Welcome to Health Essence Chinese Medicine

My name is Michael Bending, I am a Chinese herbal medicine practitioner & acupuncturist based in Dee Why on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I take an evidence based perspective to clinical treatment and prefer an integrated medicine approach to treating health. I believe in working together with other therapists and medical professionals in achieving the best patient outcomes. I have an inquiring mind for knowledge in the field of medicine coupled with a need to serve and to help people lead a healthy and happy life. My main interests are musculoskeletal injury, fertility, gastrointestinal issues, skin disorders, allergies and immune system disorders. I have traveled and studied at numerous hospitals and medical clinics within China to update my clinical knowledge and continue to do so on a regular basis. I believe in an integrated health system with both western and Chinese medicine as well as other complementary medicines.


Michael Bending BHlthSc (UWS) Chinese

Medicine, Dip Rem Massage (ACNT)

boll_img Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine



Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a broad range of medicine practices sharing common concepts which have been developed in China and are based on a tradition of 3000 years or more.

Today, many people in the western world are aware of the benefits of acupuncture – mainly because of Richard Nixon’s visit to China in 1972, where he witnessed open heart surgery being performed in a Chinese hospital using acupuncture for pain management (watch open heart surgery in a Chinese Hospital).

Far from being a treatment just for pain, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now seen throughout the world as a valuable complimentary healthcare option that can work in parallel with western medicine. TCM is widely used in China within the Chinese hospital system in combination with Western Medicine.

In addition to providing treatments for a wide range of health disorders, Chinese Medicine may also be used to assist with general health maintenance and disease prevention. By strengthening and enhancing normal body functions, the immune system is boosted and a general sense of well-being promoted. TCM can also aid athletes in sport for strength and endurance. Learn more about the Chinese Medicine+ diagnosis system

Menopause Chinese Medicine

Menopause Chinese & Medicine

Managing Arthritis with Chinese Medicine

Arthritic and joint problems

Chinese Medicine for Fertility and IVF Support

Find out about Chinese medicine and fertility treatments

Chinese medicine, Hives, Itching, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Rashes, Food allergies, Asthma

Seasonal allergies, prevention and treatment in TCM.

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Brilliant massage!

Michael always goes above and beyond to get rid of those stiff and painful places

Jennifer J.

Thanks again very much

Very easy to book and great follow up with confirmation and reminders to ensure booking wasn’t forgotten. Michael worked hard on my areas of concern and gave some terrific relief in those painful areas. He was also very generous with his time as we ran over the scheduled hour but he kept working on.

Dave K.

Highly recommended

Great service, very knowledgeable and a really lovely therapist.

Luke B.

Above and beyond

Michael has so much knowledge to share and that is great. It is clear that he genuinely cares about his clients and hence provides a unique service above and beyond remedial massage.

John H.

Definitely gets 5 stars

Always love going to Michael his massages are very good . He is patient and kind.

Jacinta B.

Great help as always

Thank you Michael. The pain is completely gone by now.

Marcela H.

Thank you

Excellent body work, and loads of knowledge as well. I felt comfortable and relaxed.

Chris C.

Would highly recommend!!

Michael gives an incredible massage. He is knowledgeable, skilled and effective at relieving pain and dealing with painful sports injuries. His prices are really reasonable, and he has a wonderful studio and easy booking system. Overall a great and effective treatment; would highly recommend!!

Stephanie Y.

Would recommend him to anyone

Mike is fantastic. Not only is he a thorough & wonderful masseuse, his knowledge of the body is amazing. I am a professional dancer and would recommend him to anyone.

Ebony W.

Feeling great now!

It’s great to see someone caring about his patents and not worrying about the clock! Thank you for the treatment last week – feeling great now! Cheers Rino.

Rino Orlando

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