For Health Problems That are Just Not Getting Better

Some people are tired of not feeling well and seeing the same practitioners year after year.  Please read to what I have to say about how Chinese medicine.

This article should provide a better understanding of:

  • Why symptoms are markers of ill-health.
  • How the term ‘normal’ can be used to describe health despite having many symptoms.
  • How Chinese medicine takes an entirely different approach to Western medicine in managing and resolving health issues.
  • Why treating the root cause of disease is often a better approach than just trying to mask symptoms with short-term ‘fixes’.
  • How good blood flow is one of the keys to good health.
  • What action can be taken to improve health.

Are Any of These Relatable?

  • Tired of feeling unwell?
  • Do the usual forms of treatment not seem to help much anymore?
  • Tired of taking medications?
  • Keep seeing the same health professionals year after year?
  • Feels like a health service merry-go-round (and it’s really not hitting the mark)?
  • Tried a lot of different doctors, specialists and alternative health practitioners to try to improve a health issue?
  • Been told that to just ‘live with it’?
  • Symptoms that nobody seems to understand or be able to explain why they are there?
  • Worried about health and where it is heading?
  • Reading this as a last resort?
  • Ready to take some positive action with your health?
  • Want to enjoy the simple things you used to enjoy like playing with your kids, going shopping or gardening?
  • Not sure of what to do next?
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Symptoms Are Markers of Ill-Health

I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to over the years said that their health practitioner has run tests and said they were in perfect health.  Yet they suffered from a variety of other issues.

True health is the absence of symptoms.

Symptoms are usually the body telling you something isn’t right.

And the more symptoms, often the more significant the health issue.

Common vs Normal

Today so many people have health issues that the symptoms they experience have become ‘normal’.

So many people have pain so some level of pain has become ‘normal’.

So many women suffer period pain, bad PMS and irregular periods, that it has become ‘normal’.

So many people experience digestive issues like bloating, that it has become ‘normal’.

The truth is that these health issues are ‘common’ not ‘normal’.

Normal suggests that you should have them.  Common says that many people actually have them.

So, please don’t confuse common with normal.

Remember, good health is the absence of symptoms.

It’s not really normal to have any symptoms so you don’t have to accept them as normal.

If we have something for long enough, we often lose our perspective on what it is like to feel healthy.

Serious Vs Chronic Low-Grade Health Issues

  • There are two types of health issues: serious and chronic low-grade.

    Serious health issues are generally life-threatening like cancer, heart attacks, strokes and trauma.

    Western medicine is particularly good at treating these serious health issues.  Western medicine originated in Europe out of necessity.  They had to get really good at treating all of the injuries and trauma from all of the conflicts and wars that occurred over hundreds of years.

    Chronic low-grade health issues are not immediately life-threatening, but they can cause considerable problems and make it difficult to enjoy life.

    Chronic low-grade health issues include things like reflux, bloating, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, depression, pain, fertility, weight gain, allergies, UTIs, period problems, foggy head, water retention, tension, insomnia, obesity and many more issues.

    Whilst not immediately life-threatening, these symptoms can make life miserable.

    Chinese medicine is particularly good at reducing (or in some cases eliminating) chronic low-grade symptoms to help you enjoy life again.

Is The House in Disrepair?

I often give an analogy that a body is like a house.

It’s full of rooms (different sections of the body), electrical wiring (central nervous system), plumbing (circulatory system) and appliances (organs) that must all function well for the ‘house’ to work well.

If electrical wiring is faulty, plumbing is blocked up and appliances are broken, the house cannot work as it should.  Things will start to go wrong with it and unwanted symptoms may appear.

Most people would never allow their real house (where they live) to fall into such a state of disrepair!


It’s easy to become frustrated, despondent and (frankly) fed up with persistent health issues.

Is it Time to Broaden the Field of View?

It may be time to broaden the field of view to consider and look into different options for health. There’s more than one way to look at your health.

Western medicine is what we have all grown up with.  It’s what we know. It’s what we trust. And it still remains a brilliant medical system for many health issues.

But the other (and one of the largest) medical systems in the world is Chinese medicine.

Chinese medicine is one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of natural medicine.

It has thousands of years of history with a focus on returning the body’s function to normal.

In fact, in China Western and Chinese medicine often work side-by-side in hospitals for better patient results.

Is it Time to Broaden the Field of View?

A person’s health is like a tree. The symptoms are the branches of the tree – it’s what they can see and feel.

But symptoms are a result of what’s happening at a deeper level – in the roots.

The roots (organs) is where most symptoms come from.

Western medicine may focus on alleviating the symptom (branches) through medications and other forms of treatment.  These medications can do a good job at helping manage symptoms, but they may not seek to treat the root cause of those symptoms.

