ARE YOU STRESSED, ILL OR IN PAIN?
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine may be able to help you.
ABOUT ESTELLE ABBAS
I am a medical scientist and clinical researcher, and have studied and practised various forms of complementary medicine for over twenty years. I have dedicated myself to developing treatments which combine complementary medicine with Western scientific knowledge. I am a registered doctor of Chinese Medicine (RMIT), have a diploma in Shiatsu therapy and I am a Fellow of the Australian Natural Therapists Association.
ABOUT CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is extremely effective at relieving acute and chronic pain. According to traditional acupuncture theory, pain and illness are caused by blocked energy channels. Insertion of very fine, sterile, disposable needles is relatively painless and releases blockages almost immediately. Western medical research has proven that acupuncture stimulates the release of natural cortisol and endorphins, which combat pain and promote healing. It is therefore useful for pain syndromes, such as back, neck and shoulder pain.
Acupuncture is helpful in stress related disorders such as insomnia, headaches, and menstrual pain and recently it has been proven to be effective in improving fertility.
Accompanying treatments are: moxibustion for warming points; and cupping to increase blood flow.
Needle-free acupuncture is also available. Mini electro-gel pads are placed on certain acupuncture points and a very mild electric stimulation is applied. It is a gentle, pleasant and effective treatment.
ABOUT CHINESE MEDICINAL HERBS
Chinese medicine treats a wide variety of disorders, however my experience has been mainly in pain relief, fertility issues, fatigue, anxiety and insomnia, digestion disorders, menstrual disharmonies.
I use Chinese herbal medicine formulas to support and balance your body. My selection of herbs is based on traditional Chinese medicine theory as well as in accordance to recent research into the properties of the herbs.
My herbal formulas come in the forms of capsules, liquid extracts or granules, which are convenient and pleasant tasting.
For external application I use Chinese liniments and creams.
I do not use herbs that contain animal products or any endangered species.
My shiatsu treatment can make you feel deeply relaxed and energised. It can relieve tension, fatigue, pain and stiffness.. This form of massage is based on the Chinese medicine theory of meridians and by applying gently pressure and stretching to the body, stuck energy is released. It is particularly useful for chronic pain and stress related illnesses such as insomnia, headaches, anxiety, digestion and menstrual disorders.
I have been practising Shiatsu for more than 20 years
The 38 Bachflower remedies are homeopathic flower essences, which treat underlying emotional problems that not only create the illness, but also complicate the healing process. A combination of these essences, taken as drop form, will treat the character of a person, as well as their current mood.
Some useful combinations help with loneliness, depression, low confidence, decision-making, anxiety, grief and shock.
Reiki is a universal healing energy that is transmitted through the hands of a ‘tuned’ person, called a Reiki channel. The energy is used by the recipient’s body to repair itself. The laying of hands on the body initiates the flow of Reiki. It is experienced as warmth, tingling, peace and a profound feeling of well-being. Reiki is a wonderful addition to any treatment as it brings both peace of mind and healing.
Will acupuncture hurt?
There is only minimal discomfort on insertion of the needle. It feels something like a ‘mosquito bite’. I use very fine needles (0.18-0.22 mm.).
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. I use sterile single use needles and swab the skin with anti-septics. I use a shallow insertion technique, rarely insert needles more than 4 mm. Acupuncture is free of side effects and it will not react with any medication you are taking.
What should I expect for my first acupuncture treatment?
I will take a detailed Chinese medicine history, asking questions about your symptoms and about your digestion, sleeping, moods, and menstrual cycle. This includes looking at your tongue and feeling your pulse. I will diagnose the pattern of disharmony in terms of Chinese medicine analysis. This will enable me to choose acupuncture points.
You will be asked to lie on the couch while I insert the needles. Sometimes I use moxibustion (warming treatment) and cupping.
How long does a session last?
Generally an initial session takes up to 90 minutes. A regular session takes about 60 minutes.
Can I claim private health fund rebates and WorkSafe rebates for acupuncture?
WorkSafe is available, but you need to be referred by a doctor.
Private Health funds:
I suggest you check your 'extras' cover with your health fund.
I am accredited with most health funds for rebates for acupuncture treatments.
Chinese medicine consultation and shiatsu therapy rebates are available from some health funds.
TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
Please ring for an appointment on 03 98941826. Enquiries are welcomed.
Gift vouchers are available.
Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm
The clinic is situated only 5 mins from the Eastern freeway(Middleborough Rd exit).
Melways 47 H8