Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is a system of medicine developed in China that has a different history and approach than Western medicine. Rather than treating the disease, a Chinese medicine practitioner treats patterns of disharmony (or symptom clusters) in a patient.

Chinese medicine dates back around 5,000 years where its basic concepts were established in a time when people lived closer to nature and the changing seasons. Chinese medicine believes that the many different facets in our lives contribute to our overall health by looking at the big picture, showing us that health problems cannot be viewed in isolation.

There are many branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture that may help a patient depending on their health needs. The following are used by Sandra at Essence of Health:

  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Infrared heat
  • Moxibustion
  • Electro-Acupuncture
  • Chinese Cupping
  • Meditation & Breathing Techniques

How does Acupuncture work

Acupuncture is a stream of Chinese Medicine in which very fine (disposable) needles are inserted into various acupuncture points along meridians. The treatment works by increasing the flow of Qi, blood or fluids to specific areas of the body, or redirecting opposing energy Qi from others. A good example of this theory in Chinese medicine is using needles to stimulate Qi & blood flow to the “conception vessel” meridian influencing the blood flow to the uterus.


Acupuncture’s history and origin deals more with internal health and wellbeing. Many health practitioners may recommend acupuncture as a treatment that can complement and may assist with IVF treatment. Sandra has a particular interest in providing this type of complementary treatment, which may help manage symptoms relating to;

Women’s Health

  • IVF preparation and support
  • Pregnancy preparation and support

Regulating internal hormonal and menstrual cycle, and related pain. Research into whether acupuncture may assist with fertility is ongoing. For further information please click here which takes you to links to various acupuncture and IVF trials, research and commentary.

Other areas that acupuncture may help are:

General Health

Acupuncture may provide assistance for people suffering from:

  • Upper Respiratory complaints
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Insomnia
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • ENT Complaints – Hay fever & Sinusitis
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Menopausal symptoms

Muscle & Joints

  • Back pain
  • Rye neck
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Knee complaints