hung d tran
My name is Dr Hung D Tran, founder and director at Medical Alternatives, and I am passionate about all aspects of health and healing.
I was born in Vietnam and introduced to the potent power of Oriental medicine after contracting polio when I was around 6 months old. A very kind physician, a friend of my parents, averted the devastating effects of this condition. This intervention not only saved my life but literally changed the course of it.
Growing up in a household, where I was regularly treated with traditional methods, the influence of Chinese medicine was hard to ignore. Using herbal formulas consisting of exotic looking dried roots, barks, berries, and flowers, my parents would brew up decoctions or steep them in wine. These preparations were used to relieve a range of internal problems or for massaging onto aching, painful muscles and joints.
As a medical doctor working in hospital and community clinics I discovered that Western medicine, whilst very effective in acute and life threatening situations, offered very little in terms of preventative health and empowering the individual to care for themselves.
The turning point for me was meeting my first teacher and mentor of Oriental medicine, Master Nguyen Tinh Thong. His example inspired me to undertake further training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I studied and worked with him for nearly 10 years during which time I developed a great affinity with acupuncture.
My understanding of acupuncture was deepened when I was introduced to Dr Jeffrey Yuen, a teacher of an authentic lineage of Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM). This meeting catalysed a fascinating and long term exploration of this highly evolved system of medicine.
I draw constantly from the teachings of CCM to access effective treatment strategies for my patients. From this vantage point I am able to evaluate and appreciate the various systems of medicine that I have studied as well as current breakthroughs in health and wellbeing. This enables me to select a method of treatment that is suitable and appropriate for each person.