Online Chinese Herbal medicine and naturopathic consultations available Australia-wide.

Discover TCM 3 step formula for Managing Pain of Endometriosis and Supporting Fertility

Conveniently Located in
Prahran
South Yarra
Hawthorn

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Reconnect with your strength and restore your health and vitality.

Consultations

In Clinic Acupuncture care 
Chinese Herbal medicine
Naturopathic and Nutritional support
Diet and Lifestyle advice

Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)

Endometriosis

Heavy Periods

Irregular Periods

Absent Periods (Amenorrhoea)

PCOS

Menopause

Urinary Tract (UTIs) and other Infections e.g., recurrent thrush

Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)

Endometriosis

Heavy Periods

Irregular Periods

Absent Periods (Amenorrhoea)

PCOS

Menopause

Urinary Tract (UTIs) and other Infections e.g., recurrent thrush

Digestive Issues

Sleep / Insomnia

Headaches

Low Energy

Stress & Anxiety / Low Mood

Thyroid Conditions

Natural Conception

Infertility

IVF

Low Sperm Count / morphology

Pregnancy Support

Breastfeeding

Postpartum Recovery

Hay fever & Allergies

Common Colds & Flu

Respiratory Conditions

Low Immunity

Post-Viral Syndromes

Autoimmune Conditions

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Eczema

Dermatitis

Psoriasis

Acne

Rosacea

Urticaria (hives)

Varicella zoster (Shingles) and other herpes viruses

Hay fever & Allergies

Asthma

Eczema

Ear, Nose, Mouth, Throat Infections

Abnormal bowel motions such as Constipation

Sleep

Bedwetting

Also offering Online Chinese medicine and Naturopathic consultations.

About

Offering a range of complementary health services, Vital Qi strives to help you align with your strength and reclaim your health and vitality. We are dedicated to providing a patient centred model combining Chinese medicine and functional medicine to help you reach your optimal health.

Our Services

Acupuncture

The insertion of thin needles at specific points on the body to stimulate Qi flow and alleviate pain or treat various health conditions.

Herbal Medicine

The use of herbal remedies, often in the form of herbal formulas, to address specific imbalances and health concerns. TCM has an extensive pharmacopeia of herbs.

Naturopathy

Incorporating traditional and scientific knowledge to ensure patients receive optimal care.

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Facial rejuvenation and anti-ageing techniques to build collagen and elastin, preserving a youthful appearance.

Laser Acupuncture

Ensuring even the most sensitive patients, such as children and elderly, can access effective treatment.

Cupping

The application of suction cups to the skin's surface to improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and promote healing.

Welcome to Vital Qi

Over the past 10 years, Vital Qi has expanded its offerings to include Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Cosmetic acupuncture, and Functional (naturopathic) medicine.

Recognised for our commitment to nurturing individuals experiencing burnout, exhaustion, and hormonal changes, Vital Qi is dedicated to empowering you to manage your health and restore equilibrium to your overall wellness. Through a range of complementary health services, and continuous education, Vital Qi strives to help you align with your strength and reclaim your health and vitality.

At Vital Qi, we welcome individuals of all genders and are committed to supporting anyone on their path to health and wellness.

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A Passion for Women's Health

With over 10 years of experience as a healthcare practitioner, Dr. Anna Boetto (Chinese medicine), the founder, has developed a passion for women’s health. This emerged after recognising the essential support required by women throughout their health journeys.

Anna understands that education and empowerment are pivotal elements to help women discover their health and inner strength and attain their aspirations, whether it’s achieving better energy, hormonal balance, improved mental health, enhanced fertility, or overall well being. 

Vital Qi provides tools to support individuals in achieving their specific health goals. Our purpose is to ensure that you feel empowered regarding your health journey.

Dr. Anna Boetto is an AHPRA registered, university trained Chinese medicine and acupuncture practitioner and functional medicine practitioner with more than 10 years experience. Anna completed two Masters of Applied Science degrees in Chinese Medicine at RMIT: the Masters in Chinese Herbal medicine and the Masters of Acupuncture. She studied her undergraduate Bachelor of Health Science degree in functional medicine (Naturopathy).  

Inspired by the seamless incorporation of Chinese and Western medicine experienced during her internships at Nanjing Provincial University and Qinhuai Hospitals in Nanjing China, Anna is motivated by this approach to bring integration into clinical practice, ensuring a patient centred model. She values the contribution of different systems of medicine and is passionate about assimilating these modalities for the betterment of her patient’s health.

Anna continues to develop knowledge through ongoing post-graduate studies and has a special interest in women’s health with individual in-clinic mentoring from Steven Clavey in fertility and gynaecology. Other areas of interest include musculoskeletal pain, including pre- and post-operative management, neurological disease, and mental health, particularly stress and anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Chinese Medicine is a holistic healthcare system that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, nutrition, diet and lifestyle advice and other therapies. It can help the various symptoms of health conditions, such as pain management, digestive issues, stress, and more.
  • We offer treatments tailored to your specific needs.
  • Chinese Medicine is a holistic healthcare system that includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, nutrition, diet and lifestyle advice and other therapies. It can help the various symptoms of health conditions, such as pain management, digestive issues, stress, and more.
  • We offer treatments tailored to your specific needs.

