Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine | Anxiety | Depression | Stress

Stress, Anxiety and depression

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help to regulate the hormones related to depression, anxiety & stress.  At Balanced Life Health Care in Ferntree Gully, we restore the natural balance of physical, mental and emotional health.

  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Medication withdrawal
  • Burnout/exhaustion
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Anger management



Stress is a natural response to the bodies various demands we place upon it. In times gone, our stress response or “fight or flight’ response provided us with energy that could save our life. Unfortunately, in our modern lifestyle our stressors are considerably higher, and more consistent than our predecessors ever experienced.


However stress is not necessarily negative, it can mean that we meet important deadlines, it keeps us alert, helps with motivation, and so on. There is a distinction between healthy and unhealthy stress.


Our response to stress can either help or hinder our body’s ability to cope with these various stressors in our lives. Unhealthy responses to stress include negative thinking, feeling overwhelmed, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, and feeling of ill health. Unhealthy stress causes the body to work much harder, and this can trigger physical and mental health issues.


Over time, ongoing stress and unhealthy responses to stress can actually be detrimental to our health.


Medical studies have shown that with increased and consistent stress, our white blood cells, which defend our body against viruses, decrease. So no wonder you are sick all the time. Even if the stressor is no longer present, the body continues to keep the stress response active, just to ensure readiness in the event of danger.


The result of this is that even when away from the stressor, so quitting that stressful job or leaving a bad relationship still has a marked effect on your health for sometime after the event. From a Chinese Medicine perspective this has a depleting effect on our nervous system, lymphatic organs, kidneys and adrenals, which paves the way for a wide variety of signs and symptoms.


At Balanced Life Health Care we practise the Balance Method Acupuncture system, which decreases those stress hormones adrenalin and cortisol, thus taking your body from a fight or flight mode into a more relaxed state. Our focus is delivering an effective, personalised and detailed treatment plan, dedicated to improving your mental and emotional health.




You settle into a warm, relaxing bed, close your eyes and NOTHING HAPPENS. You just can’t fall asleep, hours go by and you’re still awake! The next day you feel tired, grouchy and unable to focus.


Sound familiar?


Sleepless nights happen to almost everyone at some point, but ongoing insomnia can indicate a deeper issue and could lead to further health concerns. Unfortunately, a common approach to treating insomnia includes prescription medication which has unfortunate side effects such as fogginess next day and/or dependence.


That one of many reasons to consider an all-natural approach to treating sleep problems. Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep without the side effects. At Balanced Life Health Care we are experienced in treating a variety of sleep issues such as;


  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking too early
  • Unrestful sleep
  • Daytime fatigue and irritability associated with poor sleep
  • Frustration and moodiness associated with poor sleep


At Balanced Life Health Care we use a combination of balance acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of insomnia. Our aim is that your sleep returns to a state of normality through an effective and individualised treatment plan.