An integrated style of Five Elements Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine and it is one of the longest established forms of healthcare in the world. Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for thousands of years.
Acupuncture works by inserting extremely fine needles into the energy pathways of the body. The needles release blocks in these channels and stimulate the flow of energy to specific organs. As a result, your ability to heal yourself is activated. Usually, your symptoms are relieved and you feel a greater sense of wellbeing. How long this takes is often related to how long you have had the problems.
Facial Acupuncture has been used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Eastern countries for thousands of years, to restore, promote and maintain good health. In China it has been used for cosmetic purposes from as early as the Sung Dynasty (AD 960) and it has been recently introduced in the West. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health and vitality is dependent upon the body’s motivating energy, which is called Qi, moving in a smooth and balanced way along a series of channels, called meridians. Many of these meridians either begin or end on the face. The state of our health and lifestyle is often reflected in the face.
Moxibustion is an essential part of Chinese medicine which uses moxa, a soft woolly substance prepared from herbs. The moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians. The herb is lit and as it smoulders slowly, a therapeutic heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of “qi” (energy) and blood in the area being treated. It is often used to warm and relax muscles and energy meridians.
Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage)
Tuina is the most tried and tested massage therapy in the world. It is an Ancient healing art that employs the use of the hands to press on key points on the surface of the body. When these are points stimulated they release tension, increase circulation and improve the body’s own natural healing process.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called coining, spooning or scraping. Modern research shows Gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment. This accounts for its effect on pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc., and why Gua sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis.
Cupping is an age-old technique used in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate acupuncture points or larger areas of the body. Cupping is practised alongside acupuncture as well as a treatment in its own right.
In cupping therapy glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow, clear stagnant qi and remove muscle tension.