Often subtle observation of physical body signs give bigger clues to your overall health. Hong will look at things like your facial expressions, skin colour and texture, general appearance, and the shape, colour and markings of the tongue, as these can all indicate where the problem may lie.
Hong carefully listens to your body, your speech, the way you breathe, and looks out for any sounds that may indicate illness such as coughing or stomach gurgling.
Hong will ask you about your medical history, sleep patterns, diet, bowel motion, symptoms, appetite and whether you are experiencing any pain, fevers or chills.
This is not to gauge your heartbeat. Hong checks your pulse to identify areas of your body that may be weak, deficient or carrying an excess of something in various channels. By analysing the speed, strength, shape and rhythm of your pulse she can identify the Yin and Yang imbalances in your body.
Put simply, Western medicine focuses on a cure where Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on prevention. And, where Western Medicine tends to use synthetic medication, Chinese medicine uses natural alternatives.
I know some people are scared of needles, but I use a very gentle approach and the highest quality needles to ensure your comfort. At the most, you’ll feel a cold tingle at the point of insertion.
For those who have a needle phobia, I also offer alternative techniques, that I also use on children, to make you feel at ease.
Massage works the muscle tissues, whereas acupuncture works on your various internal channels – organs, cells and circulation – to help balance the body from the inside out.
There are many reasons why you might decide to use Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture, but perhaps the quickest way to decide is to answer these questions:
As with any medication, the body could react to different herbs, but this is very rare in my experience. And reactions are never severe or life-threatening.
Some can, but others taste quite pleasant. They can be sweet, bitter, salty or sour. It depends on what we’re treating. But I usually prescribe pills or a compound.
As with everything, a lot depends on how sick you are, how long you’ve been sick and how committed you are to following the treatment plan I create for you. In some cases, you may only need one treatment. In others, you may need treatment over several months or even years.
Patients with acute conditions take less time to recover, whereas the recovery time for those with chronic, complicated conditions can be longer.
Yes, there is always a chance that they could which is why I will always ask you what medication and treatment you are receiving before prescribing any herbs or acupuncture.
Initial Acupuncture: $130
Follow up: $105
Herbal consultation: $50
Remedial massage: $90
Massage & Acupuncture: $155 (1.5 hrs)
Workers Compensation and Heath Fund Rebates available