Dr Louis Cali
03 9796 2119
16 BLACKBURN Sq
Berwick VIC 3806
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are the first choice in dealing with pain, fertility, digestive complaints, women's health and cancer support
Holistic Health of Berwick
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest continuously practiced medicine in the world. It has been refined and perfected over countless generations of doctors for over two and a half millennia.
Today it is practiced all over the world, often solving health problems that are not easily or effectively treated by conventional Western medicine. It is acknowledged as the world’s leading complementary medicine and is often used in conjunction with Western medicine.
The two main components of TCM are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. It is based on the philosophy that health is a dynamic state of balance and disease arises when that balance is disturbed.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine help restore that balance, allowing the body to heal naturally.
Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine -- we treat the underlying causes of illness, rather than simply treating the symptoms. This offers patients a more complete and lasting recovery.
About Dr Louis Cali
My practice began in New York where I trained at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Manhattan, after completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Doctorate degree in Law. I migrated to Australia with my family in 2003 and established a complementary medicine clinic, Holistic Health of Berwick, where I currently practice.
Due to my clinical and legal experience, I have served in various capacities for the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria. I act as a mentor to other practitioners, train students of Chinese medicine and preside as a sessional member of VCAT under the Health Registrations Act.
I am Board-registered, fully-insured and a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (TCM)
Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Doctorate of Law
Registered Acupuncturist and
Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner (VIC)
Diplomate in Acupuncture and
Chinese Herbal Medicine (NCCAOM)
Member, Australian Acupuncture and
Chinese Herbal Medicine Association (AACMA)
VCAT Tribunal Member for Disciplinary Hearings on Professional Conduct of
Registered Health Care Practitioners
Clinical Supervisor, RMIT - Chinese Medicine
Reference Group Member,
Chinese Medicine Registration Board
Chinese Medicine Registration Board
Acupuncture uses thin, sterile, single-use needles to activate specific points along the channels and meridians of the body, gently and effectively restoring the proper flow of energy. Once balance is restored, the body is able to heal itself naturally. Needles are usually retained for 20-30 minutes, during which time most patients fall into a deeply relaxed state, or even fall asleep.
When getting acupuncture, there is usually a slight sensation felt upon insertion of the needles, followed by a state of relaxation. The vast majority of acupuncture patients do not find acupuncture painful. In fact, as the treatment progresses most patients become deeply relaxed or even fall asleep.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal Medicine uses natural medicinal substances to treat illnesses and imbalances in the body. When prescribed by an experienced, qualified and registered practitioner, these treatments are safe and highly effective.
Herbs are typically prescribed as a formula containing up to twenty herbs based on long-standing treatment principles and a classical formulary. The practitioner will devise a formula tailored to each patient's specific needs. Herbal formulas come in various forms -- as raw herbs that are made into a tea, granulated herbs dissolved in water, or as pre-made formulas made into pills or capsules.
What Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Treat?
Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive medical system that treats a wide variety of health issues. It is especially useful in successfully treating conditions that do not respond well to conventional medical approaches. Below is sample of conditions commonly treated:
Fertility and Women's Health:
infertility and pregnancy problems
menstrual cramps, pms, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS
management of chemotheraphy and radiotherapy side-effects
pre and post-surgical support
strengthening immune system
ongoing support following remission
Mental and Emotional:
stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia
asthma, allergies, bronchitis
sinusitis, coughs, colds, flus
fatigue, insomnia, low immunity
chronic fatigue syndrome
chronic pain, joint pain, back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow
frozen shoulder, tendonitis, bursitis
migraines, headaches, dizziness, vertigo
eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, hives, shingles
irritable bowel, gastric ulcers, acid reflux, indigestion
constipation, diarrhea, poor digestion, GERD
Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis
weight loss, eating disorders, addictions
paralysis, stroke, Bell’s Palsy
hypertension (high blood pressure)
hyper- & hypo-thyroidism
A significant focus of my practice is the treatment of fertility problems. Chinese Medicine is becoming widely recognized as a powerful tool for difficulties with conception and frequent miscarriage. Many patients have been able to conceive and give birth to healthy babies despite years of failure prior to receiving treatment.
Chinese Medicine can help with both male and female infertility. About 50% of fertility problems are male factor – meaning that there is a problem with the male partner’s sperm. Chinese Medicine can help significantly with most common sperm issues such as low numbers, poor motility (ability to swim) and poor morphology (shape).
For women, problems include irregular or infrequent periods, inability to ovulate, polycystic ovaries, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), endometriosis, fibroids, and hydrosalpinx (fluid in the fallopian tubes). Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are essential in helping restore normal function and improving the chances of conceiving naturally.
