Obesity is a medical condition involving excessive body fat. It is defined as a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above. Obesity is not only a cosmetic concern, but also a risk of diseases and health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
The conditions we focus on
We have primary experience on managing overweight and obesity. We also look at some symptoms and complications associated to obesity. The conditions include:
Overweight (BMI 25 – 29) and obesity (BMI 30 – 39).
Conditions associated to obesity such as depression, insomnia and food cravings.
Some obesity complications such as metabolic syndrome and osteoarthritis.
Our service generally doesn’t cover extreme obesity and severe complications including severe heart disease and severe diabetes.
The treatments we provide
Chinese herbal medicine (CHM): we have mainly used CHM for obesity by reducing blood lipid and improving lipid metabolism. CHM is also beneficial for managing metabolic syndrome, insomnia and food cravings. We commonly use raw herbs, granules or capsules for our clients. All herbal prescriptions are designed for individuals.
Acupuncture: we have commonly used acupuncture for obesity that may regulate lipid metabolism and stimulate central nervous system. It is also beneficial for relieving depression, insomnia, food cravings and osteoarthritis.
Cupping: we have specially used cupping therapy in conjunction with acupuncture for abdominal obesity.
Advice on diets and lifestyle: we provide advice on diets and lifestyles based on the wholistic concept of Chinese medicine.
Please note that the above approaches are meant to be used along with diet, exercise and behavioural changes, not instead of them.
The outcome of weight loss depends on your level of obesity, your overall health and your willingness to participate in your managing plan. Chinese medicine management of overweight or obesity is to lose weight gradually and steadily. Ideally you may lose 2 – 4 kg of weight per month. This way of weight loss is more successful at keeping weight off and substantially beneficial for your health.
Dr Henry Liang and Jessica Guo have clinical experience in Chinese hospitals and in Australian clinics for over 30 years.
Henry was the key teacher and unit coordinator for Chinese Internal Medicine including disorders of endocrine system at Western Sydney University.
As a university academic and researcher, they can update and improve their therapeutic approaches from time to time to meet an individual's needs.
Costs of treatments
The initial visit is a longer consultation up to 40 minutes which is basically to make a strategic plan. Subsequent visits are up to 20 minutes 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 but may be covered by many private health funds. Your coverage depends on your insurance policy.