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 are the characteristics of Chinese Medicine?

A: Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine that takes into account all the body system, instead of considering separate organs. 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. 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 generally considered to be safe but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. Chinese herbs are natural ingredients (often food items) , with minimal processing and and cause few side effects. Although most of the herbal formulas have been proven over thousands of years of clinical use, they should only be prescribed by registered Chinese Medicine practitioner.

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 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: 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 few treatments, 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 may help you to set up a realistic goal up-front. No special diet or vigorous physical exercise is required. The healthy weight may be stored naturally through sessions of acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbs, weight loss tea, Qigong exercises and dietary advises. Apart from losing weight, you may feel more balanced and energetic, sleep better at night and become happier during the day.

Q: How does acupuncture treatment reduce pain?

A: 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 may 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 may give you temporary relief in the first couple of sessions and will 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.