Acupuncture Emporium & Natural Therapy Centre has a team of highly skilled practitioners under the guidance of clinical director, Dr Nicola Macdonald (Chinese Medicine). We offer a range of different therapeutic services which may be beneficial for a range of different health conditions.

  • Acupuncture
  • Dry needling
  • Electro-acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Western Herbal Medicine
  • Moxibustion
  • Guasha
  • Cupping
  • Remedial massage
  • Chinese massage

What is Chinese herbal medicine?

chinese herbal medicine

Chinese herbal medicine, like acupuncture, is based on Chinese medicine theories. Many Chinese herbs you may be already using in day to day life include licorice, ginger, cinnamon and star anise but Chinese herbs include an enormous variety of unusual leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, bark, peels and many other substances with different medicinal properties. Like Chinese dietary medicine, Chinese herbal medicines are selected according to their energetic properties, that is for example whether they make your feel warm of cold, dry or moisten, move upwards (eg. make you feel awake) or downwards (eg. laxative properties). Many Chinese herbs are also borrowed by western herbalists such as ginseng, dang gui (dong quai) and paeonia. Chinese herbs also are made up of chemical constituents which can explain some of their actions on the body in a western physiological sense. It was the traditional use of a Chinese herb that helped a researcher develop a Malaria medicine and win a Nobel Prize for Medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

What to know about Chinese herbs

Chinese herbs are most often used as part of a formula. Mostly a minimum of four herbs are combined to form a holistic formula to address symptoms and the underlying Chinese medicine diagnosis. Most of these formulas are hundreds if not almost 2000 years old and have been tested repeatedly by many Chinese herbalist for many years.

Call our clinic on 07 3844 2217 or 0490 915 628 to discuss your individual health situation with one of our qualified practitioners in Brisbane.