Femme Vital is a clinic where you can confidently access all your holistic Chinese medicine wellbeing, and tailored treatment in Fairfield, Melbourne.

About the Founder: Ilana

Ilana Sowter is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine & Inspirational Life Coach.

We have special interests in women’s health & radiance.

Not only to feel better from unwanted signs and symptoms you experience. You can feel fantastic and reach your full potential as a women.

Of course this includes fertility, pregnancy, smooth menopause transition, periods of poor health and beyond.

She is a triple-degree graduate to Masters level (RMIT).

Ilana is also a speaker, educating fellow practitioners about Women’s Health and Chinese Herbal medicine with Materia Medica and lectures at NZCCM in TCM Women’s Health. Listen here to Ilana and Women’s Health on the radio.

Holistic, Gentle & Tailored

 10 Years Experience with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs & Coaching

Masters (Chinese Herbal Medicine), Bachelor (Acupuncture), Bachelor (Science)

Registered Practitioner with AACMA & AHPRA

Experienced with;

  • Women’s Health
  • Emotions: from Anxiety to Depression
  • Relationship, Sex Issues & Libido problems
  • Fertility Support – Female & Male Factor, IVF Support
  • Pregnancy & Post-Partum
  • Menopause
  • Acne & Cosmetic
  • Pain
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Immunity & Gut Health
  • General Health Issues

Why Acupuncture?
Ilana first studied Science at the prestigious Melbourne University. After this, she personally found great efficacy in Acupuncture for a stubborn rash and chest infection which them completely disappeared. Naturally, Ilana has always been passionate about herbs, health and life.

Are you a registered practitioner?
Yes, Dr. Ilana Sowter (Chinese Medicine) is a fully qualified practitioner of Chinese Medicine. She holds a strict code of ethics and accountability. Notably, she is registered with the Australian CMRB and is a member of AACMA. For more about Ilana and her qualifications go here.

Holistic Health Coaching
With over 9 years of practical experience, Dr. Ilana Sowter (Chinese Medicine) found that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs were not always enough to treat her patients effectively. With exploring the depths of some of her patients’ lives and thinking patters she soon discovered that many had issues. Life circumstances or thinking patterns that once changed; their health problems remarkably improved. This is where coaching is key; if the true cause of the disease is not treated then the disease will not be cured. More about coaching.

Conditions Supported

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine has traditionally been used for various health conditions, signs & symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hayfever
  • Asthma
  • Poor Immunity
  • Gut Issues
  • Fertility (female & male)
  • IVF support
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
  • Endometriosis
  • Pregnancy Wellbeing
  • High Risk Pregnancy Support
  • Acupuncture Induction for Labour
  • Breech Baby, Malposition & Posterior Position
  • Acne, Skin & Cosmetic
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Women’s Health Conditions
  • Stress
  • All Kinds of Pain
  • Post-Partum Recovery
  • Menopause.

Acupuncture can be beneficial other general conditions. Dr Ilana (Chinese Medicine) works in Fairfield, Melbourne.

Past Dr. Ilana (Chinese Medicine) has been practising for over 9 years. She spent her early career working with Ngaio Richards at Sydney’s House of Fertility and Healing. Later was a part of Fertile Ground Health Group; Melbourne’s premium collaboration of health practitioners. She understands the importance of being your health practitioner while working in collaboration with you GP, specialist and team of people. Since 2016, she ran her own private practice in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. Then she ran her own private practice in Murrays Bay, Auckland, New Zealand for over a year whilst completing her Masters in Chinese Herbal Medicine.


Ilana is a member of AACMA, and is registered with the Australian government’s AHPRA body.

Ilana devotes much of her time researching anecdotal evidence and current trends in women’s health and wellbeing. Essentially, she is passionate about attending seminars, hosting seminars and teaching at university level. Her main purpose is to inspire her clients to understanding and manage their own wellbeing. She has undertaken extra studies and training with Professor Huang Huang, along with observing some great herbalists such as Peter Slipper, Dr Li and Kylie Freemantle. Recently, she has presented various seminars for Materia Medica and has taught TCM Gynaecology at NZCCM.


  • Masters of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine), RMIT
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine), Endeavour College of Natural Health
  • Bachelor of Science & Dip. Mod. Languages, University of Melbourne

Areas Serviced
Acupuncture Fairfield, Northcote, Westgarth, Clifton Hill, Fitzroy North, Carlton North, Fitzroy, Abbotsford, Collingwood, Carlton, East Melbourne, Richmond, Kew, Alphington, Thornbury, Ivanhoe, Eaglemont, Ivanhoe East, Kew East, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Parkville & surrounds.


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About Ilana

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Women

Female Imbalances

Masculine Feminine


Morning Sickness (Pregnancy)

Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)