We provide the right acupuncture therapy in Booragoon for you

A holistic approach to medicine and an individual approach to your health

Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion Centre has helped our patients select the right course of treatment that complements their lifestyle, habits and needs. We are a team of specialists who are committed to understanding the patient’s problems. So if you are looking for sound acupuncture therapy in perth, look no further. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion Centre is here to help you.

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a holistic system of primary health care used by millions of people around the world. Based on a theoretical framework developed over thousands of years, it is an ancient practice which has stood the test of time and maintained a place in contemporary health care. Traditional Chinese medicine aims to restore balance and harmony to the human body when it is no longer functioning optimally due to stress, overwork, poor diet or other factors. It provides effective treatment for a wide range of acute and chronic health disorders, but places just as much emphasis on regulating general immune function and maintaining optimal body functioning. We may draw upon traditional wisdom and contemporary research in recommending a range of interventions which may include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, exercise and breathing therapy (including qi gong and tai chi) and diet and lifestyle.

How Does It Work?

The theory underlying traditional Chinese medicine is that when people are healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or 'life energy flows through the body's meridians, a network of invisible channels. If the flow of qi in the meridians is in short supply, or becomes blocked, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows. Traditional Chinese medicine is used to encourage the movement of qi, removing any stagnation in the body and opening the meridians so that i can flow freely again. TCM practice adopts a holistic approach to understanding disease processes, rather than just

treating signs and symptoms. It focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on its treatment. This is why practitioners pay particular attention not only to patients' presenting symptoms, but to other indicators of general health - such as the strength and speed of the pulse, the condition and appearance of the tongue, and lifestyle. This is the reason your qualified and registered TCM practitioner will deliver an individualised treatment. TCM practitioners prescribe treatments that are most suitable for an individual patient's health problem. As the patient's condition changes and improves, the prescribed treatment is also adjusted until the desired health outcome is achieved.

 

What Treatment Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Include?

Acupuncture is the most well-known form of traditional Chinese medicine. It involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points of the body, known as 'acupoints', to allow qi to flow more freely. Chinese herbal medicine involves the use of substances from nature to regulate and normalise body function. Traditionally, these are simmered and the resulting liquid (decoction) taken as prescribed. Modern Chinese herbal medicine is also available as pills, granules, powders, tablets, capsules, tinctures, ointments and plasters. Exercise therapy includes practices such as tai chi and qi gong. These therapies typically combine a set of movements with breathing to promote the movement of qi throughout the body.

Cupping involves the placement of suction cups on the skin, which are either attached to a vacuum or heated, to draw stagnant or 'bad' blood to the surface of the body. Moxibustion is often used in combination with acupuncture. It refers to the burning of herbal compounds, known as moxa, close to the skin, often on the end of an acupuncture needle.  We will often use a combination of these therapies.

 

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It involves the stimulation of specific acupoints in the body to correct imbalances in the flow

of qi (pronounced chee) or 'life energy' flowing through the body's meridians. While acupuncture is most commonly associated with the insertion of thin solid needles into the skin, skilled practitioners typically employ a range of additional techniques including moxibustion (the burning of herbs) and cupping (the placement of suction cups on the skin). Acupuncture offers a unique approach that focuses as much on optimising health as it does on treating illness. It is perhaps the most well-known technique used within the broader field of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which has an uninterrupted history of development in China and other parts of East Asia dating back thousands of years.

 

ACUPUNCTURE - Does it Hurt?

Many people feel a small transient sting as the acupuncture needles are inserted. Following an acupuncture session, some patients may experience minor side-effects that are mild and self-correcting, such as lightheadedness and occasional minor bruising.

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WHAT IS CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE?

Chinese herbal medicine is part of the holistic system known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Its branches include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese exercise therapy (which includes tai chi and qi gong), and lifestyle advice. The origins of Chinese herbal medicine in China can be traced back at least 5000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. In the intervening millennia, the practice of Chinese herbal medicine and TCM has developed and matured to become what it is today - a natural and holistic system of primary health care, supported by scientific evidence, that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds to effectively treat a wide range of

chronic and acute health problems. As a qualified practitioner I am able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that specifically matches and treats your individual health problem. As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is also adjusted and modified until the desired health outcome is achieved.

 

What Happens At A Typical Consultation?

The hallmark of traditional Chinese medicine is holistic individualised treatment. At the initial consultation, practitioners will take a case history by interviewing the patient about their current health concerns, past health conditions and a range of related matters, including diet, lifestyle habits, sleeping patterns, appetite, menstrual cycle, stress reactions and food or other sensitivities. To further identify what are known in traditional Chinese medicine practice as 'patterns of disharmony in the body, the practitioner will observe and note other health indicators such as the colour of the face, the condition of the tongue, the sound of the voice and the characteristics of the radial pulse of the wrist.

Treatment commences once assessment and diagnosis is complete. The duration of the treatment and the type of technique used will vary according to both the patient's

condition and the practitioner's mode of treatment. Chinese herbal medicine traditionally involved decocting raw herbs - steeping them in boiling water and reducing them to a concentrated form which is then imbibed as a tea. Decocted raw herbs continue to be used in contemporary TCM practice and some practitioners may dispense decoctions by the dose in heat sealed bags. However, a broader range of options are now available for patients, with Chinese herbal medicine available in granulated (water soluble) form, in capsules, or in pills.

 

WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE DO FOR ME?

(The Acupuncture Evidence Project) has shown that acupuncture can be used with effectiveness in the treatment of a wide range of conditions, from musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal issues to mental health, stress, reproductive and gynaecological concerns. Acupuncture has been proven to effectively complement the treatment of conditions such as allergic rhinitis, knee osteoarthristis, headaches and chronic lower back pain.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?
The number of treatment depends on how long you have suffered from a particular illness and your relative strength. A standard treatment includes the following.

Stage 1 – involves 6-8 45 minute sessions over a three week period.
Stage 2 – consists of one treatment each week for a month
Stage 3 – involves one treatment every six months as maintenance.

This is only a general guideline for treatment; Your personal treatment may vary.

 

What is Moxibustion?
Burning the stick (made of Chinese herbs) on or over the skin. It works excellent to improve energy and immune function.