optimising your fertility

Optimising and Preserving Your Fertility

Infertility facts and figures It is estimated that about 1 in 9 Australian couples of reproductive age have difficulty conceiving, about 40 percent of infertility is due to a male factor, and about 40 percent due to a female factor, and about 20 percent from a combination of factors or unknown reason. In women under […]

dry needling in relation to acupuncture and physiotherapy

Dry Needling: Where it stands in relation to acupuncture and physiotherapy

Dry needling remains a sensitive subject today with many physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, myotherapists and massage therapists saying it has nothing to do with acupuncture, while many acupuncturists say that it is a technique that comes from acupuncture. In Chinese Medicine, trigger points and their treatment with a needle technique (that we now call ‘dry needling’) […]

observing acupuncture at the shagung tcm hospital in shanghai

Two-week Immersion in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Shagung Hospital

In September, Victor Fenech had the opportunity to observe and interrogate advanced practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Shanghai’s Shugang Hospital. Shugang Hospital has Eastern and Western medicine branches; the Eastern branch was established in 1906 and merged with a Western medicine hospital in 1960. In 2005, the Eastern division opened in a modern […]

tcm immersion in shanghai

Victor to attend advanced TCM internship in China

To build on his skills and understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Victor Fenech is doing a two-week advanced internship in China this month. This is an opportunity to learn from some of China’s leading doctors in a small-group clinical program in the Shuguang and Longhua Hospitals in Shanghai where TCM is integrated into the […]


Advice from AACMA – seek a qualified practitioner

The Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) advises anyone seeking the benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to find a qualified and accredited practitioner. The association has a database of more than 2000 practitioners who are registered under the national law.  You can use the AACMA practitioner search to confirm whether your […]

acupoints marked along the meridians

Meridians: The dots on an acupuncture model

Have you ever seen an acupuncture model and wondered what the dots on the body represent? The dots indicate acupuncture points along specific meridians. The meridians form the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. There are 12 primary meridians that connect the major organs and regulate the flow of Qi or energy throughout the body. The […]

private health insurance rebates

Acupuncture continues to attract private health rebates after April 1

From April 1, as part of the government’s private health insurance reforms, 17 natural therapies will no longer attract private health insurance rebates as part of a general treatment policy. Western herbalism, naturopathy, and massage therapy are among these treatments. The good news is, that you will still be able to get private health insurance […]