Science, technology and skill save lives. MRIs, CT Scans, ultrasounds, x-rays and blood tests detect cancer. Antibiotics has saved 100's of millions of lives and vaccinations have eradicated many serious infectious diseases. Surgeries help people walk, see and live again. The medical doctors involved in the aforementioned are true miracle workers. What then can herbal medicine offer? It is my opinion that as long as drug companies have financial goals as their priority, herbalists will have a role to play. How is it that some herbalists can treat hypothyroidism effectively, when the only other option is to take thyroxin for the rest of ones life. The primary herb to treat hypothyroidism is called, astragalus. This herb is there for any pharmaceutical company that wants it. Pharmaceutical drugs have their role, including those that negative press such as statins. Using these drugs though in the correct scenario and understanding the potential dangers are critical.
In the big picture of medicine, herbal medicine has a small role to play but no matter how small the role, it can still be very important for many people. My philosophy to treatment is threefold. Firstly, a concrete medical diagnosis. Secondly, assuming the problem is not treatable with conventional methods or the risk/reward ratio or reward/side effect ratio is low, can the problem actually be treated with evidence based life style medicine. Thirdly, if it can't be treated with lifestyle medicine, can the problem be treated, safely and effectively with evidence based herbal medicine.
In regards to general health and wellness or preventing illness, I believe we need to focus on evolutionary biology. What was the human body originally designed for? Six points are especially important. (1) Nutrition and healthy eating, such as the importance of Omega-3 oils, a diet free of sugar and refined carbohydrates, the importance of low glycemic index foods, the importance of flavonoids, high antioxidant rich foods, and the knowledge of how certain drugs and illnesses reduce the absorption of various vitamins and minerals.
As cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders and stress are three of the most predominant problems in the modern world, they are especially important. (2) Cardiovascular health is paramount as is the research on the prevention of cardiovascular disease through food and lifestyle changes. (3) Diaphragmatic breathing is a must for all those dealing with stress as are the techniques for (4) better sleep for the treatment of sleep disorders without the use of medicine.
I also believe in the importance of daily meditation for overall health, with (5) awareness meditation being one that seems especially effective. (6) Daily exercise is also paramount as is the importance of preventing injuries. In regards to exercise, my focus is on learning to engage the transverse abdominus, to increase intra-abdominal pressure, which stabilises the lumbar and recruits other supporting muscles to make the body the one unit. It is my belief that unless one is training body building, muscles should not be trained to work in isolation from each other.
Shaun was born in Australia but grew up in Singapore and has always had a keen interest in sport and understanding the human body. While growing up in Singapore he achieved a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and competed in the Tae Kwon Do Singapore Nationals. He also won numerous international show jumping competitions and competed at the Singapore Nationals in ice hockey. He completed his last three years of high school back in Perth at Wesley College where he represented the school in athletics (400m), rowing and rugby. He was also Chairman of the Students Represetivitve Council, Vice Captain of Boats, and was awarded a South Perth Junior Citizen of the Year Award.
Shaun began his university studies at the University of Western Australia where he completed a Bachelor and Masters of Commerce. For the first year of university, he played colts Rugby for Palmyra after which he started training martial arts and eventually became a senior student and a teacher. During his Master's Degree, he also began to study remedial massage part time at the Australian College of Natural Medicine.
After this, he went to the Perth Academy of Natural Therapies to do a diploma of Chinese Medicine. No long after this he moved to China where he enrolled in the 5-year degree at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM).
At BUCM the course was in Chinese so it was during this time that Shaun learned to read, write and speak Mandarin fluently. He also trained in internal martial arts and Brazilian Jiu Jit Su. While at BUCM he was awarded two scholarships based on grades.
On completion of this, he moved to Taiwan for two years to further his medical, and martial arts training. During his time in Taiwan, he also took up Judo and wrote a monthly health column for the local expatriate magazine. After this, Shaun moved to Singapore for a short period of time. While in Singapore he completed his full translation and commentary on the Dao De Jing and a paper about the Indo-European influences on China's early dynasties.
At the beginning of 2014, he moved back to Perth and opened Perth TCM Health. He is also a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner in Australia. In 2018 Shaun wrote a book called, The Balance of Emptiness which is now published and can be found on Amazon. At the beginning of 2019, he completed a 2 year Graduate diploma in Buddhist Studies from the University of South Wales. He undertook this course to fully understand in depth different meditation techniques. In 2019, he wrote a paper on astrophysics and another on Earth sciences (both available on academia), created two youtube channels and recorded over 25 short lectures for the Insight Timer app. His sole goal is to help people in any way he can.
Education and Certifications
University of South Wales 2017-2018
Graduate Diploma of Buddhist Studies
Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 2007-2011
Bachelor of Chinese Medicine
Perth Academy of Natural Therapies 2004-2006
Diploma of Chinese Medicine*
Australian College of Natural Therapies 2003-2004
Diploma of Remedial Massage*
University of Western Australia 2004-2006
Masters of Commerce
University of Western Australia 2004-2006
Bachelor of Commerce