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


Margo White

Margo holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetic Medicine. When it comes to healing she takes a whole-body approach. This encompasses not just food and diet but the whole person; including physical, mental and emotional health.

Margo believes that food can be used as medicine to gently nourish, strengthen and support health. In her spare time Margo loves cooking for loved ones and developing recipes.

Margo will work with you using her professional knowledge and best practice approaches to understand your body and assess the root causes of your health concerns.

With a solid understanding of the key root causes impacting your health, Margo can then provide the best possible options to support you moving forward.

Margo has a special interest in anxiety and stress management, Nutrition for teenagers and children, digestive health, skin health, menopause, fertility and reproductive conditions.


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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