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.

Safety

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

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Lexi Newman

Lexi is a nationally registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist. She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne. Lexi is also a qualified Holistic Kinesiologist and Counsellor and has been working in this field for the past 15 years.

Lexi has a keen interest in providing help with:

  • Period pains and cramping
  • Pain from injury
  • Musculoskeletal aches

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Jane Ferguson

Jane is a nationally registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Herbalist. She has completed a Bachelor of Health Science from Southern School of Natural Therapies.

Having worked with Steven Clavey since 2015, Jane has been mentored in Chinese herbal medicine for women’s health. She has completed further study at Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM in China and at Taipei Tzuchi Hospital in Taiwan.

Jane is passionate about making acupuncture accessible to all people. She has spent time working in smaller communities in Indonesia, as well as volunteering at many community based acupuncture clinics in Melbourne.  She has special interest in:

  • women’s health
  • male fertility
  • pain management

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