Not just Acupuncture!
Treatments are aimed at regulating and harmonizing the body, allowing the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms (immune system) to work uninhibited. As well as acupuncture, a variety of techniques may be incorporated within the treatment session depending on the individual needs of the patient.
Other techniques that may be used include the following…
Specific points are chosen on the body and held with slight pressure. This can be done instead of or alongside acupuncture treatment.
Auricular Therapy, also known as ear acupuncture, is a strong and powerful treatment that can be used in combination with acupuncture or as a stand-alone therapy. Specific points are chosen on the ear that connect with many aspects of the body including anatomical location and internal organs. It has been shown to be beneficial to help stop addictions by reducing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Tiny press pellets (kept in place with small plasters) can also be used to allow for a therapeutic effect after the patient has left the clinic.
Acupuncture and massage go together very well. The combination can help to loosen up the superficial tissues, relax the patient and helps to identify exactly where treatment is needed.
Cupping is a Chinese therapy used to alleviate pain and tension. It helps to invigorate circulation of local tissues and is commonly used for musculoskeletal imbalances caused by tension, stress or trauma. A plastic or glass cup is placed on the skin (often on the upper back or shoulders) and is used to create a vacuum which draws up the skin and superficial muscle layer. This helps to promote circulation of blood and ‘Qi’ in the area helping to alleviate ‘Stagnation’ that is often associated with joint and muscle pain. Cupping also helps to draw out toxins present in the body and has been known to help reduce the severity of colds and flu.
Moxibustion is a treatment using a dried herb called mugwort (Artemisia Vulgaris). This herb is used to warm the body and stimulate acupuncture points and can be used in either stick form or placed on top of the needle allowing heat to pass through the needle to the point. Most patients find the warmth of this herb extremely comfortable and relaxing.