sense!) but did you know that the process of killing bad bacteria or viruses or fungus or candida or cancer cells is indeed inflammatory?  In other words, the more pain killers we take, the more chronic infections we can have lurking in our systems.  If you take pain-killers you must be on probiotics to balance your body

     

    • Vaccines – the ‘adjuvants’ in vaccines – the mercury and aluminium – are highly toxic to the gut lining and to our immune cells.  These heavy metals not only make our bodies need to make more biofilm, but they destroy good gut bacteria and good gut viruses and can turn them into nasty disease forming bugs.
    • We have 24,000 genes which will last our lifetime.  We have between 1000-2500 different types of bacteria, viruses, candida, fungal ‘bugs’ living in our bodies all the time (making up trillions of cells – this is our microbiome) – Bugs have a short shelf life – and as THEY replicate, THEY are learning how to live in OUR bodies.  If we’re stressed – they’re learning to live in a stressful environment.  If we’re toxic – they’re learning how to live in a toxic environment.
    • Don’t disregard your bugs!  We have 10 x the number of bacteria in the gut to the number of cells in our body.  10X !!!  And we have 100 x more viruses than that.  We need our bugs.  We need to look after our bugs.  Love your bugs!

    Where does the biofilm live in our bodies?

    • in our lungs (asthma), throat, sinuses (allergies), brain (it’s linked with dementia, autism, aspergers), heart (it’s linked with heart disease), abdominal cavity (linked to menstrual issues, gut issues and fertility issues), intestines (constipation, IBS, Crohns, diarrhoea), skin (acne, psoriasis, chronic skin issues)

    What can we do about biofilm?

    • Kinesiology and Microcurrent helps your body to activate biofilm so that the immune system can recognise it and start dealing with it.
    • There are herbs, supplements and essential oils which help to break down biofilm and release old infections (so that we can deal with them) – favourite supplements at New Leaf are Bactrex, Parex, NasoClear, Herbal Throat Spray and N-acetyl cysteine.
    • Boost the immune system, tone the organs that have been damaged (lungs, gut, brain, throat, intestines), deal with the infections as they are released from deep inside and improve the way the body copes with stress.
    • Chi Nei Tsang and Reflexology can support the body in breaking down biofilm and boosting the immunity.

    We can help.  Biofilm is linked to all chronic disease – not to mention kids health.

    Ask about our OligoScan, Looking at your blood in real time! and Kinesiology testing.

    3348 6098

Linked to:

  •  cardiovascular disease
  • autism & aspergers
  • dementia and alzheimers
  • diabetes
  • ADHD & learning issues
  • behavioural problems
  • chronic fatigue & fibromyalgia
  • and so much more…

New Leaf Services!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We are proud to offer our services in our one-stop-shop…  Our combination of naturopathy, kinesiology, reiki, microcurrent and massage techniques allow us to help just about every health problem imaginable.

Did you know that naturopathy can support nearly every health problem.  There are fabulous treatment processes for:

fertility, infertility, endometriosis, PCOD, hormonal moods, cysts & fibroids, abdominal pain

massage techniques:  for relaxation, remedial & structural work, lymphatic drainage, aromatherapy, reflexology for the feet, hands or face, organic facials, hot stone massage, sports massage, chi nei tsang abdominal massage, pregnancy massage, foot manipulation and treatments

immunity:  asthma, hayfever and sinusitis, Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, heavy metal toxicity, IBS, allergies & intolerances, learning problems

calcification & inflammation:  tinnitus, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, plaque, stiff necks, backs, shoulders, knees

reiki/intuitive energy healings and kinesiology for stress, anxiety, depression, learning problems, pain, behavioural issues, bed-wetting, constipation, diarrhoea, gut problems, IBS

microcurrent for cancer support, post-cancer detoxification, calcium build up, joint degeneration, brain inflammation

weight loss:  HCG Weightloss, Keto & Shake-it programmes, Cortisol and hormonal balancing

pain:  just about every type of pain, including weaning off horrible medications that can be so addictive and damaging to our bodies.

