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Finding the perfect supplier for you – A partnership based on vision, values and mission

Our compounding dispensary is a TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) licensed operation. It’s based on a quality management system called Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). It’s a complex and involved system of standard operating procedures, logbooks, forms, training manuals and supplier profiling. The TGA inspectors recently visited the premises, spending two days forensically looking over documents, questioning […]

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E Jiao – Donkey hide gelatine – A Must or a No?

E Jiao is commonly used animal product in Chinese medicine. Its main action and application is to tonify and nourish the blood and to stop bleeding. As it’s cloying and heavy in nature, we use it to replenish the yin as well. Yin compared to yang, is the quality that is heavy and sticky. In […]

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5 Questions about Modifying Classical Chinese Herbal Formulas

Each time I attempt to modify a formula, I think to myself, is this the correct way? Do I choose my modifying herbs based on the system that I am trained in, the newest research results of Chinese herbs (e.g. Coumarin containing herbs as anti-cancer herb) or the presenting pattern? Or all the above? Or […]

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Happy Monkey Magic 2016

The Lunar New Year is coming up with the new moon February 9th, ushering in a year of the (male) Fire Monkey.[1] According to Tibetan Astrology a Monkey year is “extremely rich and holds many surprises—anything can happen. This is a year in which one must be cunning and seize new initiatives. All opportunities are […]

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He Shou Wu and Liver Toxicity – True or False?

A recent death of a college graduate from eastern China after the ingestion of a hair tonic containing He Shou Wu (Polygonum Multiflorum) has justly created headlines. Apparently two Chinese hospitals prescribed and dispensed herbal formulas containing the popular herb for the treatment of premature hair greying and hair loss. He Shou Wu achieves its […]

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Chinese medicine (TCM) is safe!

Unfortunately, Chinese herbal medicine has enticed negative attention when an article revealed that a multidisciplinary approach to assess the molecular content of 26 patents described found that 92% of their samples have some form of contamination and/or substitution. The research was funded through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship awarded to MB and a National […]

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Extract of Guidelines for Safe Chinese Herbal medicine practice

On November 16, 2015 the Chinese Medicine Board Australia has released the final guidelines for safe herbal dispensing. The aim of the guidelines is to provide recommendations to the most suitable nomenclature to be used on labels, greater consistency across the profession and the protection of the general public. Pin yin and herbal compendium for […]

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SPORTS INJURIES – Better Results with INTEGRATIVE Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) THERAPY

Sport injuries are common with both hobby and professional sports enthusiasts. The worst case scenario is that they will prevent a career in sports. To ensure a fast recovery without much suffering of pain or loss of athletic performance is therefore the highest priority. Acute knee and ankle injuries (Fig. 1) are most common and […]

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Important questions about the benefit of medical measures – Ben or Biao?

The following article was composed by Severin Buehlmann based on a professional development session conducted by Dr Johannes Schmidt in Zurich, Switzerland (April 2015). Severin Buehlmann is the founder of Complemedis and also a medical practitioner. He was one of the first Western doctors being trained in Chinese Medicine and was and still is a […]

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Interview with Dr Karl Zippelius on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL Injury)

Dr Karl Zippelius runs a private medical clinic in Florence (Italy) since 1998. He specialises in traditional orthopedics and traumatology, where the basic approach of Western medicine is combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as well as natural procedures of diagnosis and treatment. The following conversation is on ACL injuries and is aimed at providing […]

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