Lismore Acupuncture and Natural Therapy Centre provides each client with a precise and detailed diagnosis of the source of imbalance and illness. When this diagnosis has been made, the most effective treatment will then be evaluated by the interviewing practitioner and, as appropriate, in consultation with the other practitioner. A treatment may include:
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Pattern Diagnosis
- Clinical Health Assessment according to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles
- Electro stimulation of Acupuncture points
- Laser Therapy
- Oriental and Western Massage
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Western Herbal Extracts
- Herbal Lotions
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Mineral and Nutritional Supplements
Standard consultation fees are $70 which includes a combination of modalities appropriate for the condition, although acupuncture is generally used in every consultation.
Herbal Medicines are prescribed and are generally not available without an appointment. However, repeat herbal medicines can be given between consultations with modification according to the discretion of the practitioner.
Our clinic uses TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association) approved herbs
Powdered Traditional Chinese Medicinal herbs
Our herbal powder formulations are prepared in the clinic for each patient using high quality individual herbs of a potency of 10:1. The quality of each ingredient is assessed before being combined. These formulations are taken by the patient after dissolving the powder in hot water and drinking the liquid.
Generally ready-made herbal formulas are of lesser potency, usually 5:1 or 6:1. We can prescribe readymade Chinese herbal formulae in small pill form which, for some people, including children, is easier to take. A bottle of 200 pilules lasts for 5 to 7 days.
Chinese medicinal dried herbs
Traditionally, dried herbs are in their original plant form such as leaves, seeds bark and roots We have an extensive range of dried Chinese herbs which are combined into a herbal formulation and put into bags. Each bag comprises sufficient herbs for one day. A bag of herbs is then boiled and consumed daily.
Western herbal extracts are in liquid extract in 50ml and 100ml bottles. Herbal lotions and creams are available and homeopathic remedies can also be prescribed.
The concept of TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has existed for thousands of years in China. Since the 1960s it has become increasingly popular in America, Europe and other countries. TCM has a system of categorisation of aspects of the world called the Five Element Theory. This system is comparable to the system of medicine in medieval Europe called the Four Elements or Four Humours.
TCM has become popular because it has an intricate system of diagnosis and treatment, including herbal medicine and acupuncture, which enables it to pinpoint the cause of imbalance then recognise and effectively treat related symptoms (Maciocia, 2004).
TCM practitioners identify illness or disease in the body through diagnosis of the twelve major meridians. These are energy pathways on the body which originate from the six yin and the six yang organs. Discerning the subtle variations of the meridian positions on the pulse is a major method of determining imbalance of the meridians. Close observation of the tongue is another traditional method of TCM diagnostic technique.
Acupuncture: used to Balance the Meridian Channels
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the skin according to points along the meridian pathways of the body. This rebalances the qi (life force energy) and enables the healing properties of the body to function effectively. Each point along the meridian has its own qualities and functions. The choice of these points is a skill that is learnt by the acupuncturist and refined over years of practice.
“It is by virtue of the twelve channels that human life exists, that disease arises, that human beings can be treated and illness cured. The twelve channels are where beginners start and masters end. To beginners it seems easy: the masters know how difficult it is.”
– Spiritual Pivot, Chapter 17
These twelve channels or meridians refer to the major meridians, however there are many more and this extensive system is referred to as the jing-luo or channels and collaterals (Deadman, 2007).
The use of TCM
The use of Chinese herbal formulae is at the foundation of TCM treatment of illness and the herbs used are determined by the pattern diagnosis of the imbalance. The Chinese herbal formulae correspond to this pattern and there are many variations of the herb and the amount used. Each formula is prescribed to suit individual patients and can change over time.
It is not TCM practice to use a Chinese formula for a particular illness as is used by modern western “nutraceutical” companies. At the basis of responsible and effective Chinese herbalism is the principle:
“yì bìng tóng zhì, different diseases, same treatment; tóng bìng yì zhì, same diseases, different treatment.”
(Flaws & Sionneau, 2001)
The Chinese have used dried herbal formulae for thousands of years. There are hundreds of formulas and many variations of each formula enabling individual prescriptions for each patient and their changing symptoms. The diagnosis of meridian imbalance is used as well as determining the origin of illness from pathogenic factors such as cold, heat, dry, damp and wind. The herbs are used to rebalance the effects of these pathogenic factors (Bensky, 2004).