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Acupuncture at Tiaki

Acupuncturist: Summer Xue

Bachelor of Medicine (China)
Diploma in Addiction, Alcohol and Drug Studies
Member of Acupuncture NZ
Acc Injury treatment Provider

“A health practitioner needs to possess a moral conscience, ethical conduct, and a compassionate attitude towards those in need of attention. My goal is to offer a safe space for all my patients to listen to their bodies and guide them to their best path to Wellness.”

Summer Xue is an experienced and registered Acupuncturist and also a trained Herbalist who sees patients for mood disorders,  physical and physiological problems.  She makes frequent use of a variety of techniques including Acupuncture, Cupping therapy, Moxibustion, Electro-Acupuncture, and Natural herbs.

Acupuncture is a component of medical science in China. In modern Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, conventional surgical, pharmaceutical interventions, and Chinese herbal medicine are used in various combinations depending on the severity of a condition and the stage of treatment. Acupuncture is found to aid conventional therapies, or as a non-invasive, non-toxic treatment option in its own right. This multi-faceted approach can be thought of as Holistic Comprehensive Medicine.

Summer was born in one of the oldest provinces of China, the hometown of renowned ancient philosopher Confucius, where Acupuncture has been practised and studied for thousands of years. She is therefore deeply familiar with the history and literature of this marvellous discipline. She has read old texts, and many Acupuncture manuals, which is a source of ongoing study.  

Summer’s background includes five years of medical study (50% Conventional medicine and 50 % Chinese medicine), one year of work experience in the rehabilitation department of HuangDao Integrated Hospital in QingDao City, China and three years experience serving as a Soldier in the Chinese Military working in the Department of Health in Beijing. It is from a love of New Zealand and her enthusiasm for learning English that she comes to Wellington to practice her diverse professional skills to address the needs of her patients. With every patient she always pays attention to even the smallest detail. A passing remark or a quick physical response can be the key to unlocking a previously difficult problem. In her leisure time, you might find Summer in the Tango dancing hall, because she is a big fan of Argentina Tango. She likes travelling, yoga, hiking, and playing musical instruments

Summer can treat:

Natural opioid compounds, the neurone theory, endogenous corticosteroid release, myofibrillary entanglement, local blood flow, and the mesolimbic loop of analgesia are a few of the mechanisms of action that explain how acupuncture might cure pain disorders.

Acupuncture needles can be inserted into the muscle or tissue where the injury occurred as well as the surrounding regions to stimulate the brain and spinal cord and subsequently reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain.

Meridian point insertion and manipulation may help lower cortisol and balance dopamine levels to lessen cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with drug and alcohol detox.

The functioning of the neurological system changes in response to acupuncture therapy, including adjustments in the concentrations of K+, Na+, and Ca+ in the neurone. This is the physiological mechanism by which acupuncture treats migraines. Acupuncture may also have analgesic effects on the endogenous opioid system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

According to recent research, the changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the malfunction of stress hormones, and the imbalance of neurotransmitters including noradrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine are the mechanisms through which acupuncture treats mental disorders.

According to recent research, the changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the malfunction of stress hormones, and the imbalance of neurotransmitters including noradrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine are the mechanisms through which acupuncture treats mental disorders.

 Acupuncture can help quiet the mind, increase relaxation and decrease stress to promote sleep. Acupuncture also helps increase the release of natural melatonin in the body to help improve sleep. This helps the body reach a yin yang balance status.

Current studies suggest that the mechanism of acupuncture to treat mental disorder is the changes in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, dysfunction among stress hormones, and disequilibrium in neurotransmitters, such as noradrenaline, serotonin, and dopamines. 

  1. Acupuncture regulates lipid metabolism, modulates inflammatory response, and promotes white adipose tissue browning. Acupuncture also suppresses appetite through regulating appetite regulatory hormones and the downstream signalling pathway. 

Acupuncture works by promoting the flow of oxygen(qi) and blood to the face. This can result in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging. In specific terms, acupuncture can increase muscle tone by way of improving facial elasticity. The increased localised circulation that results from needle insertion can lead to capillary dilation giving rise to more production of collagen and elastin.


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