Traditional Chinese Medicine

Alchemy in Bellingen was rated the number one clinic for Acupuncture on the NSW mid-north coast and as one of the thirteen best clinics in NSW for Acupuncture.

The Sunday Telegraph, Body & Soul Magazine.

A TCM consultation traditionally will include at least two or more of the below techniques to elicit homeostasis within the body.

TCM is a sought after style of treatment all around the world because:

  • It is a safe treatment, with only rare occurrences of side effects reported worldwide each year.
  • It is holistic and natural treating causes and symptoms, ranging from physical injuries, to mental health issues and diseases of internal organs.

Who would have thought that a fine needle inserted in precisely the right location could relieve physical and emotional distress?

“Patients usually feel relaxed, happy, even slightly euphoric after Acupuncture treatment” says David, Alchemy in Bellingen’s dedicated and patient Acupuncturist. “This type of health care has developed over thousands of years and patients reap the benefits of that extensive process of research and refinement.”

Acupuncture – a time-honoured medicine
The origins of acupuncture in China can be traced back at least 2000 years, making it one of the oldest and most long-standing health care systems in the world. Today, acupuncture is an effective, natural and increasingly popular form of health care that is being used by people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

Acupuncture takes a wholistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.

What is qi & how does it affect the body?
When healthy, an abundant supply of qi (pronounced chee) or “life energy” flows through the body’s meridians (a network of invisible channels through the body). If the flow of qi in the meridians becomes blocked or there is an inadequate supply of qi, then the body fails to maintain harmony, balance and order, and disease or illness follows. This can result from stress, overwork, poor diet, disease pathogens, weather and environmental conditions, and other lifestyle factors. Upon consultation this imbalance becomes evident to Acupuncturists through observable signs of bodily dysfunction. Acupuncturists look carefully for these signs of health and dysfunction, paying particular attention not only to the presenting signs and symptoms, but also to the medical history, general constitution, and the pulse and tongue diagnosis.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body’s meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

As a natural form of healing, acupuncture has the following benefits:

  • provides drug-free pain relief
  • effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments
  • treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • provides an wholistic approach to the treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • assists in the prevention against disease and illness as well as the maintenance of general well-being


MoxibustionMoxibustion is the process whereby a traditional Chinese herb Artemisia Vulgaris, a species of chrysanthemum is indirectly burnt above acupuncture points, applying heat to specific meridians.
Moxibustion has the ability to; warm the channels and collaterals, expelling cold, induce the smooth flow of qi and blood, strengthen yang from collapse and is used to prevent disease and maintain wellbeing and balance. Moxibustion is a known anti-inflammatory herb and promotes circulation.

Moxibustion is typically coupled with acupuncture.

Tui Na

Tui Na Chinese MassageTui Na is one of the oldest forms of massage known to mankind and literally means “push grasp”.  Tui na involves a number of techniques that aim to change the balance of qi (energy) within the body. Tui na is a traditional form of massage that focuses on acupuncture point locations to enhance healing and therapeutic benefit.

Gua Sha

Is an Asian therapeutic technique using a smooth porcelain massage tool to rub tight muscles.

Modern research shows Gua Sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua Sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc. Gua Sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders.

Gua Sha

Cupping Therapy

Cupping TherapyCupping is a therapy whereby a jar (either glass or bamboo) is attached to the skin surface via the negative pressure produced by introducing heat in the form of an ignited swab.

Cupping has the functions of warming and promoting the free flow of qi and blood in the meridians, along with dispelling cold, dampness and the ability of diminishing swellings and assisting in pain relief. Cupping promotes circulation by encouraging fresh blood and with it oxygen to the muscles allowing for cellular renewal.

Chinese Dietotherapy

Chinese DietotherapyDietotherapy is simply the treatment of disorders through dietary means. No consultation is complete without considering common dietary practices. In traditional medicine it is often difficult to state that some natural products are either a medicinal or a foodstuff. In many situations they are considered both and as such can ‘heal or harm’ depending on the individual’s current state of health.

In TCM all foods have properties that pertain to traditional understanding of foods ie either produce a warm or cool effect within the body.