Pain and Traditional Chinese Medicine


Pain relief Cronulla acupuncture

Many people chose to use acupuncture for their pain relief as a primary or adjunct treatment at our Cronulla Acupuncture clinic. As we all know, pain is no laughing matter. Little things that are often overlooked in good health become major tasks. Imagine needing to organise your day-to-day activities around pain killers, and other management strategies. No one wants to live like that, and yet it is the reality of so many.

Pain comes in many forms, and can strike any part of the body. From headaches, lower back pain, period pain, joint pain, arthritic pain, digestive pain, migraines and so on.

How is pain treated?

Most commonly, and unless there is another serious disorder, pain is treated with opioids and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). While this has been a life saver for many individuals, it is important to be wary of the potential for these drugs to form addictions or, cause organ damage if abused. 

The Chinese Medicine Viewpoint

Chinese medicine sees pain as some sort of a restriction to qi and blood-flow, which can result from sudden trauma, as in a sporting injury or lifestyle or workplace habits which may create postural imbalances for instance. As a result, stagnation and or inflammation can occur. The aim of acupuncture is to clear the blockages to reduce the stagnation, so that the body can heal itself. This is done through inserting a fine and sterile needle into pathways of qi flow. 

Think of meridians like a river. If there is sludge and rubbish in it, the water becomes murky and stagnates. When you remove the blockages, the river restores its normal function and begins to flow smoothly.

Other Management Strategies

  • Consider an anti-inflammatory diet including fresh fruit and vegetables. Reduce processed foods. Which tend to be highly inflammatory.

  • Make sure that you are not stressing any particular muscle group by being in alignment. Speak to your healthcare practitioners about body posture.

  • This is especially true if you have a repetitive job, or you sit in front of a computer. Consider strengthening core weaknesses, so that you use your body efficiently.

  • Get enough quality sleep and relaxation. Not only is this good for mental health, but it also assists the body to repair itself.

What to Expect

Everyone is different, and pain levels vary from “annoying” to “intolerable”. However, most people who visit our pain relief Cronulla acupuncture clinic usually come once to twice a week, and often for a few weeks.

If you are unsure of your condition, it is best to speak to your healthcare professional to see if acupuncture may assist your condition. Contact Pure Alchemy..

Clear away summer heat with this tea!


At Pure Alchemy, Cronulla acupuncture clinic, we’re big on keeping our cool on these hot summer days. Teas like this come from a long cultural heritage of cultivation, growing and enjoying! Chinese Tea is drunk extensively in China and throughout the world. In significant areas of East Asia, it is not only a beverage, but part of everyday life.

Chinese tea comes from a species of plant know as Camelia Sinensis; which grows in well drained soils of China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Korea, and some parts of Africa.

There are many varieties of teas. They include green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea, and puerh tea. A lot of these teas get their distinctions from how they ferment, and how they are processed.

All of these teas contain thousands of compounds including some which can be classified as vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids.

Culinary experts and Chinese medicine practitioners believe that the different varieties of teas hold different properties.

So What Tea For Summertime?

Green tea is considered to be cooling, bitter and sweet in nature and thus it is a good option to consume in summertime.Once tea leaves are picked, they quickly begin to oxidise. For green tea, oxidation is halted by applying heat. This is done through steam or from pan-frying. 

Chilled Green Tea Refreshing Recipe

On a hot Summers day, a nice glass of chilled green tea with lime and mint can be refreshing. What an alternative to a sugary carbonated drink!


  • Select a milder variety of green tea, or one to your liking. There are many varieties of green tea, but one of my favourites is Jasmine Green Tea.

  • Steep the green tea in a pot and allow to cool.

  • Add honey if desired.

  • Pour into a jug and add cold water to mix to your desired strength.

  • Add ice

  • Squeeze the juice of 2 limes

  • Add a couple of sprigs of mint leaves

  • Stir and serve.