Areas of Expertise:
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
Marie Hopkinson is a practitioner of Chinese Medicine (AHPRA registered Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist). Marie graduated at a Chinese Medicine Academy in Perth in 2000 (Adv. Dip. TCM, Dip. CHM), going on to complete a three month clinical internship in a Chinese Medicine Hospital in Hangzhou, China.
Marie has 15+ years of full-time clinical experience, and well over 10,000 hours of clinical practice. Marie is also an experienced lecturer, teaching Chinese medicine and social science since 2004. Currently Marie is a clinical supervisor and lecturer at Endeavour College of Natural Health, and also holds a Master of International Health from Curtin University, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing.
In recent years Marie has been studying at the Institute of Classis in East Asian Medicine (ICEAM) and has changed clinical direction to focus on a specific style of Chinese medicine, known as Classical Chinese medicine. This system is focused on Pulse Diagnosis, and Chinese herbal medicine. There is no person that Chinese medicine cannot help, through its focus on functional restoration.
A variety of acupuncture styles are used, depending what is appropriate for each patient, including direct acupuncture, dry needling styles, moxibustion, cupping and distal needling styles such as Dr Tan Acupuncture. Every patient has an opportunity to discuss treatment strategy, and ask any questions as part of the consultation process.
Marie enjoys educating people about Chinese medicine and will give you resources (diet advice, recipes, pressure points, and self-massage etc) to help you improve treatment benefits wherever possible. She also enjoys playing music and singing, and often plays in local venues in Perth on weekends for fun.
About Classical Chinese Medicine:
The main difference to mainstream Chinese Medicine, or TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is that the classical system is purely functional.
This has a number of important aspects:
Firstly, the functional aspect of Classical Chinese medicine is based around the concept that our human body has the capability to heal itself, if the environment is perfect then your body will be inhospitable to disease / illness. While we might get sick from time to time, your general state is of wellness and health, not sickness. A healthy body has both the ability to get sick (like you can get a flu or cold and get a fever) but also get well, and for cold and flu’s to not linger around.
Many patients coming to Marie’s practice already have chronic health problems. The first phase of treatment usually revolves around restoring the balance to the best we can. The first phase of treatment is about resolving any health concerns, so the body reaches an equilibrium that is showing more health than sickness. Next, as directed by the changes in your pulse, the herbal formulas are working on building the yang or fire of your body, so it can function at its most optimal. Treatments will change if and when new illness does arise. For instance, when you get sick (like a cold or flu) or injured (like an acute back pain or headache), Marie will adjust the treatment strategy to address these concerns. Chinese medicine emphasizes early treatment to reduce the damage that illness can do in your body.
Classical Chinese medicine truly embraces the foundational principals of prevention and health promotion that Marie was first drawn to as a young student of Chinese medicine.
Secondly, Herbal formulas are prescribed predominantly on your pulse diagnosis.
With Classical Chinese medicine, patients don’t need to divulge as much information to your practitioner, so generally less time is needed for consultation. While I still want to get to know you a little, we don’t need to spend as much time asking a lot of questions about your health problems as in mainstream Chinese medicine. This is because the most accurate information comes from your pulse, rather than needing a long-winded patient history about everything that has ever happened to you.
As the system Marie practices is heavily based on pulse diagnosis, Marie is involved in ongoing pulse training with advanced, world class practitioners several times a year. This ensures that skills are kept to a high standard, and fine-tuned several times a year.
Marie welcomes new patients to Perth Natural Medical Clinic. If you are serious about getting the most out of your body, getting to the root of important health concerns, having an arsenal of powerful medicinal substances at hand to strengthen your body for whatever life throws at you, then it sounds like you will love Chinese medicine and becoming a patient under Marie’s care.