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Chinese traditional medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine is based on ancient Chinese practices and includes acupuncture, tai chi, herbal medicines and various other mind body practices.

Chinese medicine treatments such as acupuncture (if performed with sterile, single use needles), qi gong, and tai chi are generally considered safe. Some herbs used in Chinese herbal products may be safe but others may not be. Some can interact with medicines and have serious side effects. Always inform your doctor if you are taking Chinese herbal products.

For most conditions there are not enough clinical trials to know if traditional Chinese medicine methods are effective. 

Chinese medicine practitioners are regulated in Australia by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). You can check whether your practitioner is registered on the AHPRA website.

Follow the links below to find trusted information about Chinese traditional medicine. 

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Last reviewed: February 2020


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