ACU Centre
Acu Centre

Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic
ACU Centre, Suites 2 & 11, 219 Balaclava Road
Caulfield North, Victoria 3161 Australia
Phone & Fax: (613) 9532 9602














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Particular requirements for treatment outside these times by appointment only.
Public holidays are excluded.



  • Edward (Ted) H Davis
    DipAcup., Dip.Chin.Herb.Med., PhD(Med.Altern.), M.App.Sc., B.Ec(Hons).
    Govt. Registered: Chin.Med.Registr'n.Board; Division of Acupuncture.


TCM Treatment
The TCM treatment administered in this clinic is carried out in accordance with the teachings, practices and protocols of traditional Chinese medicine.
The principles of Yin and Yang, Meridian theory and Five Element theory are applied to restore balance, health and well-being to the patient.
TCM incorporates an holistic approach to therapy. A patient’s presenting signs and symptoms are placed in a therapeutic framework whereby Patterns of illness (Disharmonies) are identified.
Commonly, a successful outcome requires both the presenting problem/s and the Patterns of Disharmony to be addressed in treatment.
Properly balancing and resolving underlying Patterns may require some time.

Patients also benefit, either directly or indirectly, from Ted’s considerable background teaching anatomy, neuroscience and physiology, and from his 20 year involvement in hatha yoga.
As and when appropriate, he integrates this background into the therapy administered.


TCM Therapeutic Modalities
Patients usually receive acupuncture (and one or more of its associated modalities such as moxibustion, cups, spoons, dermal hammer, electroacupuncture or therapeutic laser), and patent Chinese herbs and medicinals (NB. Individual herbs are not prescribed, nor individualised herbal formulae prepared from raw herbs).
The therapy administered depends upon the particular requirements of each patient.

Other treatment may include acupressure and TCM-related massage or mobilisation.
Advice may be provided on a range of issues related to a patient’s health and recovery including diet, exercise, lifestyle, rehabilitation programs, and referral to other therapies and practitioners.

Only single-use pre-sterilised disposable needles are used in this clinic.


Conduct of TCM Treatment
Deliberate decisions have been implemented regarding the conduct of treatment in this clinic.
These include:
1) Only one patient is treated at any one time (ie. multiple booths are
not run concurrently).
2) Practitioner focus remains on the patient throughout the duration of a therapeutic session.
3) A TCM treatment lasts approximately 1 hour. Rehabilitation sessions last about 1 1/2 hours.
4) A member of the patient's family or a friend is welcome to remain throughout the treatment.
5) The patient is always recumbent during TCM treatment.

This approach is thought to be beneficial for the patient in a number of ways including: facilitating appropriate and best-practice treatment (including allocating sufficient time and attention); optimising patient/ therapist communication; maximising patient comfort; allowing greater flexibility in treatment approach; therapeutic success is enhanced and recovery times reduced as a consequence.


Course of TCM Treatment
Proper TCM treatment incorporates considerable subtlety.
Results generally take a little time with a block of (several) treatments usually being necessary.
Recovery is almost always a case of the steady incremental improvement of the tortoise rather than the urgent haste of the hare, although progress can be variable.

The number of treatments required in any individual case may depend upon a number of factors including: nature of the illness, severity, duration, acute or chronic characteristics, whether mainly musculoskeletal, visceral or Meridian related, illness history, age, previous general health, family history, and so on.
Some patients require ongoing treatment.
Lack of an immediate or early response is only rarely an indicator of failure of treatment.


Illnesses Treated
In recent years traditional Chinese medicine has become generally accepted in Australia as an effective and efficient therapy for treating a broad range of illnesses commonly encountered in 'western' societies, without the risk of drug side-effects or interactions.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has listed categories of illnesses which are regularly and successfully treated by TCM.
These are include:
Neurological (inc. all types of Stress, Headaches, Neuralgia, Mild psychological problems),
Cardiovascular (inc. hypertension, poor circulation, angina pectoris),
Respiratory (inc. common cold, bronchitis, influenza, cough, dyspnoea, sinusitis),
Gastrointestinal (inc. digestive, bowels),
Musculoskeletal (inc. cramps, sports injuries, low back problems -acupuncture is particularly effective for sports injuries, reducing healing times significantly),
Urogenital (inc. reproductive, infertility), Gynaecological, Menopause, Paediatric,
Ears, Eyes, Nose & Throat,
Pain & Trauma, Infection & Inflammation,
Chronic Fatigue, Lassitude, General Debility, Insomnia.


A List of Conditions recently treated at ACU Centre (in WMB terminology), is available for viewing or download, as is the publication of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which reviews clinical trials of acupuncture's effectiveness.


TCM Training
The training required to administer both acupuncture and Chinese herbs, as a TCM Practitioner, is now of 5 years duration (full time) or more.
Lesser training (anywhere between 4 days and 2 years) may allow therapists of other disciplines to legally refer to themselves as ‘acupuncturists’ (including medical General Practitioners), but in almost all such cases little knowledge of TCM Patterns of Disharmony is gained nor detailed functional knowledge of the acupuncture points, Meridians, Chinese Organs or Five Element theory.
The training of such therapists predetermines their degree of TCM clinical success.


The 10 Laws of Acupuncture
These are a set of acupuncture/ needling protocols, any of which may be used after the discerning work of TCM diagnosis has been done. It would be quite rare that all 10 laws would be used in any one treatment, but it would be even more rare that a treatment was conducted without using at least one of these.

TCM Patient Information Leaflet

An information leaflet is viewable or downloadable if you have Acrobat Reader 5 on your computer.
It mentions things such as possible side effects, particular information the practitioner needs to know, and patient
behaviour which will facilitate successful treatment.


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