About RACM

We are an experienced team of Sydney based Chinese Medicine practitioners who provide a fully comprehensive, pro-active, integrated approach to prevention and treatment of disease, in complement with doctors and specialists across several fields of medicine. Our areas of interest include: Male and Female Infertility, Chronic Complex Disease, and Clinical Research.

RACM Team

Fertility Health is our team with significant experience treating infertile men and women, and gynaecological conditions.

The CM team who treats Chronic Complex Disease works with a wide range of illnesses including Cancer, Cardio Vascular Disease, Mental Health, Digestive Disorders, Chronic Infections, Autoimmune Diseases, and Muscular Skeletal, and Chronic Pain and Injuries.

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All members of our team are registered Chinese medicine practitioners with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and are also members of AACMA (Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association).

The Rozelle Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (RACM) team has been based on Darling Street, Rozelle, Sydney, for almost 30 years. Our Director, Jann Mehmet, dreamed of providing an exceptional Chinese medicine service, staffed by groups of CM practitioners with exceptional skills and experience in specific health modalities, and that is why we think of ourselves as ‘The Health Centre’. Jann Mehmet has been in practice for nearly three decades and most of her team have worked together for many years. We have a busy clinic and provide more than 9,000 treatments a year.

In 1997, ‘Fertility Health’ was the first team modality established at the Rozelle Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre, and in 2006, Jann Mehmet completed the only CM clinical trial on sub fertile men in Australia. The results were clinically and statistically significant for sperm count, motility, and morphology. Jann gained her Masters in Science (by Research) during this study and the team has a strong research background.

We follow world's best practice and current research in all our fields of interest. For example, Fertility Health practitioners are currently collecting data on Chinese medicine and Unexplained Infertility , Miscarriage Prevention, Egg Donor Cycles, Acupuncture supporting IVF cycles, Pregnancy over 40, PCOS (polycystic ovary disease), Natural killer (NK) cell therapy, and the impact of the MTHFR (folate) Gene Mutation on health and fertility (see also Clinical Trials).

OUR PRACTITIONERS

The team is dedicated to promoting excellence in holistic medicine through: ongoing research and education; attending conferences; and liasing with the medical profession.

Our practitioners are:

Jann Mehmet - Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Chinese Medicine

Bernice Lowe - Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Chinese Medicine

Michelle Cook - Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Chinese Medicine.

CHINESE MEDICINE

Chinese Medicine is a coherent, unique, and holistic way of looking at health and disease that developed over thousands of years in China, providing a unique form of healthcare and medical intervention. Chinese Medicine is grounded in the Chinese medical classical texts and taught and practiced within the same holistic philosophical paradigm that produced all the traditional Chinese arts and sciences.

Chinese Medicine provides an energetic systems-based description of the person, known as qì, where the physical, emotional, sociological, psychological, and spiritual aspects are seen as interrelated, interdependent, interconnected, and inseparable (AACMA 2016).

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine provide a unique therapy to support your health and wellbeing, through two equally essential processes: ‘Diagnosis’ and ‘Treatment’.

The theories related to ‘diagnosis’, revolve around the use of ancient metaphors and analogies that are designed to help the practitioner ‘think outside the square’ when problem solving causes of disease or poor health conditions. This is like thinking in an ancient language that provides instruction, wisdom, and insight into science, research, and investigation. Like all languages, it requires years of study, experience, and dedication to master this discipline.

How do you diagnose in Chinese Medicine?

Diagnosis or assessment is undertaken by using the ‘4 Examinations’ and the ‘8 Principles of Differential Diagnosis’.

These principles guide our observation of the important ‘patterns of disharmony’ gained through case history documentation, palpation, or gentle pressing on different areas of the body, tongue diagnosis, and pulse diagnosis.

All these details collected by our practitioners provide the essential information needed to form the diagnosis. It takes many years to master the language and art of CM diagnosis, and that is why constant mentoring by key senior staff is crucial.

What about treatment in Chinese medicine?

Treatment in Chinese medicine incorporates the unique modalities of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Currently, in Australia, training in Chinese Medicine (CM) is provided at three Universities and three tertiary institutions across two states. Practitioners are now graduating with degrees in traditional Chinese medicine and science and this has led to a growing number of research projects in Chinese medicine at the Master and PhD in science by clinical research level. Chinese medicine gained national registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) in 2012.

