Migraine presents a severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. The clinical assessment and treatments of Chinese medicine for depression have been documented in Chinese literature for over 500 years.
In the last two decades, there have been numerous clinical and experimental studies on the uses of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for migraine in China and other countries. The studies involved the efficiency and safety of these Chinese medicine approaches and some underlying therapeutic mechanisms were revealed.
The conditions we focus on
We have primary experience on managing the following symptoms or conditions associated with migraine:
A throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraine triggers: stress and anxiety, sleep disturbance
If you have an abrupt and severe headache, or mental confusion or seizures, you must seek emergency treatment immediately. Our service doesn’t cover these conditions.
The treatments we provide
Acupuncture: we have primarily used acupuncture for relieving migraine, stress and sleep disturbance. Our specific techniques for migraine are integrated needling acupuncture with electrical acupuncture, scalp and ear acupuncture according to different individuals.
Chinese herbal medicine: we commonly use Chinese herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture for relieving migraine, sleep disturbance and stress. We use convenient herbal forms of granules, capsules or pills for our clients. All herbal prescriptions are designed for individuals.
Researches revealed that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine might regulate some neurotransmitters, and vasodilator and vasoconstrictor factors to relieve migraine.
Advice on diets and lifestyles: we provide advice on diets and lifestyles for our clients, especially based on the wholistic concept of Chinese medicine.
The outcome of managing migraine depends on your severity of the condition, length of disease and your treatment adherence. Generally, you may need over 2 months of treatments with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to start getting results.
Please note that maintenance and preventive care with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are important during stable or remission stage of migraine. These cares may be undertaken for 6 months – 2 years based on different individuals.
Dr Henry Liang and Jessica Guo have clinical experience in hospitals in China and in Australian clinics for over 30 years.
Dr Liang was the key teacher and unit coordinator for Chinese Internal Medicine including disorders of mental and neurological systems at Western Sydney University.
As a university academic and researcher, we can update and improve our therapeutic approaches from time to time to meet individual’s needs.
Costs of the treatments
The initial visit is a longer consultation up to 40 minutes which is basically to make a strategic plan. Subsequent visits up to 20 minutes are to review the conditions and to modify the treatment plan if necessary. Current fees are as follows:
Initial consultation fee: $110
Follow-up consultation fee: $40
The cost of the herbs is generally from $7 to $9 per day
Acupuncture fee: $70
Please note that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are not covered by Medicare. It is covered by many private health funds including Bupa, HCF, Medibank Private, NIB, and many more. Your coverage depends on your insurance policy.