People choose Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for a wide variety of reasons. Though they may be seeking relief from specific symptoms, TCM looks for the underlying cause of the symptoms and treats the individual, not just the disease.

TCM includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and remedial massage. These practices can be very gentle, and have a non-invasive approach to restoring harmony in the body to allow for optimal health and well-being. Over the years, many studies have been conducted on the efficacy of TCM to thoroughly prove the usefulness of this ancient practice in our modern society.


A recent (2017) study indicated that acupuncture showed some level of effectiveness in treating 117 different conditions (122 conditions were tested). The eight conditions most positively impacted by acupuncture treatments were:

  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy
  • Headache
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Postoperative nausea and vomiting
  • Postoperative pain

Conditions with more moderate evidence to support the effectiveness of acupuncture include:

  • Anxiety
  • Obesity
  • Adult asthma
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Depression
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Back or pelvic pain associated with pregnancy
  • Plantar heel pain
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Hot flushes associated with menopause (The Australian Menopause Centre offers more research about acupuncture and the treatment of various menopausal symptoms.)

The study also indicated that acupuncture is regarded as safe and cost-effective for many of these conditions, as well, confirming this approach is an addition to your wellness plan.


TCM practitioners study for a minimum of four years and complete regular continuing education requirements to maintain their registration with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. They maintain proper insurance to cover their practice and follow strict protocols for sanitation and infection control.

At the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, we want you to feel confident about your choice to make TCM a part of your health and wellness program. We offer a variety of treatment options to best suit your particular needs and preferences.

Our practitioners are committed to their ongoing education and to yours: our mission is to enable and empower you to lead a life of wellness. The process begins with a thorough consultation, where we get to know you, your body, and your concerns. We’re always here to answer your questions about acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, massage, and more. 

Contact us to learn more and schedule your appointment.

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