In addition to Acupuncture, I also practice other therapies that I may use to complement your treatment:
Smoke-free Moxibustion, Moxibustion & Rice-Grain Moxibustion
Prepared from leaves of Artemesia Vulgaris Latiflora, Moxa is often used to warm a patient, warm an acupuncture point and/or have a stimulating effect on a patient's Qi. It can be rolled and lit directly on the skin, held over the skin by means of a moxa stick, attached to an acupuncture needle to penetrate an acupuncture point, or inserted inside a 'Tiger Warmer' and gently rolled over an acupuncture point to soothe and warm. Moxibustion is a safe and effective treatment in addition to an alternative Chinese medicine treatment, for those patient's who don't want acupuncture.
Gua means 'to scrape', and Sha means 'spots'. Using a smooth-edged flat piece of jade, this therapy stimulates Qi and Blood flow, and can be used to treat any condition whereby Qi & Blood have stagnated, or used to expel 'pathogenic factors' making it a chosen treatment for cold or flu symptoms. A temporary red or purple mark may be left on the skin following treatment.
Although originating in China, this therapy is still used today in Italy, France, Turkey and Greece. Glass and/or plastic cups are used over acupuncture points, meridian channels, muscles and/or joints to alleviate pain from Qi and Blood stagnation. A flame is lit inside a glass cup to create a vacuum inducing suction to draw up the skin. The plastic cups work in the same manner, except they are activated by a hand held pump. Cups may be left in one place or moved over an area depending on the nature of the musculoskeletal condition and the surface area being treated.
Like Guasha therapy, it treats areas of the body where Qi and Blood have become stuck/stagnant so that they can flow freely again. A temporary red or purple mark may also be left on the skin following treatment.
This therapy involves small acupuncture needles and/or the application of small seeds on auricular acupuncture points. As a complete system of treatment itself, it can complement other therapies or be used alone to treat acute or chronic conditions.
Being an important component of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Tuina (pronounced 'twee-nah') can be used alone offering therapeutic effects such as relaxation, relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of Qi improving wellbeing. It can also be used to treat musculoskeletal conditions.
Using the traditional acupuncture points, electroacupuncture is the stimulation of acupuncture points by a small current of impulses passing between two needles. This low frequency electrical current (1Hz) is applied to the needles to increase blood flow, relax muscle tissue and clear stagnant Qi.
Chinese Dietary Therapy
Graduating with a distinction in 'Optimal Nutrition', and obtaining a Diploma in 'Understanding Human Nutrition', my passion for nutrition came to fruition whilst studying CDT (Chinese Dietary Therapy) during the four years getting my BSc Honours degree in Acupuncture.
In the West, it is thought a healthy balanced diet includes a range of complex carbohydrates, high quality proteins, fish, dairy, fruit, vegetables, fats (monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated), pulses/legumes/grains etc. Certain foods are classed as healthy and unhealthy with the basic philosophy that everybody should follow the same general advice.
According to TCM, 'when' and 'how we eat', are just as important as 'what we eat'. In the East, there are no good or bad foods. How the body responds to food and its metabolic reaction to it are what counts. In addition to these factors, it also greatly depends on who is eating the food and what condition/strength their internal energetic physiology is at that time. Therefore, it is the appropriate/specific food married with the appropriate/specific condition that is key. This Eastern view is qualitative based with a holistic concept of Yin and Yang influencing the body. Food is viewed to support us as we grow and progress through life requiring adjustments to proportions of various foods, in addition to amounts and variety of food through the four seasons.
Dietary advice is offered to improve wellbeing, applicable presenting signs and symptoms and support the acupuncture treatments in clinic.
Other Chinese Medicine Practises...