Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is the aggregate knowledge, skills and practices based on the theories, beliefs and
experiences indigenous to the Chinese culture that are used for the maintenance of health and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of physical and mental conditions. These knowledge, skills and practices have been developed over several millennia.
Clinically, Chinese medicine is used to treat a broad range of conditions in patients of all ages. Chinese medicine practice emphasises the importance of an holistic approach and individualisation of treatment planning.
Chinese Medicine practice incorporates a wide range of modalities, of which two major methods are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Acupuncture entails the application of a range of stimulation techniques of specific acupuncture points. In acupuncture patients are treated by inserting and manipulating thin, solid needles that are inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. According to Chinese Medicine theory, stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through the body.
Chinese medicine practitioners utilise both traditional and modern methods for diagnosis and to evaluate therapeutic outcomes. Traditional methods include observation of the tongue and palpation of the pulses together with an analysis of the other signs and symptoms. Modern methods can include reviewing results of conventional western diagnostic tests.
What can i expect from my first Acupuncture session?
During the initial consultation a full health history will be taken. The acupuncturist will check your pulse, look at your tongue and conduct the appropriate physical exams. After a diagnosis is made according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, you will then receive an acupuncture treatment.
For your acupuncture treatment, fine sterile disposable needles will be inserted at acupuncture points throughout the body. You may feel a radiating sensation when the needle is inserted, and it generally lasts for a few moments. During the remainder of the treatment a dull heavy sensation may be felt as well. Sometimes the needles are heated with moxa or an electro acupuncture device is attached after insertion. Commonly, the needles will be left in for fifteen to thirty minutes.
Is Acupuncture painful?
Acupuncture is generally not painful and is significantly less sensation than having an injection from your GP. The Acupuncture needles used are very fine and the sensation is often less than that of a mosquito bite. You may experience a sensation with acupuncture that has been described as numb, tingling, heavy, itchy, referring or just plain “weird”. This sensation is the feeling of the needle tapping into the qi to work with the body to bring back balance. This feeling is actually encouraged. It is this sensation that initiates the healing process. If you experience any pain or a feeling of intolerable discomfort, tell your practitioner.
How many treatments will i need for my condition?
Treatments are usually scheduled on a weekly basis. In acute conditions, more frequent treatments are sometimes recommended as they can bring about faster results. Most chronic conditions often require a series of treatments to fully address them. For pain disorders you can expect that your pain level will decrease, even after a single treatment. It will likely return before your second treatment, but not always to the original level. After the second treatment, you can expect a greater reduction in pain and a longer lasting effect, and so on for each subsequent treatment. At the same time, needling will heal the affected tissues. A typical course of treatment for acute musculoskeletal pain is 1-3 treatments a week for 3 or 4 weeks. Your practitioner will discuss a treatment plan during your treatment session.
Can I receive acupuncture safely with IVF or IUI?
Yes. Acupuncture and herbs can be used alone, or with IVF or IUI together. If time permits, ideally a head start of 2-3 months before IVF or IUI procedure would be optimum. However any treatments before the procedure are beneficial. Studies have shown that the use of acupuncture and herbs to IVF can greatly increase the efficiency of IVF.
What other services do you provide
During an acupuncture treatment session you may also receive other treatment modalities concurrently with the acupuncture such as cupping, moxa, massage and gua sha. These treatments will be explained further during your session and their price is included in the acupuncture consultation fee.
Coburg Chinese Medicine also provides Massage and Cupping as a standalone service. Please click here for more information about the services we provide.
The practitioner will also discuss with you any products such as liniments or patent herbal medicine they suggest as being beneficial to help with you condition/illness.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes we do. Coburg Chinese Medicine requires 24 hours for appointment cancellations. If less than the required notice is given Coburg Chinese Medicine reserves the right to charge a 75% cancellation fee. We do understand that our busy lives can sometimes get in the way so this policy will be applied with discretion with repeat offenders.
If in the case I am likely to be late I will endeavor to contact Coburg Chinese Medicine to advise when I will be attending the appointment. Arriving more than 15 minutes late could result in my appointment being cancelled or a shorter treatment time.
Can i get a health fund rebate?
Private health fund rebates are available to clients who receive acupuncture treatments and have acupuncture treatments covered as part of their policy. In order to recieve the health fund rebate retain your receipts and forward them to your health fund as per their requirements for a rebate to be processed. Remember to check with your private health insurance provider to ensure Acupuncture treatments are covered in your policy.
At Coburg Chinese Medicine we also welcome TAC and WorkCover clients. TAC and WorkCover clients are required to prepay for acupuncture services. To ensure you will receive some reimbursement for the treatment costs of an Acupuncture session please ensure you treating doctor has requested Acupuncture treatment to be approved by the insurer. Also ensure you have received written confirmation from your Insurer (TAC/WorkCover) and they have approved this treatment. All TAC/WorkCover clients will be charged at the concessional rates.
How long will each appointment take?
The first appointment typically takes about an hour and a half - this involves a thorough consultation and treatments. Follow up appointments are usually between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
What is the best type of clothing to wear for an appointment?
It is best to where loose fitting clothes that can me moved to get to the areas that need to be worked on. If needed we have sheets and gowns to use so that we can properly drape you while you are being treated.
If you have additional questions feel free to contact us on (03) 9041 6569