What we do

We can assist with your health problems through:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Massage (including cupping and gua sha)
  • Traditional Chinese medicine
  • Dietary/nutritional advice
  • Exercise and lifestyle advice

We use a combination of therapies to give you the best outcomes possible. We like to look at the “whole picture”, the big picture, to address not only the problem and symptoms, but ideally the cause of the problem as well.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of traditional chinese medicine and involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body. The needles affect the nerves and hormones of the body to treat a range of health problems.

What does it feel like?

Everyone experiences acupuncture differently. Most people experience little or no sensation as the needle is inserted. Acupuncture needles are different to the needles used for a blood test or other injections. These needles are hollow and therefore much wider than acupuncture needles. Your practitioner might ask you to let them know when you start to “feel” the needle. This feeling may be a sense of heaviness, tingling or a dull ache. For people who are worried about the needles feeling uncomfortable, extra fine needles can be used and inserted very lightly or laser acupuncture is another alternative.

What happens during a treatment?

Depending on your condition, between 6 to 12 needles will usually be inserted. The needles will be left in for between 10 to 20 minutes. It is not unusual for people to feel very relaxed after a treatment!

Chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is often an important part of treatment. It is a great way to continue your treatment, once the acupuncture needles have been taken out and as you continue with your day-to-day life.

What types are available?

Herbal medicine comes in a range of different forms, including pills, capsules, granules and raw herbs. Pills and capsules are very convenient and easy to take, although for some conditions, a stronger form of medicine may be needed, such as granules or raw herbs. These can be tailored to meet your individual needs and have a higher potency than pills and capsules. We use pills, capsules and granular forms of herbal medicine at the clinic.

Safety

All herbal medicines supplied at the clinic meet the stringent regulations and standards of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Authority. The best and safest way to use Chinese herbal medicine is under the guidance of a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner. You need to inform your practitioner of any medications and supplements you are taking at the same time, to avoid unwanted herb-drug interactions.

Massage

Massage is an important part of Chinese Medicine treatment, particularly for musculoskeletal problems. Massage in a Chinese medicine treatment may include remedial massage (Tuina), cupping and/or Gua Sha.

Remedial massage or Tuina involves applying deep tissue compression to muscles that are tense or painful.

Cupping involves the application of glass “cups” in such a way to create a suction. Cupping is useful for relieving muscular tightness and pain, promoting blood circulation and softening scar tissue.

Gua Sha is the application of deep tissue compression along the muscles, again to relieve muscular tightness and pain and to promote blood circulation and healing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is often referred to as acupuncture, but that is only one small part of what is offered. Herbal medicine, moxabustion, cupping and massage are all part of Chinese medicine. While it is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world, with a history of over 3000 years, its therapeutic benefits are just as relevant today in modern life as ever before, with lifestyle-related diseases continuing to increase.

Looking at the big picture

Chinese medicine is a great asset to the health of every family. It can be used to treat and manage a wide range of conditions, from back pain to migraines, insomnia to respiratory infections, hot flushes to fertility issues. But giving attention to our health not only when we are acutely sick but also when we are well or at the tail end of an illness is an equally important part of looking after ourselves. Stress management, exercise, nutritious foods and other lifestyle choices are also part of Chinese medicine and help us to find the balance we need to maintain our health.

Dietary/nutritional advice

The food we eat has a big impact on our health, according to Chinese Medicine. Eating certain foods can improve our health and support good health, while eating excessive amounts of other foods canl contribute to poor health and exacerbate certain medical conditions.

With this in mind, food can be considered a form of medicine in itself and plays an important role in our recovery from illness and maintenance of good, long term health. Therefore, dietary therapy plays an important role in Chinese Medicine and in helping people achieve the best possible health outcomes.

Exercise and lifestyle advice

Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, having many beneficial effects on our physical, mental and emotional health. You don’t have to be an elite athlete to get the benefits of exercise. In fact, Chinese Medicine encourages an “everything in moderation” approach. Your practitioner can discuss with you exercise options that will suit your specific needs and can refer you to a specialist in the area if required.

Chinese Medicine has always recognised and valued the role lifestyle choices can have on our health. Sleep, stress levels, routines, our living environment and exposure to our climate all impact on our immune system, our hormone levels and our overall wellbeing.