Often, if medications are stopped, the symptoms may return.

These medications may also result in unwanted side effects.  The side effects resulting from the long-term use of medications and also the use of multiple medications are often unknown.

Chinese medicine focuses on both the symptom (branch) and root cause of those symptoms.  By treating both the branch and root we aim to both alleviate or eliminate symptoms AND retain good long-term health.

Whilst there is the potential for some minor side effects from Chinese medicine treatment (like minor bruising from acupuncture) these are not common nor are they tolerated by a practitioner.  A good practitioner will change what they do to help eliminate any unwanted side-effects from treatment.

If the root cause of a symptom can be successfully treated, so too can the symptoms.

Good Blood Flow is Good Health

Blood contains everything the body needs to function and repair itself.

Poor blood flow (blood circulation) to an organ will starve that organ of the oxygen, nutrients and hormones it needs to function well.  Clinically, we find that poor blood flow to specific organs will impact how well that organ functions.

We talk about organ function.  This is different to disease.  An organ often has no disease but its function is low. If the function is low, the organ cannot do its job properly, which then leads to symptoms.

It’s kind of like a machine.  If the machine fires on all 8 cylinders it works as it should and performs well.  But if that machine only fires on 4 cylinders (low function) it’s not going to work well and there will likely be problems.

If an organ has poor function for a long period of time, this may lead to disease.

In Chinese medicine the age of 40 is a turning point in natural blood flow.  From the age of 40, blood flow naturally reduces with age.  Though this is the natural process of ageing, how well people age and how good their health remains will often depend on how good their blood flow was when they turned 40. In our experience, people who have a lot of symptoms before the age of 40 may have had poor blood flow to start with and may have to really work on their health as they age.

Much of what we do in Chinese medicine is about re-establishing good blood flow to the organs and other parts of the body.

Chinese Medicine Offers a Completely Different Approach to Solve Health Problems

The body is an absolutely marvellous machine that is most cases is very capable of keeping us pain-free and healthy.

But sometimes it gets into trouble and cannot find its way back without help.

Chinese medicine looks at health in a completely different way to Western medicine.  It uses an entirely different set of diagnostic tools and treatment tools.

Diagnostics include Chinese pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis and adrenal function tests.

Treatments include acupuncture, gentle muscle, ligament and tendon massage and diet therapy.

There are near 1000 acupuncture points on your body that all do slightly different things. We use over 100,000 acupuncture needles a year in our clinic. But don’t worry!  The needles we use are very thin (like a human hair).

Often, Chinese medicine can identify the cause of symptoms where Western medicine cannot.  If we can identify the cause of the disease and its symptoms we can often treat it.

Chinese Medicine is a Regulated Health Profession

In Australia, Chinese medicine is regulated by AHPRA – just like GPs, physios and dentists.  Practitioners must be licenced and meet certain entry (usually a degree) and ongoing education requirements.

Our practitioners are licenced health practitioners who between us have completed over 50,000 patient consultations.  We are tertiary qualified and have completed significant post-graduate training.

We use this significant amount of clinical experience is every clinic day to help our patients. We spend the time to explain the reasons for health problems, how we can help and what we recommend moving forward.  Our patients are never left in the dark about the treatment they are receiving.

We Are Here to Help

We do everything we can to help our patients.

We can help most people with most health problems.  The way we provide treatment allows our patients to see the difference for themselves.  And once they see and feel differences, it gives them the confidence they need to make decisions about progressing with treatment.  We provide acupuncture for MelbourneMoonee PondsEssendonBrunswick and nearby suburbs.

Invest in Health

To change our health we often need to invest in our health.

Unfortunately, Chinese medicine is not covered by Medicare.  But it is covered in the extras cover provided by most private health funds.

Remember the house analogy above.  We would never allow our house’s doors to fall off, the water to just dribble out of the taps and TV to not work.  We would invest the money required to get these problems addressed.

And a person’s health is arguably more important than a house!

Ready to Do Something About Your Health?

We know that not everyone is ready.

It depends on how long they’ve had their health issues, how much it affect their life and whether it is now a good time to finally focus on themselves.

I find that women are generally more health proactive than men.  But women are often so busy looking after everyone else (children, parents, spouse and pets!) that they may neglect their own health.

So, anyone who is ready to finally do something about their health, we invite them to come and see us.

Dr Sandra Wu


  • Director
  • Acupuncture
  • Western Herbs
  • Chinese pulse diagnosis
  • Registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Member of The Australian Traditional Medicine Association

Dr Jesse Georgiadis


  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbs
  • Chinese pulse diagnosis
  • Registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Member of The Australian Traditional Medicine Society