Thinking we might be able to help you?  Well, you’d be right!

Call us on 3348 6098 for bookings and specials 🙂

Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies

 

Chi Nei Tsang –Why it is so beneficial for stress and anxiety

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Chi Nei Tsang works specifically on the abdomen using techniques derived from Chinese massage techniques and theory. The theory around this technique focuses largely on the detoxification of toxic energies or ‘winds’, by massaging the abdomen with specific techniques. But what does this mean and how does it help us? While this is a hard definition to understand, we certainly see wonderful benefits in people receiving this treatment. So how can we understand this in physiological terms?

What a large number of our clients find when receiving this treatment is generally two main effects; in the short term, relaxation and stress relief, and in the longer term, greatly improved digestive function. A lot of our clients also experience greater body awareness, such as better and more aware breathing patterns, and better understanding how certain foods and stresses impact their digestive function. These are invaluable tools on the path to self care. This is our ultimate goal – to help others find the tools they need to take charge of their own health. That’s why we love Chi Nei Tsang!

As a practitioner of this technique I have been searching for the ‘why’ of this – these benefits, what is actually happening in the body when they occur? Why is this seemingly simple technique so beneficial? Through further reading and clinical practice, this is what I come to understand:

Chi Nei Tsang is working on the enteric nervous system, or the so-called ‘second brain’ or ‘gut brain’. This system is becoming increasingly recognised as closely linked to the actual brain, and that the two systems interact and influence each other. It’s also working on the diaphragm, reducing tension in this important muscle.

The Second Brain

While the enteric nervous system cannot think or process the way our actual brain can, it is responsible for a large portion of our neurotransmitter production, including about 95% of the body’s production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of mood, appetite, and sleep. Serotonin also has some cognitive functions, including memory and learning, and is generally considered our ‘feel good’ hormone. Many anti-depressant or anti-anxiety hormones work by sparing the amount of serotonin that is broken down by the body. The main two factors that affect the production of neurotransmitters in the gut are stress and nutrition. Simply put, if we eat poorly and don’t relax, both our gut and our brain suffer. With Nutritional guidance and Chi Nei Tsang, we can change our brain chemistry for the better.  

The diaphragm and breathing

The diaphragm is a key muscle for the function of breathing, and needs to be used properly for deep breathing to occur. When the diaphragm is tense or not used effectively, shallow chest breathing results. This is an issue for us because our breathing pattern predisposes us to either relaxation or to the stress response, depending on how it is that we breathe and how we use the diaphragm.

Deep, abdominal diaphragmatic breathing puts the nervous system in parasympathetic mode, which could be called our ‘tend and befriend’ mode – where the body is calms, regulates its functions better and heals better. When we breathe in the chest and use the diaphragm poorly, we increase the sympathetic response, the stress response. Chest breathing predisposes us towards anxiety and stress. For susceptible people, proper breathing can make a huge difference to quality of life in terms of managing anxiety and stress. Chi Nei Tsang helps to release tension in the diaphragm and in the process of the treatment we teach proper breathing patterns.  It is however not easy to breathe deeply when the digestive system is in distress. This is why Chi Nei Tsang helps so much – by working on both the diaphragm and on releasing tension from the digestive system, we optimise breathing and calm the ‘second brain’.

When treating our clients with Chi Nei Tsang, we learn a lot about how the body manifests and unravels the effects of stress and improper breathing. We’ve seen severe menstrual pain disappear, and chronic back pain resolve. Of course, digestive issues improve significantly with this treatment, as well as anxiety, energy levels and overall sense of wellbeing.

For further questions or to book an appointment, please contact us!

 New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

Chronic Fatigue. Chronic Infections. Auto-immunity. Hashimotos. Chronic ill-health??

