What is Traditional Chinese Medicine and what is Acupuncture?

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is an integrated system of health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese remedial massage (An Mo Tui Na). In particular, acupuncture’s recorded history spans back thousands of years in China and other parts of East Asia., and stands as one of the oldest and most longstanding health care systems in the world. It is used as primary health care in Asia today within hospitals, emergency centres and research departments alongside Western intervention.

What is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine?

In Australia, specifically Victoria, TCM doctors are fully qualified, primary contact health care practitioners, and since registration in 2000, registered doctors of TCM are recognised as adhering to strict requirements of qualification and practice, similar to a GP, chiropractor or physiotherapist. His/ Her qualifications involve education in Chinese medical theory, diagnosis and assessment, as well as Western biomedical sciences.

It is not uncommon for a practitioner to specialise in one area of TCM, therefore the existence of ‘acupuncturists’, and ‘Chinese herbal practitioners’., but under the umbrella term of Doctor of Chinese Medicine.

For further details regarding registration of Chinese medicine, and to view your local registered practitioner, go to the Chinese Medicine Registration Board (CMRB) of Victoria website., and remember this board was established by the Victorian government in your interest, and for your assurance and safety as a client of TCM.

What conditions does acupuncture treat?

Considering the history of acupuncture, and its development and practice over thousands of years as a culture’s sole form of medicine, one can come to understand how this wealth of knowledge now applies to hundreds of common and not-so-common conditions. It is used to treat the entire body, to restore normal body functions, enhance immunity to illness and disease, and restore and maintain general health and well-being.

Some conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include:

Painful conditions (such as headaches, migraine, osteoarthritis, renal colic, biliary colic, post-operative pain, dental analgesia)

Musculoskeletal conditions (such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, sports injuries, back and neck pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, rheumatism)

Neurological conditions (such as sciatica, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, stroke sequelae, Bell’s palsy)

Gynaecological problems (such as painful menstruation, irregular or lack of periods, premenstrual symptoms, menopausal syndrome)

Pregnancy and labour (such as infertility, morning sickness, labour pain, induction of labour, long labour)

Gastrointestinal disorders (such as nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric/ duodenal ulcer, chronic ulcerative colitis, loss of appetite)

Ear, nose and throat disorders (such as sinusitis, rhinitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth ulcers, tinnitis, Meniere’s disease)

Urogenital disorders (such as prostatitis, impotence, retained urine, urinary tract infections)

Cardiovascular disorders (such as primary hypotension, high blood pressure, angina pectoris)

Addictions (such as smoking and drug withdrawals)

Others Common cold and influenza, cough, allergies and immunity, gout, anxiety, stress, insomnia and fatigue, skin disorders… just to name a few!

What are the benefits of acupuncture?

To narrow the benefits down to four, acupuncture:

Is a natural drug-free treatment

Addresses conditions holistically, linking body, mind and emotion, ensuring you feel better as a whole, and not just symptom free

Treats the underlying cause to the condition as well as the symptoms to potentially free you of the illness / disease instead of just monitoring its symptoms

Assists in the maintenance of well-being and prevention of illness and disease

What’s involved in a visit to a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Your condition is discussed, as well as your entire body condition so as to assess your pattern of health and potentially ascertain the underlying cause of your complaint. (ie: this is the perfect opportunity to complain about your every grievance!!) It is all useful information to the practitioner and can often be related to your main ailment. Your pulse and tongue are both observed and after some further discussion, your treatment schedule is determined, outlining how many treatments may be necessary to achieve your desired health outcome. Acupuncture, acupressure (for the needle shy!), moxibustion, cupping, an mo tui na, or a combination of these is applied and you are left to relax for 15 to 20 minutes. After the treatment, dietary and lifestyle advise may be discussed in relevant cases, as will complimentary therapies which may assist your condition.

How many visits will I need?

As we aim to get to the root of your concerns, this varies greatly from case to case. Generally speaking however, at least three to four treatments are required, and it is reviewed constantly. Progressive improvements and alleviation of symptoms will be found as the course continues, and treatments will be altered accordingly upon your return visits. Many times, clients choose to continue acupuncture treatments at regular intervals as a preventative measure and general health booster.

Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Fees

Initial Consultation:$85
Regular Consultation:$75
Initial Concession:$65
Regular Concession:$55


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