Caren Chen

MMedSc, MACM (Acupuncture and Chinese medicine), RWMC (Weight management coach), Specialist in pain management

Caren’s educational and professional journey began under poignant circumstances. At the age of 17, she faced the life-altering challenge of both her mother and grandfather being diagnosed with cancer. This deeply personal experience ignited her determination to pursue a career in medicine, driven by a desire to heal and alleviate suffering.

After spending seven years at Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, she developed her skills by rotating through various departments in the hospital, including neurology, orthopedics, gynecology, gastroenterology, dermatology, pain management, and the emergency department.

This diverse experience provided her with a foundation in treating a wide range of health conditions, paving the way for her to delve deeper into Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

In 2017, amidst competition from thousands of applicants, Caren was offered the sole spot available to pursue a PhD in acupuncture at the prestigious China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. However, Caren chose to venture abroad, a choice that led her on an unexpected journey to New Zealand.

Today, Caren is a specialist in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a registered weight management coach, and a lecturer. She is a founder of Happipuncture Clinic.


  • 2021–2022 Diploma in weight management coaching, New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness, Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2014–2016 Master’s degree in clinical medicine (Chinese medicine and acupuncture), Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
  • 2012–2014 Diploma in public health management, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China
  • 2009–2014 Bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine (Chinese medicine and acupuncture), Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou, China



  1. Qianyi Chen. Clinical Study of the Curative Effect of Erjian(EX-HN6) Bloodletting Therapy for Essential Hypertension with Overabundant Liver-Fire. Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine 2016.

Book chapters:

  1. Bin Lin. Comparison of Student Affairs Management in China and the United States. In: Chapter Six to Seven. Intellectual Property Publishing House 2014.

Professional Interests & Specialist Areas

  • Neurological health
  • Digestive health
  • Endocrine health
  • Skin health
  • Mental health

Caren’s leisure activities, which include going to the gym, playing sports, painting, playing the piano, and engaging in photography, reflect her philosophy of leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

To get in touch, visit HappipunctureClinic.

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