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Dr. Karina Smith offers acupuncture, massage and herbal therapies.
Specialising in women's health, pain management, stress & anxiety, and digestion issues.
Introduction to Chinese Medicine
Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of healing that dates back at least 2,500 years.
This medicine holistically investigates the entire patient in order to help bring them back into balance and good health.
As Chinese Medicine practitioner, Karina helps patients to ensure their bodies are functioning at their best; from your digestion, mental health, energy levels, appetite, gynaecology, libido, sleep and physical body.
Your Chinese Medicine Appointment
During your first appointment with me, you will be warmly greeted and invited to the treatment room.
I will have a number of questions to ask you so I can begin to get a good understanding of your body, your health, and how to begin correcting the imbalances.
Part of my method is feeling your pulses and looking at your tongue.
I will then be able to give you a good idea of how many treatments, and how often you will need them, to rebalance your current state of health.
Depending on what you tell me, and what I discover, I will then begin an Acupuncture treatment, possibly adding in some massage, cupping and/or moxibustion. Very often herbal medicine is also required to support the internal aspect of your body.
You will leave the session with a clear understanding of the treatment plan, and how we as a team will be working together to help you achieve your health goals.
A series of treatments is usually required to make significant changes to a person's state of health, especially if the health concern is chronic.
I very much look forward to working with you.
Newport Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Clinic
Balancing Sage Clinic
37 Alma Terrace, Newport, VIC 3015
Ph: 0400 708 230
Is Acupuncture Painful?The needles we use for acupuncture are incredibly thin and smooth, and should not be painful. The sensations felt during acupuncture will vary from person to person and are sometimes described as "spreading", "dull ache", or even a low grade "buzzing" sensation.
What is Cupping and Moxibustion?Cupping is a method of applying glass cups to the surface of the body to create a vacuum in order to stimulate the circulation of blood and fluid through that tissue. This can be a great method of helping to clear toxins, and shift old chronic pain. Moxibustion is a method of applying herbal heat to the body, either indirecly just above the skin, or through the acupuncture needle. This is a great method of warming the body, and helping to stimulate the circulation of blood.
How many treatments will I need?Depending on the nature of what is being treated, and the history of that health condition, a minimum of four treatments will usually be recommended followed by a review.
Can I claim Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine on my private health insurance?Traditional Chinese Medicine is covered by most private health funds but your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.
Are Chinese Medicine treatments covered by Medicare?Unfortunately in Australia, Chinese Medicine treatments are not covered by Medicare.