Fertility treatments generally involve acupuncture, herbs, and dietary and lifestyle advice for both partners. Typically, it requires three months of treatment to significantly improve most patients’ fertility profile. This gives the body a chance to fully integrate the effects of the herbs and acupuncture and gives the practitioner time to monitor your progress and adjust the treatments accordingly.
Because Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine help make patients more fertile, it is no surprise that they can help increase the success rate for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Medical studies confirm this. Studies conducted here in Australia and abroad consistently show that acupuncture increases your chance of IVF success by a whopping 50-65%, making acupuncture essential while undergoing IVF procedures.
I work with patients in preparing them for IVF and assisting them throughout the process. As with natural fertility, I recommend beginning treatment with Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs) three months before undergoing an IVF cycle. This applies to both women and men.
For women, the three months gives the patient and I time to prepare the body for maximum reproductive health before stimulation, egg collection and transfer of an embryo. For men, the quality and quantity of sperm can be significantly improved, thereby aiding the in vitro fertilization process.
Even if you are currently in a cycle or about to begin one, acupuncture and herbal medicine is still recommended – every little bit you do will maximise your chances of success.
Pregnancy and Post-Partum Care
For both natural fertility and IVF, follow-up care is provided throughout the pregnancy. Common ailments during pregnancy such as morning sickness, lethargy, back pain, leg cramps and the like are easily dealt with using acupuncture and herbal medicine. Even more serious conditions such as threatened miscarriage, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes can be treated (in conjunction with Western medicine). Closer to the due date, acupuncture can help turn a breech baby and induce labour. And after birth, ongoing care to support the mother is available.
I strongly believe in an integrative approach to treating cancer. This involves combining Western medical interventions with Chinese Medicine techniques to boost general health and immunity and combat malignancy and metastasis.
The Chinese herbal pharmacopeia is rich with herbs and compounds that can greatly assist patients who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and the overall fight against the scourge of cancer.
New discoveries into the anti-cancer properties of herbs are being uncovered all the time. Using acupuncture with herbal compounds, the overall health and strength of cancer patients can be greatly improved.
There are formulae that can help with every stage of cancer, and specific formulae developed for particular types of cancer. I use a variety of approaches –mostly in conjunction with medical oncological intervention – to keep cancer victims strong.
My experience with chemotherapy patients is that they cope much better with the side-effects of chemotherapy when taking Chinese herbs and receiving acupuncture. Even when patients go into remission, herbs should continue to be taken to help keep the immune system strong and operating effectively.
One in three people will be diagnosed with cancer at some time in their lifetimes. While Western medical approaches to diagnosis and treatment of cancer are making tremendous strides, an integrative approach combining Chinese Medicine and Western medicine is strongly recommended.
What to Expect at Your First Consultation
Chinese Medicine is a truly holistic medical system – practitioners such as myself look at the whole person - body, mind & lifestyle – through a unique yet powerful paradigm to cast light on the underlying cause of disease. Using the tools of Chinese Medicine, namely acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, we set about to correct the underlying imbalances and restore health naturally.
To achieve this, the initial consultation will last approximately 1.5 hours and will involve a detailed discussion of your symptoms, medical history, diet and lifestyle. I then use traditional tongue and pulse diagnosis, palpation, and examination to gain further insight into your condition. This information is then used to develop a diagnosis based on traditional Chinese Medicine principles.
An acupuncture treatment is then designed and applied. Once the fine filament acupuncture needles are in place, you rest for around 20-30 minutes while your body responds. For small children and babies, needles are merely inserted and withdrawn, not retained.
If indicated, I will prescribe an herbal formula specifically tailored to treat your needs. The herbs I use conform to the highest standards of dried herbal preparations in Australia. The herbal formulae come in various forms -- dried, granulated or pill-form.
For most conditions, I will usually see the patient for a follow-up consultation in a week’s time. I will do more acupuncture at this point, unless we are only doing an herbal consultation. The follow-up appointments with acupuncture will last about an hour; herbal consultations last about one-half hour. Ongoing treatments may be scheduled weekly, fortnightly, monthly or at whatever interval is necessary depending on the condition being treated.
Chronic conditions will take more treatment to heal. The longer a problem has been around (and the longer it took to get that way), the longer it will take to resolve it. That being said, Chinese Medicine can work remarkable fast, even with complicated and chronic conditions. I am able to better judge how many treatments will be necessary after the initial consultation, and I will work with you to obtain lasting results in as short a time as possible.
The initial Consultation (approximately 1.5 hours) $105
Follow-up appointments with acupuncture (approximately 1 hour) $65
Follow-up herbal medicine consultations (approximately one-half hour) $55
Concession and Pensioner rates available
Herbal medicine and supplements are additional
Private Health Insurance Rebates are available
Dr Cali is available by appointment only, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, at his clinic:
Holistic Health of Berwick
Suite 1, 16 Blackburn Square
03 9796 2100