Acupuncture is a two thousand year old personalised medicine that's fit for the twenty‑first century.
A naturally better way to relieve pain
Inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, acupuncture is one of the world's oldest and most widely practiced medical systems belonging to traditional Chinese medicine.
In recent decades, it has rapidly become a popular natural and complementary therapy in the western world known for its personalised approach to diagnosis and treatment.
At a time when drug-based approaches to pain management are being increasingly misused and over-prescribed, acupuncture offers a natural solution that activates the body's own self-healing mechanisms to relieve pain, recover from injuries and rebalance the internal organs.
“There is evidence that acupuncture influences the production of and distribution of a great many neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, and that this in turn alters the perception of pain.” David Eisenberg M.D.
Clinical Research Fellow,
Harvard Medical School
De-mystifying an ancient medicine
Over 2,000 years ago, the ancient Chinese physicians made one of the most profound discoveries of medical knowledge that is known today as the meridian system.
However, over the past century since Chinese medicine was introduced to the western world, its concepts such as "Qi flowing in meridians" have become lost in translation. There are many people today who regard acupuncture as an energy-based, un-scientific medicine — an idea which could not be further from the truth.
The meridian system is actually a neurological map of how the body's organs, muscles and tissues are connected to each other by the nervous and circulatory systems. Expert acupuncturists trained to use the meridian system can appear to be working magic when the truly amazing thing is the body's self-healing ability at work.
“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.” The Classic of Acupuncture
Circa 1st Century BCE
Dr Tess Chang Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Tess is a compassionate practitioner who gets to the source of a health problem. Tess has an exceptional and solid foundation in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine acquired through study and practice in Shanghai, China and Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and she also has a double degree in Bachelor of Health Science/Applied Science of Traditional Chinese Medicine at RMIT University. In addition to over 8 years of study, Tess has over 4 years of clinical experience at clinics and hospitals in China and Australia.
Dr Jinnan Cai Chinese Medicine Practitioner
Jinnan holds a double degree in Chinese medicine and human biology with first class honours from RMIT University. He practices with compassion, patience and great attention to detail. Jinnan is passionate about the potential of traditional Chinese medicine to provide effective and natural health care that complements both western medicine and our modern lifestyles.
Dr David Yang Chinese Medicine Practitioner
David is a friendly, caring and approachable practitioner who provides his patients with honest communication and upfront advice to help achieve successful outcomes throughout their treatment plan. He holds a double degree in Chinese medicine and human biology with honours from RMIT University. David's interest in Chinese medicine originates from growing up and seeing his grandfather, a senior practitioner of Chinese medicine, help those around him using natural methods.
Experience the real thing
There is a real difference when acupuncture is practiced by Chinese medicine practitioners — the traditional masters of acupuncture.
Current health laws in Australia don't protect the public from unqualified or inexperienced practitioners who may be performing acupuncture, sometimes by another name. For example, "dry-needling" is not a form of acupuncture endorsed or practiced by the Chinese medicine profession.
You can check that your acupuncturist is a Chinese medicine practitioner registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. The Board, supported by AHPRA, is Australia's peak governing body that regulates the Chinese medicine profession and protects the public.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are your acupuncturists qualified and experienced?
Acupuncturists at ACU FITZ are professionally registered and caring Chinese medicine practitioners who have extensive clinical experience and training.
Our practitioners are doctors of Chinese medicine registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. They are able to advise you on a wide range of health issues.
Are there any side effects of acupuncture?
Serious side effects from acupuncture treatment when provided by qualified Chinese medicine practitioners are extremely rare.
You may experience minor bleeding, bruising, redness or lumps over certain points. These skin reactions are normal and will resolve by themselves.
Certain conditions may be temporarily aggravated immediately following treatment.
Do you provide treatments other than acupuncture?
ACU FITZ only offers acupuncture and shiatsu massage from our community clinic. For our complete range of Chinese medicine treatments and services, or treatment in a private clinic, please get in touch with Ping Ming Health Melbourne.
Can I claim from my private health fund?
Yes, if required we can give you a receipt to claim from your private health fund.
Do you bulk-bill?
Sorry, Medicare does not cover acupuncture treatments provided by Chinese medicine practitioners.
Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002