About Sattva
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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

Our Book


It is an exciting time to be involved in the field of Chinese Medicine as it gains greater and greater mainstream acceptance and recognition in Australia and across the world.

Over the years we have found our clients to be genuinely interested in the history, philosophy and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and increasingly hungry for quality, easy-to-understand information on the topic.

We have noticed there is a standard repertoire of curious questions the answers to which are endlessly fascinating yet also difficult to comprehensively answer within the confines of clinic consultations. So we have produced this reference manual in response to the questions you have been asking for the last 10 years.

Our intention in writing this manual is to give you, the layperson, a broader framework from which to understand Chinese Medicine, and reassure you that Chinese Medicine is both safe and effective.

We aim to share our knowledge about the history and philosophy of Chinese Medicine and the types of conditions that it can be helpful in treating.

This manual also provides a general overview of what one might expect from the process of Chinese Medicine treatment, and will help consumers learn more about when to access Chinese Medicine treatment and how to gain the maximum benefit and value when using it.

The paradigms of Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine are very different.

We also aim to convey the unique and inherent differences that exist between Eastern and Western Medicine that make effective communication and full integration very challenging for both.

Regardless of these differences there is no necessity for consumers to understand every intricate detail of Chinese Medicine in order to experience its wonderful therapeutic results.

Our overwhelming experience, however, is that informed choice is good choice and well-informed, empowered clients generally achieve better therapeutic results.

We believe that Chinese Medicine makes perfectly good sense once a few basic principles are explained and to enhance your understanding we have endeavoured to keep the language and descriptions as simple and interesting as possible.

We suggest that you allow time for the information to seep into your consciousness gradually and if you have any questions please contact the clinic for clarification.

We imagine that you will keep this reference manual on hand and refer back to it for many years to come as the ideas of Chinese Medicine permeate your awareness and ongoing experience.

Using this reference manual

The manual is arranged to follow the normal stages of growth and development of the human life cycle and outlines many common health problems associated with these different developmental stages.

The first chapter outlines the monumental changes occurring in consumer health behaviour in the flourishing Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) industry and the government’s regulatory response to these shifts.

The second chapter explains and illustrates some of the many inherent differences between that practice of Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine that impede integration.

The third chapter provides a basic explanation of some significant foundational Chinese Medicine theories that will help you to understand the information later in the text. You can refer back to this section at any stage.

The middle chapters are arranged following the female reproductive lifecycle, the first rumblings of female sexual maturation characterised by the first menstrual period; the fertile childbearing years, including a section on paediatric care which examines common health problems experienced by children; and the gradual closing down of female reproduction, culminating in menopause.

There is a chapter covering men’s health issues, and the final chapters centre on family complaints and general medical conditions that can occur at any time during the lifecycle regardless of growth and development, age or sex.

Because Chinese Medicine is a holistic medicine, not a symptom-based one, it is always difficult for practitioners to speak in terms of any one symptom or illness.

We have structured the general medicine information by combining an explanation of certain aspects of Chinese Medicine theory and then using examples that illustrate how that particular theory applies to clinical practice.

Using the index will help you to search for more specific symptom- or illness-related information. For ease of reading we have elected to use the terms Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine interchangeably throughout the text and avoided the acronym TCM. Because we are traditionally trained practitioners, the information that we present here is only based on the history, philosophy and principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and its ancient origins.

Happy reading,