Giles can restore your health by pragmatically using the powerful methods learned in his University training and clinical internship in a Chinese hospital, which have been refined in clinical practice with the guidance of experienced mentors. His path from contact sports to the less forceful disciplines of aikijujutsu and taijiquan has made him a dedicated and empathetic practitioner with a personal knowledge of the causes and treatment of musculo-skeletal conditions, especially those endured by active people. An awareness of the prevalence of digestive problems has made him devote himself to finding the best Chinese Medicine treatments for them and he has successfully applied these methods in clinic.
So how did a white boy become a Chinese Medicine Doctor? Somehow the path led there.
A love of intellectual learning led to reading Daoist philosophy and Chinese Medicine theory. Hard training and contact sport brought injuries that were effectively treated with acupuncture, and brought an interest in practice. A transition to more gentle and harmonious physical training led to practicing the philosophy and theory in tangible ways.
It is this natural path to being a practitioner, without some kind of epiphany on the road and dramatic change of track, that has given Giles a pragmatic approach to Chinese medicine. No evangelical fervour and preaching about repentance here, it's medicine not a religion. There is a balanced way to live that can keep you healthy, but we can get there gradually.
Giles graduated from RMIT with distinction with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology and Chinese Medicine which ended with a four month, fulltime, intensive internship at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing. He is registered with AHPRA as an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner, and herb dispenser, and is a member of the professional association for Chinese Medicine Practitioners, AACMA. He has since gained experience in treating many health problems in his clinical work, and by volunteering at the Wellington in Collingwood, which provides free treatment to the disadvantaged. He has also been extremely fortunate to be able to learn from renowned Chinese Herbalist and Gynaecologist, Steven Clavey.
One more thing about this path. With the transition to gentler training he has now been practising aiki-jujutsu for 20 years. This practice has made him responsive and empathetic, which he says no-one warned him about as he probably would have objected. These are useful qualities for a health practitioner though.
Giles teaches Butokuryu Aikijujutsu at the Melbourne Aikijujutsu Club
He is available for appointments on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
I have always been a student of science. As a child I would take every electronic and mechanical device I could get my hands on, take it to pieces and put it back together again, just to find out how it worked.
In my early 20s I became interested in modern physics and the theories of quantum mechanics and radiation. I formed my own ideas and shifted my paradigm. Discovering Buddhist and Eastern philosophy, I found their imagery to be strikingly similar to my own. Seeking a practical outlet for such knowledge, I discovered Chinese medicine, and haven’t looked back since.
I hold a dual Bachelor of Applied Science in Chinese Medicine and Human Biology from RMIT University in Melbourne. I am a registered practitioner with AHPRA and a Member of AACMA.
I completed a full time, four month internship in a Chinese Medicine hospital in Nanjing, China. Following that I volunteered as an acupuncturist in a village in India where access to medicine is near to none. As a student I observed with a very traditional, very experienced, Chinese Medicine practitioner, from whom I learnt many virtues, values, and skills that I could not have found at university.
Since graduating I have gathered further experience from practice in my own clinic in Northcote, and volunteering at a homeless men’s accommodation centre in the city. I believe in practical treatment, to the point (excuse the pun), and outcome driven. I utilise acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, electro-acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbal medicine.
In my spare time, I regularly practice aikijujutsu, and Qi Gong, as I have found these practices to be excellent discipline for the balance of the mental and physical.
So what about you? I have experience and an interest in treating many kinds of conditions and issues, such as: gynaecological, dermatological, musculoskeletal, mental health, poor digestion, stress, poor sleep, low energy, and cosmetic skin issues.
Andrew is currently working in Thailand, and not taking appointments in Melbourne.