Acupuncture | Chinese Herbal Medicine
Mugwort herb (Artimisia herb) in certain conditions which need ‘warming’ and tonification of the vital energy. Shaped like a cigar, and consisting of packed herb, the moxa is burnt just off the skin in order to warm and stimulate the relevant points.
“Where there is pain, there is stagnation. Where there is stagnation, there is pain” is a principle of Chinese Medicine theory. Cupping has the effect of moving and clearing stagnant Qi by increasing oxygenation to the tissues, and thereby alleviating pain.
Appeals to those who seek an alternative to chemicals. We utilize points on the body to balance the whole system. Many organs affect the beauty of the skin and the eyes, and a series of acupuncture treatments can optimise the functioning of the internal organs.
Gua Sha is a TCM technique whereby the skin is gently scraped with a smooth tool of jade or water buffalo horn, to stimulate the release of inflammatory molecules in the connective tissue. A transient red mark is left along the area of skin which has been treated. Conditions such as Colds, muscle aches and tension respond well to Gua Sha.
Many ailments have stress as a precipitating and aggravating factor. Acupuncture allows chronic stress hormones to be reabsorbed and metabolised by the body, and re-sets the endocrine system so that the patient can ‘bridle’ and use the energy of stress, instead of feeling overwhelmed by it.
Auriculotherapy (points on the ear) are used to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. The most important factor in smoking cessation is determination. Acupuncture plays a supportive role. It helps minimize feelings of discomfort and restlessness.