CHINESE MEDICINE: Acupuncture, Cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Diet and Lifestyle Advice. MASSAGE THERAPY: Relaxation massage, Sports massage and Therapeutic massage.
Dr. Anna V. Kelly - Registered Acupuncturist / Massage Therapist
CHINESE MEDICINE: AN ANCIENT ART OF HEALING.
QUALIFICATION DETAILSBachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
With a history dating back thousands of years, Chinese Medicine has become a well established form of primary health care gaining formal recognition from the World Health Organisation. It involves the use of Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Exercise/Breathing therapy, Diet/Lifestyle advice and preventative care.
Modern Chinese Medicine takes a holistic approach to understanding the body’s normal functioning and disease processes. Its primary focus equally relies on prevention of an illness as well as the treatment of symptoms in order to bring about good health.
Acupuncture: How does it work?
The core essence of Chinese Medicine is based on Qi (pronounced chee) or life energy, which flows around the body along specific Channels or Meridians to maintain the balance and harmony required to have good health. When this Qi becomes blocked, insufficient or simply moves the wrong way it can upset this balance and result in pain, illness and disharmony.
An Acupuncture treatment therefore involves the insertion of fine sterile needles into specific points along these Meridians in order to restore the balance, clear blockages and promote the proper flow of Qi throughout the body. Many people are concerned that it will be painful or uncomfortable however it generally is not. You may however feel a number of sensations ranging from an aching or tingling or just a general awareness that something is there.
Moxibustion, Infra-red Heat Therapy, Gua Sha and Cupping.
Anna may use these techniques to help stimulate the points throughout any given treatment.
Moxibustion uses the dried leaves of the mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris) plant; more commonly referred to as “moxa”. When compressed into sticks or small cones it can be held over an Acupuncture point after being lit to let out a warming sensation. Once it becomes hot it is removed. Its purpose is to stimulate the flow of energy and remove blockages.
Infra-red heat therapy involves the application of “moxa” essence (a concentrated spray derived from the plant mentioned above), which is stimulated by an infra-red heat lamp over any part of the body. Once again it is removed when it becomes hot.
Cupping: Cups made of Pyrex glass are utilised during this treatment. They are applied with a suction method to soft tissue areas such as the back or shoulders. Cups may be used for a number of conditions such as the treatment of colds and flu or musculoskeletal problems. It aims to clear blockages, remove stagnation and clear toxins from the body.
Gua Sha (Gwar Shar) involves a technique more commonly known as scraping or spooning with a smooth flat object (usually a ceramic Chinese soup spoon). Similar to cupping, it is used to clear blockages, remove heat and stimulate the Qi.
When to use Chinese Medicine.
You can consider any of these treatments for a wide range of common and not so common health conditions as well as for the maintenance of good health and disease prevention. The following are just some of the conditions treatable by Chinese Medicine:
High or low blood pressure, fluid retention, poor circulation, cold hands and feet and muscle cramps.
Digestive system disorders:
Toothache, gingivitis, mouth ulcers, hiccup, spasms of the oesophagus, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric hyperacidity, gastritis, heartburn, hiatus hernia syndrome, flatulence, colitis, diarrhoea, constipation, haemorrhoids, liver and gall bladder disorders, and weight control.
Visual disorders, red, sore, itchy or watery eyes and conjunctivitis.
Gynaecological and obstetric disorders:
Premenstrual tension, painful, heavy or irregular periods, amenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge, hormonal disturbances, symptoms of menopause and fertility.
Osteoarthritis, sciatica, lumbago, weak back, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, shoulder and neck pain, frozen shoulder, and tennis elbow.
Headaches, migraines, difficulty sleeping, nervous tension, stroke, facial and inter-costal neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, some forms of paralysis, noises in the ears, dizziness, and Meniere's disease.
Depression, emotional disturbances, anxiety, nervousness and addictions such as smoking.
Bronchial asthma, acute and chronic bronchitis, acute tonsillitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, hay fever, chronic cough, laryngitis, sore throat, influenza and the common cold.
Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, nerve rash, herpes zoster, acne, scar tissue and hair loss.
Sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.
Cystitis, prostatitis, urinary retention, kidney disorders and nocturnal enuresis.
Massage Therapy can be described as the manipulation of soft tissues for therapeutic purposes. Massage Therapy promotes relaxation and eases emotional and physical stress. It can relieve headaches, improve the function of the skin, the lungs and digestive organs and works to improve general health and wellbeing.
At The Medical Health Group Anna incorporates these techniques into her Chinese Medicine consultations. Massage is a simple yet effective form of health care that can really improve your health and vitality as well as contributing to the prevention of ill health and disease.
Anna has a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) and a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy after studying at Victoria University of Technology and Copeland College of Massage Therapy. She is registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria (a requirement in Victoria) and has full membership with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT). She completed a Clinical Internship with Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Jinan Provincial Hospital in China where she experienced the heart of Chinese Medicine.
She chose to incorporate Massage Therapy with Chinese Medicine as Massage not only compliments the effects of Acupuncture but enhances the ability of the body to obtain an ultimate state of health, relaxation and balance.
Anna believes in a holistic approach to medicine and focuses on treating each individual as a complete system. She has a commitment to spending quality time with each and every patient to ensure that all treatments involve detailed case histories, paying particular attention not only to presenting symptoms but to overall general wellbeing.
What to expect during a treatment with Anna:
In order to obtain a complete diagnosis and treatment plan an initial consultation may take up to 75 minutes. This is because Chinese Medicine examines every aspect of health from your presenting symptoms to underlying factors that may be contributing to your complaints, as well as providing enough time to do a full body assessment and treatment.
During this time Anna will ask many questions and will also examine your pulse and tongue, this provides a complete picture of your health and enables Anna to determine an individualised treatment plan for you.
A standard follow up consultation will take up to an hour.
Thursdays and Fridays
(Up to 75 minutes)
$75 (Standard) $67 (Concession)
Follow up Consultations:
(Up to 1 hour)
$75 (standard) $67 (Concession)
- Gift Vouchers are available.
- Health fund rebates apply.
- Work Cover Provider (Acupuncture only)
- HICAPS available.
If you are still unsure as to whether or not Chinese Medicine can help you or if you would like to make an appointment please call us at The Medical Health Group.
Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
Registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria
Accredited with AACMA and AAMT
Clinical Internship at Jinan Provnicial Hospital in Shandong Province, China.
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Deep Tissue Massage, Herbalists, Sports Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Traditional Chinese Medicine