The Heart of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been used for at least 2,000 years to balance the body and promote its natural ability to heal. It is a safe treatment that looks to address the root cause of symptoms and is tailored for you as an individual, focussing on the body and mind as a whole.
Very fine, single-use, sterile needles are inserted below the skin to stimulate acupuncture points, these are located on acupuncture meridians or channels. The treatment is painless, but you may experience some tingling or numbness, and many people feel very relaxed during the treatment. Depending on the nature of the issue being treated and how chronic it is a number of sessions may be required. We will develop a personal treatment plan during the first consultation which is reviewed as sessions progress.
There is plenty of ongoing evidence-based research to show the effectiveness of acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions from migraines to menopausal problems to back issues.
Cupping is another Chinese Medicine technique that involves placing glass jars, in which a vacuum has been created on the body. Rather like a reverse massage, the cups create suction on the muscles allowing increased flow of blood, fluid and Qi, relieving tension, releasing toxins and clearing stagnation. Massage oils can be used with the cupping to stimulate the muscles and acupuncture meridians. Acupuncture and cupping are often combined. Many Olympic athletes have had this treatment and were seen with ‘cup marks’ - purple or red circles where the cups have been, this shows the release of ‘stagnation’ but isn’t a sign of tissue damage, and unlike a bruise any marks simply fade after a couple of days.
Moxa involves the burning of small amounts of specialised herbs on or near acupuncture points. The burning herb stimulates the points and warms the body, and can be particularly beneficial for chronic conditions. Moxa can be used by itself or with acupuncture needles