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Luke McPherson Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture for fertility, IVF support, and pain relief... naturally

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Bali Belly - My experience with this as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herblist

Posted on 17 October, 2019 at 18:55 Comments comments (282)

It all started in Bali, one hot steamy afternoon.  I was doubled over with extreme stomach cramps and then crippled with intense muscle cramps in my arms and shoulders.  I wasn't sure how this happened as I was ultra careul to stay away from consuming water, and from consuming anything from cheap unreputable places.

An hour after the stomach cramps and muscle spasms started I was hit with extreme nausea, and then my first vomiting experience.  After what felt like passing...

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Yang Deficiency: How you can eat to build Yang

Posted on 11 October, 2019 at 0:35 Comments comments (114)

Yang is responsible for warming and activating bodily functions. When Yang is deficient your body begins to slow down, displaying signs of tiredness, and inactivity and sensations of coldness.

Foods to boost yang include;

Grains: Wheatgerm, Sweet glutinous rice, Quinoa



Vegetables: Leek, mustard greens, onion, radish, scallion, squash, sweet potato, turnip, watercress

Fruit: Cherry, litchi,...

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Diet: Are you accountable?

Posted on 25 March, 2019 at 20:40 Comments comments (53)

I am often asked to help people lose weight.  Losing weight is one of the greatest things you can do to improve your health; so as a cmplementary health care practioner I am happy to help those who really want to help themselves.  To lose weight you must be accountable for what goes in your mouth; so I insist that my patients use an Ap to track this.  I personally like the Ap My Fitness Pal, as you can log exercise as well food, and it breaks down the components of your diet in...

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Endometriosis - an individual approach for you as an individual

Posted on 28 February, 2019 at 20:15 Comments comments (129)

i have been treating 2 cases lately, they present the same: sudden heavy bleedling, intense pain, clotted cycles.  The bleeding in both cases is so heavy that they generally need to use 2 pads during their menstrual cycle; the pain is so severe that they often have to have 1 - 2 days off work every period.  This has been going on for 5 plus years and it is eally impacting their lives.

Sounds like the same condition right?  They should be treated the same?  No.  ...

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Acupuncture for the relief of back and pelvic pain during pregnancy

Posted on 10 February, 2019 at 19:55 Comments comments (119)

As you get further into your pregnancy you will undoubtedly deal with lower back pain and/or hip pain. As someone who is already a little less mobile, and a little less flexible than before; an addition to back and hip pain can make life a whole lot harder. Back pain can really impact on your quality of life; denying you your much-needed sleep by cramping and spasming no matter in what position you lie, before forcing you to get up and pace the floor at all hours of the night to try and rel...

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Headaches: How an acupuncturist approaches treatment

Posted on 6 February, 2019 at 20:35 Comments comments (63)

When treating headaches, it is important to approach each type differently.  It is definitely not a one-size fits all treatment; and each case should be treated differently.  

When I approach a patient with a headache first question I ask is where abouts is the pain focused.  I ask this because different aspects of the head will mean a different area I will focus my acupunture treatment.  Acupuncture is never as simple as "stick a needle where it hurts"; in the case ...

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Doula's What do they do?

Posted on 10 January, 2019 at 23:50 Comments comments (75)

Ellen Turchini and Samantha Gunn are two doulas working together in Sydney. Check out their websites at or This blog is an outline of what a doula is and how they could help you on your pregnancy journey.

”Doula…what is that? What do you do?”

The word doula is actually a Greek word meaning “women’s servant”. Historically women have been supporting other women during pregnancy and labour for centur...

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Distal acupuncture for neck pain

Posted on 29 November, 2018 at 20:05 Comments comments (52)

This is an interesting concept: Don't perform acupuincture where the pain is!

Sounds weird right?  If there is pain in the neck, shouldn't I treat the neck directly?  Makes sense doesn't it!  

Let me ask you this? if your car won't start do you blame the keys?  The keys may be an issue but it is more than likely an issue somewhere deeper in the engine. 

This is also true for the body, sometimes the pain manifests in the ...

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My personal experience with achilles tedonopathy

Posted on 4 October, 2018 at 21:10 Comments comments (126)

I recently woke up with extreme tightness in my right achilles tendon; it was fully contracted and could not walk on it.  I quickly recognised it as achilles tendonopathy, which is the result of persistent gastroconemus (calf muscle) tightness.  

To treat this i imobilised it for a week and gave it daily acupuncture sessions.  My lovely colleague Rochelle gave me moxa on the area of where the achilles attaches to the calcaneous (heel).  

during the se...

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Dealing with Pregnancy Acne

Posted on 3 May, 2018 at 21:40 Comments comments (393)

Steam your face

Get a large bowl of boiling water ½ fill. Place some lemon and orange peel and storks from mint in the water. Place your face over the bowl (DO NOT touch the water) and put a towel over your head to create an oven. Do this for 5-10 mins 3-4 times/ week.

• Make sure the bowl is on a sturdy table and all care is taken that the contents can’t be spilt

Wash your face with a gentle ph neutral soap 2-3 times daily.


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