welcome to chi temple natural therapies

After 20 years it is with great great sadness that of 1st July 2022, I will no longer be practising in Flemington and will only be working in Bittern on the Mornington peninsula, a 50 minute drive from Melbourne CBD.  Health needs to be prioritised a bit more urgently than previously thought and apologies if not enough time has been given especially to newer patients.  I will be practising on a Saturday and encourage my Melbourne patients to come up for a day trip whenever they have time, have a treatment, give the horses a pat and visit the beautiful Mornington peninsula and all it has to offer. I have written a blog with more information. Telehealth for herbal medicine consultations including dietary & lifestyle advice are still available. Practitioner only herbs and supplements can be delivered to your door.

COVID 19 UPDATE as of April 2022

If you the following symptoms - fever, breathing difficulties, breathlessness, cough, sore throat, fatigue or tiredness - DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE. If you have covid and require assistance, please call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 or you can contact Silvia on 0425818966 for Telehealth. Information about Coronavirus and testing is available from the Dept of Health and Human Services, or by calling the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.  

Preferably due to time constraints, please SMS Silvia on 0425 818 966 or book online for an appointment.

Everyone is welcome. 

Silvia has been practicing Chinese medicine including acupuncture in Flemington/Ascot Vale and surrounding suburbs for 20 years and now is full time on the Mornington peninsula, servicing Bittern, Balnarring, Somers, Hastings, HMAS Cerberus, Tuerong, Tyabb, Moorooduc, Merricks, Shoreham, Pt Leo, Flinders, Red Hill, Main Ridge, Langwarrin, Somerville, Baxter, Frankston, St Andrews, Rosebud, Dromana, Sorrento and Portsea.

Silvia Russo

Horse and Human Acupuncture & Herbalist

B.Sc (Hons in Biochemistry) Melb

B.App.Sci (Chinese medicine) RMIT

Clinical Internship at JiangSu Provincial Hospital China

GradDipHSc (Western herbal medicine) UNE

Dip (Equine Acupuncture) Allan Moffat

lavendar bush
Niah and sheep
Acupuncture old book
Warm Up on the Beach

physical therapy

Massage or Physical therapy can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and other modalities. Silvia has also completed studies in remedial/sports massage. She combines her knowledge of sport's massage, exercises, stretches, trigger points and acupuncture to help treat sport's injuries and other aches and pains.  


Having worked along side the medical team at the Western Bulldogs Football Club for 3 years, Silvia is in touch with the latest developments in the treatment of sport's injuries and works alongside other health practitioner's in the local area including GP's, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and podiatrists to achieve the best results for her patients.  Silvia is a registered and accredited Practitioner for private health insurance rebates, TAC and WorkCover.


equine acupuncture/laser 

Equine acupuncture and cold laser therapy can be used as a complementary treatment for your horse, along side veterinary care and other treatments and can be used for all sorts of conditions, no different to what it is used for in humans.  Some of the conditions though, do vary as they are only present in horses and not in humans! 

Some of the conditions which cold laser and/or acupuncture is frequently used for in horses includes chronic and acute laminitis, colic, stringhalt, muscle tightness and soreness/pain, difficulties with digestion, trauma recovery and healing, soft tissue injury such as tendonitis, scar tissue, fertility, post viral fatigue or just fatigue/lacking lustre, behavioural problems, viral infections with cough/COPD and choking.  Silvia has in depth knowledge on how to treat laminitis and equine metabolic syndrome.  Read the blog for guidance and details.


Acupuncture is an age old system of health care which dates back to thousands of years ago and works within a holistic framework whereby the complete individual (physical, emotional and spiritual) is taken into consideration. 

Acupuncture taps into the nervous system to help the body to heal and repair, activating the bodies own innate healing capacity thereby improving quality of mood, sleep, stress, digestion, pain and more.


Silvia has been practising for 20 years with special interest in preventative medicine and sports injuries/chronic pain also with experience treating some past players of the Richmond Football Club including Matthew Richardson and athletes from other sports codes as well as being part of the medical team as an acupuncturist for the Western Bulldogs Football Club for 3 years from 2011 to 2014 helping achieve a low injury rate.  Go to "about" page to find out more on what Silvia treats and how Silvia individualises her one on one treatments where the "whole" being is taken to account. 

For more information on evidence based research on what acupuncture can treat, please visit my blog and Evidence Based Acupuncture 

at https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org

and the Acupuncture Now Foundation



herbal medicine

We are lucky to be able to tap into nature and have herbs around us which nourish, support and guide our body through its very unique capacity to heal itself, no matter what the disease.  

Having done a Graduate Diploma in Western herbal medicine from the University of New England with a background in biochemistry with Honours at Melbourne University, Silvia is qualified as both a medical herbalist as well as in Chinese herbal medicine.​ 


Silvia can offer you a tailored health solution using the best quality herbal medicine, including supplements, which are mostly made in Australia and are TGA approved. Silvia has well stocked dispensary, containing practitioner only herbs and supplements in both tablet and liquid form, which are easy to take and so you can still look after yourself with a busy lifestyle. Chinese herbal medicine is AAA grade and certified organic from Empirical Health.  Go to empiricalhealthshop.com.au for more information.  Mediherb and Metagenics are other practitioner only herbs and supplements recommended.

Silvia can also work on your unique nutrition and lifestyle plan based on evidence based research and/or the traditional approach including recommending meditation and mindfulness programs such as MICBT (Mindfulness Integrative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has."

Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)

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