Chinese medicine herbal consultations can be conducted in the clinic or telehealth, and typically involve a series of questions aimed at determining a Chinese medicine diagnosis. Acupuncture is conducted in-person, and it is best to wear loose, comfortable clothing. In most cases you will not need to disrobe but the area treated will be uncovered briefly and towels are provided for your comfort.

For all consultations, if possible and readily available, it’s advisable to bring any Western medicine blood tests and exam results. Also, details such as relevant dates of your menstrual cycle, medications and / or a history of past medical conditions, are useful.

The duration of your appointment may vary based on the practitioner and the chosen treatment method. Here’s a general guideline:

  • Initial phone or in clinic Chinese medicine herbal or naturopathic consultations typically last around 60 minutes for the consultation and includes time for the practitioner to formulate the prescription. Depending on the form of the script, dispensing may be done in the clinic which may take additional time or dispensed by our Raw Herb Dispenser and delivered to your door.
  • Subsequent herbal medicine or naturopathic consultations range up to 30 minutes.
  • Initial combined herbal medicine and/or acupuncture appointments are typically 1 to 1.5 hours in duration. Subsequent consultations are 1 hour duration.

Check if our services are covered by your health insurance. Most plans offering extras cover rebate Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatments.

Chinese medicine practitioners at the clinic are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency in both divisions of Chinese medicine; Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of Chinese medicine practice, which may help patients to manage a range of symptoms including for example, pain, stress, and fatigue.

Chinese medicine is generally considered to be safe but occasionally (as with all health treatment) individuals may respond differently, and all forms of treatment have the potential for adverse events in seldom cases.

Naturopathy aims to support overall health through natural means, but it’s important to discuss your individual health concerns and conditions with our naturopath to determine suitability and safety. 

The number of sessions varies depending on your condition and individual response to treatment. During your initial consultation, we will discuss a personalized treatment plan with you.

Chinese herbal medicines are generally safe when prescribed by a qualified practitioner. We carefully select herbs and customize formulas based on your unique health needs to minimize the risk of side effects and consider the use of Western medicine pharmaceuticals.

Raw herbal decoctions have traditionally served as the cornerstone of Chinese Medicine, owing to their historical effectiveness and adaptability. Our Raw herb dispenser has an inventory comprising a diverse array of more than 400 distinct herbs. Drawing from this extensive selection, we meticulously formulate patient-specific prescriptions by carefully handpicking the exact herbs and their precise dosages. This personalized approach allows us to tailor treatments that align with each patient’s unique health condition.

Sometimes yes, although pills, granules or tinctures can be as an alternative if the herbs can be not tolerated. Most patients are motivated enough by their condition to warrant giving every chance for their condition to get better and will hold their nose, or even drink it through a straw! Often, eating or drinking something straight after can help any residual taste.

Integrating traditional Chinese Medicine and naturopathy with Western medicine is possible and often encouraged. It’s essential to inform all your healthcare providers about the treatments you are receiving.

Wear comfortable clothing, arrive well-hydrated, and have a light meal before your appointment. Be prepared to discuss your health history and concerns with your practitioner.

Yes, we prioritize the health and safety of our clients. Our clinic follows all government-recommended COVID-19 safety measures, including sanitization, mask-wearing, and social distancing as required.

“Vital Qi” is dedicated to providing personalised, holistic healthcare solutions tailored to your specific needs. We combine the best of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and naturopathy, utilising functional testing, and referral to other registered healthcare and medical providers to support your wellness journey.

According to current and best available evidence Chinese medicine and Acupuncture may assist with the symptoms of:

1. Autoimmune disorders

Management of pain, stress and fatigue related to some autoimmune disorders, in consultation with other treating health practitioners.

2. Chronic disease

Management of pain, fatigue and nausea related to many chronic diseases.

3. Support for cancer treatment

  • Management of vomiting or nausea arising from chemotherapy.
  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Research is ongoing into cancer-related fatigue, cancer pain, cancer-related insomnia and other cancer-related conditions.

 

4. Pain relief and management.

 

5. Chronic pain related to depression by managing the underlying chronic pain.

 

6. Support fertility and other fertility treatments.

  • Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as an adjunct treatment that may assist with IVF treatment. There is continuing research about how acupuncture can assist with the effectiveness of IVF treatment, and you should consult your treating practitioner/s about how acupuncture may be able to help you.

 

7. Pregnancy

  • Pregnancy related aches and pains.
  • Pregnancy related nausea and vomiting.

 

8. Stress and Anxiety

Good scientific evidence shows acupuncture therapy to treat anxiety disorders yielding effective outcomes.

 

9. Patient satisfaction Survey

The American Specialty Health (ASH) patient satisfaction survey of 89,000 patients treated by 6,000 acupuncturists over two years found: 93% of respondents nationally said provider was successful in treating their primary condition in 2014 & 2015; 99% of members surveyed nationally rated quality of care and service from their ASH network acupuncturist as good to excellent in 2014 & 2015; and 90.5% of 2015 respondents and 89% of their 2014 respondents said they would probably or definitely recommend their health plan to others.