Thursday, May 11, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Mackay’s newest acupuncturist grew up in a Chinese medicine household, following in his father’s footsteps by pursuing acupuncture.
“Whenever my brother or I would get sick, it was always herbs and natural medicine first,” said Bob Wong of Art of Acupuncture.
“My father and grandfather were practitioners so I would always help out at my father’s clinic when I was studying as well.”
It wasn’t always Bob’s dream to practise acupuncture. Originally, he wanted to travel China to study martial arts. It was his father who urged him to follow the family profession, so they came to a compromise.
“I would try studying Chinese medicine for three months with his teacher in China and then the rest of the time I would go train martial arts,” he said.
“After three months studying at the Chinese medicine hospital I ended up falling in love with it and decided that acupuncture would be my career.
“I saw firsthand the amazing results it could produce and loved how it provided a natural option rather than just drugs or surgery for everything.”
Completing his Bachelor’s in medicine in China, with a specialisation in acupuncture, Bob was able to see how both traditional and conventional medicine were utilised in Asia’s hospital systems. He moved to Australia in 2013, spending most of the time since then in Brisbane. Getting sick of the rat race, he and his family decided to try something different. After a road trip through Mackay last year, they decided it would be a good fit and they went for it. He, his wife, his eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter love the outdoors, going for hikes and exploring their new surroundings. Still passionate about martial arts, Bob practices Brazilian iiu jitsu at Mackay MMA and helps out with the kids classes in his free time.
Art of Acupuncture started in Brisbane in 2013, recently relocating to Pioneer Medical Centre in North Mackay. Offering a variety of services such as acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine, Bob and the team are dedicated to understanding the needs of their patients, explaining how their treatments work and getting the best results.
“We see a lot of chronic pain, neuralgia and uncommon disorders in our clinic,” Bob said.
“I love how we’re able to help people who have almost given up all hope.
“Many of these patients often times have tried everything in terms of conventional medicine and don’t really know what else to do.”