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Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine utilises the power of substances in nature to treat a wide variety of common complaints and to optimise health and well-being.



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Dr Matt Boyle

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What is Chinese medicine?

Chinese medicine is one of the oldest complete medical systems in the world with its own form of diagnosis and treatment. The two most popular branches of this system are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.





What is Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine involves the use of substances found in nature to treat conditions based on a complex and sophisticated diagnostic framework.


What does it treat?

Chinese herbal medicine excels in all areas of internal medicine.


What herbs are actually used?

Chinese herbs are primarily plant based (leaves, flowers, twigs, seeds, roots and barks), however can also include minerals and a small number of animal products (no endangered species or unethical products are ever prescribed at our clinic). People wishing to avoid animal constituents are easily accommodated for.


How are herbs used?

Individual herbs are combined together to form a herbal formula which works synergistically to enhance the action of all the individual herbs and to minimise any potential side effects. This formula is typically modified on each visit to adjust for an individual’s changing presentation and progress.


How are herbs consumed?

The primary method of herbal administration used in our clinic is concentrated granules (powders). Granule herbs are very convenient and simple to consume: all you need to do is add hot water and drink.

In cases where granule herbs are not suitable, liquid extracts (using a dropper) may be used. This method is particularly well tolerated by children. Herbal pills or capsules may also be used.

For skin complaints you may also be prescribed a topical herbal cream; which will be made up specifically for your particular presentation. The herbal creams use a coconut oil base cream (paraffin-free) that is mixed in with liquid extracts of particular Chinese herbs.


Are the herbs safe?

The manufacturers of all the herbal products used in our clinic have conducted stringent testing to ensure that strict quality standards are met and pesticide levels minimised.

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How long are appointments?

Initial treatments can last up to 90 minutes. Subsequent appointments last between 30 and 60 minutes.

How much will this cost me?

Treatments cost between $80 and $130. You may have additional charges for herbal medicines.

When do I get my herbs?

After your diagnosis and treatment session, your herbs will be mailed to you by Express Post and should arrive the following working day.