Chronic Health Problems

For Health Problems That are Just Not Getting Better

Chinese Medicine May be the Health Solution You’ve Been Looking For. We Take a Completely Different Approach to Diagnosing and Solving Health Problems.

If you’re 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.

By the end of this article you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • Why symptoms are markers of ill-health.
  • How the term ‘normal’ can be used to describe your 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 a better approach than just trying to mask your symptoms with short-term fixes.
  • How good blood flow is the key to good health.
  • What you can do to take action to improve your health.

Do Any of These Describe You?

  • Are you tired of feeling unwell?
  • Does Western medicine not seem to help much any more?
  • Are you tired of taking medications?
  • Do you keep seeing the same health professionals year after year?
  • Do you feel like you’ve been on the health service merry-go-round where nobody really seems to listen to you and all you are getting is whatever service they normally give (and it’s really not hitting the mark)?
  • Have you tried a lot of different doctors, specialists and alternative health practitioners to try to improve or resolve your health issue?
  • Have you been told that you’ll just have to live with it?
  • Do you have symptoms that nobody seems to understand or be able to explain why you have them?
  • Are you worried about your health and where it is heading?
  • Are you only reading this as a last resort?
  • Are you ready to take some positive action with your health?
  • Do you want to enjoy the simple things you used to enjoy like playing with your kids, going shopping or gardening?

If you relate to any of these points, you are like so many of the people who have visited our clinic already.

You’re simply tired of not feeling well.

You’ve had enough of the health practitioners you’ve been seeing for years.

You’re sick of taking medications.

You feel like your treading water with no improvement with your health.

You’re not sure of what you should 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 anxiety, insomnia, digestive issues, pain and/or a raft of other issues.

True health is the absence of symptoms.

Symptoms are your body telling you something isn’t right with your health.

And the more symptoms you have, the more significant your health issues are.

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 do 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, weight loss and many, many more issues.

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

Chinese medicine is particularly good at managing or even eliminating many chronic low-grade symptoms to help you enjoy life again.


Is Your House in Disrepair?

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

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

If your electrical wiring is faulty, your plumbing is blocked up and your appliances are broken, your house cannot work as it should.  Things will start to go wrong with it and you’ll experience symptoms that you don’t want.

You would never allow your real house (where you live) to fall into such a state of disrepair!

Are You Stuck?

If you’ve had health issues for a while and have seen many health professionals for help, you’re probably a bit ‘over’ it all.

It’s easy to become frustrated, despondent and (frankly) fed up with all of it.

It is Time to Broaden Your Field of View

It may be time for you to broaden your field of view to consider and look into different options for your 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 work side-by-side in hospitals for better patient results.

Symptoms and Root Cause

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

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

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

Western medicine tends to focus on alleviating the symptom (branches) through medications.  These medications can do a good job at helping you manage symptoms, but they rarely seek to treat the root cause of those symptoms.

Often, if you stop taking the medication, the symptoms will return.

These medications can 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 keep them away.

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.


And if you no longer have a symptom, you may no longer need to take the medication to manage the symptom.

Good Blood Flow is Good Health

Your blood contains everything your 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 your natural blood flow.  From the age of 40, your blood flow naturally worsens as you age.  Though this is the natural process of ageing, how well you age and how good your health remains will depend on how good your blood flow was when you turned 40. In our experience, people who have a lot of symptoms before the age of 40 usually have poor blood flow to start with and may really struggle with their health as they age.

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

Chinese Medicine Offers a Completely Different Approach to Solve Health Problems

Your body is an absolutely marvellous machine very capable of keeping you pain-free and healthy.

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

Chinese medicine looks at your 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.

Dr Sandra Wu and I are both licenced health practitioners who between us have completed over 50,000 patient consultations.  We are tertiary qualified and have completed an enormous amount of 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 to you the reasons for your health problems, how we can help and what we recommend moving forward.  You are never left in the dark about the treatment you are receiving.

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We Are Here to Help You

We do everything we can to help you.

We can help most people with most health problems.  The way we provide treatment allows you to see the difference for yourself.  And once you see and feel differences, it gives you the confidence you need to make your own decision about progressing with treatment.  We provide acupuncture for Melbourne, Moonee Ponds, Essendon, Brunswick and nearby suburbs.

Invest in Your Health

To change your health you will need to invest in your 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.  You would never allow your house’s doors to fall off, the water to just dribble out of the taps and your TV to not work.  You would invest the money required to get these problems addressed.

And your health is arguably more important than your house!

Are You Ready to Do Something About Your Health?

I know that not everyone is ready.

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

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.

It is very difficult to look after others if you fall apart.

So, if you are ready to finally do something about your health, we invite you to come and see us.

Free 15 Minute Health Breakthrough Consultation*

If you would like to understand what we may be able to do for you, the first step is to attend a Free 15 Minute Health Breakthrough Consultation*.

Dr Sandra or I will:

  • Carry out Chinese pulse diagnosis and tell you what we find
  • Chat to you about your health conditions to understand more about them
  • Advise you if we believe we can help you and how we would do it

You can book here.


Well, I hope this information has been helpful to you.  If it has helped you gain some clarity over how you may manage your health, then I am happy.

Never forget that the only person truly responsible for your health is you.

Always choose wisely who you seek help from and continue to evaluate the value of any treatment you invest in.

We would love to see you in our clinic and we look forward to helping you.

Dr Sandra Wu

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

Dr Bruce Stafford

(Chinese Medicine)
  • Director
  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese pulse diagnosis
  • Published author
  • Registered with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia
  • Member of The Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association


*This service is provided free by our practitioners. There are no conditions and no other paid services subsidise these free appointments.