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

Chinese Herbal Medicine – how does it work?

Once a Chinese Medicine doctor completes their clinical assessment and arrives at their diagnosis they must then decide upon a course of action, also known as a treatment strategy.

This is done by contemplating the therapeutic methods and skills available in their arsenal and evaluating which technique(s) might provide the quickest, most direct and effective route to restoring health and wellness.

The practitioner’s skill is in their ability to differentiate and decide upon the right treatment on the right day for the right person.

Understanding Chinese Herbal Medicine

To understand how Chinese Herbal Medicine works one might imagine that each herb has a unique personality.

Each personality have been carefully studied and categorised according to how they behave individually and collectively.

Some will be hot in nature, some cold, some mild, and some harsh.

Some might have an astringing, dispersing, ascending, descending, stimulating, moving or slowing, sedating action.

When individual herbs are combined into formulas a unique energetic matrix is created.

If a practitioner desires a cooler, more sedate effect, they will combine cooler, milder herbs.

If a more aggressive action is desired more aggressive, fiery herbs will be selected.

By knowing and understanding the personality of each herb practitioners are able to design and adapt an overall formula to suit the specific needs of each client perfectly.

Herbal medicine comes in many forms.


The most common traditional method of taking herbs is by decoction.  Clients take away packets of whole raw herbs which consist of a fascinating blend of leaves, twigs, flowers, roots and bark and boil them at home to make a tea.

Decoctions allow for maximum flexibility in prescribing the exact therapeutic blend.

Herbs can be changed or added and doses modified to suit individual cases.

The teas is stronger, more rapidly absorbed by the body, and the effects tend to be more immediate.

The downside is that decoctions can be time consuming to prepare, produces a strong, unpleasant odour when cooked and the herbal tea often taste bitter and can be difficult to consume.

Granulated herbs

Granulated herbs are a safe, convenient, effective modern day alternative.  They look a bit like instant coffee and preparation simply requires adding boiling water.

The advantage of granulated formulas is that they can still be modified but preparation is quicker, easier and less time consuming.  The taste is generally milder and they are easier to digest.

Patent pills and tinctures

Patent herbal pills and tinctures (herbs soaked in an alcohol solution) can be used as a substitute for people who have great difficulty consuming herbs.

Generic preparations are usually not as accurate or as effective because they cannot be modified or adapted to the individual needs of each client.

Sattva Natural Therapies stocks an extensive range of practitioner prescribed raw and granulated Chinese Herbal Medicine remedies, herbal pills and capsules.

How do I know if my practitioner is professionally trained?

In 2001, due to the efforts of a committed group of health professionals, consumers and State government representatives, Victoria become the first State outside of China to enact mandatory registration for all Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners in the modalities of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

In July 2012 registration moved to a national scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) which also oversees 10 other allied health professions including Western Medical Doctors, Nurses and Dentists.

All Acupuncturists and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioners practicing in Australia MUST be registered with AHPRAH.

The role of AHPRA is to protect the public by setting minimum professional standards of education and training, developing codes of professional conduct and investigating community complaints regarding individual, registered health practitioners.

Members of the public can search the register to check if their practitioner is registered by calling AHPRA on 1300 419 495 or visiting the website at www.ahpra.gov.au

AHPRA also has a formal complaints process whereby members of the public can make notifications regarding breaches of professional conduct by registered practitioners.

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© January 2011 Karen Pohlner

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