Chinese Medicine is a holistic philosophy of medicine, meaning that the body is considered in a whole way, each part is interdependent and relies upon the other parts for its proper function.
The term Chinese medicine is often thought of as herbal medicine but is an umbrella term that includes acupuncture as well as several other treatment methods. Treatment is individually prescribed as you present to clinic on the day, so it’s a very specific therapy that addresses each person rather than a disease.
The primary forms of treatment are acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage and includes the use of supporting tools such as cupping, scraping, moxa (a herb that is burnt to add heat and stimulate a point or area), electro-stimulation, and liniments or balms that contain herbs and moving, warming or cooling elements.
A typical Chinese medicine treatment session will involve an initial diagnosis which consists generally of the following: a broad range of questions about anything from digestion to dizziness; observation of different aspects such as skin colour or temperature and tongue shape, colour or coating; and palpation which includes pulse-taking as well as feeling on the body for painful or problem areas. The pulse speaks its own language to a practitioner and tells a wealth of information about how much access to energy someone may have and where in the body the issue might be located.
Acupuncture is then usually performed, often with the assistance of massage with liniments, cupping, moxa or gua sha (scraping). Once the needles have been inserted the client is then left in the room for usually 20-30 minutes to enable them to relax and have time for the needles to work. The practitioner might dispense some herbs during this time to be ready for the end of the session. It’s recommended that some regular follow-up treatment is continued for at least 3-6 treatments. Often people have long term chronic problems that need time to resolve.
Dr Lani Cussel (BHSc. Chinese Medicine)
Lani is a fully registered and accredited acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and operates under the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Lani has a diverse background in massage therapy and body work and is passionate about using a combination of therapies as the best way to achieve positive clinical results.
Lani is a general practitioner of Chinese Medicine and has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems, pain, trauma and stress related disorders. Lani has over 18 years of personal and professional development in the areas of holistic medicine, body work, meditation and yoga, enabling her to bring knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm to her work.
An initial treatment with Lani includes a full history review, a Chinese medicine diagnosis, acupuncture and ongoing treatment plan and may include massage, cupping, gua sha or moxa if needed. A personalised herbal prescription will also be prepared for you if required. Her background in holistic therapies includes different styles of massage, stretching, liniments, meditation, breath-work and body awareness in order to create optimal wellbeing and promote an environment for healing in each session. She works sensitively with her clients to ensure they are supported in their individual healing process. Follow up treatments take between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Lani’s qualifications & ongoing training include a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine), Diploma of Remedial Chinese Massage Therapy, Certificate IV in Oriental Massage Therapy, Dr Tan’s Balance Method 2016, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture, Treating Emotional Trauma with TCM, Lillian Bridges Face Reading in Chinese Medicine.
Dr Rebecca Quin (BHSc. Chinese Medicine)
Being a fully qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner, Rebecca is a member of AACMA and is registered with The Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and AHPRA. In accordance with the registration standards of the CMBA, all registered Chinese medicine practitioners are obliged to meet standards of safety, efficacy and ethical practice.
Rebecca’s Qualifications include; A Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese medicine, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture certificate, Reiki 1 and Reiki 2 Certificates, Cert III in fitness and group exercise and a Mat Pilates certificate.
Her skill set includes; Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, Cupping, Relaxation Massage, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Tai Chi/Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine nutritional advice. Rebecca is also a master trainer for ChiBall world, Rebecca teaches ChiBall®, Dance of the Dragon®, Energy Moves, Pilates and meditation and is currently running classes from Sandybeach Community Centre.
Rebecca is a general practitioner of Chinese Medicine and has a special interest in; Pain relief, Stress, anxiety and emotional disharmony, IVF support and Women’s health. Her approach to treatment is as one who understands that healing is a collaborative process between the practitioner and patient. She considers all aspects of an individual’s life (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual) in formulating an initial treatment and ongoing treatment plan. She believes in inspiring and educating her clients about how they can achieve the best for their health and wellbeing.
An initial treatment with Rebecca includes a Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis and ongoing treatment plan, massage, cupping, (Gua Sha or moxa if required), Acupuncture and dietary/ lifestyle advice. A personalised herbal prescription will also be prepared for you if required. Follow up treatments take between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Conditions Chinese Medicine May Help Manage
Acupuncture, herbal medicine and supporting treatments are all an integral part of Chinese medicine practice and have been shown to help manage symptoms for the following conditions:
- Pain relief, stress and fatigue
- Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
- Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
- Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy
- Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain
- Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains
- Nausea and vomiting
In addition, we have a special interest in working with the following broad issues or conditions:
- Pain management
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Sleep disorders and fatigue
- Digestive issues
- Respiratory conditions
- Hormonal and menstrual issues
- Auto-immune conditions
- Skin ailments & allergies