Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are two modalities within Chinese medicine, and can be used separately, or together.  In this clinic, I work with both.  I have a raw herbal dispensary where I can create your individualised scripts. I also stock other forms of herbs; such as granules and pills.  There is a very comfortable and peaceful space to talk, then rest and receive your treatment.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into points located on the meridians (energy pathways) traversing the body to stimulate your innate healing mechanisms. 

After gathering all the relevant information about your health at the start of the session, I come to a diagnosis based on Chinese medicine principles and select specific points to use.  Any treatment you are offered is always in consultation with you. 

My style of needling is gentle and I use very fine, high-quality needles. Most people, even those who are initially needle phobic, report that receiving acupuncture is a very relaxing experience.  

Sometimes I use other techniques in your treatment, including moxibustion and cupping. I may also recommend dietary or lifestyle adjustments to follow at home.

Moxibustion involves using a warming herb (Chinese mugwort) over acupuncture points and meridians. There are many ways of applying moxibustion, but in general, the experience feels relaxing and nourishing.

Cupping is the use of glass cups that are suctioned onto areas of the body.  Most frequently, cupping is used to encourage qi (energy) flow, relax muscular tension, and alleviate symptoms of congestion associated with the lungs.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine and its use dates back thousands of years. In Australia over 400 plant, mineral and animal substances have been approved for use by AHPRA registered Chinese medicine practitioners. 

Your herbal medicine script is written and dispensed here in our clinic, specifically for you.  We modify it over time as your condition changes and improves.  Our raw herbs are supplied by Empirical Health. They are pesticide free, and as often as possible organic. 

These are the types of herbs you may be prescribed ~

Raw herbs

The most effective (and exciting!) way to take Chinese herbs is raw. This is a hands-on process, as you will need to cook them up into a tea. I will show you the herbs and talk you through the cooking process when you come for a session in the clinic.  If you opt for raw herbs you will receive some individual bags containing a selection of different herbs.  You will be given specific instructions on how to prepare them at home. Instructions will be provided for you when your herbs are dispensed or you can find the instructions here (pdf, 153kb).  Also, have a look at my FAQ page for further raw herb preparation and dose questions.

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Granulated herbs

The next most effective way to take herbs is in granulated form. Not quite as strong as a raw herbal formula, but still very efficient and very easy to take. Simply mix into some warm water and drink, as you would a tea. 

Granulated herbs are from Ko Da and are stringently tested for heavy metals, pesticides, and other residues.

Pills or capsules

The most convenient way to get your herbs in!  They come in a variety of forms depending on your health condition.  

Other forms of herbal medicine may also be prescribed including tinctures, creams, balms or liniments for external use. 

Ethical sourcing of herbs is very important to me. I don’t prescribe substances listed as endangered or CITES listed. Animal substances are used minimally and always with your consent. They can easily be avoided if you are vegetarian or vegan. 


I will provide you with herbal preparation instructions when I dispense your herbs, or you can download a copy here.

For more information about making a booking with Emma, visit the bookings page.

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Emma Brinkmann Chinese Medicine acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung Peoples of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.

I pay my respect to Elders past and present, and recognise their vital role in custodianship of land, skies, waterways, plants and animals. I honour the deep relationship between traditional health practices and care for country.

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