Atara Noiade no longer works from Only Natural
We’re always excited when a new therapy option becomes available so when Atara Noiade introduced herself to us recently we were more than happy to invite her to work from Only Natural’s therapy room.
Atara hails from the US and is a practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism. Acupuncture forms the basis of traditional Chinese Medicine and consists of the insertion of very thin needles at specific body points. This is to facilitate the smooth and balanced flow of Qi (body energy, pronounced Chee) along channels called meridians just beneath the surface of the skin. The purpose of this is to bring the body back into balance and relieve minor, and not so minor, ailments. According to Atara’s own website “the effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented and is endorsed as a system of primary health care by the World Health Organization.” Although acupuncture is commonly used for pain relief Atara lists the following as disorders that can also be helped by the technique : Insomnia, stress/tension, fatigue, palpitations, arthritis and joint problems, headaches and migraines, diabetes, IBS, PMS, smoking, sciatica, visual problems, infertility and bladder/kidney problems.
However as Acupuncture is most often used in conjunction with other therapies Atara also uses her knowledge of Chinese Herbalism i.e. the use of over 500 plant medicines derived from herbs, roots, barks, flowers, fruits and seeds for their healing properties in her practice. She also recommends dietary change and nutritional supplements where appropriate.
We’re thrilled to be working with an expert in one of the world’s oldest traditional medicine systems and are sure that Wexford’s alternative health care community will be enriched by Atara’s presence.
As this month is all about Men’s Health here at Only Natural Atara has detailed below how she can help with some male issues.
Do You Have Low T?
MALE HEALTH: Treatment of Shen Qi Xu, or Kidney Qi Deficiency, to Address Symptoms of Hypogonadism with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
By Atara Noiade, DAOM, MBioSci.
What is Hypogonadism?
This is very simply the low production of testosterone in the male body. Testosterone is the hormone which is vital in the development of male puberty and which may affect sperm levels as well. This is something one can be born with, or which may develop as a result of infection or injury after the person has matured. If your doctor has diagnosed you with hypogonadism, testosterone therapy may be suggested. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be used as well, or as an adjunct to treatment received by your primary care physician.
How does Chinese medicine look at a low sperm count or a low sex drive?
In Chinese Medicine, low sperm count, lack of sexual desire (in both men and women) or low performance is viewed as merely a symptom of the whole body imbalance. What is common for folks with hypogonadism is to have an imbalance related to what is called the original Qi, or Jing. If Jing is weak, the patient may also experience additional symptoms which can be individually addressed using Chinese Medicine. These symptoms might include hair loss, weak teeth, and general disinterest in exercise. In addition to weak Jing, the patient may have various symptoms which manifest in particular patterns. For example, the man may be experiencing low back pain, feelings of being cold or tired, and very low sex drive. Another set of symptoms may appear in a very different pattern with night sweats, feeling warm in the afternoon, excessive thirst, heart palpitations, and a high sex drive.
How can Chinese Medicine including acupuncture help my T levels?
Often men report a substantial difference after the first treatment, but more typically three or four treatments will be necessary to “jump start” the Qi, and help the body on its way to getting the sperm active again and to increase desire overall. Chinese Medicine is especially beneficial because it takes the whole person into account. Typically a practitioner will spend a substantial amount of time during the first treatment asking many questions and observing the patient. This will show the practitioner the unique individual and what the pattern is which must be addressed. The treatment is then tailored to that person, to best realign and strengthen the Qi in the body. In this way, acupuncture is akin to physical therapy: it is important to keep reminding the body of the proper flow of Qi, or energy.
Specializations: Increased fertility
While I do treat many different imbalances and disorders, one of my specializations is in both male and female fertility, and I have been very fortunate in having great success helping couples to strengthen their energy (or Qi) so they could then conceive. Feel free to call for an appointment to work on strengthening your Qi or just to lower your stress levels!
Introductory sessions with Atara comprise about 90 minutes to fully assess the client, and sessions thereafter take about 40 minutes. The number of treatments it takes to resolve an issue is completely individual, and can sometimes be accomplished in one treatment. Home sessions in the town of Wexford are now available at an additional cost.
Atara is offering a great introductory price for the month of November of €40/session. Call now on 085 235 5177 for your appointment before they fill up! Her rates are normally €70 for introductory session and €50 for regular sessions (home visits are €60). Seniors are always €30/session (€40 for home visits to seniors). To read more about Atara and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: www.AcupunctureHerbMed.com