B.A Health Science Chinese Medicine Studies; Acupuncture and Herbalism majors. 

Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of healing that dates back at least 2,500 years. This medicine holistically investigates the entire patient in order to help bring them back into balance and good health.


A Chinese Medicine practitioner is interested to find out how every system of your body is functioning; from your digestion, mental health, energy levels, appetite, gynaecology, libido, sleep and physical body. 


Thin needles are inserted into specific points of the body as a way to relieve pain or treat disease


Relieve pain or support healing by applying burning mixtures of herbs to several body parts.


Improve qi flow by dispelling stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph) in the body.

During an initial consultation, these above questions will be asked, as well as other methods of diagnosis that include observing the tongue, feeling the pulse, and possible palpation of the body to help get a big picture of what is needed for the patient in the treatment. 

Acupuncture and/or herbal therapy is then used to address the issues that need rebalancing in the patient. There might even be some changes to diet and lifestyle needed during the treatment plan. 

A series of treatments is usually required to make significant changes to a person's state of health. Especially if the health concern is chronic and has been with the patient for a long time. 

For any enquiries regarding the use of Chinese medicine in a treatment please feel free to contact Dr. Karina.

Dr. Karina Smith and her journey to Chinese Medicine
Introduction to Dr. Karina Smith and her journey to Chinese Medicine


Is Acupuncture painful? 

The needles we use for acupuncture are incredibly thin and smooth, and should not be painful.

The sensations felt during acupuncture will vary from person to person and are sometimes described as "spreading", "dull ache", or even a low grade "buzzing" sensation. 

What is cupping and moxibustion? 

Cupping is a method of applying glass cups to the surface of the body to create a vacuum in order to stimulate the circulation of blood and fluid through that tissue. 

This can be a great method of helping to clear toxins, and shift old chronic pain. 

Moxibustion is a method of applying herbal heat to the body, either indirecly just above the skin, or through the acupuncture needle. 

This is a great method of warming the body, and helping to stimulate the circulation of blood. 

How many treatments will I need? 

Depending on the nature of what is being treated, and the history of that health condition, a minimum of four treatments will usually be recommended followed by a review. 

Can I claim Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine on my private health insurance? 

Yes you can claim for your treatment through your health insurance provider. 

Are Chinese Medicine treatments covered by Medicare? 

Unfortunately in Australia, Chinese Medicine treatments are not covered by Medicare. 

Karina Smith

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Prahran

Yin Yoga Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher Training and Yin Yoga Educator


AYA Clinic, 42 Clifton Street, Prahran, Victoria, 3181


Ph: 0400 708 230

Servicing Prahran and surrounding suburbs including: Caulfield North, Richmond, South Yarra, St Kilda East, Toorak and Windsor.


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