Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine 

The Natural Period Dr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodie Gillam-Pendergast

Acupuncturist & Musculoskeletal Therapist

Natural Health Consultant

B HSc (Musculoskeletal therapy), M AppSc (Acupuncture)

Who I am & what I do are inseparable... this might help:

Historically, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine used the patient's constitution, season of occurrence, lifestyle habits, signs and symptom presentation to formulate differential diagnoses and treatment plan.  This observational approach spans thousands of centuries and dynasties before the advent of modern diagnostic methods or an understanding of physiology and pharmacology at a molecular level.

 

Where today we would present to the radiologist to magically see what was happening inside the body;  5000 years ago a traditional doctor would measure the "Qi" or life force of the patient to assess the severity of a disease using precise observation of the breath, pulse, tongue, temperature, skin colour, location of pain (among other indicators) as the diagnostic imaging technique.  Today we still use these same "vital signs" with more accurate instruments and machines, however the premise of life-force and life preservation is fundamentally the same today as ever.  

Most methods of treatment modern, evidence based practices have become so specialised and rely on a symptoms based approach to treatment. Now if I am going to a cardiologist for bypass surgery, I certainly want him to be over specialised, emergency medicine is not the domain if your Acupuncturist and if they think otherwise, you need to find a new one. My point is, your GP's and non-emergency specialists can treat your symptoms.  But what they (and any health care provider) can lack is the bridge between being symptom free, and actually getting better.  Now just as traditional medicine folklore has been dismissed it has also been enhanced and validated with the scientific method.  So too, modern medicine has begun to return to the evaluation of the whole organism as opposed to a symptom control method. These days is it called "Functional Medicine"and it uses the same principles of mutli-system, lifestyle/habit modification, environmental factors and patient constitution analysis to address disease like Traditional Chinese Medicine has done for thousands of years.  Functional medicine has the benefit of pathology, virolgy, serology and immunlogy to aid in diagnosing the whole organism, an Acupuncturist may also use these tools, however our ancestors gained this insight through observing bodily excretions, secretions and even smell.  

I personally do not sit in any camp of  Natural v Western. If you are"anti-medicine" or (anti anything) I am not the practitioner for you. Often the link between getting better and keeping well can be hidden in both your GP's rooms and a complementary/allied health clinic.  I am of the opinion that if a natural intervention is attainable and will improve long term health it should be the principle treatment method.  Surgical and pharmaceutical intervention should be delayed as long as possible when appropriate and implemented immediately when indicated.  

I have worked in complementary health beginning as a Remedial Massage/Myotherapist (MST) Since 2000.  Other jo-jobs include; Medical Administrator in private practice and hospital settings, Lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, Bartender, Barista, Cook, Super-yacht Stewardess in the Cote D Azur and a few other less pretentious ones working my way through many university degrees and completing my third. I have studied and practiced Yoga extensively in India, run retreats in Bali and Australia and have established and owned a successful Yoga studio for 8 years and continue to offer community based classes when I can.  I also offer customised retreats and training programmes for NDIS patients, child-care centres and women's health centres. Training in Musculoskeletal Therapy using Dry-Needling techniques has supplemented my classical Acupuncture technique, enabling me to successfully treat chronic, complex pain syndromes and general musculoskeletal injury successfully over 2 decades.

  

My professional focus has narrowed over the last 5 years and my primary modality is Acupuncture for Womens' Health. With experience in many settings and choosing to work away from the commercial pressures of a big clinic I hope to offer my clients not just a treatment, but a plan for and realistic outcomes aligned with ones goals. I draw from my own skills and supplement  with referral to appropriate medical and allied health practitioners when needed. People are complex...

My previous Acupuncture research major focused on complex musculoskeletal pain (specifically Fibromyalgia) and the comparative effectiveness of Acupuncture, Physical Therapy and Talk Based Therapy for reducing pain and improving quality of life. (Acupuncture is statistically effective you'll be pleased to know!). 

 

My current academic interests are focused on hormonal contraceptives and herbal medicine pharmacology. Creating awareness of the use of contraceptive drugs for the management of Gynecological conditions that lack an evidence basis and potentiate further hormonal disruption. My clinical work and passionate professional interest is toward empowering women with facts about ones biological/physiological reproductive health from a young age; promoting natural intervention and lifestyle education on reproductive dysfunction as a first port of call before contraceptive intervention. #controversial.

Alongside currently completing my Masters AppSc (Chinese Herbal Medicine) at RMIT University, you'll find me and my dyslexic brain; running late, offending strangers (and sometimes friends) with tactless/politically incorrect humour or debates on ethics and philosophyforgetting to return SMS/phonecalls/emails, losing car keys & attempting to manage the many logistics of home-life with my husband and equally over-committed children & 2 cats. My downtime = walking my delightful best friend & border collie whilst listening to geeky podcasts and ordering take-out at anytime of the day.

Jodie is AHPRA registered Acupuncturist, Member of the Chinese Medicine Board Australia & Massage and Myotherapy Australia. Health Fund provider to most major health funds and open to NDIS clients with musculoskeletal and neurological disability.  You can follow her @the_natural_period_dr

Acupuncture for Fertility, Acupuncture for Hormone Health, Acupuncture for IBS, Acupuncture for Period Problems, Acupuncture for PCOS, Acupuncture for Headaches, Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia, ACUPUNCTURE FOR ENDOMETRIOSUS

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