Acupuncture is the use of very fine sterile needles inserted into specific points of the body. The selection of points is based on your Chinese medicine diagnosis. The treatment is painless, although you may experience a slight tingling or dull ache as the needles begin to do their work. Once the needles are in, you are left to relax for 20-30mins.
The modern scientific explanation of how acupuncture works is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal chord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system
Acupuncture with a trained and fully qualified practitioner is one of the safest and longest established forms of healthcare. It is suitable for people of all ages, including pregnant women and children, and can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine.
A typical herbal formula consists of around a dozen plant based herbs. These herbs are carefully sourced from reputable suppliers and are all individually certified to ensure safety and efficacy. The individualisd formula is put together to treat not only the patients symptoms but also to encourage the body’s self-healing mechanisms.
The herbs are supplied in powder or granule form which are dissolved in hot water and drunk once or twice daily.
Tui na (“twee nah”) meaning “push pluck” is a Chinese medical massage based on the principles of Traditional Chinese medicine. Tui na releases muscle tension to increase blood flow and stimulate the body’s own healing processes. Where there has been trauma or injury to the muscles, Tui na breaks down scar tissue and adhesions.
Tui na is performed with the patient fully clothed and covered by a cotton sheet which increases the practitioners sensitivity, easily identifying the areas requiring treatment. Tui na is wonderfully relaxing and invigorating. It is suitable for all ages, as a general massage or for treatment of pain and injury.
Cupping is an extremely effective treatment to quickly relieve muscle tension. The suction created, separates the muscle fascia to allow fresh blood flow.
A low current is attached to the needles. This is used particularly in relation to pain and injury, to encourage and quicken healing but also to prompt the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers.
Moxa is used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the effect of the treatment. It has a warming and stimulating effect.
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