FAQs

Will My Private Health Fund Cover My Treatment?

Ian and Michelle are Recognised Providers of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with all Australian private health funds. The amount of your rebate depends on your individual cover with your health fund. Please check with your provider to see if your private health fund covers you for treatment.

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What Are The Acupuncture Needles Like?

The needles we use in the clinic are very fine and are only 0.3 millimetre in thickness. Each needle comes in a sterile pack and they are only used once before being disposed of safely.

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Is Acupuncture Painful?

The reaction to the treatment is unique with every patient. Generally, acupuncture is relatively painless but this does depend on the sensitivity of the client. For the majority of clients, insertion of the needle may feel like a mosquito bite, but once the needle is in place, there is no pain. Patients may experience a sense of heaviness, heat or movement in the area of the needle. Most people find the treatment very relaxing, with some patients falling asleep during the treatment.

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What Can Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Treat?

In the past 2000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Acupuncture is widely practiced in Asia, America, Australia and Europe.

Acupuncture treatments can be given in conjunction with other modalities such as conventional Western Medicine, Physiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Chiropractic, and Psychotherapy etc.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine as effective for over 43 common ailments. The following is a list of some of the commonly addressed conditions treated with Acupuncture.

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat & Tonsilitis
  • Bronchitis & Cough
  • Dizziness
  • Sciatica
  • Earache
  • Reflux
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach Pain & Bloating
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Stiff Neck
  • Tendonitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Urinary Difficulties
  • Morning Sickness
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Colds & Flus
  • Hayfever
  • Headache & Migraine
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Tinnitus
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Hiccups & Burping
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis & Joint Pains
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Irregular Periods
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Impotence
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Weight loss

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How Many Sessions Will I Require?

Chinese Medicine stimulates the body into working normally, thus restoring balance. The body's ability to return to a healthy state is determined by many factors: eg. location of the problem, how long the client has had the problem, whether causal factors are still present, diet and lifestyle.

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one treatment a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, such as recent illness or minor injury, usually fewer visits are required.

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How Long Does a Session Last?

The initial consultation and treatment usually takes 1 1/4 hours, then each subsequent session usually lasts an hour.

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Is Scrubbing (Gua Sha) Painful?

Scrubbing is a stronger treatment than acupuncture and on certain areas of the body it can feel tender. However, clients often state that the relief they feel is well worth any discomfort and many of our clients come back just for the scrubbing itself. In some cases scrubbing can be effectively used when a client doesn't like or may be fearful of acupuncture.

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Can Children Be Treated Using Chinese Medicine?

Paediatrics is one of the oldest specialties of Chinese Medicine, having been used for over 2000 years to treat children's health problems. Since that time, there has been continuous development in the successful diagnosis and treatment of children's diseases.

The main treatment methods used in Chinese Medicine Paediatrics are Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Massage. Using one or both of these modalities, children's diseases can usually be treated effectively and quickly. Traditional Chinese Medicine for children is user friendly, gentle and free from side effects.

Below is a list of some commonly treated childhood diseases.

  • Asthma
  • Sore Throat & Tonsilitis
  • Bronchitis & Cough
  • Hyperactivity & ADHD
  • Constipation & Diarrhoea
  • Earache & Ear Infections
  • Stress & Sleep Problems
  • Colds & Flus
  • Eczema & Rashes
  • Headache & Migraine
  • Bed-wetting
  • Stomach Pain
  • Poor Appetite
  • Lack of Energy

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How Are Chinese Herbs Administered?

At East Meets West Chinese Medicine we use a combination of pills, powders, creams, and patches to administer your herbs. The type of herbs you receive will depend on your condition, however most patients are effectively treated with herbs in a pill form.

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CONTACT US
213 Wanneroo Road (Cnr Morley Drive),
Tuart Hill, WA 6060

By Appointment Only
08 9349 6550
imrussell@eastmeetswestmed.com.au
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