Root & Branch Oriental Medicine has no birds nest, no rhinoceros horn, no elephant tusks alas not even a tiger’s penis! Thanks goodness for that! You see Chinese Medicine in Australia is taught with alternatives to all of the items above and more.

In the East in the past there was myth, superstition and power gained by those who could get hold of exotic animal products and over time they became regarded as must have products; yet there are plenty of suitable alternatives.
In the West, Chinese Herbal Medicine is more closely associated with western herbalists, however herbs are almost always dispensed as a formula, which combines several herbs, which compliment each other. There are still a few unusual products such as the shed skin of cicadas, the insect itself is not harmed and it has excellent properties to control itch! Still we understand that this is not to everyone’s taste, so there is a discussion about these things before anything is dispensed.
Other herbal products which are endangered in the wild are strictly controlled under CITES regulations and those products can only be sourced from sustainable producers. Additionally our KPC brand powdered herbs prescribed are sourced from Taiwan, which has excellent testing and quality control standards for pesticides and contamination.
In short, I am an animal lover and I am passionate about food & herbs as my medicine.
Have a great week; feel free to contact me for any clarification!



I am really pleased when people ask me in everyday settings what Chinese Medicine can do to help them with their health concerns. However unlike other systems of health care, it can be really difficult to answer that simply, as treatment in Chinese Medicine is specific to the individual. The merits of this type of health care are that we tailor make an acupuncture or herbal prescription to suit the myriad of symptoms specific to that person.

Meeting the patient in a clinical environment and assessing the individual as a whole and considering the yin/yang balance is the underlying principal used to decide on a treatment method, which may be similar or quite different between individuals upon review of the case at hand. It is quite dissimilar to what we usually expect from visiting a GP, the treatment is based on an in-depth analysis of signs and symptoms. So although two patients may present with the same western diagnosis, it can be common to treat the ailment quite differently, and the treatment and medication will evolve with progressive treatments as we move toward resolving the condition.

Typically people seeking the services of Chinese Medicine come to see us for a variety of reasons, however an underlying theme is that they have chronic conditions for which they have seen numerous western medical professionals without resolve, or have had side effects related to medications prescribed. Individuals who feel ideologically aligned with natural therapies and also people who are seeking health maintenance or preventative measures; much of what we do is re-establishing the powerful natural healing mechanism of our own bodies. However cosmetic acupuncture, pain management and mental disorders in addition to numerous other conditions are successfully treated.

Root and Branch is an analogy of Chinese Medicine doctrine that symptoms of any condition may not present randomly, but be a manifestation of an underlying internal excess or deficiency. So as an example, headaches or migraine may present as a symptom (or branch), which can be treated in isolation, whether that be with western or Chinese Medicine, however there might be a deeper underlying cause such as stress (the root) which needs to be treated to solve the problem in the long term. Typically allopathic medicine supplies pain killers to treat migraines yet seldom consider that there may be another hidden pathology which may be causing the migraines. If we can identify and isolate the root cause there is greater chance of resolution.

So back to the initial concept; yes I can tell you foods which you can pick up from the Chinese supermarket to cook with, but usually there isn’t anything I can suggest for you to pick up from the local health food shop. In contrast to other modalities we generally produce a cocktail of herbs for your consumption tailor made and not readily available over the counter, which reinforces the bodywork done during your treatment time.

Masahiro will be joining the team from 2017 offering Shiatsu and allied therapies; I can already vouch for his excellent bodywork skills both relaxing tired muscles while invigorating at the same time!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy New Year! Looking forward to seeing you in 2016!

EVERY FRIDAY@ Clifton Hill Chiropractic Clinic
1F, 105 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068, Australia

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Dementia study to trial Chinese medicine | SBS News

A herbal medicine that appears to have shown promise in treating one type of dementia in China is entering its largest clinical trial in Australia. More than 200 people living with the condition are being recruited for a trial with the Sydney-based National Institute of Complementary Medicine after a deal was struck with one of China’s largest drug manufacturers. Rachael Hocking reports. Experts say vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia affecting more than 340,000 Australians living with the condition.

Source: Dementia study to trial Chinese medicine | SBS News