Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is an ancient Chinese health and wellness system that’s been used in China for over 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) emphasises the importance of balance and harmony – particularly between human beings and the environment. Two ancient Chinese texts – the “I Ching” (Book of Changes) and “Huangdi Neijing” (Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor) provide the guiding philosophies behind traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

One of the core beliefs of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is that vital energy (qi or ch’i) circulates through channels (meridians) in the human body. Meridians – of which there are twelve standard ones and eight extraordinary ones – have branches that connect to human organs and bodily functions. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) seeks to promote the flow of vital energy (via the meridian network) to these organs and bodily functions.

Many people in the Western world are familiar with the term “yin and yang,” which describes the opposite qualities of the vital energy. Yin represents the dark, negative side; whilst yang represents the light, positive side. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a Chinese medicine practitioner seeks to balance the “yin and yang” in a patient. Popular traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments include Chinese acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese medicine massage.

2. What can you expect on your first visit?

During the initial consultation, Dr Linda or Dr Ricky will ask specific questions to better understand your medical concerns and lifestyle habits (eating, drinking, sleeping, exercise). Dr Linda or Dr Ricky will then take your pulse and inspect your tongue, skin and eyes.* Once an assessment is made, a suitable treatment plan will be discussed with you.

* A more detailed examination of the body may be required for some medical concerns.

3. Is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) covered by Medicare or health insurance?

As a general rule, Medicare doesn’t cover traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). However, your private health insurance company may cover you (depends on your policy). If your private health fund covers you, we have a HICAPS terminal to ensure the prompt processing of claims and payments.

4. Is my privacy assured?

Yes. Discretion and confidentiality are assured. Your consultations and treatment regime won’t be discussed with any non-medical people outside Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre.

5. Is Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre insured?

Yes. Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre has professional indemnity insurance, as required by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

6. What is Canberra Classic Chinese Medicine Centre’s Australian Business Number (ABN)?