Bayside Chinese Medicine

Welcome to Bayside Chinese Medicine

Appointments – 0418 327 892

Welcome to my website! I hope that this can help to bring a healthy change into your life.

Bayside Chinese Medicine is at 374 Nepean Highway Frankston with wheelchair access and onsite parking. It offers you personalized and empathic health care.

We use acupuncture, high quality TGA approved Chinese herbs, Gua Sha, cupping, Tuina massage, Moxibustion, diet regimes and exercise therapies, to help you. Your treatment process is explained to you to help you understand the mechanisms of disease from a Chinese Medicine viewpoint, in order to remove any possible misunderstanding and help you gain knowledge of your health.

There is a growing body of evidence regarding acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. This ancient 3000 + years old medicine may be included with your current health regime, teaching you ways that people have preserved their health over thousands of years. People often turn to complementary medicine as a last resort, however its underlying philosophy also promotes prevention.

Unlike other more common forms of medicine, Chinese medicine assesses the mind, body, and spirit. It is a complete system of complementary therapies that addresses many levels from, in words traditionally used in Chinese medicine diagnosis, “the superficial” to “deep”.

From February 1st, 2018, codeine-based medications have required a script from a GP. This is because of the high increase in deaths and opioid addictions caused by overdosing with these pain medications (Roxburgh et al., 2017; Shipton, Shipton, Williman & Shipton, 2017).  In view of this it is worth noting that acupuncture is fast becoming useful in helping to relieve serious pain conditions (Lee et al., 2013; Ming-Shun et al., 2015).

Unlike many natural therapies, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine will continue to be covered by health insurance companies as rebated extras because Acupuncturists & Chinese herbalists have been registered with the Australian government (AHPRA Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) since 2012, and prior to that, with the Victorian State government from 2006 (Zheng, 2014) ensuring a high standard of study, continued professional education (CPE) and adhering to strict codes of conduct.

At present AHPRA considers that there is insufficient scientific evidence (it has to be high quality, tested on humans and not animals and less than 5 years old) to advertise the treatment of some diseases in Australia and due to these advertising restrictions, there are less than 10 conditions that we are able to mention with AHPRA approval. Our guidelines also prevent misleading the public with testimonials.

Chinese Medicine has an established role in helping to manage the symptoms of specific conditions (especially pain, stress and fatigue management relating to particular conditions) and supporting the effectiveness of treatments such as IVF, using a multidisciplinary approach.

In Australia, you have this wonderful medicine at your fingertips to use. The titles of “Acupuncturist”, “TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner” or “Chinese Herbalist” are protected by National law. Many years of study and over 1500 supervised clinical practice hours are needed before a student can graduate become registered and start working. These studies incorporate Western science subjects along with the Chinese subjects and often include Tai Qi or Qi Gong, as the practitioner is expected to come from a place of good health and harmony so that they may help their patients effectively. If you would like to read a bit more from our governing body, the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia, please click here (http://www.chinesemedicineboard.gov.au/).

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References

Roxburgh, A., Hall, W. D., Dobbins, T., Gisev, N., Burns, L., Pearson, S., & Degenhardt, L. (2017). Trends in heroin and pharmaceutical opioid overdose deaths in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 179, 291-298. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.07.018

Shipton, E. E., Shipton, A. J., Williman, J. A., & Shipton, E. A. (2017). Deaths from Opioid Overdosing: Implications of Coroners’ Inquest Reports 2008–2012 and Annual Rise in Opioid Prescription Rates: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Pain and Therapy, 6(2), 203-215. doi:10.1007/s40122-017-0080-7

Zheng, Z. (2014). Acupuncture in Australia: regulation, education, practice, and research. Integrative medicine research, 3(3), 103-110.

McDonald, J., & Janz, S. (2017). The Acupuncture Evidence Project.