Q & A

My A to your Q

1. Does Chinese Medicine work?
2. Is Chinese Medicine Safe?
3. Does acupuncture hurt?
4. Is Acupuncture the same as dry needling?
5. Do Chinese Herbalists use crazy things like bear gallbladder?
6. How often do I come in for treatment?
7. How soon will I see improvement?


1. Does Chinese Medicine work?
A very valid and legitimate question. I sure don’t mind you asking.
Chinese Medicine can have a fabulous and long lasting influence on our health. No medical system can claim to cure all, and I certainly don’t advocate that Chinese Medicine can fix everything. What Chinese Medicine can offer is an organised, educated and historically strong system of medicine that is worthy of consideration for a wide variety of illnesses.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) supports the use of acupuncture for over 100 different medical conditions. Research is being published in medical journals all over the world about the efficacy of Chinese herbs and acupuncture in the treatment of a vast array of medical conditions and symptoms. More information on resources page.

Back to top


2. Is Chinese Medicine Safe?
It’s an amazing time for Chinese Medicine in Perth right now. Up until recently WA had no regulation of Chinese Medicine. Practitioners were not held to a professional standard or legally required to attain a defined level of education.

Thankfully, in 2012 National Registration for the Chinese Medicine profession was established in Australia. This clarity around professional standards represents a big win for all, and ensures that any person looking for a practitioner can feel confident that the Chinese Medicine doctor they find is appropriately skilled, has a solid knowledge base and can deliver treatment safely.

With regard to the granulated herbs I dispense – they come from China’s highest quality herbal supplier. They are approved by the Australian TGA and independently screened for heavy metals, microorganisms and pesticide residue.

With regard to acupuncture – all needles are single use and sterile.

Back to top


3. Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are tiny – much finer than needles used for taking blood or delivering injections. They are literally the same thickness as a strand of hair. If a needle hurts for any reason it can simply be removed. For the needle shy amongst us it is sometimes best just to start with one or two points to get you used to the process. It is certainly true that the expectation of the experience of acupuncture is much worse than the reality of it. The overwhelming majority of people react with “Is that it?!” to their first acupuncture needle.

Back to top


4. Is Acupuncture the same as dry needling?
No. Acupuncture is a term regulated and protected by APRAH (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). The term acupuncture can only be legally used by practitioners who have undergone extensive training in the field, approximately 3-5 years.

Dry needling is a non-regulated term. The same standards of practice do not apply.

Back to top


5. Do Chinese Herbalists use crazy things like bear gallbladder?
I do not use or support the use of Chinese medicines containing illegally traded or endangered wildlife ingredients. I also never prescribe something I’m not willing to take myself. For both these reasons (and many many more) you can be sure there will be no bear gallbladder in your formula.

Back to top

 

6. How often do I come in for treatment?
Everyone’s situation and condition is unique and treatment is tailored accordingly. Frequency depends on the duration and severity of symptoms, your overall health picture, how convenient it is for you to come to the clinic and also if you are taking herbs, receiving acupuncture, or doing both. During our first meeting we will discuss your specific health goals to decide what will work best for you. This is an ongoing, flexible and completely open discussion.

 

In the beginning, we’ll keep appointments close together – once a week for a few weeks allows a baseline to be established and kick starts the cumulative building process of healing. Once that solid foundation has been established appointments can be spaced apart, provided you’re seeing a good level of continuous improvement.

Back to top


7. How soon will I see improvement?
Everybody’s body is different.

The cumulative building process that Chinese Medicine initiates restores optimal functioning to the deep internal organs. Sometimes getting to the bottom of chronic conditions can take time, but constant and steady improvement should be seen along the way.

Treating the root cause also ensures that improvement is long lasting. Once the underlying issue has been corrected symptoms require only occasional monitoring – what many refer to as athe occasional treatment ‘top up’.

 

 

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Send me an email here.