- How does Shelley Beer practise?
- Which Chinese medicine methods does Shelley Beer use?
- How does Shelley Beer use Chinese medicine with children?
- How is Shelley Beer improving Chinese medicine for her clients?
- How is Shelley Beer improving the Chinese medicine experience in a consultation?
- Can herbs be used with concurrent use of pharmaceutical drugs?
- Can you explain a little more about Chinese dietary therapy?
- Can I see other practitioners, while I also use Chinese Medicine?
Shelley recommends individualised herbal prescriptions, administered as granules or liquid glycerine extracted, but also can access pills, capsules, plasters, liniments and even prescribes therapy foods. By the way, glycextracted liquid herbs have only 5% alcohol for preservative- this means they taste better than western herbal alcohol herbs and are more easily digested.
Acupuncture (needles, electro- or laser). The points may be prescribed using the Tan balance method of evaluating the channels that are “sick” or internal medicine approach.
Ear point therapy (using seeds or tiny metal balls). If used, the image of the sick organ is stimulated on the ear surface , to extend the effect of treatment between consultations.
Ear candles, Cupping and moxibustion may be supplementary to a treatment if indicated, but only can be applied during an acupuncture private consultation (with no herbal medicine). There is only time for comprehensive bodywork , or only acupuncture with herbs. Shelley routinely uses the stronger needling Chinese style, but can also do gentler Japanese style acupuncture and even gentler needling for babies and infants.
Chinese Dietary Therapy (traditional use of foods).Chinese diet does not break foods down as we understand in the west. Rather, foods are matched according to your current TCM diagnosis. This can be a pleasure exploring matched foods with suggested recipes.
Lifestyle counselling If you are doing something that aggravates your complaint, Shelley identifies alternative strategies so you can choose to have more control.
Exploration of the body-mind (talking and listening). Chinese medicine does not separate the body from the mind. Talking is one way to keep the energy flowing
Since working with children over many years, Shelley has found that children don’t NEED needles. However, she believes that done gently, a quicker response can be far more dramatic. A baby is more visibly upset by having a nappy changed. More often the surprise on their face indicates acupuncture is not traumatic for a baby.
Children relate quickly to the “magic wands” and often like see if the “mossy bite” tingles or watch where they feel the flow connection.
She offers a gentle approach that examines diet & lifestyle, supplemented with laser treatment in the clinic, then herbal granules if needed. Needles are reserved for acute serious conditions such as middle ear infection, high fever, acute pain, difficultly breathing, or to speed up a process that has been responding to laser herbs and foods, but could shorten the therapy and reduce the time in the clinic. Needles takes seconds with few insertions, laser takes many more points and much longer in minutes. As the child ages, needles are retained from 2 -10 minutes as required.
Over the previous 8 years, she has sought to further update her knowledge of the use of Chinese Medicine in treating infertility and it’s combined use with IVF- through self-study, professional seminars and international collaboration. Shelley has further developed her paediatrics by working with well-known Australian specialists- Peter Gigante in Melbourne and Helen Gordon in Sydney. She has also updated her range of skin salves by collaboration with Safflower. She has glycextracted creams and has currently devised her own liquid prescriptions for eczema and immune support.
For treatment of viral/bacterial conditions Shelley still refers to the classics, also updated with self study and international specialists presenting in Germany and locally, over many previous years.
Since 2015, Shelley has focused her clinical updating with regular Acupuncture seminars.
Shelley monitors clients responsiveness to needling by adjusting her approach with sizes and types of needles- if you enjoy the vital connection sensation, this is worked with, to your tolerance. If you don’t like the sensation, Shelley uses finer needles with minimal reaction at the connection point.
If you elect to use ear therapy, you have a choice of different types of tape and stimulation – e.g surgical tape with black mustard seeds, clear tape with ball bearings, Plaster tape with seeds, clear tape wth Swarovski crystals !
If you like to zone out while the needles are in place, Shelley covers you with silk to minimise pressure on the needles, to keep you warm. In winter the towels are warming on the heater and often clients socks are found under the heated towels at the end of the session.
There is an option to use an eye mask or small lavender pillow to relax your eyes, while you are lying on the couch. This is time for you to choose silence or you may prefer specially devised play tracks from classical or modern music. These are designed by Shelley to relax you to gain major benefit from the needling – the music either calms your flow or enlivens it gently.
It’s not uncommon to find the client has fallen asleep with the needles in. 🙂