What Is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a holistic philosophy of medicine, meaning that the body is considered in a whole way, each part is interdependent and relies upon the other parts for its proper function.

The term Chinese medicine is often thought of as herbal medicine but is an umbrella term that includes acupuncture as well as several other treatment methods.  Treatment is individually prescribed as you present to clinic on the day, so it’s a very specific therapy that addresses each person rather than a disease.

The primary forms of treatment are acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage and includes the use of supporting tools such as cupping, scraping, moxa (a herb that is burnt to add heat and stimulate a point or area), electro-stimulation, and liniments or balms that contain herbs and moving, warming or cooling elements.

What To Expect In A Typical Treatment

A typical Chinese medicine treatment session will involve an initial diagnosis which consists generally of the following: a broad range of questions about anything from digestion to dizziness; observation of different aspects such as skin colour or temperature and tongue shape, colour or coating; and palpation which includes pulse-taking as well as feeling on the body for painful or problem areas. The pulse speaks its own language to a practitioner and tells a wealth of information about how much access to energy someone may have and where in the body the issue might be located.

Acupuncture is then usually performed, often with the assistance of massage with liniments, cupping, moxa or gua sha (scraping). Once the needles have been inserted the client is then left in the room for usually 20-30 minutes to enable them to relax and have time for the needles to work. The practitioner might dispense some herbs during this time to be ready for the end of the session. It’s recommended that some regular follow-up treatment is continued for at least 3-6 treatments. Often people have long term chronic problems that need time to resolve.

Your Practitioner

Lani Cussel – Doctor of Chinese Medicine

Lani is a fully accredited acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, graduating with a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) from SSNT in 2014. She is a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  Lani has a diverse background in massage therapy and body work and is passionate about using a combination of therapies as the best way to achieve positive clinical results.

In a standard treatment, Lani may use a range of supportive tools such as acupuncture, herbs, massage and cupping, stretching, liniments, moxa, meditation and body awareness to create optimal wellbeing and promote an environment for healing. She works sensitively with her clients to ensure they are supported in their individual healing process.

Lani has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems, pain, trauma and stress related disorders. She has over 17 years of personal and professional development in the areas of holistic medicine, body work, meditation and yoga, enabling her to bring knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm to her work.

Qualifications & Training

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
  • Diploma of Remedial Chinese Massage Therapy
  • Certificate IV in Oriental Massage Therapy
  • Dr Tan’s Balance Method 2016

Conditions Chinese Medicine May Help Manage

Acupuncture, herbal medicine and supporting treatments are all an integral part of Chinese medicine practice and have been shown to help manage symptoms for the following conditions:

  • Pain relief, stress and fatigue
  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy
  • Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain
  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains
  • Nausea and vomiting

In addition, we have a special interest in working with the following broad issues or conditions:

  • Pain management
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders and fatigue
  • Digestive issues
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Hormonal and menstrual issues
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Skin ailments & allergies