A big week for Oxytocin


Last week was a big week for oxytocin. At ACPHARM, we do have a special affinity for oxytocin – perhaps because oxytocin is the hormone responsible for it! Oxytocin – dubbed “the love hormone” – is produced by the hypothalamus and is what gives us our feelings of love and connectedness.  It is important for […]

Challenging Opioid Use in Australia


As does the USA, so does Australia – its a general rule for healthcare in this country.  For many years, Australia has followed in the footsteps of the USA when it comes to drugs, treatments, surgeries and complementary therapies. And it makes sense.  A lot of huge pharmaceutical companies are American.  A lot of medical […]

What is the microbiome?


  In the last 3-5 years, we have seen more and more talk about the microbiome in the integrative medicine community, and how it directly links gut health to brain health.   But what does that really mean? When we try and learn about it as lay people, all we get is papers full of […]

More pharmacies are turning to compounding, but what is the true cost of business?


Ever-increasing regulatory standards for Australian compounding pharmacies Complex compounding has evolved in Australia at an exponential speed. Not surprisingly, there has been an alarming increase in the number of cases involving complex compounding coming before pharmacy regulators. The main concern is the risk to patient safety and the lack of training and understanding of the […]

Photodynamic Therapy and Acne


Since 2004 ACPHARM has been producing the materials required for in-clinic Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT. The most common application we see is PDT for sun-damaged skin, however there is certainly an application for acne treatment. With so many side-effects generated by some of the other treatment options, PDT runs a smaller risk of side-effects and […]