What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago and is now practised all over the world. The principles of TCM are based on the idea that health is maintained when the body's energy, or qi (pronounced "chee"), flows freely. TCM works by using various treatments to help restore balance and flow within the body. These treatments can include acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage and movement therapies like qigong and tai chi.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Toowoomba

What are the Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The benefits of TCM are many. Some of the most common benefits include improved circulation, reduced stress levels and relief from pain. Traditional Chinese medicines can also be used to treat mild and serious illnesses, including: 

  • Headaches
  • Colds
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive issues
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Psoriasis
  • ADHD
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Lupus
  • Liver disease
  • Gout
  • Thyroid problems
  • Insomnia
  • Vertigo
  • Stroke
  • Neurological disorders 

What is the Cost of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Toowoomba?

In Toowoomba, an initial consultation with a TCM practitioner costs around $80. The cost of treatments varies depending on the type of treatment chosen. Acupuncture costs between $60 and $85, but treatments for children are typically less expensive. Herbal medicines range in price from $20 to $55, depending on the number and type of herbs used.

How Many Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners are There in Toowoomba?

There are approximately 1,000 TCM practitioners working and living in Toowoomba and other parts of Queensland. Their in-person and online consultations allow patients with severe conditions to choose how they would like to receive treatment.

How Many People in Toowoomba Use Traditional Chinese Medicine? 

TCM is becoming increasingly popular in Toowoomba, with an increasing number of people using it as their primary form of health care. According to a 2007 survey conducted in Queensland, including Toowoomba, 12% of 200 polled residents were regular users of acupuncture, more than 8% would take Chinese herbs on a regular basis, and about 9% would engage in movement therapy on a regular basis. Since then, the number of TCM users has grown, though data has yet to be verified.