Bayside Chinese Medicine

Welcome to Bayside Chinese Medicine

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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 health care with the emphasis on care.

We use high quality, TGA approved Chinese herbs, acupuncture, Gua Sha, cupping, Tuina massage, Moxibustion, diet regimes and exercise therapies to help you.

People seek out Chinese medicine for support with many health issues.  So far only a few very specific conditions have been researched by Western scientific standards. The translation of Western assessment techniques to Chinese medicine theory can be difficult for some researchers to fully comprehend.  For this reason, much of the early research into acupuncture was of low quality and did not comply with the rigorous scientific methods applied to Western testing.

With global communication becoming more open, the quality of research is gradually improving.  The research that has been conducted so far includes only a handful of the huge number of conditions that are written about in Chinese medicine literature.  A large body of anecdotal evidence, Classical literature and clinical notes have been collected by Chinese medicine physicians over the last 2000 years.  There is some current supporting evidence ranging from low to extremely high quality, suggesting that acupuncture may be helpful for issues including Chronic Fatigue (Wang et al., 2014), Sinusitis (allergic rhinitis), Knee osteoarthritis Chemotherapy-induced nausea and Vomiting (CINV) (with anti-emetics), Chronic low back pain, Migraine prophylaxis, Postoperative nausea & vomiting, Postoperative pain and Headaches (McDonald & Janz, 2017).

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).

Acupuncture will continue to be covered by health insurance companies as Acupuncturists & Chinese herbalists have been registered with the Australian government (AHPRA) since 2012, and prior to that, with the Victorian State government from 2000 (Zheng, 2014).  Acupuncture is backed up by recent, high quality research for numerous conditions (McDonald & Janz, 2017). (See the acupuncture page under “Therapies” on this site for more information).

There is a growing body of evidence regarding acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. This ancient 3000 + years old medicine is aligned 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”.

In China, hospitals incorporate and integrate Western and Chinese medicine for the improved health of the patient. At the Philadelphia Children’s hospital in America (http://www.chop.edu/services/acupuncture-program), they are now offering acupuncture treatments instead of just opioids for pain relief and other complaints. A few hospitals in America are also using acupuncture for pain relief in their emergency wards (Tsai, Fox, Murakami, & Tsung, 2016). The American military is also incorporating it into their health care; in particular with their veterans (Madsen, Patel, Vaughan, & Koehlmoos, 2018).

As the largest public-sector provider of integrated medicine in Europe, the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) offers acupuncture alongside it’s other therapies. https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/OurServices/OurHospitals/RLHIM/Pages/Home.aspx

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 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 in order to 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/).

References

Lee, J. H., Choi, T. Y., Lee, M. S., Lee, H., Shin, B. C., & Lee, H. (2013). Acupuncture for acute low back pain: a systematic review. Clin J Pain, 29(2), 172-185. doi:10.1097/AJP.0b013e31824909f9

Madsen, C., Patel, A., Vaughan, M., & Koehlmoos, T. (2018). Use of Acupuncture in the United States Military Healthcare System. Medical Acupuncture, 30(1), 33-38. doi:10.1089/acu.2017.1260

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

Ming-Shun, W., Kee-Hsin, C., Chen, I. F., Shihping Kevin, H., Pei-Chuan, T., Mei-Ling, Y., . . . Chiehfeng, C. (2015). The Efficacy of Acupuncture in Post-Operative Pain Management: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE, 11(3), e0150367. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150367

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

Tsai, S.-L., Fox, L. M., Murakami, M., & Tsung, J. W. (2016). Auricular Acupuncture in Emergency Department Treatment of Acute Pain. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 68(5), 583-585. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2016.05.006

Wang, Y.-Y., Li, X.-X., Liu, J.-P., Luo, H., Ma, L.-X., & Alraek, T. (2014). Traditional Chinese medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome: a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Complementary therapies in medicine, 22(4), 826-833.

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

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