What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient system of healing that has been used for thousands of years. TCM is based on the principle that the body is a complex system that needs to be in balance in order to maintain health. The goal of TCM is to restore this balance and improve overall health and wellbeing through a wide array of modalities, including acupuncture, herbal remedies, massage, movement therapies, and diet and lifestyle advice.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Melbourne

What Conditions Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Help With?

TCM can help you and your family's health in a variety of ways. It not only treats mild to severe health issues, but it is also an effective preventative measure. The following are some of the conditions that TCM can help with:

  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other digestive issues
  • Asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory issues
  • Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Liver disease
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infertility
  • Thyroid problems
  • Insomnia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Dementia

How Much Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Cost in Melbourne?

The cost of TCM in Melbourne can vary depending on the practitioner and the type of service required. Acupuncture treatments start at $130. Herbal consultations, on the other hand, cost $80 to $100 and herbal remedies cost $5 to $50, depending on the type and number of herbs prescribed. A typical Chinese massage or cupping session costs between $60 and $120. Online TCM consults are also available, usually less expensive than face-to-face sessions.

How Many Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine are There in Melbourne?

According to the Chinese Medicine Board, Melbourne and the rest of Victoria account for 27% of the total number of registered TCM practitioners in Australia. The vast majority of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine practitioners work in holistic clinics, hospitals or private practice.

How Many Melbourne Residents Use Traditional Chinese Medicine?

According to a 2007 survey, more than 14% of residents in the state of Victoria, including Melbourne, use TCM modalities to improve their health, including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, dietary therapy, and tui na or Chinese massage. Anecdotal reports indicate that the number has increased since then, as evidenced by the increasing number of city residents using TCM on a day-to-day basis.