This page discusses Fertility Acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Essendon, Melbourne. For the discussion on Acupuncture IVF support, please visit here: acupuncture IVF support.
Robert has over a decades experience working with patients who have fertility, pregnancy or women’s health concerns and those undergoing IVF treatments. Robert incorporates the latest scientific research into his treatments and combines these with traditional, holistic approaches. He commonly works with gynaecologists, obstetricians, and reproductive specialists and firmly believes in the integration of medicine, combining the best of East and West, in order to get the best outcome possible. Robert completed his clinical internship in the Gynaecology department of Shanghai Shu Guang Hospital and went on to complete further training in natural fertility and IVF support. Robert is the Clinical Director of Essendon Natural Health. He is supported by his two wonderful colleagues, Alicia and Lachlan.
If you are interested in making an appointment or would simply like to have a chat, please feel free to contact Robert at the clinic on 03 9337 8572 or send him an email at email@example.com. Appointments with Lachlan and Alicia can be made online here.
A typical consultation begins with your practitioner assessing the health of both partners. The first step is to understand the current state of health and wellbeing in each partner to determine what kind of care is required and for whom. This involves seeing the male partner’s semen analysis (if available), blood tests, and an understanding of the state of his general health. Men are very simple in this regard, for women its a little more complex. For the female partner, your practitioner needs to understand the cycle regularity, quality of menstruation, ovulation timing/quality, cervical mucus quality, viewing of Basal Body Temperature charts if available, hormonal panels and other blood tests, internal ultrasound/tubal patency/laparoscopy results (if they have been performed), and a general understanding of her health.
At Essendon Natural health, our practitioners utilise a versatile approach to encourage self healing that explores both the East Asian and western traditions of medicine. This may involve integrating acupuncture, both traditional Chinese and very gentle Japanese styles of practice, moxibustion (heat therapy), Cupping therapy, soft tissue release techniques such as abdominal massage, dietary and lifestyle modifications, Herbal medicine (Chinese and Western), and natural medicines.
Robert has over a decades experience working with patients who have fertility, pregnancy or women’s health concerns and those undergoing IVF treatments. He is very experienced in integrating natural medicine alongside conventional care and has a good working relationship with particular specialists in Melbourne. Robert is renowned for being very thorough and is dedicated to working with patients undergoing fertility related concerns. Although he is booked out weeks in advance, he is supported by two wonderful practitioners, Lachlan and Alicia, who can help get patients started on their journey until they can see Robert.
Initial Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Consultation with Robert $125.00 (One Hour)
Initial Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Consultation with Alicia or Lachlan $110 (One Hour)
Follow Up Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Consultations $95.00 (One Hour)
Herbal medicine and supplements are an extra cost. These are always discussed with you prior to dispensing. HICAPS in available onsite for instant private health rebates and concession is available for students and pension card holders.
Acupuncture consultations last for one hour and the needles are retained for about 25-30 minutes.
Yes, all are welcome at the clinic. Our practitioners have a lot of experience in working with same sex couples undergoing assisted reproductive techniques and IVF treatments.
For the discussion on Acupuncture IVF support, please click here: acupuncture IVF support.
If you are interested in making an appointment for fertility acupuncture in Melbourne or would simply like to have a chat, please feel free to contact Robert at the clinic on 03 9337 8572 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments with Alicia or Lachlan can be made online here.
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