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Acupuncture / Traditional Chinese Medicine

At Balance Complementary Medicine, we have a number of experienced Chinese medicine practitioners, specialising in delivering effective acupuncture remedies to the Melbourne Bayside area. The ancient practice of acupuncture is a modality integrated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The basis of Chinese philosophy and acupuncture theory is holistic, and acknowledges the existence of a primary energetic force behind all life (Qi) and the relationship between the individual and environment. Specific diagnostic tools such as Chinese Tongue and Pulse Diagnosis and Hara diagnosis (abdominal palpation) are used to assess an individual’s overall health and treatment needs.


Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine pins into specific acu-points to harmonise the flow of Qi in the body.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine pins into specific acupoints to harmonise the flow of Qi (vital energy) in the body. Other non-insertive techniques like moxibustion, cupping, acupressure or laser acupuncture may be used alone or in conjunction with the acupuncture treatment.


Acupuncture aims to stimulate and strengthen the body’s natural healing mechanisms and restore balance. Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of health conditions and was originally used in ancient China to prevent illness.


Our acupuncturists are highly skilled and are very gentle, using top quality Japanese-style needles, so your comfort is assured.


All of our Chinese Medicine practitioners are registered with AHPRA and have completed Health Science degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, along with post-graduate training in the following areas:

In Australia, acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners are registered health professionals under AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). AHPRA places limitations on what we can advertise, so we cannot list many of the common conditions that acupuncture traditionally treats. If you would like to know if acupuncture can help you, please give us a call at the clinic, and we would be more than happy to discuss and answer any questions that you may have.

Meet our  Chinese Medicine Practitioners



Juanita is the principal practitioner and clinical director. A highly qualified doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Naturopath, Juanita has undertaken extensive studies in both Naturopathic and Traditional Chinese medicine/Acupuncture. Juanita has completed further post-graduate studies in Japanese acupuncture, TCM obstetrics, fertility support, cosmetic acupuncture, cellular health testing and Hemaview live blood screening.

Specialties include: complex health conditions, hormonal health, fertility (men and women), IVF support, children’s health, digestive issues/allergies, and cosmetic acupuncture.

Dr Tash Nirmalarajah


Tash is a highly qualified & experienced doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and she is also a Reiki Master. Tash treats a wide range of general health conditions, and has a special interest in treating muscular aches & pains, and supporting emotional disorders such as stress, anxiety & depression. Tash takes a gentle & intuitive approach to her treatments, and may use a combination of Acupuncture, Tui Na massage, Reiki and Nutritional medicine to get results.

Special interests: General health, musculoskeletal pain, emotional well being, headaches, allergies, preconception care, hormonal health.

Dr Roy Hughson

Roy is a highly qualified doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who has extensive experience treating a variety of health conditions. Roy is a sensitive practitioner who works hard to attune to the unique needs of each and every client. Roy has particular aptitude in IVF support, preconception care, fertility challenges, migraines and period pain, digestive discomfort, musculoskeletal and general pain issues – and he is also skilled in Mai Zen cosmetic acupuncture facial techniques. Roy combines traditional Chinese medicine practice with Chinese herbal medicine for effective results.

Special interests: Support for chronic health / autoimmune conditions, pain management, hormonal health, acupuncture facial renewal, and support for mental health & wellbeing.