TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Health is more than just the absence of disease, and TCM recognises this with its unique capacity to harmonise and enhance our capacity for enjoyment fulfillment and happiness.
As TCM is an ancient system of health care it has undergone continual development over the centuries as the causes of illness that afflict human beings have evolved. In its country of origin it is not an alternative form of therapy, but is used in the state hospitals alongside modern medicine.
TCM is a complete medical system that is capable of treating disease in all its forms. Although your practitioner will treat whatever complaint you have come for, the traditional view places great importance on preventing disease before it occurs. Our practitioner works with you to understand the areas that concern you and puts together a treatment schedule that is bespoke to you.
TCM consists of:
- herbal therapy
- remedial massage
- dietary therapy
- lifestyle management
Some or several of these may be employed in the course of your treatment.
Our practitioner is AHPRA registered and is a member of ATMS.
To answer more of your questions about TCM visit FAQ here.
Meet our Dr of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Joy is a lovely addition to our team at Body of Life Health Centre providing Remedial Massage, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Joy has an absolute passion for helping people and is well experienced and qualified as an AHPRA registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and AMT registered Massage Therapist.
Her favourite way to exercise is by line dancing and if that is to her favourite Country music she is really happy. Joy also has a great sense of humour enjoying Everybody Loves Raymond and loves to relax whilst listening to music and reading. Her ideal getaway is of course China!
Joy had the excitement of being part of the Olympic Massage team at the Hombebush Aquatic Centre and Olympic Village in the 2000 Olympics and really enjoyed being part of the team.
At Body of Life Health Centre, she prides herself on her professional standards and is particularly interested in Frozen Shoulder, Stress and Anxiety, Back Pain, Headaches, Menopause and Chronic Fatigue.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chinese herbal medicine?
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine uses over 10,000 substances that come from plant, animal and mineral sources. These substances have been used in ancient times and a powerful medical system has been established which includes the use of herbal formulas which are seen to address various health concerns. Most Chinese herbal medicine requires a prescription from a licensed Chinese herbal practitioner, although there are some “over the counter” type herbs that are sometimes available without a prescription.
What are the advantages of taking Chinese herbal medicine?
What do Chinese herbs taste like?
How do I take Chinese herbs?
What are the conditions addressed by Chinese herbal medicine?
Are Traditional Chinese medicine herbs effective in treating digestive disorders?
Is it possible to combine Chinese herbal treatments with pharmaceuticals and other conventional medicines?
Is TCM covered by private health insurance?
How do I know that Chinese herbs are safe for me to take?
Are there side effects from taking Chinese herbs?
Chinese herbs are appealing because of their low risk of side effects. The most common side effects are digestive upsets and gas/bloating depending on the body’s ability to digest the herbs. Taking the formula after a meal may alleviate these symptoms in most cases. Choosing herbal combinations based on your body and conditions is important to prevent the possibility of any negative side effects.