Central to the theories of Chinese Medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced chee), which is the energy that makes you a living breathing creature. According to Chinese Medicine, if you are ill in any way (physical, emotional or psychological) this reflects an imbalance in the flow of Qi. The diagnosis of the imbalance is made through case history, observation, pulse and tongue diagnosis. Acupuncture uses micro fine needles which are inserted into specifically selected points along meridians in order to resolve the imbalance. Through correct treatment, the self-regulatory mechanisms of the parasympathetic nervous system can come into play and the patient feels better. Hormones can regulate, blood sugar can normalise, inflammation can resolve, gut function can be restored, immunity can modulate and mental well-being can be reinstated.


Chinese herbs are part of a complete medical system which has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for over 23 centuries. In the US, UK and Australia successful use of chinese herbs for skin conditions and some malignant tumours has driven research into finding the effective ‘active ingredients’ in the herbs. Many western drugs originated in just this way, from the analysis of a successfully used herb. Acupuncture and herbs work well together to address patterns of disharmony or disease. Some herbs work well with western medicines and others do not. If herbs are used one usually needs more in the beginning phases of treatment. As one recovers the prescription may change and the dosage usually decreases. In more entrenched disease cases continued support may be indicated.