Creating Health Transformations
With Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine, Eastern Diet Therapy
+ Lifestyle Solutions
Meet Dr. Dianna
Dianna Porter Acupuncture has been operating in the Southern Highlands since 2013 with a mission to provide your family with safe natural solutions, supporting your choices, your well- being and your overall health: YOU are in charge of your health and well-being!
I am an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist based in Bowral. I have government registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and am a member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA). I was awarded a Bachelor of Health Science (TCM), First Class Honours and a Doctorate of Chinese Medicine from Western Sydney University. Additionally, I completed a clinical internship at Jiangsu Provincial Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, Nanjing, China. I also have a Diploma of An Mo Tui Na (Chinese Remedial Massage), Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Diploma of Meditation. My PhD involved a clinical trial using Chinese herbal medicine to alleviate hot flushes in breast cancer patients and was conducted in 3 Sydney hospitals.
As an acupuncturist and researcher I am passionate about evidence based medicine, constantly educating myself on the latest scientific research and techniques for a wide range of issues. To this end I recently completing a PhD with NICM Health Research Institute (Westmead) and I have a particular interest in supportive cancer care. I also lecture in the Chinese medicine program at Western Sydney University to the undergraduates and Master of TCM students.
If you are seeking sustainable and long term solutions to your current health concerns call me to arrange a free 15 minute consultation.
Utilizing Ancient Medicine
for Modern Wellness
Acupuncture is More Than Just Needles!
There are a number of other treatment modalities I can use to complement your acupuncture treatment to increase effectiveness and help you get back to better health faster
Chinese Herbal medicine
Eastern Diet Therapy
Cosmetic Facial Rejuvenation
Moxibustion Heat Therapy
TDP Heat Lamp Therapy
Herbal Liniments or Herbal Patches
Beginning The Healing Journey
Are you ready to commit to taking the first step in regaining control of your health and well-being? Many people struggle with acute and chronic health conditions which frustrate them everyday. Your body is capable of much more than just operating day in and day out with fatigue, stress, pain, etc. You have found your way here because you want to be empowered and educated about your healing potential
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Acupuncture is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
as being an effective treatment for a variety of health conditions
Acupuncture and herbs are both an integral part of Chinese medicine practice, which may be able to assist with a range of symptoms:
Call Dianna today to discuss your health concerns and to ascertain if Chinese medicine may be able to assist.
Registered with Australian private health funds.
What patients are saying
Dianna is a very caring and experienced practitioner. Her advice was very helpful in dealing with my health issues. I would recommend her services.
- Margot Allat
A fabulous practitioner with so much knowledge and experience. Dianna has successfully treated me for many many years, always with great results!
- Gloria Rozario
Amazing result and I’m so glad I tried Dianna after my friend recommended her.
- Moira Eather
Dianna offered a professional and comprehensive service with an empathetic approach whilst listening and responding with care to my health concerns. Her treatment helped me immensely and I recommend her practice wholeheartedly.
- June N
Great experience, has been seeing Dianna for the last three weeks to help with tension and muscular pain, have been getting acupuncture, cupping and massage, her treatments really made a difference and certainly exceeded my expectations, thank you.
- Maria Barona
Frequently Asked Questions
The short answer: NO.
Commonly the reaction I hear after inserting a needle for the first time is, “Oh is that it?” The pins are as fine as a hair on your head. Often a sensation is elicited along the acupuncture meridian which feels like a dull ache, a tingle, a heaviness. Other reactions are relaxation, digestive gurgling, sleepiness.
When you come in you will fill out a standard health history form. After that we sit and talk about your main concerns plus any other health concerns bothering you. We will conduct a TCM tongue and pulse diagnosis and talk about your lifestyle, diet, sleep, energy and stress levels etc. Once we have all the background stuff we move on to the treatment. Treatments are designed specific to what you need each visit and may include other therapeutic modalities besides acupuncture (listed above).Sometimes I suggest a change in your lifestyle or diet to implement at home.
Your first visit is 60 minutes. We usually request that you arrive 10 minutes early to fill out the patient history form. Subsequent visits are scheduled for 45-60 minutes.
In Australia Chinese medicine and acupuncture are tightly regulated by a government body (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and all practitioners need to have completed an approved university degree, be registered with AHPRA and belong to a professional association. Additionally practitioners must comply with Continuing Education annually to be registered. Dry needling, which is not acupuncture, is usually carried out by other health practitioners after attending a week-end workshop.
All needles are single use, disposable from quality assured manufacturers. All herbs are approved by the Australian TGA and manufactured under stringent manufacturing process( GMP). Chinese medicine is considered to be very safe, but as with all health treatments, may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. Slight bruising occurs rarely.
No medical treatment is 100%f effective all of the time for 100% of the population. TCM is the oldest primary health care system in the world and practiced in hundreds of countries and has undergone thousands of evaluations – and it is still here. Try it for yourself and find out.
We use granule herbs that are mixed with warm water to make a tea. However, depending on the herbs used they can be bitter or your palate may not be used to them. This reaction to the flavour is part of the medicine and the herbs will change as your body responds and heals. If you dislike the taste we can prescribe the herbs in pill or capsule format.
I will ask a lot of questions and have reserved this time just for you. Out intention is to be non-judgemental, compassionate, very present and honest. Everything you share is completely confidential, so you can feel safe. Let us know what you need and what is going on. It is best to be hydrated and not caffeine high or blood-sugar low when you come for a treatment. Try not to have to rush off to work or a social event after your treatment and its best not to drink alcohol afterward. It is better to relax for a while. Wear loose clothing if possible to make treatment easier if necessary. If you do have to remove any clothing, the practitioner will leave the room until you are ready. Towels are provided for modesty.