Half-open, half-closed!

Door half open

I have been following closely all of the announcements, declarations, interpretations, and advice regarding my ability to remain open during Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne. The summary of the advice that has been received is that as an AHPRA health practitioner, I am permitted to remain open. However, this comes with certain restrictions as the …

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Coronavirus notice

Wash your hands for hygeine and infection control

At Dantian Health, I am following the Coronavirus situation carefully to stay up-to-date with the latest advice. There is at this stage no directives for me to close the clinic. In a recent communication from the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, our governmental registration board, they stated: “All registered health practitioners including almost 5,000 registered …

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What is Chinese Medicine?

What is Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine includes the modalities of Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, moxibustion, massage, dietary and exercise therapy. It offers a holistic and drug-free approach to managing men’s and women’s health. Chinese Medicine is not only a stand-alone system but also works very well alongside Western medicine and other modalities. More accurately though it is called East …

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What is Moxibustion? [A Simple Guide]


Moxibustion is witchcraft, right? Burning some mystical herb is supposed to help heal the body? Waving a moxibustion stick over the skin makes me feel better? OK then! Learn about moxibustion as you follow this conversation between Qi Bo and Huang Di. These two characters from one of our most ancient medical manuscripts, the Huang …

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What Types of Cupping Are There?


To explore the different types of cupping, one just consider the different methods in which cups are applied and how they are used once attached. What are the different methods of cupping therapy? In cupping therapy there are three methods commonly used by cupping therapists: Fire cupping Pump cups Rubber (silicone) cups Cups can be …

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What are the five elements in Chinese Medicine?

Five Elements in Chinese Medicine

The Wu Xing, commonly known as the Five Elements are phases of movement or change. They describe stages of the constantly moving cycle between Yin and Yang. The Five Elements include Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

How to Review an Acupuncturist

Acupuncture review

From time to time I am asked if someone can leave a review for me. I most certainly appreciate the gesture, and reviews helps me gain exposure to people looking to find the best acupuncturist for their healthcare. But as an AHPRA registered professional, there are certain guidelines that must be abided by. To this end, …

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Australian private health insurance changes – Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture Health Insurance

Private health insurance changes took effect on 1st April 2019. There is still confusion as to what these changes mean for the consumer, especially in relation to coverage for acupuncture. The intention is to make things more streamlined and easier to understand by creating standardised tiers of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic for hospital covers. …

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Trauma and the body

Trauma and the body

Guest post: Vivienne Colegrove PHD Did you know that whenever we go through a difficult time in our lives, memories can live on in the body? Have you ever had that strange experience where you wake up feeling heavy in your arms and legs, noticing a lump in your throat, wondering why tears are close to the surface …

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Tian Lineage® herbal medicine

Tian Lineage Herbal Medicine

The Tian Lineage® is a family lineage of herbal practitioners from China. Traditionally these family secrets have only been passed down to a few select disciples who would spend many years working with their teacher to gain insight into their knowledge and style of practice. used Arnaud Versluys is one of the few senior lineage …

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Nagano style acupuncture

Nagano Style Acupuncture

Who is Master Nagano? Master Kiyoshi Nagano was a blind acupuncturist from the mid to late 20th century in Japan. His study of the classics and western medicine led to the development of his unique style. This was outside of many of the established styles of practice already popular in Japan. He utilised a highly …

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Acupuncture for natural pain relief

Acupuncture for Natural Pain Relief

Many people seek help from a practitioner of acupuncture for pain relief. The presence of pain causes distress and interferes with the ability to perform the activities we desire. According to Pain Australia, chronic pain affects 20% of Australia’s population. An estimated 80% of sufferers not receiving adequate treatment.  Pain may be solely physical but there is often emotional pain as well. The economic …

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Injury Management and Chinese Medicine

Injury Management with Chinese Medicine

Injury Management RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is the well known first-line intervention for acute injuries. This has been the prevailing advice for many years, but this is now being questioned in the scientific literature. RICE has been the standard for a long time, though the person who coined the phrase, Gabe Mirkin, has …

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