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traditional chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on the philosophical concept that the universe is made of an energy called qi. This energy can be any state of matter or energy in existence. TCM believes that the body is a small universe unto itself that is a complex of subsystems of energy and matter, and that these systems work together to maintain a healthy mind and body. The characteristics of the operation of the mind/body are described in terms of the five elements (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth), Yin/Yang organs, deficiency/excess, emptiness/fullness, hot/cold, wind, dampness, pathogens, internal/external, meridian channels, qi (several different types), essences, body fluids, vessels and more.

Arthritis, depression, memory loss, muscle and joint stiffness, pain, heart problems, diabetes, insomnia, bladder and kidney problems can be debilitating but there have been numerous studies undertaken showing the positive results that can be achieved through acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Just small improvements can impact on the quality of life.

How can TCM help me?

TCM can be used to treat the following common conditions:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck/Shoulder Pain
  • Sciatica/Nerve Pain
  • Headache/Migraine Pain
  • Muscular Aches
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Fatigue

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as an effective treatment for a range of common ailments, including arthritis, neck/shoulder pain, headache/migraine, depression/anxiety, hypertension, allergies, and gastrointestinal conditions.

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How much can I claim from my Private Health fund?

If you have Private Health Cover plus Extras then you might be entitled to an instant, on-the-spot rebate. Choose a link below to visit your health care providers Extras page, and find out how much you can claim.

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Are You Eligible for this Acupuncture study?

The University of Melbourne is looking for healthy postmenopausal women who have not had acupuncture in the past two years, and who can attend 10 FREE acupuncture sessions (either real or placebo) as part of a study on acupuncture for hot flushes. Volunteers must be over 40, have regular hot flushes, and not menopausal as a result of surgery, radio or chemotherapy.

Please direct all enquiries to Dr Carolyn Ee (ph) 90355018 (email) gp-acupause@unimelb.edu.au. For more information and to find out if you could be eligible, please follow the link:

Our clinic is pleased to be involved in this project and treatment will be provided FREE by Catherine Farchione at this clinic. If you think you, or someone you know may be eligible, please contact Dr Carolyn Ee.



Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. Acupuncture is believed to keep the balance between yin and yang, thus allowing for the normal flow of qi throughout the body and restoring health to the mind and body.

Herbal Medicine


The most fundamental method of TCM treatment, herbal medicine is dispensed to patients in formulas based on their unique constitutions and current medical conditions.

Tui Na Massage


Tui Na is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles to bring the body to balance.

Gua Sha Spooning


Gua Sha is typically performed by rubbing a smooth-edged instrument across the skin surface where a subcutaneous injury or imbalance resides.



The vacuum suction created by heat stimulates blood circulation and improves the flow of chi.



Moxibustion also works in parallel with acupuncture therapy to treat and prevent disease when heat is applied to selected pressure points as to stimulate the flow of Qi.