Frequently Asked Questions


What can Chinese Medicine and acupuncture help with/what do you treat?

Chinese Medicine can help with a diverse range of problems. People coming to see me as a practitioner present with such things as stress, fatigue, digestive issues (irritable bowel, indigestion), menstrual issues (pain, amenorrhoea), fertility support, pregnancy related issues or support, birth, postpartum, anxiety, headaches, migraine, adrenal fatigue, peri-menopause and menopause related issues, pain due to injuries, auto-immune conditions. The list continues! Some people like to use acupuncture to help maintain balance in the body and mind, alleviating stress and improving the overall quality of life.

 What do i expect from a typical treatment?

In the first session, we sit together and drink tea while I ask some questions to get to know you and your individual health situation.  I ask about such things as digestion, sleep, your menstrual cycle and if there is any pain in the body.  Sometimes things that seem insignificant to you can provide me with a lot of helpful information.  Small niggly symptoms are often things we don’t need to live with so it is worthwhile bringing them up!  I will also ask about your emotional world and the bigger picture things you are currently working on in life.

There is plenty of opportunity for you to ask questions as well as discuss anything that comes up for you during this time.  This time is dedicated to listening deeply to you.

After we have finished talking I will ask to feel your pulse and have a look at your tongue.  (Observing the tongue and pulse are ways Chinese Medicine has developed to gather information about the inner working of the body to assist with designing a treatment plan.

I then ask you to move to the treatment table where we start with some gentle bodywork to assist the body to relax and receive the treatment.  Then follows the acupuncture (and possibly moxibustion or cupping).

Before you leave we discuss things you can do at home to help your healing.  This usually includes some dietary advice and/or supplementation with patent Chinese herbal formulas, exercises/stretches, breathing techniques or meditation.  We discuss your treatment plan (including length and frequency of treatment) and ensure that it is sustainable for you.

How often do I need to come back?

This can vary significantly depending on what you are seeking help with.  In the initial session, we make a plan based on your individual situation and discuss how often to come back and for how long.  This is done in consultation with you. The intention is to help you feel well as soon as possible.

While some people come in with a specific issue to work on and return until it is resolved, others come to maintain health and keep body, mind and spirit aligned.

Is acupuncture painful?

There may be a sensation associated with the insertion of needles, however it is not painful. Most people find acupuncture a pleasant and relaxing experience. My approach is particularly gentle, having trained in gentle Japanese forms of needling and moxibustion. I don’t believe pain is necessary to get results from treatment.




Emma Brinkmann Chinese Medicine acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung 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.

I support their sovereignty and recognise that it was never ceded.

Emma Brinkmann Chinese Medicine is committed to social justice for all.

I aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of ability, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation or faith.