HeartFire Therapy

HeartFire Therapy uses gentle Acupuncture to help you enhance your energy so that you can enjoy radiant health and vitality. 

Registered ACC Provider
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I am Moira McDougall 


Moira McDougall

Have you dreamed about making a REAL difference in your world? That you could reach out and truly make a meaningful impact – a change for the better?

As the middle child of three children, my earliest memories are of a little girl who wanted to make things better, to maintain balance and harmony in her family unit.

Looking back now, it’s no surprise that I chose a career in Health and Wellness. As a new grad Physiotherapist I totally believed that my role was to nurture, nourish and heal everyone within arms’ reach.

Disillusionment can shadow even our best intentions! I soon realised that my treatment Toolbox was poorly equipped. I set out to learn all I could about health and healing on an energetic level. My studies included:

  • Acupuncture
  • Attunement
  • Pilates for Physiotherapists
  • Brain Gym
  • Reflexology
  • Energy Anatomy
  • The healing power of plants
  • The influence of diet on health
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Pain Management Strategies………
  • and its no surprise that I continue to learn!

Registration with the New Zealand Board of Physiotherapy required me to pass written and oral exams. Stressful! – followed by elation when I passed and could apply for a job. Applications for Residency and then New Zealand Citizenship followed. I felt I was passing through the Ring of Fire! I learned more valuable lessons in practicing patience, being resilient, following through processes with determination, and mindful acceptance of ‘what is’ in the present moment.

Even now, after more than three decades of rich learning and work experiences, both in South Africa and New Zealand, my passion for Acupuncture and Energy Work continues to grow.

In Christchurch I again I found work within hospital settings – for the first 3 years in a Child Development Centre working in the community with children who have disabilities, and then for the following 7 ½ years in a specialist tertiary outpatient Pain Management Clinic for people experiencing ongoing or chronic pain. For me, this was another very valuable period of personal growth and consolidation of knowledge and expertise. I found I have a gift for helping people to deal with chronic pain using self-management techniques, acupuncture and energy -based activities.

More recently I was engaged in teaching the Falls Prevention Exercise Programme to older people (75years +) in their homes. I now provide Physiotherapy for the Specialist Palliative Care Service provided by the Nurse Maude Organisation, as well as working in my own Acupuncture Clinic.

Let’s journey on together!

HeartFire Acupuncture Clinic

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HeartFire Acupuncture

Acupuncture is safe and has very few adverse side effects. It has been clinically proven to successfully treat a wide range of disorders.

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Acupuncture helps the body to:

  • Relieve pain by stimulating the production of the body’s own pain killers such as endorphins and endogenous opiates
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Hasten motor recovery in some forms of paralysis
  • Relieve stress and insomnia
  • Restore balance, emotional and physical well-being.

Common Conditions Treated by Acupuncture:

Joint Pain: Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Elbow Pain, Thoracic Pain, Hand Pain, Foot Pain, Sprains, TMJD

Headaches, Migraines, Tinnitus

Osteo Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Muscle Pain/Cramping, Musculoskeletal Trigger Points, Sports Injuries, Severe Inflammation and Acute Strain

Carpel Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, Repetitive Strain Injuries

Neurological: Peripheral Neuropathy, Muscle Weakness, Post-Stroke/Hemiplegia, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Facial Paralysis, Bell’s Palsy, Sciatica, Herpes Zoster/Shingles, Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Respiratory: Asthma, Bronchitis, Common Cold, Cough, Hay Fever, Flu, Sinusitis

Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Stress, Insomnia, Mental/Emotional Well being

Digestive: Constipation, Indigestion, Nausea

Morning Sickness, Menopause

 Acupuncture Sessions

A free 15-minute Clarity Call may help to establish whether this is the right treatment for you.

The first session includes an initial assessment, to discuss your health history.

Allow an hour per session. Wear clothing that is loose fitting.

Needles may be inserted into your body, head, arms and legs.

Investment: $80.00 per session (1 Hour)

Payment may be made by Cash or via Direct Debit (internet banking). Details with invoice.

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Great Results

Recommended Number of Acupuncture Sessions for Optimal Effect


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I am frequently asked how many sessions of acupuncture I would recommend for various treatment conditions.

I remember during my early acupuncture training that we were taught that acupuncture has an accumulative effect, meaning that the more sessions you have, the longer the treatment effects last.

