Acupuncture Brisbane and Chinese herbal medicine with Peter Kington at Nurture Studio in New Farm
Acupuncture Brisbane with Peter Kington who loves to work with committed clients who are interested in achieving the best possible clinical outcomes for themselves.
Peter understands the relationship which is built between client and practitioner must be one which is open, honest and trusting.
Peter Kington, in his acupuncture Brisbane clinic in New Farm, sees his clinical role as being like a facilitator – offering clear, honest and impartial advice to help his clients feel better and live healthier, more contented, lives.
What type of clients work well with acupuncture Brisbane practitioner Peter Kington?
As an experienced acupuncture Brisbane practitioner, Peter has learnt that the type of people who work well with him are people who:
- Are interested in taking an active role in their own recovery
- Make time for their recovery by maintaining their regular scheduled appointments
- Understand that sometimes ‘getting better’ takes time and persistence
- Take on board, and implement where necessary, appropriate and manageable dietary and lifestyle modifications.
What should I expect when I attend my initial consultation?
Peter sets aside extra time for your initial consultation. Depending on why you are seeking his help, Peter will take a detailed case history. This case history will include establishing an historical timeline, noting your key signs and symptoms and asking other questions around secondary signs and symptoms.
Sometimes, as part of this consultation, Peter may ask you to lie on a massage table and he will poke around your legs, arms and maybe even abdomen – palpation is a key part of the Chinese medicine diagnosis in his acupuncture Brisbane clinic in New Farm.
Peter will take your pulse and perhaps even look at your tongue, he might ask questions about family history and also, importantly, questions around what expectations you might have in terms of outcomes.
What happens in follow-up consultations?
Follow-up consultations are quicker than initial consultations.
The consultation will begin with Peter inviting you to report back about any changes you might have noticed in your condition.
Change is an important word for Peter in his acupuncture Brisbane clinic in New Farm, because it includes observations of things which are better, things which are worse and also things which might just be the same. Peter will note your observations down and ask appropriate follow-up questions.
After about ten minutes –give or take – Peter will invite you to hop on the treatment table where he will start the treatment.
…a little more about Acupuncture Brisbane, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice.
There are many styles of acupuncture, all emerging mainly out of China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The British Acupuncture Council has an excellent summary of the different styles of acupuncture.
Peter’s application of acupuncture in his Acupuncture Brisbane clinic in New Farm, is a mixture of the techniques he learnt at college, things he saw practiced during his internship in China and more recently, styles he has studied at post graduate seminars in Australia.
Peter also, sometimes, draws from published research and will use tested protocols to support patient outcomes – especially with IVF acupuncture support.
The most important thing for Peter is to choose an acupuncture treatment which addresses the underlying mechanisms he identifies through the careful consideration of your signs and symptoms and then to safely apply the needles to achieve the therapeutic outcome you and he are working towards.
Dietary and lifestyle advice
Food therapy is an integral part of Chinese medicine, but as a system of medicine it is more effective when taken in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Peter may make recommendations that you eat less of certain types of foods and perhaps eat more of other food groups. These recommendations are based on his diagnosis and careful analysis of your presenting signs and symptoms.
Lifestyle advice might include recommendations for reducing stress, increasing fitness or even taking steps to improve how you sleep at night by modifying behaviours before you go to bed.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine, as a system of medicine, sits alongside acupuncture within the Chinese medicine framework.
Herbal medicine relies on the practitioner carefully analysing presenting signs and symptoms, constructing a Chinese medicine diagnosis and building a herbal formula to address the Chinese medicine diagnosis.
Herbs are mostly plant-based, sometimes minerals and rarely animal by-products.
Herbal formulas, in Peter Kington’s Chinese herbal medicine practice, are offered to clients via two methods of delivery.
The first is an individualised herbal formula which is constructed from scratch using separate herbs, mixed together and customised to a client’s unique clinical presentation. Peter uses high grade herbs, which are pre-prepared as granules. Simply add boiling water and drink as a tea. There is no boiling of herbs and no smell wafting through the house.
The second is herbal formulas administered as capsules or pills. These are convenient and easy to take, although perhaps not always as strong as customised granule formulas.
Capsules and pill formulas are pre-made and while they don’t have the benefit of individualised formulas they are high quality and still effective in achieving improved therapeutic outcomes.
You may, sometimes, read or hear news stories about the safety of Chinese herbs. The main concern with Chinese herbs is the presence of an acid, aristolochic acid, which can be found in some herbs used in Chinese medicine. This acid can potentially cause kidney failure.
Another concern is the possible contamination of herbs with heavy metals.
Peter only uses the highest grade ‘granule’ herbs, capsules and pills. The herbs Peter uses are permitted to be used in Australia by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. These herbs, through the manufacturing process, are regularly tested for the presence of aristolochic acid and heavy metals.
Ordering herbs online, from other countries or without the advice and input from a qualified practitioner is when patients run the risk of exposing themselves to poor quality herbs.