According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the best care is preventative. Treatment usually includes diet and lifestyle recommendations, herbal medicine and acupuncture.

Traditionally, the village doctor was paid as long as people stayed well. When people became ill, the doctor did not get paid. So the goal is to address any presenting health issues and ultimately to help you stay well. The skill is in identifying small imbalances early, so they can be addressed before they become bigger problems creating serious illness. A minimum seasonal visit to your Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner will be adequate to check in with where any early imbalances lie – catching them early so you can maintain balance.

Treatment usually includes diet and lifestyle recommendations, herbal medicine and acupuncture (where treatment involves the stimulation of specific points on your body.)

Acupuncture has the following specific actions:

  • It initiates neurological, immunological, and endocrine responses
  • It removes energy blockages
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Tonifies and strengthens blood and enhances circulation to the tissues
  • Raises natural endorphin levels
  • Enhances mental clarity and reduces stress
  • Relaxes muscles and ligaments

A combination of techniques may be used to address your specific needs including Needling (disposable, sterile, single use needles are used), herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping. Many people think of Chinese medicine, particularly acupuncture, as a physical therapy indicated for musculo-skeletal or pain conditions. However, TCM’s sophisticated understanding of internal conditions means acupuncture can be successfully used as part of treatment for a range of conditions including digestive, emotional, reproductive, respiratory, immune and other health problems.

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Are we open during stage 4 lockdown?

  • Telehealth is available – this means your naturopathic, counselling, Chinese Herbal Medicine and birth preparation/debriefing appointments remain available via telehealth – book below.
  • Prescription naturopathic medicines are available – we are posting daily. Collections available ONLY to those of you who live within a 5km radius to our clinic. We will pass your order out the door to you for contactless pickup between 11am-1pm Monday – Saturday unless otherwise arranged with you.
  • Remedial Massage is not available for the remainder of stage 4 lockdown
  • In person Acupuncture and Osteopathic appointments are ONLY AVAILABLE to people who qualify. If you have an upcoming appointment for Acupuncture or Osteopathy your practitioner will be in contact with you to discuss if you qualify. If you are a new patient seeking help please follow the DHHS guidelines:
To avoid doubt, the DHHS provides further guidelines for permitted care as: 
  • to avoid a requirement for specialist input / review 
  • to avoid a hospital admission or emergency department presentation.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we cannot see you for in-person appointments for the remainder of the Stage 4 lockdown.

We understand how valuable your sessions are, and we are aware that this will be very difficult for some patients.  In the current health crisis that has swept our state, we must all act accordingly to minimise potential risk. 

Thank you for your patience, kindness and support for us as we manoeuver around this constantly changing situation.

Call our usual number – 03 9419 9988 for assistance.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur.

Remember – please do not enter our clinic at all, unless you’re here for the in person consult that you qualify for.

Referral Required

All patients will need to have on hand a GP or medical specialist referral to be able to access in person Acupuncture & Osteopathy at Fertile Ground Health Group during Stage 4 Lockdown.

Remedial Massage is no longer available.

Naturopathic consults via telehealth and posted prescription medicines remain available.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support.