William (Bill) Keane has been working with patients for over 25 years. He is a healer with a broad range of therapeutic skills stemming from the Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) framework which draws on acupuncture as well as other TCM medicinal techniques. This sets Bill apart from most acupuncturists in the west, which use acupuncture as the primary modality. While acupuncture is used in Bill’s treatments, other modalities will be called upon depending on your diagnosis based on his experience of what will work best.
Bill’s holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment means that he is working on the core issues, not just the symptoms. His treatments can address multiple issues at once, due to the holistic nature of the treatment.
Bill was drawn to healing from an early age when his mother almost died due to an adverse reaction to prescription drugs that she was prescribed for high blood pressure. This experience questioned the belief that Western medical practices were the only answer for the treatment of disease, and led him to look for ways that we could maintain optimum health.
He believes that the most effective treatments will always draw on the combination of therapies and he may use acupuncture, herbal medicine, Chinese dietetics, gu sha, cupping, moxibustion, massage, and physical therapies as part of his treatments.
Bill received his training in the arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Melbourne from an acknowledged Master, Professor Lun Wong OAM. This involved a rigorous curriculum of study, clinical practice, herbalism, Taoist philosophy, martial arts, and meditation. Most importantly, William worked closely with Professor Wong in-clinic sessions which gave him a deeper understanding of the subtle causes of disease in the mind, body, and spirit and effective treatment options.
Professor Wong passed away in 2017 at 98 years of age. Bill is honoured to be able to utilize and pass on the training and wisdom he imparted to him to help patients to heal and live their very best lives.
This unique training and experience mean that you will benefit from a profound tradition of knowledge of how the human body works that has been passed down the generations from master to student for more than 3,000 years.
The Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine
A preventative approach to health is one of the main differences between western and eastern medicine.
TCM aims to address the root origins of illness, not just the symptoms. Skilled diagnosis can interpret signs that your body is out of balance before the symptoms of illness appear. It requires time, commitment, and belief that these treatments will eventually work. It’s about maintaining health and restoring balance in the body.
Prevention is better than cure.
Bill’s TCM Master Professor Wong practiced a holistic approach to diagnosis. This approach helps to recognise the progression of disease from Physical Form (Xing) to Spirit (Shen), or vice versa, as well as guiding the combination of methods used for the most effective treatment. This philosophy recognises that physical, mental, and emotional aspects must all be considered when treating disease.
Here’s an example of TCM philosophical thinking:
Your emotions are an integrated part of our organ functions and often the root cause of any disease. For example, the liver meridian is impacted by emotional changes, in particular anger. When we feel angry, the Liver overheats and as a consequence the liver qi (chi) becomes stagnant. Long-term negative emotions can also negatively influence the interdependent functioning of the heart and the kidney systems. The holistic approach of TCM would work to release the liver qi and bring the heart and kidneys back into balance.
In line with his teachings and traditional wisdom, Bill uses a combination of the five main treatment methods to treat any presenting illness.
Chinese herbal medicine is a core part of the treatment. By understanding the body’s pathology and symptoms, Bill can prescribe herbal formulae based primarily on pulse diagnosis and disease pattern recognition.
Acupuncture and moxibustion is used to promote balance and move qi (chi) in the body. Acupuncture relies on in-depth knowledge of the meridians (channels running through the body) and the location and function of the points along each channel.
An Mo (incorporating Tui Na)
Massage therapy may be used to loosen the joints, tendons, and muscles at the surface level. Without this acupuncture can be less effective as the structure of the body is important for healing.
This includes physical therapy, including bone setting and manipulation to correct joint misalignment. Many techniques that chiropractors use these days have roots in TCM, and Bill may use some gentle techniques to help with alignment.
Chinese diet therapy, which has two aspects – seasonal and sickness. Seasonal diets consider the character of the person and season when advising what will work best for their health. Diets for restoring health consider foods that target the body imbalance, and the removal of foods that may be exacerbating the situation.
What makes Bill unique is that he will use any or all of these 5 modalities during your session depending on your presentation and what works best for you. This provides an incredibly tailored and specific treatment that can allow your body to come back to balance so that you can heal.