Q: What is acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture is the oldest continually practiced healing system in the world. It is a therapy that allows the body to restore balance and heal naturally. Please watch the video below to learn more.

Q: What is the difference between Chinese Medicine and modern Western Medicine?

A: Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine that takes into account all the body system, instead of considering separate organs as in modern Western Medicine. In this way, with minimal intervention it can address multiple symptoms concurrently, even when they may appear unrelated.

Chinese Medicine treats the individuals and their own unique pattern of imbalance, rather than applying a standard treatment for their condition, as modern Western Medicine. This equates to minimal side effects and more targeted results, and can be particularly helpful when standard approaches have failed to deliver sufficient results.

Chinese medicine is safe, effective and sustainable, with minimal processing and waste. Chinese herbs are natural ingredients (often food items) and cause fewer side effects. Most of the herbal formulas have been proven over thousands of years of clinical use.

Q: Can I have acupuncture if I am scared of needle?

A: Yes. Although acupuncture is much less painful and scary than most people expect, I also understand that there are instances in which non-needle acupuncture are preferred, especially for people who are extremely fearful of needles, for people who are unable to sit still long enough for acupuncture treatment, for children, and for individuals with severely compromised immune systems.

Non-needle acupuncture treatments include laser acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture (also known as Shonishin) and auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture). Other treatment options based on meridian theory are Tui Na (Chinese remedial massage), cupping, acupressure, Gua Sha, Moxibustion and magnetic therapy.

For more information, please see our services for acupuncture and massage.

Q: How does cupping work?

A: Please click here to understand cupping.

Q: What is the difference between Tui Na (Chinese remedial massage) and Western conventional remedial massage?

A: Tui Na therapist is a form of Chinese style remedial massage. It is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles to bring the body to balance. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press and rub different locations of the body, including the areas between joints to open the body's defensive Qi and get the energy moving in both the meridians and the muscles. The main difference between Tui Na massage and conventional remedial massage is that Tui Na works holistically for the whole body and conventional remedial massage gives more specific therapeutic effect.

Please click here to understand Tui Na.

Q: What is are the benefits of pediatric massage? And what benefits can my child get from it?

A: Please click here to understand pediatric massage.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: As with any medicine, early treatment is always better. Acute conditions with recent onset, such as ankle sprain or gastritis, may be resolved within a fewtreatments, while more chronic issues, like infertility or weight gain, can involve multiple layers of disharmony and will require a longer-term commitment. The root causes need to be addressed for positive outcomes. Personalized treatment plan can be discussed during the consultation session.

Q: Does my private health insurance cover the treatments?

A: Yes! Most private health funds (AHM, Australian Regional Health Group, Australian Unity, BUPA, CBHS, HCF, NIB, Medibank) refund a considerable percentage of your acupuncture consultation. Some health funds also cover a percentage of your herbal medicine.

Q: I tried many weight loss program before. Why do I consider your weight loss program?

A: You might have tried weight loss programs in the past but end up with disappointment - either not losing weight as expected or losing weight but bouncing back more. This is not your fault. A standardized weight loss program normally does not address your unique health conditions and barriers.

The approach of our weight loss program is holistic and tailor made to individuals. We will help you to set up a realistic goal up-front. No special diet or vigorous physical exercise is required. The healthy weight will be stored naturally through acupuncture treatment, cupping, Chinese herbs, weight loss tea, Qigong exercises and dietary advises. Apart from losing weight, you will feel more balanced and energetic, sleep better at night and become happier during the day.

Q: How do acupuncture and Chinese medicine improve success rate of IVF treatment?

A: Acupuncture is the most commonly used complementary treatment alongside IVF treatment. Research has shown that acupuncture significantly increases pregnancy rates.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help to normalize body hormone levels, regulate menstruation cycle, improve the quality of eggs, and thicken the uterine lining.

We generally recommend patients to prepare for IVF treatment by taking Chinese herbal medicine three months ahead.However, this preparation period varies, depending on your individual health condition and personal situation.

When you start the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) cycle, acupuncture treatment can assist you to increase the number of follicles, reduce the pain and other discomfort from egg retrieval, improve implantation rate and support pregnancy. Acupuncture can also calm the embryo, settle the fetus in the uterus,and reduce your stress level.

Q: What kind of pain can acupuncture treat?

A: Acupuncture basically can treat any pain.

Classical Chinese Medicine theory holds that there are two mechanisms of pain: Qi blockage (不通則痛) and inadequate of nourishment (不榮則痛) to the affected area. The causes of blockage and non-nourishment can vary from simply external injury such as strain and sprain, musculoskeletal conditions such as tennis elbow and bulging disc, internal imbalance such as headache, migraine and nerve pain, to chronic diseases such fibromyalgia and cancer. Depending on your conditions, we can give you temporary relief in the first couple of sessions but will definitely address the root causes for your long-term benefits.

Q: I know there are many benefits of meditation but I cannot sit still. What is the best way to start?

A: Of course it is excellent if you sit still for more than 1 hour to obtain full benefits of meditation. But you may start with a 15-minute meditation just to calm yourself down and to be aware of your bodily and emotional condition. If even a 15-minute meditation makes you nervous, you may try walking meditation to train your mindfulness. You need not slow down your pace deliberately. The key point is to pay attention to the parts of the body that are in motion. That means, focus your attention on your feet when you are walking; be aware of the actual motions and feelings of your feet.