Yu Zhang (Joseph) knew he wanted to become a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner since his early years in China. When he was just six months old, he suffered from severe chronic diarrhoea, causing delays to his physical development. After trying all available conventional medical treatments, Joseph’s condition continued to deteriorate. Out of desperation, his parents turned to a TCM practitioner for help. By prescribing Joseph a course of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, his diarrhoea was cured. His parents told little Joseph this story again and again. This experience enhanced his family’s belief in TCM, and inspired Joseph to choose TCM as his first preference of university course without a doubt.
Joseph obtained his Bachelor’s of Health Science in TCM from the University of Chengdu TCM in 1994. Upon graduating, Joseph spent his first few years working as a TCM practitioner at a hospital based in Chong Qing where he developed a broad understanding of various diseases from chronic cough to insomnia, and recurring mouth ulcers to menopause. Joseph refined his clinical experience further when he moved to Sydney in 2001, where he practiced in various clinics including the Balmain Chinese Herbal Centre, Eastgardens Natural Medicine Centre and Health Space Kingsford. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Joseph received his Diploma of Remedial Massage from TAFE Randwick in 2007.
Joseph is especially interested in sports injury and pain disorder and is always ready to help the broad community with his extensive TCM knowledge and substantial skills. He also provides acupuncture and herbs to help patients quit smoking and lose weight, particularly when these patients have failed with other methods. Joseph also recently joined an exclusive network with the Monash IVF Clinic to help couples struggling with infertility.
Joseph believes the client knows their body best. By taking the time to listen, he can diagnose the patient’s condition and have complete treatment plans. He also believes prevention is better than cure, so he always provides useful tips on how to live long and live well based on Chinese medicine theory.
In his spare time, Joseph enjoys connecting with his family and friends. He pursues a balanced lifestyle with a healthy diet, regular exercise including Taichi, Qigong and positive character traits.