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FAQ

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN A TREATMENT?

 

INITIAL CONSULTATION


An initial consultation involves a complete health history assessing your overall health with questioning, observation and palpation. Questions may include information on digestion, sleep patterns, energy levels, emotions, the nature of pain or discomfort and dietary habits. Observations made by the physician include the complexion, tongue and body type, and palpation of the pulse and abdomen. A Chinese Medicine pattern is revealed which guides the appropriate treatment. 

An initial consultation includes the consultation, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Herbal prescription and preparation.

An initial Chinese Herbal Medicine consultation without acupuncture is also possible. 

 

FOLLOW UP CONSULTATION


A follow-up consultation will assess changes in the condition being treated as well as overall physical and emotional changes such as digestion and stress levels. This will guide the practitioner to adjust any of the treatment methods.

A follow-up consultation includes consultation, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Herbal prescription and preparation.

 

A follow-up Chinese Herbal Medicine consultation is also available with no acupuncture. 

 

 

APPOINTMENT TIMES & FEES

 

Initial adult 1.25 hour $110

 

Initial children (under 12) 45 mins $90

 

Follow up adult acupuncture 45-60mins, includes herbal consult $85 

 

Follow up adult herbal consultation (no acupuncture) 20mins $60 

 

Follow up children acupuncture 30mins $75

 

Follow up children herbal consultation no acupuncture 15mins $55

 

Acupuncture may be claimed on your Private Health Insurance.

 

 

FACIAL REJUVENATION PRICING

 

Initial Consultation & Treatment $190 (approx 75 minutes) 

 

Follow up Treatment $160 (approx 50 minutes)

 

Package of 10 Treatments $1,400*

 

*Conditions apply, valid for 8 months, not transferable, to be paid in full. 

 

 

HERBAL MEDICINE PRICING

 

Adult Standard herbal dosage (one week) $40

 

Adult higher dosage (one week) $40-$50

 

Children depending on age and weight for one week $25-$40

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY 

 

Northern Rivers has a 24hr cancellation policy. If less notice is given a cancellation fee will occur.   

 

 

IS CHINESE MEDICINE SAFE?

 

In order to be registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA), Chinese medicine practitioners must have a bachelor degree in Chinese medicine and meet high standards of training and competence in order to provide safe and effective care.  They must also continue to develop their knowledge and skills as part of their professional development. It is therefore recommended that you see only a registered Chinese medicine practitioner as some practitioners are not registered with the CMBA and may have just completed a short course or a few units as part of another course of study.


You can check here for a comprehensive list of registered practitioners

 

Although Chinese medicine has a long history of safe practice and is generally considered to be safe, there are always some risks associated with any form of treatment and, as with any form of treatment, there can be adverse reactions in individual cases. Only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are used and in the hands of a registered practitioner, the risk of adverse reactions is very low. All due care is taken to minimise risks but the possibility of such risks cannot be eliminated entirely.

 

 

DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?

 

Acupuncture is a subjective experience and should not be painful. It doesn’t feel anything like an injection or blood test. Acupuncture needles are very fine and only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are used. There may be a slight pricking when the needle passes through the skin; most people do not even feel this. 

There are different sensations experienced during an acupuncture treatment and this will vary from person to person, but are often described as either a dull, heavy, tingling or a warm feeling in the area needled. Often people feel a sense of calm and well-being during the treatment itself and immediately afterwards.

 

 

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

 

This will depend on the type of condition you have and whether it is acute or chronic. Each case is obviously different, and will, therefore, take varying times to respond.

Acute conditions normally respond within a few treatments. For chronic conditions, the duration and the severity of the condition will influence the treatment time needed however positive changes should occur within the first four to six treatments.

Often weekly treatments will be recommended initially for a few weeks and depending on the progress the frequency of treatments lessen, perhaps on a monthly basis until the complaint is solved or better managed.

 

Chinese Medicine is traditionally about health maintenance and disease prevention and ideally upon resolving the health issues treatments focus on staying healthy.  

 

A treatment plan will be discussed with you and in most cases altering dietary and lifestyle habits will assist in treating your condition.  

 

 

WILL I RECEIVE HEALTH FUND REBATES FOR MY TREATMENT?

 

Health fund rebates are available and are subject to the individual health fund and level of cover. 

We have HICAPS facilities and can process supported health fund claims at the time of treatment payment.

 

 

HOW DO I PAY?

 

Charges are settled on the day of the appointment. We accept cash and EFTPOS payments but not American Express or Diners Club. 

 

We have HICAPS facilities and can process supported health fund claims at the time of treatment payment.