Women’s Health

Diana treats pain, hormonal imbalances with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. 

She has a particular interest and experience in working with women with health concerns including:


PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

Menorrhagia (Heavy Menstrual Bleeding)

Dysmenorrhoea (Painful periods)

Irregular Menstrual Cycles

Amenorrhoea (absent periods)

Menopausal concerns (such as hot flushes)

Uterine Fibroids

Ovarian Cysts


Armour, M., Dahlen, H.G., Zhu, X., Farquhar, C. & Smith, C.A. (2017) The role of treatment timing and mode of stimulation in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture: An exploratory randomised controlled trial. PLOS ONE 12(7): e0180177. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180177

Cerqueira, R.O., Frey, B.N., Leclerc, E. & Brietzke, E. (2017). Vitex agnus castus for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder: a systematic review. Arch Womens Ment Health, 2017 Dec;20(6):713-719. doi: 10.1007/s00737-017-0791-0. Epub 2017 Oct 23.

Chien, T.J., Hsu, C.H., Liu, C.Y., & Fang, C.J. (2017). Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer- A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 12(8): e0180918. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0180918

Chiu, H.Y., Pan, C.H., Shyu, Y.K., Han, B.C., & Tsai, P.S. (2015). Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women on natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Menopause, 22, (2), 234-44.  

Eun-Young, N., Ju-Yeon, P., Ji-Yeon, .L,Junyong, Jo. & Dong-Il, K. (2018). Traditional acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 17, 119-128.

Flower, A., Wang, L.Q., Lewith, G., Liu, J.P. & Li, Q. (2015). Chinese herbal medicine for treating recurrent urinary tract infections in women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010446. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010446.pub2.

Jang, S.H., Kim, D.I., & Choi, M.S (2014). Effects and treatment methods of acupuncture and herbal medicine for premenstrual syndrome/premenstrual dysphoric disorder: systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jan 10;14:11. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-14-11.

Lim, C., Ng, R.W.C., Xu, K., Cheng, N., Xue, C.C.L., Liu, J., & Chen, N. (2016). Acupuncture for polycystic ovarian syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 5. Art. No.: CD007689. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007689.pub3

Monastra, G., Unifer, V., Harrath, A.H. & Bizzarri, M. (2017). Combining treatment with Myo-inositol and D Chiro-Inositol (40:1) is effective in restoring ovary function and metabolic balance in PCOS patients. Gynecol Endocrinol, Jan;33(1):1-9. doi: 10.1080/09513590.2016.1247797. Epub 2016 Nov 29.

Rafieian-Kopaei, M. & Movahedi, M. (2017). Systematic Review of Premenstrual, Postmenstrual and Infertility Disorders of Vitex Agnus Castus. Electron Physician. 2017 Jan 25;9(1):3685-3689. doi: 10.19082/3685. eCollection 2017 Jan.

Smith, C.A., Armour, M., Zhu, X., Li, X., Lu, Z. & Song, J. (2016). Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD007854. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007854.pub3

Unfer, V., Facchinett,i F., OrrĂ¹, B., Giordani, B. & Nestler, J. (2017). Myo-inositol effects in women with PCOS: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Endocrine Connections, 6(8):647-658. doi:10.1530/EC-17-0243.

Xu, Y., Zhao, W., Li, T., Zhao, Y., Bu, H. & Song S. (2017) Effects of acupuncture for the treatment of endometriosis-related pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0186616. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0186616

Zhou, K., Zhang, J., Xu, L., Wu, T. & Lim, C. (2016). Chinese herbal medicine for subfertile women with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD007535. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007535.pub3

Zhu, X., Liew, Y. & Liu, Z. (2016). Chinese herbal medicine for menopausal symptoms. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD009023. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009023.pub2