About Sattva
Natural Therapies

We are a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic providing Chinese Herbal Medicine treatment for the entire family.

We pride ourselves with service. Our practitioners all take great time and care to listen to your health concerns, understand your condition and construct a comprehensive treatment plan.

You will be left with the peace of mind that you are receiving top quality health care.

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine in Brighton, Melbourne

How Does Chinese Medicine Work?

Clients of Chinese Medicine do not need to fully understand the intricate details of how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) works in order to experience its wonderful healing effects.

Our experience however is that by having a basic understanding of the broad framework clients usually experience better treatment results and become actively involved and excited with their healthcare regime.

Using the analogy of a tree.

To understand how Chinese Medicine works one might use the analogy of a tree.

All illness can be divided into the root cause which resides underground and the branches or symptoms that appear above ground.

The roots represent a person’s constitutional predisposition or their unseen patterning submerged deep within the body.

Above ground are the branches which manifest as the physical symptoms able to be seen and experienced by the patient.

The roots feed the branches.

If the tree is merely cut off at ground level the roots will only regenerate and over time grow new branches.

The only way to permanently eradicate the tree is to dig it out by the roots.

So it is with illness.

Treating the symptoms is only one part of the equation. The next step is to treat the root cause and thus in theory preventing the health problem from reoccurring.

The skill of the practitioner is in being able to assess what degree of attention should be apportioned to addressing the root and what degree should be directed towards the branch.

For example 80% focus might be placed initially on addressing the main symptoms and 20% on the root.

As symptoms shift and resolve over time adjustments to this ratio are made until ideally full attention is directed toward treating the root.

Treatment phases

The initial phase of treatment focuses on addressing the primary symptoms. These are usually what prompt people to access TCM in the first place.

Once the acute symptoms resolve treatment focus can then shift to addressing the underlying, root cause.

Chinese Medicine is a preventative medicine.

The final phase of treatment is advising clients on how to cultivate health and wellness naturally.

Adhering to simple dietary and lifestyle modifications and practicing appropriate health enhancement techniques reduces the likelihood of symptoms reoccurring and will help prevent new ones from developing.

One glove doesn’t fit all.

Obviously not all cases follow this simple theoretical format.

Each clinical case is deliciously unique and different, and one glove does not fit all.

There is great diversity in the length and severity of illness and the constitutional strength and resilience of each client.

Clinical practice can be plagued with many twists and turns. Some chronic, debilitating illnesses reveal themselves to have relatively shallow roots and can be quick and easy to treat.

In other instances once the superficial layers are peeled back, deeper roots are exposed making a case much more complex. For example recent menstrual irregularities in a 40 year old woman might have their origin in an adolescent eating disorder.

Generally speaking younger people tend to present with less complicated illness, require fewer interventions and respond more quickly to treatment.

Older people tend to present with more complex symptoms and usually take longer to heal.

Some conditions require a couple of treatments to correct.

Others demand the harnessing of unbridled trust, patience and a concerted long term commitment on behalf of both client and practitioner.

Some conditions are too advanced and only symptomatic treatment at best can be reasonably offered or expected.

Some cases are partially or fully unresponsive to Chinese Medicine treatment.

Sometimes practitioners don’t have adequate skills or experience to successfully manage a case and consumers may need to shop around before they find a therapist who can actually help them.

Client expectation

How treatment proceeds will also depend upon the client’s expectation.

Some people will be seeking pain relief only, or a specific outcome such as pregnancy.

Others will be on a profound life journey and interested in healing all aspects of their mind, body and spirit.

These expectations can and do change over time.

The combination of these variables can make it difficult to guarantee a therapeutic outcome.

Treatment efficacy should be tracked and assessed on an ongoing basis by both the practitioner and the client.

If this information sounds too open-ended your practitioner will be able to give you more specific guidance regarding your treatment and the results that you can reasonably expect.

Practitioners should have a short and long term treatment plan in place and clients should be seeing some improvement in their symptoms sooner rather than later.

© January 2011 Karen Pohlner