Pain can be a complex and varied experience. It’s typically uncomfortable or unpleasant, often described as aching, throbbing, stabbing, or burning. It can also be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent. Pain can affect your mood, making you feel irritable and anxious. It can also impact your ability to concentrate, sleep, or enjoy activities. Pain is your body’s way of signaling that something is wrong and needs attention.

There are several types of pain patterns recognised in Chinese medicine, each associated with specific imbalances.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine may help patients to manage pain.


Why do we want to reduce pain?

Reducing pain is a fundamental goal in both modern and traditional medical practices, including Chinese medicine, because pain can significantly impair quality of life and overall health. When pain is effectively managed, the body can often return to a state of balance and function more optimally. Physiologically, reducing pain helps decrease stress on the body, which in turn can reduce inflammation, enhance immune function, and promote healing. In the context of Chinese medicine, managing pain is also seen as restoring the flow of vital energy throughout the body, which is essential for maintaining health and preventing disease. By alleviating pain, individuals can enjoy improved physical comfort, increased mobility, and enhanced emotional well-being, allowing them to fully engage in daily activities and pursue their passions with vitality and joy.



Each woman will experience menopause differently. The symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, mood swings, sleep disturbances and anxiety can make everyday life more challenging.

Women handle a lot. They juggle families, aging parents, losing loved ones and often in combination with busy jobs. But all of a sudden in their  late 30s-40s they start feeling discombobulated. Bursting in to tears at the drop of a hat or feeling rage towards a partner.

They start to second guess themselves….battling brain fog, judging themselves and others harshly and feeling a sense of isolation, not sleeping, stuck in ‘fight or flight’ mode. Feeling frazzled and overwhelmed. Little things all of a sudden become big things.

These are the shifting sands of perimenopause. Its difficult to see the hormonal and nervous system changes going on in their bodies, but they can certainly feel them. 

During this transitional phase, emotions are on a roller coaster ride as hormones fluctuate and then ultimately plateau. The body has been used to functioning with these hormones and it takes some time for the brain to find another pathway. 

There’s a lot that can be done to smooth out this transition period. 

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help regulate neurotransmitters, reduce stress and provide support through this perimenopausal transition. 



Fatigue can significantly impact our daily lives. It can make simple tasks feel overwhelming, decrease our productivity, and affect our ability to enjoy activities. It can also lead to mood changes, irritability, and difficulty concentrating, which can strain relationships and make it challenging to fulfill responsibilities. From a health perspective, chronic fatigue can weaken the immune system, making us more susceptible to illness. Therefore, minimizing fatigue can help us maintain a better quality of life, both physically and emotionally.

In Chinese medicine fatigue is seen as manifestation of an underlying imbalance, it can be caused by a variety of factors including over work, stress, poor diet, and lack of exercise. 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine may help patients to manage fatigue.



Chronic stress can have a profound impact on our bodies, affecting both physical and mental health. Stress can suppress the immune system, making us more susceptible to infections. It can increase our heart rate and contract blood vessels. It can lead to digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and acid reflux. Stress can cause muscle tension and pain, leading to conditions like tension headaches and migraines. Stress can contribute to conditions like anxiety and insomnia. It can exacerbate skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Stress can affect menstrual cycles in women and contribute to sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

It is important to increase your resilience to stress. 

Acupuncture and herbal medicine may help pateints to manage stress.