Any good health fund will cover TCM/Acupuncture if you have 'extras' cover. The amount that the health fund will pay, per consultation, and the overall limit that the fund will pay in a year, is individual to your health fund. The fund often pays part of the consultation, through a system called 'HICAPS'. Using HICAPS [...]
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of primary health care that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, remedial massage, 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. Traditional Chinese Medicine has an uninterrupted history of development in China and other [...]
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine uses over 450 substances that come from plant, animal and mineral sources. You may find some in your kitchen, such as ginger, garlic and cinnamon, while others such as chrysanthemum and peony flowers, are more likely to be found in your garden. These substances have been used in ancient times to establish [...]
Chinese herbal formulas have various tastes depending on your body type and condition. Herbal substances have many different flavors: sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, bland.
Is it possible to combine Chinese herbal treatments with pharmaceuticals and other conventional medicines?
Yes, Chinese herbs can be taken along with western herbs, homeopathic medicines, vitamins, minerals and pharmaceutical drugs as long as they are checked by your practitioner. From the initial intake, we will create a custom formula and may advise you to take the herbs at a separate time than your other medicines.
Formulas consist of carefully combined herbs which come in various forms: capsules, pills and liquids. Depending on the severity of your condition we may choose one method over another for the desired effect.
The most common side effects of Chinese herbs are digestive upsets and gas/bloating depending on the body’s ability to digest them. Taking the formula after a meal may alleviate these symptoms in most cases.