Ngaio Richards

M. Hlth. Sc. (TCM), Dip. App. Sc. (Ac), Member AACMA, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist

Ngaio holds a Master degree in Health Science (TCM), is a Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner with AHPRA and the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and also a member of AACMA. She has over 30 years experience working in health.

Founder of House of Fertility & Healing, she has been a practicing Acupuncturist for over 23yrs. Her special interest in women’s health from puberty through to menopause has honed particular areas of expertise in pregnancy acupuncture and the TCM treatment of fertility/infertility. Well known throughout Sydney, many Midwives Gynaecologists and Obstetricians refer to her.

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Her vision of creating an accessible professionally practitioner-run centre based upon the fundamental tenet of Chinese medicine which is about living in harmony with nature, bore fruit in 2009 when she conceived gestated and birthed House of Fertility & Healing. Here practitioners work cohesively, inter-referring amongst each other and to allied and also western medical professionals and hospitals, 7 days a week. Ngaio has devised a manual of the treatment protocols she has developed and refined over the years, these techniques are now utilized by all the practitioners at the House as part of their own busy practices, ensuring continuity of care between the different practitioners 7 days a week. Unique in nearly every way, in the 5 years since its inception ‘The House’ has established itself as one of Sydney’s premier Acupuncture & TCM centres for women’s health, pregnancy and fertility support.

A pragmatic intuitive, Ngaio encourages a participatory & collaborative healing process through which the health issues on hand become tools and opportunities for her patient to learn more about body/mind and how to proactively take better care & responsibility for oneself. She utilizes both Chinese (Acupuncture, cold laser, Chinese Herbal Medicine) and western medical models alongside dietary & lifestyle coaching (where necessary) to diagnose and address any issues that may be undermining the conception development and birth of a healthy baby, radiant mother. She is here to support your birth plan/your health goal, not another agenda. Over 23 years later, her rudder remains her awe of Chinese medicines capacity to turn people’s lives around.

Niche areas of expertise:

  • Pregnancy – much and many, but for example: miscarriage prevention, morning sickness, pubic symphisitis, pain, labor preparation, anxiety, postpartum support including Mastitis
  • Fertility – both natural and also IVF support, preparation prior to pregnancy
  • Women’s health – menstrual disorders of all kinds is one of the areas Chinese medicine reigns supreme, menopause also
  • Children’s health – when a child receives correct treatment their bodies respond immediately. Their bodies are different to adults

No endangered species or substances procured cruelly are used in herbal preparations.

She continues to regularly update her knowledge and skills via ongoing post graduate learning, trips to China for research and study under older & wiser therapists, industry seminars, mentoring newer practitioners & a regular meditation practice.

Her published articles include:  ‘http://www.jcm.co.uk/product/catalog/product/view/6579/a-story-about-a-small-feisty-warrior/’, Journal of Chinese Medicine, Feb ’05, and http://www.jcm.co.uk/product/catalog/product/view/6344/a-bitter-pill/, Journal of Chinese Medicine, Oct ’06.

Ngaio is in clinic at House of Fertility & Healing on Tuesdays 9.30am-7pm, Thursdays 9.30am-7pm & Fridays 11am-6.30pm.