Abdominal Palpation

Abdominal Palpation

Client Stories

Because the abdomen is the seat of most major organs, abdominal palpation can reveal the precise areas which are sapping energy and causing pain, discomfort, and loss of function.

George was 45 and came to us because he felt highly stressed, had constant bloating of the whole belly, and reduced energy levels.  Abdominal palpation revealed tightness under his ribs. I treated this immediately with acupuncture and shiatsu; and by the end of the first session the tightness under his rib cage had significantly decreased.  He went home with a Chinese herbal formula and some dietary modifications.  A week later, George reported that his energy levels were improving and bloating was now intermittent. There was still some tightness under his rib cage and this reduced further at the end of the next treatment session. I changed his herbal prescription and he continues to work on dietary changes and having regular treatments. These days he’s noticed improved energy and moods, no more bloating, less stress, and increased libido.

Louise wanted treatment for her painful periods and preconception care. She had a very cold area in the centre of the belly. I treated her with cupping, moxa and acupuncture as well as prescribing herbs and giving dietary advice.  After 2 months of weekly treatment her periods were completely pain-free and her belly felt warm all over. Her husband also had weekly acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatments during the 3 month preconception care period to improve the quality of his sperm and decrease stress. In Louise’s next cycle she conceived naturally.

Using the Abdomen for Diagnosis

Using the Abdomen for Diagnosis

 – by Alice Louey

The abdomen provides a lot of information upon gentle palpation.  I use this when there are digestive, stress, energy, menstrual or fertility issues to identify specific areas that need treatment.  Treatment may involve a number of different modalities:  moxa,  cupping,  acupuncture,  shiatsu/acupressure releases,  and/or Chinese herbal formulas.  

Temperature Variations: Most people who come in with the above issues don’t realise that they may have temperature variations in their abdomen which can indicate areas where there may be energy blockages. Palpation identifies these variations and helps your practitioner diagnose and address the source of your symptoms.

Tight Areas: Often people have become so used to feeling tightness under their ribs that they assume this is normal and may not even notice it. Actually it’s a result of stress which can also cause bloating. Stress can cause blockages/stagnation within the body and can be resolved by treatment with herbs, massage, and acupuncture to improve energy flow. Treatment can help clients feel more comfortable and look slimmer.

Tender Areas: In some cases even gentle pressure on the abdomen causes sensitivity. Again, this can be a sign of some kind of blockage/stagnation within the body and is often associated with symptoms such as digestive problems and menstrual pain which can be associated with stress and fertility concerns.

Depending on how deeply ingrained the pattern of disharmony has become and how long it has been present, sometimes things resolve within a single treatment session, while at other times it may take a course of treatments.  As always, treatments are individualised for each client. In addition to the treatment you receive at the clinic you will often be offered personalised advice on diet, self-massage, acupressure, herbal prescriptions and other opportunities to help your body heal faster.

Massage South Melbourne

Massage South Melbourne


At the Bing’s Natural Health massage clinic in South Melbourne we believe that massage is a powerful tool for healing and wellness, to help you achieve relaxation, relief from pain and postural improvement. We have many years of experience working with a wide range of clientele to meet your needs and get you feeling better.

Rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with a relaxing and healing massage.

Our massages include:

  1. Shiatsu Massage
  2. Chinese Massage
  3. Therapeutic Massage
  4. Pregnancy Massage
  5. Combination Massage
  6. Sports Massage
  7. Foot Massage

which can all be used in combination with Chinese medicineacupuncture,  moxibustion,  cupping  and  Chinese herbs.

Through the healing touch of massage therapy the body has an innate ability to restore itself, improve circulation, detoxify, relieve tension, improve digestion, enhance muscle tone, and increase mental alertness, while relieving pain and stiffness.

Your massage therapist will ask you to fill out a health history and then ask some questions. Sometimes a single therapy, or just one approach will not suit everyone. So we may blend the skills and philosophies of different therapy approaches to provide you with a treatment that best suits your specific needs.

As an added benefit, all of the Bing’s Natural Health massages include some form of acupressure and acupressure massage, which is a recognised and helpful traditional Chinese medicine technique.

Are You Retaining Fluid But Don’t Know It?

Are You Retaining Fluid But Don’t Know It?

Fluid Retention

Your body may be retaining fluid for many reasons and you might not be aware of it, but you’ll notice the difference when you start to get rid of it.

Eczema & Fluid Retention: Josh has been seeing me for several months and his eczema is now basically under control, thanks to acupuncture and herbal treatments, but it usually flares up at this time of year. Skin conditions and fluid retention are frequently an indication of weakness in the digestive system.

One visit I noticed that his skin felt rather like a water balloon, so I added some additional herbs to his prescription because Josh was retaining fluid. When he came back a month later he said clothes were more comfortable and he had not developed the weepy rash he usually suffered at this time.

Maria had a busy and stressful year. As a result of work pressure she was eating poorly, skipping exercise and had put on weight. When she came in for Shiatsu I realized that she had fluid retention, so as well as looking at her lifestyle changes I prescribed herbs and acupuncture. In the following week she lost 5 kgs – mostly of fluid. 3 weeks later she had lost another 3kgs and we changed her herbs to a digestive blend.

Once the fluid had dispersed she felt so much better and couldn’t believe she hadn’t noticed it.