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ACUPUNCTURE

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The Rozelle Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre (RACM) team uses a fine light needle technique incorporating both Chinese and Japanese acupuncture principles. Several centuries ago, when acupuncture was introduced to Japan, it continued to flourish and develop through the insights of exceptional local practitioners. Today, there are several differences between the method of diagnosis and treatment in Japanese and Chinese acupuncture. However our practitioners respect both systems and use them interchangeably based on the needs of the client.

Can you use acupuncture on babies and children?

Babies, children, and young people are given acupuncture through a gentle point stimulation therapy we use, massaging acupuncture channels and points on the skin as well as take-home small patches that continue to gently continue the treatment.

Both babies and children generally find this experience enjoyable and relaxing. If they enjoy massage at all, we find from the second treatment on they arrive with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. Babies and children also appear to respond very quickly to our treatments and this is very rewarding. We may also use gentle laser acupuncture which provides results without any sensation on the skin.

How does acupuncture work?

The complex meridian network that travels throughout the whole body, to every system, organ, and gland, is a unique internal system that is able to increase wellbeing, homeostasis, and the body's response to disease. The meridian network comes to the surface of the skin in certain areas called acupuncture points. These points on the skin make up over 14 main channels named after the organs they most influence.

For example, we have channels named after the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys. An acupuncture treatment involves the gentle stimulation of several points on these channels, after careful selection based on a thorough diagnosis. Once chosen, acupuncture points can be stimulated by light pressure, fine needles, or low level light therapy (LLLT).

Gentle stimulation of certain acupuncture points may facilitate hormonal balance, immune response to infection, and accelerated healing after injury, trauma, or surgery. Stimulation of these points may also regulate the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, endocrine, and detoxification systems. In fact, CM theory dictates that any healing the body is capable of doing naturally itself may be much more rapidly achieved by the appropriate stimulation of acupuncture points on the surface of the skin.

All acupuncture points stimulate a local and systemic antiinflammatory effect. Consequentially, through gentle use, acupuncture is capable of alleviating pain, muscular tension and inflammation, as well as reducing risk of serious disease, such as cancer, dementia, cardio vascular, and autoimmune by reducing inflammation.

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CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE

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In Chinese herbal medicine there are hundreds of single herbs available for use in thousands of ancient formulas, tried and tested over many centuries to treat every form of disease. The practitioner is trained to learn the many ancient formulas and thousands of modifications to these formulas, in order to tailor the prescription to the client’s specific requirements. Significantly, side effects to herbal prescriptions are not acceptable or expected if the formula is well chosen. Achieving optimal client health and wellbeing, while addressing the disease, is the ultimate aim.

Chinese medicine practitioners receive in-depth training in the pharmacology, toxicology, multiple use, and contraindications of each herb. The exhaustive and sophisticated clinical experience accumulated over two millennia increases safety and efficacy, and offers an unparalleled depth of insight into herbal disease intervention.

At the Rozelle Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Centre (RACM) we endeavour to provide organic herbs wherever possible, and only dispense herbal remedies that have been approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Association), to ensure Australian standards are met.

We do not dispense raw herbs that require boiling, due to the lack of pesticide and heavy metal monitoring by our TGA. Our herbs dissolve easily in hot water and, for babies and children, small amounts can be sprinkled in food.

RACM has an extensive herbal dispensary, and mixes, on site, classical Chinese medicine formulas with complex variations. In this way we can cater to a wide range of ages, with different constitutions, diseases, and health problems.

It takes many years to become an excellent herbalist who can refine and design herbal formulas based on the classics. This is because the therapeutic qualities and properties, and the single herb interactions in the different combinations and dosages, must be both memorised and deeply understood.

HISTORY OF CHINESE MEDICINE

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Chinese Medicine (CM), incorporating both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, has been used for well over 2,000 years. In China, ‘Bare Foot Doctors’ or ‘Masters’, worked in the community, gained experience, increased their skills, and shared their knowledge by constantly researching ancient texts while mentoring their trusted apprentices.

The insights offered in these ancient texts were quite extraordinary. A good example is the Shang Han Lun, written in 100 AD, after the author, grief stricken with the loss of his entire family to a flu epidemic, researched old texts to uncover formulas that might cure the flu and avoid a future tragedy.

The Shang Han Lun today remains an important text, referring to the CM herbal formulas that manage fevers, chronic infection, flus, asthma, and many different types of cough. Importantly, modern day ventolin is a derivative of the herb mahuang, first mentioned and used in the Shun Hun Lun.

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