Originating in ancient China and evolving over thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) seeks to balance or unblock the flow of qi (vital energy) in the body. TCM practitioners also take a holistic approach, working with you to improve nutrition and lifestyle. Depending on your needs, your practitioner may combine the techniques described below to help with a wide range of health issues, such as pain, stress reduction, digestive problems, hedaches and migraines and womens health.
The Natural Health Centre has three therapists who are experienced and passionate about TCM. Between them, they offers a full range of traditional treatments, including Acupuncture, Chinese Orthopaedics, herbs, moxibustion and cupping therapy, along with Tuina and acupressure massage.
Joannes and and Jasmine are our ACC registered acupuncturists.
Acupuncture is a powerful healing art increasingly being recognised in the West as a safe and effective form of medicine. Acupuncture works with Qi as it flows through the body's channels. The aim of Acupuncture is to treat the patient, not the disease. Acupuncture is appropriate for headaches and migraines, abnormal blood pressure, digestive disorders, menstrual problems, lethargy, back pain, asthma and metabolism.
ACC treatment is available, please bring in your claim number. ACC Surcharge $35
Using hands instead of acupuncture needles, acupressure also addresses imbalances in the flow of Qi in the body. The practitioner uses various pressure points along the body's meridians to resolve the underlying cause of a condition and relieve symptoms.
Chinese suction cups are great for relieving musculoskeletal pain and tension and are often used in conjunction with acupuncture and hands on treatment.
This practice focuses on treatments for fractures, dislocations, soft tissue injuries, dysfunctional organs, joints and bones. The practitioner will use traditional Chinese principles to readjust dysfunctional internal organs, relieve muscle tension, decrease fatigue and pain, improve blood circulation and promote regeneration of damaged organs, cells and tissues. Focusing on the patient as an integrated whole, the practitioner will seek to restore the free flow of energy forces throughout the body to restore strength and optimal physiological function. This gentle treatment lasts about 40 minutes and is carried out with the patient fully clothed.
Moxa is a herbal treatment involving the application of heat over acupuncture points. This is done by burning a small bundle of tightly bound Mugwort, or a smokeless charcoal stick. Moxa is used in conjunction with other TCM treatment for both musculoskeletal and internal problems.
Literally meaning 'push and grab', this massage is a fundamental component in the Traditional Chinese medicine toolbox. The practitioner may knead, roll, pinch, fold and pluck the soft tissue; acupressure and gentle joint mobilisation may also be performed. Tui na may be a whole session in itself, or used in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment
Our practitioners may recommend Chinese herbal formula's to complement and enhance a treatment.