Chad Ryan Chinese Medicine


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Chinese Medicine


“I hear that people of ancient times, would live through one-hundred springs and autumns, without becoming weak and feeble in their action,” enquired the Yellow Emperor to his royal physician many centuries ago (黃帝內經素問第一卷).

Traditional Chinese medicine is a health system originating out of Chinese civilisation, drawing from ongoing contributions that have replenished and refined its ideas over the eons, while essentially remaining a continuous body of experience which has stood a test time. It may be used to varying degrees for the treatment of all ailments. Qìgōng exercise and meditative techniques within Chinese medicine confide in the proposition of qì, that is, the life energy that flows through the body, which may be manipulated by the hands, acupuncture needles, and other implements. In the modern day, Chinese medicine may excel in engaging with conditions where no apparent cause of illness can be identified by biomedical parameters.



“From one there are two, from two there are three, and so forth ten thousand things. The ten thousand things contain yīn and yáng (the two), and thus coincide with energetic harmony” (道德經第四十二章).

Chinese medicine has been strongly influenced by theory, to which yīn and​ yáng have proven to be fundamental. Like binary elements which lie at the core of the complexities of computer science, yīn and​ yáng are not just polar opposites, but the products of reason and discernment, which can be extended to provide precise and detailed assumptions. Zàng-​fǔ, or 'organ', theory; along with the theoretical systems of level division within the dimension of external pathogenic invasion, give context to the broader Chinese theoretical concepts within the medical paradigm.

The hundreds of herbs used in Chinese medicine, including plant roots, twigs and leaves, along with other naturally occurring biologic and mineral medicinal substances, each with its own unique identity, are combined in recipe prescriptions of up to a dozen or more ingredients, to allow for a finely-tuned effect.



“With tail moist (the fox that is swimming across the river) is not far from profit, without yet connecting to the mark. Though not established, a combination of strength and suppleness ought to be adopted” (易經未濟).

Self-initiated therapy by means of appropriate lifestyle practices and dietary routines are central tenants of the preventative nature of Chinese medicine; where not only persistence, but also reflection and adaption are valued; health being not just the absence of disease, but a state which may continuously be tempered and tested toward a more favourable course. Chinese five-movement philosophy helps account for the ever-changing nature, of the universe, and likewise of physiology and pathology within the human body. Intuitive understanding is accomplished not only through introspection, as it is also inspired by analogy, via observance of the way of nature in our external environment, in accordance with the holistic approach of Chinese medicine.

Chad Ryan

Chad is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner living in Victoria, Australia, and currently practicing in Warrnambool. Graduating in 2016, he undertook his degree in Chinese Medicine at the Southern School of Natural Therapies in Melbourne. In 2017 he increased his clinical experience by spending a combined five month period studying at È-Dà Hospital in Kāohsiúng of Táiwān, Dézhōu City Chinese Medicine Hospital in Dézhōu of Shāndōng, and Tzú-Chì Hospital in Táipěi of Táiwān. He is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and a member of the Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association.


Times & Locations

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00am - 7:00pm

Wednesday to Saturday: 8:00am - 9:30am

at Australian Skin Face Body, 73 Fairy Street, Warrnambool, Victoria, by appointment.

Consultations are also available residents of Lyndoch Living, Warrnambool on Mondays, by appointment.


Hour-long consultations are $70. Half-hour consultations are $40.

Herbal medicine is issued at an additional cost, in line with the variable expense of obtaining the medicinal material.

Traditional Chinese medicine costs may be fully or partially covered by private health insurance from funds such as Australian Unity, Medibank Private, Australian Health Management, The Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia, The British United Provident Association, Grand United Corporate Health, The Commonwealth Bank Health Society, The State Government Insurance Commission, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Health Insurance and The State Government Insurance Office Health, as well as those funds linked to the Australian Regional Health Group, including: Geelong Medical and Hospital Benefits Association, The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia Health Benefits Fund, Credit Union Australia Health Fund, Defence Health, Emergency Health Services, Frank Health Insurance, Healthguard Health Benefits Fund, Health Care Insurance, Health Partners, Health Insurance Fund of Australia, Latrobe Health Services, Mildura District Health Fund, Navy Health, Nurse and Midwives Health, National Health Benefits Australia, Peoplecare, Phoenix Health Fund, Police Health, Railway & Transport Health Fund, Reserve Bank Health Society, St. Luke's Health, Teachers Health Fund and Transport Health.

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Phone: 0456606048