Dr Anita Chang
Dr Anita Chang is a general practitioner who specializes in medical acupuncture. Graduated in 1993 from the University of Queensland Medical School, she obtained her general practice fellowship in 1995. During her many years of general practice experience Anita became aware that there is a need for an alternative approach to manage some patients.
In 2006 she commenced studies in medical acupuncture and was awarded the fellowship of Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC) in 2010. She believes diseases occur when one’s body-mind-spirit are not in harmony. With a mindfulness approach and medical acupuncture she is hoping to assist patients on their road to a more harmonious state.
She is a committee member of Australian Medical Acupuncture College and has an active role in teaching medical acupuncture.
As a new patient to Dr Chang you will not require a referral. The initial consultation is a longer consultation approximately 40 minutes. Subsequent consultations will require a standard 20 minute time slot. All Acupuncture consultations attract the same Medicare rebates and standard GP consultations.
Anita’s practice focuses on acupuncture treatment and related modalities. She does not usually see patients for their general medical conditions and will refer patients back to their usual family doctor for any ongoing management. Her GP consultations are limited to Carina Medical and Specialist practice patients.
Her other field of interest is guided visualization (hypnotherapy) with the intention to promote a deep relaxation and motivation to assist patients towards self healing.
How Acupuncture Works
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been in practice for over 4,000 years, the treatment of an illness by acupuncture relies on the balance of the individuals vital energy and qi between two opposite phases called Yin and Yang. Acupuncture facilitates the flow of qi along several well defined energetic channels in the body to help it heal itself and restore the person to normal health.
Modern research has shown there is a strong scientific basis to acupuncture for a range of conditions.
General Facts About Acupuncture
Acupuncture is suitable for people of all ages. Any contraindications to acupuncture treatment will be assessed and discussed with the patient at the initial consultation.
It is usually applied by inserting needles through the skin at specific points. The patient may feel a mild sensation, but this is not usually painful, and is often an indication that the treatment is working.
In children and adults who are nervous about needles, there are other methods available such as laser acupuncture.
An accurate diagnosis of the patient’s condition is important before treatment is started.
There are minimal risks of infection where only sealed disposable needles are used.
Before treatment avoid hot baths, long showers, and physical exertion. It is also recommended to not have a large meal before-hand or arrive on an empty stomach. Importantly do not drink alcohol either before or after treatment. A period of rest or relaxation after treatment will also enhance the response to acupuncture.
Occasionally, the symptoms experienced by the patient may appear to worsen after treatment. However, there is usually a progressive improvement with each subsequent treatment.
After a successful course of treatment an occasional booster treatment may be necessary to maintain the patient’s well-being.
Certain medications - such as narcotics and corticosteroids - may attenuate the effects of acupuncture. In a very small percentage of patients there may be no response to acupuncture due to individual variability.