Natural Medicine Week – May 25-31

Central Coast Body Mechanics is proud to be one of the Central Coast’s most respected acupuncture clinics. Established for more than 20 years, we have three fully qualified practitioners with comprehensive experience.

Our founder, Tim Barrett uses acupuncture, massage and stretch therapy in his treatments. Rebecca Sheather uses acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Joanna McKeown’s modalities are acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, naturopathy and pregnancy massage.

With Natural Medicine Week approaching this week – May 25-31 – we’d like to share with you some facts about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.  

The following text was kindly provided by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS) who sponsor Natural Medicine Week. All of our practitioners are members of ATMS, as well as other professional bodies.

Acupuncture involves the use of thin solid metal needles, which are inserted in the body at very specific points. The aim is to correct the flow of vital energy to restore the body to balance and maintain the health of the body’s unique system.

Did you know?

  • The origins of acupuncture can be traced back more than 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest health care systems in the world
  • Australia is the only country in the world where Statutory Registration of Acupuncture is mandatory in order for practitioners to practice.
  • According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment for hay fever, depression, facial pain, induction of labour, knee pain, lower back pain, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis and tennis elbow.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is a complete medical system which originated in ancient China and evolved over thousands of years. Used to identify, treat and prevent illness, the underlying practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine is a unique view of the world and human body, with the mind and body viewed as an interconnected energetic system.

Did you know?

  • Following the belief that every living thing is made up of the two opposing forces of Yin and Yang, Chinese Herbal Medicine is often prescribed to help normalise imbalances of energy or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’)
  • There are hundreds of ingredients used in Chinese Herbal Medicine preparations, from spices like ginger, to flowers and plants, and sometimes animal derived ingredients. However, Chinese Herbal Medicine should never include the use of endangered species.
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used to treat a huge range of conditions including digestive issues, mental health, anxiety and insomnia, skin disorders, and to combat illnesses like the common cold or influenza.

To book an appointment with any of our practitioners, visit or phone (02) 4325 5448.