Traditional Chinese Medicine in Adelaide

While health is perceived as harmonious interaction of these entities and the outside world, disease is interpreted as a disharmony in interaction. TCM diagnosis aims to trace symptoms to patterns of an underlying disharmony, by measuring the pulse, inspecting the tongue, skin, and eyes, and looking at the eating and sleeping habits of the person as well as many other things. Dr Liu offers a range of Traditional Chinese medicine to her patients in Adelaide, including


There is reason to believe the practice dates from as early as 3000 B.C.; the earliest record of cupping is in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world.

Inside the cup is first heated, then the rim is applied to the skin forming an air-tight seal. As the air inside the cup cools it contracts forming a partial vacuum, enabling the cup to suck the skin, pulling in soft tissue, and drawing blood to that area. Alternately the suction is created by a hand-pump and blood is allowed to collect.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) cupping is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on the patient's skin to dispel stagnation—stagnant blood and lymph, thereby improving qi flow—to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on back, neck, shoulder and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Cupping is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions such as; blood disorders (anaemia, haemophilia), rheumatic diseases (arthritic joint and muscular conditions), fertility and gynaecological disorders, skin problems (eczema, acne) as well as improving general physical and psychological well-being provided personnel are properly trained.

Chinese Herbal Medicine in Adelaide

Herbology is one of the more important modalities utilized in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Each herbal medicine prescription is a cocktail of many herbs tailored to the individual patient. The practitioner usually designs a remedy using one or two main ingredients that target the illness.

Then the practitioner adds many other ingredients to adjust the formula to the patient's yin/yang conditions. Sometimes, ingredients are needed as it is believed that it will cancel out toxicity or side-effects of the main ingredients. Some herbs require the use of other ingredients as catalyst or else the brew is considered to be ineffective.


The latter steps require great experience and knowledge, and make the difference between what is accepted as a good Chinese herbal doctor and an amateur. Unlike western medications, the balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients. A key to success in TCM is the treatment of each patient as an individual.

Chinese herbology often incorporates ingredients from all parts of plants, such as the leaf, stem, flower, root.

Gua Sha

In classical Chinese practice, the gua sha technique is most commonly used to: • Reduce fever (the technique was used to treat cholera).
• Treat fatigue caused by exposure to heat (often used to treat heat-stroke) or cold.
• Cough and dyspnea: bronchitis, asthma, emphysema.
• Treat muscle and tendon injuries.
• Push sluggish circulation, fibromyalgia.
• Treat headache.
• Treat sunstrokes / heat syncope and nausea.
• Treat stiffness, pain, immobility.
• Treat digestive disorders.
• Treat urinary, gynecological disorders.
• To assist with reactions to food poisoning