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Can Chinese medicine help the issues I have with my feet?

Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a medical system that’s been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health conditions. In recent years, Chinese medicine has gained popularity as an alternative treatment for foot-related conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and neuropathy.

But what treatments are available in the UK, and how effective are they?


Close up view of woman holding a needle in an acupuncture therapy

Acupuncture is a key component of TCM. Thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body to stimulate the body's natural healing processes, boost circulation and improve the flow of energy.

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for plantar fasciitis, a common condition that causes pain in the heel and the sole of the foot. In one study, patients with plantar fasciitis received acupuncture treatment once a week for six weeks. The results showed a significant reduction in the pain they felt, and it improved the function of the affected foot.

Another study found that acupuncture was effective in treating heel spurs; these are bony growths on the heel that can cause pain and discomfort.


Senior Chinese doctor performing massage cupping therapy

Cupping is a technique that uses suction cups directly on the skin. The cups are placed on certain parts of the body, creating a vacuum inside them. The effect is similar to that of acupuncture, in that cupping improves blood flow and circulation, which in turn, boosts healing.

Cupping has been shown to be an effective treatment for neuropathy, which results in numbness, tingling and pain in the feet and hands. In one study, patients with neuropathy received cupping therapy for four weeks. The results were a noticeable reduction in pain and improved sensation in the affected areas.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Traditional Herbal, Nature Alternative Medicine

Natural herbs used for centuries by the Chinese are also used in the UK to treat health conditions, by certified practitioners. Each herb has distinct properties and is used to address relevant health concerns.

For example, a combination of herbs known as Dang Gui Bu Xue Tang has proved to be effective in treating peripheral neuropathy, reducing the numbness, tingling, and pain that sufferers feel.

Another herbal formula, Huang Qi Guizhi Wuwu Tang, can help those with plantar fasciitis. The formula contains herbs that promote blood circulation and reduce inflammation, which are key factors in the development of the condition.

Foot Reflexology

Close-up of a young female therapist massaging young woman's foot at beauty salon.

This technique applies pressure to certain points on the feet. Each point corresponds to a different part of the body; applying pressure to these specific areas is believed to promote healing and improve overall health.

A study of patients with diabetic neuropathy found that foot reflexology improved the sensation they could feel, as well as reduced their pain.


Ayurvedic foot massage. Ayurveda practitioner pressing meridian points on female foot

Massage manipulates soft tissue in the body, such as the muscles and tendons. It’s believed to promote relaxation, improve circulation, and reduce pain.

In one study, patients with heel spurs received massage therapy once a week for eight weeks. The results showed significant improvements in their condition.

It’s wise to be cautious when looking for practitioners that use Traditional Chinese Medicine, as some ingredients are readily available but could be harmful if the person applying it isn’t sufficiently qualified to do so.

Have a chat with us first and see what we can advise: our Wombwell clinic can be reached on 01226 492412 and our Morley clinic via 0113 238 0330. Alternatively, you can book direct with us here


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