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The 40s and 50s are the time the female body transitions to our non-reproductive stage. For many women it can be a confusing and challenging time. With symptoms ranging from sleep changes and emotional upheaval to hot flushes, dryness and pain.

Additionally once firmly through the menopause women may struggle with the changes that have occurred.  Here at Ben&Biao we use our experience and expertise to educate, assist and alleviate your symptoms through advice, herbs, acupuncture, nutrition and supplementation.

What are some of the symptoms that can occur?

  • Hot flushes (some people call them “hot FLASHES” – we are referring to sudden feelings of intense body heat which can occur day or night)
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia / sleep disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional changes/Mood swings
  • Joint pain
  • Brain fog/forgetfulness

How do we work?

Our treatment approach will depend on your individual symptoms but is based on using a Traditional Chinese Medicine framework. In Asia most women DO NOT struggle with the same degree of symptoms as we do in the West. Why? This is down to lifestyle and nutrition with the help of Chinese Medicine.  We use our knowledge in this field combined with our knowledge of western supplements to regulate the body for an easier journey.

Would I want acupuncture and if so how can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture is never compulsory but it may help. Evidence has shown that acupuncture can help the body regulate hormones and the neurological system. These are the two systems giving you all those symptoms so we sometimes suggest this to support our main treatment plans.

If you are looking for evidence we’ve written a bit below.

What about herbs and supplements?

This definitely forms the main support. We find that most of our patients have symptoms synonymous with being busy for a long time combined with a sudden drop in oestrogen. It’s not just the oestrogen that needs’s the overall hormonal balance that needs support. We explain why this is and how herbs and supplements will help.

Lifestyle advice

Of course this depends who we are talking to . The needs of a woman that works full-time with primary aged kids with will be different from one that has more time to exercise and has older children at home or none at all! We take a full case history and build a plan that is tailored for YOU.

How long will treatment take?

It depends on what is going on, but we would expect to see improvements in your condition within a few weeks of starting treatment.

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Acupuncture has been found to be at least as effective and sometimes, superior to, HRT (Whang 2009) Additionally, acupuncture may help reduce symptoms of the menopause and perimenopause by:

  • Reducing hot flush severity and frequency (Chiu 2015)
  • Regulating oestrogen and other fertility hormones (Xia 2008)
  • Improving sleep quality impaired by hormone fluctuations associated with peri-menopause (Chiu 2016)

Need to know more about acupuncture works? Click here


Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.

Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture to reduce cancer-related pain. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2016 Feb 7

Xia XH, et al. Multicentral randomised controlled clinical trials about treatment of perimenopausal syndrome with electroacupuncture of SP6. Zhen Ci YanJiu 2008, Aug 33(4) 262-6

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What is our approach

Our approach to natural therapy and medicine is simple. We use:

Evidence Based Protocols

We are guided by research and proven protocols that get results. We belong to global learning networks and keep up-to-date with the latest findings in our fields.

Summaries of our findings and recommendation

We provide you with a clear Treatment Plan setting out our agreed treatment aims and how we plan to get you there.

Experienced practitioners

We are highly qualified, with experienced practitioners with many years of experience. Most importantly we practice medicine because we love it

Proven modalities

  • Acupuncture
  • Physiotherapy
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Neutraceuticals
  • Ultra sound

High quality products

We source Organic and AAA rated natural herbs for our teas, broths and medicines. Our practitioner supplements are tested to ensure you are getting the exact ingredients and dosages we prescribe for you.