Thomas Lin

Founder of TCM Development LTD./Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbalist/Vice President of NZRA

· Chinese Medicine Doctor;

· Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Chinese Massage Therapist;

· Vice President of The NZ Register of Acupuncturists Inc. (NZRA)

· ACC Asian Cultural Case Advisor; ACC treatment provider;

· Director of TCM Development Ltd.

· Independent Advisor for Health and Disability Commissioner.

Thomas was born in 1967 and brought up in a rural village in China. His grandfather and father were both doctors and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and practised their skills for family and people of the village. From a young age Thomas followed his father when he went to pick raw herbs in the mountains. His dream was to become a doctor one day.                 

Thomas later studied medicine full-time in Guangzhou Medical University of China, and after five years he graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Medicine. After graduation he taught in the Anatomy Department of the University and worked in the clinic.

Thomas came to New Zealand in 1994 and worked as an Acupuncturist in Palmerston North for two years. In 1996 he successfully passed the qualifying examination and became a member of The New Zealand Register of Acupuncturists (NZRA) and a recognised ACC treatment provider.

Thomas registered his first company, TCM Development Ltd, in 1996, and on the 8th of November 1996 he established his first clinic, TCM Chinese Medical Centre, in Madras Street, Christchurch. In 1998 his TCM Chinese Medical Centre was moved to Riccarton Road. He also successfully set up TCM services for Queenspark Health Care and St Albans Medical Centre. There are about 10,000 patients on file at the TCM Chinese Medical Centre. Over 200 GP’s have referred patients to his clinic. He has employed and trained over 10 Acupuncturists.

Thomas has trained over 100 private students in Chinese Acupressure, Chinese Massage, Manipulation and Reflexology. In 1992, Guandong Province TV produced 21 sessions of Reflexology which were introduced by Thomas. He has conducted many presentations of Chinese Medicine Healthcare to local communities in Christchurch.

Thomas Lin specialises in:

Acupuncture / acupressure / manipulation / traction / cupping for Musculoskeletal problems, such as headaches caused by stiff neck; shoulder pain from injury; freezing shoulder; tennis elbow; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; muscle sprain on back; spine disorders; sciatica; etc. He also consults on all kinds of sports- and work-related injuries.

Acupuncture / cupping / Chinese herbs / Reflexology for medical problems, such as ‘flu, headaches; migraine; high blood pressure; insomnia; stress; anxiety; depression; coughing due to bronchitis; stomach-ache; diarrhoea; constipation; women’s period problems; morning sickness; stop smoking; shingles; etc, plus excellent results with sinusitis and hay fever.

Thomas is very involved with the Chinese community. He was President of Christchurch Zhonghua Chinese Society for two years. He has been invited to many functions by the NZ Parliament and the Embassy of China and has had his photograph taken with Prime Ministers as well as with the President of China, Hu Jin Tao. He is the overseas youth committee representative of the Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese of Hubei. He is also a committee member of the Overseas Exchange Association of Guangdong Province.

Thomas Lin with former Prime Minister Helen Clark

Thomas Lin with former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley

Jackie Chan

Provided treatment for Jackie Chan in 1992

Libing Zhang

Acupuncturist/TCM Practitioner

Member of NZRA

ACC Treatment Provider

Registered physician(CHINA)

Master of Medicine(MM)

Libing Zhang, ACC acupuncture provider, member of Acupuncture NZ, graduated from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in 2014 and achieved the Master degree of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During his study in Traditional Chinese Medicine, he not only focused on the classics, but also had followed-up with several eminent Chinese medicine practitioners for 10 years, and gained a lot of clinical experience. He is good at using of herbs and acupuncture to adjust the Yin and Yang. All of his selection of treatments are based on the overall concept and the differential diagnosis. He believes that the treatment must aim at the basic cause of the disease, once the body is balanced, all of the problems are solved.

Michael Green

Acupuncturist/TCM Practitioner

Member of NZRA

ACC Treatment Provider

Registered physician(CHINA)

Master of Medicine(MM)

Learning experience:

Bachelor of Acupuncture and Moxibustion from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine

Master of Formulas of Chinese Medicine from Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Work experience:

Michael was a chiropractor and acupuncturist in Longjiang Hospital of Huanggu District of Shenyang, Liaoning Province from 2013-2015.

Worked in Department of acupuncture, Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Weihai, Shandong Province from 2015-2016.

Worked in Department of acupuncture, Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Sanya, Hainan Province from 2016-2017.


Area of expertise:

Apart from the common neck and shoulder leg pain diagnosis and treatment, I am also good at Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Rehabilitation, Gerontology, Andrology, Gynecology, Cancer Rehabilitation, Diabetes, Infertility and other difficult disease business.

Features: Skin Disease, , Children with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Mild Diabetes, Spleen and Stomach, Allergies, Maternal Diseases, Mental Illness, Weight Loss, Geriatric Disease, Western Medicine Difficult Disease.

Professional ~ Focus ~ Bring you easy and smile.

Leona Lin

Colon Hydrotherapist/Receptionist

Colon Hydrotherapist


Leona joined our clinic from Oct 2008, she graduated from Guangzhou University, China, majoring in English Literature with Components in Psychology and Education Theory. Excellent communication skills can converse in English, Mandarin and Cantonese fluently. Extensive experience (over 5 years) Intermediate schoolteacher. Certificate of Bank 2 Intermediate school teacher 2005. Immigrated to NZ in 2006Leona was training to be Colon Hydrotherapist in Feb 2011. Leona Lin also is the receptionist in our clinic.

Sunny Qin

Practice Manager

Practice manager

Sunny is a former lawyer and manager. Sunny ensures TCM's continued professional ethics and efficient operation so the doctors can focus completely on their patients.

Sunny is a Chinese New Zealand lawyer. She completed a law degree at the WuHan University of China in 1998.

Sunny immigrated to New Zealand in 2005. She initially worked in project development in the retirement village sector. Following this Sunny enrolled at the University of Waikato with an aim of obtaining a New Zealand law degree.

Sunny`s Chinese background gives her unique experience and skills that set her apart from other New Zealand legal representatives. Her knowledge of both New Zealand and Chinese legal systems, business and culture is a great strength in cross-communication and service.

Sunny takes into account each client`s language, culture and principles to ensure their needs are completely fulfilled.