Chinese Medicine is used as both a primary and adjunctive technique for the management and prevention of many health conditions for billions of people throughout the world. The practice of Chinese Medicine includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Traditional Chinese Medical Dietetics, Exercise therapy such as Qi Chung and Tai Chi, and Therapeutic Massage (Tui Na).

Chinese Medicine is an excellent tool to assist your body and mind in regaining and regulating homeostasis: your body’s natural balance. Its ‘happy place’, if you will.

One of the things Oriental Medicine performs best at is, in simple terms, to ‘fill the gaps’ of the conditions Western Medicine treats poorly.One of the most fundamental differences between Eastern and Western medical foundations is the capacity to view you, as a person, as a complete and holistic picture of health. A Chinese Medicine Practitioner is trained to see the pattern of disharmony reflecting in your body and mind and treat both accordingly, be that manifesting as one illness or many. A diagnosis of any condition is of little help to you if you are then told there is no pharmaceutical or surgical option that is appropriate. Sometimes the associated risk or side effects may not be worth the treatment option available.

As a holistic medical treatment, an Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine can:

• Treat both the ‘root’ (cause) and the ‘branch’ (symptoms) of your condition.
• Assist you to make informed decisions about your health and treatment option
• Provide drug-free pain relief
• Effectively treat a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
• Treat the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
• Provide a holistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
• Assist in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being
• Work alongside other health professionals or as a main modality to treat symptoms of your condition and reduce pharmaceutical drug side effects
• Treat you as a whole person, not solely defined by your disease

All Acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine Practitioners in Australia have completed a dual degree in both Western and Chinese Medical pathologies. Western biomedicine (including biology, pathology, pharmacology and biochemistry) is a major part of our comprehensive training, and as such, an Acupuncturist is considered a Specialist in their field, and and Allied Health Professional at the same level of specialisation within their field (which is Chinese Medicine) as a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Psychologist.

For more information or to check that your Acupuncturist is registered visit the Chinese Medicine Regulation Board of Australia or the AHPRA website here.