Japanese Acupuncture Spring Newsletter 2011

It’s Spring and in timely fashion a new website has sprung into existence.  Local Brisbane Acupuncture practitioners, Efrat Sudai and Andrew Beencke, are dedicating this new site to health/lifestyle topics that will help their patients build upon the work that is being done in treatment.

The new site is in it’s germinal stages at the moment, but as Summer comes around you will see it flower into an oriental garden of exercise, diet and lifestyle advice.

There is a lot of activity for us at the moment with the new website, a new clinic and planning for a trip to Japan.


New Clinic in New Farm 

For those of you that haven’t already visited us at the New Farm Clinic, we invite you to do so.  Appointments can be requested by email and are available at the following times:

Tuesday    8am – 7pm (Efrat)

Thursday  8am – 7pm (Andrew)

Friday        8am – 7pm (Efrat)

Saturday   8am – 1pm (Efrat and Andrew)

Follow these links for Fortitude Valley and Brisbane CBD clinic times.


We’re off to Japan… 

This November we are going to Japan to study with world renowned acupuncture practitioner, scholar and gentleman Masakazu Ikeda Sensei.  It is a real treat for us, we will stay in his clinic for 1 week observing and attending private tutorials.

Unfortunately this means that we will be unavailable for treatments from the 31st of October to the 7th of November.


Antibiotics Awareness

We were instantly interested in this article and hope you will be too.

Martin Blaser of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, discussing antibiotic use, stated,

“Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease. Overuse of antibiotics could be fuelling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.”

Patients often come into clinic after taking repeat courses of antibiotics without getting better.  In these cases we end up treating their original illness and also the symptoms that are side effects from the antibiotic use.  Research has shown (and we have seen this demonstrated in our clinic) that Acupuncture can have a positive effect on the immune system.  We implore you to please come in for treatment as soon as possible if you are feeling ill.  

The side effects of antibiotic use include:
– soft stools
– upset stomach
– vomiting
– abdominal cramps

Acupuncture can be of great assistance in the treatment of these symptoms. If you or anyone you know is in this situation please come into one of our clinics, we would love to be of assistance.


Get your juices flowing this Spring with some Chinese Exercise Therapy warm-ups

As spring comes into full force the yang starts to push out into the world after it’s hibernation during the yin Winter.  Our body and mind become more active…. so, it’s important to clean out a few cobwebs in preparation for all this extra mental and physical activity.

Try out these warm-ups, we’re sure you’ll love them.  


Spring Salad – Beetroot, Walnut and Fetta

2 beetroot, boiled, skinned and cut into wedges (boil for about an hour with 1tbs red wine vinegar)
60g toasted walnuts (add honey when toasting for sweetness)
100g danish feta cheese, crumbled into large pieces
1 handful flat leaf parsley (optional)
1 handful baby spinach (chopped coarsely)

1-1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

To make the dressing whisk the vinegar with and the oil.

As soon as the Beetroot is cooked and cut up, toss with enough of the dressing to coat nicely then leave to cool. Just before serving add the spinach and parsley leaves and more dressing if you think it could do with it and then arrange on a shallow serving dish. Scatter over walnuts and feta and serve.