Indigo Chinese Medicine is a Chinese medicine general practice with two locations in north-east Victoria; Beechworth and Wodonga.
The Beechworth clinic houses a comprehensive raw herbal medicine dispensary on display, which provides a gorgeous backdrop to the waiting room.
We provide acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, diet therapy, cupping, moxibustion, qi gong, lifestyle advice.
We also offer cooking classes and workshops, and stock selected wellbeing related products.
Why the name Indigo?
Besides being one of the prettiest looking words, the name Indigo was selected because by sheer luck (or it could be destiny) the clinic is founded in the Indigo Shire.
Chinese herbal medicine uses indigo naturalis, known as Qing Dai (pronounced “ching die”).
And importantly, the colour indigo represents all sorts of lovely healing aspects; it is the colour of intuition and perception and is helpful in opening the third eye. It represents service to humanity, reflects great devotion, wisdom and justice along with fairness and impartiality. Indigo is a defender of people’s rights to the end.
Dr Becki Milani
BHSc – Chinese Medicine
Registered Practitioner – Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
Becki gained a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Chinese Medicine at esteemed college Southern School of Natural Therapies.
She has worked with highly regarded practitioners in Melbourne, including world-renown Steven Clavey and has returned to North-East Victoria to provide quality healthcare to her hometown community.
MY (HEALTH) STORY
Before finding Chinese medicine I was a mess. At the age of 26 I felt like death warmed up and it frustrated me that I should have been feeling vibrant, healthy, energetic, full of life. I was plagued with insidious health complaints that doctors kept telling me there’s nothing wrong (because nothing showed up on tests); irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, palpitations, mood swings, acne, no energy, poor appetite, unable to focus, pains and aches everywhere but seemed to come from nowhere, painful and irregular menstrual cycles…and the fatigue! I was always tired. Ten years later I’m a completely different person. While I’m not picture perfect (I still love my coffee, cheese and wine!), my health is in very good stead and no where near the strife I was on a fast-track to. I also know the little tricks of the trade to re-balance when I indulge (I have a herbal pharmacy at home 😉 )
It simply comes down to knowing how to manage the body…
With so much conflicting advice out there well who could blame us for being confused. We weren’t born given a manual of how to operate and maintain our ‘vehicle’. What we are given is thousands of years wisdom based on observation, trial and error, and empirical research based on human subjects with no financial interest over many, many lifetimes. I’m talking about Chinese medicine philosophies. It’s these philosophies, dietary and lifestyle principles which I have adopted, teach, and practice, adapted for modern day.
Chinese medicine is an ancient system of medicine stemming back thousands of years. Some evidence exists up to 5,000 years ago! Officially though, we say 2,500 years of history. Over this time the ancients observed people, the weather, the seasons, the terrain, foods, plants, animals disease, cause and effect, everything! Philosophies were developed and theories created, refined and documented. Many other medicines we have today borrow from the depths of Chinese medicine.
Simply put, Chinese medicine views that at all our health complaints can be attributed to an imbalance in the body. What we do in Chinese medicine is restore balance with acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet therapy, tui na (acupressure massage), cupping, moxibustion, qi gong, tai chi, and lifestyle advice.
Chinese medicine treats the person and not the disease based on identifying individual’s pattern. Patterns are identified through questioning (case taking), observing the tongue and reading the pulse. That is why when we get asked questions such as “what can I take for x?” we will start to grill you with in-depth questions to flesh out your exact presentation in order to provide the correct advice. Looking at the underlying pattern is also the reason why we can effectively treat a wide range of conditions, pain, and presentations.
Because we assist the body to heal and restore itself, it is completely natural, effective and side-effect free. Therefore Chinese medicine a safe option for males, females, children, teens and the elderly. Even animals can get acupuncture and herbal medicine!
Nowadays there is more and more evidence-based research to support acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines. One example is of a recent RMIT study has shown that acupuncture provided the same level of pain relief as analgesic drugs (without the side effects) in cases of migraines, back pain and sprained ankles. Most participants treated with acupuncture also tended to leave hospital earlier. It’s nice to know modern medicine is catching up to ancients wisdom 😉
Acupuncture is not scary. In fact most people are so relaxed they fall asleep on the treatment table and experience a little high after the treatment, which I dub the ‘acupuncture high’. After receiving treatments over time, you start to look forward to a little tune-up, usually for me is around the turn of each season (unless something more urgent turns up in the meantime).