What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) supports the innate healing ability of the body by correcting energy imbalances. It uses the whole-person approach and various healing techniques, including acupuncture, cupping, herbal medicine, qigong and Chinese massage, among others, to stimulate the flow of qi and create harmony between the yin and yang forces that influence a person's health and wellbeing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Perth

What are the Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The use of TCM dates back more than 3,000 years and is still a popular option for people who wish to improve their health without resorting to synthetic drugs. Because it goes to the root of the problem and stimulates the natural healing mechanisms of the body, it has many health benefits physically, mentally, and emotionally. Among the conditions it works effectively for are:

  • Infertility
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Allergies
  • Eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Thyroid problems
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Insomnia

How Much Does Traditional Chinese Medicine in Perth Cost?

A consultation with a TCM practitioner in Perth costs between $30 and $100. Fees are determined by the type of service that you need, whether that is acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, etc. Additionally, the length and method of delivery of the treatment, whether in person or online, will also affect the price.

How Many Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine are Based in Perth?

As of 2017, about 5,000 practitioners of TCM were registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. More than 4,000 of them are registered acupuncturists, while the rest are practising Chinese herbal medicine or other TCM modalities. Perth and other areas in Western Australia account for about 7% of this workforce.

How Many People in Perth Use Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The population of TCM users in Western Australia, including those in Perth, is much lower than that in other states, according to a 2007 survey. Less than 2% of some 90 survey respondents had used acupuncture, Chinese herbs or massage to treat a health condition. However, these modalities have gradually made their way to the hearts of Western Australians, as the region has seen an explosion of interest in these healing techniques in recent years.