TCM & Nutrition…

Chinese Medicine has always advocated eating a balanced meal of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. This is not something that is forced upon people but has been an integral part of Chinese culture. Usually, a home-cooked meal will be a mixture of vegetable dishes and various sources of proteins from meat and vegetable sources, followed by a small bowl of rice. This style of eating helps to prevent overeating and excessive carbohydrate loading.

Chinese Medicine not only takes into account the nutritional content but also the healing qualities of food. Foods are either cooling, neutral or warming, or have other qualities such as Qi strengthening or anti-inflammatory properties.

As part of a diagnosis and treatment, patients will be advised on the most appropriate foods to eat, to suit their particular body pattern.

At the clinic, we really value nutrition to complement your treatment and promote health. In saying that, we have an in-house nutritionist, Margo to assist with creating a holistic treatment plan.

Also read our blog on ‘Food – it’s not just about nutrition

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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


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


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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