Frequently Asked Questions
What happens in a treatment?
In an initial consultation a complete health history is taken, discussing the primary reason you are seeking assistance with your health as well as any secondary issues troubling you such as pain, digestive complaints, menstrual disorder, respiratory complaints, gynaecological disorder, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, skin conditions, headache or migraine.
Past illnesses and injuries can have a lasting influence on your health today, and these are explored along with a complete picture including sleep patterns, digestive patterns, energy levels and areas of pain.
Following this observation of your body, along with palpation of your pulses and abdomen, key diagnostic areas in Oriental medicine are performed to confirm the findings from discussion of your health. These reveal a wealth of information about how your body is functioning.
Treatment may involve the use of remedial massage, acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion or Gua Sha to begin the process of allowing your body to recover its healthy state.
Chinese herbal medicine may also be prescribed for you to consume at home so you can help support the body on its path to recovery.
Following treatment a quick discussion is had where any question you may have will be answered and dietary, exercise or lifestyle advice may be provided.
How long is a consultation?
Initial therapy consultations last for 90 minutes and follow-up consultations last for 60 minutes.
How long does it take to see results?
Acute conditions tend to involve less complex pathologies and you may observe positive changes within the first few treatments.
Chronic conditions tend to be more complex and take longer to resolve, although you may start to see some positive changes within six to 10 treatments.
How often do I need to come for treatment?
The frequency of treatment will be discussed during your therapy consultation and will vary dependant upon the severity, duration and nature of your presenting condition.
For acute conditions, regular and frequent therapist treatment is the best approach with sessions once or twice a week to achieve the quickest results.
For chronic conditions, initial frequency is generally once a week to help your body adapt to its new treatment regime and adjust any herbal prescriptions appropriately. Once some consistency is achieved, sessions may be spaced every two to four weeks depending on progress.
For preventative measures, the best course of action is treatment around the change of each season to help ensure your body is in its best continuous condition, assuming no health concerns arise in the interim period for which immediate therapy is needed.
How much does it cost?
All therapist consultations at Dantian Health are $80 with concession rates available. A one week supply of herbs is approximately $30, although this may differ depending on your individual circumstances.
How can I pay?
Dantian Health accepts payment by cash, bank transfer and major credit cards.
Will I receive a health rebate?
Depending on the level of extras cover you hold with your private health insurance, rebates may be available. Dantian Health offers Healthpoint facilities, allowing you to claim with most major health funds on the spot.
What do I need to bring?
Just yourself! Wearing loose, comfortable clothing can help you relax while on the treatment table.
It's best to have eaten before receiving acupuncture, preferably at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to your appointment.
Before your initial consultation please download and complete this intake form (PDF 929kb for print or email) to assist in the smooth flow of your consultation.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles come in different sizes, with the average used at Dantian Health being extremely small. By comparison, the average hypodermic needle utilised in Western medicine is four to eight times the diameter and can be quite painful for many people.
Our acupuncture needles are so small they cause minimal pain and for many may feel a little like a mosquito bite. Many people feel little sensation at all and it certainly is not a painful process.
The needles used in acupuncture are sterilised and are single use, meaning it is a safe and hygienic therapy.
Are Chinese herbs toxic?
Some herbs in the Chinese material medica have a level of toxicity which is counteracted by proper selection and preparation and their use in combination with other herbs. This is why it is important to only take herbal formulas which have been prescribed by a fully trained and qualified practitioner.
The herbs used at Dantian Health have all undergone stringent testing and preparation to ensure they are safe for remedial use. If you have any concerns, feel free to discuss them with Jason during your consultation.
Dantian Health services the Brunswick and surrounding Carlton, Fitzroy, Northcote, Thornbury and Coburg areas of Melbourne (map) for all your Chinese medicine and acupuncture needs.
Consultations with the Dantian Health Chinese medicine and acupuncture clinic in Brunswick are exclusively by appointment