We celebrated the clinic expansion and our services to include community acupuncture on Thursday, 16th February 2017. Our treatment center also includes several consulting rooms to accommodate for the increasing demand of Chinese medicine services on Phillip Island and the Bass Coast Shire.

Brian Paynter, MP for Bass lead through the official ribbon cutting ceremony. He was accompanied by both Hans Seiwald and Brigitte Linder (founders) and witnessed by a spirited group of individuals. The heart piece of the new premises located at 10 Bluebird Court in Newhaven is a big space which will accommodate community acupuncture. It offers treatments for five people at the same time.

Research has shown that the community acupuncture setting positively influences patients. It is understood that people receiving it, like the motion of a shared healing journey.

The opening included a short welcoming by Hans Seiwald and the introduction of the Safflower team. Brian Paynter’s whole hearted address in his very down to earth style was entertaining and insightful. Brian noted that he accessed acupuncture in the past to treat a long standing lower back problem successfully.

Brian also pointed out how important he felt, acupuncture was to impact mental health. He has taken great pride in promoting both, adolescent mental health, and suicide prevention. He has also taken on board the tackling of domestic violence and is an advocate of health and physical well-being.

The evening provided a presentation by Brigitte Linder on the Chinese medicine view of cancer. It is estimated that in 2016, 36 million people were living with cancer across the globe – within five years of diagnosis.

Despite the fact that we have sophisticated treatments available, more people die of cancer in highly developed countries. During the address, factors like emotional and dietary health were investigated and put into the Chinese medicine concept of Qi (energy flow).

Light refreshments and networking followed Brigitte’s address. Allied health practitioners with various backgrounds discussed ways to optimize communication between modalities to help and support patients more effectively.

The Safflower Chinese medicine clinic is delighted and excited to be able to offer acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines to residents of the Bass Coast Shire. “From the feedback so far, we expect the community acupuncture to thrive and are thrilled, that this model will make acupuncture incredibly accessible for a lot of people”, says Brigitte Linder.

If you have any questions or queries about acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine, please email us or simply call (03) 5956 7011.

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