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We are Here to Help You Achieve Better Health

What Difference Would Less Stress, Less Pain, More Energy and Improved Health Make to Your Life?
Acupuncture is a form of medicine originating thousands of years ago in China. Chinese Emperors lived very long, healthy and productive lives through Chinese medicine. Emperor’s Acupuncture practises the Emperor’s medicine by not only treating individual ailments but also turning people’s health around so they can live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

Acupuncture is a drug-free therapy for a wide range of health problems.

Practitioners:

About Dr Bruce Stafford (Chinese Medicine)

  • Special interest in pain relief and heart health
  • Advanced Chinese pulse diagnosis
  • Registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Member of The Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association

I am the Medical Director and founder of Emperor’s Acupuncture. I have performed over 5,000 acupuncture treatments to help people who didn’t know where to turn to with their pain and who simply thought they were out of options. They were often told that their pain was ‘normal’ and that they would just have to put up with it and continue to take pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications.

Many of my patients had already seen a raft of other practitioners including conventional western medical and allied health.  I often call myself ‘last resort Larry’ – when people have tried everything else, they come to me!

My Background

I’ve been studying martial arts for over 30 years.  This is how I first became interested in Chinese medicine.  Martial arts was the easy part. Helping people heal was much more difficult. I am also a Tai Chi and Qigong instructor.

After completing my qualification and fulfilling all the requirements for national registration , I spent thousands of hours studying under and learning from the best Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioners in the world. Dr Jimmy Chang PhD from Taiwan, Dr Bob Doane from the USA and Professor Wen Cheng Wang from Australia.

  • Highly experienced in Chinese pulse diagnosis to determine what’s wrong and how we can best treat it
  • Distal acupuncture that can have an immediate and dramatic effect to substantially reduce or eliminate pain. You will be able to tell for yourself how effective it is during your treatement
  • Bowen Therapy as a needle-free option to relieve pain
  • Tailored herbal formulas specifically for your circumstances
  • Dietary advice to help you return to health faster and stay that way
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Dr Bruce with Bob Doane, Seattle – the largest
Chinese Medicine Clinic in the USA

Why Chinese Medicine Works So Well

According to Chinese medicine the key to good health is good blood flow.  Everything your body needs is in your blood – it just has to make it everywhere in your body in good volume.  Your body is a marvellous machine very capable of keeping you in good health and repairing problems – but it can only do this if your blood flow is good.

Just think about it: if the blood flow to your right arm was reduced, your whole arm would become weak and sore and start to malfunction (it’s kind of like a car engine that only gets half the fuel it needs – it will sputter and struggle to work properly).  It’s the same with everything else in your body including your organs. I often refer to myself as a body plumber – I make sure your plumbing (circulation) is working effectively so your body can do its job and keep you in good health.

Chinese medicine is all about restoring and promoting good blood flow. By doing this I treat both the root (the root cause of the problem) and the branch (the symptoms).

How Can I Help You?

Chinese medicine takes an entirely different approach to treating pain.  I have a combined set of treatment tools that is different to western medicine and other alternative therapies including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, tui na (gentle manipulation), cupping and diet therapy.

Patients often say that they cannot believe the difference I can make even in the first treatment.

I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how Chinese medicine can help you feel like your old self again.

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Dr. Sandra Wu (Chinese Medicine)

  • Special interest in pain relief and rapid weight loss (see my personal weight loss story below)
  • Registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Member of The Australian Traditional Medicine Association

Sandra graduated from Victoria University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science – Acupuncture in 2000.  She has studied at Guangzhou University/hospital of TCM in China completing her training in acupuncture and pain relief.

Over the last 15 years Sandra has amassed over 5,000 patient visits helping people to eliminate pain and lose weight.

Sandra also speaks Cantonese.

Sandra is available for consultations on Mondays and Wednesdays.

 

My Personal Struggle with Weight (by Dr Sandra)

I am a well balanced person and am completely comfortable with myself now, but I didn’t always feel this way about my self-image and health.

You might not think so by looking at me now, but as a child and into my early teens I was extremely overweight and I was very self-conscious about the way I looked.

I grew up in country NSW, so not only did my Chinese heritage make me stand out from the crowd, being so overweight also attracted torment and nasty comments from others.

I remember one occasion in particular when at school the principal came into our classroom to check our progress. He struggled to get passed my chair as it was pushed out far from my desk (as I was so overweight) and he stumbled over the leg of my chair. He said to another student “That’s what happens when you’re too fat”. I was so embarrassed and felt humiliated.

Being overweight also affected me physically too. While other students were active and doing sporting activities, I struggled to keep up – suffering from shortness of breath and joint pain. I used to also wear big shirts over my swim wear so people couldn’t see my ‘fat rolls’.

It was when I was in my teens that I decided to talk to my parents about trying to lose weight. They were really helpful and supportive.

I cut down my food portions and stopped eating junk food, processed carbohydrates and sugary foods/drinks. And with the advice of my parents, I did some basic intermittent fasting (although we didn’t really call it that at the time).  My mother would make me herbal soups to drink, which helped sustain my energy levels, stopped me from getting hungry and helped with the functioning of my internal organs to improve my overall health.  I quickly started to shed all of those extra kilos.  Before I knew it, I could more confidently play sports, be in photos and make friends more easily. It was so nice to be able to ‘fit in’!  It really changed my life for the better.

I was lucky in that my parents were very knowledgeable about food, herbs and health and were very supportive. I am forever grateful for what they taught me about healthy eating and have continued to follow their advice for the last 20 years.

Did I Ever Put the Weight Back On?

Yes, but only as result of being pregnant. I gained nearly 20kgs after the birth of child 1, 2 and 3. But managed to quickly come back down to my ideal weight each time with the same approach to weight loss that I learned from my parents.

Rapid Weight Loss Program

After 5 years of development, applying the same principles of weight loss I have used for 20 years, we have developed our Rapid Weight Loss Program.  Our program is designed to help people quickly and permanently lose weight to help transform their lives.

60 Minute Free Rapid Weight Loss Consultation

I have been where you are now.  I understand how being overweight affects you and how liberating it is to finally lose all of those extra kilos!  If you want to come and talk to me about our program to see if it’s something you would like to do too, you can book in for a free 60 minute Rapid Weight Loss Consultation with me.

I look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Julia Cho (Chinese Medicine)

  • Special interest in pain relief, rapid weight loss & cosmetic acupuncture
  • Registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Member of The Australian Natural Therapists Association

Julia is a caring and passionate practitioner who enjoys helping her patients to balance their bodies, maintain good health and live a happy lifestyle. She graduated from RMIT with a double degree in Chinese medicine. After completion of studies, she went to South Korea to complete her training in cosmetic acupuncture.

She has had extensive clinical experience treating chronic pain in Jiang Su Provincial Hospital of TCM in China, Tung Shin Hospital in Malaysia and Jeong Jiheng oriental medicine clinic in South Korea.

Julia also speaks fluent Korean.

Chloe Damm

  • Reception
  • Patient Liaison

Chloe started with us in 2017.  She’s the friendly face who greets you when you walk in the door.  Chloe supports the practitioners by preparing and processing all paperwork and will help you find the best available appointments to suit your busy schedule.

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