We were also taught that often, if a person’s system is depleted of energy – that is, if they are already experiencing symptoms – one may well need to build up the energy stores of the body system, before you could expect the body to rally enough energy to bring about a resolution of the symptoms (imbalance of energy) that is affecting them.

In my experience and over the years I have practiced acupuncture, I have seen some people who have responded immediately to a single session of acupuncture, while others with seemingly the same set of symptoms may take much longer to respond. Once again, this reinforces my belief that ‘one size does not fit all’. We are each unique, and we respond in our own way to our individual needs in our own individual set of circumstances.

While I remember these ‘rules’ clearly, I felt it would be both helpful and interesting to research some Journal articles on a few conditions that I work with. I wanted to know how many sessions were completed in their research, and the frequency of the sessions. I have made a summary of a few articles below.

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The first article [1] deals with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, which is the most common late complication of diabetes. Symptoms can include loss of sensation and strength, prickling or pain. A randomized controlled trial was performed where 42 patients participated in one session per day lasting 30 minutes, for 15 days. (Total of 15 sessions). The results of the trial suggest that acupuncture can delay the progressive deterioration of nerve function secondary to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, and also could actually accelerate the nerve regenerative process. The treatment also appeared to significantly improve subjective symptom scores, particular numbness, pain, rigidity and alterations in temperature perception.

An Abstract from another article describing a long-term study of Acupuncture for the treatment of chronic peripheral diabetic neuropathy [2] states that 46 patients were treated with acupuncture analgesia. The patients received up to 6 courses of classical acupuncture analgesia over a period of 10 weeks. 77% of the patients showed a significant improvement in their primary and / or secondary symptoms. These patients were followed up for a period of 18-52 weeks, and only 24% of the patients required further acupuncture treatment. 21% of the patients noted that their symptoms cleared completely. The conclusion suggests that acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy for the long-term management of painful diabetic neuropathy.

Acupuncture in a Rheumatology Clinic [3] is the topic of the third article. An acupuncture clinic was established for a limited period within a rheumatology department of a hospital. A prospective observational study was made of the progress of 41 patients, in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment. Courses of 6-8 sessions of traditional and trigger-point acupuncture were offered for a specified range of conditions. (Neck pain, Thoracic pain, Low back and leg pain, Knee pain, Ankle and foot pain, Shoulder pain). Contrary to expectation, some patients with a long history of degenerative disease responded well. In conclusion, 73% of rheumatology patients included in the study showed at least a 33% improvement in pain after acupuncture treatment. There was a considerable reduction in the intake of analgesic drugs.

A Pilot clinical study of 31 Frozen Shoulders [4] describes the symptoms as ‘severe aching in the shoulder and upper arm, with tenderness around the area, with all glenohumeral movements becoming restricted to about 25% of normal expected movement’. These patients commonly get little relief from conventional medical treatment or physiotherapy. Of all the 31 patients treated, all but one (who withdrew after only 2 treatments) had beneficial responses. Some patients obtained therapeutic effect with only 4 sessions, while others needed up to 15 sessions for the same level of benefit.

“It appears to be individual response rather than a specific optimum number of treatment sessions that determines both the amount of benefit and the speed of recovery in acupuncture treatment”.

How many sessions of acupuncture would you, personally, benefit from? Let’s offer your body the chance to discover your optimal treatment response!

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  1. Fifteen-day Acupuncture Treatment Relieves Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Yanqing Tong, Hongyang Guo, Bing Han; J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2010; 3(2):95-103
  2. Acupuncture for the treatment of painful peripheral diabetic neuropathy: a long-term study; B. B. Abuaisha, J. B. Costanzi, A. J. M. Boulton; http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016882279700123X
  3. Acupuncture in a Rheumatology Clinic: Rosemary Alexander, Adrian White; Acupuncture in medicine Dec 2000 Vol 18 (2) p100-103
  4. Frozen Shoulder: A Comparison of Western and Traditional Chinese Approaches and a Clinical Study of its Acupuncture Treatment; Emad S Tukmachi. Acupuncture in Medicine June 1999 Vol 17 (1) p9-21
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HeartFire Therapy

HeartFire Therapy uses gentle Acupuncture to help you enhance your energy so that you can enjoy radiant health and vitality. 

Registered ACC Provider