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What are the advantages and disadvantages of taking herbs in decoction, granule, or pill form?

In general, herbs taken in decoction form have the strongest effect. In this method, the dried herb material is cooked for a period of time, usually about one hour, then strained and drunk as a tea. The disadvantage with this form of administration is the time it takes to cook and prepare the tea, and the relatively strong smell and taste. Herbs in concentrated granules are slightly less potent than decoctions when taken at the […]

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How do I prepare and drink the Herbal Medicine powder?

Use the special spoon attached in your powder sachet to measure a certain amount of herbal powder. usually 3-4 spoons (6-8g). Put the powder in a cup and pour boiling water into the cup; then stir and drink it warm. If any residue remains at the bottom because of the sticky characteristic of a particular herb (usually a nourish type of herb), repeat the same process and drink it again, so that you don’t waste […]

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Are there side effects from taking Chinese herbs?

Chinese herbs are appealing because of their low risk of side effects. The most common side effects are digestive upsets and gas/bloating depending on the body’s ability to digest the herbs. Taking the formula after a meal may alleviate these symptoms in most cases. Choosing herbal combinations based on your body and conditions is important to prevent the possibility of any negative side effects.

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Can I just purchase Chinese herb without consultation?

No. According to the code of conduct of Australian Chinese Medicine Practitioner, the herbal formula prescribed upon the current signs and symptoms of patient and it is a customised and individualised medication. The formula or the patient pill that fits your friends might not be suitable for you. Taking a wrong medication might cause severe unexpected  side effect.  Our experienced Chinese Medicine Practitioner will carefully check your signs and symptoms, grab the thorough medical record […]

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Is there anything I need to be careful after the treatment?

Here are some useful tips can help to improve your comfort and enhance the effect of your treatment after your visit to our clinic. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our clinic.  1. Relaxation & FatigueFor most people after treatment, there is a feeling of being very relaxed or even tired – this is normal, it means your body has responded to the treatment. We suggest you avoid strong exercise or heavy […]

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Do private health care funds cover the cost of acupuncture?

You will need to check your private health fund carrier for covered acupuncture benefits. You may find your benefits under the title “complementary alternative” treatment in your health fund booklet. Acupuncture is on the rise with more private health find companies willing to reimburse for treatments. I often recommend patients advocate for themselves with their health fund carriers. The higher the demand for acupuncture the more likely health care plan providers will understand the desire […]

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How many treatments will I need?

It depends on your health issue. But after the initial consultation with Kathy Wang will recommend what will be best for you. Some of our clients have had complete symptom relief after one treatment. However, Kim specialises in genuine recovery for good health long-term. Therefore, more treatments are likely to achieve this aim. Fertility treatments may require weekly treatment until conception occurs.Typically, it takes several visits for a positive reaction to take place. Again, we […]

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Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture does not use pharmaceutical drugs; it is safe and does no harm to the body when properly administered by trained practitioners. The needles are solid, unlike hypodermic needles, and are more shallowly inserted into the skin. Please ask if you have any specific questions regarding the safety of acupuncture treatments and always check that you are being treated by a qualified acupuncturist. It is also very important to tell your practitioner about serious illnesses, especially […]

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Does acupuncture hurt?

Because the needles have to pierce the skin, you may experience a brief prick when the needles are inserted.  The needles used at TCM health care are best quality available and cause very little discomfort.  Once the needles are in, there should be no pain.  At particular points on the body, you are likely to feel a stinging or heaviness sensation while the needles are in.  This sensation is evidence of strong movement of qi while it is […]

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What should I expect from receiving my first acupuncture treatment?

Your first acupuncture visit consists of an initial one-hour consultation and treatment, upon which a thorough medical history is taken. Ample time is allowed for you to explain your health concerns and goals. Upon the second session a report of findings regarding your health condition is discussed and a recommendation will be made regarding length and frequency of treatment. The length of time that needles stay in the body varies depending on the condition of the […]

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