What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Single herbs are mixed together to create a formula specifically suited for each patient. As their condition changes and improves so will the formula to ensure optimal recovery.

The most popular method of taking Chinese medicine herbs is in granule form. Granules are easier to prepare and take than the more traditional method of cooking raw herbs. These granules dissolve easily with a small amount of boiling water and are swallowed. A majority of herbs prescribed at the clinic are in granule form.

Other popular herbal products are patent pill/capsules or tinctures. These are pre made formulas. Usually not as potent as personally tailored granules, but can be very convinient in some circumstances, for example during travel. Or used as an adjunct to your regular formula.

For an acute condition usually a high dose will be prescribed for a short period. If the issue is of a chronic nature the herbs will still provide relief quickly but for sustainable results a longer herbal treatment is usually more appropriate.

For more information on chinese herbal medicine check our FAQ section.


Chinese herbal medicine is generally safe to use however like all medications reactions and interactions occur. Providing the practitioner is aware of all current medication and supplements used by the patient, the most appropriate formula will be prescribed to reduce the risk of interation.

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Our Practitioners

Nick Conquest

Nick is a nationally registered practitioner (AHPRA) of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, and an accredited member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese medicine Association (AACMA).

Nick has studied under Professor Zheng at the College of TCM in Melbourne, completed an internship program at the Hubei Chinese Medicine Hospital in Wuhan, China, and completed a Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University of Western Sydney, focusing on chronic illness and women’s health.

Nick’s time in China was spent working within the Acupuncture Department and the Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Internal Medical Departments.

Nick has a keen interest in helping with the management of:

  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Chronic pain e.g. back and neck pain
  • Joint pain e.g. Arthritis, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis
  • Period pains and hormonal cramping


Michelle McNeil

Michelle is a registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist who practices with warmth and attention.

She completed her studies in Melbourne at the Southern School of Natural Therapies, and completed an internship at the Tzu Chi Hospital in Taipei.

In addition to formal studies, Michelle has undertaken multiple internships with a few of Australia’s leading TCM practitioners.

Michelle approaches healing from an integrative perspective, encouraging the body’s systems to heal itself, while also incorporating movement, meals and lifestyle habits into her treatment plans. 

 She holds special interest in helping patients with: 

  • Neurological disorders
  • Sleep and mental health
  • Musculoskeletal injuries & Chronic pain
  • Women’s health


Liah Tsostros

Liah is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner and Dispenser, and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Southern School of Natural Therapies. 

Liah believes the human body has the ability to regulate itself and acupuncture facilitates this natural healing process without serious side effects.

With a thorough understanding of Chinese herbs, Liah is capable of assessing and dispensing a wide array of medicines to offer individualised prescriptions.

Liah’s passions lie in:

  • Immune health
  • Mental health
  • Pain management
  • Digestive issues


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