Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the most well known aspect of Chinese Medicine and may be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or tui na (Chinese massage). It is likely that the acupuncture practitioner will also offer dietary and lifestyle advice or suggest a course of exercise.
Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony. Every aspect of the patient’s life is considered by the practitioner before the points are selected – sometimes it may be impossible to change someone’s life circumstance, but by using Acupuncture the person may be strengthened so that they are more easily able to deal with what life brings their way.
A visit to an Acupuncturist will usually take up to an hour, with the needles being left in place for 20-25 minutes of that time. Very often people go into a state of deep relaxation whilst the needles are in place and many drift off into a brief but sound sleep. Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal injuries but has traditionally been used extensively in the treatment of respiratory, digestive, gynaecological and many other chronic conditions.

Cosmetic acupuncture is meant to be a natural skin rejuventation technique that stimulates the body healing energies and increases circulation to reduce your wrinkles, fine lines and folds. Providers of the cosmetic acupuncture claim that acupuncture is an effective anti-aging treatment; so much so it replaces the need for plastic surgery.  During cosmetic acupuncture treatments, such as the acupuncture facelift, tiny acupuncture needles are inserted in regions of the body to unblock one's "qi", or vital energy.  Multiple sessions are administered over 1 to 2 hour periods.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbal Medicine. The first reference to the Chinese using herbs dates back nearly 5000 years. There is a vast repertoire of herbal medicine textbooks that have been revised and supplemented over the centuries. In more recent times there has been an increasing amount of biomedical research into the efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines. Increasingly, Chinese herbs are being used in association with treatment provided by GP’s and other health care providers. Chinese Herbal medicine can be of benefit in helping to alleviate some of the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

 

Cupping

The application of vacuum cups to the skin most commonly used on the back to increase the flow of Qi and Blood to the area. Cups frequently will leave circular bruises on the skin but these will not be painful and will clear after a few days.

 

Gua Sha

The practitioner will scrape the surface of the skin using a smooth blunt edged tool, causing localised redness. Frequently used in the treatment of children but also for adults particularly to relieve the symptoms of the common cold.

 

Moxibustion (moxa)

Refers to the warming or heating of individual acupuncture points or regions of the body by burning the herb Artemisia close to or actually on the inserted needle. The heat is able to penetrate deeply into the muscles and essentially strengthens the actions of the needles. By drawing more Qi and Blood into the area, Moxa can greatly aid the healing process. It is the burning of Moxa which gives many acupuncture clinics their characteristic aroma!

Tui-na,Acupressure

A particular style of massage used by traditional practitioners. With or without oil, the practitioner will massage the different areas of the body using a variety of techniques, frequently following the meridians or on specific acupuncture points.

Rates

 

Initial Consultation: 1 hours - $80

  • Tongue Evaluation

  • Pulse Diagnostics

  •  Acupuncture treatment

  • Herbal Recommendations as appropriate

  • Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

  • Plan for course of treatment

  •  Educational materials

 

Follow-Up Consultations: 1 hour - $80

  •     Tongue Evaluation

  •     Pulse Diagnostics

  •     Acupuncture treatment

  •     Herbal Recommendations as appropriate*

  •     Cupping or Gua Sha as needed

 

ACC Treatment: 

 

  Surcharge:

  • Adult $20

  • Student $10

  • Senior (Gold card members) $10

 

 

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