With over 4000 years of documented history, Acupuncture forms one of the major pillars of Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture works through the insertion of very fine, sterilised needles into specific points on the body. These points lie on the energetic pathways or meridians, through which, our vital energy, or Qi flows. Once inserted, various techniques of needle manipulation are used to harmonise and restore the smooth flow of Qi, either at the point itself, along the path of a meridian or both. Acupuncture is used in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, either acute or chronic in nature. Acupuncture is commonly used in the treatment of physical disorders and also on an emotional level, such as depression, stress and anxiety. During an acupuncture treatment, a person may experience a variety of sensations including tingling, warming, cooling, fullness or distension. These sensations are all normal and can range in intensity, from subtle to strong. Once the needles have been inserted, patients usually find themselves slipping into a deep state of relaxation, and it is our aim to ensure that you leave the treatment feeling calm and relaxed. Acupuncture can be used as a stand alone treatment or in combination with Chinese herbal medicine and Tui Na.
Moxibustion and Cupping are adjunct therapies normally used alongside acupuncture.
Moxibustion works by burning dried and compressed Moxa (Mugwort) and using the heat generated to stimulate various acupuncture points to smooth the flow of Qi and remove blockages from points and/or meridians.
Cupping therapy works by placing heated glass jars over various points on the meridians. The vacuum created in the jars helps to remove Qi stagnation by drawing Qi from deeper levels to the surface.