Headaches & migraine

Headaches and migraine have different causes, in TCM we try to indentify the pattern of disharmony that is causing your symptoms, and treat that pattern. A common example is liver qi stasis (due to stress) causing headaches or migraine in its partner the gallbladder channel (around the sides of the head). Each case is a little different and we treat it accordingly.


Acupuncture and Shiatsu massage are powerful techniques for resolving tension & pain. Injuries respond rapidly to laser therapy, reducing pain & improving healing time. Remedial massage is also beneficial, and Chinese herbs such as our Sports Injury formula may be applicable. Sports Liniments and patches are available over the counter.

Stress, anxiety, insomnia

Chinese Medicine is a very good option when combating stress, anxiety, emotional problems or sleep disturbance. Acupuncture and herbs are free from side-effects, unlike western medication, and can help you get back on track or in a place of coping again. An acupuncture treatment for stress or anxiety can be immediately calming, and its effects usually last a few days. Kali teaches TRE as a technique clients can do at home to release built up stress from their body and nervous system. TRE helps with sleep too, and can be done lying down at the end of the day to deeply relax.

Low energy

We often treat clients with low energy, including chronic fatigue. Acupuncture can effectively balance the body and emotions, allowing whatever energy is there to flow freely again. Then we use herbal medicine and diet advice to build up the qi (body’s energy) again. Often we need to look at digestive function to do this. In cases of chronic fatigue, we look for any signs of a ‘lingering pathogen’. This is where a virus or some sort of illness has not been fully expelled, and remains dormant in the body, sometimes coming out creating a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes/ glands, and other signs that the immune system is active. In these cases special Chinese herbal preparations are used to vent the pathogen from the body, before using any tonics.

Women’s Health

TCM has some unique advantages when treating women’s issues. Our ability to recognize the pattern of disharmony (through tongue, pulse & questioning) means we know what to treat and how to correct imbalances. The menstrual cycle is governed by the ‘liver’ in TCM, and acupuncture is extremely effective in regulating the liver qi, often resulting in improved mood, less PMT symptoms, regular pain-free periods. More complex issues such as peri-menopausal hot flushes, Endometriosis or PCOS also respond well to Chinese Medicine.


(See also Women’s health) Modern Chinese Medicine in the area of fertility is very exciting. For example, doctors of Chinese Medicine have correlated the presence of hormones including oestrogen and progesterone with kidney yin and kidney yang respectively. This means we can give herbs to help your body make the right hormones at the right time. At KCM Clients are sometimes required to take their temperature every morning on a BBT chart, to keep track of what their hormones are doing, and identify ovulation.

For men: There are herbs to improve sperm count and quality, and if acupuncture is required, it’s nowhere near the private parts!

IVF Support: Studies have shown that combining acupuncture with IVF improves outcomes. Allowing 3 months of preparation time using herbs can increase success rate by even more, and can be greatly important. The quality of sperm or egg cannot be improved by western treatment. In women they can stimulate the ovaries to produce a large quantity of eggs, but unless the quality is there, results are often unsuccessful. The same goes for sperm, even when ICSI is used.


Acupuncture often gets remarkable results in treating nausea, reflux, anxiety, threatened miscarriage, and other complications. It is a calming, nurturing experience for many pregnant mums. As is the massage on the pregnancy cushion, where they can lay on their front up until full-term. (Side is also an option).

Labour induction: Many women come for acupuncture for labour induction. For some it is very effective, for others their baby seems to have its own idea about things. Either way, acupuncture prior to labour has been shown improve the rate of contractions and make the mother more relaxed during birthing process.

Acupuncture During Labour: Kali may be available to attend a labouring mother if needed. Times when this could be helpful are: when the contractions have petered out and the mother is fatiguing, or to help turn a baby in malposition such as posterior.

*For acupuncture during labour, call out fee is $100, then $50 per hour thereafter


There are many patterns involved in digestive complaints. The TCM advantage is that we diagnose the pattern of disharmony underlying the symptoms and work to resolve that, in order to hopefully recover completely from the problem. We help resolve symptoms such as sugar cravings, bloating and wind, irregular bowel motions and pain. A common issue for many of us is the presence of excessive Candida (fungal overload). In this case a strict diet is necessary to starve off the fungus (bad bugs), and improve the quantity of good bugs using quality probiotics. We also have over-the-counter herbs and supplements for lowering cholesterol naturally, and balancing blood glucose levels.

Men’s health

Men are simpler creatures than women, but still deserve some TLC. As well as relaxing, nurturing treatments for men (including acupuncture or massage) Chinese Medicine can be very helpful in improving prostate function and reducing urinary frequency, improving libido and stamina, and improving sperm count and quality. Usually a course of herbs is recommended for at least 3 months.

Weight loss, etc

Chinese medicine helps with weight loss by improving the digestive function, maintaining regular healthy bowel motions, and improving metabolism. Please refer to packages for quit smoking treatment.

Drug detox works mainly with the liver, and nothing is better than Acupuncture & Chinese medicine when it comes to treating the liver. Acupuncture calms the nervous system and reduces cravings. We also recommend reading a book by renound Chinese Medicine practitioner & educator Jost Sauer; ‘Higher and Higher’.


There are herbs available over-the-counter for colds and flu, phlegm cough or sinusitis, and hayfever. Often a treatment with acupuncture, massage and cupping is helpful to ‘pull out’ the pathogen and stimulate the body’s defensive qi (immune system). For chronic allergic rhinitis (hayfever) many clients have had longstanding relief from one treatment.


The skin is our largest organ, and a major organ of elimination. It often shows us what is going on on the inside. In cases of redness and inflamed rashes there is almost always heat involved. With pus or weeping there is dampness and toxicity. We treat the underlying pattern, and by balancing the internal body, often improve the symptoms.


Autoimmune conditions are tricky to treat, and in many cases we do not cure a condition but can reduce the severity of the symptoms. There is usually an underlying pattern of yin deficiency in most autoimmune problems, and each client will have a unique combination of patterns of disharmony. It is up to us, as TCM practitioners, to ‘peel back the layers of the onion’, and work to bring the body back into balance. Many cases of autoimmune dysfunction also involve chronic fatigue or a lingering pathogen (see low energy).

Chronic Pain

Kali has recently become a ‘Life is Now Pain Care Provider’ and is able to support people living with chronic pain. Integrating pain science, the lived experience of pain, and mindful movement approaches Kali can develop an innovative evidence-based pain self care program for you.