What Is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is a holistic philosophy of medicine, meaning that the body is considered in a whole way, each part is interdependent and relies upon the other parts for its proper function.

The term Chinese medicine is often thought of as herbal medicine but is an umbrella term that includes acupuncture as well as several other treatment methods.  Treatment is individually prescribed as you present to clinic on the day, so it’s a very specific therapy that addresses each person rather than a disease.

The primary forms of treatment are acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage and includes the use of supporting tools such as cupping, scraping, moxa (a herb that is burnt to add heat and stimulate a point or area), electro-stimulation, and liniments or balms that contain herbs and moving, warming or cooling elements.

What To Expect In A Typical Treatment

A typical Chinese medicine treatment session will involve an initial diagnosis which consists generally of the following: a broad range of questions about anything from digestion to dizziness; observation of different aspects such as skin colour or temperature and tongue shape, colour or coating; and palpation which includes pulse-taking as well as feeling on the body for painful or problem areas. The pulse speaks its own language to a practitioner and tells a wealth of information about how much access to energy someone may have and where in the body the issue might be located.

Acupuncture is then usually performed, often with the assistance of massage with liniments, cupping, moxa or gua sha (scraping). Once the needles have been inserted the client is then left in the room for usually 20-30 minutes to enable them to relax and have time for the needles to work. The practitioner might dispense some herbs during this time to be ready for the end of the session. It’s recommended that some regular follow-up treatment is continued for at least 3-6 treatments. Often people have long term chronic problems that need time to resolve.

Your Practitioners

Dr Lani Cussel (BHSc. Chinese Medicine)


Lani is a fully registered and accredited acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) and operates under the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  Lani has a diverse background in massage therapy and body work and is passionate about using a combination of therapies as the best way to achieve positive clinical results.

Lani is a general practitioner of Chinese Medicine and has a special interest in musculoskeletal problems, pain, trauma and stress related disorders. Lani has over 18 years of personal and professional development in the areas of holistic medicine, body work, meditation and yoga, enabling her to bring knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm to her work.

An initial treatment with Lani includes a full history review, a Chinese medicine diagnosis, acupuncture and ongoing treatment plan and may include massage, cupping, gua sha or moxa if needed. A personalised herbal prescription will also be prepared for you if required.  Her background in holistic therapies includes different styles of massage, stretching, liniments, meditation, breath-work and body awareness in order to create optimal wellbeing and promote an environment for healing in each session. She works sensitively with her clients to ensure they are supported in their individual healing process.  Follow up treatments take between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Lani’s qualifications & ongoing training include a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine), Diploma of Remedial Chinese Massage Therapy, Certificate IV in Oriental Massage Therapy, Dr Tan’s Balance Method 2016, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture, Treating Emotional Trauma with TCM, Lillian Bridges Face Reading in Chinese Medicine.

Dr Rebecca Quin (BHSc. Chinese Medicine)


Rebecca is a fully qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner and a member of AACMA and is registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and AHPRA. In accordance with the registration standards of the CMBA, all registered Chinese medicine practitioners are obliged to meet standards of safety, efficacy and ethical practice.

Rebecca is a general practitioner of Chinese Medicine who enjoys continually learning and upskilling her practice in this vast field of medicine. Her special interests are musculoskeletal injuries & general pain relief, stress & anxiety management, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, IVF support and women’s health. Her approach to treatment is patient centred, considering all aspects of an individual’s life (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual) in formulating an initial treatment and ongoing treatment plan. She believes in supporting, inspiring and educating her clients about how they can achieve the best for their health and wellbeing.

An initial treatment with Rebecca includes a detailed consultation to establish a diagnosis (TCM) and ongoing treatment plan. Depending on the diagnosis, one or more of the following will apply; massage, cupping, Gua Sha, Moxibustion, Acupuncture and dietary/ lifestyle advice. A personalised herbal prescription will also be prepared for you if required.

Rebecca’s Qualifications and skill set include a Bachelor of Health Science in Chinese medicine, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture certificate, Cert 1 & 2 in Reiki, Cert III in fitness and group exercise, a Mat Pilates certificate and a master trainer for ChiBall World.

Having been involved in the holistic health and fitness industry since 2003, Rebecca also teaches ChiBall, a group exercise class that is designed to improve Qi flow through the meridians in order to enhance health and wellbeing. ChiBall encompasses the disciplines of Tai Chi/Qi Gong, dance therapy, Yoga, Pilates, tension release exercises based on Feldenkrais and deep relaxation. She is currently running ChiBall classes from Sandybeach Community Centre, 2 Sims Street. Sandringham.

Dr Sonic Searle

Sonic (He/Him) is an AHPRA registered Doctor of Chinese medicine who finished his Bachelor of health Science in Chinese medicine in 2022.

Sonic is passionate about health and wellbeing and loves working with people to help them resolve their health concerns. He has a special interest in men’s health and pain management.

Sonic’s achievements and education also include a science degree (Melbourne University) graduating in 2016, majoring in physiology and neuroscience. Sonic also studied Chinese medicine in a Daoist Monastery in China and completed an internship at the Tzu-Chi hospital in Taiwan, working in the integrative medicine department.

Sonic’s curious mind and gentle, caring nature along with his extensive knowledge of the human body and passion for achieving optimal health, mean all his treatments are holistic, comprehensive and patients are truly made to feel seen to and heard.

Dr Sonic will be acting as locum for Dr Rebecca from July 24th 2023 – Aug 21st 2023 while she visits her family in the UK.

Conditions Chinese Medicine May Help Manage

Acupuncture, herbal medicine and supporting treatments are all an integral part of Chinese medicine practice and have been shown to help manage symptoms for the following conditions:

  • Pain relief, stress and fatigue
  • Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners
  • Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases
  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy
  • Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain
  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains
  • Nausea and vomiting

In addition, we have a special interest in working with the following broad issues or conditions:

  • Pain management
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders and fatigue
  • Digestive issues
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Hormonal and menstrual issues
  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Skin ailments & allergies