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Practitioners

Shelley Hickson

Shelley has been practising Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1985, having graduated from the NSW College of Natural Therapies in Sydney, Australia. After practising in Auckland for three years, Shelley moved back to Hawke's Bay with her family in 1989 and established Acupuncture Havelock North. The practice was extended in 2002 when the Hastings Health Centre was opened and Shelley established a clinic within the Center. She practices from both clinics.

In 2013 the clinics were renamed Aupuncture Heretaunga to reflect the ongoing care between the two sites. Shelley is a member of Acupuncture New Zealand, has previously been on the executive committee for several years, is an Independent Advisor for Health and Disability, and is an expert court witness for acupuncture and natural therapies.

Trudi Collins

Trudi practices from our Havelock North clinic. She has been working within Hawke's Bay for many years, and brings her expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine and an interest in Functional Medicine to the practice. Trudi was formerly the regional representative to Acupuncture New Zealand and is currently on the executive committee for Acupuncture Now Foundation NZ.

Chelsea Wright

Chelsea joined our team at Acupuncture Heretaunga in December 2013.  She gained experience at the Lower Hutt Hospital in the first Acupuncture Pregnancy clinic set up by Dr Debra Betts. PhD. She continues to use her expertise in this field here in Hawke's Bay. Chelsea works between the Hastings and Havelock North clinics. 

Bridget Allison

Bridget Allison joined the practice in January 2018. She has previous experience working with Dr Debra Betts PhD at the Lower Hutt Hospital, specialising in pregnancy  and post-partum care. As with all our practitioners, Bridget brings with her an expertise in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is registered with the national register, Acupuncture NZ.

 

All of our practitioners are members of Acupuncture New Zealand, the national register of Acupuncturists, and are approved ACC providers.

 

Havelock North

Phone

(06) 877 5777

Fax

(06) 877 2197

Location

68 Te Mata Rd

Havelock North

Hours

8am - 6pm

Monday - Friday

Hastings

Phone

(06) 873 8566

Location

Hastings Health Centre
116 Queen Street East

Hours

8am - 6pm

Monday - Friday

 

Do not take good health as granted.  [Just as one] should not forget danger in times of peace, try to prevent the coming of diease beforehand.

Sun Simiao, 7th Century CE

Traditional Chinese Medicine 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed over a period of 5000 years, and has been written for the past 2000 years. Acupuncture needles were found in archeological diggings dating from the Shang Dynasty c1000BC. The classics, which are still studied today, were completed by the 4th Century.

Basic Theory of TCM

TCM is based upon the theory of Qi (chee, energy) and Blood flowing smoothly through the body. Both the Qi and Blood should be of good quality to ensure and maintain optimum health. The theme of 'balance' occurs repeatedly within the theory of TCM - Yin/Yang, Hot/Cold, Internal/External, Excessive/Deficient.

Treatment

A complete history is taken. 
This consists of:

  • noting how the patient looks - face, body, skin colour
  • palpation of various body sites
  • taking the pulse
  • looking at the tongue
  • questioning
  • any relevant history


From this a TCM diagnosis is made and the patient is treated according to the principles relevant to that particular problem.

Methods of Treatment

A treatment may consist of :

  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Moxibustion
  • Cupping
  • Electro-Acupuncture Massage
  • Tui Na (Chinese Massage)
  • Dietary Advice

What can be treated?

Disorders successfully treated by Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine;

Musculo-Skeletal - All injuries, sprains and strains. Post operative nerve pain. Sciatica. All practitioners in this clinic are ACC registered.

Gynaecology - PMS, Menopause symptoms, Irregular periods.

Fertility - Assistance in preparation for conception.

Pregnancy - Morning sickness, malposition of the baby, pregnancy related aches, pains and disorders, preparation for labour.

Post Natal - Lactation deficiency, well-being following birth of baby.

Childhood - Bedwetting, coughs and colds, anxiety, nightmares, headaches.

Adults - Headaches, migraines, sinus, hay fever, digestive disorders, asthma, coughs and colds, hypertension, shingles, low spirits/depression, anxiety, weight loss, Bell's Palsy, post stroke.

Cancer - Treatment is available for the symptoms of cancer, and as support whenundergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Maintenance of Health - Treatment is usually given once a month in order to maintain wellbeing. A worthwhile treat. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete system, and is able to treat most medical conditions.

Some conditions that people have asked for treatment for include Infertility, Menstrual Flow Regulation, Arthritis, Mental Disorders and Regulation of Blood Pressure.

Appointments

All treatment is by appointment and is carried out in a private, caring and relaxing atmosphere.

Havelock North

Phone 

(06) 877 5777

Fax

 (06) 877 2197

Location

68 Te Mata Rd

Havelock North

Hours

8am - 6pm

Monday - Friday

 

 

Hastings

Phone

(06) 873 8566

Location

Hastings Health Centre
116 Queen Street East

Hours

8am - 6pm

Monday - Friday

 

Additional Services

Acupuncture Heretaunga are now pleased to be offering Carb Choice, a personalised genetic profile report which shows your individual response to starch from carbohydrates.

 

How your body processes starch carbohydrates plays an important role in weight management, diabetes, gluten intolerance, dental decay and other everyday health and wellbeing issues.  There is more than one type of carbohydrate but do you know which are best for you?  The Carb Choice genetic test takes the guess work out, and helps you to make informed dietary choices based on your individual genetic make up.  

 

Once you have completed a Carb Choice test and received the results, Trudi will help you with dietary and lifestyle advice that is specific to you.  If you're curious and would like further information about this, please contact Trudi via the Havelock North clinic.