Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly two thousand years. It has a very positive model of good health and function, and looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance. The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.

Traditional acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.

The underlying principle of treatment is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, or vital energy, cannot flow freely. There can be many reasons for this; emotional and physical stress, poor nutrition, infection or injury are among the most common. By inserting ultra-fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points, a traditional acupuncturist seeks to re-establish the free flow of qi to restore balance and trigger the body’s natural healing response.

In addition to needling acupuncture points, an acupuncture treatment may include other Chinese medicine techniques such as:

Moxibustion

application of indirect heat using moxa (therapeutic herbs) and/or heat lamps to warm and relax muscles and energy meridians

Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage)

Relieve muscle tension, stimulate acupressure points, open energy meridians and stimulate the flow of qi

Electro-acupuncture

a very low frequency electrical current (1Hz) is applied to the needle to increase blood flow, relax muscle tissue and clear stagnant qi

Cupping

glass cups with a vacuum seal are placed on the skin to stimulate blood flow and clear stagnant qi

Guasha

vigorous rubbing of the skin to increase blood flow and clear stagnant qi

Auricular acupuncture

acupuncture points located on the ear. Often used with other styles of acupuncture or on its own to treat pain or addiction.

Facial  acupuncture

aims to help restore muscle tone and improve circulation in the face and neck to delay the signs of aging.