24 Ford St, Moruya       4474 0799

Michael Owens

My name is Michael Owens and I am a government registered acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist with a degree in Chinese medicine from RMIT University. In addition to my degree, I have trained for more than a decade under my mentor, Dr Ken Zhou, in Melbourne. I also spent five years in China, where I had the opportunity to study under a number of Chinese medicine physicians.

Prior to moving to the south coast I taught massage to acupuncture degree students, undertook research into the effects of Chinese medicine on cancer patients and ran a couple of practices. I am looking forward to a slower pace of life these days, spending more time in the garden and focusing on my personal growth and professional development as a clinician.

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Acupuncture, more than just pain relief

Acupuncture is being used more and more in Australia for the treatment of pain and discomfort. The profession is now practised in just about every country in the world and will be included on the Australian government healthcare professionals' registration board the in the middle of this year.

The oldest surviving acupuncture text is over 2,000 years old and is still taught in universities today. This amazing healing art has continued to develop and has recently made significant advances with the help of science.

Traditional acupuncture theory holds the view that people have energy (called Chi) flowing through their bodies. According to Chinese medicine, discomfort and illness can result from a lack of energy or from an imbalance in the flow or distribution of energy. Traditional acupuncture aims to rectify these imbalances.

Modern science sees the effects of acupuncture quite differently. Researchers have measured the effects of acupuncture on the nervous system, the endocrine (hormonal) system, and the muscles and internal organs of the body.

Acupuncture can help with pain and discomfort, headaches and migraines, stress and fatigue, insomnia, hormonal problems, muscular tension, digestive disorders and many more problems.

Chinese herbs, empirical medicine

Modern Chinese medicine is the product of thousands of years of clinical trial and error. Ever since its ancient beginnings, the more effective treatments of Chinese medicine were recorded and handed down from one generation to the next, while less effective treatments were soon forgotten.

Over the past two thousand years, China's scholarly physicians have recorded more than one hundred thousand different herbal treatments. This number has been whittled down to the thousand or so formulas found in modern day herbal textbooks. In other words, the Chinese herbal treatments that people take today are based on the top one per cent most effective remedies of a civilisation.

In China, Chinese medicine has the same status as western medicine. Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture are frequently integrated with western medical care in China and are increasingly used alongside other therapies in Australia today. Reflecting its growing popularity and acceptance in the west, the title of Chinese medicine practitioner and will be included on the Australian government healthcare professionals' registration board in the middle of 2012.

Chinese herbal medicine can help with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, and is also becoming more and more popular as a way to promote good health and increase vitality.

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