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Chronic Fatigue?  Auto-Immunity?  Thyroid/Hashimotos?
Have you spent years trying to find solutions to health problems that seem elusive?  There are more and more answers these days with chronic illness.  We use a combination of therapies to help to return your body into balance – it takes time, but imagine having your life back!!  Core reasons for chronic ill-health are:
  • latent infections (almost always involved)
  • adrenal fatigue
  • nervous system exhaustion
  • long term medication use
  • toxic overload
  • mitochondrial distress
  • fight and flight responses
  • inability for your body to release infections hidden in biofilm
  • genetic weaknesses for detoxification
Sick of these health issues?  Struggling to get your health under control?  Here are some core consultations we would recommend at New Leaf to find some of the causes – and treatments we find are necessary to start reversing these issues.  Here’s are processes we use and how they work!  Our initial prices for consultation are nearly always discounted – find out how we can save you money be being on a payment plan as well!
  • Initial consultation and live blood screening with our naturopaths:  history taking, blood work, gut, liver, immune function…  important to have an extended initial visit so that we can start collecting as much information as we can about you.  Ask for a longer first session (1.5 hours) so that we can be more effective in helping you!
  • 1.5 hour initial N.O.T. Neural Organisational Technique session.  N.O.T. works on the nervous system balancing structure, immunity and the hormonal system.  Norm is exceptionally skilled at N.O.T. – a gentle process developed by chiropractors and kinesiologists which deals with the most important nervous system issues first.
  • 1 hour initial Immune/Infection kinesiology session with Madonna or Norm.  We’ve developed immune protocols, which allow your body to start to recognise and deal with hidden latent infections.  On average there are around 3-8 chronic hidden infections – sometimes more, (unable to be found in normal blood tests) for chronic disease.  Medically it’s estimated that there are around 80% of infections hidden in your body in biofilm.  Only 20% of infections can be found with the combination of blood and urine tests, faeces and sputum.  That’s a lot of blood tests coming back ‘clear’ – with people being told there’s nothing wrong with them!
  • 1.5 hour initial intuitive energy healing/counselling kinesiology with Gabby.  Gabby is skilled at finding old patterns of energy/stress which are linked to current health problems, and helping you find solutions in moving forward.  It’s like a counselling session combined with an energy treatment…
  • Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage:  Our massage therapists are skilled in Chi Nei Tsang – what we love about this process is that the major organs in your body improve with this treatment – having better blood and nerve supply, lymphatic detox processes…  the liver and gall bladder, the spleen and pancreas, the intestines, the reproductive organs, kidneys and adrenals can all improve!
  • Infrared saunas:  we an on-site infrared sauna to help detoxify your body!
Call us on 3348 6098 and ask about our best specials for you!!
Madonna Guy ND
New Leaf Natural Therapies
Chief Clinician

Human Microbiome: how much of us is actually human?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

We live with bugs – let’s look after them!!

Recent genetic screening studies have astounded us by identifying that only around 10% of the cells in the body are actually human.  The rest of these cells make up the human microbiome; that is, the sum of bacteria, fungi and parasites living on us and inside us.

Some of the well-known sites of colonisation are the skin, lung, mouth, and of course, the gastrointestinal tract.  However, microbes have also been found in new places, including within the endothelium of our arteries, contained in atherosclerotic plaques; within the joint fluid of rheumatoid arthritis patients; and within the neurons of those with Alzheimer’s Disease.

It must be emphasised, however, that a microbial presence in the body is both unavoidable and essential.  We have co-evolved with microbes and are dependent upon their presence to regulate our immune system, protect our skin and mucosa, digest our food and produce nutrients and assist in the metabolism of toxins.  Sterilising the body is by no means the aim in treating infection.

Our aim at New Leaf is to create balance.  With a unique combination of Naturopathy & Chi Nei Tsang Abdominal Massage; Kinesiology to find out if the infections/microbiome is out of balance/ infrared saunas and frequency specific microcurrent we get great results.  It takes time and energy to rebalance the organisms in our body.

Madonna Guy ND
Naturopath & Kinesiologist
New Leaf Natural Therapies