1. How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture not only stimulates the body’s ‘happy hormones’ ( such as Endorphins), providing natural pain relief and easing anxiety, but also stimulates the normal flow of energy (Qi) and blood through the body, providing a safe, drug-free and highly effective method for restoring mental, physical, emotional and hormonal balance.

  1. How many years of experience does Dr Christine Cui has?

Dr Christine Cui has clinical experience for more than 25 years from China and Australia. She has PhD degree in Chinese Medicine (Gynaecology – Reproductive Department) from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China.Sheis a registered Chinese medicine doctor through AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).

And she is an accredited member of AACMA (Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association Ltd) and CAMCA

  1. What type of services does Dr Christine Cui offer?

At Dr Christine Cui clinic, we  offers services for natural fertility, unexplained infertility, miscarriages, Endometriosis, Period Pain, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), irregular uterine bleeding, UTI, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (P.C.O.S) and Thyroid Dysfunction.

  1. Can I claim acupuncture consultation through HICAPS ?

Yes, you can claim acupuncture consultation straight through our HICAPS machine. You will need to bring your private health insurance card in order to do this.

  1. Can I claim medicaments or Chinese herbs medicine in your clinic?

Our HICAPS machine does not currently process rebate for Chinese medicine.  However, it is recommended to check with you private health insurance company and see which treatments they cover and how much.

You can manually claim your medicine to individual private health insurance. Please do bring the receipt with you when claiming it.

  1. How often should I come in for acupuncture?

This is depends on each individual case because everyone has different management. However, we do recommend a patient to come once or twice a week for the first few weeks to stabilise the condition and then once a week until the duration of the treatment.

  1. What are the recommended IVF Acupuncture treatments?

The recommended treatments are as follows:

  • Prior to starting your IVF Cycle (once a week)
  • During stimulation phase
  • Acupuncture before and after egg collection
  • 1 Day before/on the day of the Embryo Transfer (within 24 hours)
  • 1 Day after/on the day of the Embryo Transfer (within 24 hours)
  • Once a week until the blood test result confirm
  • Once a week during the first trimester of pregnancy
  1. What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where Endometrium – the tissue that normally lines the uterus – is found outside the uterus on the surface of other organs of the pelvis. It irritates the nerve endings of these organs and interferes with their functions, causing (often severe) pelvic painirregular menstrual bleedinginfertility and, sometimes, bowel and bladder symptoms.

  1. Can I expect immediate results from acupuncture?

This depends on what you are being treated for as well as your condition. If it is muscular pain, you will get decreased in pain within one session. However, for fertility acupuncture the results can be months.

  1. What are the benefits of Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese Medicine adopts holistic approach in regulating, nourishing, and continuing to cleanse and detox the system. This practice can assist in resolving diseases and the prevention of a number of illnesses.

Chinese herbal medicine also used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat fertility issues such as; miscarriages, endometriosis, urinary tract infections, low libido and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Additionally, acupuncture treatments can decrease painful symptoms related to PMS, menopause and uterine fibroids.

  1. Could I speak to Dr Christine about how acupuncture can help me getting pregnant and where the needles will be placed?

Yes, you can definitely speak to Dr Christine on how acupuncture can help you getting pregnant. She will discuss your conditions as well as where the needles are going to be placed.

  1. Can acupuncture help with growing hair?

Yes, acupuncture can help to grow longer hair. Dr Christine will usually prescribe Chinese herbal medicine in conjunction with acupuncture. However, the results may not be immediate, depending on each individual.

  1. Can acupuncture help young children or baby?

Yes, according to research, acupuncture can reduce pains in children or young baby as young as 6 months old. The children sought acupuncture therapy for back pain, headaches, stomach aches and other chronic complaints. Acupuncture can also help reduce their stress level and improve their overall wellbeing.

  1. Is Chinese herbal medicine (TCM)safe?

Yes, Chinese medicine is safe. We use safe substances derived from nature to regulate the body’s internal processes and internal organs. Most traditional herbs are sourced from a range of plants including leaves, twigs, flowers, fruit, roots and stems. In some cases, minerals are used.

  1. Can acupuncture induce labour?

Yes, acupuncture is often used as a safe and cheaper alternative to induce labour. Some of our patients usually can see immediate results even only 1 session. However, this also depends on each individual case.

 Can you have acupuncture during menstruation?

Yes, it is completely fine for you to have acupuncture during menstruation. However, we do recommend women who have issues with endometriosis to have acupuncture couple days before to support the smooth of blood flow.

  1. Should I do acupuncture after deliver baby?

It is recommended by Dr Christine for women to do acupuncture after delivery (ie. post-surgery). This is to reduce stress and avoid baby blue symptoms.

  1. Can Chinese herbs (TCM) help me in losing weight?

Yes, Chinese Herbal medicine (TCM) can reduce your weight because it improves spleen functions. Dr Christine recommends you to do both acupuncture and TCM at the same time to effectively achieve weight loss goals. Of course healthy diet, regular exercise and reduce alcohol intake will give you faster results.

  1. When is the best time of acupuncture for inducing labour?

Dr Christine recommends pregnant women to prepare for induction starting from week 38. It is easier for new mothers to have smooth labour by doing acupuncture from week 38 until she feels the contraction.

  1. Can IVF Acupuncture increase the chance of pregnancy?

Dr Cui believes that acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine can further improve the chance of becoming pregnant and having good quality eggs. A British survey also mentioned that acupuncture can increase woman’s chance of pregnancy by 65% and improve the likeliness of live birth by 91%.