Traditional chinese medicine (TCM)

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage (anmo tuina), exercise and breathing therapy (such as qigong), and diet and lifestyle advice. In Australia, the most popular forms of TCM health care are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific sites (acupuncture points) along the body's meridians to clear energy blockages and encourage the normal flow of qi through the individual. The practitioner may also stimulate the acupuncture points using other methods, including moxibustion, cupping and massage, in order to re-establish the flow of qi.

What is qi? (pronounced 'chee')
Qi is the term for your "life energy" which flows through the body's meridians ( a network of invisible channels that run through the body).

Chinese herbal medicine
Chinese herbal medicine takes an holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
A qualified practitioner is able to prescribe a Chinese herbal formula that is specifically tailored to the individual so rather that treating the disease in general, the focus is on the patient's particular health condition. For this reason, people with similar health conditions may be prescribed quite different Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions.
As your condition changes and improves with treatment, the Chinese herbal treatment is adjusted accordingly.

This ancient form of healthcare is now a popular choice for many people seeking natural treatment of a variety of illnesses and imbalances arising from today's busy lifestyles. These include:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Migraine
  • Headache
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Insomnia
  • Menopause
  • Neck, lower back, elbow and shoulder injuries
  • Nerve pain
  • Stress related issues
An acupuncture treatment can result in feelings of deep relaxation, euphoria and a general sense of light and balance. Many people report feeling like they are "floating" after a session. Therefore, as well as seeking treatment of specific disharmonies, many people enjoy regular treatments to maintain their health and well being in order to enjoy their life in a pain free and harmonious way.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners are registered with APRHA.

Our Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

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Acupuncturist: B.Hlth.Sc. TCM