Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture generally doesn't hurt.  The needles might hurt slightly going in however it is more of a sensation than a pain.  You may experience a slight prick. Different needles can be used for different pain tolerance levels and different regions of the body.  I'm sure if it hurt that much it wouldn't be so popular!


Is acupuncture safe?

All practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine need to be registered with AHPRA, therefore it is a regulated proffession.  Silvia is registered under both divisions of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia (CMBA).

Be aware that acupuncture is VERY different to dry needling, a modality that chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths use in conjunction with their treatment. Always check qualifications and check their association memberships & registration if unsure.  Medical acupuncture is also different to traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture.


What do i need to bring to appointments?

Just wear comfortable clothing and if you can bring copies of blood tests or scans relevant to your visit, only if you can, please bring them along with you. Otherwise further advice will be discussed at your consult and Silvia works with General Practitioners and other allied health practitioners to look after you.


Can i exercise before or after treatments?

It is best to exercise before treatments on the day you have acupuncture or massage so to allow your body to enable the healing and repairing process to flow on after you have had treatment without any disruption. Therefore you are not allowing your body to use energy elsewhere, where it could be used to repair your condition or injury!  Eat good clean healthy food, hydrate and relax after treatments if you can to get the most out of it. It is okay to continue exercise the next day after treatment.


How many treatments will i need to get better?

This is totally up to the individual and how long the condition has been in existence, Usually the condition has been going on long before it's been diagnosed.  It also depends on other factors such as how well you respond to acupuncture, your constitution (genetics) as we say in Chinese medicine, dietary and lifestyle factors. Even environmental factors such as weather or living environment also contribute to our wellbeing and progress in recovery.  


A course of acupuncture treatment is usually anywhere between 4-15 treatments, unless it is something acute like a virus, you may only need one treatment. You will notice gradual improvement in your wellbeing after each treatment.


After that a maintenance routine is encouraged where you can treat yourself to a treatment once a month to keep your nervous system in check, much like a tune up. Usually it's one treatment a week initially.  Silvia will be able to give you a better indication after your first treatment . This is also best explained on the AACMA association website (


How much will it cost?


Initial consult & acupuncture (1hr 15 min) $110.

Follow up consult & acupuncture (1 hr) $80

Follow up with acupuncture & massage/cupping/heat therapy (1 hour and 15min) is $100.


Initial consult & acupuncture (1 hr 15 min) $90

Follow up consult & acupuncture (1 hr) $70

Equine acupuncture

$80 on the Mornington Peninsula.  Includes massage and moxibustion if needed.

All consults include lifestyle and dietary advice based on traditional Chinese medicine as well as a consult on herbal medicine and supplements if required.

You can claim private health rebates on the spot at Flemington.  A receipt will be issued for private health claiming in Bittern (Mornington peninsula).


What are Silvia's hours of operation?

Silvia is available Wednesday and Thursday in Flemington and Monday, Tuesday and Friday in Bittern on the Mornington peninsula. Hours of operation are generally from 10am till 7pm. If you cannot find an appointment online, please SMS Silvia on 0425 818 966.

Are the herbs and supplements gluten and dairy free?

Yes, most of the herbs come with allergy certificates which mean that they are CERTIFIED 100% gluten free and also free of other products such as eggs, dairy and nuts.  All the herbs come from with GMP certification (Goods Manufacturing Practice) and TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) approved.  Most of Silvia's herbal medicine is made in Australia. Please go to the Mediherb website for more information.


How do i pay, are there credit card facilities & can i claim with private health? Where is Chi Temple located and is parking available?

Credit card & eftpos facilities with ISOFT/HICAPS is available.  You can book your appointments online by clicking on the button on the home page or SMS Silvia on 0425 818 966.  Chi Temple Natural therapies is now located within Balanced Healthcare on 24 Ascot Vale Rd Flemington, 100m away from the roundabout on Racecourse Rd.  There is parking on the premises.

Chi Temple in Bittern is located on 2 acres of tranquility just behind the Bittern train station.  Come and visit the ponies as well as have a treatment!