Couple heals with Chinese remedies
TRADITIONAL Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, treated and prevented illness for more than 23 centuries.
Gympie was without this specialised treatment before Dr Jason Meng and his wife Betty emigrated to the region in 1991 and in the two decades since opening the clinic more than 30,000 patients have been treated for a variety of ailments.
"Before we came, Gympie didn't have a qualified acupuncturist, but had quite a lot of sick people," Dr Meng said.
"We set up the clinic to service the local people and provide them with treatment delivered properly by a qualified practitioner."
Dr Meng was born into a medical family - his father and mother are medical specialists in China.
He studied a six-year medical degree in acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies at the China Medical University from which he graduated in 1983.
Dr Meng went on to work in the Chinese medical university hospital for 10 years before moving to Australia.
His clinic, Meng Jason Xiao Feng, specialises in traditional Chinese acupuncture and Chinese herbs, used in China for more than 5000 years.
This type of treatment is recommended by the World Health Organisation and is successful for back and leg pain, sporting injuries, arthritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, headaches, stroke, migraines, menopause, depression, stress, weight loss and many more ailments suffered by humans.
Dr Meng is accredited by the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA) as a fellow member and is registered by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) as an acupuncturist.
As a Medibank selected Members' Choice acupuncture provider, treatments are refundable for private health fund members.
Dr Meng is passionate about upgrading his skills as new methods develop and heads back to China every year for further study.
"I have to continue studying and training every year to upgrade my skills," he said.
To make an appointment with Dr Meng, phone the clinic on 5482 9123.
What is traditional Chinese medicine?
Traditional Chinese medicine is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and based on a tradition of more than 2000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy.