Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the world’s most widely used traditional medicine system. It is used throughout Asia and by Asian communities worldwide, as well as by an increasing number of others seeking natural healthcare.

Chinese herbs are naturally found ingredients that have medicinal properties which, when prescribed by a trained TCM herbalist, can add to the benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese treatments. They can be prescribed without acupuncture.

More than 80 per cent of traditional Chinese medicines are plant-based. At Central Sydney Osteopathy we do not use herbs that are sourced from endangered species.

We can supply your herbs in the form of concentrated granules, which require no additional preparation. Just add water and drink. Some formulations are also available as pills.

After taking a detailed analysis of your condition, your history, constitution and any underlying imbalances you might have, your Chinese herbal medicine formula will be prescribed specifically for you. Because your formula will be tailor made for you each herb is carefully selected so that you shouldn’t experience any unpleasant side effects during your treatment.

Philosophy and types of treatment used

Tanya utilises traditional Chinese medicine treat your health problems using a combination of acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine, according to what best suits your needs. She may also give dietary and lifestyle advice to support your treatment.

Tanya has been practicing the holistic philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1994 and has had wide experience in many areas. Traditional Chinese medicine can successfully treat many conditions, improve your health and wellbeing, and prevent illness.

Most commonly treated conditions

  • Gynaecology – painful, irregular or heavy periods; fibroids, endometriosis, PMS
  • Infertility - both female and male
  • Pregnancy care, morning sickness
  • Menopausal problems
  • Urogenital disorders
  • Viral and post-viral conditions
  • Skin problems including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea
  • Digestive disorders including irritable bowel, indigestion, reflux, ulcers
  • Liver disorders including fatty liver, hepatitis B and C
  • Respiratory disorders including flus and colds, hayfever, sinus problems, asthma
  • Circulation problems
  • Musculoskeletal, pain, headaches
  • Stress, depression, anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Preventative health care

Taking Chinese Herbs

Tanya NewtonTanya

  • Diploma of TCM (Aust), Cert. TCM (China), Masters TCM
  • Masters of TCM (UWS)
  • 4 year Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • Dean's Medal for Traditional Chinese Medicine 2007 (UWS)
  • Clinical training at the Red Cross Hospital, Hangzhou, China

Post-graduate studies in Shanghai China with a leading liver specialist.

Tanya Newton is registered with AHPRA and the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association.

Rebates are available from most health funds.

Originating in China 5,000 years ago, acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a form of healing which has major benefits:

  • Provides drug free pain relief
  • Assists prevention against disease
  • Treats the cause as well as symptoms
  • Is a holistic approach linking body, mind and emotions.
  • Concentrated granules – just add water or put into capsules

How does it work?

The human body can be likened to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit, it must be kept in good working order to function well. Acupuncture can help restore and maintain healthy Qi (energy) and blood flow around the body. Very fine, sterile needles are placed in points that lie in the channels/meridians that flow through the body. By stimulating these points the quality and quantity of energy ('qi') and fluids can be normalised.

A point or area can be warmed with a herb - this process is called moxibustion. Suction cups and massage may also be used.