CHINESE HERBS

Chinese herbal medicine is another major component of Traditional Chinese medicine. It’s the use of natural plant, minerals and animal substances to heal the body from within. Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for thousands and thousands of years and its one of the oldest and most long standing health care modalities to this date. Chinese herbal medicine is used in conjunction with acupuncture to give patients a faster and more long-term effect. It is also fantastic to incorporate with PEMF therapy for those patients that have an aversion or phobia of needles.

How are Chinese Herbs prescribed?

During the initial consultation at Sunbury Chinese Medicine Clinic a full consultation will be taken to determine which formulae would best suit your condition. After a Chinese medicine diagnosis, a Chinese herbal formula will be prescribed to you to take on a twice daily or daily basis. Generally at the start we will prescribe only one weeks worth of herbs to make sure that you don’t get any side effects or adverse reactions and then we may need to modify the formula depending on how your body reacts to the herbal medicine.

How long do I have to take the herbs for?

Depending on your condition, the course of treatment for Chinese herbal medicine will vary as every patient is different but in general we recommend at least 1 month to see a difference and 10-18 months of herbal medicine to get a long term benefit from the formula.

Using Chinese Herbs responsibly

At Sunbury Chinese Medicine Clinic we do not use any endangered or CITES listed herbal, animal or insect products. When possible, we ethically source commercially farmed alternatives. We use pills and capsules so that you don’t have to spend time cooking the herbs to make it more convienient in your normal daily life. The pills and capsules are made up of raw herbal or concentrated herbal powders and we use the best quality available.

Concerned about animal products in the medicine?

Animals and insects represent only a very small percentage of the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica and plant based herbal alternatives can be easily substituted. Before prescribing any products we will discuss with patients about any dietary or ethical restraints they have. We are also conscious that some muslim, jewish and buddhist clients may also have a restriction on certain animal based products and that some patients may suffer with food sensitivities or allergies such as a gluten intolerance.
Sunbury Chinese Medicine Clinic only uses the best quality herbs available and does not supply nor support trade in any endangered species.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I CLAIM THROUGH MY HEALTH INSURANCE?

Yes the majority of major health insurance companies provide a rebate for both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. If you have private health insurance you may be able to claim a portion or percentage of your treatments. This is always dictated by what type of cover you have and which insurance company you’re with. It is important to check with your private health insurance company to check whether you are eligible for a rebate.

DO YOU HAVE A HICAPS FACILITY?

We have a hicaps facility onsite so that you can automatically claim on the spot and we also issue receipts with provider numbers if your private health insurance does not support the hicaps system.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT?

Please notify the clinic if you are unable to attend your appointment. This will allow another client to be slotted into that appointment time.

Failure to notify or attend an appointment, without 24 hours notice or good reason, may incur a cancellation fee of $50.