FAQ – Chinese Medicine

1. Does it hurt?

The short answer: No. The most common reaction I hear after inserting a needle for the first time is: ‘Oh is that it.’  It’s really natural to be cautious of a therapy that involves sharp objects.  The pins come in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, but all chosen for treatment are as thin as a hair.

The pins elicit a sensation along the channel and a reaction in the body. What will you feel? The ‘sensation‘ could be experienced as; a satisfying dull ache, tingling, expansiveness, lightness, numbness, heaviness. Other responses commonly seen are a relaxing of muscles, dropping into relaxation, sleepiness, sighs & small twitches, gurgling of the belly, spontaneous good feelings.

2. What do you treat? Can you help me with my particular issue?

I work in a manner similar to a GP.  I see a variety of people, with a variety of issues. Chinese Medicine is concerned with treating the person, not the disease process or a set of symptoms.  Most people come seeking help with something in mind, but through treatment, you’ll improve in vitality across the board, with no side effects.

Most people that come to see me it is for assistance with:

-fatigue – pain- stress- anxiety- depression-digestive problems ( such as constipation/diarrohea, IBS, food intolerances , allergies,reflux, parasites,leaky gut)- mood disoders-detox-insomnia- womens health ( such as irregularity, ammenorhea, PMS, pain, fibroids,endometriosis, PCOS, preconception care, fertility, ivf support, pregnancy care, post-partum care, menopause) support with a recent/pending operation, sexual dysfuntions,joint issues, allergies, auto-immune conditions, colds & flu,decreased immunity, cough, asthma and the list goes on.

If I don’t feel I’m the best person for the job, I have a whole team of experts; Osteo/Clinical Pilates/Western GP/Chinese Herbalists/Natropath/ Yoga Instructors/ Kinesologist/Other Acupuncturists/Detox clinics/ Colonic Hydrotherapist/Counsellours/Meditation instructors etc to refer to, collaborate with  and I don’t hesitate to refer on if need be.

If you can’t see your particular issue listed and want to find out in more detail how we could help, pleases contact us & we can advise you on your particular needs.

3. What should I expect?

Professionalism & comprehensive care.

You’ll come in to the Johnston st studio & fill out a health history. Then we sit, sip some tea and talk about why you’ve come & what you need.

Diagnostic tools that we use involve questioning, observation, tongue analysis, pulse & abdomen palpation.

I’ll ask a lot of questions about your body-mind-heart & its systems, i.e. we talk diet, digestion, sleep, energy, exercise, moods, hormones, pain, stress etc. I’ll then take your pulse, look at your tongue & occasionally get you up on the table and palpate your abdomen . This all takes about 20 mins and from there we have the background & the info to move into treatment.

We design a treatment that is specific to what you need each time.  Therapeutic tools that we use include acupuncture, moxabustion, massage, heat lamps, cups, gua sha, herbal liniments & conversation.

Often a take home therapeutic practice is suggested. This could involve, lifestyle changes, dietary therapy, Chinese Herbs, nutritional supplement prescription, therapeutic or corrective exercise, take home moxa, breathing practice or meditation techniques.

4.How long do I have to do this for?

Length of treatment with Chinese Medicine will differ according to your individual condition. Your first consultation is a chance for you and your practitioner to meet and understand what is occurring for you. From there, we will create a treatment plan, prioritizing immediate concerns and longer term solutions.

Our aim is to help you to feel better as soon as possible. Your practitioner will give you an idea of how long treatment will take for you and will identify milestones along the way.

Remember the things that are concerns now, have usually taken time to develop.

5. Is it safe?

Chinese Medicine is a safe and reliable tool set, it is unique and very successful in treating many health complaints. Within acupuncture, herbs, supplements, dietary/lifestyle advice, exercise, breathing & mindfulness techniques there lies wonderful potential to correct health problems & transform your self without SIDE EFFECTS. We use single use only needles from quality assured manufacturers and all herbs and supplements are practitioner prescribed only, are approved by the Australalian TGA and go through stringent testing and evaluation by reputable companies.

6. Does it work?

No medicine works 100% of the time for 100% of the population.

Yet, would a technique that has lasted 2000 years (continual practice) and is practiced in hundreds of countries that has undergone thousands of evaluations still be around if it wasn’t effective? Try for yourself and find out. Why would I dedicate 6 years of study and 9 years of practice to something that didn’t yield tangible results?

7. What the heck is ‘TCM’ & Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is the name given to the traditional medicine of south-east asia. ‘TCM’ stands for Traditional Chinese Medicine & is a term which represents the standardisation of Chinese Medicine across China from around 1945. It was standardised to teach in universities &  practice in hopsitals in China & is the main system of Chinese Medicine that is taught in universities in Australia, America & Canada.

The Chinese Medical paradigm is holistic, it always looks at the root cause of the issue and is concerned with providing solutions at that level as well as symptomatic relief. Chinese Medicine is designed to be preventative care, we are carefully trained in observation and diagnostic techniques to pick up issues at a sub-clinical level, and provide support before these imbalances develop into disease processes, we are trained to KEEP you healthy. It is powerful but gentle, great attention is paid to create harmonious therapeutics, meaning that they won’t cause side effects. Chinese Medicine is tailored to the individual, so as you get appropriate corrective care designed specifically to your needs, constitution and lifestyle.

8. I’ve heard I have to take herbs that taste like dirt? Is that true?

Well, maybe. There are a range of ways that our top quality medicines can be administered, so if you can’t cope with a particular form, i.e. can’t swallow pills, can’t bear a taste, then talk to your practitioner & there are a range of options available.

9. Other things I need to know before treatment?

Well your practitioner is going to ask you a lot of questions and has reserved this time especially for you. Our intention is to be non-judgmental, compassionate, very present & honest. Everything you share is completely confidential, so feel absolutely safe to spill it. Let us know what is going on & what you need. You’ll feel best if you’re not too blood sugar low or caffeine high when you come for treatment. It’s also good to be hydrated and stay hydrated after treatment. Acupuncture generally puts you into a deep relaxation, how you feel after will depend on your condition, sometimes you’ll feel out of it, tired, want to sleep most of the time you’ll be energized, and feel in the ‘zone’. What’s important is to respect how you feel and give yourself what you need. It’s often good to not book social events after treatment as you may feel more internal and reflective. It’s also best not to drink caffeine or alcohol after treatment.

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