Chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese Herbal Medicine has been practised in China for thousands of years. It uses the same treatment principles and diagnosis as acupuncture. There are about 5000 plants presently in use which are categorised according to their different properties. A herbal formula is tailor-made for the individual’s specific presenting symptoms.

Rahul Pillai

Rahul completed his five-year training at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture (LCTA) and has been working as an acupuncturist since 2004, a Tuina remedial massage therapist since 2005 and a Chinese herbalist since 2006. He has also trained in herbal dispensing and pharmacognosy.

He has a special interest in gynaecology, male and female infertility and pregnancy care.  He has worked at Conceive since 2015, during which time he has supported countless women on their fertility journey, and onwards through their pregnancy.

His practice is profoundly influenced by Canonical/Classical Chinese medicine (CCM). This is one of the earliest forms of Chinese medicine and is very effective in terms of both cost and time, as it provides herbal and acupuncture treatment protocols of beautiful simplicity. The effectiveness of CCM is proven by the fact that its tried and tested herbal formulas are still in use almost 2,000 years after they were first prescribed.

He also has a special interest in dermatology.

Rahul has also taught at the College of Oriental Medicine in Ireland as a lecturer in Chinese herbology and prescriptionology, as well as a clinical practice supervisor.

Rahul is a member of the British Acupuncture Association (BAcC) and the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM). He also has an MA in Modern Languages from Cambridge University and is fluent in French, German, Dutch, Russian and Italian, as well as in Hindi and Bengali. He also speaks basic Mandarin.


First session – 1 hours: £75
Follow-up sessions – 30 mins: £50

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To make a booking, please email or telephone 07957 641946

Or to contact Rahul directly, please call or text 07789 204937.