Digestive Disorders

Digestive Disorders – the treatment of functional gut disorders using Chinese herbal medicine; acupuncture; strain-specific probiotics; prebiotics; dietary guidance; and microbiome analysis to identify species within the gut and their metabolic functions.

While I treat a broad range of conditions, my area of particular interest and experience is in the treatment of functional digestive disorders.

We’ll discuss and consider symptoms commonly associated with:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain and bloating),
  • The causes of intestinal permeability, dysbiosis, and inflammation of the gut,
  • Visceral hypersensitivity,
  • Diet-microbiome-inflammation interactions,
  • Choosing the right pre-biotic fibres to normalise bowel transit time,
  • Increasing short-chain fatty acid production to support gut barrier homeostasis,
  • The impact of polyphenols, pre-biotic foods and fibres on the gut ecosystem,
  • And much more.

The key to long-term benefits in the treatment of often complex digestive disorders is in understanding the link between the variable symptoms and underlying causes.

Clear communication including a discussion of how you can improve your day-to-day health is an essential part of your overall treatment.

Contact me to book your consultation.

Daniel Godel-Practitioner-HealthyGut
Practitioner-MicrobiomeAnalyst Daniel Godel

Certified by The Microbiome Restoration Centre

Why is the treatment of Digestive Disorders so important?

The trillions of bacteria that reside in our gut play an essential role not only in our digestive health, production of vitamins, activation of neurotransmitters, maintaining gut barrier function, but also in supporting metabolism and helping to regulate our immune system.

(This means that our gut bacteria basically influence pretty much everything!)

Influenced by various factors such as diet, medications, environment, stress and low-grade inflammation, the gut microbiome is constantly challenged.

Based on each person’s specific needs and circumstances, regulation of gut function can play a key role in enhancing our immune response and overall health.

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Here’s How I Work

Here’s a summary of how I work.

Please allow 1 hour for your initial visit. As I don’t usually know what concerns you until you arrive for your appointment, I allow enough time for both a detailed herbal consultation and an acupuncture treatment. Both options of treatment may be used in combination, or separately, depending on your needs. Of course, it is entirely up to you if you have a preference of treatment.

For ongoing appointments, while you may not always need the whole hour, it is important to allow this so we can discuss your ongoing health concerns, new issues that may arise, and to include time for acupuncture, if that is going to benefit you. Appointment times are always intended for a detailed discussion of your symptoms, progress, and desired health goals.

With this in mind, I do not have different fees based on the amount of time you are here as is the case with some practitioners. When you are here, you receive the treatment you need, which is why at times the consultation or acupuncture takes longer, and at other times, less.

Each consultation begins with questions related to the main purpose of your visit.  Once that is established, I continue to ask more questions in greater detail, and elaborate, until we refine our communication and reach a clear understanding of the link between your symptoms and the underlying cause. While this is going on, at another level, there is a back and forth discussion about what you can do to improve your day-to-day decisions, or to assist you in gaining a better self- understanding of your health, and in your planning and choices.

Included in every ongoing consultation, is a review of your progress, a revision of any changes you are making to improve your health, encouragement and refinement of the positive changes, and support of longer term self maintenance goals.

Herbal medicine: dried herbs, concentrated granules and pills

Herbal medicine. Dried herbs, concentrated granules and pills.

Over the years I have mainly used dried Chinese herbs that are prescribed and dispensed here at the clinic, taken home and decocted into a soup. This is often supplemented by the use of concentrated herbal pills whenever possible.

In recent years, I have been increasingly prescribing high quality concentrated granulated herbs which allows me to offer patients the option of dissolving a teaspoon of granulated herbs in water as well as the traditional method of decoction.

Not surprisingly, if given the choice, most patients prefer the more time efficient and portable option of granules.  The main consideration I have when offering a choice of dried, granulated or herbal pills is in their suitability and effectiveness. If I need to prescribe a formula with specific individual herbs that are suited to the patient at that particular time, then dried or granulated herbs are used. Pills or capsules are pre- made formulas, and while effective, cannot be modified. These two options are more commonly prescribed when the symptoms are stable, less refinement is required in the formula, and are better suited for longer-term maintenance, or during travel.

About Daniel Godel

About Daniel Godel

Hi, I am Daniel Godel.

I began practising Chinese medicine in North Carlton in 1992 after graduating in 1990 in Melbourne, and completing an Internship at Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.

Over these years, I have been in full- time practice, have been a sessional herbal lecturer and clinical supervisor (at Victoria University & Southern School of Natural Therapies) and have continued with ongoing clinically relevant study.

I am registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, and am an accredited Fellow with the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd.

I am also a Certified Healthy Gut Practitioner and Microbiome Analyst.

Daniel Godel-Practitioner-HealthyGut
Practitioner-MicrobiomeAnalyst Daniel Godel

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Online Consultations are Available

If you would like to book an online consultation, please call me to arrange – 9349 2677.

Contact Me – Consultations and Treatment are by Appointment

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Telephone: 9349 2677

Please arrive on time for your appointment.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 9am to 6pm
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 9am to 6pm
  • Thursday 9am to 6pm
  • Friday 9am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 12pm
  • Sunday Closed

What are your fees?

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Where is the Clinic?

Rathdowne Street Chinese Medicine Clinic is located at 366 Rathdowne Street North Carlton Vic 3054

Location: The clinic is located on the corner of Rathdowne Street and Newry Street in North Carlton.

Getting Here


There is ample 2, 3, and 4 hour unmetered parking along Rathdowne and Newry Streets

Public Transport:

Buses along Rathdowne Street – Route 250, 251 or 253 (Garden City to Northland or La Trobe University) Stop outside Carlton Library.

Tram routes along Lygon Street – No 1 (South Melbourne beach to East Coburg) & No 8 (Toorak to Moreland) Get off at stop 115-Newry St/Lygon St Carlton North.

Tram route aling Nicholson Street- No 96 (St Kilda beach to East Brunswick) Get off at stop 18-Curtain St/Nicholson St Carlton North

In the area:

Curtain Square is right across the road, and includes a children’s playground. Carlton Library is also across the road, and there are numerous cafes, restaurants and speciality shops are located along Rathdowne Village.

Health Insurance Rebates and payment

Private health fund claims can be made electronically using HICAPS provided you have “Extras” cover, and payments can be made with Eftpos, Visa or Mastercard. A receipt is provided at the end of each appointment.