Village Remedies was established by qualified Chinese Medicine Practitioner and massage therapist, Brendan Smith who has over 10 years experience in the field.
His strong understanding of how the body works was developed in his years as a massage therapist which was deepened after studying Chinese Medicine. It was during his studies that Brendan found his interest for treating pain, both chronic and acute. Using Chinese medicine principles he uses local and distal acupuncture points, herbal medicine and massage techniques to restore strength and movement but to also improve sleep and digestion so the body can better repair and restore itself. Brendan has worked alongside practitioners from other modalities including physiotherapists and chiropractors, complementing his knowledge.
Gavin is passionate about helping others out of pain and to live happier and healthier lives. With his experience as a remedial massage therapist, he has a particular appreciation for how pain and dysfunction can negatively affect someone's life.
Through his studies of Chinese medicine, Chinese philosophy and Taiji martial arts he understands that for lasting relief, the person must be treated as a whole and not just a series of complaints. This means that not only should pain be treated well, but also any sleep, emotional, digestive, gynaecological, and other health issues should also be addressed to help improve the quality of life.
Maddie has a strong appreciation for both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. After completing her Bachelor of Health Science this appreciation inspired her to complete a six-week program at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing in 2014. It was here she observed the integration of the two medical approaches in various fields including gynecology, diabetes, oncology, dermatology and many more.
This integration of ideas alongside the desire to optimize the wellbeing of patients further motivated Maddie to undertake postgraduate study in Science Research. Her thesis focused on examining the pharmacological mechanisms of herbal medicine for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which is currently under examination.